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10 days trips will take you either to the wilder and cooler Southern part of the National Park, where you’ll meet strange invertebrate and Mobulas, or towards the North to the untouched island of Banta and the Sangeang volcano, where you can experience the “Bubble Dive” or swim with schools of barracudas.
Keep in mind that currents can be strong and unpredictable at Komodo National Park (Guess why some dive sites are called High Voltage or ShotGun?) which is what makes this cruise such an Adventure !
Length: 10Days / 10Nights (Approximately 28-29 dives in total)
Experience level: Advanced Open Water recommended – 30 minimum logged dives required.
While this is the description of a typical dive trip, actual trips may vary due to wind and sea conditions, weather or guests preference.
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Day 1 (2 dives):
LABUANBAJO – KOMODO
Pick up from the airport and transfer to the boat.
Welcome drink and introduction of the boat, cruise and team.
Check dive on the easy but beautiful reef of Sebayur Kecil.
2nd dive on the Mini Wall of Sebayur.
Day 2 (4 dives):
Morning Drift dive on Tatawa Besar
Navigation to Gili Lawa Dart
Dives at Castle Rock and Golden Passage.
Night Dive at Gili Lawa Darat Bay.
Day 3 (3 dives):
Morning dive at Crystal Rock to wake everybody up !
When the tide is right, we’ll head to the Cauldron to enjoy the famous ShotGun and its Sharks, Rays, and BumpHead Parrotfishes.
Afternoon dive at Castle Rock to meet the Grey Reef Sharks on their hunting time.
Land excursion : Trek at Gili Lawa Darat for a colorful sunset over Komodo Island and Sanggeang Volcanos a bit further.
Day 4 (3 dives) :
Navigation to Banta Island, west of Komodo National Park.
GPS Point will be our 1st dive on this area, chances for pelagic and schools of barracudas. If you’re lucky enough, Hammerhead and grey reef sharks are sometimes seen there Nudibranchs and turtles are usually joining the party as well.
Diving along the walls of Toro Oi after lunch will delight the Orang-Outang crabs lovers and other nudibranchs ! We keep an eye in the blue for passing tunas, sharks and eagle rays.
Night Dive at Banta Bay.
Day 5 (3 dives) :
BANTA – SANGGEANG
Morning dive at High Voltage, with delicious currents and walls, along which schools of barracudas or big eye Jackfishes are quite common. Small critters are also enjoying the beautiful reef and clear water, while sharks are patrolling around.
Heading now to Sangeang twin peaks volcano, we’re also heading towards absolutely stunning muck diving! At Hot Rocks (also known as Bubbles Reef), you’ll experience the famous “Champagne” Dive, where bubbles are escaping the sandy bottom, giving an unreal feeling of underwater Jacuzzi! But on top of that, amazing nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, pink anemone, candy crabs are also exploring the black bottom!
We’ll finish the day with another amazing muck dive on the black volcanic sand around the volcano.
Day 6 (3 dives) :
SANGEANG – BANTA
Let’s start the day with a bit of current at Deep Purple, a ridge of the northeast of Sangeang. Schools of jacks and barracuda are expected there, and if you’re lucky it’s not uncommon to spot Manta Rays as well.
Because it worth it so much, we’ll go back for a Bubble Stream session!
We then will head back to Banta where we’ll climb up the hill to enjoy a wonderful sunset view.
Day 7 (3 dives) :
BANTA – KOMODO
First dive, we’ll check if our secret place for Mantas has something nice to offer that day.
We’ll be giving GPS point a second chance before leaving the area to go back to the Central part of the Komodo National Park.
Batu Bolong is one the highlights of the National Park and you’ll understand why while being on that natural aquarium!
Day 8 (4 dives) :
Siaba Besar is also known as Turtle City, with a huge population of green sea turtles resident on the beautiful coral garden. But this is also the home for juvenile BumpHead Parrotfish, cuttlefish laying their eggs, white tip reef sharks, and ore rarely some white tail stingrays.
Siaba Kecil, its little sister, will offer a really drifty experience on an amazing topography. At the coral garden where the dive ends, life is all over the place, and on top of the “classic” turtles and Sharks tht we could expect, Dugongs have even sometimes been seen!
Karang Makassar will hopefully make your day complete with lots of Mantas!
Night Dive in Siaba Besar.
Day 9 (4 dives) :
Morning dive at Siaba Besar Sandy Patch to look for flamboyant cuttlefish, ghostpipefish, nudibranchs, upside down jellyfish, pipefish, frogfish and so on.
Because the dive is completely different depending upon the tide, we’ll explore the 2nd face of Batu Bolong.
The after lunch dive will take us to Mawan, cleaning station for Mantas and beautiful reef anyway. Can be drifty or easy depending upon the conditions and where we jump.
Sunset dive at Waenilu to try to spot the beautiful Mandarin fish mating dance, and look for zebra crabs and coleman shrimps on the colorful fire urchins!
Day 10 (1 dive) :
RINCA – LABUANBAJO
Morning dive on Pulau Tengah Kecil.
Visit of Rinca and trekking to spot the unique Komodo Dragon (easy walk of 1.5 hours).
Arrival at Labuanbajo on the afternoon.
Exploration of the city, diner on board or in the city, night on board.
Day 11 :
Breakfast on board, transfer to the airport or hotel.