[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 15px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]Komodo National Park, located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, is composed of three major islands (Rinca, Komodo, and Padar) and numerous smaller ones, all of them of volcanic origin. Located at the juncture of two continental plates, this national park constitutes the “shatter belt” within the Wallacea Biogeographical Region, between the Australian and Sunda ecosystems. The property is identified as a global conservation priority area, comprising unparalleled terrestrial and marine ecosystems and covers a total area of 219,322 ha. The dry climate has triggered specific evolutionary adaptation within the terrestrial flora that range from open grass-woodland savanna to tropical deciduous (monsoon) forest and quasi cloud forest. The rugged hillsides and dry vegetation highly contrast with the sandy beaches and the blue coral-rich waters. 17 dives are planned during the trip.[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false”]Itinerary[/x_custom_headline][x_slider animation=”slide” slide_time=”7000″ slide_speed=”1000″ slideshow=”false” random=”false” control_nav=”false” prev_next_nav=”true” no_container=”false” ][x_slide]
Beginning of the trip from Labuan Bajo
Upon collection from the Harbor side, our crew and cruise team welcome you aboard. Following refreshments and a short tour with boat briefing, your safety on board and intended plans for the voyage, we will be setting up the dive/snorkel equipment and checking you in to your cabins.
Kira Kira will set sail at midday in the direction of Sebayur as we enjoy a light lunch together. We will do a check dive/snorkel near Sebayur Kecil before late afternoon. Take a walk on the beach, a swim in the shallows or jump in a kayak whilst looking forward to a delicious fish supper and the first of many breathtaking sunscapes.[/x_slide][x_slide]
Ultimate underwater formations
After a light breakfast, we do two amazing dives/snorkels around the small Islands that make up the Komodo World Heritage Site, explore beauties such as Tatawa Besar and Tatawa Kecil and many, many more…
Enjoy lunch, kayaking, relaxing on the beach, taking a walk in the wild country side and await late afternoon/nightfall where you will be guided into the darkness for one of Komodo’s best night/critter dives on Pulau Siaba.
A rare chance to search the Staghorns at Sunset for the romancing Mandarin Fish or decrypt the ever-changing shape of the Mimic Octopus.
Big White Sails & Manta Tales
Start the day with an early morning drift along the shores of Siaba, a rare opportunity to visit the reef before others do. Enjoying the myriad of fluorescence left from the night before and the steady arrival of frenzied feeding fish. After breakfast and with favorable winds, we endeavor to hoist the sheets for a short sail past Pulau Mauan, diving if the currents permit.
Thereafter, we await the arrival of the intrepid population of Manta Rays that inhabit the reefs of Karang Makassar.
Snorkel or dive with the most graceful creatures the park has to offer before we set sail South, to the traditional village of Komodo.
Walking With Dragons
In the early morning, we will be entering the Komodo National Park. Escorted by a local Ranger in search of the fabled beast, the Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard on the planet. This is the only place in the world you can see them in their natural habitat and enjoy the fascinating panorama of the island.
Lunch follows and two dives/snorkels, exploring the underwater seascapes of Loh Namu and Loh Liang or even the famous Batu Tiga, before anchoring for the night in the one of the incredible bays around Padar Island.
For the intrepid, a steep but short hill climb reveals one of the best panoramas these ancient lands have to offer.
Dinner and drinks and a night under the star filled sky.
Selat Patinti (MOLUCCAS)
Enjoy the sunrise over the vast volcanic seascape whilst we await the perfect tide movements to visit Batu Bolong, an incredible rock formation teeming with vibrant colors and life, rated amongst the best Komodo delivers, a dive on the North or South of this pinnacle rocks.
Gili Lawa Darat sets the scene after lunch, The Passage, a thrilling drift through the channels of these current born islands, a kayak around the mangroves or try your hand at the wakeboard, hike the hill or just relax with a cold beer.
An early morning breakfast, we sail towards the distant Batu Moncong sets us up for a day of deep walls, and exposed seamounts.
Two of the least explored dives on the boundary of the National Park with epic sunset views of Gunung Api Sangean in the background.
An action packed day and chilled evening moored in this dramatic location precedes what is clearly the best left to last.
World Class Diving
A three dive/snorkel program will be tailored around the currents that make the waters of Komodo a Mecca for all diving/snorkelling enthusiasts.
With over 1000 fish species and 300 different corals we will explore the sites around Gili Lawa Laut, dive/snorkel The Cauldron, Crystal Rock and the world famous pinnacle Castle Rock.
Finish the day with an incredible tropical sundown, a secluded kayak over the shallow reefs and perhaps another of our famed beach BBQs.
End of the trip
Over hot coffee and breakfast, we will discuss the theatre for the last dive, our final mission together into the depths.
After a final feed and a slow cruise back to Labuan Bajo, the last exchange of photos and memories.
The crew and Kira Kira will say their fond farewells and escort you to the harbor side for drop off.
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