Rascals' All Time Favourite Trips
Best for diving – 7 – 14 days in Raja Ampat
Underwater camera at the ready. Diving adventures are one of Rascal’s fortes and guests receive outstanding underwater adventure packages. Experienced divers can embark on an adventure around Raja Ampat’s four main islands of Salawati, Batanta, Waigeo and Misool and the surrounding paradise of approximately 1,500 largely uninhabited islands, plunging blue seas and world-class aquamarine life.
Incredible diving spots include Magic Mountain, Cape Kri, Manta Sandy, Nudi Rock and Boo Windows - areas so remote that Rascal’s routes often involve uninterrupted days of discovery. Home to the world’s most bio-diverse marine ecosystem and untouched habitats, the area boasts 1,200 species of fish, 550 species of coral, and six of the world’s seven species of sea turtle. At Kofiau Island, a record breaking 284 species can be found on one single dive.
[expander_maker more="Read more" less="Read less"]The Rascal cruise director will choose optimum sites for the guests on board – from amateur dive photographers to macro enthusiasts. The less advanced can snorkel the vibrant coral slopes of the Dampier Strait which separates the Raja Ampat islands of Waigeo and Batanta or kayak across the breathtaking Wayag Island maze. Here guests will find turtles, sharks, resident dolphins and manta rays. The island of Batanta offers day trips for bird watching, jungle and waterfall treks, and evening anchorages for viewing island sunsets and feasting on fresh seafood dinners.[/expander_maker]
Best for surf
Charters with a challenge - Rascal caters for groups craving the greatest surfing experiences in the Indonesian ocean. The most sought-after surf spots in the southern coasts of Sumba, East Indonesia, boast major swells that are incomparable to anywhere else in Southeast Asia. Excursions include a visit to the world’s best reserve-only wave at Nihiwatu Sumba island and unchartered breaks in the northern reaches of Raja Ampat which allow surfers to share a wave with village kids on handcrafted wooden bodyboards.
[expander_maker more="Read more" less="Read less"]Lombok’s stunning Gili Islands west of Sumatra roll out adrenaline-raising waters – the Gili Trawangan wave is a consistent 2 metres high, and for the less advanced, a few days spent with a board off Sumbawa Island will raise confidence and provide a new passion for ocean sports.
Guests will receive an exclusively tailored Rascal itinerary from the region’s expert surfing masters, which include knowledge and wisdom of both local and international professionals who carefully consider the group’s needs, season and length of trip.[/expander_maker]
Best for Care-Free Cruising (Bali to Komodo)
Departing from Bali, the route brings together panoramic volcanic views, superb snorkeling, diving, and pristine white and pink beaches.
Komodo, Padar and Rinca are the three main islands which make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the native Komodo Dragons, wild horses, water buffalo, wild boar and monkeys. Daring group members can climb a local summit for moonscape views of the Komodo Archipelago. The less courageous can soak up the surroundings on Rascal’s vast 1280ft infinity roof deck, which offers ample sunbathing space by day and unforgettable stargazing opportunities by night. Unlimited water sports opportunities present themselves throughout the trip; the Rascal sea kayaks are ideal for explorations of the crystal-clear waters and hours can be spent wakeboarding around the stunning coves and bays.
[expander_maker more="Read more" less="Read less"]A stop at Rinca Island enables guests to stroll through the park or explore famous dive sites, relax on a sandy beach or navigate nearby coves. Nestled in the channel between Komodo Island and Flores, the dive sites of Tarawa Besar and Kecil offer bustling coral reefs and pelagic encounters. The journey reaches its destination with a Padar Island stop and a private sunset barbeque in a secluded white sand bay.[/expander_maker]
Best for Island Hopping - Ambon & the Banda islands
Rascal was born from a desire to explore Southeast Asia’s waters in uninhibited style, and her island-hopping itineraries are like no other.
A seven-day charter experience of Ambon and the volcanic Banda Islands enables guests to embark upon a luxury voyage of an area steeped in history, with unforgettable sunsets, fascinating culture and laidback hospitality.
Ambon Island, north of the Banda Sea, is cloaked in tropical rainforest with incredible clear water snorkeling, whale and dolphin spotting. A 25km cruise out from Ambon leads guests to a network of submerged caves, where guests will witness the ritual of locals feeding sacred eels with chickens.
[expander_maker more="Read more" less="Read less"]The journey includes a stop at Rhun Island, a prime snorkeling spot which was swapped with the British for Manhattan in 1677 for it’s rich resources of nutmeg and mace. Several hop off stops provide an immersion into the beauty of the charming colonial villages – ancient forts, local mother-of-pearl markets and remnants of the 15th century. This colourful town facing the Gunung Api volcano includes a visit to a nutmeg plantation and for more energetic guests, a trek up the 640-metre Gunung Api volcano serves up spectacular views of the ten islands of the Banda archipelago.[/expander_maker]