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M20348 is a 33 meter, traditionally built Indonesian sailing schooner and has set new standards for luxury adventure charters in Indonesia. Custom-designed to comfortably accommodate up to 16 guests in spacious comfort in 8 state rooms with en-suite bathrooms, she is perfect for both cruising, island hopping, diving and relaxation. The galley is fitted with the latest in culinary kits the M20348 features the latest diving and safety equipment, 3 speed boats and satellite communication, all of which means that we can sail where we want in comfort and in confidence.

Our western cruise directors share their knowledge of marine life and the local area as well as guiding you to the best dive sites. The rooms, main dining room, and deck areas are all wonderfully arranged. This ship and its operations are run by a wonderful Indonesian crew of 14 plus 1 or 2 Western Cruise Directors, all of whom are very experienced, well trained, professional, attentive and safety conscious. When it's exquisite cruising and diving aboard a luxury charter yacht in the company of a welcoming and professional crew, look no further than the M20348, promising you a high quality adventure holiday, mixed with diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, fishing, beach parties, relaxation and a unique opportunity to enjoy onboard spa treatments. Amazing pampering at great value.

M20348 is a 33 meter yacht built from the finest Indonesian ironwood. Beautiful and functions teak furniture in the main lounge and cabins, and multiple shaded lounging areas on the upper deck ensure an extremely comfortable cruise. M20348 has twin masts that are rigged with 7 sails in the traditional Buginese Phinisi style, which is both beautiful and functional. In a nice breeze she sails with a maximum speed of 5 knots. Alternatively, the 450hp diesel engine ensures she makes her destination, cruising at a comfortable 7 to 9 knots, depending on currents and weather. M20348 is based in Bali, Indonesia, and is fully insured for hull and passengers. Cruise itineraries are possible throughout Indonesia, focusing mostly on the stunning islands and coral reefs of the East.
Questions and Answers
M20348 brings a highly experienced team and a great vessel together for custom-designed luxury adventure charters – with World Class diving available as one of the optional activities.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

Operating for just over 4 years now. Owners team shares passion for adventure cruises, high quality marine experiences in comfort if not luxury. Mark Heighes use to operate charter vessels owned by others and Jos and Lida used to charter vessels for their own groups. We all had our own ideas on how it could be done better and best and decided to build our own custom designed charter yacht in 2005. We spend a little over 1 year on the project and started with our first charter in April 2006.

2. What is your company's mission?

Delivering the best possible adventure cruise experience in Eastern Indonesia, in the greatest comfort and with the highest safety standards. We measure our success by the high rate of return customers among our charter clients.

3. What does your company specialize in?

M20348 is a 33 meter, traditionally built Indonesian sailing schooner and has set new standards for luxury adventure charters in Indonesia. Custom-designed to comfortably accommodate up to 16 guests in spacious comfort in 8 state rooms with en-suite bathrooms, she is perfect for cruising, island hopping, diving and relaxation. This ship and its operations are run by a wonderful Indonesian crew of 14 plus 1 or 2 Western Cruise Directors, all of whom are very experienced, well trained, professional, attentive and safety conscious. What we promise is a high quality adventure holiday, mixed with diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, fishing, beach parties and relaxation. Cruise itineraries are possible throughout Indonesia, focusing mostly on the stunning islands and coral reefs of the East. M20348 features the latest diving and safety equipment, 3 speed boats and satellite communication, all of which means that we can sail where we want in comfort and in confidence.

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

Mark Heighes and Jos Pet had been discussing their dream boat for years. Mark was certified as a dive master in 1981 and Australia’s youngest dive master at 17 years. From 1981-1985 Mark worked as assistant underwater photographer for Ron and Valerie Taylor on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. From 1985-1990 Mark worked on expedition cruise vessels. In 1988 he became a captain and skippered dive vessels in Papua New Guinea, Australia & Indonesia. In 1997 he settled down in Komodo and started his own dive liveaboard business. Now Mark is one of the owners of M20348 in partnership with old friend Jos Pet. Jos worked in Indonesia in fisheries research and marine conservation since 1988. He has led many dive & adventure charters in Indonesia and in the Maldives on charter yachts & adventure cruise vessels. Jos supervises M20348 management team, develops cruise schedules & communicates with agents and direct charter clients on all major aspects of charter planning.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

The cruises in Raja Ampat, Komodo, The Banda Sea and the Alor area are the most popular. This is mostly because people have heard about them from others and they want to do the same. There are other no less spectacular itineraries available which are simply not well known yet.

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

This one is too hard. Perhaps the very high rate of return-customers is the best compliment we could wish for. But we actually have received so far 421 GREAT written testimonials - full of actual compliments, consider that getting 421 very positive written testimonials is probably the biggest compliment, jointly from our charter customers. Finally the number of confirmed charters that we already have scheduled until the end of 2011 is also something that we are particularly proud of.

Vacation Packages offered by supplier M20348
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Luxury Adventure and Dive Charters on Traditional Motor Sailing Yacht Luxury Adventure and Dive Charters on Traditional Motor Sailing Yacht

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Luxury charters on a spectacular yacht, bringing you to the most exotic islands and reefs in Indonesia, for an adventure including world class diving, kayaking, beach excursions and cultural visits.

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Boating and sailing
USD 5850 Indonesia
Reviews and Comments
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 1  Edward Land Indonesia Tour 2010-06-16
This was a trip about family, an opportunity for the children to see some of the amazing things that Indonesia, particularly Komodo, can throw up. I had two ... view more real photo requests at the start, the opportunity to see frog fish and mandarin fish, and both were duly delivered. Wonderful crew, amazing leadership by Karl and Linda, great food and great boat (best I've seen, and I've seen a few...). All together a most amazing and enjoyable trip, one I will be doing each year in the years to come, Alor in 2011, can't wait! Komodo, June 2010.

 2  Ryan Lang Scuba Diving 2010-06-16
I really enjoyed the diving and also the walk about. I was the first one to reach the very top of a steep mountain about 200m high. During the dives I saw many ... view more species of fish and seeing the mantas was spectacular. The current was pushing us back but the mantas on the other hand just floated around like it was nothing. Also seeing the frog-fish with a nudibranch alongside was very cool. A once in a lifetime experience was two mandarin fish mating with each other. I hope to experience another trip with you sometime soon!

 3  Linda Soares- Bruce McManus Underwater Experience 2010-06-16
First of all refer back to guest book February 17, 2009 our entry there really says it all, only its even better this time! The diving was better than ... view more spectacular, there were no words to describe it. The fish life was so varied and SO amazing. We have never seen so many turtles, mantas and huge fish. The corals are so colorful and healthy and having our old friend Tommy to lead the way was a treat as always. He has the most remarkable ability of finding the smallest and most wonderful creatures. Linda and Karl do a great job of making the above water experience as grand as the diving, many thanks to them. And last of all Yovin - she remains the bet ever, such a good friend whom I look forward to seeing again and again. Bruce and I can't wait to come back! Komodo, June 2010.

 4  Susan Williams- Bruce Nyden Amazing Trip 2010-06-16
We are spoiled! The most beautiful boat afloat and the most gracious, generous, helpful crew. What a delight to see Tomy again at the airport! And Yovin ... view more welcoming us again on board. To see Jon, Wahyu, Bram, and Pie and meet Irvi and Marlin. Tomy is amazing under water and Irvi is a keeper. Can't say enough about the beautiful Yovin. Food was excellent! Karl and Linda were easy going yet attentive. We hate to go home, again! Thank you all so very much - you all are outstanding! My memories of the trip keep me going all year long! Komodo, June 2010.

 5  Jan Brown Third Trip to Indonesia 2010-06-16
My third trip with them its like being with family! Indonesia is such a great place, as are the people. It is great to see the opportunities given to these ... view more young people of the Eastern Archipelago, they are highly trained and much respected. The ship is big, graceful and sturdy, the diving is a World Leader. Diving is superb, food excellent, housekeeping excellent and I will keep coming! Komodo, June 2010.

 6  The Wells Family Holiday of a Lifetime! 2010-06-16
We have had the most fabulous 2 weeks, really unbelievable! Everything about the trip was perfect and far exceeded our expectations. What a beautiful and ... view more comfortable boat - so many great places to sit and watch the world go by. The crew were all utterly charming, they managed to look after us perfectly and attentively while remaining completely unobtrusive.

The food was glorious, varied and delicious, all brought to us by the delightful Yaya. Yuli and Nico cooked seemingly unending streams of fabulous dishes. The diving was phenomenal, orchestrated by Stewart: Mr. Incredible. Tommy is an incredible character with a permanent smile on his face above and below the water. So many amazing experiences, thank you all for giving us the holiday of a lifetime! Raja Ampat and Banda Sea, April 2010

 7  Will Kimlinger World Class First-Rate Boat and Operation Service 2010-06-16
You are a World Class first-rate boat and operation service. The staff are the BEST and are competent and friendly. The diving is superb an I saw many fish and ... view more critters that I have never seen before. On one dive I saw more mantas than I've seen in 39 years of diving combined. I look forward to coming back! Komodo, June 2010.