Why we love it
Apart from being a stunning boat, these folks are hosting “Coral Explorers Week” where top biologists beautifully communicate and explain the natural wonders of the marine life ecosystem. You'll dive on the best sites of Komodo - as well as proper on-land exploration of the Komodo National Park (gotta see the dragons!). We love the spacious diving deck, the relaxing upper deck lounge, and the masters’ cabins panoramic windows. With 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
Take note of the different cruise lengths!
May 3-10 & May 12-19, 2020: Coral Explorers Week
Coral Explorers is a very different kind of dive experience - it’s a week where you can explore the world’s richest reefs and have them explained to you by world-famous coral reef science communicator Russell Kelley and Rachel Pears, Great Barrier Reef marine park manager.
Komodo: the origins and species
- Where does Komodo come from, how did it get there and where is it going?
- Discover why Komodo is one of the world’s epicentre of biodiversity
- Why are there so many species?
What is THAT Thing?
- Learn to identify anything from fish to tentacles, to shapes and holes, without being a marine biologist using Russell’s recipes for easy ID.
- You’ll be surprised how with a few simple visual tips, you can put any beastie in a group.
Coral Reef Ecology
- Why are corals amazing? How do reefs “work” and why are they so important?
- Sex on the reef: discover the secret cycles of reef creatures and how to be in the right place to see them
- Learn about the global and local threats to coral reef health including Crown of Thorns Starfish.
A Typical Day of the Coral Explorers Week:
A typical day will include 7am breakfast, followed by two morning dives before a full buffet lunch. The afternoon consists of one afternoon dive, followed by sunset talks with Russell and Rachel.
Sunset or night dives will be arranged within the context of learning sessions, for example following the “Night vs. Day” module.
You are encouraged to explore what you have learnt with Russell and Rachel during the day dives, contribute photos for evening Q&A sessions and contribute hands on to one of the liveaboard's projects: monitoring and ID!
- 8 or 10 nights in a shared cabin with A/C and en-suite bathroom, depending on the trip chosen
- all meals
- up to four dives a day
- nitrox, tanks, weights, weight belts
- transfers from/to Labuan Bajo airport
- government taxes
- Coral Explorers Week: the participation fee and the “Reef Finder” book
Komodo national park/port fees:
fuel surcharges if applicable
rental equipment, dive courses
wine, beers and spirits
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
- There are more than a thousand species of fish, plus around 260 species of coral, and 70 species of sponges
- Specific species: dugongs, 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
- Currents: strong currents all year long in specific dive sites, 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 North. Sumba sea: 24°C (75°F)
- Depth: deep and shallow dives
Depending on which cruise you take, you'll dive on these sites:
Komodo North & South: 8 nights-trips going to the most famous dive sites of the area such as Sebayur, Tatawa Besar, Batu Tengah, Wainilo, Secret Garden, Three Sisters, Torpedo Alley, Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Manta Alley, Pink Beach, Tatat Makassar, Passage, Gili Darat, Crystal rock, Castle Rock
Bali-Komodo or Komodo-Bali: 10 nights-trips going to the above dive sites and some sites of Moyo, Satonda and Sangeang islands
Komodo and Bima: 10 nights-trips going to the dive sites of the 8 nights program, and also to dive sites at Banta & Sangeang islands, and Bima
For trips to Raja Ampat, Maumere, Ambon, Alor, Forgotten Islands & Banda, contact us!
Dive sites may change according to local conditions
- Winner of the 2019 Dive Travel Awards by Dive Magazine in the “Best liveaboard” category
- Cruise directors with over 10 years of experience in Indonesia
- Courses available on board: from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster
- Languages spoken: English, Spanish, and Indonesian on all trips
- Maximum divers per guide: 6
- 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 Dive Assure that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote
- Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: in Labuan Bajo
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 to Labuan Bajo Airport (LBJ)
- Transfers from/to Labuan Bajo Airport are included
- 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