Samata is a wooden-hulled, Sulawesi-built schooner which focuses on all-inclusive liveaboard cruises. Samata means 'tranquility' and 'balance' in Sanskrit and the boat is well-named since it is a smooth and sturdy vessel and, at 42 metres in length, is a substantial boat.
From May to September each year, the liveaboard operates in the Komodo Island and Nusa Tenggara area, operating from Labuan Bajo so no time is spent getting to and from the national park. October and November sees Samata cruise the Banda Sea, Forgotten Islands and Ambon. Then from December to April, it relocates to Raja Ampat in West Papua.
There are a variety of trip durations operated and the schedule is open to change since, with a maximum of only 10 divers, Samata is a popular private whole boat charter. So if you have a group and want to set your own itinerary then the Samata's schedule can be flexible to your needs.
With 14 staff to 10 guests you will be more than well looked after and, under French ownership, both English and French are spoken on board. Soft drinks and beer are included in the price and there is a wide choice of wines as you would expect under French ownership.
There are delightful wood panelled floors and furniture throughout, including the 4 double en-suite cabins, the air-conditioned saloon and dining area, plus the outdoor seating areas and sun deck. There is plenty of relaxation space on board. So for couples or groups seeking the best of Komodo in great comfort and style, you could do worse than book a Komodo Island liveaboard trip on board KLM Samata and find your own tranquility and balance.
Dive experience: Routes can be tailored to suit the experience levels of divers.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, biscuits, coffee, tea and water, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), scuba equipment, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), return transfers to the boat from the local airport/hotel, wakeboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, land excursions, harbour fees, park fees, conservation fees, beach visits, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): None.
Optional extras: Torches, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: KLM Samata departs to Komodo Island from Labuan Bajo in Flores or Bali. Flights can be arranged by the operator. There is a minibus transfer service from airports to and from the boat in Labuan Bajo but not in Bali. For more information see our Bali travel information section.
Non-diver rate: Charter prices apply.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Not applicable.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Discounts apply for smaller groups. Please ask us for details.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): See above for prices of example itineraries for groups of 10 persons.
Samata is equipped with 4 VIP Suites (3 double bed and 1 twin bed) located on the lower deck, and a Master Suite on the upper deck. All cabins feature air-conditioning and private, en-suite facilities.
All the cabins have:
En-suite bathroom with hot-water shower, hand basin, towel & toiletries
18m² Dive deck & 3m² platform with shower - 2 Motorised dive dinghies - Separate rinse tank for cameras - Camera table - Saloon with TV, DVD, sound system and Nintendo Wii game console - Computer with CD burner & photo / video editing - Movie and book library, games and magazines, fish ID and diving books - Water dispenser - Open-air dining area - Well-stocked bar - 112m² Open-air shaded area - 18m² Sun deck with sun chairs and mattresses