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Come join us on a trip to the heart of the Coral Triangle; Komodo National Park, Indonesia. We will board our boat in Bali, and sail for 12 nights, past Nusa Penida Island and a chance to dive with the Mola Mola’s (Sunfish), and on to dive Komodo National Park; and all the regions in between. Visit Komodo or Rinca Island and see the amazing Komodo dragon; the largest lizard on earth. We’ll then disembark in Labuan Bajo and either spend a night there or begin our journey home.
A little about Komodo, Indonesia:
Komodo National Park (Indonesian: Taman Nasional Komodo) is a national park in Indonesia located within the Lesser Sunda Islands in the border region between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. The park includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones, with a total area of 1,733 sq km (603 sq km of it land). The national park was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard. Later it was dedicated to protecting other species, including marine species. In 1991 the national park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 2011, Komodo National Park was selected as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The waters surrounding Komodo island contain rich marine biodiversity. Komodo islands is also a part of the Coral Triangle, which contains some of the richest marine biodiversity on Earth.
The islands of the national park are of volcanic origin. The terrain is generally rugged, characterized by rounded hills, with altitudes up to 735 m. The climate is one of the driest of Indonesia with annual rainfall between 800mm and 1000mm. Mean daily temperatures in the dry season from May to October are around 40 °C.
For divers, Komodo is a great chance to enjoy all your favourite types of diving styles. Pack your log-book with everything from exhilarating drift dives, to treasure-hunting muck dives…. shallow reefs to deep water sea mounts …. coral gardens and fantastic wall dives to pinnacles and open ocean dives. Meet creatures great and small, from manta and mola to pygmies and nudis. All this, while sailing through a stunning island landscape.
Come Explore, Share, and Discover…
In Komodo, expect encounters with pelagics, such as manta rays, eagle rays, sharks, mola-mola (sunfish), tuna and even whales. Get your macro lens ready for unusual critters such as ornate ghost pipefish, different kinds of pygmy seahorses, rare clown frogfish, weird and wonderful nudibranchs (if lucky, the ridiculously cute Pikachu nudi), blue-ringed octopus, pipefish, scorpion leaf fish, coleman shrimp, boxer crabs, zebra crabs.
Fill your memory cards with bumphead parrotfish, napoleon wrasse, juvenile batfish, stonefish, devilfish, seahorses, dragonets, turtles, cuttlefish, banded sea-snakes, snake eels, stargazers, slipper lobsters, fire-urchins and the aptly-named ‘sea-apples’ (a very colourful and round-shaped type of sea-cucumber).
Dive Experience: Advanced Open Water diver or minimum 50 logged dives.
Number of Dives: Approximately 36 dives including night dives
All divers are required to carry a dive light and safety sausage.
Please not that this is an approximation of a diving program that can be changed depending on many factors.
COST: Diver ———$4759USD
Non-Diver – $4759USD
Single Diver – $7489USD
Komodo, Indonesia June 2022
12 June 2022 to 24 June 2022
Tickets Remaining: 15
Only one destination per order
All Prices in USD (US dollars).
Pricing in US dollars, and is based on double occupancy, unless noted otherwise.
Deposit required at the time of booking. Interim payment of $1250 due Mar 1, 2021; Interim payment #2 of $1250 due Sept 1, 2021.
The final balance is due February 1, 2022.
No refunds. Be sure to have cancellation insurance.