Beyond Bali: sailing Indonesian islands (in pictures)

Sailing Indonesia Bali | Travel Boating Lifestyle | Fiona Harper travel writerThere are few better ways to explore an archipelago country than by boat. Especially when the country in question has an estimated 17,000 islands. I say estimated because the powers that govern Indonesia aren’t even sure how many there are! By the same yardstick it’s hard to say how much coastline there is – the best guestimate is over 200,000 km. Whatever the actual numbers, what isn’t in dispute is how stunning this island archipelago country is.

Sailing Indonesia Bali | Travel Boating Lifestyle | Fiona Harper travel writerWhat you may not know is that the real treasures lie beneath the sea’s surface. The underwater marine world is simply stunning. Whether you’re a hard core scuba diver or a newbie snorkeller, you’ll not be bored in Indonesian waters. I was fortunate to travel east recently from Bali towards Flores onboard traditional sailing vessel (known as a pinisi) Al iikai. Owned and run by Australian expat, and serial snorkeller, Amanda Zsebik, Indonesian Island Sail offers extraordinary cruises through the Indonesian islands.Sailing Indonesia Bali | Travel Boating Lifestyle | Fiona Harper travel writer

Highlights were many, but the moments that will stay with me forever come from a morning spent snorkelling with enormous, oh-so-elegant manta rays in the aptly named Manta Alley. Unfortunately I don’t have any images from this remarkable experience, but I do have plenty of others to share. Follow Travel Boating Lifestyle and Al iikai on #BetterthanBali on Instagram for more photos. Enjoy!

Fiona Harper was a guest of Indonesian Island Sail

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