As a nation of more than 17,000 islands, cruising is an obvious choice for exploring the volcanic peaks and low-lying atolls of Indonesia. Cruising here is often slightly more adventurous than in other parts of Southeast Asia, with the emphasis on nature as much as culture.
A number of boats, including schooners, luxury yachts and liveaboards, ply these waters. They can take you to Komodo, home of the impressive Komodo Dragon, Flores, Sumba, Papua, Sulawesi and the Spice Islands, mooring in remote areas that are seldom visited. You can also explore the waterways of the Tanjung Puting National Park in search of gentle orangutan.
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Our suggested Indonesia cruising itineraries
Each of these itineraries features an element, big or small, of experiencing Indonesia by boat. As we've discovered, cruising lets you slow the pace and gain a different — sometimes exclusive — perspective on a destination. As with all our itineraries, treat these as just inspiration for your uniquely created trip.
Ships selected by our specialists
Ranging from luxurious floating hotels to far simpler options, the selection of Indonesia cruise vessels you can choose from all have one thing in common: they offer unparalleled access to sights well off the beaten track.