11th June to 18th June, 2018
This trip runs for 8 days and 7 nights. The first night is the 11th of June, and the last the 17th. Checkout is the morning of the 18th, when we all begin the journey home.
Komodo National Park in Indonesia.
For the year 2018, we are taking our Komodo trip to a whole new level. In 2017, we visited the pristine, and rarely visited western side of Komodo national park, and for our newest trip we have put together a program that takes in all four corners of the park in what can best be described as an action packed itinerary.
Starting in Bali, we dive at Moyo Island, Sangeang Volcano, Satond, Gili Banta, followed by the more northern sites of Komodo, heading south to Padar Island, and Horseshoe bay, before looping back towards port in Bali at the end of the trip.
Being based on a liveaboard offers divers the luxury of access to a wide range of sites and even better, the ability to time dives for optimal conditions so that we can get the most out of the dives we do. This is a pure diving experience, with one being able to literally roll out of bed and into the water, break for meals, and repeat throughout the day.
One of the attractions of Komodo lies not just in the chance to see big enigmatic creatures, but also to witness the vast array of biodiversity that makes these waters a magnet for every serious diver. Located at the confluence of the Indian and Pacific Ocean, the sheer volume of water that flows betweens these islands at every tide change supports an enormous number of marine species. Massive schools of fusiliers being hunted by giant trevalli. Mantas cruising by at cleaning stations. Packs of roving sharks. Pygmy seahorse. Leaf scorpion fish. Baby white tip sharks sleeping under massive table coral. At last count, estimates placed the number of fish species here at close to 1400, and 250 for species of coral. The best part is, the sheer visual spectacle of the dive sites here will go a long way to proving those numbers. This really is some of the best bucket list diving one can do.
This trip includes eighteen to twenty ( 18 – 20 ) dives spread out over our stay.
For this trip, we have teamed up with one of the most experienced liveaboards to ply these waters. With a diver to guide ratio of 4 : 1, and an average of 3 to 4 dives a day, the aim is to cover the best of the best diving that these islands offer.
A typical dive day will have around 3 to 4 dives. Guests can expect to start the day early, sometimes at first light, before returning to the boat for a relaxed breakfast. Dive 2 is before lunch, followed by dives 3 and 4 in the early evening, and at night respectively.
Dive sites will be chosen based and timed based on the conditions prevalent at the time, and to make the most of our time in any given place. Given that conditions can be challenging at times, and diver safety and comfort is paramount, the guides will pick alternate dive sites if necessary.
As always, one of our instructors will also be on hand to help with planning your dive schedule, fine tune your skills and take you over anything that helps you get the maximum out of your dive trip.
A more detailed itinerary can be found here : https://goo.gl/QJHxAa
Preferably Advanced Open Water / Advanced Adventurer and above. For all other certification levels, please mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Dive equipment can be rented directly from the boat for those who wish to do so. A full set of rental gear consists of a BC, reg, mask, closed heel fins, wetsuit, SMB, and computer. The cost for renting the same onboard is Euro 175 approx. for the week. For those guests who are willing to carry equipment from India, we can arrange limited quantities of BC and regulators on a first come, first served basis for reduced rent.
Our home for the week will be a 33 metre steel hull motor yacht boat, with 8 deluxe cabins, and 1 standard cabin. All deluxe cabins are on the main deck with large panoramic sea view windows. Each deluxe cabin has a double bed and single bunk (max pax 2 per cabin), individually controlled air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms. Below deck the budget cabins have twin bunks, vanity sink, air conditioning and share a bathroom with one other cabin via adjoining doors.
There is a wide stern dive platform with two
exit ladders and fresh water showers with warm water. The dive deck is huge with plenty of room to gear up, individual boxes for your dive gear, camera tables and loads of rinse tanks. The dining room is located on the main deck where delicious buffet style Thai, Indonesian and western meals are served. The saloon is large and spacious with lounge suites and big windows, bar fridge, tea and fresh roast coffee and free soft drinks and juices. Flat screen TV, DVD, music center, library and a full selection of marine life books. There are two outside decks – the shade covered party deck with its comfy cushioned lounge suite around nearly the whole deck and the sun platform in front of the wheel house gives you the choice to sunbathe or not
With a capacity of up to 16 divers, 4 local guides, and one of our own instructors, this is a boat that allows for some serious diving, without sacrificing any comfort when it comes to rest and relaxation.
Please note that the chef aims to produce meals that cater to everyone’s preferences, but please mail in case you have very specific dietary requirements that we need to be aware of, e.g. vegetarian, vegan, lactose or gluten intolerance, any allergies, etc.
Transfers are included as a part of this trip and will include the round trip from the following areas within Bali; Airport, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Kuta Beach, Seminyak, Benoa, Sanur Beach *
There are plenty of connections from major cities in India to Bali ( DPS ), and most flights arrive early in Bali in the morning, and depart Bali airport in the afternoon, meaning you can fly in and out immediately before and after the cruise start and end times.
Some operators to consider are AirAsia, Malindo Air, Malaysian Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Batik Air.
*Important : Please note that boarding is at Benoa harbour in Bali at 1300 – 1500 hours on the 11th, and disembarkation is at 0830 hours on the 18th, so please check with us before booking flights, or if you would like to avail of transfers from another area of Bali.
Visas are granted on arrival in Indonesia and are valid for 30 days for Indian citizens. Guests are required to have a passport with more than 6 months of validity left and one free visa page.
Dive insurance is mandatory for this trip, and Outbound strongly recommends that guests get themselves travel and dive cover for the duration of their trip. We feel that this is a very inexpensive way to protect yourself against the disappointment of potential cancellation and\or unexpected issues that may crop up and safeguards you against losses that may occur as a result.
For guests who want dive specific cover, DAN is highly recommended. Other providers include World Nomads ( www.worldnomads.com ), your existing insurance provider ( mention that you will be doing SCUBA ) and travel insurance that you can avail of from the airline of your choice when booking your tickets. You may also buy insurance onboard on the day you check in.