Day 1: Check-in – Welcome to your holiday! We will pick you up from the airport or hotel in Labuan Bajo. After a welcome drink, we will fit and check your equipment. Once all guests are onboard we will set a course towards the island of Sebayur Kecil. After lunch, we will do our check dive where guests and guides can get used to each other. We are planning a night dive after the sunset. We will stay at Sebayur for the night.
Day 2: Mantas at Central Komodo – Our first dive of today will be at Tatawa Besar, where you can expect a nice drift. After breakfast, we will head towards the center of the park and visit Batu Bolong, a dramatic formation that extends underwater and is full of marine life. After lunch, we will dive at Manta Point for a close encounter with those gentle giants. The night dive will be at Gila Lawa Darat, where we also stay for the night. If you don’t fancy night dives, then we recommend a nice sunset walk up the hill.
Day 3: North Komodo – We will wake up early to make our way towards the northernmost part of the National Park. Castle Rock is an underwater pinnacle and often subject to various currents. This is usually one of the highlights of the trip and we are likely to see some sharks here. Our second dive will be at Crystal Rock, a beautifully covered formation. In the afternoon we will dive the Cauldron, a channel between the island of Gili Lawa Darat and Gili Lawa Laut. We will stay overnight in North Komodo with a night dive at Gili Lawa Darat.
Day 4: Central Komodo – Another exciting day today as we start today at the Golden Passage, another channel between Komodo and Gili Lawa Darat. After breakfast, we’ll head back south towards the center of the park. We will stop at Tatawa Kecil and Siaba Kecil. Both sides have beautiful topography and lots of marine life. Expect some currents here as well. After those three dives, we will continue south towards Rinca Island. Our night dive will be at Wainilu, where you can expect some amazing critters during the muck night dive.
Days 5: Komodo dragon walk – In the morning we will visit the ranger station on Rinca Island for a short trek to visit the famous Komodo dragons, the largest lizards on earth. Accompanied by a ranger, we have a chance to get close up with these prehistoric creatures. After breakfast, we are planning 1 or 2 more dives (depending on your flight the next day) at Wainilu or Tengah Kecil. On the way back to Flores we will pass Kalong Island, where thousands of flying foxes (fruit bats) take off during sunset. A truly impressive event!
Day 6: Check-out – Depending on your flight back to Bali, we will sail to Labuan Bajo early morning for a planned check-out around 10 or 11 o’clock. Of course, we will drop you off at the airport (or your hotel in Labuan Bajo). We hope you had a fantastic time aboard Moana and look forward to welcoming you again!
Marine Life: The corals in Komodo National park are pristine, with mantas, sharks, turtles, dolphins, dugong. Lots of pelagics, to the tiny pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, frogfish. The sites vary from gentle easy coral slopes to rides, from the warm waters of the Flores Sea in the north to the chillier waters down south in the Indian Ocean. The underwater terrain is so varied with sheer cliff walls, pinnacles, channels, sandy flat bottoms, underwater plateaus, slopes, etc, all with varying colours, sizes, and types of coral both hard and soft.