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Prana by Atzaro’s Superyacht Charter Trips

Bucket list superyacht sailing charter trips for 2022

Jungle covered islands, coral reefs teeming with marine life and pristine paradise beaches.  Discover Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago and the Komodo National Park on the world’s most luxurious Phinisi yacht Prana by Atzaró. Now booking for 2022.

Jungle covered islands, world-class diving, coral reefs teeming with marine life and pristine white powder sand beaches – Raja Ampat is a sublime archipelago of 1500 small islands and cays off the North-West tip of West Papua in Indonesia and like nowhere else on earth. 

And how better  to explore these undiscovered islands than on board Prana by Atzaró – the world’s most luxurious Phinisi yacht. With bespoke itineraries, mouth-watering chef prepared dishes, watersports on tap and an array of relaxing spa treatments from the in-house spa therapists, it’s no surprise that a voyage on Prana by Atzaró is on every A-lister’s holiday bucket list. 

Prana by Atzaró is now taking bookings for Raja Ampat voyages from December 2021 until May 2022. 

Prana by Atzaró is a beautiful Indonesian hand-built Phinisi, the world’s ultimate luxurious charter. The yacht sails all year following the seasons, from the calm waters of Komodo National Park and The Spice Islands to the unexplored magical islands of Raja Ampat in Indonesia where you can experience some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world.  

A beautiful hand-built boat, the biggest and most luxurious of its kind in the world, Prana by Atzaro can accommodate 18 people in nine luxurious suites, offering the perfect opportunity for a group holiday with family or friends. At just over 55 metres in length and 11 metres wide, Prana by Atzaró has been crafted in the style of a traditional Indonesian Phinisi, a sailboat with two masts. It is built entirely of ironwood and teak, according to traditional methods and has been created by the founders of Atzaró Group, the Ibiza based five-star hospitality brand.

Prana by Atzaró lends itself to the idea of social distancing perfectly. The abundance of space means one can enjoy the luxury of privacy, whilst sharing the yacht with a select number of family or friends.

Life on board Prana by Atzaró has something to keep even the most active adventure-seeker happy. Learn to scuba dive with the yacht’s resident dive instructor or take a leisurely drift snorkel across volcanic vents. Alternatively, launch sea kayaks and paddle boards to explore the jungle-draped coastlines or get your thrills wakeboarding and water-skiing around the calmest of lagoons. Fishing equipment is also supplied along with towable floats for effortless fun.

For those just looking to relax and recharge, four spacious decks with king size daybeds offer abundant places to retreat. A yoga deck doubles as an open-air cinema and Prana by Atzaró’s main deck has both indoor and outdoor living spaces and even luxury wellness room.

Designed with luxury in mind, Prana by Atzaró is fully soundproofed and the suites are decorated with sumptuous fabrics and contemporary linens in a sophisticated natural palette. Prana by Atzaró offers more space and comfort than any other Phinisi, with all the super deluxe mod cons of a lavish five-star hotel.  There is one grand master suite and eight further suites.

The 18-man crew includes a Cruise Director, Dive Instructor, several chefs, stewards and expert therapists for treatments; all on hand to deliver a seamless experience and to ensure all needs are met.

With fine dining, unlimited water sports, on-board spa treatments, unforgettable diving and the chance to visit some of the world’s most beautiful heritage sites, Prana by Atzaró encapsulates a perfect unison between ancient craftsmanship and contemporary luxury.

The cuisine onboard, carefully created by the yacht’s chef, includes both Asian Fusion and Western dishes. Everything is made from the freshest, local ingredients and served by discreet staff alfresco under the stars or in the cool of the air-conditioned dining room or Robinson-Crusoe style, on powder white sandy beaches under shady parasols. After dinner you can relax at the open-air cinema or indulge in a pampering spa treatment. In the morning, as the wind catches the sails, take a yoga class on the topmost deck – sun salutations will never be the same again.


Paddle Board PBA

A voyage on Prana by Atzaró is a once in a lifetime experience.

Rates start at: $14,500

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Prana by Atzaró Destinations 2021 and 2022

Komodo National Park

Get up close and personal with the world’s largest lizards in their untamed natural habitat, visit surreal pink beaches, watch spine-tingling sunsets and dive some of the world’s most pristine coral reefs. Three big islands form Komodo National Park: Komodo Island, Rinca Island and Padar Island, plus a few other islets. This area is a World Heritage Site with over 2,000 square kilometers of protected wildlife including roughly 5,700 Komodo dragons as well as wild boar, water buffalos, deer, horses, snakes, monkeys and the magnificent marine life under the waves.

This 11 day, 10 night trip will take you on a journey of a lifetime. Plunging savannahs, arid in the summer and bursting with life in the winter, deserted white and pink sand beaches, mountainous outcrops, ancient volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls and turquoise oceans teaming with marine life, the diving here is among the best in the world, with an incredible array of coral gardens, Manta Rays and turtles. while the East coast of Sumbawa for thrill-seekers, has fantastic snorkelling with Whale sharks.

Raja Ampat

Renowned for the untouched natural beauty of its 1500 islands, cays and shoals, Raja Ampat offers our guests one of the most remote destinations on the planet.  Here you can cross the equator with giant manta rays, explore prehistoric caves, visit primordial tribes, kayak around virgin coastlines and discover dive sites famed for having the most species recorded in one spot. Raja Ampat translates as the ‘Four Kings’ and is located off the northwest tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea. This region embraces over 1500 small islands surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo.

The Spice Islands

The Spice islands or Banda islands or Maluku islands Indonesia are an east Indonesian archipelago comprising two provinces, Maluku and North Maluku. They’re known for their volcanoes and palm-lined beaches. Gasp at the rich colonial architecture of Banda Besar, hike Mount Api, race the locals in their boats, spot whales and dolphins and dive pristine coral reefs thronging with marine life. The Spice islands region of Indonesia is the stuff of legend and features in many traditional and modern books, stories and songs. There are perfect sunrises in front of the volcano and mellow sunsets with cocktails served on snowy white beaches framed by untouched rainforest. There are as many enchantments below the water as there are above and vast shelves of coral plummet into the deep blue ocean providing one of the most biodiverse seascapes in the world.

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Aqua Expeditions

Aqua Expeditions, the global leader in luxury small ship expeditions, will begin welcoming back travelers aboard its ocean explorer yacht Aqua Blu. Local Indonesian residents will be able to set sail beginning August 2020, while international travelers can expect to depart from September 12, 2020 with enhanced health and safety protocols. These strict measures will be implemented across the company’s vessels in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

At the onset of the recent global pandemic, Aqua Expeditions took early, swift and decisive action to maintain strict antiviral hygiene standards on all three vessels in operation. As a result, the company experienced no cases of COVID-19 onboard any of its vessels.

“Today, more than ever, our employees, customers and partners need reassurance of our ability to offer them the safest experience possible,” says Francesco Galli Zugaro, CEO and founder of Aqua Expeditions. “It is our duty to anticipate needs and respond to health and safety requirements by adhering to the highest standards.”

Aqua Expeditions river vessels and ocean explorer yacht accommodate a maximum of 30 to 40 guests, allowing for the tailor-made experience it is known for. Its small ship capacity provides ample personal space and constant safe physical distancing among passengers and crew.

All vessels comply with the health and safety standards of the International Safety Management (ISM), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Out of an abundance of caution and as part of its uncompromising commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of the crew, staff and guests, Aqua Expeditions has adopted additional measures to address guests’ concerns about travel, including:

  • Conducting health screenings and pre-boarding medical evaluations for all crew and staff.
  • Introducing a pre-embarkation Health and Safety assessment to be completed by all guests before embarkation.
  • Eliminating crew changes during the entire duration of each itinerary, reducing the risk of potential outside exposure.
  • Conducting daily crew health checks to ensure all health concerns are actively addressed and monitored.
  • Intensifying disinfection standards by developing a combination of manual and contactless disinfection procedures.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing cabins three times a day, ensuring the highest level of hygiene standards.
  • Providing face masks, latex gloves and hand sanitizer to all crew and guests as required in accordance with each destination’s regulations and guest preference.
  • Introducing a Health and Safety Officer aboard each ship whose responsibility is the wellbeing of each crew and guest, as well as the proper compliance and implementation of safety standards.

The dining rooms aboard each vessel already take into account physical distancing but have been reconfigured to further create a dining environment where guests can enjoy their experience without worrying about health risks. This includes greater flexibility and options for table seating and spacing, as well as two sittings for each meal in the dining room.

Aqua Expeditions has implemented a global food safety policy via an internal auditing system, following HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) principles for cold chain supply protocols, supervised by a qualified food safety officer. Production kitchens around the world are staffed by highly trained personnel who utilize international best practices in sanitation and quality control, as well as usage of products to secure food safety such as antimicrobial fruit and vegetable treatments.

Aqua Expeditions’ small group shore excursions are an integral part of the brand’s ethos. With no more than 10 guests per group, the excursions offer personalized, engaging experiences. The Aqua Expeditions team cleans and disinfects all excursion equipment, prior to and after use. On the Aqua Blu, which sails around East Indonesia, scuba and snorkel gear is distributed to guests to keep for their exclusive use throughout their voyage.

Lastly, each Aqua Expeditions ship is flagged in the country in which it operates, reassuring guests that they are always allowed to disembark in any port or anchorage location on an itinerary.

A recognized global leader in luxury small-ship expeditions, Aqua Expeditions explores the worldߣs most wildlife- and culture-rich destinations aboard best-in-class vessels of stylish contemporary design. Venturing into unspoiled sanctuaries to witness the beauty of nature and wildlife, Aqua Expeditions sails to remote destinations with minimized human interaction, secluded from crowds. Expect tailored five-star itineraries, a highly exclusive 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio with personalized service, a cuisine experience crafted by acclaimed chefs, and flexible, expert-guided adventure activities and excursions for all ages, with a maximum of 30-40 guests per ship. Aqua Expeditions currently operate river explorations on the Amazon (Peru), the Mekong (Cambodia and Vietnam), and coastal yacht voyages to Komodo National Park, Ambon and the Spice Islands, as well as Raja Ampat (East Indonesia). Its fourth vessel, the Aqua Nera, makes its maiden voyage this fall in the Peruvian Amazon.

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Eco-tourism

Eco-tourism: the sexy growing trend in travel

Traveling the world, while saving the planet – sounds too good to be true. Yet, eco-tourism – travel intended to support conservation efforts while enjoying nature – dates back to the 70s and has been growing in popularity in recent years.

The trend’s resurgence takes shape as sustainability and green living are becoming the buzzwords of the 21st century. So much so that a recent study shows that responsible travel is outpacing overall growth in the trillion-dollar-plus tourism industry.

Many are skeptical of the recent boom in eco-tourism’s popularity, questioning the motives of travelers journeying to obscure places through programs that conserve sea turtles, whales, even rhinos and chimpanzees. However, no matter the rationale behind travelers’ decisions to book an eco-driven trip, the positive outcome of these programs on the environment is undeniable, when properly organized. By simply traveling to the world’s parks and reserves, tourists are helping to protect those wilderness areas by paying park fees and contributing to a local economy that supports conservation efforts. For more adventurous travelers, however, there are charitable opportunities for scuba divers and nature explorers alike to get involved while taking a well-deserved getaway.

Expeditioners can dive into the epicenter of global marine biodiversity aboard a liveaboard ship in Raja Ampat, explore the “soft coral capital of the world” in Fiji, or travel to Kenya and gain an insider’s look at wildlife conservation in the savannas and seas of the region.

Last year alone, Oceanic Society, America’s oldest non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation, saw more than 1,400 hours of conservation-related volunteering logged by its travelers.

Founded in 1969, the organization leads more than 40 trips annually, with destinations across 16 countries, to ensure there is a trip for any interested traveler to help improve ocean health by deepening their connections with nature. Oceanic Society also leads whale watching expeditions in the San Francisco Bay area nearly every weekend of the year.

By participating in an eco-tourism expedition, participants become an active member in a global effort to build a healthy future for the oceans and environment. And who wouldn’t love a vacation that has an added feel-good bonus to it?