Primary Port Of Departure:
North Salawati, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
Tertiary Port Of Departure:
Listing Unclaimed. Claim Listing.
The Shakti has been permanentely based in Raja Ampat and operating bi-monthly 12 day dive expeditions since 2002. No other liveaboard has spent this much actual time in Raja Ampat. One of the best ways to explore this remote marine environment off West Papua’s Bird’s Head Peninsula is on board a traditional Phinisi Schooner. There are over 700 islands to explore and a myriad reefs and coral cays. Even after years of exploring, new sites and even new endemic species are continually being discovered.Shakti was launched in 2001. Captain, owner and operator David Pagliari It all started in Tanah Beru, a small village about 4 hours South East from Makassar. This place got a long and interesting boat building history. You would think the first step of building a massive wooden boat would probably be endless paper work, plans over plans and constructions – but the Pinisi Schooner builders craft the boats from centuries of oral tradition and instinct. Together with a carpenter team of 14 Indonesians Shakti’s hull was built within a year and a half. After the hull was finished Dave spent a long time thinking about all the little details for the interior, machinery, electronics, navigation tools etc. and so it took him another year until Shakti was ready to launch.