The best time to surf in Indonesia is during the dry season, which is usually between April and October. This is when consistent Indian Ocean groundswells hit the islands and the south and southwest coasts receive strong offshore winds.
On our different routes, we will be able to experience different waves that are usual in a specific spot. For example, Nusa Tenggara Timur offers perfect dry season conditions and very accessible waves, away from the surf hubs of Indonesia. You will stop by the hidden breaks of Rote, Savu and other islands en route – enjoy uncrowded waves selected especially for Kudanil Explorers. In West Papua, the breaks are also incredibly uncrowded, the water warm and the stoke incredible. We will definitely go to our "go-to spots" in our trips, but there is always space to discover new waves.
We will spend more time around Papua from December to February, in March and October, as it’s the peak surf season there. March and Oct usually have very light winds, offer glassy, clean surf and that's the time to come if you prefer that to bigger swells (and stronger winds) that can occur in July and August.
The Kudanil Explorer is a 50-meter long luxurious vessel with a cruising speed of 10 knots. The boat is equipped with a jacuzzi, a spa, 2 restaurants (outdoor and indoor), a library lounge, a top deck lounge, a cinema, and a sky salon. 8 comfortable berths accommodate up to 16 guests. In addition to being luxurious, the boat was built as a safety standby vessel engineered with the highest levels of reliability. This expedition yacht will not only allow you to explore and go on adventures like never before, but it will also give you the chance to relax and pamper yourself. Onboard you'll also have access to 4 stand-up paddleboards, 10 kayaks, a wakeboard, a waterski, and a ping pong table.
There are eight private cabins (private berths). Each bedroom comes with one king-size bed or two single beds (additional beds are available for children upon request), an en-suite bathroom, a private terrace complete with a daybed, two chairs, and a coffee table. There’s adjustable air-conditioning, wifi and an entertainment system that includes movies and TV series.
In 1976, I traveled through Indonesian waters for the first time. Because of our company’s offshore oil exploration, I found myself going to unknown territories that have been left alone for centuries. Outside Java, many of Indonesia’s lands remained basically untouched. And a lot of their stories, untold.
Fortunately, we lived to tell the tale. A tiger attacking an engineer in Kalimantan. Me face to face with Anatole, the house python. The magnificent sight of Pinisi fleets. It all felt unreal, like a hidden world or a forgotten era. I decided I would have to return.
So for the last 20 years, in my spare time, I’ve been sailing across Singapore to Papua on my own boats. But even then, I still cannot say that I know Indonesia – its biodiversity, geography, flora and fauna, its people, their culture, religions, and beliefs.
So when the opportunity came, I decided to convert one of our heavy-duty ocean vessels into a luxury expedition yacht – comfort & style meets safety & security. Voyagers can explore farther than ever, go deeper into the unknown, and ride waves like never before. And still, at the end of the day, rest, assured.
Welcome on board, and bon voyage!