From Bali to Komodo (And Back), Dive Off the Beaten Track!

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7.8

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Very nice cruise, the waters are full of life, the crew is available and very helpful. Stay at the top!

Why We Love It

Starting in Bali, you'll embark on an adventurous cruise along the not-so-touristic northern coasts of Sumbawa and Nusa Tenggara to Moyo Island, Satonda Island, Gili Banta and finally arrive at Komodo National Park. You'll dive the most incredible spots while exploring stunning islands (with the famous "Komodo Dragons"). What makes this cruise unique is that you'll return to Bali which means there's less hassle of taking a return flight from Komodo. Just cruise and dive your way back along a slightly different route!

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Conservation

This business is a supporter of the Misool Foundation in Raja Ampat

Who Is It For?

Advanced divers who enjoy diversity and strong currents, as well as local village exploration, walking amongst the wildlife at Komodo National Park ("the dragons", deer, wild boar, and birds), and watching the thousands of bats fly at sunset around Satonda Island.

Prices and Dates

Take note of the different lengths of cruises!

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What's included?
  • 8 days/7 nights with 20 dives or 10 days/9 nights with 28 dives (depending on the trip you choose)
  • Transfers from/to the airport or hotels in the south Bali area to the boat - Airport, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Kuta Beach, Seminyak, Benoa, Sanur Beach.
  • All meals & snacks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks, and drinking water
  • Tanks, weights, and weight belts
  • Professional dive master/instructor as a dive guide
What's not included?
  • Transfers to the boat outside Bali south area - ask us
  • National park & port fees: €175 for 8 days/7 nights and €200 for 10 days/9 nights
  • Fuel surcharges if applicable
  • Nitrox fills
  • Rental equipment
  • Dive courses
  • Crew tips
  • Massages
  • Souvenirs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Flights or hotels before/after the cruise
Dive Briefing!

Marine Life

  • Komodo National Park was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon (the largest lizard) and later grew to protect other species and marine life.
  • In 1991, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site and a "Man and Biosphere Reserve" as it includes a local ethnic population.
  • The Lintah Strait has currents that bring plankton and attracts life that feeds on it.
  • There are more than a thousand species of fish, plus around 260 species of coral, and 70 species of sponges.
  • Specific species include dugongs, sharks, manta rays, at least 14 species of whales, dolphins, sea turtles, giant trevally schools of anthias, wrasses, angelfish, longfin bannerfish, redtooth triggers, frogfish, surgeonfish, snappers, dogtooth tuna, etc. Rare nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, leaf scorpionfish, and blue ribbon eels can also be found here.

Dive Conditions

  • Season: from June to November
  • Currents: Strong currents all year long (in every direction), plus strong tidal movement depending on the moon
  • Visibility: 25 to 35 m (80 to 115 ft)
  • Water Temperature: 26° to 28°C (79° to 82°F) in the north, and 24° (75°F) in the Sumba Sea
  • Depth: deep and shallow dives

Dive Sites

  • Depending on which cruise you take:
    • 8 days/7 nights (20 dives): Moyo Island, Satonda Island, Sangeang Island, Gili Banta, Komodo National Park - Gili Lawalaut, Lighthouse reef or the Old passage, Crystal rock, Pink beach, Cannibal rock, Three sisters, Manta alley or Takat Makasar, Batu Bolong or Tatawa Kecil - Gili Banta, Sumbawa island
    • 10 days/9 nights (28 dives): Moyo Island, Satonda Island, Sangeang Island, Gili Banta, Komodo National Park - Gili Lawalaut, Lighthouse reef, The old passage, Crystal Rock, Pink Beach, Three sisters or Pillarsteen, Cannibal rock, Yellow wall of Texas, Nusa Kode, Torpedo alley, Manta Alley, Loh Serah, Tatawa Kecil, Batu Bolong, Gili Darat - Satonda, Sumbawa island
  • Dive sites may change according to local conditions.

The Team

  • Operation in the area since 2001
  • Courses available on board: from Discover Scuba Diving to Rescue Diver
  • Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Indonesian on all trips, and also French on the 10 days/9 nights trip
  • Maximum divers per guide: 4

Safety Information

  • Equipment Recommended: 3 to 5 mm long wetsuit, dive computer, surface marker buoy (SMB), and a whistle.
  • Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend DAN Europe that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote
  • Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: Bali or Komodo
Visas, Flights, and More!

Visa Requirements

  • Many nationalities are eligible to enter and remain in Indonesia without a visa for 30 days. Others need to obtain a Visa on Arrival for 30 days at the major entry points to Indonesia. Visa on Arrival costs $37 (about ... EUR) and usually can be extended for another 30 days.
  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival and have one full blank page
  • Must be able to show an onward ticket that departs before your visa expires
  • For official entry requirements for your nationality, consult Indonesia's Directorate General of Immigration

How to Get There

  • International flights to Bali (Denpasar), Indonesia.
  • Transfers included from/to the airport or hotels in the south Bali area to the boat - Airport, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Kuta Beach, Seminyak, Benoa, Sanur Beach.
  • Boarding time at Benoa Passenger Pier at Benoa Harbour Bali is between 1pm and 3pm for a 4pm departure.
  • Arrival last day: after breakfast, between 8am and 8:30am.

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  • Don't forget your walking shoes for Komodo National Park.
  • Bring reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent, a rash guard, and a sweater or light-weight jacket.
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