Affordable Destinations for Your 2017 Vacation

With so much information available online, finding bargain destinations to travel to has never been easier. The destinations presented below are among the cheapest, offering the most beautiful and spectacular sights and experiences.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is located on the eastern part of the island of Hispaniola. The main tourist attractions here are the capital – Santo Domingo and the areas around Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, and La Romana. This beautiful Caribbean country is a captivating blend of gorgeous natural beauty, culture, and history. The Dominican Republic is home to breathtaking jungles, wonderful sunny beaches, vast coral reefs and amazing waterfalls.

Compared to some other Caribbean destinations, the Dominican Republic is still very affordable in general. It offers all-inclusive resorts at surprisingly low cost.


This charming Mediterranean country is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and because of its economic difficulties, the cost of holidaying there is pretty low. With over sixty beautiful islands, astonishing historic sites, and golden sandy beaches, Greece is much more than just a tourist destination.

Besides the capital, Athens, top things to see in Greece include Mount Athos, Delphi Theatre, the Meteora Monasteries, and the island of Santorini. You can take the advantage of layby holidays and early bird specials, and set off on an amazing journey to astonishing Greek islands like Mykonos, Rhodes, Corfu, or Crete.

Mexico City

One of the most fascinating cities in the world, Mexico City offers an incredible number of beautiful parks, museums, ancient pyramids, astonishing architecture, and delicious food from every region of Mexico. The city’s top tourist attractions include the historic city center, National Museum of Anthropology, National Library of Anthropology, Museo Casa de León Trotsky, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Frida Kahlo Museum, Diego Rivera Studio, and much more. Also, Mexico City is surprisingly safe and tourist-friendly for a city of more than 20 million people.

Despite everything it has to offer, Mexico City is a very cheap destination. You’ll be able to wine and dine in top restaurants, stay in wonderful hotels, visit all the cathedrals and monuments, without having to pay too much.


Although Vietnam is one of the cheapest locations you can travel to, it has a lot to offer. Vietnam is a land of impressive landscapes and forested mountains in the north, and beautiful sunny beaches in the south. Here, you can choose between modern cities and colonial towns, archaeological sites and beautiful islands. Some of the best places to visit in Vietnam include Ha Long Bay – the astonishing bay of rocky outcrops and turquoise water, the city of Hanoi, the beautiful old city of Hoi An, and the quiet mountain town of Sapa.

Vietnam is a super cheap destination. You’ll find plenty of budget-friendly things to do there. You can go hiking on some of the long-distance hiking trails, explore the natural beauty of Central Highlands, cruise along Halong Bay, or simply enjoy exploring Ho Chi Minh’s beautiful streets. If you love cooking, you can learn how to prepare local dishes by joining a cookery class.

Of course, there are other bargain destinations you can visit in 2017. For instance, the Balkan countries like Bulgaria, Serbia, or Montenegro have so many interesting things to offer to travelers with a low budget. Even some other Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia, or Thailand deserve to be on this list. No matter where you choose to go, remember to make reservations in advance, which will reduce the overall price. And if you choose to travel to one of these destinations, you will see some breathtaking views, while spending next to nothing.

6 Most Relaxing Vacation Destinations

While some vacations are supposed to be wild adventures (mountain biking through the Highlands of Scotland) or family fun (visiting Walt Disney World), other destinations focus only on relaxation and rest. If you want your next vacation to be peaceful and filled with wonderful, natural landscapes and sunny beaches, head to one of these fantastic vacation spots.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has many great spots for disconnecting from the stress of everyday life. You can enjoy surfing, kayaking, horseback riding, or just take a massage in open air bungalow with an oceanfront view. If you’re nature lover, you can explore the beautiful Costa Rica’s rainforests, or you can simply relax on one of the hidden and stunning beaches on Costa Rica’s spectacular coastline.


Ireland’s rural charm will definitely put you in a relaxed frame of mind. This country is the perfect place to take a spa resort vacation, or you can simply rent a car and enjoy a peaceful coastal drive. The Irish countryside is just beautiful and largely unspoiled, with eccentric old villages, where time seems to move more slowly. Combine this with a lively pub life, and you’ll find Ireland one of the best destinations to de-stress and relax in the world.


If you’re looking for a really relaxing getaway, one of the best places on earth is definitely Malaysia. Full of opportunity for enjoyment and exploration, Malaysia is the perfect place where you can just switch off for a few days. You can hike or backpack through the countryside, or find some peace at one of Borneo’s tranquil coastal resorts. Malaysia is considered one of the world’s top relaxing destinations, so no wonder the experts from Heath Group advise those who are under stress to go to this beautiful country.


Iceland is full of spectacular natural phenomena like gushing waterfalls, beautiful volcanoes, and gorgeous landscapes. You can explore the wildness and nature of this stunning island, drive along the magnificent Westfjords, visit spectacular sites like Snæfellsnes or Tjörnes Peninsula, go for a horseback riding tour in South Iceland, or take a relaxing bath at the Mývatn natural geothermal baths. Iceland’s mineral-rich waters are very healthy and thought to have healing properties. Combine that with the rich culture of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, and you can’t choose a better location for relaxing and enjoyment.


Yes, Vietnam! This beautiful country has so much to offer including stunningly beautiful forests, incredible rivers, and sunny beaches. There are endless activity options such as boat tours to ancient Vietnam towns or exploration of old fishing villages with warm and crystal-clear water. Some of the top destinations to visit in Vietnam include the ancient city of Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and Hoi An, famously known as the Venice of Vietnam because of its carefully carved canals.

New Zealand

Blessed with diverse and naturally beautiful landscapes, New Zealand is another vacation destination. Wild and rocky beaches, lush vegetation and unique coastline, incredible rainforests and mountains – that’s what makes New Zealand such an extraordinary vacation spot. You can enjoy jetboat rides, river rafting, hiking and biking, or go bungee jumping. Queenstown, for example, can be your perfect destination for wine tasting in nearby vineyards, or you can visit an authentic Maori village and participate in native sings and cultural shows. Aside from that, you can enjoy a thermal pool spa therapy or take a walking tour to discover the wonders of this mystical city that sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Of course, there are other places worth mentioning. However, this list should be a good start in your search for a quiet vacation where you can finally enjoy relative peace and quiet.

Enjoying Your Trip on a Budget



For those who are trying to enjoy their trips abroad, can be a real life saver. You definitely want to consider different ways that you can reduce your expenses on your trip to Australia, if only so that you can make sure you have enough funds to go back and visit again. When you are in the planning stages of your trip, you should definitely think about reserving hotels that are within your budget, but do not let that keep you from having a good time.’s new partnership with Groupon can help you book fantastic hotels that provide an amazing experience, while still giving you the ability to save money. The way they do that is by offering regular discounts. Right now, you can score 10% off, $50 off, 50% off, and even an entire night for free. Those are just the coupons available today; and Groupon are constantly updating the available coupons, so you should definitely check back regularly as your trip approaches, and even while on your trip. If you keep a close eye on’s Groupon page, you are likely to find some really amazing deals for your hotel stays on your trip.

When you are planning an amazing trip to Australia, you do not want to let money matters dictate what you are able to do and see on your trip. If you are starting to experience a little bit of constrictions due to a tight budget, you should definitely be looking for ways to save money. You do not have to cut back on fun activities to save money, though. Cutting out fun activities is really a poor way to save money: you are turning your long-planned trip to one of the most interesting countries in the world into merely an exercise in self-restraint. Rather than try to see how much fun stuff you can avoid in Australia, see how much you can do while spending less. By using’s new partnership with Groupon, you can still enjoy everything you had intended to in Australia, and more, but come out ahead on your budget.

5 Trips for Travelling in the UK This Winter!



Whether you’re Australian or simply living in the good old UK, there are certain tips you need to bear in mind in order to have a good time of it in Blighty. The country isn’t renowned for its salubrious weather (believe me – I’ve lived there for 32 years), but this doesn’t dent the amazing cultural wonders the nation has to offer.

So no matter if you’re heading to London, Liverpool, Manchester, or Nottingham, these are the travelling tips I can recommend to ensure you have a fantastic stay in this enthusiastic and friendly country.

  1. Drive anywhere!

As with when I visit another country, I often forget how much bigger many nations are! The UK is a small island – in England you can realistically drive anywhere within one day. If you’re going by public transport, a trek from London to Manchester takes barely 2 hours by train. You could even get a super cheap Mega Bus – it takes 5 hours but with prices at around £10 you can’t argue!

So, the important thing to remember is you can journey wherever you want to in the UK. Don’t be afraid to head to the Scottish Highlands, England’s southern quarters, Liverpool, Manchester, or Newcastle. It’s one of the joys of visiting the UK – fantastic culture within easy reach!

This cheap travelling guide is an excellent starter point to keep costs down. The best piece of advice – book tickets well in advance!

  1. Fit the right tyres!

If you’re driving around, make sure you’ve got the right tyres fitted to your vehicle. If you’re driving a car, for instance, a set of new compounds is always a good idea.

Whether it’s Avon, Bridgestone, or Continental tyres, you can get a set of brand new winter tyres, for instance, and find maximum grip of Britain’s rain hit roads. That’s right – rain. Snow is pretty scarce in the UK, with early morning ice and frost more commonplace than bouts of wintery snow. This winter driving advice from the Auto Express will help you to get to grips with what’s needed!

  1. Master some basic vernacular

The UK is filled with all manner of different dialects. In the North West alone, you’ll pass from a Liverpudlian to a Mancunian accent in 1 hours driving time. Further south, there’s cockney slang and a very different London accent. If you’ve seen Peaky Blinders, you’ll also know in Birmingham there’s the fabulous and friendly Brummie accent.

Needless to say, it can be confusing if you’re a newcomer. You can quite easily take to the internet to earn the different accents, but this 5 minute guide from Metro is a great place to start, me duck.

  1. London isn’t the only place to visit

Whilst London is fantastic, it’s also expensive and relentlessly busy. You may want to see Buckingham Palace and the London Eye, but it’s important to remember the rest of the UK offers just as rich a cultural history at a much cheaper price.

Liverpool, for instance, is home of the Beatles, whilst Manchester offers football, music, and a vibrant nightlife. Nottingham is home to Robin Hood and, in this one small city, you’ll be able to tour around the centre in a single day.

This guide from Visit England is a great place to start.

  1. Prepare for homely food

The UK is a foodie’s paradise, offering an endless array of worldwide specialities. If you want to check out English cuisine, however, prepare to get hearty!

With the likes of fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, Sunday roasts, bangers and mash, beef wellingtons, and pies, it’s an indulgent place to live but the foods are delicious. Just make sure you keep an eye on your waistline! Despite this, as it’s so hearty it will keep you warm amongst the low temperatures, which is always a big bonus.

By low temperatures, incidentally, I mean it’ll be rainy until around June and July, so be prepared for those spring time chills!

The Most Luxurious Hotels in Sydney



Park Hyatt Sydney

You can’t really get much better than this hotel in the whole of Australia or New Zealand – and that’s a fact. The Park Hyatt has been voted by Conde Nast Traveller’s magazine as the top hotel in both countries. The ultimate in crème de la crème opulence, it embraces Australian culture which is a nice effect.

The hotel underwent a massive renovation last year and shot to the top of the charts as the most expensive hotel in Oz. Guest service is key to the staff, and you won’t fault the attention to detail that every employee offers guests. Directly opposite one of the most recognisable harbours in the world, this residence offers contemporary luxury with spectacular views. You’ll find spacious rooms and elegant suites with floor to ceiling glass doors that open to your own private balcony, 24-hour butler service and the must-have spa with rooftop pool and sundeck.

The Park doesn’t come cheap though. Expect to pay $800 a night minimum for a standard room upwards to $1,800 for one of the private balcony suites.

Guests can enjoy dining at local favourite restaurants, bars and taking advantage of the private dining facilities on offer. Unlike small American hotel rooms, the Australians know how to do it – each room is at least 40sqm and has the latest technology throughout, specially commissioned wall art, plush carpets, and textured fabrics. It sounds like a home from home but a lot classier.

Shangri-La Sydney

Another hotel to undergo a big transformation is the Shangri-La. The stunning views from the Executive Suites sweep over the Grand Harbour and the Opera House.  The amenities in this hotel are second to none, with free wi-fi, falt screen tv’s, minibars and marble bathrooms. Check out the best indoor pool in Sydney, a lot of thought has went into it and there’s plenty room for the kids to splash around in.

One of the bonuses about the Shangri-La is its unbeatable location – just a 5 minute walk from museums, Circular Quay train station and 1km from the Opera House. You’ll be out and about a lot but you can retreat back to your room. These are a little simplistic side while the suites are fantastic – spacious, earthy toned interiors with large marble bathrooms and spectacular views all around.

A room here will set you back from $400 upwards to $600.

Sheraton on the Park

Prepared to be wowed. Sheraton on the Park has an air of grandeur and sophistication. Nearly all of the rooms in this hotel face Hyde Park (the second best view in Sydney if you can’t get the Harbour view). You can get a room here at a very reasonable rate, just check out the special promotions on the hotels website. Recent deals included a Hyde Park view room for $300 or an Executive Suite for $450.

Although the rooms aren’t as fancy as the Park Hyatt and Shangri-La residences, they’re still very modern and have stunning marble bathrooms and furniture. The grand stairwell is breath-taking and definitely worth taking a snapchat of. It’s all about the attention to detail here too, with native Australian floral arrangements dotted around the hotel and award winning food presentation.

The Sheraton is definitely one to check in to.

The Darling Hotel

Not many have heard about The Darling Hotel, but the editors at Condé Nast Traveller has named this brand new hotel one of the Top 60 Best New Hotels in the World. That’s quite impressive!

So, what’s on offer? There are 171 beautifully decorated rooms and suites which have floor to ceiling windows. Each delicately furnished with all the mod cons and luxuries, you can pay $320 upwards for the pleasure of staying here. Don’t let that put you off though; you can get a discount that can help you blag a room for a good deal.

Fine dining is also on offer here with the in house restaurants Sokyo and The Black. However, this could be overlooked given a pleasant location, brand new rooms and an excellent room rate. The 16-room day spa is quite a feature, it has Sydney’s first hammam and offers a variety of relaxing treatments. You won’t be disappointed by staying here – it’s in the perfect location for exploring the city and is close to the best restaurants and shops.

An excellent Sydney pick at a good price!

Everything an Australian Needs to Know about Travelling around the UK



I think it’s safe for me to assume that if you’re reading this, then you are an Australian person who is thinking about travelling to the UK. If you’re not one of these people, then you should really be doing something more useful with your time than reading a list about Australians and their holiday habits. I am actually English and so to help you get the hang of it, I’m going to write this article in the British vernacular, as you’re going to have to get used to it pretty soon.


Driving in Britain is bit easier for Australians than it is for Americans, because you already drive on the left, so that aspect isn’t as confusing. However, driving in Britain will feel weird because of the size difference. Whereas your country is massive, Britain is a tiny little island of land that looks like it might just blow away at any moment. There is, however over 64 million people living here which is 40 million more than Australia. It is pretty cramped here, as you can imagine, and because we like to preserve the country side, everyone is even more packed into towns and cities, meaning that the roads are very small and you’ll have to get used to trying to squeeze cars through tiny gaps. It is also a very good idea to familiarise yourself with road signs and the like by visiting This site features mock theory tests which means you can learn what all of our funny signs mean.


The most dangerous animals in the UK are wasps and bees (although they are thinking of reintroducing wolves to Scotland for some reason). Feel free to roam our woods and fields, swim in our lakes and rivers, and generally frolic in the greenness of England without fear of being eaten by crocodiles, kicked to death by kangaroos, nipped by spiders, injected with venom by snakes, stung by murderous jellyfish and any other gruesome death at the hands of the creatures that live in your country.


It is a myth that British food is bland and boring. This myth was started by the American soldiers in the 40s who were stationed in the UK during the war and had to live on rationed food which consisted of potatoes and parsnips and not a lot else. The food in Britain is an eclectic mix due to the mass of different cultures that call the UK home. You could eat a meal from a different culture every day in London and be able to do that for a couple of years, probably.

The Brits

Finally, we come onto the Brits themselves. We may seem rude and snobbish, but we’re not really, it’s just that, generally speaking, we don’t like bringing attention to ourselves, showing emotion or causing a scene (which can include anything from laughing a little too loudly or tripping slightly on a pavement slab) and so we find it best to go about our business and not make eye contact with anyone.  That said, if you smile or talk to us, you’ll definitely get a friendly reception.

That’s probably all you need to know if you’re deciding to travel to the UK. I hope you have a great time.

Uncover Melbourne’s Hidden Hotspots


Tired of the same old tourist destinations? Whether you want to eat, drink or play, our ultimate guide to hidden venues in Melbourne will have you rubbing elbows with the locals in no time.



Easey Street Smoke Out

It may be called Easey Street Smoke Out, but this hip Collingwood eatery is anything but easy to find. Hidden within a motorcycle shop beneath an art gallery at the end of a laneway, this American-style barbeque joint is one of the city’s best kept secrets, serving up some of Melbourne’s most delicious slow-roasted meats below street level.

Switchboard Café

Seeking out the best brews in the country’s coffee capital can be a challenge – particularly when some of the top spots are no bigger than an electrical cupboard. Discover the aptly named Switchboard Café on Collins Street, however, and you’ll soon be enjoying some of the finest long blacks, flat whites and espresso shots in the city, along with a delicious offering of toasties, soups and cakes to match.



Fall From Grace

Tucked behind a bookshelf at its sister restaurant, State of Grace, this secret small bar is the perfect hideaway to enjoy a nightcap once dinner is through. Especially popular on Friday nights, this library-come-cocktail bar is a favourite with city-dwellers all weekend long thanks to its cosy décor, hand-crafted aperitifs and encyclopaedia-sized wine list.

Jungle Boy

Located in Windsor on the other side of the Yarra, this Chapel Street institution is disguised by the unassuming sub shop that resides on street level. Pass by the hot chip and sandwich display, though, and you’ll soon be in the heart of Jungle Boy – an island-inspired tiki bar with tropical cocktails and pina coladas aplenty.



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Hosier Lane

Melbourne’s laneways are well-known worldwide – but it’s not just the size of these miniature alleys that have people talking. Dip behind one of the CBD’s hidden thoroughfares – like Hosier Lane – and you’ll soon be exploring an outdoor art gallery with an ever-evolving canvas of street art at every turn.

Underground Cinema

Love films but hate the theatre? Underground Cinema might be just the ticket for you. Trading the multiplex for a series of undisclosed locations, these secret movie screenings take over everything from warehouses to car parks to deliver a cinema experience you won’t soon forget.
Ready to go off the beaten track in the big city? Plan your stay at Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens and discover the best secret places in Melbourne one stop at a time.

The Top Casinos in Australia

The Top Casinos in Australia



Now, while we may live in an age of online casino gameplay, the demand for bricks-and-mortar gambling remains as strong as ever. Much of this is generational, of course, as older players continue to yearn for traditional outlets and the type of gambling experience that they grew up with.

It is also indicative of the efforts that land based casinos have gone too in recent times, particularly in terms of integrating technology and reinventing themselves in line with modern expectations. Make no mistake; there are still some casinos out there that offer an incredible experience and remain as popular today as they were before the online boom.

3 of Australia’s Top Casinos

This is particularly true in Australia, where there are a number of stunning casinos that entertain hundreds and thousands of customers on an annual basis. Here are three of the best:

1. Adelaide Casino, Adelaide

The Adelaide Casino embodies the very best of old and new gameplay, with classic gaming tables and a traditional ambience being offset by hundreds of video slots and poker machines. A large, sprawling casino, there are an incredible number of machines to choose from, while the outlet is also renowned for consistently introducing the very latest games and experiences on the market.

So even if you are a regular visitor, you are unlikely to be bored during any of your gaming sessions!

2. Canberra Casino, Canberra

Now we head across to Canberra, which has decided to take a more traditional approach to casino gaming. Take the popular Canberra Casino, for example, which is an archetypal, luxury establishment that offers truly high class experience to players. While the resort certainly caters to casual players, it retains a sense of opulence that appeals to high-rollers from across the globe.

This resort also highlights the main distinction between bricks-and-mortar establishments and market leading, online entities such as Royal Vegas Casino Australia. More specifically, it includes lavish accommodation and a world-class restaurant, serving more as an entertainment complex than a simple casino.

3. The Country Club Casino, Tasmania

While it is tempting to think of casinos as being city centre staples, there are also outlets located further afield. These tend to offer an entirely different type of experience, however, with the Country Club Casino in Tasmania no exception to this rule.

A laid back and relaxed casino, this outlet welcomes both casual and professional gamblers alike and offers a unique and ultimately inviting ambience. With friendly staff, minimal dress code and a rural, family atmosphere greeting every player, this resort is particularly ideal for beginners and makes for a refreshing change from some the larger, centrally located chains.

How to Plan Perfect Holiday in Bali



Bali is a famous Indonesian island with a lot of tourist attractions for holiday makers. From the beautiful beaches, to the wildlife preservation parks, the brilliant resorts, theme parks and delicious cuisine, you and your family will not be able to exhaust the number of options available. Nevertheless, if you are planning to have a perfectly fulfilling and rewarding holiday in Bali, here are some of the best things you should plan to do and see.

See Bali’s Wildlife Species

In Bali, animals are treated with care. So you will have an opportunity to see so many birds, monkeys, elephants, orangutans, and rare animal species at close range. Whether you visit the Bali bird park, the monkey forest in Ubud, the Elephant Safari Park, or the Bali Zoo, you will have many unforgettable experiences with animals. At the Elephant Safari Park, you will be able to bathe, pet, feed and ride on elephants. Other side attractions include visiting the memorabilia museum, seeing the skeleton of a pre-historic mammoth and having a sumptuous dinner by a beautiful lake. Also, at the Bali Bird Park, about 250 bird species from various parts of the globe are kept. Visit this park to hear the hilarious laughter of the kookaburra and see the barred eagle, African greys and rhinoceros hornbills.


Have Fun at the Water Park

The Waterbom Water Park in Bali is an exceptional theme park designed to provide a fun-filled experience for all members of the family. Located in central Kuta, this water park has pools, slides and rides with a beautiful landscape. The rides are graded from mellow or sedate to moderate and extreme. The most popular rides in this award-winning park include: the 250-metre long Python, the Pipeline, Superbowl, Lazy River, and the Funtastic Zone, which is strictly designed for kids. Other attractions in this park are the sunbathing area, bungee, eateries, food shop, restaurants, and full service spa.

Walk Under the Sea Without Diving

The innovative Sea Walker helmet allows you and your children, who are above the age of 10, to explore life beneath the sea. You don’t need any diving equipment for this. The helmet permits you to walk on the sea bed without the ability to swim or dive. It has a transparent visor without any air tank. It is lightweight and flexible. With this helmet, you can walk and have a first hand experience of sea creatures while you breathe as if you are on the water surface. Walking on the sea bed is one of the most interesting experiences you can have with the entire family.


Enjoy the Best of Ubud’s Food and Countryside

No holiday strip to Bali is complete without having a taste of the unique local cuisine. For instance, you will never forget the taste of ‘Babi Guling‘, Bali’s iconic dish which is made from a complete roasted young pig. One of the best places to eat this dish is at Ibu Oka, a popular kitchen at Ubud. You will also relish the taste of ‘Sate Lilit’ – rolled minced meat on a lemon grass stick. In addition to the great culinary experience, you should also prepare to enjoy the serene and refreshing views of the Ubud countryside. Instead of trekking all day, you may take a cycling tour of this countryside, interact with friendly locals, and see its rice field terraces.

Your trip to Bali will be more exciting and fulfilling if you include these items on your bucket list. With the number of well established tour packages available for tourists, you can now have a more rewarding tour at an affordable cost.

Exploring Indonesia On-board a Liveaboard Dive Boat You Will Never Forget



Indonesia is a vast country with one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, which is home to several species of birds and wild animals, including the famous Komodo Dragons. In addition to the landscape, the country has a vast shoreline and a large body of sea water, which holds one of the most diverse marine life. All these create beautiful sceneries that make for one exciting and memorable experience. Adventure lovers wishing to explore the country can do so by booking one of the many liveaboard diving holidays, where you can cruise around the Indonesian waters in a luxurious diving yatch.

The liveaboard diving holidays allow you to visit various parts of the country, where you can find some of the best diving spots in the world, for example Komodo Islands, which has a great underwater scene. The fun of these holidays comes not only from diving in great spots, but also from from sailing in Indonesia waters in a very comfortable yacht. These holidays are very popular, and there are several companies that offer these services in the region around Komodo. To see a list, follow: However, one option that stands out is the Calico Jack charters, a company that offers diving and surfing cruises around Komodo Islands.

The Calico Jack liveaboard diving experience

Calico Jack is a traditional Indonesian sailing boat, also referred to as a Phinisi Schooner in the region. With a length of 31 meters, the boat is built using a traditional sailing boat design, but is decorated and furnished with modern décor and facilities, giving it a classy feel. The diving boat comes with 5 luxurious cabins, which accommodates a maximum of 10 guests. The cabins are equipped with modern amenities, which includes en-suite toilets, hot showers, and air conditioning. In addition to the cabins, Calico Jack also features large and spacious communal areas that include a dining area, a sun deck, a lounging area, and a fully functioning kitchen. It also comes with a diving platform, for launching your scuba divings when exploring the Indonesian underwater.

Life on-board the Calico Jack is very exciting and fun. The boat features a very friendly crew, who go out of their way to help provide you with the best adventure that Indonesia has to offer. From scuba diving at some of the best diving spots in the world, to exploring the beautiful nature of Indonesia, and camping on beaches of various islands in the country, the boat’s crew helps you to search for and discover amazing adventures in the country. Read more at

Top activities to enjoy on-board Calico Jack

Life on-board the Calico Jack is very exciting; you get to stay in luxurious cabins that are equipped with modern facilities. You are also provided with other amenities such as electricity, flat screen television, DVD players and DVDs, computer, board games, a well-equipped library, and a state-of-the art sound system, all of which are designed to make your life as comfortable as possible. However, the boat also offers you an opportunity to discover other amazing and thrilling adventures in Indonesia. Some of these adventures include:

1. Diving in some of the best diving spots in the world

Diving is the highlight of the liveaboard diving holidays offered by Calico Jack. The boat allows you to visit some of the most amazing diving spots in the world, which includes:

a) The Komodo Islands 

Komodo Islands are part of the Komodo National Marine Park, which is popular all over the world for being the home to the Komodo dragons. However, in addition to the dragons, the region has one of the most diverse marine life in the world, which is made of breathtaking coral reefs and several species of aquatic animals, including rare and undiscovered species. The beautiful marine life in the regions, together with the water currents and great visibility in the area makes the region one of the best spots in the world for scuba diving.

b) Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is another region in Indonesia, which receives thousands of tourists all over the world who come to explore its natural beauty. Also known as the Four Kinds, the region is made up of about 1,500 islands that are surrounded by an amazing marine life that make them one of the best diving regions in the country. Some of the islands in the region are uninhabited, which gives you the perfect opportunity to camp and explore the landscape. However, you will also find several developed islands in the region, some of them even offering great diving resorts where you can make a stop and interact with the local communities as well as other diving enthusiasts from all over the world.

c) Banda Islands

Banda Islands is an upcoming diving destination in Indonesia, which has quickly established itself as a world-class diving spot, offering a similar thrilling experience of its neighbors, the Komodo Islands and Raja Ampat. What makes Banda Islands a great diving spot is the several different species of marine life that the region holds, alongside a small population, which helps to keep the region uncrowded and unpolluted.

2. Exploring the Indonesian landscape

In addition to diving, Calico Jack Charters affords you the opportunity of exploring the beautiful Indonesian landscape , discussed here With over 17,000 tropical islands in the country, Indonesia boasts of breathtaking sandy beaches, several uninhabited islands, and an amazing population of birds and wild animals. One of the best regions to explore is the Komodo Marine National Park, which home to the Komodo dragons, as well as a host of other wild animals (including marine life).

3. Interacting with the crew and the local communities

Lastly, while sailing in Indonesia on-board the Calico Jack, you get a chance to interact with the local communities where you can learn about the local history, which is made of beautiful and diverse cultures. You also get a chance to interact with the amazing crew of the yacht, who come from all over the world.



With over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is a country that boasts of a large mass of land and water, which is home to several species of wild animals and marine life. The marine life is one of the most amazing attractions in the country, which, together with the beautiful coral reefs and underwater ridges, makes the country a frontier diving destination in the world.