The only way to see much of Indonesia is by sea. Almost 20,000 islands are spread across three time zones: it is vast and very varied. The currents are strong, and the anchorages and ports are few and far between. At cazenove+loyd, we have worked with traditional phinisi and, in the last decade, these have become more and more professional and comfortable. 2020 sees the launch of the Aqua Blu, a small, expeditionary yacht for divers and non-divers alike that combines access with great comfort. It is a game changer. I was lucky enough to join the inaugural expedition at the back end of 2019. Fifteen cabins can be taken individually and the boat offers cabin comfort and inside-outside space, which means both privacy and conviviality. Or for the ultimate private charter, it has no peer in the region.
My paternal grandmother was born in Auckland in 1900 and her tales of an idyllic childhood on the North Island are a constant in my childhood memories. On account of her four siblings, I have cousins dotted throughout the country, so my next trip is a combination of making connections old and new, and coming back with a fresh angle on a new destination for cazenove+loyd.