Samambaia

SAMAMBAIA liveaboard; SUSTAINABLE DIVING CRUISES IN THE INDONESIAN ARCHIPELAGO.

Samambaia liveaboard is a two-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 device. You can expect the highest standards of comfort and service on this luxury, world-class sailing vessel.

Destinations include stunning Raja Ampat, mythical Komodo, remote Banda islands, and paradisiacal Alor. Eco-awareness is our modus operandi.

Accommodation

Samambaia liveaboard welcomes 14 guests in 7 uniquely designed cabins. All have en-suite bathrooms with a rain- and hand shower plus separate washbasin.

During your cruise, we will provide you with biodegradable soaps and towels. There are plenty of storage facilities for all your clothes and personal belongings.

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 and a sofa directed to the large windows for a 180-degree view of the ocean.

Below the deck is six deluxe cabins with either a double bed or two single beds. Large portholes provide these cabins with fresh air and daylight.

Double/Twin

Double/Twin

Room size: 13 m²
Max. occupancy: 2
Beds: Double or 2 Single
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:
Master Cabin

Master Cabin

Room size: 15 m²
Max. occupancy: 2
Beds: King
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:

Comfort

Eighteen friendly and skilled crew members take care of your well-being during the liveaboard dive vacation. Most of them are multilingual.

Communal areas include a restaurant, a cozy lounge with a TV, and a unique camera desk.

The sun deck on top of SY Samambaia 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 four meals a day. Breakfast is served before and after the first dive. Enjoy fresh-baked bread, pastries, fruits, and yogurts.

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

During a Samambaia liveaboard dive trip, the professional cruise director and dive guides will take you scuba diving around the crystal clear waters of Indonesia. The dive sites have an abundance of marine life, with every destination a specific highlight. On each dive safari, night diving is part of the itinerary and not to be missed.

The spacious dive deck with freshwater 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 onboard.

The crew will assist you to a tender that brings you to all the most excellent diving spots. An experienced guide accompanies small groups. Our trips are snorkeler-friendly!

SPECIFICATIONS

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 liters

Fuel capacity: 10000 liters

Freshwater maker: 2 x 5000 liters per day

NAVIGATION, COMMUNICATION, AND SAFETY FEATURES

 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

Rated 4.5 out of 5
4.5 out of 5 stars (based on 2 reviews)

Samambaia liveaboard is a luxury wooden phinisi that provides dive safaris to the best diving destinations around Indonesia.

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05 Jul 2021
Bali & Komodo (Bali-Labuan Bajo)
Arrival: 05 Jul 2021
Departure: 16 Jul 2021
Days/nights: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Bali & Komodo (Bali-Labuan Bajo)

No cruise on MV Samambaia is like the other. Every single trip is tailor-made to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The cruise director decides on the itinerary as we cruise along and is based on weather conditions, dive conditions, requests of guests, and schedules of other liveaboards, which we are trying to stay away from.

There are, however, certain constants on every cruise, which are:

  • Three-day dives of minimum 1-hour duration
  • One sunset- or night dive (unless we have to cover a serious amount of miles overnight) – Activities during the surface intervals such as:
  • scenic rides through lagoons and coves in our tenders – trekking to breathtaking viewpoints
  • visits of perfect secluded beaches – excursions to traditional villages
  • whale watching
  • water action such as wakeboarding and water skiing

Based upon that, here is a potential itinerary for an 11 nights / 12 days cruise from
Serangan (Bali) back to Labuan Bajo (Flores). This gives you a general idea and is subject to change due to weather- and other conditions. Popular dive sites are named. However, we do have our secret spots as well, which you will learn about during the cruise.

Day 1: Embarkation
Depending on your pre-cruise arrangements, a transfer to the port is organized. Embarkation in the port of Serangan, Bali. A general orientation follows.

Day 2: Lombok
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 properly sealed, and our guides checking your buoyancy. No skill demonstrations are required. We will do three dives in total today at a fantastic sandy critter spot, close to the famous Gili Islands. Though highly frequented areas, hardly anyone dives our favorite spot here as it is rather far away from these islands. You can expect Frogfish, Ghostpipefish, Seahorses, Nudibranchs, Wonderpus…

Day 3: Moyo & Satonda
In the morning, we will do two dives at Moyo. Here you will find yourself at very fishy walls in pristine conditions. The luxury resort Amanwana just around the corner has done excellent conservation work there for more than a decade, and you can clearly see the results. A fish soup spiked with Trevally, Tuna, Sharks. Having Eagle and Manta Rays passing by is not uncommon. In the afternoon, we will do a relaxed dive at the island of Satonda. Capped with a land excursion in the afternoon to a beautiful crater lake.

Day 4: Sangeang
At the active volcano of Sangeang, you can expect superb black sand critter hunting. But it’s not only the critters like Nudibranchs, Ghostpipefish, Frogfish, and Pygmy Seahorses that make the diving here so exciting but also the stark contrast of colorful Black- and Whipcoral against the black sand. On the dive site ‘Bubble Reef,’ you can see and feel the volcanic activity – gas bubble fields, as well as hot water springs underwater, are the highlights here.

Day 5: Banta
Just outside the National Park of Komodo, this island makes you feel like you were already inside the park. We will spend the whole day in a great variety of dive sites. ‘Banta Wall,’ also known as ‘The Rollercoaster’, is a spectacular wall – however, the timing with the currents and the swell is key to a safe and satisfying dive. And we get our timing right. GPS point is a reef more than half a mile north of Banta. Very fishy with the potential for Grey Reef Sharks and other big boys passing by. Again the timing here is key. One of our favorite spots here is our secret spot, which happens to be a Manta cleaning station. We offer some trekking on a hill for sunset, which will reward you with an epic view over the bay, the sun setting behind the volcano of Sangeang. After Dinner, we take you on a night dive on a sandy slope, where Stargazers will make an angry face at you.

Days 6: Komodo – The North
We arrive in the morning in the northern part of the famous Komodo National Park. And straightaway hit the signature dive sites ‘Crystal Rock’ and ‘Castle Rock.’ Sharks, Jacks, Fish Soup. Action fuelled by the current. In the afternoon and at night, two more world-class dives at a famous site like ‘The Golden Passage,’ ‘The Cauldron’ or ‘Lighthouse.’ Komodo National Park diving at it’s best.

Day 7: Komodo Central & Rinca
Heading south through the NP, we have a wide selection of top dive sites, like ‘Tatawa Besar,’ ‘Tatawa Kecil,’ ‘Batu Bolong,’ ‘Manta Point.’ Three excellent day dives based upon conditions and availability. To cap this great day, we offer a night dive at Wai Nilu, which ranks within the Top 5 favorite night dive spots all over Indonesia of our Cruise Director.

Day 8: Rinca Trekking, then heading for Nusa Kode.
Trekking with Komodo dragons in the morning before it gets too hot in the sun. Expect to be eye in eye with the last dragons on this planet. A must when coming here. Local rangers take care of our safety. After this adventure, we will be heading to the south of Rinca, also known as Nusa Kode or Horseshoe Bay. Some of the lushest diving Komodo National Park has to offer. However, from May until October, the waters are quite cold (down to 23°C), and the visibility is rather poor. However, you will be rewarded with critter galore: Ambon Scorpionfish, Rhinopias, Frogfish, Wonderpus, Coconut Octopus paired with an overwhelming growth of soft and hard coral on the reefs. A very common sight at the beach are Komodo Dragons, Deer, Wild Boar, and up in the trees, you might spot a sea eagle.

Day 9: Nusa Kode
We offer three more day dives in Horseshoe Bay. Some of our favorite dive sites here include: ‘Cannibal Rock,’ ‘The Yellow Wall of Texas,’ ‘Devil’s Corner,’ and ‘Torpedo Alley.’ In the afternoon, we will leave this truly spectacular place and head back up north. For a night dive, we will pull into the island of Pantar. Starry Night Octopus, Frogfish, rare Nudibranchs – this dive site never disappoints.

Day 10: Komodo Central & North
Today we will spend another full day around the heart of Komodo National Park. World-class dive sites are plenty, and if they are too busy, we have our favorite secret spots as well.

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

Day 12: Disembarkation in Labuan Bajo
Depending on your flight schedule, our crew will check your luggage in for you in advance so you can rest on board and let us shuttle you to the airport when your plane is ready to leave.

Critter Life: Rhinopias, Ghostpipefish, Pipefish, Pipehorses, Seahorses, Pygmy Seahorses, all sorts of Crustaceans, many different species of Cephalopods, Frogfish, Nudibranchs, Pegasus, Ambon Scorpionfish

Big Stuff: Sharks, Tunas, Jacks, Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Napoleon Wrasses and surprises

The combination of Macro Life and action-packed current dives combined with a cultural experience make this itinerary very unique.

19 Jul 2021
Komodo National Park (Labuan Bajo-Labuan Bajo)
Arrival: 19 Jul 2021
Departure: 30 Jul 2021
Days/nights: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Komodo National Park (Labuan Bajo-Labuan Bajo)

Day 1 & 2 : Embarkation – Komodo Central & Rinca

  • Arrive on a plane to Labuan Bajo. Crew members at the airport will pick you up.
  • Embarkation in the port of Labuan Bajo. A general orientation follows. 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 properly sealed, and our guides checking your buoyancy. No skill demonstrations are required.
  • Dive site: ‘Sebayor Kecil.’ Over the day, we are heading south through the National Park and look into doing an easy drift dive over an impeccable reef, like ‘Tatawa Besar.’ To cap this first day of diving, we offer a night dive at Wai Nilu, which ranks within the Top 5 favorite night dive spots all over Indonesia of our Cruise Director.

Day 3 – 11

  • Three-day dives of minimum 1-hour duration
  • One sunset/night dive (unless we have to cover a serious amount of miles overnight)
  • Activities during the surface intervals such as:
    – scenic rides through lagoons and coves in our tenders
    – trekking to breathtaking viewpoints
    – visits to secluded, perfect beaches
    – excursions to traditional villages
    – whale watching
    – water activities such as wakeboarding and kayak
  • Dive Sites we may visit but not limited to : 
    – Rinca Trekking.
    – Nusa Kode: Cannibal Rock, The Yellow Wall of Texas, Devil’s Corner, Torpedo Alley.
    – Komodo Central: Batu Bolong, Manta Point.
    – Komodo – The North: Crystal Rock, Castle Rock, The Golden Passage, The Cauldron, Lighthouse.
    – Komodo National Park diving at its best.

Day 12: Disembarkation in Labuan Bajo
Depending on your flight schedule, our crew will check your luggage in for you in advance so you can rest on board and let us shuttle you to the airport when your plane is ready to leave.

Marine Life: Bumphead parrotfish, bamboo sharks, marble rays, nudibranchs, dusky sharks, jawfish, bubble coral shrimps, leaf fish, porcelain crabs, pygmy seahorses, schools of barracudas, trevally, and mackerel, white tips, black tips, grey reef sharks, turtles, octopus, frogfish, manta rays, dugong, banded pipefishes, mandarin fishes, Wonderpus, Indian Walkman.

Please note that the itineraries are examples only; we reserve the right to change the itinerary or specific agreed services if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require us to do so.

02 Aug 2021
Komodo & East Flores (Labuan Bajo - Maumere)
Arrival: 02 Aug 2021
Departure: 09 Aug 2021
Days/nights: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Komodo & East Flores (Labuan Bajo - Maumere)

No cruise on MV Samambaia is like the other. Every single trip is tailor-made to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The cruise director decides on the itinerary as we cruise along and is based on weather conditions, dive conditions, requests of guests, and schedules of other liveaboards, which we are trying to stay away from.

There are, however, certain constants on every cruise, which are:

  • Three-day dives of minimum 1-hour duration
  • One sunset/night dive (unless we have to cover a serious amount of miles overnight)
  • Activities during the surface intervals such as scenic rides through lagoons and coves in our tenders, trekking to breathtaking viewpoints, secluded visits, perfect beaches, excursions to traditional villages, and whale watching, water action such as wakeboarding and kayak.

Based upon that, here is a potential itinerary for a seven nights/8 days cruise from Labuan Bajo (Flores) back to Maumere (Flores). This gives you a general idea and is subject to change due to weather- and other conditions. Popular dive sites are named. However, we do have our secret spots as well, which you will learn about during the cruise.

Day 1: Embarkation

Arrive on a plane to Labuan Bajo. Crew members at the airport will pick you up. Embarkation in the port of Labuan Bajo. A general orientation follows.

Day 2: Komodo Central

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 correctly sealed, and our guides checking your buoyancy. No skill demonstrations are required. Dive site: ‘Sebayor Kecil.’

Over the day, we are heading south through the National Park and look into doing an easy drift dive over an impeccable reef, like ‘Tatawa Besar.’

To cap this first day of diving, we offer a night dive at Wai Nilu, which ranks within the Top 5 favorite night dive spots all over Indonesia of our Cruise Director.

Day 3: Rinca Trekking, then heading for Nusa Kode.

Trekking with Komodo dragons in the morning before it gets too hot in the sun. Expect to be an eye in eye with the last dragons on this planet. A must when coming here. Local rangers take care of our safety.

After this adventure, we will be heading to the south of Rinca, also known as Nusa Kode or Horseshoe Bay. Some of the lushest diving Komodo National Park has to offer. However, from May until October, the waters are quite cold (down to 23°C), and the visibility is rather low. However, you will be rewarded with critter galore: Ambon Scorpionfish, Rhinopias, Frogfish, Wonderpus, Coconut Octopus paired with an overwhelming growth of soft and hard coral on the reefs.

A very common sight at the beach are Komodo Dragons, Deer, Wild Boar, and up in the trees, you might spot a sea eagle.

Day 4: Nusa Kode

We offer three more day dives in Horseshoe Bay. Some of our favorite dive sites here include: ‘Cannibal Rock,’ ‘The Yellow Wall of Texas,’ ‘Devil’s Corner,’ and ‘Torpedo Alley.’

In the afternoon, we will leave this truly spectacular place and head back up north. For a night dive, we will pull into the island of Pantar. Starry Night Octopus, Frogfish, rare Nudibranchs – this dive site never disappoints.

Day 5: Komodo Central

Working our way back up north, we’ve got a few secret spots to offer, or we may go instead for some of the famous highlights if the conditions allow us to do so.

Potential dive sites for the day: ‘Batu Bolong,’ ‘Manta Point,’ ‘Golden Passage.’

Day 6: Komodo – The North

We arrive in the morning in the northern part of the famous Komodo National Park. And straightaway hit the signature dive sites ‘Crystal Rock’ and ‘Castle Rock.’ Sharks, Jacks, Fish Soup. Action fuelled by the current. In the afternoon and at night, two more world-class dives at the famous site like ‘The Golden Passage,’ ‘The Cauldron’ or ‘Lighthouse.’ Komodo National Park diving at it’s best.

Day 7: Pulau Raja

In the morning, we offer two dives to give your body time before flying out the next day. We will be on the island of Pulau Raja, north of Flores. On a stunning wall with excellent coral growth and overhangs. We will stay here until the afternoon, and snorkeling is always a good option here.

Day 8: Disembarkation in Maumere

Depending on your flight schedule, our crew will check your luggage in advance so you can rest on board and let us shuttle you to the airport when your plane is ready to leave.

Critter Life: Rhinopias, Ghostpipefish, Pipefish, Pipehorses, Seahorses, Pygmy Seahorses, all sorts of Crustaceans, many different species of Cephalopods, Frogfish, Nudibranchs, Pegasus, Ambon Scorpionfish

Big Stuff: Sharks, Tunas, Jacks, Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Napoleon Wrasses and surprises

12 Aug 2021
East Flores & Alor (Maumere-Maumere)
Arrival: 12 Aug 2021
Departure: 19 Aug 2021
Days/nights: 8 Days / 7 Nights
East Flores & Alor (Maumere-Maumere)

No cruise on MV Samambaia is like the other. Every single trip is tailor-made to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The cruise director decides on the itinerary as we cruise along and is based on weather conditions, dive conditions, requests of guests, and schedules of other liveaboards, which we are trying to stay away from.

There are, however, certain constants on every cruise, which are:

  • Three-day dives of minimum 1-hour duration
  • One sunset/night dive (unless we have to cover a serious amount of miles overnight)
  • Activities during the surface intervals such as scenic rides through lagoons and coves in our tenders, trekking to breathtaking viewpoints, secluded visits, perfect beaches, excursions to traditional villages, and whale watching, water action such as wakeboarding and kayak.

Based upon that, here is a potential itinerary for a seven nights / 8 days cruise from
Maumere (Flores) back to Maumere (Flores). This gives you a general idea and is subject to change due to weather- and other conditions. Popular dive sites are named. However, we have our secret spots as well, which you will learn about during the cruise.

Day 1: Embarkation
Arrival by plane to Maumere. Crew members at the airport will pick you up. Embarkation in the port of Maumere. A general orientation follows.

Day 2: 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.

Day 3: Lembata South
Time for some action-packed diving in the morning. We have two fantastic dive sites here. One of them is a secret cavern, which is home to several White Tip Reef Sharks. The other one, ‘Pulau Suangi,’ is a rock exposed to the open ocean. Stunning coral growth on the reef, perfect fish life, but don’t forget to look out in the blue as we’ve often got pelagic fish passing by. In the afternoon, we offer a visit to the traditional whaling village of Lamalera. The people of this village are fundamental animists and live their ancient traditions until today in our
modern world. Alternatively, we offer a dive for you, of course. We finish this day with a night dive at an excellent secret spot of ours, ‘The Corner Shop’ –
we named it like that because it has a little something of everything.

Day 4: Kambing & Pantar
Facing the Savu Sea, the southern coast of Pantar and Pulau Kambing are exposed to strong upwellings and swells full of nutrition from the deep. Hence the marine life here is mind-boggling with potential for large pelagics. Besides the known sites around Pulau Kambing, our favorites here are our secret spots.

Days 5: 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. An excerpt of the spotting list from 1 (one!) dive we recently did there: Wonderpus, Blue Ring Octopus, Coconut Octopus, Pegasus, Frogfish, Rhinopias, Ambon Scorpionfish, Robust Ghostpipefish, Roughsnout Ghostpipefish, Thorny Seahorse, Melibe…..

Day 6: Pura & Alor
Time for some action-packed current drift dives with potential for the 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

Day 7: Maumere Bay
Our last day before disembarkation we will spend at a beautifully quiet and protected
anchorage in the bay of Maumere. In the morning, we offer you a wreck dive (‘Wodong Wreck’) that turns in the shallows into critter heaven: Pipehorses, Ghostpipefish, Nudibranchs. A beautiful dive with no time limit to finish this cruise. If your flight schedule permits, our guides will happily take you on a second dive as well. The afternoon we spend at this anchorage, filled with some in-water fun such as wakeboarding and waterskiing and the famous Floating Bar.

Day 8: Disembarkation in Maumere
Depending on your flight schedule, our crew will check your luggage in for you in advance so you can rest on board and let us shuttle you to the airport when your plane is ready to leave.

Critter Life: Rhinopias, Ghostpipefish, Pipefish, Pipehorses, Seahorses, Pygmy Seahorses, all sorts of Crustaceans, many different species of Cephalopods, Frogfish, Nudibranchs, Pegasus, Ambon Scorpionfish

Big Stuff: Sharks, Tunas, Jacks, Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Napoleon Wrasses and surprises

Included: VAT, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Nitrox Course, Scuba Diving Courses, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Snorkeling Guide, Wakeboarding, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (100-150 USD per trip), Port Fees (75 USD per trip), Visas, and Fees.

Optional Extras: Gratuities (20 USD per day), Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear, Snorkel Gear, Laundry / Pressing Services, Massage (500,000 IDR).

Reviews

Raja Ampat Cruise

Rated 5 out of 5
25 April 2019

Great liveaboard with high standards of service. Delicious food.

Daniel

Beautiful liveaboard

Rated 4 out of 5
14 January 2019

The boat is beautiful and spacious. The crew is nice and you can feel, that the people who built the boat are within the crew. As for the dive guides, they are friendly and aware of the environment. There is no reason I would not recommend this boat.

Bettina
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