The Boat

Welcome on board Samambaia. This brand new Liveboard is fitted with all the features of a modern diving boat, as its powerful marine engine that can reach 10 knot cruise speed, making sure a swift travel. During the design process the focus was put on details. Functionality was paired with aesthetics and quality materials. The layout of the ship was built around the needs of our guests. Comfort and service are of highest priority on board. The atmosphere is relaxed and cozy. Social and yet private.

Cabins

MV Samambaia offers 4 double and 2 twin cabins below deck and 1 master cabin on deck that can accommodate up to 14 guests. Attention to detail in the crafting process is reflected throughout all the cabins equipped with individual air conditioning. All bathrooms offer a rain shower head paired with a hand shower, western standard non-marine toilet with integrated bidet and a washbasin carved out of fossil wood. Our on board watermakers ensure an ample supply of freshwater. The master cabin, located on the afterdeck, offers with its large windows a breath taking 180° view. A special coating on the glass ensures privacy.

Crew

Service on board comes always first. Right after safety. Hailing from all over the Archipelago and all the way from Europe, our crew is ready to satisfy all your needs and make your cruise a special and unforgettable memory.

 
2022 – Availability 
 
 
 
Raja Ampat
21 Feb 2022 : Sorong
04 Mar 2022 : Sorong
11 Nights
2 Space(s)
Price USD : 6270
Price € : 5400
Price IDR : 92,000,000
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Raja Ampat & Triton Bay
07 Mar 2022 : Sorong
18 Mar 2022 : Kaimana
11 Nights
14 Space(s)
Price USD : 6270
Price € : 5400
Price IDR : 92,000,000
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Raja Ampat & Banda Sea
18 Apr 2022 : Sorong
29 Apr 2022 : Ambon
11 Nights
4 Space(s)
Price USD : 6270
Price € : 5400
Price IDR : 92,000,000
 
Destinations

Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Alor and Komodo are our four top destinations, offering some of the world’s best diving.

Raja Ampat

Far to the wild eastern edge of the Indonesian archipelago there is a region with thousands of islands offering as many sites for scuba diving right in the heart of the Coral Triangle.

It’s no a surprise that photographers and divers flock here from around the world to spend one or two weeks on a liveaboard diving trip, because is the only way to travel throughout this large geographic area with practically no development.

You can be sure every effort will be rewarded: Raja Ampat homes more than 1400 species of fish and almost 600 different corals – 75 percent of all known coral species -, you’ll have the chance to see more marine life in Raja Ampat than anywhere else on the planet, whatever it is: fish, coral, mollusks or invertebrates; Raja Ampat is certainly one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world.

Raja Ampat, literally “Four Kings”, is conformed by four main islands Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool and more than thousand sand and rock small islands, with the most different underwater morphologies: slops, ridges, channels, caves, tunnels; and an astounding diversity of habitats, each one with a different kind of diving experience: sandy bottoms as life-size aquarium, blue-water mangroves systems hosting pigmy seahorses and saltwater crocodiles at once, ideal calm sand flats as cleaning station for oceanic mantas, perfect murky and silt-ridden conditions for the muck diving lovers, a river-like saltwater channel of strong currents and great walls plentiful of invertebrates, Raja Ampat has everything a diver can want.

Divers generally enter this region via the airport at Sorong on the Indonesian province of West Papua. The first dive sites will often be around the island of Wai, only a two-hour boat run from Sorong, the quality of dives range from good to wonderful. Some dives are planned for slack tide, while occasionally the current can be challenging. Fortunately, the stronger currents also generally made for better visibility, blooming corals and greater fish activity. Best time to dive Raja Ampat is from October to April. Topside conditions at this time of year proved to be excellent. You could enjoy cruising in virtually flat calm seas, with only some rain showers punctuating warm, sunny days.

Komodo

Established in 1980, Komodo National Park was designated a Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO Man & Biosphere Program and became a World Heritage Site in 1991 and offers stunning dive opportunities. The Komodo National Park is composed by the two larger islands – Komodo and Rinca; and about 80 smaller islets. The park hosts one of the richest marine environments including coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, seamounts and semi-enclosed bays where has been registered more than 1,000 species of fish, 260 species of reef-building coral and 70 species of sponges. Sea turtles and marine mammals live in the waters of Komodo, and passing whales are also spotted. If Komodo’s underwater delights were not enough, there is also the 3 meters long lizard walking around Rinca, Nusa Kode and Komodo and looking like something coming straight from the age of the dinosaurs. For many divers Komodo offers the best diving in Indonesia and right up there with the leading dive destinations in the world. Komodo boast stunning scenery both above and below water due to its unique volcanic geology. The Komodo archipelago is a dramatic hilly landscape of wild savannah and some patches of forest; blue lagoons; and white, pink and red sandy beaches that host some of the most spectacular underwater scenery in the world. Komodo has a reputation for being a diving area for experienced divers. This is true, especially if you want to visit on Komodo by liveaboard.

 
Komodo has many dive sites with strong and sometimes unpredictable currents. Water temperatures change often and are sometimes far below the usual 28°C you will find in other parts of the Indonesian archipelago. In the southern area of Komodo National Park water temperatures may be as low as 21°C. We advise a 5-mm wetsuit before diving Komodo to avoid any cold dives! The Southern waters generally provide better visibility from December through April. Lower visibility occurs in the South during the dry season when oceanic up-welling and plankton blooms, attracts a wealth of marine life to Komodo, especially invertebrates. Highest temperatures in the south are during the rainy season. Komodo’s Northern waters generally provide better visibility year round. Fish is abundant everywhere but the rocks and reefs in areas of stronger current provide the best chances of spotting the bigger fish, especially sharks and other pelagic species.
 
Banda Sea

This journey cruises through a wide range of geological landscapes and formations of Indonesia, from volcanic islands to limestone pinnacles developed from ancient coral reefs. As we cruise along the natural migratory paths and playgrounds of marine mammals such as whales and dolphins, this trip is guaranteed to provide amazing diversity and beauty both above and below the water. The Banda Sea is blessed with some of the finest diving in the country. Banda Islands Banda had an important place in Indonesian and world history. Dominated by a 2.000 feet active volcano, for more than three hundred years these tiny islands were the centre of wealth for the Dutch colonies. They were the only source of the rare spices of nutmeg and mace for centuries and the Dutch, after capturing them from the Portuguese, guarded them jealously from all comers including the English. For centuries, a kilo of these spices held more value than the same weight in gold. The old fort, the governor’s house, the church, nutmeg plantations, are well worth visit and bring us back to colonial era. Let’s not forget the diving, both Pulau Run and Pulau Ai have pristine clear waters, lovely walls and good fish life, we might go a bit deeper in search of more hammerheads, big fish can be seen here as well, napoleons, schools of black snappers, bumpheads, etc. The outer reefs of Bandaneira are full of marine fauna of all colors and shapes. Schooling fish gather and the macro life is rich. A really unique area is the dive under the pier of Bandaneira. The size of the mandarin fish are just out of this world and if you are looking for other critters, cockatoo wasp fish, flying gurnards, frog fish, juvenile barramundis, juvenile emperor angle fish, juvenile sweetlips. Of course diving is our main focus and the dive site Lava Flow is not to be missed. Twenty years ago Gunung Api erupted and the lava poured into the ocean and in the short time since a hard coral garden grew which is unrivalled in the world. Table corals are over 5m width, staghorn corals as far as the eye can see and even endemic species found nowhere else is just a sample of what you can see here.

Gunung Api It’s a volcano that’s summit breaks the sea’s surface by 800 feet yet which has its base on the seabed some 13.000 feet below. The island created by the volcano is 120 miles from the next nearest landfall and is therefore home to the reef fish that populate its steep drop offs and walls, occasional visiting pelagics, and extraordinarily an uncountable population of banded and olive sea snakes. These marine reptiles have found a sanctuary here among the warm volcanic vents and reef fish that live in the area. It is truly a unique spot that never ceases to amaze divers. In some shots there are over thirty snakes in the frame and they make inquisitive yet docile subjects. Lucipara In the north of Gunung Api is a remote archipelagic atoll named Lucipara. These atolls are also surrounded by a seafloor that is 3.000 feet below and consisting of three large islands and a few tiny reefs that just break the surface. The islands offer vertical walls and visibility of over 120 feet with very mild currents. They are also home to a population of the large sponges. Some barrel sponges can swallow a diver in their orifice without difficulty. Wetar The west coast of Wetar boasts amazing dive sites with drop-offs, colorful reefs and abundant fish life. Here there is a good chance to see some pelagics. Mind your depth as you swim over the edge in deep blue water as we are many miles away from civilization! Along the north coast we have regular sightings of dolphins and whales, often just a few meters away from the dive site!

Alor

Being remote and untouched the 18 islands of the Alor and Solor group are considered one of the best diving destinations in Asia. Tourism has not developed yet and only few divers have explored these waters. One of the very last traditional whale hunter communities on the planet still lives in this magical archipelago. The islands are from volcanic origin, which make for stunning scenery. The waters around the islands are known for their strong currents, particularly in the relatively narrow strait between Pantar and Alor and also between Lembata and Pantar. With each tide, large water masses are pushed through the straits causing strong upwellings. The straits in the area play an important role in the exchange of marine life between the Indian and Pacific Ocean. Each year whales and dolphins travel from the Pacific and Indian Ocean through the deep but narrow Nusa Tenggara island chain.

The four island passages between Flores and Alor seem to be some of the richest in large marine life of all of Nusa Tenggara, and are especially abundant in whales and dolphins. The area is renowned for its large marine mammal migration and the whale watching in particular is breathtaking. During the season, while cruising through the area, you can spot whales surfacing by their water spout. Because of this, coastal communities living along eastern Indonesia’s marine migratory routes, especially in the villages of Lamalera and Lamakera have been hunting whales for centuries. Equipped with simple spears, they take only what their village needs to eat and barter just a bit in return for vegetables and rice. In every cruise is also possible to visit the traditional whale-hunters villages. Alor is teeming with numerous dive sites that offer even the most seasoned of muck divers an experience they will never forget. So dust off those cameras and prepare to meet some weird creatures that in any other context could come from another planet: pegasus sea moths to mimic octopus; devil fish to ornate sea horses. Coral reefs are mostly found along the northern coast of the Solor and Alor island group with some coral reefs lining the channels in between major islands. The southern coastline of the islands, particularly on the island of Lembata, is lined with rocks and just little coral. The reefs also include rocky bottoms along the northwest tip of Alor starting in the strait between Alor and Pantar.

Technical Specifications
Type Details
Maiden Voyage November 2015
Type Traditional two mast wooden Phinisi schooner
Total length 42 m
Length over deck 34 m
Beam 9 m
Sails 420 sqm
Cruising Speed 8-10 knots
Main engine Yanmar Marine Turbo, 500 HP
Generators 2 x Mitsubishi 60 kWA, 1 x Yanmar 30 kWA, 1 x Mitsubishi 30kWA
Fuel capacity 13,000 liter
Fresh water capacity 12,000 liter
Water makers 2 x 5000 liter/day
Navigation & Communication 2 x Garmin GPS, 2 x Furuno radar, 2 x Furuno depth sounder, VHF radios, SSB radio, AIS, Navtex3
Safety & Rescue 2 x liferafts (45 pax capacity), 45 lifejackets, safety flares, Epirb,MOB buoy,satellite phone, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, fire hydrant, fire-ball extinguisher.For the dive safety Buddy Watcher & Nautilus System.
Diving 2 x BAUER 250 liter compressors, Atlas Copco Nitrox compressor,Paramina Filter, 40 x 12 liter, 6 x 15 liter, 2 x 10 liter and 1 x 4,5 liter aluminium tanks (DIN & yoke), 2 x 6,5 meter fiberglass tenders, 2 x 40 HP

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Q What is the best time to travel?

We move the ship with the seasons making the whole year the best time to travel

Q What is included in the price?

included : - NITROX - Beers - Soft drinks - Juices - Italian Coffee : espresso, cappuccino, etc - Premium selected Tea - Snacks - weights & belts - Tanks (12 ltr) - Kayak ( inflatable ) - Airport to harbour pickup (vice versa)

Q What is not included in the price?

Not included : - Wine & spirits - Massage on board ( USD 40 / 60 min ) - Rental gear (dive comp, BCD, Regulator, wet suit, fin, snorkel, mask and torch) - 15 ltr tanks - Laundry - Wakeboard ( free trial ), then USD 25/30 minutes - Flight Ticket or Hotel And the other additional surcharge (Pay on board) for example Raja Ampat are : - Fuel surcharge USD 150 - Harbour fee USD 75, and - National Park fee USD 100

Q What is the local currency?

The local currency is Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). We recommend to change a small amount upon arrival in the country for payments like excess baggage. Our on-board currency (e.g. for rental gear or dive courses) is USD. But we also accept EUR, IDR and common credit cards (MasterCard and VISA) with a 3% surcharge.

Q What are the passport and visa requirements?

Generally a 30 days tourist visa can be obtained for free upon arrival, as long as the passport is still at least six months valid. (For further information please refer to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Indonesia)

Q What are the prices for excess baggage on domestic flights?

There is a fee on excess baggage the greatly varies from airline to airline and route. Please don’t hesitate to ask us directly about your personal booking.

Q Do I need any vaccinations?

There are no mandatory vaccinations for entering Indonesia. The general vaccinations for tropical regions however are recommend, such as Hepatitis A & B, Rabies, Cholera and Typhoid.

Q Is there any mobile phone reception and email access on board?

Depending on the itinerary there is limited access to a mobile phone signal, from time to time a weak internet signal as well. When reception is available we offer a free Wifi for our guests. For emergency communication we carry a satellite phone.

Q Can we bring our children on board?

Children are welcome on board. For safety reasons however the minimum age is six years old

Q Is there any rental gear for diving available on board?

Yes, we do offer five complete sets of rental gear. Please contact us in advance to reserve any of it. We also are happy to send you a price list of rental gear on request.

Q Will a 3 mm wetsuit be enough?

In most regions we are diving and snorkelling in 28°C/82°F warm water. However, in the south of Komodo, Alor and the Banda Sea we sometimes find waters that are a few degrees colder than that. Hence we recommend for these cruises to bring a 5 mm thick wetsuit.

Q Is there a minimum number of dives required?

To get the most out of the diving experience on board, we recommend to have a minimum number of 30 dives for our guests.

Q Is there any current to be expected on the dives?

Yes. Due to the so called Indonesian Through flow the region is very rich in nutrient and biomass but also current. We plan our dives around the tide charts to ensure a safe yet exciting experience.

Q Which kind of scuba tanks and valves are provided on board?

We provide 40 x 12 l /80cft , 6 x 15 l /100cft aluminium tanks and 1 x 4,5 l/30cft All tanks come with DIN valves but can be converted with an adapter into a Yoke valve.

Q Is it possible to dive on Nitrox?

Yes. We offer free EANx 32% on board. For not yet certified divers, Nitrox courses are available upon request.

Q Is a dive insurance included in the travel fare?

No. We however highly recommend to obtain or renew the dive insurance. Many of the regions we operate in are far away from civilisation. In the unlikely event of a diving related medical problem, evacuation can quickly become very important. And very expensive.

Q Is there emergency oxygen on board?

Yes. We always carry more than sufficient emergency oxygen on the boat and our dive crew is well trained in administering O2 if needed.

Q Am I expected to tip the crew?

Tipping is not mandatory and an individual choice to show appreciation for good service. As a rule of thumb we recommend to leave min. 20 USD / per day if you were happy with the quality of service.

Q Environmental footprint

We use eco friendly products on board ; biodegradable plastic for every toilet, eco friendly Detergent, Soap & Shampoo. Other than that, we tried to use less plastic by provide each diver aluminium bottles to use on board and they can bring it home too. We wish that the clients/divers on Samambaia could also participate on this act.

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