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Sampela rises from the waters of Wakatobi, bridging the Bajau traditions to a slightly more modern world. Their boat dwellings have been replaced with wooden homes built on stilts allowing them access to the water. The village is where children attend school, while the elders take care of the village or head out to sea to find their daily catch. With knowledge passed down from their forefathers, the Bajau fishermen have honed their freediving skills. Equipped with only a mask and speargun, these master divers can dive to 60 meters and hold their breath for extended periods.

After centuries of diving, researchers have discovered the modern-day Bajua fisherman have adapted to their environment and evolved an enlarged spleen. The larger spleen gives their bodies the ability to hold additional oxygenated red blood cells, allowing them to stay underwater at length. The sea-faring life is deeply embedded in the Bajau people, and one could say the sea is a natural extension of their lives. The waters they inhabit are more than a resource to the Bajau; it is where they find comfort and solace while peacefully coexisting with nature.

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Amazing trip!! I am very happy to share my feedback about Hello Indo services and recommendations. My boyfriend and I had a very nice experience booking our sailing journey with them. They have selected for us the best liveaboard and experiences aboard for our romantic holidays. The organization of the trip went smoothly and their expert of the area, Charles, was very attentive to our needs and gave us the best advice and offer. (…)

Mary S.

The program was impeccable, the sea life breathtaking and the paradisiac landscapes. The crew was impeccable and very friendly: destinations, activities, meals etc … everything was perfect! I highly recommend the destination and Hello Indo who have put together a dream vacation.


Unforgettable experience, the activities prepared according to our desires: we discovered magnificent places, we had the chance to swim with manta rays, went kayaking in Gili Makassar, small sunset above Padar Island … incredible! A big thank you to the team of Hello Indo for making this stay so unique, we felt really privileged. I recommend a cruise with Hello if you really want to experience something out of the ordinary !!


The scenery and the advice provided by Hello Indo were extraordinary. Swim with manta rays and turtles, snorkel around the best coral sites, observe amazing fish and corals or see foxes flying out of the woods against a magnificent sunset background as you climb mountains fascinating sunrise landscapes(…). Overall a superb experience, couldn’t recommend it more.


Flawless. It was the most incredible vacation experience. 12 friends had fun. The crew was fantastic. Unforgettable.

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