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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13 Dec 2021
Raja Ampat North (Sorong-Sorong)
Arrival: 13 Dec 2021
Departure: 21 Dec 2021
Days/nights: 9 Days / 8 Nights
Raja Ampat North (Sorong-Sorong)

Day 1: Embarkation

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

Day 2 – 8

  • 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

Day 9: Disembarkation in Sorong

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: At least 75 percent of all coral species can be found in Raja Ampat. Divers can expect a range of topography from soft corals and sea fans to hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, deep drop-offs, caves, black sand, and white sand. Giant manta rays, sea turtles, sharks, cuttlefish, pipefish, various seahorse species, and massive schools of reef fish are the norm, plus the delightful wobbegong sharks and epaulet sharks inhabit these waters too.

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.

24 Dec 2021
Raja Ampat South & North (Sorong - Sorong)
Arrival: 24 Dec 2021
Departure: 04 Jan 2022
Days/nights: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Raja Ampat South & North (Sorong - Sorong)

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, guests’ requests, 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 to secluded, perfect beaches
  • excursions to traditional villages
  • whale watching
  • water activities such as wakeboarding and kayak

Here is a potential itinerary for an 11 nights / 12 days cruise from Sorong to Sorong. 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.

For a cruise in Raja Ampat, there are three potential scenarios:

  • North only
  • South only
  • North and South combined.

The itinerary below is an example for North and South combined:

Day 1: Embarkation

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

Day 2: Wagmab/Farondi

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. After that, we will do two more dives around Wagmab and Farondi. We’ve got a wide array of sites to pick from.

There are five dive sites commonly dived; add our secret spots, and you get to ten. You can expect an impressive soft coral growth, giant sea fans, a massive swim through, a cavern, and a great macro life. For several months of the season, silversides are abundant, and the Mobulas come in to hunt.

Day 3: Wayil

Barracuda Rock, Wedding Cake, and Dunia Kecil are the dive sites we will spend this day at.

In the afternoon, we offer a two-hour speedboat ride into hidden coves to let you enjoy the stunning topside of the limestone islands. In the end, we will get to a pristine white sand beach where you can cool off with a little swim.

Day 4: 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 are 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 colors, you can imagine. The most colorful reef fish surround you. More Fusiliers than one could count. Jacks, Trevallies, Barracudas, Sharks.

And if you happen to dive here on a day with bad visibility, face the reef. It’s packed with macro life. Several species of Pygmy Seahorses, Nudibranchs, tiny Crustaceans – every niche in these reefs are filled with life.

Day 5: Boo/Warakaraket

The swim-through at ‘Boo Windows’ is one of the signature dive sites of SE Misool. The surrounding reef is covered in sea fans. Even bigger sea fans you will see at our second dive here at ‘Hidung Boo.’ We combine this impressive day of diving with at least one dive at ‘Magic Mountain.’ Being a cleaning station for Oceanic Mantas makes this place truly magical.

Day 6: Daram

This island group is one of our favorite areas to dive in SE Misool. Since 2010 was declared as the second no-take zone in the area, the marine life here is abundant and most colorful. We will spend the whole day here and offer three world-class dives. No night dive today as we will head overnight to the north.

Day 7: Yanggelo

In the morning, you will find yourself in the north of Raja Ampat. The main difference to Misool is the pristine hard coral, while the south is famous for the soft variation. ‘Mayhem’ is an action-packed dive which we will hit when there is enough current to keep the fish life going without being too challenging for the divers.

Outside the mangroves of Yanggelo, we three more beautiful dive sites to show you.

Day 8: Mansuar/Arborek

It’s time for more close encounters with the majestic Manta Rays of Raja Ampat.‘Manta Sandy’ is one of the most popular dive sites out here, and therefore we avoid it just because we know about even better spots where we will take you.

In the afternoon, we will dive into the jetty of the small island of Arborek. The pillars are covered in soft coral, and all around, we find beautiful macro life. Afterward, we will go and visit the little village here on the island.

Day 9: Dampier Strait

The dive and snorkel sites in the Dampier Strait stand for action-packed dives in our favorite 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. Popular dive sites here: ‘Kap Kri,’ ‘Chicken,’ ‘Sardine,’ ‘Mike’s Point,’ and ‘Blu Majik.’

Day 10: Dampier Strait

We offer optional trekking for the early birds in the morning to go and see the Red Bird of Paradise. These birds do their mating dances up in the trees just when the sun rises. Another day of action-packed diving in the Dampier Strait lies ahead of us.

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. We don’t like that and therefore move away to some sites less dived yet very attractive. A WW2 plane wreck. ‘Larry’s Promise.’ Wruzwarez Slope. There are 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, and we are.

Day 12: Disembarkation in Sorong

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

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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