Bali Labuan Bajo
8 Days / 7 Nights
Bali Labuan Bajo
8 Days / 7 Nights
Discover Bali Labuan Bajo
Our Bali – Labuan Bajo itinerary is perfect for anyone looking to take in the highlights of the most popular parts of Komodo, both above and below the water.
The islands of Komodo National Park are located at the western-most point of Flores in Indonesia. Its location is nestled centrally between the Indian and Pacific oceans, and with their tidal movements comes an abundance of nutrients, attracting a vast array of marine life. Divers and snorkelers alike can expect dramatic changes throughout the day in the water and its abundance of dive sites. From warm, shallow, and colourful coral reefs brimming with life, to current-swept deeper, cooler, submerged seamounts.
The diversity of marine life in Komodo makes it one of the best diving destinations in the world, so make sure you bring an extra battery for your camera as you will definitely need it!
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- You will embark in Bali, and disembark in Labuan Bajo, Flores.
- Please check your visa requirements for entering Indonesia, all passports must have at least 6 months remaining on them when entering the country.
- All guests are required to have valid travel and diving insurance (including medical evacuation) for the duration of your trip. La Galigo is a recognised D.A.N. partner and can assist you with the purchase of a short-term dive insurance policy.
- To partake in any scuba diving activity with La Galigo, you must hold a certification from a recognised scuba diving society such as SSI, CMAS, BSAC, PADI or similar. It is the client’s responsibility, as a certified diver, to respect and follow the guidelines given by the La Galigo guides and instructors, and to follow the regulations stipulated by their certification agency.
- All dives are conducted to a maximum depth of 30 metres / 100ft.
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Day 1 - Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida
Your adventure starts early in Benoa harbour, which is located a short journey from Bali International Airport. La Galigo will organize your pickup from either your hotel, or the airport upon request.
After a refreshing welcome drink, breakfast and a safety briefing of our vessel, we will do two dives between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, two of Bali’s well-known satellite islands. Your welcome dive will be in the famous Crystal Bay, which derives its name from its cool, crystal-clear waters, home to the iconic mola-mola (sunfish). August is mola-mola season, so we will do two dives here in order to maximize our chances of encountering this magnificent but often shy marine giant.
The rest of the day will be spent sailing towards the idyllic Gili Islands off the northwest coast of Lombok during sunset.
Day 2 - Northwest Lombok (Gili Islands)
We rise early to witness the sunrise through Lombok’s fabled Mount Rinjani, as we cruise to Gili Air, one of the three renowned Gili Islands, to conduct our day’s diving at Hans Reef and Turtle Heaven. Both these beautiful shallow dive sites allow for turtle sightings which the islands have become famous for, as well as octopus, cuttlefish, Mantis shrimp and Blue-spotted stingrays.
After lunch, we will press on past the undulating landscape of Lombok to our next stop, Pulau Moyo.
Day 3 - Pulau Moyo
Pulau Moyo has had some fairly well-known guests in the past, including Bill and Hilary Clinton, and Princess Diana. Away from the crowds of Bali and Lombok, our dive of the day will be conducted on a sandbar out the front of the Amanwana resort, where the aforementioned ‘big names’ have stayed. The wall that starts at the sand bar spans several kilometers and needs multiple dives to complete. This dive presents a good opportunity to see large pelagic species off the wall, including Barracuda, tuna, and trevallies, as well as resident populations of sharks and large groupers.
In the afternoon, we will do a short trek in the village of Kampung Aji, and a visit to what Princess Diana once described as her favourite waterfall. Trekking through the jungle, we often spot buffalo bathing in the river, and families of wild boar. There is also a great little restaurant located underneath one of the elders’ houses, and she does a lovely chicken and rice dish, cooked with Kecap manis (Sweet Soy sauce). After witnessing one of the most incredible sunsets from the mooring out the front of the village, we anchor up and set course for our next stop, Pulau Satonda.
Day 4 - Satonda
Pulau Satonda is a small volcanic island located on the north of the island of Sumbawa and is home to a large freshwater lake in its crater. The trek here offers some spectacular views across the lake, and provides a chance to encounter huge colonies of fruit bats nesting throughout the day.
The dive around Satonda is mainly for macro enthusiasts, and there is an opportunity to find rare frogfish species, as well as various shrimp and crab species around this remote location.
Day 5 - Sangeang & Gili Banta
Sangeang is an active complex volcano which consists of two volcanic cones, which the locals often refer to as ‘husband and wife’. There has not been an eruption since 2014, but its twin cones regularly send plumes of ash and smoke into the sky. Her activity allows for some very unique opportunities to dive through the bubbles which occur through hydrothermal vents on the site aptly named Hot Rocks, with pygmy seahorses clinging to large Gorgonian Fans.
For our second dive, we head to the small bay of the village of Bontoh, where it is possible to find mimic octopus, frogfish, and ghost pipefish in the black sands that make up the bay. Around the island, there is a good chance we will spot an abundance of black coral, which usually grows in depths past 40 metres.
Over lunch we will move the vessel to the entrance of Komodo National Park, and to Gili Banta Bay, where we will conduct a calm sunset dive with the opportunity to spot nudibranchs and other critters on the fantastic hard coral garden.
Day 6 - Northwest Komodo
We awake in the northern bay of Komodo island, which is home to some of the most splendid dive sites in all Komodo National Park. The two-morning dives will be conducted at Crystal Rock and Castle Rock, submerged seamounts, famed for their abundance of marine life. Eagle rays, sharks and large schools of trevally are regularly spotted hanging out in the currents at both these world-class dive sites. If conditions allow, an early start ensures that we beat the crowds of day boats arriving from Labuan Bajo.
Our third dive of the day will be at one of the most unique underwater topographies in the world – The Cauldron (a.k.a The Shotgun). Famous for its adrenalin-pumping drift dive section, it needs to be experienced to be believed and is indeed a ‘bucket list’ dive site for divers across the world. You are often able to see Manta rays, Jenkin’s rays, schools of cow-nosed rays and Giant trevally on this spectacular dive. Our night dive will be spent in Komodo Bay, which is home to Waspfish, lobsters, and a plethora of macro critters.
Day 7 - Central Komodo & Dragon Walk
On your penultimate day aboard La Galigo, we will take in two great dive sites, Manta Point (a.k.a. Karang Makassar), famous for its high-density population of Manta rays, and the famous Batu Bolong, for a chance to see Napoleon Maori Wrasse, as well as Barracuda and some marvelous coral growth upon a unique topography.
Over lunch, we set sail for Pink Beach in Komodo islands, where we will visit the legendary Komodo dragon population. The evening time is specially reserved for a top deck BBQ feast to celebrate your arrival in the famed Komodo National Park, and onward to our trip’s final destination, the port of Labuan Bajo.
Day 8 - Disembark
After a final breakfast together onboard, we bid you farewell, be it to the airport located a 10-minute drive from the harbour, or to your hotel of choice in Labuan Bajo.
Guests are welcome to stay onboard until 11:00am, and we will have plenty of time to either relax or exchange trip photos and contacts with newfound dive buddies before we conclude our journey.