Indonesia – Komodo & Flores Islands
Rising from the pristine seas of East Indonesia where two continental plates collide, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Komodo National Park is a wonder of nature in every way imaginable. Ancient volcanic activity has created some of the most spectacular coastal terrain on Earth, with picture-perfect savannah hills, bays, and beaches crowed by crystal clear blue water. The Park’s dramatic landscape sets the perfect stage for stunning marine discoveries at some of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the world.
Komodo National Park spans an area of 669 square miles and comprises of three main islands — Komodo, Padar and Rinca — and 26 smaller islets. Several of these are inhabited by prehistoric creatures, the native Komodo Dragon, that are the largest lizard species to walk the Earth. With us you will sail on a dream cruise of the Komodo National Park, on the MV Blue Manta and enjoy an adventure of a lifetime as we dive our way through the stunningly beautiful scenery of the untouched Indonesian seas.
Discover some of Indonesia’s most biodiverse and healthy reef systems in UNESCO Komodo National Park; submerged pinnacles and stunning fringing coral reefs, Big Fish, adrenaline-pumping currents, sharks, mantas & dolphins in crystal clear waters provide a sensory overload for first-time visitors. Amazing macro discoveries such as pygmy seahorses, frogfish, and nudibranch galore provide secret delights for photography enthusiasts. Komodo really does have something for everyone, including stunning scenery above and below the waves and a walk on the wild side with the world’s largest lizard, the infamous Komodo Dragon!
More than 1,000 species of tropical fish, 260 species of coral, and rare marine mammals such as the dugong live within Komodo National Park. Strong daily tidal flows combine with nutrient-rich water upwelling from the depths of the Indian Ocean to create ideal conditions for thousands of species of corals and tropical fish to flourish. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, divers travel from all over the globe to experience the spectacular biodiversity of more than 50 world-class dive sites ranging from challenging blue water current dives with a chance of glimpsing large pelagic species to discovering rare invertebrates on a ‘muck’ dive closer to shore.
The 22 passenger M/V Blue Manta Explorer provides 14 spacious ensuite cabins situated over three decks.
There is a sundeck with lounge chairs for sunbathing and a covered area for shade, perfect for relaxing in between dives on daybeds. The vessel provides an open outdoor alfresco dining area and an indoor air-conditioned dining area, ideal for enjoying one of the many meals prepared by the vessel’s three professional chefs! You will never go hungry.
There is a salon with a Plasma TV, DVD, and media server. 24-hour satellite internet is also available so you can easily stay in touch with family at home. The dive deck is equipped with personal rinse tanks and a wide outdoor work table for underwater digital cameras. There is also a dedicated indoor camera room with plenty of space & charging stations to set up your camera equipment. Full equipment rentals are available onboard, all scuba tanks have din or yoke fittings and there are larger tanks available for those requiring a little extra air.
** Add on our optional trekking tour of Flores Island and you will be spell-bound while trekking some of the most pristine natural wilderness on our planet. This 4-day & 3-night excursion will take us from Labuan Bajo to the ancient village of Wae Rebo, the last traditional Manggarai village. The structures of the Mbaru Niang, seven cone-shaped traditional houses built from bamboo, wood, and grass, are recognized by UNESCO as a living testament to Flores’ history. Immerse yourself in the lives of the residents of this 100+ year old village. After dinner We will overnight as a group Mbaru Niang, where modest & primitive sleeping accommodations will be provided. After breakfast we will trek down the mountain and continue to our hotel in Labuan Bajo. All meals while trekking are provided, due to the limited resources adherences to any dietary restrictions cannot be guaranteed.
Cost is per person and based on double occupancy.
Main & Upper Deck Standard Staterooms – $3,900.00
Upper Deck Suite – $4,400.00 per diver
Single Supplement – $700 per diver
Non-Diver & Child Rate – Not available
Onboard MV Blue Manta:
– 3 daily meals
– Tea, coffee, and soft drinks
– Fruit & snacks
– Knowledgeable dive guide
– 12 liter/80 cuft air tanks
– Use of weights & belt
– DIN/YOKE universal tanks
– 2-way land transfer from Labuan Bajo or Bali Airport (LBJ/DPS) or local hotel (Labuan Bajo only)
– Marine Park Fees ($200)
– Fuel surcharge ($150 – subject to change prior to departure due to fluctuations in global fuel prices)
What’s Not Included
– International & domestic airfare
– Accommodations in Labuan Bajo (pre & post trip)
– Beer, Wine, & Alcoholic Beverages
– Dive Insurance (Required)
– Trave Insurance (highly recommended)
– Massage services
– Laundry services
– On-Board WIFI (where available)
– 100 cuft tank rental – $12 per day
– Dive gear rentals
– Nitrox 32% – $20 per day
– Cash Gratuities
– Any COVID testing costs
Optional Wae Rebo VIllage Trekking Tour (Flores Island): $1,100 – Includes all meals while trekking, 2 nights’ accommodations in Labuan Bajo (day prior to departure & night of return), local trekking guide, & sleeping accommodations at War Rebo Village.
- Travelers must comply with Indonesian Government health protocols
- Travelers must use PeduliLindungi application and have downloaded the application prior to departure
- Travelers must show vaccination card (physical or digital) showing full vaccination at least fourteen days prior to departure.