We think of white sandy shores, pristine waters, and (if we’re being completely honest) a glowing tan when we think of the perfect island getaway. But what if we could have all that, and help out marine life? And should we add, do it all in the name of luxury travel?
Rascal Voyages is far from what its name presents. Voyages, sure, but the private charter company has now partnered with Conservation International Indonesia (CI Indonesia) to journey across some of the world’s most remote and protected waters, while giving travellers a chance to partake in scientific expeditions.
The ‘exploration series’ comes in line with the Rascal’s plans to unveil more vessels of the Phinisi; above-water accomodations set to travel across the Indonesian Archipelago, Southeast Asia, The Indian Ocean, and more. Beyond that, the experiences will be led by some of the world’s most renowned scientists.
You’re probably wondering how this gives you the chance to help protect marine life, and what ‘luxury travel’ onboard entails. And on the luxury front, expect world-class service, pop-up island dinners, and cocktail parties. The cabins aren’t too hard to enjoy either. Exhibit A:
Still, the biggest attraction is off board — sailing where no tourist has sailed before at virtually untouched areas of natural beauty. And while you do, witness breakthroughs in the understanding of marine biodiversity as you dive and snorkel. Guests will learn about coral health and marine life, use drone technology to survey the seas, and meet local communities to find out more about marine resource management.
It all began on a trip to Raja Ampat this year, when the crew discovered two new species of fish and two manta cleaning stations, which led to the identification of at least 25 new manta individuals as well as the opportunity to take these expeditions a step further.
The first voyage sets sail in December to Mapia Atoll; a 5-day expedition led by renowned turtle expert Dr Ricardo Tapilatu from the State University of Papua, along with world-renowned Dr Mark Erdmann and a team of Indonesian conservation experts. The atoll comprises of four main islands and a stunning lagoon with sheer outer reef walls that sink thousands of meters into the western Pacific abyss.
Guests will be able to book a voyage on The Exploration Series by visiting www.rascalvoyages.com.