- Perhaps the most diverse of all diving in the Indonesian archipelago. There are seamounts, walls, canyons and pinnacles as well as the spectacular coral gardens. There a hot spring at an underwater volcano, great night dives on black sand slopes with creepy, crawly critters. Numerous sites tout pelagic fish, sharks & mantas but, be assured that at each dive site, you'll experience something different.
The 6-night cruise : This is a sample itinerary. If you have chartered the boat for your small group, you will finalize the itinerary day-by-day, depending on conditions and diver preferences.
Day 1: You will be met at the Labuan Bajo airiport and taken to the Duyung Baru. After orientation, around 11.30 am, you’ll set sail for your first dive site at Sebayor Island where you’ll enjoy a relaxing check-up dive. Max depth 18 meters
Day 2: You will most likely continue diving on the eastern side of Komodo Island. Dive sites like Batu Bolong ,Tatawa Besar, Tatawa Kecil and Siaba where you’ll have spectacular coral gardens and comfortable to challenging drift dives. You should have plenty of fish life, some sharks & possibly a manta or two. Max depth 30 meters. Dives will depend on the local wind and ocean conditions at the time and the strength of the current.
Day 3: Karang Makassar, this dive site also known as Manta Point due to the large schools of manta rays it attracts. Here you can observe the elegant creatures as they swoop and glide in their natural element. Max depth 15 meters. From the mooring here in a calm lagoon, you’ll also have easy access to the many dive sites located nearby, including some you’ve already dived.
Day 4: Sail to the northern tip of Komodo and set anchor at the twin islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat. Here you can explore some of Komodo's most stunning and picturesque reefs, including such famous dive sites as Castle Rock, Lighthouse, Cauldron, Crystal Rock and Golden Passage -- each with an abundance of colorful and energetic sea life. Max Depth 30 meters.
Day 5: Golden Passage is the longest drift dive in Komodo stretching 1 kilometers from east to west. Max depth 18 meters. You can expect extreme current here throughout the dive and you can see black tips reef sharks, bumphead parrot fish. Towards the end of the drift you will arrive in a sheltered, shallow bay ideal place for your safety stop. Castle Rock is an advanced dive site subject to extremely strong currents at most times. A negative entry is required here to a depth of about 20+meters. You can see many giant travallies and sharks and copious diverse marine species here. Max depth 30-35meters
Towards sunset, you will enjoy a trek across the rugged hillside of Gili Lawa Darat where you can enjoy the stunning views of the multitude of islands clustered around Komodo.
Day 6 : Police Corner Siaba. You will moor here for the night as there is another manta cleaning station nearby for those of you who just can't get enough of the beautiful creatures. Alternatively Tatawa Kecil is another option should you be looking for non manta diving for your final diving experience here in Komodo.
Day 7: Early in the morning you will visit the Ranger station in Rinja Island to see the famous Komodo Dragons. It will be a short trek with another beautiful view point over the Komodo national park. After this amazing experience you will be served breakfast and afterwards personally escorted to the Komodo International airport by Yani the Duyung Baru’s captain.
The 8-night cruise will give you two more days at the best of these sites.
The West Komodo Cruise is for private charter only, at full moon periods and for those who absolutely love and are extremely experienced in diving exceptionally strong currents. The sites here are just as beautiful and bountiful as the standard Komodo sites but with virgin coral reefs and no other boats in sight.
The 8-night Komodo Nusa Kode Macro Cruise is designed specially for macro photographers and available from March to April and October to December. You can dive such sites as Secret Pinnacle, Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Boulders, Torpedo Point, Crinoid Canyon and several other unnamed walls. If you are a macro photographer this is the perfect place for you . It is also possible to see a family of Komodo Dragons right here on the beach of South Rinca..