Its a unique boat. Its owner, captain and cruise leader are the same Scotsman. He has nearly twenty years experience scuba diving in this part if the world. We built the boat in South Sulawesi, where all the best Phinisi schooners are. Designed from the start with scuba diving cruises in mind, Shakti is well thought out, and offers up to twelve guests the perfect balance of comfort & price, modern convenience & classic character, and friendly fun & professional safety. This boat does not offer scheduled trips for divers to join. It is available for charter only.
With 13 years experience, they know how to get the best of diving at Raja Ampat. We know where to be at any particular time. We come to port for refurbishments only during the two short monsoon periods. Raja Ampat is becoming more and more popular, and new boats start to dive here each year. We are learning the dive sites, marine life, local culture and sea conditions, Shakti and its crew are masters of these seas. This means they can offer something that may make all the difference to your scuba diving adventure in Raja Ampat.
The boat has six air-conditioned cabins. There is an air-conditioned lounge area for showing movies or dive briefings. The dive deck is spacious and guests keep their equipment set up in the same location throughout the cruise. Divers enter and exit the water via two motorized tender dinghies. The craftsmanship and design are centuries old, following the generations of successful shipbuilding. We launched the boat in 2001, and has all the latest safety, communication and navigation facilities. In the summer of 2016, the boat underwent its latest refit, invloving new cabins and slightly expanding the maximum number of guests to 12.
Shakti is 32m in overall length, and has plenty of space on board for guests to relax and socialise in small groups, or find some privacy otherwise. sunbathing and stargazing on the top deck, and there are several shaded areas to relax, eat, read or chat. While the vessel was designed with scuba diving at Indonesia’s best archipelago in mind, recent years have shown a great deal of interest in non-diving ‘adventure’ cruises, some of them are: snorkelling, island excursions and more.
We serve a wonderful blend of Western and local cuisine, and we can make most dietary requirements ask for. Three hearty meals per day, plus snacks, fruits & treats. Nothing goes to waste, such is the tastiness of the food on board. The owner’s pet dog joins every trip, so there is also no need to worry about leaving the odd scrap on your plate after finding yourself full.