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Explore remote eastern Indonesia aboard the sublime Alila Purnama and finally live the pirate’s life you’ve always deserved.

Cast back, if you will, to a time of innocence, when you were just a little lad. There’s a distinct chance that on your list of things you wanted to be when you grew up, a pirate was in the top five. It’s with good reason; what’s not to like about a pirate’s life? Setting sail for parts unknown, a crew of loyal misfits, battle against the authorities, all the bootie you could get your hands around (yes, both kinds). Sounds pretty idyllic really. However, reality sunk in and the vast majority of us never set sail, never discovered sunken treasure, never made anyone walk the plank and remained, for the most part, bootieless. Until now.

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Introducing Alila Purnama, a member of Secret Retreats and your ticket to the high seas of Indonesia (where modern-day pirates still linger). A stunning example of the traditional phinisi schooners favoured by the seafarers of Sulawesi, and managed by luxury hotel brand Alila Hotels & Resorts, the five-cabin, 46m Purnama spends half the year cruising between Bali and Komodo and the other half plying the waters of remote Raja Ampat, which is where you really want to set course.

Explore remote eastern Indonesia aboard the sublime Alila Purnama and finally live the pirate's life you've always deserved.

Home to some of the best diving on the planet, in Raja Amat or Komodo you’ll have a resident dive master to show you the top coral gardens, home to manta, sharks, turtles and even whale sharks. If you don’t dive yet, you can even certify while you cruise, either with a bevvy of your favourite maidens and mateys on a charter cruise or as part of a compliment of fellow-minded souls.

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By evening, greet dramatic sunsets in the only way possible, with a well-made cocktail and a gourmet meal that takes its cues from Indonesia’s culinary culture. We suggest you pack your favourite small-batch spiced rum.

Because it doesn’t get much more Captain Black Beard than that. 

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