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Exploring the Remote Flores Archipelago with Silolona Sojourns

Silolona Sojourns’ team of experts work tirelessly to ensure guests experience an authentic side of Indonesia.

By Elite Traveler

The wonders of Indonesia are well documented – well-heeled and novice travelers alike have long flocked to this portion of the world in search of awe-inspiring landscapes and cultural immersion. While the beauty of these well-trodden portions of Indonesia can’t be denied, leader in luxury yacht charter expeditions, Silolona Sojourns is doing things differently.

Founded by the late Patti Seery – an American entrepreneur and traveler – in 2004, Silolona Sojourns’ team is comprised of experts in the region, who work tirelessly to ensure guests experience an authentic side of Indonesia that few others can. The company’s new Flores Archipelago itinerary invites travelers seeking something off the beaten track to an alternative portion of the Southeast Asian region, which, despite its dramatic beauty and vast culture, remains a well-kept secret.

The itinerary begins in Maumere – the capital of Flores Island – before traversing its way through the secluded archipelago and culminating at the unspoiled shores of Sumba Island. Along the way, the carefully crafted trip calls at some of the region’s most visually stunning sites, both on land and beneath the waves.

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The carefully crafted trip calls at some of the region’s most visually stunning sites / ©Silolona Sojourns

The Batutara Volcano, for example, promises to mesmerize with its regular ferocious spits of fiery lava, while the islands of Alor, on the Eastern Flores, beckon with their thriving coral reefs and plentiful marine life.

In line with Seery’s steadfast dedication to helping preserve and protect Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage, Silolona Sojourns’ charter itineraries are carefully designed to promote conservation without any voyeurism – and this journey is no exception.

Guests will enjoy a rare glimpse into the region’s ikat textile customs via a visit to a weaving village, where they will meet groups of ibu-ibu (mothers) and look on as they practice traditional local weaving techniques. Another cultural highlight will be experienced at Lembata Island, where local livelihood is primarily built around the lontar palm – a visit to the island will offer a deep dive into how a culture has been built around a humble tree.

ikat textile weaving
Guests will enjoy a rare glimpse into the region’s ikat textile customs via a visit to a weaving village / ©Silolona Sojourns

Back onboard Silolona Sojourns’ grand sailing vessels, the local immersions continue, with the yacht’s chef conjuring up regionally inspired delicacies, designed to mirror the diversity of the regions visited. Guests can also indulge in a wide array of onboard activities and experiences, from spa treatments to reclining on the sun-drenched deck. 

Combining authentic local experiences with awe-inspiring natural wonders, Silolona Sojourns’ Flores Archipelago charters cast this rich portion of Indonesia in a brilliant new light. The new itinerary joins the company’s wide array of journeys across a number of sought-after Southeast Asian destinations, including Myanmar, Langkawi and the Raja Ampat islands.

To find out more and book, visit silolona.com

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