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Komodo National Park - Indonesia - July 2012

Komodo National Park - Indonesia - Feb 15 - 22, 2021

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Komodo National Park - Indonesia - Feb 15 - 22, 2021


$3550.00 - per-person based on double occupancy.

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Komodo National Park - Indonesia
Start Date: February 15, 2021
End Date: February 22, 2021

There are three levels of accomodations:

$3550 Twin  Accomodations 

$3650 Deluxe Accomodations

$3950 Master Suite

Trip includes:

 

  • Spacious, double or twin bed, air-conditioned, ensuite cabins
  • All meals included, freshly prepared by our top class chefs.
  • A wide selection of soft drinks, teas and coffee - from our espresso machine.
  • Free beer and fully stocked cocktail and wine bar.
  • Free Nitrox
  • Massage and laundry service.

Komodo National Park from Bima, Sumbabwa


Komodo National Park, declared a World Heritage Site in 1991, boasts on of the World's richest marine environments. The waters of the Sunda sea teem with life from reef sharks and manta rays to bobtail squid and the minute "lady bug". The diving here is varied from shallow muck dives, sloping reefs and dark volcanic sand, sumberged pinnacles and steep reef walls. Currents can be strong but bring with them all the delights of diving in Indonesia. Departing from Bima we bring you directly to the muck diving hotspot, before sailing onwards to Sangeang, Gilli Lawa, Rinca Nusa Kode and to the cooler waters of Southern Komodo.

About Komodo National Park, Indonesia

Located 200 nautical miles east of Bali, the Komodo National Park is nestled between the large island of Sumbawa and Flores in Indonesia, all of which are part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Officially declared a World Heritage Site in 1991, the Komodo National Park encompasses 132,000 hectares of marine waters making it one of the largest protected zones in the world.The Komodo National Park and surrounding areas boast a unique biosphere born in the ancient volcanic eruptions that formed Sumatra, Java, Bali and the islands lying eastward to Papua New Guinea. As a consequence, the topography of the islands are striking and unique.
Komodo Island is 35km in length and 15km wide. It is mountainous with an average altitude of 500-600m, the highest peak being Satalibo (735m) in the north. The majority of the island is covered in lontar palm savannah with remnants of rainforest and bamboo forests. The irregular coastline is marked by rocky headlands and sandy bays against a backdrop of soaring volcanic cliffs.
The Komodo National Park hosts a rare diversity of animals, including a population of the world’s largest lizard, the famous Komodo Dragon. The Park is also home to Sunda deer, wild buffalo, wild boar, the macaque monkey and wild horse. For bird watchers, there have been over 150 bird species identified including the sulphur-crested cockatoos, imperial pigeons, white-breasted sea eagles and maleos.

Komodo Liveaboard Diving Itinerary

Departing from Bima Bay, on Sumbabwa Island, just a short flight from Bali, the SY Indo Siren's first stop on this 10 night diving adventure, is the muck dive spot of the "Unusual Suspects", before sailing on to Sangeang Island with its dark volcanic sand and bubbles. By the fourth day we are diving within the National Park in the areas of Gilli Lawa Laut and Batu Bolong where strong currents can be experienced, bringing with them grey reef and white tip sharks and schools of snappers and fusileers. The Indo Siren stops at Rinca to make a walk with the dragons before cruising southwards to Nusa Kode. Across the strait on the south of Komodo Island we dive with numerous manta rays before heading northwards to Gilli Banta. Our final day is spent in Bima bay, where the calm waters offer the perfect spot for some kayaking or water skiing.

Diving Highlights

Castle and Crystal Rocks two submerged pinnacles, laying just off Gilli Lawa Laut. Thepinnacles teem with life and attract large pelagics including eagle rays, grey reef sharks, Napoleon wrasse and schools of snappers and fusileers. All are seen here whilst we hang in the current and watch the show.

Cannibal Rock and Yellow wall are just two dive sites of the area of Nusa Kode. Colder water, as low as 20C/ 68F, can be experienced here and the water often carries a greenish tinge. But the diving reward far outweighs the need to extra thermal protection! It is here we find the microscopic 'lady bugs', along with rhinopias, frogfish, pygmy seahorses, mantis shrimps and an array of nudibranchs.

Manta Alley As the name suggests this site attracts the manta rays which come regularly to the cleaning stations. It is common to see several mantas lined up at one time. We watch as 'the black bird' gracefully swoops down or hangs effortlessly in the current.

The Unusual Suspects. A favourite for macro photography, with so many weird and wonderful creatures we will often dive this site more than once! Tiny coleman's shrimp and zebra crabs cling to fire urchins, frogfish can be found grouped together, ghost pipefish, harlequin shrimp, sea horses and mimic octopus make this site a real delight.
 

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