Moana Komodo Liveraboard
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?
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!
Komodo Cruise Itinerary – Period : All year long
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.
Sample Itinerary – 5 Nights KOMODO National Park
1. DAY: BALI – LABUHAN BAJO, FLORES
Welcome to your Moana holiday! We will pick you up from the airport or hotel in Labuan Bajo. After a welcome drink we will fit and check your equipment. Once all guests are on board we will set course towards the island of Sebayur Kecil. After lunch we will do our check dive where guests and guides can get used to each other. We are planning a night dive after the sunset. We will stay at Sebayur for the night.
2. DAY: NORTH KOMODO
Our first dive of today will be at Tatawa Besar, where you can expect a nice drift. After breakfast we will head towards the center of the park and visit Batu Bolong, a dramatic formation that extends underwater and is full or marine life. After lunch we will dive at Manta Point for a close encounter with those gentle giants. The night dive will be at Gila Lawa Darat, where we also stay for the night. If you don’t fancy night dives, then we recommend a nice sunset walk up the hill.
3. DAY: CENTRAL KOMODO
Another exciting day today as we start today at the Golden Passage, another channel between Komodo and Gili Lawa Darat. After breakfast we’ll head back south towards the center of the park. We will stop at Tatawa Kecil and Siaba Kecil. Both sides have a beautiful topography and lots or marine life. Ex-pect some currents here as well. After those three dives we will continue south towards Rinca Island. Our night dive will be at Wainilu, where you can expect some amazing critters du- ring the muck night dive.
4. DAY KOMODO – RINCA
In the morning we will visit the ranger station on Rinca Island for a short trek to visit the famous Komodo dragons, the largest lizards on earth. Accompanied by a ranger, we have a chance to get close up with these prehistoric creatures. After breakfast we are planning 1 or 2 more dives (depending on your flight the next day) at Wainilu or Tengah Kecil. On the way back to Flores we will pass Kalong Island, where a natural spectacle will take place every evening during sunset. A truly impressive event! Surprise!
5. DAY: LABUHAN BAJO – BALI
Depending on your flight back to Bali, we will sail to Labuan Bajo early morning for a planned check-out at 11:00. Of course we will drop you of at the airport (or your hotel in Labuan Bajo). We guarantee you a fantastic time aboard Moana and look forward to welcoming you again!