In the past, Phinisi ships were often used by the ancestors of the Indonesian nation, especially the Bugis tribe, for trading. Currently, the phinisi ship is a tourist attraction in various Indonesian tourist destinations, from the Raja Ampat Islands, Labuan Bajo, to the most recent Phinisi already in Batam, Riau Island Nusantara.

A Phinisi boat is a traditional Indonesian wooden sailing vessel known for its distinctive design. It typically features the following characteristics:

  • Double-masted: Phinisi boats usually have two masts, often made of ironwood or other sturdy materials, with sails that can be hoisted to catch the wind.
  • Wooden construction: The hull and superstructure of a Phinisi are crafted from locally sourced hardwood, providing a beautiful and natural appearance.
  • Elongated shape: Phinisi boats have a long and narrow shape, allowing them to glide gracefully through the water.
  • Traditional design: These boats often incorporate intricate carvings and traditional motifs, reflecting the rich maritime heritage and craftsmanship of the Bugis people of South Sulawesi, Indonesia.
  • Large deck area: Phinisi boats have spacious deck areas for passengers to relax, soak in the sun, and enjoy the sea views.
  • Sails: The sails are typically made from natural materials, such as cotton or canvas, and are used to harness the power of the wind for propulsion.
  • Versatility: Phinisi boats are versatile and have been used for various purposes, including cargo transport, fishing, and as luxury liveaboard dive vessels and charter boats.
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