Komodo Island 7 NIGHTS
(Labuhan Bajo - Labuhan Bajo)
DISCOVER 1 OF THE NEW 7 WONDERS OF NATURE.
THIS NATIONAL PARK WILL ENCHANT YOU BOTH ON LAND AND UNDERWATER
9 nights itinerary, going through Gili, Komodo, Padar & Labuan Bajo.
Route is subject to weather conditions and can be modified.
Best period : From April to October
Day 1: Labuan Bajo
Our Aurora staff will pick you up at the airport for immediate boarding and departure to our first dive site. Only a few miles from Labuan Bajo’s harbour lies the small island of Sebayur with a nice dive including marbled hatchetfish, lionfish, eels and possibly the resident ghost pipefish. The perfect “warm-up dive”. On the neighbouring reef, nudibranchs, pipefish, sea fans, sponges and scorpion fish. During the night dive you might see carpet sharks, nudis and crustaceans.
Day 2: Gili Lawah Laut
Gili Lawa Laut ,“Island Facing the Sea”, is home to two of the best pinnacles in all of Indonesia, “Crystal Rock” and “Castle Rock”. Huge schools of jacks, giant trevally, white tip and grey reef sharks, barracudas, dolphins and a whole host of smaller reef fish that float amongst the fields of staghorn coral. A challenging site, but certainly worth a couple of dives!
Day 3: Sangeang
Sangeang is great spot for macro lovers as many creatuires are hiding over in the black sandy bottoms. Don’t be surprised either is you see lot of bubbles coming out of the reef.. It’s just the active volcano 😉
Day 4: Komodo Channel
The channel located between Komodo Islands and Rinca offers plenty of diving spots, to enjoy healthy coral reefs and the beautiful diversity of marine life.
Day 5: Padar
Unique species of nudibranchs. The coral pillars, which sit in a strange “W” shaped configuration, are literally alive with colour. Holothurians cover almost every bare surface. Lionfish and Napoleons populate the tops of the pillars. Subject to strong currents and an almost permanent surge, this can be a challenging yet beautiful dive. A quick hike up the gentle slopes of Padar provides an outstanding view of both Komodo and Rinca.
Three Sisters / Tiga Dara: rocks nicely covered with corals and just teeming with life. You will dive sheltered from the current and finish on the peaks that rise up to 8 meters.
Day 6: Komodo South / Manta Alley
Have you ever seen a picture of dozen Mantas taken in Komodo? This is the place! With all the nutrients coming from the Indian Ocean and the abundance of plankton, Mantas love to hang around here, and often offer to divers the beautiful spectacle of their dance. Water can be chilled and visibility not all the time amazing but the dive site is full of fishes with a beautiful reef. When lucky, pelagic can also be encountered.
Day 7: South Rinca / Horseshoe Bay & Nusa Kode
Horseshoe Bay is shaped like its namesake, with Rinca Island forming the outer arc and Nusa Kode forming the inner one. The colder plankton-rich waters of the Indian Ocean make this area a bit colder than the northern regions of the Park. The sea-life gets everyone into the water, even four times the day.
Cannibal Rock, a small submarine ridge. The reef-top is littered with feather stars, brittle stars, sea cucumbers, anemones and all kinds of corals. The deeper rocks provide hiding places for nudibranchs, frogfish and even rhinopias.
Torpedo Alley, named after the electrified rays, hosts also ghost pipefish and other extraordinary creatures.
Day 8: Komodo Channel
We will enjoy new dive sites in the stunning channel ad perhaps see some pelagic this time.
Day 9: North Rinca / Loh Buaya Trekking
Stop near the “Second Ranger Station Loh Buaya”, next to “Wainilu Island”, the paradise of macro. Many different and rare kinds of nudibranchs, ghost pipefish and other surprises.
After lunch, we will begin our magnificent walk on Rinca Island to see the infamous Komodo dragons and we will be back in the water by noon.
Day 10: Labuan Bajo
After a nice breakfast on board, our Aurora crew will organize, according to your flight schedules, your transfer to the airport of Labuan Bajo.
Unfortunately, our trip arrived at an end and we have to say goodbye but we hope to see you again on board.
- Pick up and drop off (before and after the cruise) from the nearest airport to Aurora
- Accommodation in a double-bed or twin-bed cabin with en-suite bathroom, toilet and AC
- Meals and all soft drinks on board (excluding beer, spirits, wine, espresso coffee)
- 20 to 25 dives (inluding night dives), according to weather conditions and flights schedules
- 12L Tank, belt, weights and diving guide
- Nitrox. As a service offered by Dune, Nitrox can’t be subject to any complaint or refund in case of a possible failure or malfunctioning of the compressor
- Multilingual guides on board (French, English, Indonesian),
- Land excursions, according to the diving cruise itinerary,
PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE
- Scuba diving courses
- Rental diving equipment
- Dive insurance (mandatory – possibility to buy on board)
- 15 L Tank
- Extra excursion requested
- Beer, wine and spirits, Expresso coffee
- Souvenirs, laundry, use of satellite phone
- Tips on board (for crew): 15 USD minimum / person / day – to be paid in cash
- Port fee: 150 USD per trip per person