MV Samambaia Liveaboard Review

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MV Samambaia dive boat review

MV Samambaia is a beautiful looking vessel from the fleet of Samambaia Komodo Liveaboards. Travelling the waters of Indonesia to the very best diving locations, she is designed with comfort and safety in mind.

 

Indonesia itself is located in the clear blue waters where the South China Sea, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean converge in the ‘coral triangle’. The scuba diving on offer in the area is nothing short of outstanding. Indonesia itself is the world’s largest archipelago of approximately 18,000 islands. It is also a magnet for exceptional marine biodiversity. Indonesian waters are known to be home to more than 3000 fish species and 600 species of coral. It is a diver’s paradise.

 

Visibility in the waters here can be up to 50m depending on site and season and, including the fish species – is home to over 3500 marines species. Here you may find macro life such as pygmy seahorses and ghost pipefish. Or, at the other end of the scale, at some site you may find sunfish (mola mola). Other species spotted in the waters here include moray eels, cuttlefish, octopus, turtles, trevally, groupers, frogfish and, on occasion, sharks.

 

The spectacular MV Samambaia had her maiden voyage in just 2015. She is a traditionally styled two-masted Phinisi schooner. 40m in length and 9m in beam, she is comparable in size to other traditionally styled vessels in the region and capable of cruising at 10 knots. Don’t be fooled by Samambaia’s traditional appearance, she has all the latest safety and emergency equipment onboard; liferafts, satellite phone, radar, GPS being just some of the key items.

You can check the availability and prices for this Boat here.

 

Cabins and Boat Layout

 

Samambaia is able to accommodate 14 guests. This relatively small number compared to some parts of the globe means there is always an personal and exclusive feel to the cruise.

 

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Onboard the yacht there are three cabin options.

 

  • Double Cabin – Approx 13m2 in area. Beautifully trimmed with a double bed, ensuite bathroom facilities and air-conditioning.
  • Twin Cabin – Approx 13m2 in area. Features two single beds, ensuite bathroom facilities and air-conditioning.
  • Master Cabin – Approx 15m2 in area. Located on an upper deck this amazing cabin features stunning 180 degree panoramic views with privacy glass, super king-sized bed, individual air-conditioning and ensuite bathroom facilities.

 

All of the bathrooms have a rain shower head coupled with a hand-held shower head and washbasin carved out of fossil wood. The décor is traditional and yet modern. Tasteful and refined.

 

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Twin Cabin

 

On the main deck is an air-conditioned dining area/lounge combination. On the starboard side you’ll find comfortable cloth-covered couches to relax in as you journey to the next destination or have a drink after your meal. On the port side is a dining area with is more than large enough to cater to all guests.

 

Meals are a delicious combination of local ingredients prepared to a combination of Asian and international flavours. The ingredients are always crispy fresh and you’ll never be hungry on this vessel.

 

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Indoor Dining

 

Also on the main deck you’ll find – tucked in the centre of the dive deck – a table where you can dine in the open-air and take in the gorgeous ocean views.

 

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Sun Deck

 

For sun-lovers there are ample opportunities to bronze in the sun. At the bow of the main deck is a sun deck/relaxing area. And, again, on the upper deck, you’ll find a spacious area with loungers where you can relax in the sun.

 

 

Diving onboard Samambaia

 

The crew on Samambaia always pride themselves on safety and service.

 

The dive deck is exceptionally well laid-out and each diver will have their own area for equipment storage.

 

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Diving tender.

 

Nitrox is available for those qualified and the dive guides are passionate about sharing with you the wonders of these waters – from macro critters to large pelagic life.

 

If you’re a photographer or videographer you’ll find rinse tanks and charge points. For safety there are dive tenders allowing pick-up and drops where required.

 

 

Itineraries

 

There are various itineraries on offer. The vessel is non-diver friendly too so, should your partner or companion be a non-diver there is snorkeling and land tour options encorporated into voyages where possible.

 

Depending on the season the vessel takes different itineraries; whether Komodo and Bali or East Flores and Alor. Contact us for further details.

 

Expect to pay around EUR4,168 for a typical 12day/11 night trip. This equates to EUR347/day. Please note that this does not include some extras such as port/marine park fees, alcoholic drinks and equipment rental. Please contact us for further

Where does this liveaboard dive boat go?

Check out the fabulous places where this dive boat travels to.
Note: some destinations may not be listed below, please enquire for more details.

Komodo Island

Diving in Komodo is all about action! It is BIG fishes land! With wonderful coral, it is just incredible diving all year round.

Komodo Island Diving Review

Wakatobi

Wakatobi has some of the finest coral in the world, amazing biodiversity and one of the best places in the world for macro photography! On the right day, the visibility can be outstanding!

Wakatobi Diving Review

Raja Ampat

Richest Reef in the World, Amazing Biodiversity, Wonderful Coral, perfect place for underwater photography.

Raja Ampat Diving Review

Gili Islands, Lombok

Diving in Gili islands is great for swimming with Turtles! It can also be a great spot to take your next diving course as the dives here are relatively cheap.

Gili Islands, Lombok Diving Review

Lembeh Strait

Best Muck Diving in the World! One of the Best spot in the World for Macro Underwater Photography. Amazing Biodiversity!

Lembeh Strait Diving Review

Bunaken, Manado

Diving in Bunaken is just fantastic for wall Diving, Coral gardens, endless visibility, incredible biodiversity. Also staying on an isolated island is something really special to experience!

Bunaken, Manado Diving Review

Tulamben

One of the best Wreck Dives in the World!!! And the most easy for sure, 30m from the Shore and starts at 4m deep! Fantastic Marine life and great Coral!

Tulamben Diving Review

Pemutaran, Lovina

No current, Good visibility, unusual Marine Life and one of the BEST Diving sites around Bali for Muck Diving: Puri Jati (P.J.).

Pemutaran, Lovina Diving Review

Padang Bai

Night Diving, Underwater Macro Photography, Resident Whitetip Reef Sharks, Huge green Turtles, and crystal clear water! Also a great Snorkelling spot!

Padang Bai Diving Review

Menjangan Island

Menjangan Island is famous worldwide for Wall diving with small caverns to explore. The reef and Coral are also great. A very nice wooden wreck from the 19th century: Anker Wreck.

Menjangan Island Diving Review

Nusa Penida / Nusa Lembongan

One of the best spots in the world to see the rare Mola Mola and the graceful Manta Rays! Big fishes and action with lots of sharks. Very good Visibility and stunning Coral.

Nusa Penida / Nusa Lembongan Diving Review

Candidasa

It is all about action! Big pelagic fishes, hunting action in the current, and many Sharks! Regular seeing of Hammerhead Sharks and Mola Mola!

Candidasa Diving Review

Bali

Diving in Bali is incredible for BIG Fishes, Macro Diving, Drift Diving and Excellent Visibility!

Bali Diving Review

Indonesia

Diving in Indonesia will suit every diver's hopes and desires. In a land of opportunity, dive spots range from those suited to beginner divers wishing to learn in perfect easy conditions to unexplored dive sites with fierce currents for those more experienced divers looking for a challenge.

Indonesia Diving Review

Amed

Magnificent coral, no current, relaxed and easy diving, possibilities for night diving, good place for underwater macro photography, and a great snorkelling spot.

Amed Diving Review

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Dive spots reviews in Bali & Indonesia & Komodo Island & Raja Ampat

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Crystal Bay is a very good dive site in Bali but reserved to experienced divers as the current can be quite strong and d...
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This is one of the best dive sites in Komodo national park. It is the best place to dive with manta rays. From September...
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Ghost bay diving site in Amed is an artificial reef with bottles, wheels, etc. But it is a wonderful place for underwate...
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Gili Selang is a new dive site and the area is still under exploration. The North of Gili Selang is full of surprises bu...
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Raymond's point is a vertical wall with usually strong current, making it an ideal place for drift dives in Bunaken. The...
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The Blue Corner dive site in Nusa Penida is THE place to drift dive in Bali! The current can be very strong and for this...
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Mike's point dive site in Bunaken is a very beautiful wall with a shape of an amphitheatre. The wall is covered with mas...
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The USS Liberty Wreck is the most famous dive site in Bali. It is also one of the best sunken ship wrecks in the world! ...
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Batu bolong is a world class dive site! At the surface, we can just see a small rock with hole in it, but underwater it ...

One Liveaboard feedback for “MV Samambaia

  1. HI my name is Walter. I’m from the USA .i would love to go diving off the boat so how much just for few days like 3 days. I want to go to Bali. Can you email me are text my phone on whatsapp 015805400044 thanks

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