Another interesting option from Northrop and Johnson is the 56-meter Salila, built in steel in Indonesia by Daya Radar Utama in 1991 and extensively refitted between 2009 and 2012 in Jakarta, where she was converted to a private luxury charter yacht.

There are six double and four twin cabins, allowing for 20 guests, and the 1800 HP Akasaka engine accomplishes fairly sedate passages at 7-8 kts. The vessel is air-conditioned, has a top deck jacuzzi, sun pads, lots of deck space and a library where many old-fashioned but fun board games are kept.

Say the agents: “Families, friends and business associates can have the vacation of a lifetime exploring, hiking, diving, surfing, swimming, snorkelling and taking part in many other watersports, all in luxurious comfort.”

“The interior of Salila is pleasing to the eye, welcoming and harmonious. Natural woods, marble and cream furnishings create a warm, comfortable atmosphere. Local photo art and original paintings add interesting touches. A large foredeck and five split-level decks with walkarounds provide open, shaded lounge areas, outdoor dining and soft sofas. Guests can alternate sunbathing on the wide sun lounges with a dip in the jacuzzi to cool off. Salila has two large, luxurious master suites with bathtub and large sea-viewing windows. The additional four King-bed doubles and four twin guest suites enable a full complement of 20 guests to take part in a charter”.

The yacht employs two insured, certified dive instructors and has three compressors, 40 tanks and 20 sets of snorkelling gear. She has 20 crew and additional specialists, such as massage therapists or fishing guides can be hired at about US$100 a day. Two 10-person tenders with twin 115 HP outboards each are used mostly for dive expeditions, and there is a small speed boat with 40 HP engine to support swimmers, snorkelers and kayakers.

Salila is Indonesian-flagged and can operate throughout the archipelago. Talk to the agents about varied itineraries in Bali, Komodo National Park or Raja Ampat. Charter rate with 20 guests aboard is US$103,950, all inclusive.

For more information, do visit Northrop and Johnson.

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