Luxury Yacht Samata Diversifies Destination and Makes More Environmental Commitment
Samata Liveaboard has been at the forefront of luxury yacht charters in Indonesia since 2006, offering a one-of-kind, personalized yacht experience on top of its lavishly designed decks. Beginning in 2023, the renowned yacht will be offering short, convenient three-night cruises from Bali with stops at the Gili Islands and North Lombok before reaching Moyo Island and the Northwest Sumbawa Islands.
“This three night/four-day itinerary is fantastic for guests on holiday in Bali to add something special to their trip without having to take flights or lose valuable time traveling somewhere else,” explains Michael Click, Samata Liveaboard Director. “Guests can spend time shopping, diving or snorkeling at the stunning Gili Islands during the day, before enjoying a marvelous diving and snorkeling experience and making a trek to a picturesque waterfall in Moyo Island, our latest coveted destination, at night, where BBQ set dinner will be served on the island’s remote sandy beach as the yacht anchors overnight in the calm waters of Saleh Bay.”
The following morning, guests can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience of swimming with gentle whale sharks, long known as the fishermen’s friends, followed by a stop at Satonda Island, where more diving, snorkeling, and trekking may take place. “We provide our guests with guided diving or snorkeling sessions with the help of our experienced instructors,” adds Click. “Guests that take pleasure in water sports can also use our wide range of equipment, including wakeboarding, kayaking, water skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, and even an inflatable donut for kids. Diving courses are available upon request as well.”
Aside from charting the tranquil waters of Bali and Lesser Sunda Islands, Samata Liveaboard also visits iconic tourist destinations in their vicinity, including the UNESCO World Heritage Island of Komodo National Park, which takes place between June and September every year.
Meanwhile, for those keen on going further east, the charter yacht also offers trips through the historic islands of the Banda Sea and further on to Raja Ampat National Marine Park from October to March, where guests can bask in the world’s most diverse marine environment with a collection of 1,500 pristine islands.
In keeping with its spirit to celebrate the natural world, particularly the sea ecosystem, Samata Liveaboard has also teamed up with Thresher Shark Project Indonesia, Thrive Conservation, and Indonesian Ocean Pride three organizations dedicated to protecting the marine environment.
“Samata is proud to support Thresher Shark Project Indonesia and other conservation and community organizations in their shark tagging project in Alor, one of Indonesia’s lesser-known islands,” says Click. “Considering that the sharks have been listed as vulnerable in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List of Threatened Species, we are compelled to assist these organizations in making a positive change for the sharks and the local fishermen.”
Click further notes that thanks to educational efforts for the fishermen, they have become more aware of the sharks’ susceptibility to the dangers of overfishing and even assisted the shark tagging activity and shown commitment to protecting the species. “We are also delighted to announce that Samata’s next conservation trip, Thrive Conservation (Yayasan Cakrawala) and Indonesian Ocean Pride (Yayasan Konservasi Alam Lestari) will take place in October and November 2022 around Sumba and Timor islands, where we will actively take part in researching sharks, whales and rays along these regions,” concludes Click.
Far from just visiting exotic destinations and providing a top-tier experience to its guests, Samata Liveaboard is equally committed to preserving the beauty of the ecosystem it is a part of as nature is the ultimate luxury for all of us to relish in.