The Boat

Duyung: A traditional Phinisi

Duyung (the Mermaid) is a Phinisi type ship, built on the Tanah Beru shipyard in the south of Sulawesi according to their ancestral traditions.

Friendly, spacious and comfortable boat,

It is entirely made of ironwood and teak, measures 18.60 meters long by 5.50 meters wide and can comfortably accommodate 8 passengers and its 4 crew members, on a private cruises concept “with friends or family”.

Its large shaded deck equipped with mattresses is the ideal place to relax between dives, swimming and excursions, read, chat or spend the night under the stars.

The upper deck is equipped with a large dining table, offering an exceptional panoramic view.

In the main saloon is the cockpit (wheelhouse) and the galley (kitchen).

The sleeping area is composed of 3 double beds and 4 single beds all equipped with 12 volt fans, the beds are separated by wooden partitions and curtains on the corridor side to preserve everyone’s privacy.

We do not use a generator at night for more comfort.

At the rear of the main deck, the passageways lead to two shower cubicles, seated toilet and sink, with a view of the sea!

Our tender boat, a of 6.50m fiber boat , is equipped with a 40 horsepower engine, it makes the link between the main boat and the beaches, diving / snorkeling sites and the pontoons.


Name Duyung
Shipyard Tanah Beru, south Sulawesi (Célèbes)
Flag Indonesia
Length 18.60 m
Width 5,5 m
Draught 1,8 m
Mast 1
Engine Yanmar Marine 6 cylinder
Speed 6 Knots
Fuel 2200 liters
Water 2200 liters
Electricity 1 generator diesel 3 KVA et 1 generator benzine 2.5 KVA

Inverter: 12/220 volts 2000 watts

220 Volts in navigation or with the generator, standard European sockets.

Navigation GPS Garmin GPSMAP 580/585 and depth sounder

Paper nautical charts

Communication GSM according to network

VHF Marine Icom M421, VHF Portable Baofeng

Security Lifeboat approved for 20 people
17 life jackets
Speed boat 5.5 meters fiberglass, 40 hp Yamaha engine, capacity 10 people
Scuba diving 2 Compressors 12m3/hour
20 twelve liter aluminum bottles (Din and Int connection)

BCDs, regulators, belts and weights

Oxygen Complete oxygen therapy equipment, two 12 liter bottles, a 6 liter portable set.
Defibrillator and Pharmacy.

What is a Phinisi?

Native to the south of the island of Sulawesi (Celebes), the Phinisi or Pinisi is a traditional schooner which appeared at the end of the 19th century on the shipyards of Ara, Tanah Beru and Bulukumba in the Bira region, a few kilometers from Makassar.

Old mono-hull rigging originally designed for the transport of goods and animals from islands to islands, this wooden sailboat entirely built by hand and without plan, according to ancestral techniques, has proven itself at sea for more than a century .

Over time with the installation of engines, the removal of certain sails such as mizzen, it has remained very present in the tourism sector but also as cargo for merchant transport.

With a very aesthetic line and an extreme robustness thanks to its construction in very hard wood type “ironwood” and “teak”, the Phinisi of today still appeals to many travelers and enthusiasts of boats through the world.

Nowadays modified and fitted out for the transport of passengers, this habitable boat is one of the ideal means of transport to sail the seas of Indonesia and set off on an adventure in the archipelago, to discover beautiful seabed equipped with a mask and snorkel, or during exceptional diving, in a breathtaking setting.