Shakti was launched in 2001 and 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.
Having extensively explored the region within the past 11 years, the Shakti-team can offer unique itineraries to genuinely unknown and pristine divesites.
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.
The Shakti crew is a team of 8 Indonesians most of whom have worked together for many years.
David Pagliari, owner and skipper of the boat as well as cruise director is also managing the diving. He draws from almost 2 decades of diving and exploring the Raja Ampat waters. His knowledge about the area; its culture, people, mystical stories and marine life is outstanding and something special in a place where, now, new boats take to the water each year.
With a maximum number of 10 divers and 2 Divemasters the dive-groups are never bigger than 5.
You can reach Sorong in a single day from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) en route Ujung Pandang (UPG) or Ambon (AMQ) or Surabaya (SUB) using domestic flight, Sriwijaya Air or Lion Air.
You can reach Manado (MDC) from your international destination either through Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. Connections from Manado to Sorong range from one hour fifteen minutes to two hours ten minutes depending on which local carrier and whether the flight makes a stop in Makassar. Possible flight options that you can chooses are Merpati Air, Lion Air, and Sriwijaya Air.
This trip requires two legs and an overnight stay after arriving from your international destination; first a 75-minute flight from Denpasar (DPS) to Makassar (UPG), and a two-hour-and-ten-minute fight from Makassar to Sorong on the next day. Returning to Denpasar is a single-day trip either through Makassar again or through Ambon (AMQ). The flight option from Bali are using Lion Air and Sriwijaya Air.