Samambaia Liveaboard, Indonesia

Excellent food and drinks

“The highlight of this trip was the diversity of activities and dive sites, trips to local villages and hiking Raja Ampat iconic si…”

Vladimir P, United States United States
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  • Delicious international cuisine with local ingredients
  • Range of activities during surface intervals
  • Massage service on board

Samambaia is a new traditional wooden Phinisi sailing in some of the best areas of Indonesia. Climb aboard and be welcomed to luxury and comfort, where the focus is on the finer details and guests' needs.

On board the Samambaia, the 18 experienced, professional, and friendly crew are on hand to help to create an unforgettable journey. Guests are catered to with delicious international cuisine cooked fresh daily with locally sourced ingredients and freshly prepared bread and pastries. For relaxation, guests can choose the partially shaded sundeck with comfortable loungers and enjoy the spectacular Indonesian views or a relaxing massage from the onboard masseuse.

Catering to only 14 guests, The Samambaia Boat has 6 tastefully decorated cabins on the lower deck and a beautiful Master cabin on the main deck with stunning 180° sea views. Each cabin has a private en-suite bathroom, under-bed storage, wardrobes, and individually controlled AC.

Divers and snorkelers alike will marvel at the underwater beauty of Indonesia, with unique cruises to Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Alor, and Komodo. Divers can enjoy spectacular day and night diving and various activities during the surface intervals, such as scenic rides through lagoons and coves, trekking, visits to secluded beaches, and whale watching. While the Samambaia Yacht is new, the crew and dive guides have years of experience there.

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

Required Extras: Fuel Surcharge (150-250 USD per trip), National Park Fees (50-250 USD per trip), Port Fees (75 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities (20 USD per day), Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Nitrox Course (200 USD), Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (350-450 USD), Snorkel Gear, Laundry / Pressing Services, Massage (500,000 IDR).

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Boat features

  • Laundry Service
  • Camera Station
  • Massage
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Available for Charter
  • Wakeboarding

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Full-board Option
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Shaded Diving Area
  • Free Nitrox

The crew speaks English, French, Portuguese, and Italian.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

MV Samambaia Deck Plan floorplan

Boat 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 liter per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • 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
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Samambaia Reviews

  • 9.5 Exceptional
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Vladimir P
  • United States United States
Incredible adventure with great crew!

The highlight of this trip was the diversity of activities and dive sites, trips to local villages and hiking Raja Ampat iconic sites like Wayag and Waigeo Islands.The camaraderie of the crew and guests made everyone feel like a family. Shout out to Daniel for smoothly running all operations and making everyone happy and to the dive master Ratno Subaru for working hard during each dive to find for us all these incredible creatures!

Recommended for
Variety of dive sites( Manta’s cleaning sites, mangrove tree dive, Acropora fields ). Great crew and comfortable ship.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ann K
  • United States United States
Perfectly Run Intimate Adventure

The diving was the main highlight as it should be. The crew made sure we got to sites when other divers weren’t there. They sent a launch out before every dive to check currents and activity. I guess it’s the luck of the draw, but every single guest was wonderful. The rooms are gorgeous, spacious, and tastefully decorated. There was always hot water for showers.The cook made impossibly good food for a boat. There was homemade ice cream, Italian and Asian food. I don’t eat meat, and they seamlessly accommodated that. There’s an espresso machine on the boat. Soft drinks and beer come with your fare. You can bring wine for a corking fee. The sun deck is lovely. They did my laundry at no charge. Transfers to and from the airport were perfect.

Recommended for
The boat is very well organized, which is the main thing. Compared to the last boat I was on, which was VERY high-end, this one has better food and seemingly ceaseless hot water, a more fun-loving crew, and the owner was on board.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • John S
  • United States United States
World Class

Komodo National park diving is world class. Food is out of this world and fresh. El toro our dive guide is top notch boat is immaculate and well kept Owner Gia Paulo is a fantastic human being.

Recommended for
Professionalism of the crew, commitment to safety and service
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Lance S
  • United States United States
Absolutly fabulous trip!

The Samambaia was beautiful, comfortable and luxurious. The crew were delightful and extremely helpful. The diving was incredible and the knowledge shown by both the cruise director and the dive guides was both vast and helped to learn and enjoy more. The surrounding scenery of the islands was amazing.

Recommended for
Crew, food and diving.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Yeun Sok K
  • South Korea South Korea
The crew and the ship was in great shape.

Diving with Manta Ray at Manta Ridge.

Recommended for
The crews, diving spot, and people.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Brazil Brazil
By far, this trip was one of the best diving trip of my life!

Os lugares que foram escolhidos para mergulhar. O ultimo lugar que mergulhei (Mike's place), vai ficar, eternamente, em minha memória. o lugar, os peixes e a quantidade e a beleza dos corais duros !

Recommended for
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Mark W
  • Australia Australia
The best holiday and destination we have even been to

Seeing our first beautiful ocean Manta Ray. Cave swimming. Raw beauty of the area.

Recommended for
Diving, afternoon adventures and the food. Everything was the best
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Anita F
  • Austria Austria
One of the best experiences ever in diving

Shotgun, Batu Bolong, sunset on Padar island

Recommended for
incredible friendliness of all the crew, divesites chosen for the divers´ best experience, allover experience
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Fernando F
  • Uruguay Uruguay
Very nice boat

The hole trip was very nice.

Recommended for
the cabin, the crew, the meals
  • 10 Exceptional
  • marina L
  • Denmark Denmark


Recommended for
Diving safety, very helpfull crew and the food