Samata is a wooden-hulled, Sulawesi-built schooner which focuses on the Komodo Island area, operating from Labuan Bajo so no time is spent getting to and from the national park. 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 liveaboard boat.
There are a variety of trip durations operated and the schedule is open to change since, with a maximum of 15 divers (normally 10), 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 13 staff to 10-15 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.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, biscuits, coffee, tea and water, dives (as detailed in the trips above), tanks, weights and weightbelts, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), return transfers to the boat from the relevant airport.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment, air fare for return flights Bali to Labuan Bajo, Komodo National Park fees (US$ 25 per person). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Land transfers in Bali, Island excursion to see the Komodo dragons, torches, dive insurance, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks. 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 for whole boat charter basis.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See rates above. Groups of 5 or 6 guests can charter the full boat for a discounted price of 10% off the above prices.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): See above for prices of the different itineraries.
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