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Base of operations: Indonesia
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.
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.
Boating and sailing
Season: January - December
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