Komodo, situated in central Indonesia is the latest hot spot in diving with known for its stunning coral reefs, spectacular visibility, pelagic sightings, manta rays, eagle rays, macro-life, rich marine diversity and is also home to the Komodo dragons. Komodo really does have something for everyone, from stunning scenery above and below the waves and a walk on the wild side with the world’s largest Lizard, the infamous Komodo Dragon.
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- Trip Itinerary
- Liveaboard Details
- Diving Highlights
- Destination Information
- Return transfers from hotel or airport
- 6 Nights on Liveaboard KM Blue Manta
- Breakfast, Lunch & dinner (Western & Indonesian)
- Hot beverages (coffee, tea, Milo)
- Soft drinks
- 18 Dives
- 12L Tanks, weights & belt
- Marine Park & Harbor fees ($250)
- Fuel Surcharge Fees ($150)
- 18 Dives in 6 days
- Flights and airport departure taxes
- Dive equipment other than tanks & weights
- Onboard Gratuities (approximately $300 pp)
- Travel Insurance
- Laundry services (US$10 per basket)
- Massage services (US$35 per hour)
- Nespresso coffee (US$2)
- Beer (US$4)
- Wine (US$30-$50)
- Satellite Wi-Fi (US35 for trip per person)
- Nitrox Air fills ($20 per diving day/$7 per fill)
WHERE IS KOMODO?
Komodo is part of the Indonesia archipelago. It is located in between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, and is composed of three major islands (Rinca, Komodo, and Padar).
Date : August 13, 2024
ArrivalFly to Labaun Bajo, Western Flores and transfer from Komodo Airport or local hotel to Blue Manta. Depending on arrival time, check in dive at Bidadari and night dive at Pulau Sebayor.
Date : August 14, 2024
South Komodo: Manta AlleySouth Komodo: Manta Alley to fly with mantas. Explore Cannibal Rock and Torpedo Alley at Nusa Kode.
Date : August 15, 2024
North KomodoDive Castle Rock, Crystal Rock & Shot Gun at Gili Lawa Laut. Pinnacles, drift dives full of action with hunting fish: jacks & sharks!
Date : August 16, 2024
North KomodoDive Tatawa Besar & Kecil, Siaba Kecil & Wainilu to view tons of Anthias, Napoleon wrasse, sharks and an excellent night dive.
Date : August 17, 2024
North KomodoDive Batu Balong & Mantas on the Moon at Makassar Reef.
Date : August 18, 2024
Island ExcursionSiaba Bay & Mawan/Pengah - after diving, walk the wild side in search of Komodo Dragons and trek one of the local islands. Sail back to Labuan Bajo where you will spend the last night on board Blue Manta in Labuan Bajo port.
Date : August 19, 2024
DepartureDisembark after breakfast and transfer to local hotel or Komodo Airport for your flight home.
Upper Deck: 4 Double cabins/ 2 Twin Cabins with a window – $3400 (approx. R62,900.00)
Main Deck: 4 x Twin Cabins with a window – $3400 (approx. R62,900.00)
Lower Deck: 4 x Twin Cabins with a port hole – $3100 (approx. R57,350.00)
The Blue Manta is possibly the largest purpose-built BKI CLASS dive vessel in the region. Measuring 45m by 9m, this steel hull vessel will take up to 22 guests. The 14 beautifully furnished en-suite cabins, each average 20sqm in size, an open outdoor alfresco dining area, indoor air-conditioned room for finer dining, speaks of the perfect onboard ambiance
of a world class dive holiday.
Discover some of Indonesia’s most bio-diverse and healthy reef systems; submerged pinnacles and stunning fringing coral reefs, Big Fish, adrenaline pumping currents, sharks, mantas & dolphins in crystal clear waters provide a sensory over load for first time visitors.
SPECTACULAR NORTH, CENTRAL & SOUTHERN DIVING
In the Northern and Central areas of the park expect great visibility and warm (27-28C) water, big fish sightings are common and photographers will find wide angle is the default setting. Highlight Dive Sites include Crystal & Castle Rock, Shotgun, Batu Bolong and Makassar Reef (Mantas on the moon).
The South water temps are usually much cooler (21-25C) and the visibility can be less than perfect in these nutrient rich waters. However, dive sites such as Cannibal Rock, Secret Garden and Torpedo Alley provide sightings of the most diverse marine life in the park. Incredible Manta aggregations can also be seen in the South at Manta Alley.
AMAZING MACRO LIFE
Discoveries such as pygmy seahorses, frogfish and nudibranch galore provide secret delights for photography enthusiasts.
Ma’ya is an Austronesian language spoken by most people in this area, however, English is widely spoken.
Komodo Island is 8 hours ahead of South Africa (Central Indonesia Time)
SA passport holders must obtain a single-entry Visa on Arrival (VOA) at the airport.
The VOA costs IDR 500,000 (approx. ZAR650) and is valid for up to 30 days.
The climate is tropical, hot all year round, with a rainy season from December to March and a dry season from June to September. Temperatures during the day range from 32°C in February to 34°C in October.
Average temperature in the North and Central are between warm 27°C – 28°C and much cooler in the South, ranging between 21°C – 25°C.
220V AC power with 3 pin UK standard plugs in all rooms and common areas. It is advisable to take an adaptor.
DINING ON THE km blue manta
On the Blue Manta you start your day with freshly baked breads. With no less than 3 meals a day, you will be filled and satisfied with an extensive range of treats for your taste buds. Hot beverages are served between dives. Snacks (cakes & fruits) are served in the afternoon. While the liveaboard will do its best to accommodate your requests, please be realistic and consider bringing some of your own items if the lack thereof may constitute a health risk or seriously compromise the enjoyment of your holiday.
STAYING IN CONTACT
Outgoing calls may be made from the vessel via satellite phone. Please be aware that a charge is assessed for both incoming and outgoing calls. 24 hour satellite Wi-Fi connectivity is available for a charge of $35 per person for the duration of the trip.
WHAT PAYMENT METHOD IS ACCEPTED?
All additional purchases onboard may be paid at the end of the trip using credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express – 4,5% fee) or cash (US Dollar, Euros, Singapore Dollar, Indonesian Rupiah).
Crew gratuities are not included in your package. The crew works very hard, 7 days a week and many weeks at a stretch to provide the best possible service for our guests. The standard for this liveaboard and itinerary approximately $300 per person.
WHAT TO BRING
Packing for a liveaboard trip is much easier than packing for a land-based vacation. The climate doesn’t require much more than shorts, T-shirts, and swimsuits, though at sea the winds can be cold and jackets are often necessary. Sunglasses, a visor/hat, raincoat, lightweight sweater or jacket, long sleeved shirt, backpack, tevas (or similar) are recommended. Soft luggage is also recommended as it takes up very little space when empty. All linens (including sheets, comforters, bath towels, hand towels, dive towels, and wash cloths) are provided on board.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
Please plan carefully to minimize your rubbish. Whenever possible, choose rechargeable batteries and avoid bringing things like disposable razors and single use plastics.
- Certification must be presented as well as a log book and dive insurance
- Safety: The nearest Hyperbaric Chamber is located at the Siloam Hospital in Labuan Bajo for diving and medical emergencies.
- Please be sure that your dive insurance is comprehensive & up to date before departing on your diving trip.
- Always follow safe diving practices at all times.
- Environmental Awareness: no touching of animals is permitted.
- Alcohol Consumption: If alcohol is consumed in between dives by an individual then they will be required to refrain from diving for the remainder of the day
- Flying After Diving: A minimum surface interval of 18 hours must be allowed prior to flying or going to altitude