KOMODO • Komodo & Flores

START*:
Maumere or Labuan Bajo • FLORES
END*:
Labuan Bajo or Maumere • FLORES

*please check our "Agenda" for your date.

Cruise Key
Black sand diving, colorful muck dive, dolphin & manta dive, challenging current dives, all in one location, colorful reef, sea apple, Komodo dragon trek, savannah scenery.
Sea Conditions
Generally calm except sometimes when cruising along the South of Rinca and Komodo if it's windy.
Weather Conditions
Tropical weather, sunshine and nice sea breezes that can be windy at nighttime, light jacket is ideal.
Nature of dives & Currents
Diving is very varied from muck diving to whirlpools, critters to pelagic and schooling fish, crystal clear warm water to cooler, murkier rich in plankton soup. CURRENTS can be strong. Dive-guides generally check currents before entering the water. A reef hook can be helpful while watching fish life in the current.
Water Temperature
Avg. 27C and generally a bit colder towards the South. Can be as low as 18C to 23C.
Embarkation
Maumere or Labuan Bajo • FLORES

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at Labuan Bajo or Maumere Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY WAOW in Labuan Bajo or Maumere harbour, both only a short drive of around 20-30mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard around 12:00pm (or 2:00pm in Maumere), you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us

Disembarkation
Labuan Bajo or Maumere • FLORES

Early breakfast befor disembarkation & transfer to the airport or hotel between 06.00am and 11.00am at the latest

Recommandation
All long distance passengers should arrive in Bali one day before departure day. The boat departs at 12:00pm sharp from Labuan (or 2:00pm from Maumere) harbour.
Video
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The Cruise

The Komodo National Park is a World Heritage site just 300NM East of Bali in the Flores Sea and consists of the three larger islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar. Because of its unique geology, as a result of volcanic activity, this makes for stunning scenery both above and below water. The islands feature a dramatic wild savannah landscape with patches of forest especially on the southern hills of Komodo and Rinca. White and reddish sandy beaches, blue lagoons teeming with fish and some of the most spectacular underwater sceneries in the world entice divers and guests from all around the globe. The underwater topography is as varied as the marine life it protects. Dive sites vary from volcanic black sand, slight sloping, silty sand and gravel bottom composition, gentle coral slopes to sheer cliff walls and a host of hard and soft corals. From the Flores Sea in the north, the clear warm waters gradually become rich in plankton and lots cooler as you travel southwards into the Indian Ocean. There are plenty of opportunities to find fauna ranging from those rare pelagics to critters; you'll find the diversity of marine life inspiring if not mind boggling.

Typical dive sites

Maumere Bay

Maumere is a beautiful bay on the north coast of Flores. There is a wealth of macro life to keep any diver fascinated for hours. It’s this diversity that has also made Maumere a perfect place to finish our cruise

Pulau Palue

Pulau Palue lies just north of Flores, surrounded by deep water and offering great visibility in turquoise blue water. The underwater scenery is mostly slopes and then sheer drop offs to the deep water. The current is the key to where and when to dive around here.

Padar Island

Diving changes completely from clear, warm water from the Flores Sea to the murkier rich plankton soup of the Indian Ocean that attracts lots of life.

"Current City"

The real Komodo diving starts here where, like the name suggests, the currents play a big role in this part of the cruise. When you are in the water at the right place and time, the reefs spring to life! Fish are abundant everywhere but the rocks and reefs in 'current' areas provide the best chances for spotting the bigger fish, especially sharks and other pelagics.

Nusa Kode

Die große Bucht zwischen den Inseln Rinca und Nusa Kode ist oft strömungsfrei, nährstoffreiches Wasser versorgt die Riffe, die lückenlos mit Hart- und Weichkorallen, schwarzen Korallen, und Schwämmen besiedelt sind. Der "Cannibal Rock“, ein solitärer Fels, dessen riesige Gorgonienfächer Heimat verschiedener Pygmäenseepferdchen sind, ist der vielleicht beste Makrotauchplatz der Welt!

"Manta Alley"

This is the place that makes Komodo stand out as a destination that represents the variety od diving in Indonesia. Oposite to the critter hunt at Nusa Kode, here you will dive with manta rays, lots of them! With the rich nutrients from the Indian Ocean, this place is thick with plankton therefore do not expect great visibility but who cares, mantas are just everywhere and sometimes, if you're lucky even mola-mola, the famous giant sun fish, show up especially when the water is becoming a near bone-chilling 18 to 22 degrees...

Gili Lawa Laut

Here comes the savannah like scenery of Komodo, surrounded by many shades of turquoise blue water, white sandy beaches and rough rock surfaces. As stunningly as the islands themselves, the underwater scenery of Gili Lawa Laut will take your breath away with frizzy colours, schooling fish action, you name it, it's all here! It's truly a diver's paradise.

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