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THE ULTIMATE
10 Nights

The distinctive features of the Komodo National Park can be found in the coexistence of two underwater ecosystem on a quite small area. The warm (28 degrees) and pristine waters of the Northern part, are highly contrasting with the southern one. Colder (23-25 degree) and heavily charged with plankton, they are more exposed to the winds, and rich upwealling currents. 

The South is the invertebrates and echinoderms haven, and attracts a large population of Manta rays. Soft corals are amazing, and numerous critters can be found on those productive reefs. In the North, the nice visibility and the large acropora colonies, supports encounters with pelagic, trevallies, bumphead parrotfish, napoleon wrasse and reef sharks. A 10 nights cruise allows divers to explore both areas. For muckdive enthusiasts, a diving day could be organized along the slopes of the Sangeang Volcano. 

KOMODO NATIONAL PARK

10 Nights | Scuba diving Komodo Liveaboard

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Kelor

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Day 1 | On the way to the National Park

Total navigation: 5 hours | 30 miles

Our guide is picking you up at your hotel, or directly to the airport. We host you onboard, and make sure you feel at home as soon as you step on the vessel. A welcome drink will be offer to you, while displaying a quick briefing about security on board. Your Phinisi will then set course for Kelor, while divers set up their gears on the dive deck. Check dive and navigation to the Horseshoe bay, in the south Rinca.

A night scuba diving komodo is proposed in Torpedo Alley. On this black sandy slope are crawling the must-see critters like the Indian Walkman, mimic octopus, ghost Pipe fish and decorator crabs.

Overnight anchored in the Horseshoe Bay.

Nusa Kodé

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Day 2 | The invertebrates Paradise

Rodeo is an incredible seamount, almost out of the bay. This site is exposed to the swell and the currents which requires a very careful plan for the dive. Schools of fish, sharks and even manta rays or sea turtles. The variety of coral is stunning. Yellow wall is a wall falling up to 50 meters with an amazing overhang. Covered with yellow soft coral, this scuba diving komodo site is perfect to look for nudibranchs and other invertebrates.

From the boat, onlookers must have already seen some Komodo Dragon walking freely on the beach with macaques and wild boars. The tender drive you closer for a spectacular encounter.

Cannibal Rock is the most famous scuba diving komodo site in the South of Rinca. This seamount lies between 5 and 30 meters and is a display of colors and shapes! Frogfish, zebra crabs, Coleman shrimps, sea apple, and other critters live there all together. Mobulas and Birostris mantas pay sometimes a visit!

Another night will be spent in the secluded Bay.

 

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Day 3 | More horseshoebay and wreck

Navigation 3 hours | 15 miles

Boulders consists in circumnavigating underwater large rocks, colonized by numerous sea fans and dendronephtnya soft coral.  We will have another dive on the Cannibal Rock slopes at the best lights of the day. It reveals an underwater kaleidoscope. The last dive of the day will be made around a small cargo wreck lying on the seabed of Loh Sera Bay.

Overnight anchored in the bay. 

Loh Sera

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Day 4 | South Komodo

Navigation 10 miles | 2-3 Hours

Our guest will be lucky to dive Manta Alley twice. Famous for the affluence of manta rays, schools of fish, sharks, and other critters. Whether we find mantas or not we will be amazed by this site.

Tanjung Loh Sera offers some great diving, but need to be well plan. It is not always diveable, as the currents can be ripping there. Divers follows the cape towards some underwater pinnacles. Large pelagic like dogtooth tuna can be seen circling off the corner and around the pinnacles. Plenty of large fish and turtles along the wall. Be ready for some close encounters of the large kind! Monster giant trevallies, potato cod, malabar grouper, schools of bumphead parrotfish, napoleon wrasse, dogtooth tuna, manta rays and much more.

Your scuba diving komodo liveaboard drops the anchor again in the protected bay of Loh Sera. 

Padar

Day 5 | The Sea Apple Island

Navigation: 8 miles | 1-2 hours

The Arch is a stair-shaped reef (located south west from the island) and attracts sweetlips, snappers and trevallies. We will find a small cave at 30 meters and the arch at 15 meters. Pilarsteen offers a lunar seascape with pinnacles and tiny caves. The wall has been colonised by yellow and orange soft coral. Blue fins trevallies, eagle rays are commonly seen, as well as a huge solitary barracuda. The underwater outcrops of 3 sisters rise from to 12 to 25 meters under the surface. Underwater photographers and macro lovers will particularly enjoy the great variety of nudibranchs, shrimps and crabs. Visibility can be lower here.

An option to end the day for the brave. Venture for a trek to reach the panoramic lookout over the dramatic shaped island of Padar. Overnight anchored in the south of Padar.

Loh Buaya

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Day 6 | Sharks, Komodo Dragons, and other creatures

Navigation: 3-4 hours | 17 miles

These rocks named Batu Tiga are located right in between the islands of Padar and Komodo. A meticulous dive planning is necessary to dive here. Numerous big eye trevallies, reef sharks, dogtooth tunas or barracudas!

A land tour will be proposed. After seeing the Komodo dragons on the beach in Nusa Kode, this trek consists in an easy walk around the rugged hills of Rinca, leaded by a ranger of the park. It gives you the opportunity to see some dragon nest, and have close encounter with the largest lizard on Earth.

Bonsai is a tiny rock with a tree standing in the middle of the sea. Once again, the seascape is stunning. Divers end the dive in a cloud of anthias, sweetlips and snappers. Wainilu is the best night dive with Torpedo Alley. Muck diving enthusiasts will be thrilling finding crabs, scorpion fish, Coleman shrimps, zebra crabs or ghost pipe fish.

Your vessel will anchor in Wainilu for the night.

Karang Makassar

Jour 7 | Manta Rays, Pinnacle and Drift dives.

Navigation: 1-2 hours | 8 miles

Karang Makassar is a shallow reef in the middle of the Linta strait. Manta rays like to feed and get rid of bacteria around elected boulders. An exhilarating drift dive, which offers some magical interaction with those beautiful creatures. Batu Bolong is one of the highlights of Komodo. This famous dive site is also called current city, but can easily be dived on the lee side. Divers starts the navigation going down to 25-30 meters through a nice canyo n, and find steep walls and pinnacles. Giant Trevallies, Grey reef sharks and dogtooth Tuna can be seen patrolling in the blue. On the shallow, schools of sweetlips and anthias are blurring your gaze on some exceptional reefs. The Golden Passage channel separating Komodo Island from Gili Lawa Darat Island is a great drift with bumphead parrot fish, ignobilis and white tip sharks.

Anchored in Gili Lawa Darat for the night.

Banta

Jour 8 | Exhilarating dives

Navigation: 3-4 hours | 20 miles

Tanjung Batumonco is located on the North West corner of Komodo. This offers a fantastic drift dive with schooling bump heads parrot fish, red snapper, oriental sweetlips, napoleons or sharks… High Voltage has a great diversity of marine life and a dizzying topography. The shallow plateau of Tanjung Rasa is known to be a manta rays cleaning station. A bit further inside the bay, a nice slope hosts orangutan crabs, mushroom coral pipefish, pygmy seahorses and nudibranchs.

Your vessel will drop his anchor for the night in front of a virgin beach perfect to have a relaxing walk around and a swim. Let you tempted by a hike to the top of hills to take a better vantage point overlooking this stunning natural backdrop. You’ll see the sun slowly falling into the sea, aside the majestic Sangeang Volcano.

Gili Lawa

Day 9 | Diving the Highlights

Navigation: 3-4 hours | 20 miles

Castle Rock is a must-do! This seamount, located in the North of Gili Lawa Laut, is a world class dive site with an incredible underwater activity. Divers usually get dropped in the blue, and get pushed to where the current splits on the rock. Reef hooks can be used for your own comfort to enjoy the show. Napoleons, dog tooth tunas and numerous reef sharks are surrounded by schools of trevallies, surgeon fish and fusiliers. As rich as Castle Rock, Crystal Rock can be more impressive for its more dramatic seascape and healthier corals. The Cauldron is a small channel, holding its name from its unusual circus shape. Manta rays are often feeding there, as well as large schooling fish of black and red snappers.

Overnight in the bay of Gili Lawa Darat.

Tatawa

Day 10 | Tatawa

Navigation: 22 miles | 4 Hours

Tatawa Kecil is often exposed to strong currents, and tides need to be timed just right. The topography here is spectacular with overhangs and swim-throughs. Divers enjoy the clouds of anthias, and the hoovering schools of sweetlips or batfish. Tatawa Besar offers a classic drift dive with lots of fish action.

Heading back to Labuan Bajo. In the next morning, check out of the boat and transfer to the airport or the hotel of your choice.

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