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Ombak Putih

42m | 12 Cabins | 14 Crew | Indonesia
from US$ 2,500

The Ombak Putih is a traditional Indonesian schooner custom built from ironwood by Buginese ship builders in Batulicin, Kalimantan. Her keel was laid in 1995, and she became operational in 1997. In early 2015, the Ombak Putih was the subject of a major interior refit. Working with the unique heritage this vessel represents, her transformation is a conservation exercise back to authenticity, using only the best traditional materials, shaped by highly skilled Indonesian craftsmen. Yet, what goes on behind the scenes is the use of the most up-to-date technology and she is now equipped with a super yacht grade AC station and we are optimising our systems to the latest safety standards.


The Ombak Putih is 42 metres long, and provides accommodation for up to 24 guests in 12 comfortable cabins. With approximately 400 square metres of public space divided over two main decks, the Ombak Putih offers both open and covered space in abundance, allowing for privacy and serene relaxing. All cabins are located below deck and offer private en-suite bathrooms, portholes, individually controlled air conditioning, and ample storage space including safety deposit box. Led by Captain Feri, his 14 dedicated crew members hail from all regions of the archipelago and are here to make your stay with us a remarkable and memorable experience.

Bespoke Cruises

Led by professional guides and a full crew of sailors and stewards, we have a wide range of itineraries ranging from 7 to 12 days, from simple seven-day cruises through to our award-winning Expert-Led Cruise programme for those guests looking for more specialised journeys. After over 25 years in the business, our considerable knowledge and unparalleled knowledge of anchorages and local customs, together with a vast network of contacts from across the archipelago has allowed us to open up a whole new world to thousands of people from across the globe, something we take great pride in sharing.

From April to September we cruise on our regular schedule between Bali and Komodo and back again, before heading east to Maluku, Papua, Raja Ampat and Sulawesi around October through March with our Expert-Led cruises.

Our award-winning Expert-Led Cruise programme further feeds guests' search for adventure and knowledge, and is something that has provided recognised explorers, scientists and writers a platform for research, and for our guests, the design of some exceptional expeditions into a world that goes beyond the imagination.

Dances, Dragons & Magical Lakes
Tribal Weaving of the Lesser Sunda Islands
East Indies Spice Exploration
Spice Routes - Spice Wars
Wallace Trails & Sails: Naturalist Expedition II
Papua & Birds of Paradise - Dr Tony Whitten
Papua & Birds of Paradise - Alexander Reeuwijk
Raja Ampat Snorkelling and Paddling Tour
New Year Raja Ampat Adventure Cruise


The Ombak Putih has 12 cabins on board: 8 double cabins, either double bed or twin bunk beds, as well as 4 cabins which have a double bed plus a single bed to accommodate families. All cabins have attached bathrooms with shower (warm/cold) and toilet. Each cabin has ample storage, individually controlled cooling systems and soft lighting. If you prefer to sleep out on deck, number of light sleeping bags and mattresses are available. Bath towels and beach towels are provided on board.

Private Bathroom | Toilet & Hot Shower | Washbasins | Complimentary Toiletries | Air-con | Towels | Beach Towels | Mini Safe

Twin Cabins
Double Cabins
Triple Cabins

Facilities & Services

  • Free tea, soft drinks, juices, coffee and mineral water
  • Excellent food and snacks (vegetarian and special menus on request)
  • Fine selection of wines, beer and spirits for sale
  • Professional cruise directors
  • Outdoor sleeping facilities
  • Complimentary snorkelling equipment and two sea canoes
  • Television, DVD and music centre in lounge
  • Dining in spacious air conditioned lounge
  • Open air-dining on Deck
  • Teak wooden furniture in lounge, cabins and on deck
  • Spacious sun and semi-covered decks
  • Library

Boat Specifications

Boat SpecificationsSafety
  • Vessel: Traditional Indonesian Schooner
  • Construction: Kalimantan, Indonesia, 1996/7
  • Registry: Indonesia
  • Length over deck: 36 metres
  • Length over all: 42 metres
  • Beam:10.5 metres
  • Draft: 3.5 metres
  • Engine: Mercedes 12 cylinder marine engine
  • Rig: Gaff rigged ketch – 350sqm sails: two main, two top, three jib
  • Cruising speed: 7-10 knots
  • Maximum speed: 12 knots
  • Voltage: 220 volts
  • Tenders: Two, both with 40hp Yamaha
  • Decks:One main deck, one sun deck, one cabin deck
  • Capacity: 24 guests
  • Cabins: 12
  • Water capacity: 25,000 litres
  • Fuel Capacity: 14,000 litres
  • Watermaker: Capacity 2,500 liters per day
  • Auxiliary Power:Two generators, 45kva and 25kva 
  • Two lifeboats, capacity 25 people each
  • Liferings with lights
  • 50 lifejackets with lights
  • Children’s lifejackets
  • Fire alarm system, extinguishers, pump
  • Emergency mobile fire pump
  • Extensive first aid kits
  • Defibrillator (AED)
  • Medical oxygen supply


  • Furuno GPS
  • Koden radar
  • Second GPS with Hainan chart plotter
  • Koden echosounder
  • MaxSea computer-based navigation system
  • VHF and SBB radios
  • Satellite phones
  • EPIRB emergency beacon
  • Paper charts and manual utilities


  1. Highly Recommended

    Ttravel in elegant style to magic places. They are deservedly top of the range for yacht travel around the islands of Indonesia. We were a group of eleven friends on the ‘Circle of Spice’ tour with Janet de Neefe in November 2015. In our view the trip could not have been bettered. The ‘Ombak Putih’ yacht, the crew and expert staff gave much more than expected, so that each day was a delight. If you have an interest in spices and their history, we can’t imagine a better, or more appropriate way, to discover more. Very highly recommended.

  1. Extraordinary Experience

    The Ombak Putih voyage with Ian Burnet was the most marvellous thing I have ever done. I thought I knew Indonesia well, having been travelling there since 1967 and teaching the language all these years, but my eyes have been opened to a different world on this trip on your beautiful boat. Below, for your interest, is a summary of what I wrote about it which is from my Xmas letter to friends. I also wrote a ” ship’s log ” each day which is much longer! I wanted to record the details of this extraordinary experience. Caroline and Jenny were fantastic. And the wonderful crew! Speaking Indonesian meant I could get to know some of them, esp John and Made. In a thousand ways the crew were so helpful and kind to all of us oldies,esp helping us in and out of boats which was at times a challenge for me. Thank you for this amazing opportunity to sail aboard the Ombak Putih.

  1. An Unforgettable Experience

    I would like to express my thanks for your e-mail as well as for my very special voyage aboard the ‘Ombak Putih’ in November last year. Please give my personal thanks to Dian Gafar, our tour guide for the Wallace II trip, for the friendly and efficient way he dealt with both the passengers and crew throughout the journey, it was an unforgettable experience.

  1. One of the Best Holiday Trips of My Life

    One of the best holiday trips of my life. First-class crew, unique food, everyday a new adventure, a new experience.

  1. Wonderful

    Wonderful service, wonderful expertise, wonderful food.

  1. Experience of a Lifetime

    From day one we had the experience of a lifetime, days blended into nights into days, often to the point you wondered what day it was.

  1. Wonderful is an Understatement

    To say that these ten days have been wonderful is an understatement, one could properly only speak in superlatives! Green islands, blue seas ... will definitely be back.

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