Indonesia’s Spice Islands attracts luxury adventure line Aqua Expeditions


Aqua Expeditions is branching out to luxury ocean cruising in 2019 with its first long range expedition yacht to be based year round in the East Indonesian Archipelago.

The expedition yacht, Aqua Blu, will make her first sailing on November 16, 2019 and primarily serve three destinations on 7-night coastal cruise itineraries:

  • Raja Ampat (round trip; December through to February; 10 departures per year)
  • Bali-Komodo National Park (bi-directional; April to September; 23 departures per year)
  • Ambon & Spice Islands (round trip; October to November; seven departures per year)

Aqua Blu will cruise in the heart of the Coral Triangle and traverse the fabled global spice trade route.

Aqua Blu Dining Room

“Indonesia spans four times zones and 17,000 islands, so the destinations have been built to get the best of the seasons in the year. Marine diversity is the highest in the world – even more than Galapagos,” says Francesco Galli Zugaro, CEO of Aqua Expeditions.

Aqua Blu Saloon

The ship is converted from a former British naval exploration vessel HMS Beagle in partnership with world-renowned yacht designer Cor D. Rover.

She has 15 individually-designed sea-facing suites in 3 cabin categories, a sun deck, indoor lounge and bar, outdoor jacuzzi, spa and top-of-the-line non-motorised watersports equipment such as diving and snorkelling gear, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Interconnecting Suite

Aqua Blu is also equipped with two high-powered tenders for sea excursions. Multiple excursions on land and water are planned to run concurrently. Water-based excursions will cater to both certified divers as well as leisure snorkelers.

The crew to guest ratio on Aqua Blu is one-to-one, and the guide ratio is eight to one.