Komodo Cruise & Itinerary
About the Komodo National Park
It was stablished in 1980 to conserve the unique Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) and its habitat. Over the years the goals for the Park have expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine. In 1991 the Park was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, both indications of the Park's biological importance.
On 11.11.2011 Komodo was voted as one of the "New7Wonders of Nature"!
Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands creating a total surface area (marine and land) of 1817 sq km (proposed extensions would bring the total surface area up to 2,321 sq km). As well as being home to the Komodo dragon, the Park provides refuge for many other notable terrestrial species. Moreover, the Park includes one of the richest marine environments including coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, seamounts, and semi-enclosed bays. These habitats harbor more than 1,000 species of fish, some 260 species of reef-building coral, and 70 species of sponges. Dugong, sharks, manta rays, at least 14 species of whales, dolphins, and sea turtles also call Komodo National Park their home.
What to expect underwater?
WORLD CLASS DIVING GUARANTEED! Around Komodo we have over 50 sites to choose from and have areas to suit every level of experience, whether you have just completed your Open Water course or have years of challenging dives behind you.
The corals in Komodo National park are pristine, with Mantas, sharks, turtles, dolphins, dugong, many pelagics, to the tiny pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, frog fish. The sites vary from gentle easy coral slopes to heart pounding adrenalin rides, from the warm waters of the Flores Sea in the north to the chillier waters down south in the Indian Ocean, the underwater terrain is so varied with sheer cliff walls, pinnacles, channels, sandy flat bottoms, underwater plateaus, slopes, all with varying colors, sizes and types of coral both hard and soft.
WORLD CLASS DIVING GUARANTEED!
Taste the adventure of diving in the World Heritage site of Komodo National Park.
MOANA's experienced dive guides and Instructor dive these waters nearly every day, all year long. We know the dive sites, the currents and the marine life. Our passion and knowledge of the area will keep you amazed through the whole of your safari with us. Around Komodo we have over 50 sites to choose from and have areas to suit every level of experience.
Usual Dives on 5 Nights Komodo Liveaboard
1-2 Dives / Day 1
4 Dives - Day 2
4 Dives - Day 3
4 Dives - Day 4
1-2 Dives / Day 5
Check Out / Day 6
We will not charge you more than you were to pay as a Diving Guest should you decide to dive more often!
1x Dive 40 Euro with own equipment or 55 Euro with full rental equipment!
Here an example how a journey on MOANA could look like. Please note that due to weather and other conditions beyond our control we sometimes have to change the routing.
5 days KOMODO National Park
For cruise route plan please check image gallery below!
1. DAY: BALI – LABUHAN BAJO, FLORES
Flight Bali - LBJ. Welcome aboard MOANA, waiting for you in the harbour of Labuhan Bajo/Flores. After a refreshing welcome drink, the journey begins at ca. 10 o'clock in the morning. Now it’s time for a short introduction to the facilities of our vessel, the diving operation and the tour program. Check-out dive: 1 SABALON or SEBAYUR. 2 SEBAYUR for night dive. Enjoy your first dinner and night on Moana.
2. DAY: NORTH KOMODO
Small breakfast. Morning dive: 3 CRYSTAL ROCK. After second breakfast depart for dive nr. 4 CASTLE ROCK. The rock is packed with bronze and rust colored sponges and soft tree corals. You can see black snappers, large cuttlefish, pyramid butterfly fish, and red octopuses. Later in the afternoon we climb the local summit and enjoy a splendid panorama over the moon-shape islands of the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores. Afternoon dive at 5 LIGHT HOUSE in the north of Komodo. 6 GILI LAWA DARAT BAY as night dive.
3. DAY: CENTRAL KOMODO
Morning dive: 7 TATAWA KECIL. 11 o’clock dive: 8 TATAWA BESAR. Thousands of fish of every colour and shape are here including regal angelfish, checkerboard wrasse and masked unicorn fish, against a beautiful backdrop of acripora corals, gorgonian fans and sponges. In the afternoon we dive: 9 MOANA‘s MANTA POINT and 10 SIABA BESAR as night dive.
4. DAY KOMODO - RINCA
This morning we dive at our favorite spot: 11 CURRENT CITY (Batu Bolong). While enjoying a wonderful breakfast, we sail towards Rinca, relax and enjoy great views, let our crew pampering you while spotting dolphins, reading or sun bathing. 12 PULAU TENGAH (Little Batu Bolong) our new secret hot spot! In the afternoon you are able to enjoy the 1 hour “Dragon walk” to see the last representatives of the Jurassic Park on earth, the infamous Komodo Dragon.
5. DAY: LABUHAN BAJO - BALI
After breakfast we have time to move Moana back to Labuhan Bajo. At ca. 10 o'clock in the morning you will be transferred to your hotel or the airport where your airplane to Bali is waiting for you.