Why we love it
Join a small group of SeaCrush reef-friendly divers in July 2021 on a fantastic boat! Over the course of 7 days, we’ll dive on the best sites of Komodo - as well as proper on-land exploration of the Komodo National Park (gotta see the dragons!). Underwater, we’ll get to see plenty of pelagic life with reef sharks and manta rays, a very rich macro life and healthy coral reefs! In between dives, we’ll sail through breathtaking landscapes, do a short hike to Padar Island viewpoint, and relax on the beautiful Pink Beach. We love the relaxing upper deck lounge, and the masters' cabins panoramic windows. With only 16 guests on board and a one-to-one guest-to-staff ratio, you’ll be well tended-to aboard this boat!
This beautiful phinisi (“Indonesian-style ship”) has been custom-built in Sulawesi by the Konjo tribe, who has been building ships for centuries. This partner hires and trains locals on as many jobs possible and is a supporter of Raja Ampat SEA center. The team avoids single-use plastic and only uses reef-friendly detergent and bathroom amenities as well as biodegradable garbage bags. They’re really setting the bar for sustainability!
Who is it for?
Experienced divers who like to indulge between dives. Non-divers are welcome and can do several activities such as hiking to viewpoints with spectacular panoramas, kayaking, snorkelling, Stand Up Paddling, and massages.
Prices and Dates
- 7 nights in a lower deck shared cabin with A/C and en-suite bathroom. If you prefer a master deck cabin with a balcony and gorgeous views, let us know as there’s one available (+ per person)
- all meals
- 3 to 4 dives a day, 2 dives on the second-last day
- nitrox, tanks, weights, weight belts
- transfers from/to Labuan Bajo airport
- government taxes
Komodo national park/port fees:
rental equipment, dive courses
wine, beers and spirits
fuel surcharges if applicable
any flight or any hotel before/after the liveaboard
- 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, such as manta rays!
- There are more than a thousand species of fish, plus around 260 species of coral, and 70 species of sponges
- Specific species: dugongs, reef sharks, manta rays, at least 14 species of whales, dolphins, sea turtles, giant trevally, schools of anthias, wrass, angel fish, long fin banner fish, red tooth triggers, frog fish, surgeon fish, snapper, dog tooth tuna, etc.
- Rare nudibranchs, pygmee seahorse, leaf scorpion fish, blue ribbon eel
- Season: from May to November. July is high season for marine life.
- Currents: medium to strong currents in specific dive sites, plus 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 North. Sumba sea: 24°C (75°F)
- Depth: deep and shallow dives
We’ll do 3 to 4 dives a day in the action-packed dive sites of Komodo North & South, and we’ll also have the opportunity to do some sunset and night dives
We’ll dive on a busy manta cleaning station, vast coral gardens, gentle sea mounts, coral covered walls, swim throughs, pinnacles full of life, and we’ll also do some exhilarating drift dives!
Some of the famous dive sites we’ll visit are Sebayur, Tatawa Besar (great for drift dives), Karang Makassar (a good site to see manta rays), Batu Tengah, Wainilo (where you’ll discover critters you thought never existed!), Secret Garden, Three Sisters, Batu Bolong (a pinnacle with lots of fish life) Torpedo Alley, Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Manta Alley, Pink Beach (good for night dives), Tatat Makassar, Passage, Gili Darat, and last but not least, Komodo’s most famous dive sites: Crystal Rock and Castle Rock!
In between dives, we’ll have time to explore some stunning landscapes, with short hikes leading to breathtaking views in Padar Island. We’ll search for the impressive Komodo dragons. We’ll also have some down time &/or a snorkelling session in the scenic Pink Beach
On day before desembarkation, there will only be 2 dives so that you can fly back anytime around noon on the last day
- Winner of the 2019 Dive Travel Awards by Dive Magazine UK in the “Best liveaboard” category
- Cruise directors with over 10 years of experience in Indonesia
- Courses available on board
- Languages spoken: English, Spanish, French, and Indonesian
- Maximum divers per guide: 4
- Equipment Recommended: dive computer, safety buoy, whistle, ‘reef hook’ (to use on rocks only!) and a 3 mm to 5 mm wetsuit
- Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend Dive Assure that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
- Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: in Labuan Bajo, where we’ll start and finish the trip from
Visas, Flights & more!
- 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 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
- Fly to Bali’s Denpasar International Airport (DPS) and then catch a short flight to Labuan Bajo Airport (LBJ).
- Transfers from/to Labuan Bajo Airport are included:
- plan to land before 2pm on the first day
- on the last day, we recommend leaving after noon, to be able to do the last two dives on the day before departure
- Don’t forget your walking shoes for Komodo National Park
- Bring reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent, a rash guard to protect from the sun, some walking shoes as we’ll do short hikes to stunning viewpoints!