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Samambaia

SAMAMBAIA; SUSTAINABLE DIVING CRUISES IN THE INDONESIAN ARCHIPELAGO.

MV Samambaia is a 2 masted wooden Phinisi schooner with a length of 40- and a beam of 9 meters. Her maiden journey was in November 2015. This liveaboard is well equipped with every thinkable modern safety- and navigation devices. You can expect the highest standards of comfort and service on this luxury dive vessel. Destinations include stunning Raja Ampat, mythical Komodo, remote Banda sea and paradisiacal Alor. Eco-awareness is our modus operandi.

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ACCOMMODATION

We welcome 14 guests in 7 unique designed cabins. All have en-suite bathrooms with a rain- and hand shower plus separate washbasin. During your cruise, you will be provided with bio-degradable soaps and towels. There are plenty of storage facilities for all your clothes and personal belongings. To keep cool in the tropical warmth Samambaia liveaboard has individual air conditioning in each cabin. You can charge your phones and cameras on European 220-volt outlets. On the main deck is the master cabin that covers the whole width of the stern. It has a king size bed as well as a sofa that is directed to the large windows for a 180-degree view over the ocean. Below deck are 6 deluxe cabins with either a double bed or 2 single beds. Large portholes provide these cabins with fresh air and daylight.

COMFORT

18 friendly and skilled crew members take care of your well-being during the journey. Most of them are multilingual. Communal areas include a restaurant, a cosy lounge with TV and special camera desk. The sundeck on top of the schooner has comfortable loungers and a canopy for those who prefer the shade. After a full day of activities, we offer relaxing spa treatments.

CATERING

Samambaia liveaboard provides her guests with 4 meals a day. Breakfast is served before and after the first dive. Enjoy fresh baked bread, pastries, fruits and yoghurts. Lunch and dinner are a choice of Indonesian and western cuisine. Our chef prepares his delicious plates using fresh ingredients such as seafood derived from sustainable sources.

DIVING

The spacious dive deck with fresh water showers and rinse tanks is situated at the bow. Each diver can choose to dive with either air or nitrox. Several dive courses are available on board. You will be assisted to a tender that brings you to all the nicest diving spots. An experienced guide accompanies small groups. Our trips are snorkeler-friendly!

ITINERARIES

These are example itineraries to give you an indication of the liveaboard cruises. The final cruise might be different due to weather, sea conditions and/or guest experience. The final call is always with the boat manager and the captain of the liveaboard. This to ensure your safety as well as to give you a dive holiday never to forget.

Alor & Forgotten
  • Departure Port: Maumere
  • Return Port: Saumlaki
  • Length: 11 Days / 10 Nights (Approximately 20 dives in total)

Day 1:
Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour. During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.

Day 2 - 10:
3 dives per day of minimum 1 hour duration, One sunset- or night dive per day (unless we have to cover a serious amount of miles over night), Scenic rides through lagoons and coves in our tenders, Trekking to breathtaking view points, Visits of secluded perfect beaches Excursions to traditional villages, Water action such as wake boarding and water skiing

Sample itinerary
Serbete & Adonara - After an initial general dive briefing, check dive in the morning at a pretty, easygoing and protected dive site. A wall south of the tiny island of Serbete. We will offer two more macro focussed dives this day, at two of our secret spots south of the island of Adonara. Lembata’s Critters - Sandy critter diving par excellence. One spot is at a pier, the other ones a bit further to the east. Critter hunting at it’s best: Seahorses, different species of Rhinopias, sometimes even side by side, frogfish, all sorts of cephalopods. Truly a world class dive spot. Lembata / Komba - We will do three dives in daytime at a spot we call ‘The Shark Wall’ (the name says it all) and two other fantastic wall dives. In the afternoon we will head north towards the active vulcano of Komba, which erupts every 15 to 20 minutes. A spectacular display of nature’s power and free fireworks for us. Alor / Pura - Time for some action packed current drift dives with potential for big stuff. All our dives are going to be either slope or wall dives. We have spotted here in the past: Oceanic Sunfish, Big Dogtooth Tuna and Thresher Sharks. Popular dive sites here: School’s Out, Anemone City, The Great Wall of Pantar Beangabang - A protected bay which is said to have a better macro life than the famous Lembeh Strait. Be prepared for some cold water upwellings which will not stop you from having extended bottom times if you are a critter lover. No time limit here on the night dive. Alor - We are back for three more day dives around Alor, with many great spots to pick from. Depending on the preferences of our guests, we’re able to choose here between action packed, current fused diving, or calm and protected critter hunting. We conclude the day with an afternoon dive at a pretty wall, that has a few rare secrets to it Reong -Our last stop before heading out into the Banda Sea will be Reong, a small island just off the coast of Wetar. Very fishy wall diving with small caverns and overhangs in which nurse sharks like to chill out during the day. In the shallows we find a hard coral heaven that will delight every snorkeler. Gunung Api - Also referred to as one of the two Snake Islands in the Banda Sea. Be prepared to meet dozens of sea snakes. In a single dive. Besides snakes we have seen Silvertip Sharks and Hammerheads here. Usually the waters around here are gin clear so make sure you look out into the blue not to miss something big passing by. The chances to have close encounters with whales (Blue Whales, Sperm Whales, Pilot Whales and others) are very good whilst cruising the Banda Sea. Terbang Utara & Terbang Selatan Terbang Utara & Terbang Selatan - Very remote and untouched by commercial fishing the reefs of these islands are in pristine conditions. Schooling Barracudas, Jacks on the hunt and large Tunas passing by whilst well disguised critters are blending into the reefs. Our skilled dive guides will find and show them to you. Pulau Dai Pulau Dai - A stunningly beautiful wall and a very fishy slope are the two highlight dive sites of Dai. Expect schooling barracudas and many napoleon wrasses. The name of our favourite dive site, ‘To Dai For’, says it all, we believe.
Day 11: Last day diving, Up to 2 dives, Different activities depending route chosen, Arrival to port in the late afternoon. You can always go to town for a visit and after dinner is on board.

Banda Sea
  • Departure Port: Ambon
  • Return Port: Sorong
  • Length: 11 Days / 10 Nights (Approximately 20 dives in total)

Itinerary highlights:
Being remote and untouched the 18 islands of the Alor and Solor group are considered one of the best diving destinations in Asia, 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, 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.

Day 1:
Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour. During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.

Day 2:
3 dives per day of minimum 1 hour duration, One sunset- or night dive per day (unless we have to cover a serious amount of miles over night)
Scenic rides through lagoons and coves in our tenders, Trekking to breathtaking view points, Visits of secluded perfect beaches, Excursions to traditional villages. Whale watching, Water action such as wake boarding and water skiing
Based upon that, here is a potential itinerary for an 11 nights / 12 days cruise from Ambon/Seram to Sorong/Irian Jaya. This is just to give you a general idea and is subject to change due to weather- and other conditions. Popular dive sites are named. We do however have our secret spots as well, which you will learn about during the cruise.

Ambon - After an initial general dive briefing, we will do our check dive with you at an easy and protected dive site. Check dive in the sense of you checking your gear and weights, making sure the camera housings are proper sealed and our guides checking your buoyancy. No skill demonstrations are required. We will thereafter offer two more dives in the bay of Ambon.
One in the afternoon and one for sunset. All of these days will be muck dives. World class critter hunting. That’s what Ambon is famous for. Rhinopias, Frogfish, Ghostpipefish, Harlequin Shrimps and if you are really lucky: the Psychedelic Frogfish that has been very recently found here again.

Day 3:
Nusa Laut - In the early morning we will arrive at the island of Nusa Laut, which is a great example for how active conservation by the local community can not only preserve the reefs but actually make them even better. We see here for many years a proper growth in biomass. We have four spectacular dive sites here, either wall or slope diving.
Great variety of reef fish as well as large schools of jacks. Bumphead Parrotfish like to pass by here also. A lot of macro life can be found in the wall as well.

Day 4 - 5:
Banda Islands - The famous Spice Islands, the island group around Banda Neira, which is also historically very interesting. Wars were fought over these islands by colonial powers as these islands used to be the only islands in the world were nutmeg grew.
A historical walk through the town of Banda Neira with it’s museum and two forts is a must.
An interesting option for ambitious challenge seekers is to climb the vulcano Gunung Api, which raises ‘only’ 600 m above sea level. Which in the tropics however turns into a strenuous climb. The diving here is very diverse and spectacular. As these volcanic islands raise up to the surface surrounded by deep sea water, the chances for sightings of large pelagics are very good. In the past we’ve often encountered schooling hammerheads here. A dive site called ‘Lava Flow’ is one of the most pristine hard coral reefs you will ever see.

Day 6:
Koon & Madorang - At the south-eastern tip of Seram there is a little island named Koon. It’s basically three dive sites in one, performing best always at one spot, depending on the current. The name of the site says it all: ‘Too Many Fish’. You will have a hard time to focus on what to look at. A fish soup of Fusiliers and Surgeonfish is divided by hunting Giant Trevallies and Jacks, enormous Giant Groupers are all of a sudden looking at you whilst a school of hundreds of Batfish is passing by. Mobula and Manta rays might fly by. Leopard Sharks like to relax in overhangs of the wall on the north side.

Day 7:
Misool - Coming into Raja Ampat from the south, we start our diving here around the islands of SE Misool. The first dive site we reach is called ‘Magic Mountain’. Yes. It is magic. Situated in a ‘No-Take-Zone’, which was ten years ago established by our friends of the Misool Eco Resort, the amount of biomass is just off the scale. Blacktip, Whitetip and Grey Reef Sharks. Napoleon Wrasses. Stonefish. Wobbegong Sharks. Barracudas. Not to forget about the Mantas who come in to get cleaned.
You will have a hard time focussing on a particular scene on this reef. It’s happening everywhere. Magic. We will offer two more day dives around the eastern part of the island of Boo. One of the signature dive sites of this area is ‘Boo Windows’ - a spectacular swim through gave the dive site it’s fame, the marine life surrounding it will keep us busy watching during the whole dive.

Day 8 - 9:
Misool - Fiabatjet & Misool - Farondi
Misool - Fiabatjet - Right in the heart of the No-Take-Zone. ‘Tank Rock’, ‘Nudi Rock’ & ‘Whale Rock’ are the famous and commonly dived sites here. There is five more dive sites in the very proximity which are as good, if not even better. We prefer to go a bit off the beaten track here. The reefs are covered in soft coral in all colours you can imagine. Surrounded by most colourful reef fish. More Fusiliers than one could possibly count. Jacks, Trevallies, Barracudas, Sharks.
And if you happen to dive here on a day with bad visibility. Just face the reef. It’s packed with macro life. Several species of Pygmy Seahorses, Nudibranchs, tiny Crustaceans - every niche in these reefs is filled with life.

Misool - Farondi - This is a very exciting part of SE Misool. A lot of life and colours. Combined with a very special topography. Caverns, caves, swim thru’s. And if you happen to hit this area at the right time (which changes every season) you will find yourself amidst a bloom of small silvery fish, Silversides, and the hunters are just nearby: Mobula Rays. In the dozens.
There’s four popular dive sites here. We’ve got another six spots that are hardly ever dived. A nice big variety to pick and choose from.

Day 10:
Dampier Strait - The dive- and snorkel sites in the Dampier Strait stand for action packed dives in our favourite kind of fish soup - the one that is still alive and surrounds us in the water. Encounters with Manta Rays are very common here.
The reef of the island of Kri is the current world record holder with the highest number of fish species ever counted by a scientist in a single dive - Dr. Gerry Allen came up with 374 different fish species counted. Again: in one single dive. Dive sites here are exposed to current so it’s all about the right timing to get the most out of it. And we know how to time it here.

Day 11:
Dampier - Towards the end of the week and the end of the cruise for some other liveaboards it can get a bit busy here. We don’t like that and therefore move away to some sites less dived yet very attractive. A WW 2 plane wreck. ‘Larry’s Promise’. Wruzwarez Slope.
There is many possibilities. And to conclude our in-water activities we aim to snorkel with feeding Mantas. On our way back our crew will keep an eye out onto the ocean for you and alert you in time for whale and dolphin encounters. Which are quite common here. As long as you are on the watch out.

East Flores & Komodo
  • Departure Port: Maumere
  • Return Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Length: 11 Days / 10 Nights (Approximately 20 dives in total)

Itinerary highlights:
Being remote and untouched the 18 islands of the Alor and Solor group are considered one of the best diving destinations in Asia, No cruise on MV Samambaia is like the other. Every single trip is tailor-made to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The decision on the itinerary is made by the cruise director as we cruise along and is based on factors such as weather conditions, dive conditions, requests of guests and schedules of other liveaboards, which we are trying to stay away from.

Day 1:
Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour. During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.

Day 2:
3 dives per day of minimum 1 hour duration, One sunset- or night dive per day (unless we have to cover a serious amount of miles over night), Scenic rides through lagoons and coves in our tenders, Trekking to breathtaking view points, Visits of secluded perfect beaches
Excursions to traditional villages, Water action such as wake boarding and water skiing, Based upon that, here is a potential itinerary for an 11 nights / 12 days cruise from Maumere/Flores to Ambon/Seram.
This is just to give you a general idea and is subject to change due to weather- and other conditions. Popular dive sites are named. We do however have our secret spots as well, which you will learn about during the cruise.

Day 3:
Lembata’s Critters - Sandy critter diving par excellence. One spot is at a pier, the other ones a bit further to the east.
Critter hunting at it’s best: Seahorses, different species of Rhinopias, sometimes even side by side, frogfish, all sorts of cephalopods.
Truly a world class dive spot.

Day 4 - 6:
Lembata / Komba - We will do three dives in daytime at a spot we call ‘The Shark Wall’ (the name says it all) and two other fantastic wall dives. In the afternoon we will head north towards the active vulcano of Komba, which erupts every 15 to 20 minutes. A spectacular display of nature’s power and free fireworks for us.
Alor / Pura - Time for some action packed current drift dives with potential for big stuff. All our dives are going to be either slope or wall dives. We have spotted here in the past: Oceanic Sunfish, Big Dogtooth Tuna and Thresher Sharks.
Popular dive sites here: School’s Out, Anemone City, The Great Wall of Pantar
Beangabang - A protected bay which is said to have a better macro life than the famous Lembeh Strait. Be prepared for some cold water upwellings which will not stop you from having extended bottom times if you are a critter lover. No time limit here on the night dive.

Day 7:
Alor - We are back for three more day dives around Alor, with many great spots to pick from. Depending on the preferences of our guests, we’re able to choose here between action packed, current fused diving, or calm and protected critter hunting.
We conclude the day with an afternoon dive at a pretty wall, that has a few rare secrets to it

Day 8:
Reong - Our last stop before heading out into the Banda Sea will be Reong, a small island just off the coast of Wetar. Very fishy wall diving with small caverns and overhangs in which nurse sharks like to chill out during the day. In the shallows we find a hard coral heaven that will delight every snorkeler.

Day 9:
Gunung Api - Also referred to as one of the two Snake Islands in the Banda Sea. Be prepared to meet dozens of sea snakes. In a single dive. Besides snakes we have seen Silvertip Sharks and Hammerheads here. Usually the waters around here are gin clear so make sure you look out into the blue not to miss something big passing by.

Day 10:
Lucipara - A group of seven paradise islands in the middle of the Banda Sea. All dives are steep wall dives.
The Dutch seafarers named this island group the Schildpad Islands as we have not only find nesting grounds but also a healthy population of sea turtles here. The chances to have close encounters with whales (Blue Whales, Sperm Whales, Pilot Whales and others) are very good whilst cruising the Banda Sea.

Day 11:
Komodo Central - Depending on the flight schedule the day after, up to two more dives before lunch, then slowly heading back towards the port of Labuan Bajo. Stopover at a perfect beach in the afternoon.

  • Year built: 2015
  • Length: 34
  • Beam: 9
  • Top speed: 12
  • Cruising speed: 9
  • Engines: Yanmar Marine Turbo 500 hp
  • Max guests: 14
  • Number of cabins: 7
  • Number of bathrooms: 7
  • Tenders: 2 x 6.5 m fibreglass tenders with 2 x 40 hp
  • Water capacity: 10000 litres
  • Fuel capacity: 10000 litres
  • Freshwater maker: 2 x 5000 litres per day
  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Searchlight
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares
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