Awesome Day Boat “Santai”

Day Boat Santai - Komodo National park

Boat and lounge and underwater world

“Santai” is Bahasa Indonesia for “relax” – and that’s exactly what we would like you to do aboard.

Santai is our day boat that offers space for 18 guests, plus the boat’s crew. It is 23 m long and 5 m wide. Hence, for more comfort the dive deck has been built in the front and 44 tanks can be stored at once. There are four jumping points, and two ladders to exit the water; especially convenient if you come with a bigger group. So divers do not have to crowd and can enter and exit quickly and relaxed.

While being used as a fishing boat before, Santai was completely overhauled and re-furbished for diving in 2018 only. The ironwood hull offers great stability and thus it runs perfectly in the waters of Komodo National Park.

History of “Santai”

The history of our boat begins on the island of Kalimantan where in 2007 a fisherman named Gusmadi started to build his boat. He then had to stop the constructions for some years due to missing funds. And only in 2012, Gusmadi successfully completed building his boat. Under the name “Mega Anugrah” (engl. “Mega Grace”) Gusmadi used his boat for fishing in the waters around Indonesia.

Just five years later, in 2017, Gusmadi decided to sell the boat. In October 2017, our crew, inclusive our captain Fidin, flew over to Kalimantan. They searched and examined hundreds of different boats; in a small fishing village the crew found “Mega Anugrah” and has selected that boat. Hence, the preparations for the transfer to Flores began.

In November 2017, Fidin, our mechanic and a second captain (as assistance to Fidin) flew again to Kalimantan, verified all final documents and licenses, bought all necessaries for the journey on the sea and aimed for the port of destination Labuan Bajo, Flores.

The transfer took five days in total. In Labuan Bajo the boat was docked, disassembled and practically built from scratch.  The constructions have been completed in April 2018. It is now a comfortable, strong, spacious boat for diving.

Comfort and service

With a day boat diving, you have chosen flexibility, more comfort and a social, culinary exploration. While you feel excitement underwater, we would like you to do so above the waters too. Thus, enjoy some refreshing drinks at the big dining table with other divers.  We offer free, unlimited water, hot tea and coffee and some cold drinks (at a tiny surcharge). Make yourself comfortable on the sofas and sun chairs on our upper deck. Listen to music and admire the stunning views of Komodo and its islands. Or dare one of our board and card games.

The food on our boat is freshly prepared every time we serve it. Therefore, please inform us at the time of booking, if you experience some food allergies or intolerances.

Kita tetap santai santai…dalam hidup indahnya dunia…itu bila kita terus tersenyum
(We stay relaxed in this beautiful life in our world…that’s when we keep smiling)

Safety and specifications

Yours and the safety of our crew are especially important to us and, consequently, we have installed various safety measures on our boat.

Specifications

Built: 2007, overhauled in 2017 and launched in 2018
Dimension: 23 m length, 5 m width
Type: Day boat
Engine: Hyundai D22, 250hp
Speed: 10 knots
Capacity: 22 guests + crew
Navigation: Garmin GPS with Plotter
Communication: Long Range VHF radio (25 nm)

Safety

Experienced crew 3 fire extinguisher
30 life vests First Aid Kit
3 life buoys Emergency Oxygen Set
2 drift lines

Facilities

  • Lower deck for divers with fixed bench to hold 44 tanks and dining area with big wooden dining table
  • Upper deck with roofed area and sun area, with incredibly relaxing sofas and mattresses
  • 4 entrances + 2 ladders to exit waters
  • 2 western style marine toilets
  • Kitchen
  • Boxes with fresh water for cameras
  • 1 dinghy

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