Komodo National Park (KNP) has been listed as one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature,” and this trip gives you a front-row seat to this world-class destination, which appears on almost every diver’s bucket list. It also gives you first-class accommodation, as the Arenui is renowned in the diving community as one of the most luxurious liveaboards operating today.
This is a great itinerary for all kinds of muck diving, as the KNP dive sites are packed full of unbelievable critters such as ornate ghost pipefish, pygmy seahorses, rare clown frogfish, Blue-Ringed Octopus, Pipefish, Leaf Scorpionfish, Coleman Shrimp, Boxer Crabs, zebra crabs and of course the weird and wonderful nudibranchs. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the ridiculously cute Pikachu Nudi.
Divers keen on coral reefs will also be amazed at the range of corals that Komodo has to offer - from soft to hard and in warm to temperate waters - while those seeking out schooling fish need look no further than the thrilling current dives of Gili Lawa Laut. If you’re also hoping for some pelagics and ocean giants then bring your wide-angle lens along too for the resident mantas and sharks, but keep a watch for passing dolphins, whales and the elusive Mola-Mola (sunfish).
The water temperature here and at the southern dive sites over the next few days can be a little cooler, dropping from the normal 28/29 degrees Celsius (82-84 Fahrenheit) to a possible 20 Celsius (68 Fahrenheit). Also due to the infinite nutrients in the water, creating the amazing biodiversity in this area, the visibility can sometimes be a bit greener. Neither one of these factors can spoil the amazing diving to be had in these areas.
A total of 23 (maybe 24 dives) in some of the World's best diving spots.
Full-board accommodation in twin/double cabin.
Shore activities/excursions according to the program.
Five meals per day.
Soft drinks, tea, American and Balinese coffee.
Diving activities including tanks, weights and weight belt (generally 4 dives per day).
Transfer from/to embarkation/disembarkation airport.
What's not included:
National parks entrance fee.
Full fuel surcharge.
All government taxes.
On day 1 you will embark embark in Labuanbajo town on the island of Flores, Indonesia.
On day 2 you will experience 4 dives starting in the Komodo Flores Channel, currents in this area can be quite strong and we must dive according
to the tides. There are many dive sites and the sites chosen will be dependent on the currents. Finish the day with a great night dive at Wainilo. Komodo is an excellent place for spotting macro critters and the reefs and corals are spectacular too.
Walk with dragons and 2 dives.
Loh Buaya (walk with dragons)
Your day will begin with an exciting visit to Komodo National Park, where you will be able to take a stroll with the famous dragons. As you walk along the paths, also stay on the lookout for deer, wild boar and birds in addition to the giant lizards.
After the walk we move to Padar Island for two dives and a beautiful site called the Three Sisters
and then the Secret Garden which is one of the top dive sites at Padar Island.
Rinca Island (8 dives)
Horseshoe Bay is in the south of Rinca Island and we spend the whole day here. Here we dive the famous Cannibal Rock, one of the top 10 dives sites in the world according to some diving publications. Watch dragons, wild pigs, deer and monkeys roam the beach and take a tender ride or kayak to get a closer look.
Your 8 dives will start at Cannibal Rock before moving on to the Yellow Wall of Texas, Crinoid Canyon, The Boulders, Rhino Rocks, Banana Island and Torpedo Alley.
Manta Alley and Pink Beach (4 dives)
Manta Alley is located on the south end of Komodo Island. After two dives looking for manta rays, we head up to the middle of Komodo Island to the Pink Beach area.
You will dive at Manta Alley, Pink Beach and Loh Liang Bay.
Gili Lawa Laut (4 dives)
Two celebrated dive sites await you just north of Gili Lawa Laut Island. Crystal Rock and Castle Rock are both incredible locations, boasting the key elements for any impressive dive site: a wide variety of healthy corals covering the reef, plus tons of fish - both big and small and all sizes in between. There are two more exhilarating dives in this area, El Toro and Gili Lawalaut Lighthouse, along with good night dives on healthy hard- coral reefs off the island of Gili Lawa Darat. Between the dives there is a chance to visit Gili Lawa Laut Island and take a short trek to the top of the hill for a wonderful view over the Komodo-Flores channel.
You will Disembark in Labuanbajo town on the island of Flores, Indonesia and finish your truly amazing Komodo expedition experience.