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Nomad Archipelago

Sail in sustainable bliss with Nomad Archipelago, an adventure cruise company that explores the pristine seascapes of east Indonesia.

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Nomad Archipelago

Sail in sustainable bliss with Nomad Archipelago, an adventure cruise company that explores the pristine seascapes of east Indonesia.

Explore with Purpose

Nomad’s wooden yacht, the Bugis allows intrepid explorers to see the beauty and untouched wonder of destinations like Komodo National Park, Raja Ampat, Sulawesi and the islands of Banggai, on a slow travel, liveaboard experience, for up to eight nights.

Nomad Archipelago was born from a desire to protect the coral reefs, remote communities and marine ecosystems of Indonesia and the Philippines.

Travel Made Positive

Nomad are a unique operator that are actively making a difference in marine conservation.

  • 100% of Nomad’s proceeds go directly to Blue Alliance – a marine conservation charity
  • Nomad’s boats are powered in part by solar panels, are crafted from recycled teak and have no air-con
  • Local markets enroute provide food and there’s no imported meat on board
  • Nomad’s slow travel explorations go deeper into the destinations, forging connections with communities

Nomad Archipelago was born from a desire to protect the coral reefs, remote communities and marine ecosystems of Indonesia and the Philippines.

Travel Made Positive

Nomad are a unique operator that are actively making a difference in marine conservation.

  • 100% of Nomad’s proceeds go directly to Blue Alliance – a marine conservation charity
  • Nomad’s boats are powered in part by solar panels, are crafted from recycled teak and have no air-con
  • Local markets enroute provide food and there’s no imported meat on board
  • Nomad’s slow travel explorations go deeper into the destinations, forging connections with communities

Nomad’s Journeys

Depending on the season, Nomad operate in four areas of east Indonesia in between West Nusa Tengarra, the Flores Sea and northwards towards West Papua. Nomad sticks to lesser-known marine passages and have built relationships with island communities to really open up access to this remote part of the world that include Komodo and Raja Ampat and Banggai among other destinations.

You might take seven nights to drift around the coastal areas of Sulawesi, meeting the Bajau people and experiencing first-hand their extraordinary freediving skills and unique lifestyle, living entirely from the sea on stilted villages. Head ashore to encounter the forest-dwelling Wana tribe or enjoy a barbecue on a deserted island or snorkel the colourful and marine-rich underwater world.

Your Day at Sea

Nomad are not a dive boat and with 90% of the marine life that inhabit the coral reefs within four-metres of the surface, snorkelling is the best way to explore the clear-as-glass waters. Sailing to snorkelling spots busy with underwater life will form part of every day as will paddleboarding or kayaking the mirror-like sea and hiking islands clad in bright-green vegetation.

Itineraries are not totally set in stone either, so if something interesting pops up on your journey, you can stop to take closer look, or head onto shore for explorations, spending time on utterly idyllic tropical beaches or simply soaking up the epic seascapes around you. Nighttime on board is peaceful. With no noise or fumes from a generator, you’re free to stargaze lulled by the gentle slap of the waves on the hull.

Deeper Connections

Not only will you have the privileged opportunity to explore by boat this off-the-beaten track paradise, Nomad ensure that you have the chance to sensitively connect with culture in and around the far-flung island communities.

This could be as simple as going ashore with the crew to a local market to pick up food supplies, perhaps stopping for coffee at a warung or chatting with school children, or it might be a more immersive experience such as visiting the Wana tribe jungle dwellers – the first tribe to settle in Sulawesi. Fishing with Bajau ‘sea gypsies’ is an experience not to be forgotten as they freedive to inconceivable depths.

Deeper Connections

Not only will you have the privileged opportunity to explore by boat this off-the-beaten track paradise, Nomad ensure that you have the chance to sensitively connect with culture in and around the far-flung island communities.

This could be as simple as going ashore with the crew to a local market to pick up food supplies, perhaps stopping for coffee at a warung or chatting with school children, or it might be a more immersive experience such as visiting the Wana tribe jungle dwellers – the first tribe to settle in Sulawesi. Fishing with Bajau ‘sea gypsies’ is an experience not to be forgotten as they freedive to inconceivable depths.

Good to Know

The Bugis is a small vessel, taking on board between eight and twelve passengers in four sizeable cabins. This makes it ideal for a whole boat rental, creating a truly memorable and eye-opening marine adventure for a family or group of friends.

The boat has no air-con but cabins are above sea level meaning sea breezes can flow through louvered windows and each cabin comes with a fan.

What we Think

This is a surprisingly good value way to explore one of the most remote marine landscapes left in the world – and even better, your trip will support marine conservation as you sail, showing clearly how tourism can be a force for good.

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