Teman - Review 2022
A beautiful traditional two-masted phinisi sailing boat, the Teman liveaboard offers the right balance between cruising luxury and practical liveaboard diving. A recent addition to the class of luxury liveaboards that sails the waters of Indonesia, the Teman liveaboard was launched in 2017 in South Sulawesi, a region famous for traditional wooden boat building. Specializing in diving and adventure cruises, Teman and its crew look forward to welcoming and sharing with you the gems they have discovered during their 20 years of experience sailing across Indonesia.
Our Overall Review
Reasons to buy:
People stated that they liked the boat layout and all the amenities on board was exemplary.
Many people loved the attentive service that crew portrayed during the voyage.
Several divers commended the efforts of the diving crew on getting the best locations to make the most out of the dives.
The price of a trip is below the normal standards and this was a bonus for many people.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- Some people expressed concern about the amount of crew and divers ratio.
- Many people noted that the food served was repetitive in nature.
Where to book:
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Diving on the Teman in Indonesia
The 36 meters/118 feet long Teman liveaboard was explicitly designed to sail the seas of the Indonesian archipelago. The Teman liveaboard was built using a rich variety of wood species and offers guests enough space to relax and enjoy the incredible landscapes during their journey. The boat accommodates 12 guests in 5 stylish cabins. Guests can relax on the sun deck or a well-shaded chill-out area.
There is a dining room with a magnificent Tek wood table, suitable for up to 14 people during meals.
With ten days/nights of memorable and fun-filled diving experiences guaranteed, the Teman liveaboard conveys guests to Komodo, Raja Ampat, the Banda Sea, North Maluku, Triton Bay, and Wakatobi.
Four of the five cabins which accommodate 12 guests are located at the front of the boat, while the fifth cabin is on the stern. The four cabins on the ship are named Seram, Celebes, Banda and Maluku, and Flores. Seram and Celebes have a double bed and a single bed, while Banda and Maluku have a double bed and a bunk bed. Flores, on the back of the boat, has a double bed and a bunk bed with direct access to the stern skirt.
All the cabins have en-suite bathrooms with hot water, remote-controlled air conditioning, integrated storage units, charging stations (220v), reading lamps, two portholes and a hatch.
There are two sun decks, one is shaded, and the other is open on board of Teman for the perfect relaxation after diving. The lounge area has a big wooden deck for a pleasant evening and conversations. Boat’s saloon is combined with an open kitchen so you can see the chef cooking.
To give guests the best quality of air, the foredeck was converted to the diving area. It is always protected from the sun, and each guest enjoys their own gear storage unit. Photographers have two tables at their disposal on the deck and another space inside the boat with numerous sockets (220V).
The boat has two Bauer compressors. The two wooden dinghies on the boat can get divers to the remote dive sites. The luxury liveaboard has two dive guides, one is local, and the other one is western so divers can be guaranteed they will be understood.
The meals prepared by the boat’s chef are a mix of local and western cuisine and are served buffet style. Guests will enjoy as much as five meals daily to ensure they don’t get hungry after the dives. Fruits are served after each meal and extras such as snacks, tea, coffee is always available. Guests with special dietary requirements are also catered for.
With safety a vital feature to consider when going on diving trips, the Teman liveaboard’s crew pays special attention to ensure the required safety standard is attained. The boat has two life jackets and buoys. There are also first aid kits, fire extinguishers, and emergency oxygen.
Best time to go
The best time to go on a cruise aboard the Teman liveaboard is between October and the end of April.
Guests are picked from their hotel or directly from the Sorong airport on the date of departure and transferred to the boat. It takes five hours to reach Raja Ampat which is usually the first dive site. Guests are transferred to their hotels or back to the airport once the diving trip is completed.
The diving schedules and sessions are always dependent on sea and weather conditions.
There is no dive on the arrival date. Guests are briefed on daily schedules and safety before they are shown their cabins. A light dinner is provided on the first day before diving sessions begin on the following day. There are three dives per day, although additional dives can be done on request (at an additional charge). There are no dives on the day guests are returned to their hotels or transferred to the airport.