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Komodo Island One Day Sailing Cruise

For those who don’t have much time to explore the islands of Komodo or Rinca, We provide you one day tours to see komodo dragons and it’s wildlife in one day tour with our local boat.

Tours Name     Komodo Island Day Tours Aboard INDO IRIS BOAT
Duration        One full day
Participant     Minimum 04 person
Rate            USD 300/person

Included:
Lunch, Snorkeling Equipments, Boats, Refreshment, range fee, entrance fees, Komodo Conservation fees @Euro 10/person

Excluded:
Alcoholic and Non Alcoholic drinks, additional tips, laundry and any persona expenditure.

Itinerary:
07.00 AM
Pick up and directly transfer to Labuan bajo harbor, sail to Komodo island while enjoy sunrise and small islands along the way.

09.30 AM
Arrive in Komodo Island loh liang bay, register to at Komodo National Park Range office, accompany with Komodo ranger, walk to banu Nggulung to search for Komodo Dragons which can grow up to 03 meter in length and over 150 Kg in weight. ALso search for other wildlife such as, Timorensis Deer, Wild Boars, Lizard and Birds. Return to your boat and sail to RED BEACH ( Pantai Merah )

12.00 PM
Lunch on your boat or on the beach of PANTAI MERAH, After lunch, enjoy swimming, snorkeling or just beach combing at World class underwater an reefs of Komodo. Spend your time with relaxing.

14.00 PM
Return to your boat and sail back to Labuan Bajo.

17.00 PM
Arrive in Labuan Bajo and transfer back to your hotel.

End of Service

Included
Lunch Box, Snorkeling Equipments, Boats, Refreshment, range fee, entrance fees, Komodo Conservation fees @Euro 10/person

Excluded
Alcoholic and Non Alcoholic drinks, additional tips,laundry and any persona expenditure.

 

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Komodo Sailing Cruises 03 Days 02 Nights

Komodo Sailing Cruise 03 Days 02 Night

Day 01 ARRIVAL LABUANBAJO-RINCA
11:30 Arrival Labuan Bajo, transfer to the harbor
12:00 Welcome Briefing on boat
12:30 Depart to Rinca Island, Komodo National Park
13:00 Lunch on Boat
15:30 Arrival Loh Buaya, Rinca Island
16:00 Trek to Waewaso to see Komodo dragons
18:30 Return to the boat
20:00 Dinner and rest

Day 02 RINCA-KOMODO-PINK BEACH-KALONG
06:00 Sailing to Komodo Island
07:30 Breakfast on boat
08:30 Arrival in Loh Buaya, Komodo Island
09:00 Trek to Banunggulung to see Komodo dragons
11:00 Return to the boat and sail to Pink Beach
11:30 Snorkeling and swimming at Pink Beach
13:00 Lunch on boat
13:30 Sailing to Kalong Island
18:00 Watching thousands of bats flying out from their nets
20:00 Dinner and rest

Day 03 KALONG-BIDADARI-LABUANBAJO DEPARTURE
05:30 Sailing to Bidadari Island
07:00 Snorkeling and swimming at Bidadari Island
08:30 Breakfast on boat while boat is sailing to Labuan Bajo
09:30 Arriving Labuan Bajo
10:30 Transfer to the airport for your onward flight

PRICE PER PERSON IN EURO
USD 450/person min 04 person – Twin Share
Single Supplement: USD 350

PRICE INCLUDES:
Return transfers in Labuan Bajo
Trekking in Rinca & Komodo Island
2 Nights Stay on Aboard Tropic Princess Phinisi Boat on twin sharing basis
Full Meals
Coffee, Tea and Mineral Water
Entrance Fees, Porters, Donations and Komodo Conservation Fees @Euro 15/person
Towels & Bathroom Amenities
Snorkeling Gear
English Speaking Cruise Director

PRICE EXCLUDES:
Any personal expenditure such as laundry, phone calls, tipping, etc
Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks
Return flight tickets Denpasar-Labuan Bajo-Denpasar of USD 220 per Person
Airport taxes of USD 5 per Person

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Komodo Sailing Cruises 04 Days 03 Nights

04 Days 03 Nights Komodo Dragons and Manta Rays Snorkeling Adventures Trip

We take you to do the adventures in Komodo and Rinca Islands including to the World Best Snorkeling in Red Beach, Manta Rays Garden, Sabita Bays and Tatawa Island, All best snorkeling experience you ever made.

Itinerary:
Day 01 : Labuan Bajo-Kelor Island-Rinca-Kalong Island
Pick up at your hotel or Airport, directly transfer to your boat in Labuan Bajo harbor and sail to Kelor island for your fist snorkeling, enjoy the beautiful underwater of Kelor island and white beaches.

After snorkeling, we take you to Loh Buaya ( Crocodile Bay ) Ranger Station in Rinca Island, check in at the park while all tickets and entrance fees included and search for Komodo Dragons ( Varanus Komodoensis ) which can grow up to 3 meter in length and over 90 Kg’s in weight.

Also search for Timorensis Deer, Wild water buffaloes, Wild horses, Crab eating macaques and birds. Return to your boat and sail to Kalong island where you can see millions of FRUIT BATS during sunset. Overnight at Kalong Island Bay.
( Lunch and Dinner )

Day 02 : Kalong Island-Red Beach-Komodo Village-Komodo Island Bay-Sabita Bay
After breakfast, leave the island and sail to Red beach for spectacular snorkeling in Komodo, enjoy the beautiful underwater of Red beach. After lunch sail to Kampung Komodo or Komodo Village to see the local habitat and how the survive living with the DRAGONS. continue sail to Loh Liang Komodo Ranger Station for another great trekking to search for Komodo Dragon and other wildlife.
( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner )

Return to your boat after trek and sail to Sabita Bay near Karang Makassar ( Manta Point ) for Manta Rays Adventures. ( Change to see this Manta is 75% )

Day 03. Sabita Bay-Manta Point or Karang Makassar-Tatawa Island-Bidadari Island
Morning snorkeling to see Manta Rays at Karang Makassar, the change to see is 75%, sometime you see the schooling of Mantas in this reefs. before lunch, sail to Tatawa Island for another snorkeling adventures, Coral reefs and fishes in Tatawa Reefs is also spectacular. in the afternoon sail to Bidadari Island and overnight.
( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner )

Day 04. Bidadari Island-Labuan Bajo-Airport
After breakfast, leave Bidadari island and transfer to Labuan Bajo and by our car directly transfer to the airport of your flight. ( Breakfast Only )

Option: if you have flight at noon, you can make another snorkeling in Bidadari before transfer to the airport.

Rate : USD 600/person, min 02 person
Cabin with  share bathroom/shower

Rate included:
– Airport pick/hotel transfer
– Bunk Cabin boat with share bathroom
– All meals during the trip ( breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ) as per tours itinerary
– English speaking guide
– Entrance fees
– Komodo Conservation Fees Euro 30/person
– Snorkeling equipments
– Mineral water, Coffee and teas
– Snack and fruits

Rate excluded:
– Return air tickets to and from Labuan bajo
– Airport taxes
– Airport porters
– Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
– Laundry
– Additional tipping
– Phone call
– Meals that not stated in the itinerary
– Any personal expenses

Reference about Manta Point or Karang Makassar:
North west from Komodo, near Batu Bolong and the two Tatawa , there is Karang Makassar: a strong current large 5-15 m deep shoal with just a few living corals and some rocks. This description is not very attractive for what actually is one of the most interesting places of Komodo archipelago.

In fact, it is just here that mantas use to come. For feeding maybe? For being cleaned? Or playing? Why the come here is not clear, but this is definitely the place to go to spot them. It is possible to spot them here anytime, although it is easier to see them at the high tide and in strong current condition.
We will start diving down to 8-10 m at about a few hundreds meters east from a green little Island that marks the south end of Manta Point. We will be drift by the current at a short distance from the bottom not deeper than 15 m.

With the high tide, although the current is strong the dive is not difficult. For inexperienced divers it is a perfect start for drift diving. In this strange place, that looks poor of species at first glance you can actually meet sea turtle, white or black tip sharks and huge trevallies. Recently bamboo sharks, the uncommon in this area, have been spotted here.

The visibility is generally good, exception made during the rainy season (January-February) Excellent Snorkelling with the same probabilità to see the mantas.

 

 

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Rinca Island One Day Sailing Cruise

Rinca Island Daily Tours
Rinca Island is one of the island whee komodo dragons lived, this island more isolated and much more nature then komodo island, they never feeds the dragon and most of them are very wild, People said that Rinca Island is better then Komodo Island to see wild komodo dragons.

Tours Name : Rinca Island Day Tours Aboard INDO IRIS VESSEL
Duration : One full day
Participant  :Min 04 person

Rate :  USD 250/person Min 04 Person

Included
Lunch Box, Snorkeling Equipments, Boats, Refreshment, range fee, entrance fees, Komodo Conservation fees @Euro 10/person

Excluded
Alcoholic and Non Alcoholic drinks, additional tips,laundry and any persona expenditure.

Itinerary:
07.00 AM
Pick up and directly transfer to Labuan bajo harbor, sail to Rinca island while enjoy sunrise and small islands along the way.

09.30 AM
Arrive in Rinca Island loh buaya bay, register to at Komodo National Park Range office, accompany with Komodo ranger, walk to Wae Wull to search for Komodo Dragons which can grow up to 03 meter in length and over 150 Kg in weight. ALso search for other wildlife such as, Timorensis Deer, Wild Boars, Wild Horses, Wild Water Buffaloes, Crab Eating Macaques and Birds. Return to your boat and sail to Kelor island for Snorkeling

12.00 PM
Lunch on your boat or on the beach of kelor Island, After lunch, enjoy swimming, snorkeling or just beach combing at Kelor island and explore the islands.

14.00 PM
Return to your boat and sail back to Labuan Bajo.

17.00 PM
Arrive in Labuan Bajo and transfer back to your hotel.

End of Service

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Blue Dragon Boutique Liveaboard Phinisi Schooner

BLUE DRAGON LIVEABOARD
BOAT SPECIFICATION:

Length 26 Meters, Width 6 Meters, Materials Iron Wood & Teak Wood, Capacity 80 Tons, Speed 9 Knots/Hours, Year of Built 2008

3 DBL Deluxe AC Cabins with attached Bathroom/Toilet, 4 TWN Bunk Bed Standard AC Cabins with 3 Sharing Bathrooms/Toilets, Hot & Cold Water Shower, Batrhoom Ameniteis, Towels, Long Chairs, Beach Towels, Open Kitchen, Wide Restaurant, Sun Deck, Refregerator

6D22 Mitsubishi Main Engine, 140 KW Generator + 2 Back Up Generators, GPS, Radar, Life Jackets, Life Raft for 15 Persons, 2 Chaser Boats, First Aid Kit, Pure Oxygen, Radio, Compass and Fish Finder

2 Dive Compressors, 20 Tanks, Diving & Snorkeling Gears, Weight & Weight Belt, Wide Dive Gear Setting Up Area, Specified Tanks for Camera and Torch Rinsing.

Leisure Cruises Charter
BLUE DRAGON
01-07 Persons : USD 2,500 per Boat/Day
08-14 Persons : USD 2,750 per Boat/Day
15-18 Persons : USD 3.000 per Boat/Day

PRICE INCLUDES:
Return transfer Airport-Harbor-Airport in Labuan Bajo, West Flores
Accommodation on twin sharing basis on AC Cabin aboard MV Blue Dragon
3 Meals per Day Night
Unlimited Mineral Water
Self service Coffee and Tea
Entrance fees, porters and donations
Snorkeling Gear
English speaking cruise director

PRICE EXCLUDES:
Any personal expenditure such as laundry, phone calls, tipping, etc
Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks
Return flight tickets and airport taxes
Relocation fee based on pick up and drop off ports
Komodo Conservation Fund of USD 15 per Person

IMPORTANT NOTES:
1. The charter rates are only applicable for the area of Komodo National Park and surroundings
2. Relocation fee will be applied for charter out of Komodo National Park. Contact us for quotation.

Diving Cruises Charter
BLUE DRAGON

01-07 Persons : USD 2,900 per Boat/Day
08-14 Persons : USD 3.50 per Boat/Day
15-18 Persons : USD 3.700 per Boat/Day

PRICE INCLUDES:
Return transfer Airport-Harbor-Airport in Labuan Bajo, West Flores
Accommodation on twin sharing basis on AC Cabin aboard MV Blue Dragon
3 Meals per Day Night
Unlimited Mineral Water
Self service Coffee and Tea
Entrance fees, porters and donations
Snorkeling Gear
English speaking cruise director

PRICE EXCLUDES:
Any personal expenditure such as laundry, phone calls, tipping, etc
Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks
Return flight tickets and airport taxes
Relocation fee based on pick up and drop off ports
Komodo Conservation Fund

IMPORTANT NOTES:
1. The charter rates are only applicable for the area of Komodo National Park and surroundings
2. Relocation fee will be applied for charter out of Komodo National Park. Contact us for quotation.

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Komodo Dive Liveaboard 08 Days 07 Nights in Komodo National Park

Day 1: Any Monday : North Komodo (night @ mooring Gili Lawa Darat)
* Flight Bali –Labuanbajo. Pick up from airport
* Speedboat transfer to the Mona Lisa boat (depending on sea conditions this nice speedboat ride takes about 45 minutes)
* Check out dive
* Darat Passage South: start your adventure on this pretty coral reef, swim wih turtles, and watch coral trout, anchovies, small tuna and trevallies feed in the bay. Along the bottom of the slope fish life increases, and you’ll see garden eels sway and white tip reef sharks sleep on the sandy bottom.
* Night dive inside Gili Lawa Darat bay

Day 2: Any Tuesday : North komodo (night @ Karang Makassar mooring)

* Darat Passage North, Gililawa Darat Island: the reef slope is very rich in marine life. Towards the channel, you can see turtles, a school of giant sweet lips, sharks and batfish.
* Crystal Rock: exhilarating and very colorful dive with excellent soft coral coverage. Expect clouds of anthias and scorpion fish, frog fish and moray eels.
* Castle Rock: admire curious batfish, schooling barracuda, trevally and mackerels. Numerous sea fans host pygmy seahorses.
* Night dive @ Karang Makassar mooring

Day 3: Any Wednesday (night @ Pantai Merah mooring)

* Batu Bolong: this reef is covered with colorful corals, invertebrate life and brilliant reef fish. Observe napoleon wrasse, dogtooth tuna, and rainbow runners…
* Tatawa Kecil: rocks, caves, and beautiful coral gardens grace the reef on the western side of the island. The highlights of this dive are definitely the dugongs and manta rays.
* Snorkeling for mantas
* Sailing to Pantai Merah
* Batu Tiga: an excellent “big fish” dive. Large boulders in deeper water to the west offer excellent habitat for grouper, mantas, giant trevally, and other pelagic fish.
* Night dive at Pantai Mera

Day 4: Any Thursday (night @ Pulau Padar)

* Pantai Merah/Pink Beach: you will encounter a great variety of fish here, and a good selection of critters such as leaf scorpion fish, blue ribbon eels, crocodile fish, and nudibranchs.
* Optional hike to see the Komodo Dragons. This magnificent reptile is one of the few remaining links to the days when dinosaurs roamed the planet…
* Pinnacle dive (bay): critters
* Loh Namu: near the southern corner of this reef, large boulders spread out over the drop-off. Are you ready for large schools of coral trout, malabar groupers, huge Napoleon wrasse, and even a giant T gigas clam?
* Sailing to Padar, night dive at Padar

Day 5: Any Friday (night @ Pulau Padar)

* Pillaarsteen: amazing reefs cape. Large schools of fusiliers swim along the reef slope, which is covered with a magnificent variety of soft corals. Be prepared for sharks and turtles!
* Three Sisters / Tiga Dara: a pristine reef with excellent coral coverage and rich fish life.
* The Padar Rock (critter dive)
* The Padar Rock (night dive)

Day 6: Any Saturday (Night @ Karang Makassar or Gini Lawa Darat)
* Payung Island: If you’re looking for a different experience, you’ve found it! This unique underwater landscape with its huge rocks, canyons and crevices to explore, will give you the illusion of a wreck dive. Fish and invertebrate life is diverse and abundant: big schools of surgeons and yellow snappers, rocky reefs covered with soft coral, gorgonians and feather stars.
* Indihiang: this is drift-diving paradise: many big fish and good coral diversity can be seen along the steep walls. Top attractions include potato cod, large Napoleon wrasse and schools of giant trevallies and snappers.
* Sailing to Karang Makassar/ snorkeling
* Mini Wall: the whole north face of this island is great diving: garden eels on the sandy slopes, shrimp gobies and sweet lips. With some luck, you’ll spot some mandarin fish in the beautiful coral gardens.

Day 7: Any Sunday (night @ mooring Gili Lawa Darat)
* Returning customers transfer to Labuanbajo
* Guests that stay on board, chose between diving the Darat Passage, Tatawa Besar, Tatawa Kecil, Crystal Rock or Castle Rock before returning to Gili Lawa Darat for the night (night dive possible in GLD)

Day 08: Any Monday ( Night @  Padar Island )

* Returning customers transfer to Labuanbajo
* Guests that stay on board, chose between diving at 03 Sister or Padar Island

Rate Per Person in USD 260/person/Day/Twin Share

Included:
* Full service on board including 3 meals per day and snacks
* Transfer from Labuanbajo airport to vessel (For trips less than 3 nights an additional speedboat transfer of 15 EURO applies one way)
* Water, soft drinks, coffee and tea available 24h/self service
* Use of snorkeling equipment, sea kayak and zodiac services
* Western cruise director and the 9 crew members
* All excursions as specified in the program

Not included:
* Transport to/from Bali airport
* Domestic flight from Bali to Labuanbajo @EURP 220/person/return
* Alcoholic beverages
* Personal expenses
* Komodo National Park entrance fees
* Optional: tips for the crew.

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Komodo Dive Liveaboard 07 Days 06 Nights in Komodo National Park

Day 01 ARRIVAL LABUAN BAJO-KOMODO
11:30 Pick up and transfer to LOB
12:30 Boat and dive briefing
13:00 Lunch
15:00 Set up equipment, check out dive
17:00 Evening or night dive
20:00 Dinner on boat and rest

Site choice: Sabolon / West Flores / Bidadari
REMARKS: Calm, simple site, less Current and best for macro photography

Day 02 KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
07:00 Morning call, light snack
07:30 1st dive briefing
09:00 Breakfast
10:30 2nd dive briefing
12:00 Lunch
14:00 3rd dive briefing
17:00 Evening dive / night dive
19:00 Dinner and rest

Site Choice 1: North Komodo in Crystal Rock, Castle Rock, Northern Passage,   Gili Lawa Darat, Manta Point

Site Choice 2: South Komodo in Manta Ale, Ale Bay, End of the World.
REMARKS: Big animal such as Mantar Ray and Potato Grouper, great oral and diversity of fish, school of fish

Day 03 KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
07:00 Morning call, light snack
07:30 1st dive briefing
09:00 Breakfast
10:30 2nd dive briefing
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Rest
14:30 3rd dive briefing
17:00 Evening dive / night dive
19:00 Dinner / rest

Site Choice: Pink Beach/Batu Bolong
REMARKS: Calm, simple site, less current, best for macro photography

Day 04 KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
07:00 Morning call, light snack
07:30 1st dive briefing
09:00 Breakfast
10:30 2nd dive briefing
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Visit to Rinca / Komodo Dragons
17:00 Visit Kalong island
19:00 Dinner / rest around Kalong island

Site Choice 1: North Rinca Island/Wainuli Island
REMARKS: Big animal such as Mantar Ray and Potato Grouper, great coral and diversity of fish, school of fish

Day 05, SEBAYUR-CURRENT CITY
07:00 Breakfast
07:30 Fist Dive At Batu Besar Island
10.30 2nd Briefing, Dive Batu Bolong
12.00 Lunch
14.00 3rd Dive in Tatawa Island
17.00 Night Dive at Sebayur Island
19:00 Dinner / rest

Day 06, SEBAYUR-RINCA ISLAND-LAST DIVE
07.00 Visit Komodo Dragons in Rinca Island and Trekking
10.30 Dive at Kambing Island
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Sail to Kalong Island
15.00 Snorkeling and visiting Rinca Village
17.00 Viewing Fruit Bats in Kalong Island
19.00 Dinner and rest

Day 07,KALONG-LABUAN BAJO-DEPARTURE
08:30 Breakfast
09:30 Packing and check out transfer (airport or hotel)

Rate Per Person in USD 260/person/Day/Twin Share

PRICE INCLUDES:
Return transfers in Labuan Bajo
4 Nights Stay Onboard on twin sharing basis
Full Meals
Coffee, Tea & Mineral Water
Towels and Bathroom Amenities
Snorkeling Gear
Entrance Fees, Porters and Donations
12-14x Dives with tanks, weight, weight belt and service of English dive master
English/Japanese speaking cruise director

PRICE EXCLUDES:
Any personal expenditure such as laundry, phone calls, tipping, etc
Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks that available on boat at extra cost
Return flight tickets Denpasar-Labuan Bajo-Denpasar at USD 220 per Person
Airport tax of USD 5 per Person
Komodo Conservation Fund of USD 35 per Person
Dive equipment rental at USD 45 per Person/Day.

 

 

 

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Komodo Diving Liveboard 06 Days 05 Nights

Day 01 ARRIVAL LABUAN BAJO-KOMODO
11:30 Pick up and transfer to LOB
12:30 Boat and dive briefing
13:00 Lunch
15:00 Set up equipment, check out dive
17:00 Evening or night dive
20:00 Dinner on boat and rest

Site choice: Sabolon / West Flores / Bidadari
REMARKS: Calm, simple site, less Current and best for macro photography

Day 02 KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
07:00 Morning call, light snack
07:30 1st dive briefing
09:00 Breakfast
10:30 2nd dive briefing
12:00 Lunch
14:00 3rd dive briefing
17:00 Evening dive / night dive
19:00 Dinner and rest

Site Choice 1: North Komodo in Crystal Rock, Castle Rock, Northern Passage,   Gili Lawa Darat, Manta Point Site Choice 2: South Komodo in Manta Ale, Ale Bay, End of the World.
REMARKS: Big animal such as Mantar Ray and Potato Grouper, great oral and diversity of fish, school of fish

Day 03 KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
07:00 Morning call, light snack
07:30 1st dive briefing
09:00 Breakfast
10:30 2nd dive briefing
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Visit to Rinca / Komodo Dragons
14:00 3rd dive briefing
17:00 Evening dive / night dive
19:00 Dinner / rest

Site Choice: Pink Beach/Batu Bolong
REMARKS: Calm, simple site, less current, best for macro photograp

Day 04 KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
07:00 Morning call, light snack
07:30 1st dive briefing
09:00 Breakfast
10:30 2nd dive briefing
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Visit to Rinca / Komodo Dragons
17:00 Visit Kalong island
19:00 Dinner / rest around Kalong island
Site Choice 1: North Rinca Island/Wainuli Island
REMARKS: Big animal such as Mantar Ray and Potato Grouper, great coral and diversity of fish, school of fish

Day 05 KALONG-PADAR ISLAND-LABUAN BAJO
07:00 Morning call, light snack
07:30 1st dive briefing
09:00 Breakfast
10:30 2nd dive briefing
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Snorkeling in Padar Island
17:00 Sail to Labuan Bajo
19:00 Dinner / rest around Kalong island
Site Choice 1: North Padar Island
REMARKS: Big animal such as Mantar Ray and Potato Grouper, great coral and diversity of fish, school of fish

Day 06 KALONG-PADAR ISLAND-LABUAN BAJO
08:30 Breakfast
09:30 Packing and check out transfer (airport or hotel)

Rate Per Person in USD 260/person/Day/Twin Share

PRICE INCLUDES:
Return transfers in Labuan Bajo
5 Nights Stay Onboard on twin sharing basis
Full Meals
Coffee, Tea & Mineral Water
Towels and Bathroom Amenities
Snorkeling Gear
Entrance Fees, Porters and Donations
12-14x Dives with tanks, weight, weight belt and service of English dive master
English/Japanese speaking cruise director

PRICE EXCLUDES:
Any personal expenditure such as laundry, phone calls, tipping, etc
Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks that available on boat at extra cost
Return flight tickets Denpasar-Labuan Bajo-Denpasar at USD 220 per Person
Airport tax of USD 5 per Person
Komodo Conservation Fund of USD 35 per Person
Dive equipment rental at USD 45 per Person/Day

 

 

herman
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Komodo Dive Sites : Its World Class Diving In Indonesia

KOMODO DIVE SITES
1. NE Gili Banta

Excellent Hard coral garden, at entry point which is at the northern tip of the headland then swim with reef left into the bay. This is a good site to find frogfish on the sponges on the reef slope, also nudibranches and other unusual creatures are often found in this area.

2. GPS Point
The seamount off the northeastern tip once ranged among the best dive sites in this area boasting up to 7 species of sharks in one dive. Schooling hammerheads have also been seen here during the month of September. Unfortunately this site was severely damaged by dynamite fishing in 1997 and 1998. Shark’s finners also extensively fished it. The hard corals have suffered from the past blast fishing and large patches of rubble are found in between stretched of good coral, which still show what a great ecosystem this site supports. On the North Western corner down at 30 meters you have a good chance of running into a pack of grey reef sharks. Good fish life is still abundant at the side, which is exposed to the current, and large Spanish mackerel can usually be seen moving like missiles overhead. Dogtooth tunas can sometimes be seen along the deeper slopes.

3. NW Gili Banta
The North Western tip of Gili Banta Island. Fantastic diving and snorkeling. Snorkeling along the steep rocky wall we can see lots of small things, fish and some sharks and giant trevally. Diving deep (40 m) at the very tip we are getting into big-fish-country. Many coral trout, large groupers, schools of giant trevally, massive dogtooth tuna. The best place for entry is approximately 100 meters South of the point in the bay. Once you have rounded the point, continue to the west way and you will find an excellent coral garden in the shallows to do the safety stop. Strong currents and even down-currents can be experienced on the point. It’s best to dive at slack-tide if possible.

4. Castle Rock
Prone to current, this site usually has excellent visibility. Usually the current is flowing to the east and is much stronger at the surface than in the deeper water. If you enter in the blue water approximately 100 meters up currents from the shallowest point and swim down 30 to 40 meters divers are usually met by 3 or 4 very friendly batfish, schooling barracuda, jacks, and mackerels are often encountered. In approximately 20 meters of water there is excellent soft corals growth and numerous fans that are host to pigmy seahorses. The top of the rock is approximately 3 to 4 meters of water and offers shelter from the current, hence castle rock. This is a good place to look around during your safety stop.

5. Crystal Rock
The top of Crystal Rock dries at low tide. This site also experiences very clear water, hence crystal bomie. A very colorful dive with excellent soft coral coverage, which is also prone to current. The current usually flows to the east. Best time to dive is during slack-tide. Frogfish, morays, scorpion fish are quite common on this site. Thousands of anthias and schools of yellow-ribbon sweet lips are always encountered. There is a small mound northwest of the rock where different species of fish school seasonally. Tuna and mackerel frequently buzz this site. This is an excellent dive and usually worth doing twice.

6. Gililawa Laut
The northeast tip of Gililawa Laut is always a great site to dive if you are into fish but it does not have much to show in term of hard corals. Other small invertebrates are there of course but the fish usually still the show. On the corner of the reef sits a very large rock, behind which we find a drop off covered with boulders with many holes in between. Excellent grouper country and if you are there at the right time, especially in November and October, you can see many groupers aggregate to spawn. There are usually also many golden trevallies, snappers and sometimes huge napoleon wrasses. The best time to dive this site is during at slight current before or after slack-tide.

7. Darat Passage South
Good snorkeling here although a lot of damage has been done by fish bombing and reef gleaning (meting). The best place for snorkeling is right at the tip of the peninsula where lots of fish and some turtles can be seen on a very pretty coral reef. A dive can be made starting inside the bay along the eastern shore of the peninsula. The best time is when the current is running from east to west through the narrow strait between Gililawa Darat and Komodo Island. Swimming towards the point at about 20 to 25m, along the bottom of the drop off we can see many small coral trout, large schools of anchovies and small tuna and trevallies coming in to feed. More and more fish come in sight closer to the point, with white tip reef shark sleeping on the sandy bottom and garden eels doing their hypnotizing dance. The dive ends when the current brings you around the corner. Gililawa Bay is a good anchoring place.

8. Darat Passage North
An excellent drift dive and good snorkeling can be found on the northern face of the passage. The dive can be done from east to west or visa versa depending on the current. Its best to wait until just before or after slack water when the flow is not to strong. The visibility is usually better if diving from west to east. The entry point is on the reef slope west of the island about 100 meters north of the channel. Then swim reef left. The reef slopes down to a sandy bottom at 15 meters covered in garden eels. The reef sloop itself is quite rich. The current is usually very gentle in this area. As you approach the channel keep an eye out for turtles and a family of giant sweet lip live in a grotto near the surface. The sandy bottom then drops away to about 35 meters as you round the corner and enter the passage. Keep the reef left and get ready to go, as it gets shallower and the current increases. Its best to stay left in the shallows as the deeper section of the channel has rubble, boat traffic and a down current at the end of it. The shallows are extremely rich and full of fish life. Bump head Parrots are common and aggregate here to spawn every year around April. Sharks and schools of Batfish also reside in the passage. Try to fly by the large coral head about two thirds of the way through as its teeming with life and activity. Once you keep left and you gradually get closer to the island towards the end of the dive. The current will eventually drop of as you approach the end of the dive.

9. Batu Bolong
Batu Bolong is a tiny rocky island in the strait between Tatawa and Komodo. This rock is one of the top diving locations in the park but it can only be dived around slack tide, when there is not too much current. This area is undamaged because the current and topography (steep walls) make it impossible for local fishermen to use their dynamite and cyanide fishing techniques. The dive starts right at the surface with colorful corals and other invertebrate life and thousands of small colorful fish. In deeper water, along the steep walls many large fish, including sharks, napoleon wrasse, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna, and large schools of rainbow runners can be observed on almost every occasion.

10. Tatawa Kecil
A small island south of Tatawa Besar Island with fantastic snorkeling when the current is not to fast. With a large and inexperienced group this is only possible around slack tide. Its best to dive the western side of the island, rocks, caves and beautiful coral gardens in the shallows Many coral reef fishes, including large groupers, snappers, sweet lips, jacks and sharks. Tatawa Kecil is probably the anthias (small colorful serranide fish) capitol of the world! Dugongs have been spotted here and manta rays are often seen on the southern side

11. Tatawa Besar
Starting at the northwestern tip of Tatawa there is a good drift dive down the western side of Tatawa in about 15 to 20 meters of water. There is good reef fish life and an endless field of orange soft corals. Mantas are often seemed in this area also. It is also possible to drift down the north coast or Tarawa from the same entry point and is a similar dive. Tatawa Besar is a good option if the current is too strong to dive Tatawa Kecil or Batu Belong

12. Batu Tiga
Batu Tiga is without a Doubt one of the most current affected sites in Komodo. Situated southeast of Tanjung Kuning in Linta strait. Batu Tiga is an Excellent Big fish dive when you can get on it. Best place to enter is at the northwestern side of the tree rocks. A rocky reef extends below the surface out towards Komodo. Down in the deeper water to the west and below the reef Big Boulders offer excellent habitat for grouper and other creatures. Large grouper, mantas, giant trevally and other pelagic are frequently seen here…most of the coral growth is stunted as a result of the strong currents that prevail.

13. Pantai Merah / Pink Beach
This is the most frequently visited site in the park Snorkeling is excellent from the beach and there is a very good dive in a small area around a rock that breaks the surface but is completely covered at high tide There as a great variety of tame fish life here and also a good selection of critters such as leaf scorpion fish, Blue-ribbon eels, crocodile fish, nudibranches and more. This site is also a very good night dive. The visibility varies and is best during a ebbing tide

14. Loh Namu
The Peninsula of Loh Namu offers an interesting dive for those who are into large groupers and napoleon wrasse. Dive around this point from south to north, at a depth of some 28 m and always just before high tide. Almost guaranteed to see some big ones! Most of the fish are found near the southern corner where some large boulders are spread out over the drop-off and a few caves offer additional hiding places. We have seen some of the largest coral trout here, hanging out side by side with Malabar groupers and huge male Napoleon wrasse, which may be aggregating here to spawn. Also wide soft coral as a carpet and the giant gigas clam in 8 meters depth.

15. Indihiang
Close to Loh Liang this small island with steeply dropping walls is an ideal location for divers starting from Komodo Island. Many big fish and good corals can be seen when drift-diving along the steep walls. The best time to dive here is at the end of the falling tide when the current has slowed down and we can easily drift along the eastern wall from north to south. Top attractions include potato cod, large napoleon wrasse and schools of giant trevallies and snappers. This dive has to be planned around slack tide to avoid excessive currents.

16. Pilaarsteen
Pilaarsteen is a pinacle rock on the shore of a small island east of Padar Besar. Its best to enter just off the point below the rock where there is a nice wall then swim to the west where you will find an interesting dive through lots of caves and swimthroughs at different depths. It is particularly good at around 30-40 meters. This Dive is still quite good when other places have too much current. It can be affected by surge when a swell is running from the southwest. Large schools of fusiliers can be found here along a slope, which is covered by an interesting variety of soft and leather corals. The landscape is really interesting and it’s not unusual to encounter sharks and the odd turtle.

17. Three Sisters
Three Sisters is a site north of Pillarsteen. There are 3,quite large submerged rocks within easy swimming distance of each other, and each rock is only about 10 meters apart. They are sitting on the sand in about 20 meters of water and rise 3 to 5meters from the surface. It is a very pristine site covered in coral growth and rich in fish life. They can be hard to find as its not marked on any charts and the rocks lay just below the surface. The rocks run in a line towards the east’s about 100 meters from a small reef that juts out on the eastern side of the island. It is often current affected but usually always diveable if you are one of few divers in this world that still don’t mind having to swim. If you are adventurous there is actually a fourth sister located further to the west that starts in about 20meters of water and drops down to 40 with some impressive fans and good life on it.

18. Paying
The southern and western side of Payung Island (east of Padar) offers a very interesting underwater landscape, with huge rocks that almost give the impression of a wreck dive. At the southern tip, at 5 m depth, you will find a rock in the shape of a cannon. There are lots of canyon and crevices to explore, and the fish and invertebrate life is diverse and abundant. There are big schools of surgeons and smaller yellow snappers (Lutjanus Kasmira) and L. quinquelineatus). Typical for dive sites in the southern part of the park visibility is not very good (5-10 meters), the water is cooler, and the rocks are covered with soft coral, gorgonians, and feather stars. This site should be dived at slack-tide, preferably a slack of low tide. Two dives possible, one descending at the northwestern tip (near the rocks that almost break the surface) then dive with the slope on your left (15-30 meters), turn around at the southern most end of the island and work your way back at 10 m depth. The second dive starts at the southeastern side, around the southern tip of the island (20-35 meters depth), then back at 5-15 meters depth.

19. Nusa Kode
The southwestern tip of Kode Island is characterized by large encrusted borders with little corals and huge groupers. Very large fish are never really plentiful, but among the boulders you have a chance of seeing some of the largest fish on the reef such as the giant grouper, the potato cod and the Malabar grouper. Schools of snapper may keep you happy when you do not encounter the groupers.

20. Cannibal Rock
Cannibal Rock is a small seamount in Loh Dasami bay, between Rinca and Nusa Kode Island, is famous for it’s invertebrate life and it is a very easy dive with very little current. You can find many different species of invertebrates here as well as pigmy seahorses and frogfish. The fish life can also be quite good at times, with schools of snappers, surgeonfishes and quite a few species scorpion fishes. Soft coral life is excellent and very colorful .Sea apples and many other species of holothurians are abundant. Unusual nubibranches, fire urchins hosting to Coleman shrimp and much more.Invertebrate Wall is an excellent day or night dive just inside the southeastern corner of Loh Dasami bay; it is also one of the best areas in Loh Dasami for snorkeling. A very good place to see invertebrate diversity, especially during a night dive. The numbers of species and colors simply boggles and you cannot put your finger on the wall without touching yet some other creature. Crevices in the wall hold sleeping fish spiny and slipper lobster and a variety of other crustaceans such as cleaner shrimp, reef crabs and decorator crabs. There are colorful poisonous sea urchins, bright red sea apples, and beautiful soft corals. Spanish dancers and a great variety of tunicates. Apart from sleeping coral trout and turtles you can see cat sharks, all kinds of cardinal fishes, and parrotfishes dreaming away in their cocoons. 9 times out of 10 the current will be flowing to the north so the best entry point is just around the western most tip of the headland then swim reef right into the bay with the current.

21. Crinoid’s Corner
Crinoid’s corner is a good dive to do early in the morning as it catches the morning sun. Located in a small cove just outside the southern entrance to Loh Dasami on the island of Nusa Kode, almost directly opposite Invertebrate Wall. Entry point is just south of the cove then swim along the wall with the reef at your left. It’s usually best to start at about 25 m then work your way back and forth up the wall to the surface. A lot of small invertebrate life can be found here and the wall is very colorful. It’s a nice easy dive with no current.

23. Boulders
If you travel from Crinoid’s Corner north along the coast of Nose Code into the bay of Loch Dismay you will come to a point where the coastline turn to the west and the bay opens up. Directly below this point there are several big boulders lying on the bottom. The deepest rock is in about 30 m of water and the shallowest rock is about 8 meters of water. The best point of entry is 100 meters south of the point. Here the reefs slopes down to dark sand bottom in 30 to 35meters of water. Here you will find a forest of soft coral growing on the sand. Then swim reef left up to 20 meters or so until you hit the boulders. Along the way check out all the fire urchins for the illusive Coleman Shrimp. A torch helps. This is the best location to find the shrimp in Loh Dasami as there are usually lots of fire urchins in the area. The Boulders themselves have good coral invertebrate and fish life. Quite often Mantas can be seen in this area. Also a good night dive.

24. Loh Sera
Tanjung Loh Sera. Great snorkeling along the northern shore of this cape. Superb diving all along the corner or off the corner towards some underwater pinnacles. Large pelagic like dogtooth tuna can be seen circling off the corner and around the pinnacles. Only experienced divers can go off to the pinnacle, beginners should stay along the wall. Plenty of large fish and turtles along the wall. Be ready for some close encounters of the large kind! Tanjung Loh Sera has some monster giant trevallies, potato cod, malabar grouper; schools of bump head parrotfish, napoleon wrasse, dogtooth tuna, manta rays and much more.

25. Tala
The southern point of Tala island is characterized by steep rocky walls and sometimes quite a strong surge. The dive is more than worth it though, with lots of small fish on top, interesting invertebrate life on the walls and lots of larger fish somewhat deeper. Enormous schools of surgeonfish sometimes make it difficult to see anything else since they cover the entire view. If you manage to look away from these creatures you’ll see plenty of large angry-looking snappers, white tip reef shark and sometimes other sharks and huge groupers further down among the borders.

26. German Flag
The South Komodo shoreline. Cooler water from the upwelling of the south coast provides a nutrient rich environment in this area. The high densities of plankton attract many large filter feeding manta rays, which can normally be seen swimming right at the surface along the shores and rocks of South Komodo from September to January. The water near shore is quite shallow (5 – 20m) and there are many large rocks and boulders in between which we can find huge Malabar grouper, potato cod, napoleon wrasse and schools of surgeon fishes and snappers. There is usually current at the site.

27. Manta Alley
The tiny rocky island in the South Komodo bay are great for snorkeling and diving, with sometimes lots of manta rays (September to January), even if there are no mantas it is a very good dive, very large giant trevally, sharks, beautiful coral and a very high diversity of other invertebrate life in relatively shallow water (5 to 20 m). The water can be cool in this area but never too cold to dive. Only little damage has been done to the corals in this area and the damaged corals here seem to be reviving naturally and rapidly. This site is also current affected. The best entry point is at the northeast side of the rock near a coral mound 3-5 meters below the surface.

28. TNC Rock
This dive is a pinnacle located southeast of Langkoi Island just below the surface. It is very exposed to current and can have a big surge on it. Usually one can see the swell banking up on it but on a calm day can be difficult to find. Its best to use a GPS position, as it is not marked on most charts of the area. The rock drops down into very deep water very quickly. Coral growth is stunted however the dive can be a real adrenalin rush at the right time. Lots of sharks aggregate around this site during July, August and September. Grey Reef, White tips, Hammerheads and Bronze Whalers. It is also good for pelagic fish and has some resident Potato Cod at the Southern point in 30 meters of water. Best way to dive the Pinnacle is to jump in up current, go straight down, Hang on and watch the show. Inexperienced divers should not attempt this dive.

29. Sebayor Kecil
The North western corner of Sebayor Kecil is one of the better dive sites at closer distance to Labuan Bajo. A small reef is extending towards the north west and around the edges where it drops of to greater depths, at a few hundred meters from the shore, there are some large boulders around which we can usually see groups of giants trevally, white tip reef shark, coral trout, snappers and emperors. The edges of the drop along the north coast of the island. Current can be quite strong in this area.

30. Mini Wall
Mini Wall also located on north face of Sebayor Kecil. This dive is an excellent check out dive or just a nice easy dive if you don’t wish to deal with current. The entry point marked by a long low rocky point east of the beach that is in the middle of the islands north coast. Enter just on the eastern side of the point and swim reef left around the point at 20-25 meters. Once around the point the reef slope will turn into a wall that drops to about 35 meters. Follow the wall until you get to a sandy slope in front of the beach. This marks the end of the dive. If you wish to do a second dive you can start at the sandy slope and continue reef left across the front face of the beach to where the reef turns north and runs out to another point. The whole north face of this island is good diving and usually has good visibility and calm conditions.

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Rinca Island – Best Place to See Wild Komodo Dragons

RINCA ISLAND
KOMODO NATIONAL PARK

Rincah, also known as Rinca, is a small island near Komodo island, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The island is famous for komodo dragons, giant lizards that can measure up to three meters (ten feet) long. Rincah is also populated with many other species such as wild pigs, buffalos and many birds. The island can be reached with a small boat from Labuhan Bajo on the west coast of Flores.

Being the lesser known island (and less visited) than Komodo it is an ideal place to see the Komodo Dragon in its natural environment with less people to disturb them. It is easy to arrange a day trip from Labuanbajo (on mainland Flores) by small boat. Make sure to check into the park HQ.

LOCATION :
Komodo National Park lies in the Wallacea Region of Indonesia, identified by WWF and Conservation International as a global conservation priority area. The Park is located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores at the border of the Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) and Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTP) provinces. It includes three major islands, Komodo, Rinca and Padar, and numerous smaller islands together totaling 603 km2 of land. The total size of Komodo National Park is presently 1,817 km2. Proposed extensions of 25 km2 of land (Banta Island) and 479 km2 of marine waters would bring the total surface area up to 2,321 km2.
The terrestrial fauna is of rather poor diversity in comparison to the marine fauna. The number of terrestrial animal species found in the Park is not high, but the area is important from a conservation perspective as some species are endemic.. Many of the mammals are Asiatic in origin (e.g., deer, pig, macaques, civet). Several of the reptiles and birds are Australian in origin. These include the orange-footed scrubfowl, the lesser sulpher-crested cockatoo and the nosy friarbird.

Reptiles:
The most famous of Komodo National Park’s reptiles is the Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis). It is among the world’s largest reptiles and can reach 3 meters or more in length and weigh over 70kg. To find out more about this fascinating creature click here.

Other than the Komodo Dragon twelve terrestrial snake species are found on the island. including the cobra (Naja naja sputatrix), Russel’s pit viper (Vipera russeli), and the green tree vipers (Trimeresurus albolabris). Lizards include 9 skink species (Scinidae), geckos (Gekkonidae), limbless lizards (Dibamidae), and, of course, the monitor lizards (Varanidae). Frogs include the Asian Bullfrog (Kaloula baleata), Oreophyne jeffersoniana and Oreophyne darewskyi. They are typically found at higher, moister altitudes.

Mammals:
Mammals include the Timor deer (Cervus timorensis), the main prey of the Komodo dragon, horses (Equus sp.), water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis), wild boar (Sus scrofa vittatus), long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis), palm civets (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus lehmanni), the endemic Rinca rat (Rattus rintjanus), and fruit bats. One can also find goats, dogs and domestic cats.

Birds: One of the main bird species is the orange-footed scrub fowl (Megapodius reinwardti), a ground dwelling bird. In areas of savanna, 27 species were observed. Geopelia striata and Streptopelia chinensis were the most common species. In mixed deciduous habitat, 28 bird species were observed, and Philemon buceroides, Ducula aenea, and Zosterops chloris were the most common.

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