Based on comments from
past cruisers in Indonesia, the desire to avoid congestion
and environmental damage at anchorages, the advantages of
reducing large peaks of visitors at shore attractions, and
the plan to make cruising in Indonesia a year round
experience, the Equator Asia
cruise format of small groups of like-minded yachts
teaming together to create a cruise group to explore the
area in a loose format, sometimes together and sometimes
apart as people choose to spend longer or shorter times
at particular stops, attractions, shore excursions,
the case of
each cruise group is planned to be 2 to 10 yachts (ie:
to 30 people) to suit anchorages, shore facilities etc.
is expected that multiple cruise groups will operate,
each with a start and finish date that suits their
particular interests, time availability, speed, and
plans subsequent to their
Multiple cruise groups can be created, and will begin
their journey about two weeks apart. The start date will
be the date the group departs their Indonesian entry
port, probably either Kupang, Saumlaki or Ambon.
co-ordinate each cruise group's departure date from
their arrival port in Indonesia, with a view to allowing
about two weeks between cruise group starts; to help all
cruise groups enjoy an uncongested experience.
season is nine months, from March to November each year.
A March or April start will suit yachts left in marinas
in Darwin during the southern hemisphere TS season, and
who's crews wish to take the best advantage of an early
start to enter Indonesia, with the opportunity to spend
perhaps six months exploring along the
routes, visiting, relaxing and lingering through the
myriad anchorages, islands, shore experiences and local
events; departing Indonesia in early to mid September
A mid-season start - eg: in June/July, or to co-incide
with the Darwin to Dili Race/Rally in July - would give
yachts about four months in Indonesia, before continuing
this route to Sabah, Palawan and finally Brunei, by late
A late start - eg: to co-incide with the Darwin to Ambon
race/rally in August - would give
yachts two to three months in Indonesia before
continuing this route to Sabah, Palawan and finally to
Brunei, by early December.
There is considerable flexibility with how yachts choose
to implement their
The purpose of
is to facilitate cruising yachts enjoying an extended
cruise through the sub-region, so as long as yachts
include all four countries, the exact timing and route
can be flexible. FOr example:
A late start at Ambon in mid/late August, followed by 2
months months to enjoy the Moluccas and Halmahera
islands, and onto Tarakan, Sabah, and quick trip across
the Sulu sea (in the NE Monsoon) to Puerto Princessa
(for Philippines CIQ) for Christmas/New Year. Then south
along the east coast of Palawan with the NE Monsoon to
the islands off Sabah, into Brunei by late January, and
hop down the Sarawak coast with the NE/NW Monsoon,
around the bottom of Borneo to Kumai. Then onto Bali
with the tail end of the NW Monsoon; to rest and prepare
for an Indian Ocean crossing to South Africa.
An early start in April/May, at Kupang. followed by a
month cruising the islands of Alor and Flores to Labaun
Bajo and Komodo. Then Bonerate, Wakatobi and across to
Ambon, the Spice Islands, Halmaheras, Moratai and west
to Tarakan by August. The Kinabattangan River, Sandakan/Sepilok
(Orangutan Sanctuary), across the Sulu Sea (in the SW
monsoon) to dive at Tubattaha Reefs, Philippines, CIQ in
Puerto Princessa and up the east coast of Palawan to
Coron area by the mid October to wait for the NE Monsoon
for a great trip south along the west coast of Palawan,
across to the islands of Sabah and arrive in Brunei for
Christmas/New Year at Royal Brunei Yacht Club.
Ride the NE/NW Monsoon down the west coast of Borneo to
Singapore, Malaysia and up to Thailand.
Morning offshore breeze along the
west coast of Borneo.
Please return here to
get further details
as the rally schedule develops.
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