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Shakti was launched in 2001.

The captain, owner and operator is a (once upon a time) Scotsman - David Pagliari.

It all started in Tanah Beru, a small village about 4 hours South East from Makassar. This place has 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 and plans over it's construction – 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..

The Shakti crew is a team of 8 Indonesians most of whom have worked together for many years.

David Pagliari is owner and skipper of the boat. 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. 

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New for 2016 sees Paul Bob Brunskill join the team. An Englishman with a decade of experience planning and executing dive trips in Indonesia. Bob specialized in Raja Ampat in 2008 onboard Pindito before embarking on a freelance career as a private guide on Superyachts.


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Between David and Bob, Shakti offers unrivalled experience in the area and is one of the only liveaboards with secret spots and anchorages no other operators are using.

Length:Length Overall 32 metres, Length on deck: 27 metres
Beam:7 metres
Speed:9 knots
Guests:10-12
Crew:7 Indonesian crew members, 1 Indonesian dive guide, 1 European Cruise Director / dive guide
Cabins:6 spacious cabins total:

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The Vessel
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