“I wanted Dunia Baru to be much more than just the best boat ever built in Indonesia... I wanted it to be numbers one, two and three”
Owner of Dunia Baru
The Konjo shipwrights of Ara, Sulawesi, are the most renowned boat builders in Indonesia. Traditionally, they have built the finest trading vessels in these islands - but the Dunia Baru project presented a challenge even for these ship-building perfectionists. One of their elders, Pak Haji Wahab, agreed to travel to Sangkulirang (Kalimantan), source of the finest timber, with 20 master shipwrights from his village to oversee a building project that would eventually last eight years. That’s how the Dunia Baru was born.