Indonesian phinisi charter company Rascal Voyages is partnering Nihi Sumba resort in Wanokaka, West Sumba Regency to offer stay-and-sail itineraries.
James McBride, CEO of Nihi Hotels, commented that the partnership will help the company to continue to develop “off-grid, boundary pushing activities” in line with its positioning.
Surrounded by jungle and a stretch of private beach, Nihi Sumba offers 33 villas, a number of dining and drinking options and activities such as surfing, yoga and meditation, spa safaris, wild horse riding, and jungle trekking.
Now, guests of Nihi Sumba can explore remote Indonesian islands by embarking upon a private Rascal yachting experience around the archipelago at either end of their Sumba stay.
Rascal was the first phinisi yacht to offer a ‘floating villa’ experience,’ with all five double en-suite cabins above-deck. The 30m hand-crafted ironwood and teak yacht offers a 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio as well as land and sea activities.
The partners recommend the following itineraries:
- The first is from Komodo to Sumba. Guests will be met at Komodo Airport by the Rascal crew, before departing on a three-night journey, taking in Mount Agung, Gili Islands, Mount Rinjani, Gili Moyo and Komodo National Park.
- The second itinerary enables Nihi guests to witness pioneering research on a Rascal journey from Komodo to Nihi Sumba. With Conservation International experts on board, the six-night voyage will survey the behaviours of manta rays and raise awareness for the protected species and the marine biodiversity before disembarking for a land adventure at Nihi.
- Guests may also opt to voyage with Rascal after their Sumba stay, embarking on a night cruise from Sumba back to Bali’s Benoa harbour. Along the way, guests can soak up the sights of Komodo National Park, Mount Rinjani, Gili Mayo, the Gili islands and Mount Agung.
Itineraries start from US$35,483 based on a minimum of seven nights (three nights on board Rascal and four nights at Nihi Sumba).