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Vessel Facilities & Highlights
Your Host & The Team
“My goal was to create a traditional hand crafted vessel that speaks of the history of the Spice Trade and embodies the spirit of the Indonesian Archipelago while ensuring the highest international standards for safety, comfort , service and cuisine. In order to accomplish this goal a mutually respectful bridge between the knowledge and skill of the traditional boat builders and modern western marine technology had to be established.
Silolona is the embodiment and realization of that dream and is already being called the Ultimate Phinisi, truly a modern classic. Secret Retreats shares the same values and respect for people and traditions.”
Patti Seery – Cultural Liaison and ConservationPatti Seery has been actively involved with the rich and vibrant cultures of the Dani and Asmat peoples of Irian Jaya since moving to Indonesia in 1983. Over the past several decades, Patti has served as a cultural liaison, arranged exhibitions, led cultural exchange tours and initiated a significant local mapping project in the province. She has also been extensively involved in the preservation and recognition of Asmat art, organising both a private exhibition and leading a major collection trip, which resulted in establishing the largest repository of Asmat art in the United States. Patti is on the Board of the American Museum of Asmat Art and the Indo-Pacific Conservation Alliance, and helped found LMAA, an association of Asmat people for Asmat cultural preservation.
In 2000, Patti began the ambitious project of building MSV Silolona. In leading journeys on this extraordinary vessel, as well as Si Datu Bua, Patti passionately continues her goal of serving as a bridge between indigenous peoples and visitors with the larger aims of cultural preservation and cross cultural understanding.
Founded by American-born architect and founder of Silolona Sojourns Patti Seery who is based in Indonesia, Patti became involved with the Asmat and Dani Tribes of Papua 30 years ago, and actively acts as a liaison between these fascinating yet vanishing cultures and some of the world’s leading institutions of cultural preservation including The Smithsonian, The Field Museum and The Art Institute of Chicago. She takes great pride in these and other ethnic groups’ rich traditions and customs across the vast Indonesian archipelago.
As a member of The Indo-Pacific Conservation Alliance (IPCA), a non‐profit biodiversity conservation organisation that focuses on the Pacific region, Silonona Sojourns currently participates in ongoing field projects in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. In addition, Silolona Sojourns is a vast supporter of marine conservation including supporting the conservation films of Shawn Heinrichs (Blue Sphere Media) and his work on the preservation of the Mantas in Indonesia, and Yayasan Toraja Melo (YTM), which aims to rejuvenate Indonesian indigenous arts & crafts whist improving the welfare of indigenous artisans and farmers, starting with women weavers in Toraja, South Sulawesi. Silonona Sojourns is also planning to expand its current efforts to other regions in Indonesia through a partnership with PEKKA (Women Headed Households) in Flores.
A Journey to KomodoJagged silhouettes of sun drenched hills slipping into countless turquoise bays rimmed with pink sand beaches form the dramatic backdrop for the days idles and adventures. Relaxing on the sun deck sipping a fresh passion fruit frappe, a glass of champagne or a freshly brewed cappuccino, each day the choice is yours. The islands of Komodo are blessed with hundreds of secluded beaches, transparent crystal clear waters, and stunning coral reefs for some of the best diving in the world, waiting to be explored.
Seek your own private haven either onboard or ashore to read a book or simply stroll along a crescent shaped beach where the only footprints are yours or those of a Komodo dragon. While you were out collecting seashells your personal cabin steward has arranged for cold drinks under the white umbrellas in the sand. Late afternoon is the perfect time to gear up for some fishing and nothing is a more welcome addition to sunset cocktails on the aft deck than a delectable dish of freshly caught tuna sashimi.
Night time in Komodo brings its own special magic from dinner on deck under the brilliant stars of the Milky Way constellation to barbeques and bonfires on the beach. It is your personal choice. Shooting stars and glittering phosphorescence fades as you seek the sanctuary of your stateroom to rest up for the next day’s adventures…
With black sails billowing in the wind onboard Silolona, contact us here email@example.com to explore the unspoiled islands of the Komodo Archipelago… or other destinations around Eastern Indonesia.
Welcome to East Indonesia
Further east, soak in the Moluccas’ aromatic smells. Fondly called the Spice Islands, and famous for their nutmeg, cloves and mace, these lavish mountainous islands are filled with rainforests, sago plantations and rice paddies. Delight in the captivating views around the small volcanic Banda Islands. Home to the world’s richest marine life, underwater adventures await in Papua’s beautiful Raja Ampat Islands. Completely unspoilt, myriad bird species and reptiles live there. Be welcomed by Papua’s Asmat people, and witness their ceremonies, culture and way of life. Surrounded by towering peaks, the lush and fertile Baliem Valley is home to three main tribes: the Dani, Lani and Yali who dwell amidst breathtaking nature. Enrapturing isolated havens—East Indonesia.