Sample Itinerary Komodo Labuan Bajo and Dive sites.
We are very flexible as we have only 6 divers + Dive-instructor .
This itinerary is just an example how we usually operate .
We are always on the watch out for how many divers are on the dive sites to best avoid the crowds. If the dive sites have more then one group of divers then we will modify the schedule to offer you the best Komodo diving experience.
The Captain of Duyung Baru (Mrs Yani Korth) will await your arrival at the Airport/Labuan Bajo to assist with your baggage and accompany you onboard The Duyung Baru.
Onboard you will be introduced to the crew and given an orientation of the boat and be briefed about safe diving practices in the Komodo National Park sites .
Around 11.30 am we will sail from Labuan Bajo to our first dive site at Sebayor Island.
At Saboayor Island, you can sample the scenery and enjoy a relaxing check-up dive to get your feet wet and to familiarize yourself with your equipment and make an necessary adjustments to it. You can also conduct a buoyancy check to make sure that you have sufficient weight in this new diving environment. At the end of the dive you will be in a controlled environment in which you can demonstrate your ability to deploy your surface marker buoy (SMB) in the event that this is necessary on subsequent dives in the marine park.
We are happy to brief you and show you how to best deploy the surface marker buoy (SMB) should you not remember how to or should you not feel confidant with using it. It is an essential skill to have when diving in the notoriously strong currents of Komodo.Night diving options are also available on the first day. Max depth 18 meters
We will continue to cruise to the center of Komodo ,also known as "current city" with visits to other dive sites on the eastern side of Komodo Island. Dive sites like Batu Bolong ,Tatawa Besar,Tatawa Kecil and Siaba. Max depth 30 meters
It will depend on the local wind and ocean conditions at the time and the strength of current.
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 our private mooring in a calm and peaceful Lagoon we will have easy access to the many dive sites located nearby. You will also have the possibility to revisit the Batu Bolong which you will have dived already on day two.
The Batu Bolong, one of Komodo Island's most renowned dive sites. The site is home to a thriving coral reef where you can see a diverse array of marine species, including Sharks, Napoleon wrasse and Manta rays.
We will 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.
The final dive site location will depend on local conditions at the time and will be at the discretion of the dive instructor and captain.
Dive site Golden Passage is the longest drift dive in Komodo stretching 1km 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 shallow bay which is more sheltered from the current and an ideal place for our safety stop.
Dive site 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 amounts of 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.
Police Corner Siaba. We will moor here for the night as there is another Manta cleaning station near by for those of you who just can't get enough of these beautiful creatures. Alternatively Tatawa Kecil is another option should you be looking for non manta diving for your final diving experience here in Komodo.
Early in the morning we 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.
9 Days Komodo cruise
Should 7 days not be sufficient for your diving needs then we can also create a custom made 9 day itinerary for you. There are several options for the extensions here depending on your diving experience and interests. Should you be a regular Advanced open water diver then we can bring you to some different sites that are in the same general area but just not so well know as the big names like the Batu Bolong. Should you have fallen in love with the Manta Rays, Sharks and Giant travallies (as is normal) then it is also possible to simply revisit some of your personal favourite sites on these days.
West Komodo - For private charter only! We only recommend West Komodo for dive groups who absolutely love and are extremely experienced in diving in exceptionally strong current. So should your dive group have a true sense of adventure then we can take you to some of the less travelled to sites in West Komodo Marine Park. Here the currents are notorious, far more powerful than even Komodo. These sites have little to no dive charters operating here as they are just too far and too advanced for the average diver on a typical cruise. The sites here are just as beautiful and bountiful as Komodo but with virgin coral reefs and not another dive boat in site. Please note that this option is only accessible during the half moon periods. This particular expedition is also personally guided by Vovo, the owner of the Duyung Baru who has extensive knowledge of this complicated diving area.
9 Day Komodo Nusa Kode Macro Cruise specialy for macro photographers
9 day trip - Should you wish to extend for a longer trip then we can offer you an alternate 9 day itinerary to include an extention to the far south of Komodo to Nusa Kode (only available from March to April and October to December so you can experience the optimum diving conditions)
When we arrive in Nusa Kode to a sheltered horseshoe shaped bay we will moor here for 2 nights. You can dive such sites as Secret Pinnacle Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Boulders, Torpedo Point, Crinoid Canyon and several other unnamed walls. There is huge marine diversity in the sites here and they are all a macro lovers dream. If you are a Macro photographer with an SLR camera then this is the perfect place for you . If you are more interested in regular fun diving then the 7 day trip or a 9 day north trip will be of more appropriate. The max depths are anywhere between 12 and 30 meters depending on the sites and water temperature. During these ideal months is a far more agreeable 28 degrees. The visability is always better at this time also, sometimes up to 30 meters. (July August has about 5 meters visibility and water temperature is 21 or colder)
It is also possible to see a family of Komodo Dragons right here on the beach of South Rinca. We can drive the small tender parallel to shore so that you can experience these magical creatures up close but remain at a safe distance in the comfort of the boat. Please note the Duyung Baru will not participate in nor allow any feeding these wild animals in their natural habitat.