Discover the breathtakingly beautiful emerald isles of the Komodo archipelago, with Adelaar’s luxury historical Liveaboard. Our Komodo dive itinerary departs and returns to Bali, which means you won’t have to add-on additional flights, pay additional excess baggage or miss dives because of no-fly times. 29 dives are planned during the trip.
Welcome to Adelaar!
The meeting point will be at the wooden jetty in front of the Dolphin Lodge in Serangan Harbour at 8:00am, where the crew will be waiting for you for the transport to Adelaar. Once on board, there will be a briefing on safety issues and the shipboard living. The ship will set off from Serangan Harbor and go along the coastline of Bali, cruising overnight to Satonda Island. You can spend the day getting settled into your stateroom, or just relaxing on deck. Hoping for a magnificent sunset over Bali’s majestic Mt Agung.
Satonda Island, Sumbawa
Arise at your leisure for coffee on deck while breakfast is being cooked-to-order. Arrival in Satonda will be late morning with two dives scheduled today along a sloping reef. The white sandy bottom with many coral outcroppings offers plenty of interesting things to see. Satonda is an old volcanic island, with a salty water lake that fills the crater. The local ranger tells how a huge tsunami filled the crater after the violent eruption of Mt Tambora, on Sumbawa, in 1814. Take time to visit the caldera, which is a short hike from the beach. Don’t miss a chance to cast your wish at the wishing trees along the lakes edge! At sunset we depart and cruise through the night toward the Komodo National Park.
North Komodo National Park
Early awakening for a glimpse of the sunrise as you arrive early at GiliLawaLaut, in the northern area of Komodo National Park. The park is located in the region as Wallacea, denoting the overlapping of Australian and Asian biogeographical areas. This overlapping ensures an interesting mix of bird species. There is a splendid assortment of dive sites just outside this picturesque bay. Typically, in the North we have larger schools of fish, good visibility and some current. Between dives, you may want to take the opportunity to hike to the top of the hill, where you will be able to catch a glimpse of the magnificent panorama of the entire Komodo Archipelago. We anchor in a quiet bay for the night.
Komodo National Park
Dragons wait for no man! Early start at 7:00am and meeting with the ranger for a guided hike into the wild of Komodo Park. This World Heritage site, the only place on earth where these giants monitor lizards can be found, was recently designated as one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Once back on board, a scrumptious lunch will be served on deck. Enjoy the beautiful ocean views as we head towards South Komodo. We will make a stop along the coast for diving, then continue on Lehok Sera for a dusk dive to search for the elusive mandarin fish. We anchor for the night in this quiet and picturesque bay. If weather permitting, dinner will be served topside.
South Komodo National Park
Early morning, departure for Langkoi, also known as Manta Alley, on Komodo’s South coast. It is a manta quest today! Two dives are planned hoping to see these magnificent animals gracefully feeding. This area typically has much cooler temperatures with nutrient rich waters, and lower visibility. After your dives, you enjoy lunch as the boat moves to Southern Rinca to an area known as Nusa Kode. With the towering cliff walls surrounding all sides, the landscape in this remote area, is breathtaking. The third dive today will be your first macro dive of the trip. Between dives, you board the dinghy and head towards shore to get up close to the resident dragon population. Weighing up to 350 pounds and with a total length of over 10 feet, these fearsome hunters can charge swiftly to bring down a variety of prey, some as big as water buffalo. After the sunset, you prepare for a night dive, and a late dinner.
South Komodo National Park
Mornings and evenings in Nusa Kode are a time where you can spot dragons wandering along the beach foraging for food. Monkeys, deers and hunting sea eagles are also known to make an appearance. There are two dives planned in this area, one of which will be the famous “macro temple” of Cannibal Rock. Depending on the season, almost everything you can find in the critter book has been sighted here. During lunch Adelaar heads back up North to dive in Padar, where temperatures start to get warmer and visibility gets bit better. Later in the afternoon we go ashore for a hike across the island for a spectacular view of the sunset, and enjoy a sundowner. Overnight here in a quiet bay a where there is a possibility for a night dive (for those who abstained from the sundowner!)
Komodo National Park
Heading to Padar in the early morning to enter an area known as “current city” for a diving day. Here there is generally better visibility and larger schools of fish. Sailing to North in the late afternoon. At Wainilu, you can go ashore for a short walk up a small hill for a nice view of Rinca and the surrounding island. Anchorage for the night and getting ready for a night dive in Wainilu.
North Komodo National Park
We’ve saved the best for the last! You spend the morning diving around the northernmost boundary of the Park off the uninhabited islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat. In late afternoon farewell to Komodo National Park and start of the journey back westward. Anchorage for the night in Banta Island and plan for the last night dive of the cruise. Looking westward, towards Sangeang’s active volcano, where you may enjoy some of the best sunsets of the trips!
Sangean Volcano, Sumbawa
Departure very early in the morning to the volcanic island of Sangeang that most recent eruption was last year. As the ship approaches you can see lava steaming as it flows from the crater edge towards the sea. The black sandy bottom makes the dive spectacular! In places, gaseous sulfur bubbles up from the ground, creating an underwater jacuzzi! At the end of this diving day, the crew will put up all the sails as you head further west towards Bali. We will travel through the night.
Moyo Island, Sumbawa
After an overnight sailing, you arrive at Moyo Island in early morning. The final two dives will be along the fringing reef outside the main village. A shore excursion to the nearby waterfall, takes you through the local village and past the school. You may visit the school where the children welcome you to their classroom, and some even practice their English. The walk to the waterfall is down a road lined with “living fences”, passing herds of goats and water buffalos. The local guide can point out cashew and teak trees. Once at the waterfall, those daring enough can grab the rope, swing out over the falls and drop into the pool below! You then return to Adelaar for lunch and travel back to Bali
Thank you for joining us!
Arrival in Serangan Harbor, Bali will be around 9:00am. After breakfast, the crew will drive you to shore.
The route and dives are always organized according to the weather conditions, the currents and tides.
Base price: 4’015 EUR/passenger
Master Suite: 5’030 EUR/passenger
Stateroom 2 and 3: 4’550 EUR/passenger
Stateroom 4: 4’015 EUR/passenger