Sustainable Luxury Cruises in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Hills surround the stunning west Papua blue ocean.


Are you planning your next tropical cruise vacation? Do you want to enjoy sustainable luxury cruises, where you can relax and explore whilst minimizing your impact on the environment? Are you searching for sustainable luxury cruises that allow you to experience breathtaking natural beauty, AND also help to preserve it?

Have you ever asked the question; Are cruises sustainable? With el Aleph, we believe they are. El Aleph offers unique charter opportunities for the fortunate few wishing to enjoy private and luxurious onboard facilities combined with exclusive service and minimal environmental impact. Read more about our sustainable luxury cruises in Indonesia here….


El Aleph sustainable cruises are sailing through the blue ocean.
El Aleph’s sustainable luxury cruises in Raja Ampat allow you to discover this incredible region with minimal impact on the environment


Saying “No” to Single-Use Plastic

Aboard El Aleph you won’t find a trace of single-use plastics. To maintain our commitment to sustainable luxury cruises we have sourced alternatives to ensure a plastic-free experience. Rather than plastic bottles we use re-useable drinking bottles, stylish glass straws add a touch of class to our cocktails and even the trash liners onboard are made from biodegradable natural cassava.

Our plastic reduction initiatives do not stop there, once onboard El Aleph you’ll find your very own reusable water bottle and dry bag. We hope that you will take these items home with you to remind others of how to reduce their own plastic use and preserve our oceans.


A map that shows the exact location of coral triangle in Indonesia.
Indonesia lies in the Coral Triangle and El Aleph aims to help conserve and protect this incredible region


Ocean Fish, Not Reef Fish

Indonesian waters are teeming with fish. El Aleph serves sustainably caught, open ocean fish and does not take from the reef.  For those wishing to try their hand at deep sea fishing, we can arrange trips to areas outside of the national parks, where fishing is allowed.


Locally Sourced, Sustainable Produce

Our sustainable luxury cruises place us in a unique position that enables us to interact with, and work with, local people from across the archipelago. When purchasing produce we aim to use the highest quality, locally sourced supplies to support Indonesian farmers. This means that dining onboard is an experience which is bursting with the freshest flavors of the tropics.


A Turtle in the ocean with a white plastic bag.
Plastic bags can be mistaken for jellyfish by turtles. El Aleph makes every effort to avoid single-use plastics


Coral Reef Aware Cruising

Our crew has years – sometimes generations –  of experience in sailing the waters around Indonesia; their local knowledge, combined with El Aleph’s advanced navigation technology means that they are able to maintain a safe distance from the coral reefs at all times. As part of our commitment to sustainable luxury cruises, El Aleph never drops anchor in water less than 40 meters deep, and whenever possible, at least 60 meters. To protect the reefs from accidental damage El Aleph utilizes small tender boats to make trips to the shore and to access the reefs for diving and snorkeling (see title image above).


Sustainable Waste Management

Sustainable luxury cruises need to utilise sustainable waste management procedures – and we do! El Aleph strives to reduce waste, recycle and dispose of waste responsibly. All of our tin cans are recycled and waste is sorted prior to disposal onshore. El Aleph does not dump any solid waste materials into the ocean.


A group of big-eyed fish swimming together.
Indonesian waters are teeming with fish. El Aleph serves sustainably caught, open ocean fish and does not take from the reef


Marine Research and Collaboration

Our highly skilled crew, many of whom have been with us since our launch in 2009,  are passionate about maintaining our sustainable luxury cruises. All crew members are committed to protecting marine environments and we are involved in ongoing collaboration, (through the gathering of information about marine life and marine environments) with a range of experts seeking to better understand the conservation management needs in the Coral Triangle.

El Aleph contributes to marine research expeditions with Planet Deep and The Oceanic Society.  During these research cruises, El Aleph crew ensures that the fortunate onboard scientists are looked after in traditional El Aleph style, luxury cabins, exquisite dining, and full logistic support. This is, after all, what El Aleph does best. The findings from these expeditions give scientists a better understanding of cetacean migrations and behaviours in some of Indonesia’s least understood areas.

Planet Deep, is an Indonesian non-profit organization that enables scientific research through conservation tourism in the Coral Triangle – the global epicenter for marine biodiversity. Co-founders Benjamin Kahn and Johannes Hennicke have scientific expertise and a wealth of knowledge concerning Indonesian waters – all of which they pass on to our team.


A giant white Bryde whale is swimming in the ocean.
El Aleph’s collaboration with Planet Deep allows us to contribute to marine research and conservation


El Aleph’s collaboration with Planet Deep allows us to contribute to marine research and conservation benefiting cetaceans, oceanic mantas and the amazing gentle giants – the whale sharks.

El Aleph’s crew is the only liveaboard crew in Indonesia that has the benefit of working with these two cutting-edge conservation organizations. Our crew implement the knowledge and skills they have learned from the experts to ensure that you and your family enjoy a more meaningful, and sustainable cruising experience.

Indonesia offers some of the most pristine reefs and natural environments on Earth. It is one thing to enjoy these wonders of Mother Nature and another thing to feel as though you are contributing and giving back to the planet we call home. That’s ultimately why we are so passionate about sustainable luxury cruises instead of cruises that literally cost the Earth.

So many regions of Indonesia are unexplored and there are marine species still waiting to be discovered. Research that leads to a better understanding of the environment leads to breakthroughs in science that can affect all of us on a day to day basis.


A female farmer with a straw hat works in the fields.
El Aleph supports local Indonesian farmers for the supply of locally grown, fresh produce


Carbon offset

At El Aleph we are constantly seeking new ways to develop our sustainable luxury cruises through modern technologies and initiatives. We are delighted to announce that we are looking forward to offsetting our carbon footprint on all cruises. We will post updates about our endeavors as they take place – this is an extremely exciting step towards becoming even more sustainable.


a yacht sailing through the ocean off the gorgeous Raja Ampat island.
Our Raja Ampat sustainable luxury cruises aim to preserve this phenomenal region of Indonesia


Experiencing Sustainable Luxury Cruises

Of course, this is just an overview of some of our conservation initiatives – it is impossible to list all of them here and to accurately portray the lengths to which we go to preserve the marine environments that we are so fortunate to cruise. We hope that everyone who experiences sustainable luxury cruises onboard El Aleph will take away a new appreciation of marine environment conservation, and that with enhanced understanding they will enjoy an even more memorable cruise.

A private charter on board El Aleph assures you total luxury from start to finish and you’ll be able choose your cruising route to take in all that you wish to see. Our dedicated and experienced crew is there to ensure that your private charter is everything you dreamed of and more – whether you want a candle-lit dinner on a virgin, white sand beach or a family barbecue with cocktails under the stars – we’ll make it happen.


El Aleph cruise master cabin with comfy master bed, working table, and chair.
El Aleph’s sustainable luxury cruises do not mean compromising on quality


If you have a taste for adventure and don’t want to compromise on the finer things in life, then a bespoke cruise onboard el Aleph guarantees exemplary service, luxurious and spacious cabins, privacy, and of course – an incredible adventure from start to finish.

For reservations or enquiries, please contact us using our contact form –  or email us at; and we will promptly reply.

Please note that we are not a yacht agency — your enquiries will be addressed directly by el Aleph’s owner. All of our charters are custom designed to suit your tastes and interests. For your comfort and privacy, we accept bookings for full boat charter only — not by the cabin.

Sarah Wormald

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