Uncover new species while cruising some of the world’s most spectacular marine environments onboard a modern, hand-crafted phinisi, built specifically to explore the Indonesian Archipelago in absolute comfort. The Rascal Voyages Exploration Series is the ultimate in experiential travel – a collection of research expeditions jointly conducted with world-renowned environmental group Conservation International (CI).
Each exclusive itinerary has been tailored to take intrepid travellers into the heart of pristine regions of the Indonesian Archipelago.
A taste of our experiences
You will have a front-row seat as we explore Indonesia’s southernmost island of Nihiwatu Sumba and conduct manta ray surveys as well as monitor the coral reefs in the area with our partners CI.
Marvel at the Komodo dragons in the Komodo National Park and conduct high-tech shark satellite tagging before venturing overland to Nihi Sumba - ranked as the world's best resort three years running by Travel and Leisure. This will be a great chance to decompress and enjoy some of Sumba's unique culture and the exclusive surf breaks, sport fishing and incredible wellness spa.
Swimming with the world’s largest fish
Imagine spending time with one of the world’s foremost shark experts while swimming with and spending time with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. At Cenderawasih Bay off West Papua, you’ll gaze at these majestic creatures while enjoying spectacular opportunities to dive, snorkel, kayak, paddle board and more in Indonesia's largest national marine park where the waters are up to 1500m deep.
Explore stunning reefs brimming with a multitude of marine life in unbelievably clear waters, lounge on beautiful unspoilt beaches, before settling in to the comfort of Rascal for first class views, sunset cocktails and an exquisite meal.
Tracing the north Papua coastline - an area which has never been scientifically surveyed before, you’ll travel through unexplored marine areas and search for a new species of walking shark – a quirky little shark that shuffles through the shallows wiggling and pushing with its fins.
You will spend time meandering through old Dutch forts in the Banda Islands - the centre of the spice trade from the 17th to the 19th centuries or visit the tiny island of Run, which interestingly, the English traded to the Dutch in exchange for Manhattan. Visit an active volcano one day and work with traditional Indonesian fishermen the next as you assist in the tagging of thresher sharks – each voyage is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, filled with stories of adventure and pure pleasure.