Owner Interview: What it means to own DUNIA BARU and embrace South East Asia
Mark Robba, owner of DUNIA BARU was recently interviewed by Superyachts.com. In this two part series he shares his experiences with yacht ownership and cruising in South East Asia and what it means to him.
“Dunia Baru was never built for charter.” began the superyacht’s owner and businessman Mark Robba. “I built her as a platform for my family to explore the 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago and when we decided to offer her for charter the feedback was really amazing.”
Not built on a budget, nor with a time schedule, Mr Robba had the patience to create an Indonesian phinisi masterpiece; built with the elegance and drama required to reflect her surroundings. Mark explains, “Dunia Baru is a truly Indonesian yacht, down to her very soul. She was crafted by hand by the renowned Konjo Boat Builder, who have been building the finest phinisis for generations. Asmat wood carvers made incredible wall panels on board, while artisans from Bali did paintings and extraordinary artwork was collected for the yacht from across the archipelago.”
Now available for charter, Dunia Baru is a rare superyacht that has been purposely crafted to fit with one destination. “South East Asia has so much to offer visiting superyachts,” Mark shares, explaining the reasoning behind a destination-built vessel... “We've explored the waters around Malaysia, Thailand, Palau and the Mergui Archipelago, but honestly, we could spend the next 20 years in Indonesia and still find new things.”