Slow Travel, Exploration & Fun
The Nomad Experience: Eco-Friendly Slow Travel in Indonesia
Your holidays on our boat will be like a sting of fun-filled day. At your own pace, you are invited to enjoy the activities specific to our maritime environment: from snorkeling to diving, from kayaking to paddle-boarding, from swimming in crystal-clear water to beach-combing, we are not short of options.
The boat is also a unique way to reach remote islands that would otherwise take days to reach. Shore activities include visit of villages, hiking, trekking and cultural side-trips, all done in the spirit of slow travel.
Slow travel is about making connections, and that is what Nomad Archipelago’s cruises are all about. Connection with people, local cultures, nature, and your inner self–away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Our boat, cruise programs, activities, and destinations have been thought out to provide you with the best slow travel experience possible with tons of exploration and sweet discoveries that await.
No stress, no fuss–just pure bliss and fun.
Slow Travel Activities
We provide an array of amenities aboard our liveaboard boat the Bugis that allow a myriad of eco-friendly activities.
Over 90% of the marine life that inhabit coral reefs can be seen within 4 meters below the surface of the ocean.
This means that snorkelers can enjoy Indonesia’s world-renowned marine biodiversity without the hassle of putting on scuba gear.
You will be amazed to see how easy it is to see the rich diversity of reef fish and corals and occasionally the larger pelagic species such as manta rays, large trevally and even whale sharks (in specific locations), a truly unique experience. This kaleidoscopic world never disappoints and even exceeds anyone’s expectations.
Not surprisingly, snorkeling will be one of our major activity.
Lovely people, diverse cultures, fascinating stories, every village has a special character of its own, waiting to be discovered.
Our village visits would normally take place in the morning, sometimes early morning if we need to stock up on fresh produce in the local market.
Sights and sounds in the villages are many: we will often stop to visit the local school, walk the streets to witness the daily activities of the inhabitants, and generally immerse ourselves in their so different way of life.
Sometimes late afternoon, we’ll engage the locals in a match of football or volleyball.
Hiking and side visits
Exploring a land of extreme diversity
Sometimes we’ll come across such spectacular sceneries that we’ll organize some hiking to enjoy the area. It will be particularly true when we visit national parks or nature reserves, but also on volcanos, into rain forest or simply through cultivated fields close to villages.
On more important island, we sometimes rent a local vehicle to tour the place and visit its most interesting sites.
Indonesia is a dream country for photographers. Locals are friendly and would love to be photographed.
Village life will probably be the main focus of your photographic work. These places here are so different from what you are accustomed to, that you will fine opportunities at every corner: a life scene here, an interesting face there, a traditional and colorful event a bit further.
Then, there is nature: pristine, inviting, the territory is magnificent and there can be no doubt that you will fall in love.
Scuba diving in Indonesia tops the bucket list of many avid divers, and for good reason. Located in the Pacific Ocean’s “Coral Triangle” Indonesia is home to some of the world’s most biodiverse scuba diving destinations–Raja Ampat, Komodo, Wakatobi, and the list goes on.
Scuba diving is not our main focus, but we provide the necessary equipment onboard and experienced dive masters to guide you. One of our founders has over 20 years of experience as the cruise director of a number of dive liveaboard boats in Indonesia, and his expertise in diving safety as well as the dive sites in Indonesia will ensure that you will be in good hands.
Note that diving is available only when chartering the boat.
Let’s face it, we’ll spend quite a bit of time on beaches. Always, we’ll be alone to enjoy the sun or the shade of the swaying palm trees.
Relax under a coconut tree, sunbathe while reading, or doze off with the sound of crashing waves to lull you to sleep.
You want more action? Grab one of our kayaks or stand up paddle boards, or even a yoga mat! Feel like checking out underwater life? Let us know and we will bring you the necessary snorkeling equipment.
Then at sunset, sometimes at midday, we will set up a barbecue. Delicious food, great conversations, cold beers, fresh cocktails, and an amazing sunset to end the day. What else can you ask for?