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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.
Starting either from Bima, east of Sumbawa - where you feel like you have stepped back in time where they still use horse and cart to transport all the goods including petrol drums! - or Labuan Bajo, west of Flores, SMY WAOW cruises past the spectacular Sangeang volcano, the savannah like scenery in Komodo, the "Island of Dragons". This cruise is an all-in-one destination, above and below water. There's a great chance to see some unique animals like the Komodo dragons in their wild habitat, and if mating season, it becomes even more exciting when male dragons are chasing and fighting one another. Wild boar run freely along the beaches with small herds of "Luza" (Indonesia local deer) during the time you are relaxing onboard SMY WAOW.
The true muck diving paradise, your critter list is achieved here with mimic octopus, wonderpus, endless varieties of nudibranchs, frogfish galore, seahorses, sawblade shrimp, zebra crabs, inimicus, stonefish etc.
Welcome to the black sand diving of Sangeang Volcano, where rainbow dives await you with colourful anemones, sponges, crinoids, black coral bushes, long whip corals, and bright encrusting soft coral and sea fans in different colours surrounded by fine volcanic black sand and teeming with bright colourful reef fish. Today is one of the beautiful scenery days when you just want to be in the water all day long.
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.
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.
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.
In the most Southern bay of Rinca, the upwelling of the Indian Ocean brings water full of nutrients that makes this location stunning in a way that is hard to beat anywhere else. The reefs are completely covered with hard & soft corals, crinoids, sea apples, sponges, black coral, sea fans, whip and wire coral. It is almost impossible to find an empty space without life! - It's all here at Nusa Kode!
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...
An amazing walk in Rinca’s “savannah” searching for this unique creature, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). Only 3 places in the world are there Komodo dragons, in Padar, Rinca and Komodo. Avoiding the heat we start just after dawn. Our walk will start from the little jetty of Rinca Island where you will walk to the national park office, where the park rangers will give you instructions and guide your trek looking for Komodo dragons in the wild. The walk will take you up to the high grounds overlooking the bay of Rinca, it might take up to 1:30-2:00 hrs., depending on where we find the dragons. During the walk we may spot megapode birds, flying lizards, and of course Komodo Dragons. The crew always loves to walk along and pick up some fruit or be the guide themselves. After the walk, we will head back for breakfast on SMY WAOW and get ready for the first dive of the day.