THE BOATExplore Indonesia on a traditional phinisi yacht
Sailing on The Lady Denok is like stepping back in time. Hand-built by the master boat builders of the Konjo tribe in Sulawesi, she has the bygone charm of a traditional phinisi yacht — with the added mod-cons and safety features of a 21st century vessel.
Guests can choose from seven spacious en-suite cabins with hot running water, A/C and sea-view portholes. There’s also a full galley serving buffet-style Western and Asian meals, an indoor lounge and dining area, and a sundeck with daybeds overlooking the ocean. Dive equipment, snorkels and sea kayaks are also provided onboard.
Our experienced crew of 12 includes a cruise director, certified dive guide and in-house chef. Your safety, comfort and enjoyment is their utmost priority. If you want insider tips on the local marine life or topography — just ask!
The History of Phinisi Yachts
Centuries ago, phinisi schooners were used to transport exotic spices, sandalwood and textiles through the spice route. Built from tropical hardwoods from the forests of Sulawesi, they were handmade by the master craftsmen of the Konjo tribe. Guided by ritual, the men would take several years to construct a single ship. Boat building was considered an art form.
In December 2017, UNESCO recognised Indonesia’s phinisi yachts as an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’. Their unique legacy lives on today in modern vessels like The Lady Denok.
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