Komodo Island and national park reserve offers the liveaboard diver just about every type of tropical scuba diving imaginable - from warm, calm and colourful shallow reefs alive with hundreds of colourful reef fishes and crammed with invertebrates, to current-swept deep cool water sea mounts, walls and pinnacles patrolled by sharks, tuna and other big fish.
The variety of marine life that you can see in Komodo rivals the world's best dive destinations. This is close to the world's epicentre for marine diversity and you'll see loads of stuff here on a liveaboard diving cruise that you just won't see anywhere else in the world.
From sunfish, mantas, dolphins and eagle rays to pygmy seahorses, ornate ghost pipefish, clown frogfish, nudibranchs and blue-ringed octopus, all are at home amongst a spectacular range of colourful sponges, sea squirts, tunicates and corals; Komodo is a macro enthusiast's heaven.
Geologically, Komodo Island and Rinca are part of Flores, separated from Sumbawa to the west by the Sape Strait. In the middle of the strait, the bottom drops to almost 300 metres. The many islands and relatively shallow seas between Flores and Komodo's west coast mean very fast currents at tidal changes, especially when the higher tidal waters of the Pacific Ocean in the north flow through into the Indian Ocean to the south. The upwellings from the deep surrounding seas bring nutrients and plankton to keep these waters rich and well-fed, which makes perfect conditions for some spectacular scuba diving.
Komodo Island is also famous for its Komodo dragon monitor lizard, the largest lizard in the world. An alert and agile predator and scavenger that can reach 2.5 metres in length and 125 kg, they are known locally as 'Ora' and now about 1,100 inhabit the island and about half that live on nearby Rinca Island.
You can go liveaboard diving in Komodo all year round. The charters here do not close for an off-season because every month of the year promises top quality action. Some boats operate here every month, others visit for a few months. Availability peaks with the highest number of tours in Komodo being between April and August, while some visiting liveaboards stay as late as November.
The April to November period is considered dry season when the weather is at its best. November to March is rainy season. April, just after rainy season, is often considered the best month.
Normally the water is cooler (average 20 to 25°C) in the south and warmer and clearer in the north (average 25 to 28°C), but this can change. The absolute best time for good visibility in Komodo is from November to January when 30+m is common. July and August, having cooler seas and being more nutrient-rich, have lower visibility but have blooming marine life.
January to March can have rough surface conditions at the northern dive sites. July and August can have rough seas in the south and Rinca. But these conditions rarely interfere with the liveaboard schedules to any great extent.
As far as seasonal patterns for big marine life go, the best time for manta sightings is December to February (though they are seen all year round), and for Mola Mola the best month is generally August.
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 dive.
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-LABUAN BAJO-DEPARTURE
08:30 Breakfast 09:30 Packing and check out transfer (airport or hotel)
PRICE PER PERSON IN USD
USD 1.450/person/twin share
Return transfers in Labuan Bajo 4 Nights Stay aboard with air condition 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 Komodo dragon tours
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 atUSD 250per Person Airport tax of USD 5 per Person Komodo Conservation Fund of Euro 35 per Person Dive equipment rental at USD35 per Person/Day
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