M/Y Kudanil Explorer is an ultra Modern Expedition Luxury Yacht having a great Heritage

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Discover Indonesia on the ultra luxury Motor Yacht “Kudanil Explorer” which offers a nautical journey through the archipelago of Indonesia and passengers have stated that “this cruise was truly unique and she offered some of the best service and cuisine, we have ever experienced!”

Her History:

The Kudanil Explorer was constructed in 1978 as a safety an offshore rig support ship, for the oil and gas industry. She also provided offshore rigs with supplies, and thus this extreamly well built very strong ship is able to go anywhere, at any time. She is known to have the very best sea capability to withstand any condition for long periods of time. The truth is that she was built tough much like a hippopotamus, which in Indonesian is translated to “kuda nil”, which means “horse of the river Nile”.

She was given an extensive three-year refit to become a luxury Motor Yacht, and the M.Y. Kudanil Explorer was re-launched in 2018, to become a superb 50 metre long luxury motor yacht. She has been owned by the same family for some 20 years and even her Captain has been with Kudanil Explorer for some 20 years. His genuine love and excitement of the jump from commercial offshore work-ship to the hospitality side is impossible to overlook. Once you board you will discover that he is always on deck to welcome guests back onboard, or from a dive or hike.

During her refit, to ensure the service matched a boutique, five-star luxury motor yacht, when this strong and stable ship was rebuilt from her original guise, her owners enlisted the expert help of an accomplished hotelier to design a complete her interiors. They brought in a professional consultant with experience from properties like “Four Seasons” and other five star hotels to spend three months on board training a fine Indonesian service crew. The result is obvious, for guests on Kudanil Explorer receive service and a staff mindset that are on par with the world’s top hotels and luxury cruise ships!


Kudanil Explorer’s glamorous interiors were designed by “Alix Thomsen” and her exterior styling was done by “Simon Juppe”.

With the Kudanil Explorer having been a former offshore rig support ship has made her one of the safest expedition yachts sailing in Indonesian waters today. In fact her sturdy and powerful construction and size means that she can venture out to remote locations that other yachts simply cannot reach.

This luxurious motor yacht offers just eight spacious Staterooms that are around 30.5sqm each; with each Stateroom having adjustable air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and an entertainment system that includes movies and TV series. Staterooms have a king-size bed and two are twin bedded. All rooms have an en-suite, a 4.5 m2 bathroom, and a private terrace of 11 m2, which is furnished with a day-bed, two chairs and a coffee table. These glamorous Staterooms are all located on the Upper Deck.

A Stateroom with a king-size bed

Thus the M.Y. Kudanil Explorer is without a doubt a spacious yacht for her 16 guests, who will be well cared for by her highly qualified 21 crew, that includes a Cruise Director, a Chef who will offer some of the most sumptuous meals & snacks, and the very best wait-staff who will offer water, soft drinks, juices, as well as tea & coffee and other drinks from the Bar. Of course there is also a qualified dive instructor and guide.

Kudanil Explorer has 1,000 square meters of space exclusively for her guests to use, thus there’s ample room to spread out. You can lounge on the sun-beds on the large aft deck, relax in the Main Lounge and the cosy Library Lounge, or soak in the Jacuzzi on the Top Deck of the ship. Whilst just forward of the huge outdoor lounge, bar and dinning area is the delightful intimate Sky Lounge.

The small but relaxing Sky Lounge forward on Top Deck


The Jacuzzi is located far forward on Monkey Deck



Above & below: The Top Deck Lounge, Bar, Outdoor Dinning Room and ample deck space to relax


For those who enjoy the more active pursuits aft of Main Deck is the stern activities deck, here you will find that there’s space for 16 guests to set up their dive gear. Kudanil Explorer is equipped with three custom tenders, kayaks, paddleboards, wakeboards and water skis, as well as ample diving and snorkelling equipment for all guests’ to use.


Above & below: 2 views of Kudanil Explorer’s Main Deck aft stern Activities Deck


The activities deck leads into the interior Main Saloon, which is also the Indoor Dinning Room and Bar, being the central gathering location of the ship, and here guests can enjoy meals, sip cocktails, and watch movies and discuss plans for the day ahead.



Above & below: 4 views of the Main Saloon area



Just forward of the Main Saloon is the intimate Library Lounge, a perfect place to read a good book and have a quiet time in beautiful surroundings!


Above & below: 2 views of the Library Lounge


Photo Album:

The luxurious M.Y. Kudanil-Explorer sailing along the coast of Indonesia


A view of the Top Deck Outdoor, but undercover dinning area


Here we see the Spa, starboard side aft on Main Deck


Entrance to the Library Lounge from the Main Saloon


Hallway to the 8 Staterooms on Main deck


The King-sized beds are super comfortable


M.Y Kudanil Explorer offers a whole new style of luxury expedition cruising

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Page Two contains her Deck Plan and a comprehensive Ship’s Specifications section as well as some further photographs!

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