Duration: 12 Nights
Ports: Bima to Maumere
Located 200 nautical miles east of Bali, the Komodo National Park is nestled between the large island of Sumbawa and Flores in Indonesia, all of which are part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Officially declared a World Heritage Site in 1991, the Komodo National Park encompasses 132,000 hectares of marine waters making it one of the largest protected zones in the world.
Diving in Komodo National Park is best done by liveaboard, which allows you to explore the area to its fullest. The park and surrounding area boasts one of the world's richest marine environments, with over 260 species of reef building coral, 70 species of sponge, marine worms, molluscs, echinoderms, crustaceans, over 1000 species of cartilaginous and bony fish, marine reptiles, and marine mammals. Some notable marine species include pygmy seahorses, anglerfish, nudibranchs, manta rays, dolphins, whales, napoleon wrasse and groupers.
**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is just an example of the route taken and the order and dive sites are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.
Day 1- Arrive Bima
Airport meet and greet, transfer to the port and board the SY Indo Siren. After boarding settle into your cabin and assemble your equipment with help from the friendly crew. The boat and dive briefings follow.
- Dive 1- Bima Bay: This is a great location for a check-out dive with the possibility to find some small critters. Juvenile harlequin sweetlips, peacock flounders, oriental bonitos, frogfish, wire- coral shrimps, pineapple headed shrimps and zebra crabs to name just a few.
Day 2- Sangeang Island
Up to 4 dives at this small and active island where lava ridges can be seen leading to pristine hard and soft corals.
- Dive 1- Hot Rocks: clown triggerfish, box fish, snappers, blue yellowtail blennies and dragonets.
- Dive 2- Techno Reef has dark volcanic sand and is home to critters such as pink squat lobster, popcorn shrimps, garden eels, scorpion fish and cuttlefish.
- Dive 3- Black Magic where mimic octopi can be found.
- Dive 4- Night dive at one of the above sites.
Day 3- Banta Island
Dive up to 4 dives around Bantan Island and experience strong currents and cold upwellings from the Flores Basin that rush through the widest point between the islands of Nusa Tenggara.
- Dive 1- GPS Point offers a great opportunity to see pelagic such as sharks, dogtooth tuna, Spanish mackerel and barracuda.
- Dive 2- Tanduk Rasa is another great spot to see sharks including grey reef sharks, black tip reef sharks and white tip reef sharks.
- Dive 3- Star Wars is a gentle slope down to 30 metres and has great coral, fish in numbers and pygmy seahorses can be found.
- Dive 4- Night dive at one of the above sites.
Day 4- Satonda Island
Famous for its fruit bats, Satonda Island is a muck diving hot spot with a patchy coral reef. You'll spend four dives here looking for the rare clown anglerfish, ghost pipefish, boxer crabs and other small critters.
Day 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9- Komodo Marine Park
5 amazing days and up to 20 dives in the Komodo Marine Park and on land looking for the Komodo Dragon! Rinca Island is home to various species of wild animals such as black buffalo, wild pigs, deer, monkeys and of course the Komodo Dragons. Spend one morning with a park ranger trekking and learning about these legendary animals. The diving is just as memorable and you will dive sites such as:
- Roller-coaster - Manta rays, dogtooth tuna, rainbow runners, golden and bluefin trevallies
- Torpedo Alley - Frogfish, cuttlefish, longnose hawkfish, pinnate spadefish
- Castle Rock - Dogtooth tuna, grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, big eye and bluefin trevallies, snappers and bottlenose dolphins - A truly awesome dive site!
- Crystal Rock - Napoleon wrasse, dogtooth tuna, white tip reef shark and blue-streak fusiliers
- Pink Beach Entrance - crocodile flathead, longnose hawkfish, dogtooth tuna
- Cannibal Rock - Devil scorpion fish, tassled scorpion fish, broadclub cuttlefish, orang-utan crabs, Coleman shrimp, painted spiny lobster, ornate ghost pipefish.
- German Flag - Manta ray, white tip reef shark, ribbon and harlequin sweetlips and fusiliers.
- Manta Alley - where you can expect to see large numbers of manta rays lining up to be cleaned.
- The coral reefs are in pristine condition with hard and soft coral walls, gardens and pinnacles - the variety is a delight.
Day 10- Depart Komodo Marine Park for Flores
En-route stop to dive twice; some known and some exploratory sites and hope to dive Sambolan Kecil where sightings of large schools of bumphead parrotfish, batfish and barracuda can be seen.
Day 11- Flores and Maumere Bay
Do up to 4 dives during the day in and around Maumere Bay, which is stunningly beautiful and is surrounded by volcanoes and mountains. The islands on the outer edge of the bay have nice coral reefs with steep walls covered with hard corals and large sea fans. Pulau Besar is the largest of the islands with high mountains and together with Dambilah and Pangabatang it forms a barrier to the water flowing in and out of the bay. For this reason the bay is calm at most times and dolphins, sperm whales and whale sharks like to visit. Dolphins and pilot whales are common and can be seen the whole year. The best time to see whale sharks seems to be April and May but they are supposedly around the whole year.
Day 12- Maumere Bay
Spend the last day in Maumere Bay for your final dive. The number of dives you do is dependent on your onward flight arrangements. In the evening enjoy a BBQ on the boat and start planning your next adventure with blue o two!
Day 13- Disembark in Maumere
After breakfast say your farewells, disembark the SY Indo Siren and transfer to Maumere Airport.
Castle and Crystal Rocks
Two submerged pinnacles, lying just off Gilli Lawa Laut. The pinnacles teem with life and attract large pelagics including eagle rays, grey reef sharks, Napoleon wrasse and scools of snappers and fusileers. All are seen here whilst we hang in the current and watch the show.
Cannibal Rock and Yellow wall
Just two of the dive sites in the area of Nusa Kode. Colder water, as low as 20°C/ 68°F can be experienced here and the water often carries a greenish tinge. But the diving reward far outweighs the need to extra thermal protection! It is here we find the microscopic 'lady bugs', along with rhinopias, frogfish, pygmy seahorses, mantis shrimps and an array of nudibranchs.
As the name suggests this site attracts the manta rays which come regularly to the cleaning stations. It is common to see several mantas lined up at one time. We watch as 'the black bird' gracefully swoops down or hangs effortlessly in the current.
The Unusual Suspects
A favourite for macro photography, with so many weird and wonderful creatures we will often dive this site more than once! Tiny coleman's shrimp and zebra crabs cling to fire urchins, frogfish can be found grouped together, ghost pipefish, harlequin shrimp, sea horses and mimic octopus make this site a real delight.