fbKudanil Explorer — Thermal
Private berths
7+ nights
Nearest major airport
Komodo Airport (LBJ)

Catching waves in paradise

"After traveling through Indonesia in the '70s and realizing that there were plenty of untouched territories, we converted one of our heavy-duty ocean vessels into a luxury expedition yacht. The unique shape and nature of our yacht allow us to venture further and explore areas that other yachts cannot or don’t want to. Onboard you'll find comfort, style, and safety. Ride waves like never before while experiencing the true beauty of Indonesia and its surroundings."

The surf

Peak swell
Variable swell

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. In our trips we will definitely go to our "go-to spots", but there is always space to discover new waves.

The boat

The Kudanil Explorer is a 50-meter long luxurious vessel with a cruising speed of 10-14 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.

Getting there
As the Kudanil Explorer keeps traveling around, the best airport to fly to are Labuan Bajo and Maumere Airports. When the tri... read more

Kudanil Explorer

Leading trips since 2018
Thibaud Epstein
General Manager and Cruise Director
Thibaud Epstein
Thibaud Epstein

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!

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What's included?
Meals & non-alcoholic beverages. Sports equipment, trained guides.
What's not included?
Flights, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments, crew tips.
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 90 days before the trip starts.
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