Jurassic Komodo

6 Days – 5 Nights, from USD $1650

Jurassic Komodo

6 Days – 5 Nights, from USD $1650

Discover our Jurassic Komodo trips

Diving Komodo Islands offer a scuba diver just about every type of tropical scuba diving imaginable – from warm, calm and colorful shallow reefs teeming with hundreds of colorful reef fishes and crammed with Nudibranchs, Lion Fish, Scorpion Fish, Frog Fish and so much more, to current-swept deep cool water seamounts, walls and pinnacles patrolled by sharks, tuna and other big fish.

The diversity of marine life that you can see while diving Komodo rivals some of the best diving destinations in the world. Komodo is close to the world’s epicenter for marine diversity and you’ll see so much, that your underwater camera will be working overtime, just to keep up.

Jurassic Komodo

6 Days / 5 Nights

Departs / Returns: Labuan Bajo / Labuan Bajo

Trip highlights*:
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  • Komodo National Park
  • Crystal & Castle Rocks (Pelagics)
  • Manta Drift & Batu Bolong (World class pelagics and pinnacles)
  • Shotgun & Golden Passage (Submerged pinnacles)
  • Dragons (dragon trekking in Rinca)
  • Bats (pulau kallong)

*Trip itinerary can be subject to changed in the event of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances

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Jurassic Komodo Favourite Dive Sites

Here is a small selection of the most popular and well known dive sites that we like to visit in the Raja Ampat area.

Manta Alley

Karang Makassar is actually three large reef shoals that run north-south along the east coast of Komodo, forming a barrier reef. It is a famous and popular site for watching manta rays, which gathering here for large part of the year and are responsible for a section of the site being named Manta Point.

Batu Bolong

Widely considered to be one of Komodo’s best dive sites, Batu Bolong is also one of its most challenging. Powerful tidal currents and the plunging slopes of this tiny rock outcrop located between Tatawa Kecil and Komodo Island has made it a fish market down there. The current can flow through this passage at more than 3 knots

Shotgun

This small passage between the islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat in North Komodo has churning waters on fast tide. This site is also often to be called Cauldron. Best attempted on a falling tide, the dive starts on a reef wall that drops down to 25 m with scattered coral boomies on the sandy ocean floor.

Crystal Rock

Crystal Rock is another one of Komodo’s most popular dive sites. The site is named after the crystal clear waters that envelope it, and consists of two seamounts with a saddle between. The eastern seamount breaks the surface, and the top of western seamount lies at around 10 m depth.

Castle Rock

Located just north of Gili Lawa Laut, the top of this submerged seamount lies at depth 5m. This site forms large boulders and rocky outcrops on surroundings, that have given the site its name. At 20-25m descending divers are frequently met by whitetip reef sharks and massive trevally.

The Golden Passage

Pink Beach is a delightful dive and one of the most popular spots in the park. The pristine pink beach gets its color from red coral fragments, and it is located near to the trekking area on Komodo Island. Colorful stands of hard coral patterned on brilliant patches of white sand, and form a heaven for fish of all shapes and sizes.

Mawan

Mawan is a small part of islet to the north of Padar island, ringed by white sandy beaches and shallow coral gardens. The dive begins close to the beach on the southwest side of the island. Descend to around 15m and swim southwest, following a wide coral-covered slope.

Police Corner

This site located in northwest of Siaba Besar island. Really good for easy morning dives with mild to none current. Follow the steep reef sloping down to 20-24m, you will mildly drift past strikingly colorful soft corals, delicate black corals, sponges and a huge diversity of hard corals.

Sebayur Kecil

Located just outside the boundaries of Komodo National Park, the sheltered sandy bar of Sebayur Island runs east-west, and provides perfect location for check-out dives, or as a current-free zone for less experienced divers and snorkelers. The mooring buoys are the ideal location to start the dive, and we can follow the anchor line down to around 10m.

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Jurassic Komodo

6 Days / 5 Nights

DAY 1: Labuan Bajo / Flores to Central Komodo

We will collect you from your hotel or Labuan Bajo airport between 8:00 – 9:00 on the day of departure to welcome you on-board La Galigo. After a refreshing welcome drink, a quick breakfast and a safety briefing of our ship, we aim to anchor up around 10:00am from Labuan Bajo.
After around 2 hours sailing we will arrive at our first destination, the islands of Sebayor Kecil and Sebayor Besar, where we will conduct 2 dives after lunch. We have selected this area for our first day as it is relatively protected from the currents renowned in the area, a provides a great opportunity to practice with your reef hook, or just get back into the swing of things after a lengthy lay off from diving. After an calm night dive, we relax for our first Dinner together and pop over to see our friends at Komodo Island resort to watch the stars and get to know each other.

DAY 2: West Komodo National Park

After a morning dive at Tatawa Kecil, we go in search of Manta Rays at the world class dive site we call Karang Makassar. After lunch, we will head to one of the highlights of Komodo diving, Batu Bolong, with a chance to see some large pelagic species such as Giant Trevally and Barracuda, as well as sharks and Napoleon Maori Wrasse. Later that afternoon we set sail for the northwest part of Komodo, for a small trek to witness the ever amazing Komodo sunset, dipping behind the nearby active volcano called Sangeang. For the night dive, we will stay in the bay close to the trekking area, and dive the site Stranger Things, for a chance to get your first glimpse of the macro in the national park.

DAY 3: North West Komodo

Day three is our personal favorite in terms of diving, and all 3 of the dives normally conducted on this day are what we would consider unforgettable. The morning is spent on both Crystal Rock and Castle Rock, two submerged pinnacles that are home to an abundance of marine life. Teams of hunting Trevally and Big-Eye Jacks patrol the blue waters of the reefs, chasing large schools of smaller fish. Eagle Rays glide effortlessly in the currents whilst the reef   sharks hunt their next meal. In the afternoon we visit the fast becoming famous Cauldron / Shotgun. This dive site is the equivalent of an underwater roller coaster, words alone do not do the site justice. Back in June 2017, the worlds fist non captive Mega-mouth shark was recorded on this site, and the video went viral through national Geographic. The night dive will be spent on China Shop, or Gili Lawa Darat Bay, dependent on mooring conditions.

DAY 4: South West Komodo

Awake early in the morning to complete our diving at a wonderful site called the Golden Passage in the northern most part of  western Komodo, a drift dive where you can encounter schools Sweet-lips and Snappers, as well as Mantas and Sharks. 
During breakfast we head slightly south in the national park, on the way, repeating either Karang Makassar or Batu Bolong, (dependent on conditions and the group), or visit a new site Mauan, for another chance to catch some Manta Rays. After the days morning dives, we end up at the island of Siaba. Siaba provides you with the opportunity to spot the elusive Dugong during the day, and dependent on conditions, can also be home to eagle rays. At night, Siaba has a great muck dive site we call Dunia Kecil (Small world), a place with a  variety of macro possibilities, including flamboyant cuttlefish and many varieties of ghost pipe fish. We have on occasion here been lucky enough to spot different species of octopus, including the Wunderpuss, and the famous Blue Ring Octopus.

DAY 5: Rinca

2 dives in the morning of the penultimate day of your trip, the first at Pengah Kecil, a small island that is easily to circle on a single tank dive. Sharks, turtles and a variety of rays can be spotted cruising the walls and the shallow stag-horn coral of the site. The final dive of your trip will be at a place the locals have named Wainilu, which translates as ‘cold water’. Here we go in search of Ribbon Eels, Ambonese Scorpion-fish or even Rhinopias. After lunch we go on a simple trek, searching to the Komodo Dragons on the island of  Rinca, before heading out to Pulau Kalong, to watch the delay migration of  thousands of fruit bats, as they leave their daily island of residence around sunset, in search of fruit.

Day 6: Disembark La Galigo at Labuan Bajo

La Galigo will be anchored up in the morning around 2:00am in Labuan Bajo, in preparation for you to catch your flight, or check in to your hotel. Guests are welcome to stay on-board until 11:00am, where upon we will assist you with transportation to your desired location.

*La Galigo does not guarantee this outlined itinerary, and it is to be considered as a rough guideline. Information compiled here is based on past trips we have conducted, and includes common dive sites and routes we often visit. Weather and sea conditions in the area can be unpredictable, and La Galigo retain the right to alter an itinerary from advise of the ship’s captain, cruise director, or owner for the safety of the vessel, it’s passenger and crew.

Includes

  • All meals, non packaged snacks, coffee and tea, and post dive refreshments.
  • Diving services including tanks, weights, smb rental, reef hook rental, air fills (non nitrox), guides and dive tenders.
  • Hotel or Airport transfers to and from Sorong Harbour / Labuan Bajo on the first and final day of your cruise, from a local hotel in Sorong / Labuan Bajo.
  • Land excursions
  • Ferry transfers to and from Sorong Harbour / Labuan Bajo to La Galigo on the first and final day of your cruise

Excludes

  • Airport to hotel transfers
  • Flight tickets
  • Visas and fees
  • Airport taxes and extra baggage fees
  • Travel, dive and repatriation insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, spirits
  • Soft Drinks and packaged snacks
  • Staff gratuities (preferred in local currency)
  • La Galigo Merchandise
  • Book now, pay later:You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.
  • Raja Ampat / Komodo tags or other marine protected area tags or anchorage charges.
  • Port, Ranger and Marine Park fees.
  • We charge the following additional fees to cover Indonesian national marine park fees, local area access fees, harbour fees, anchorage fees, and land based activities that require donations.
    • Raja Ampat: $180 per person per trip.
    • Komodo: $150 per person, per trip.
    • Wakatobi: $30 per person per day.Raja Ampat national park tags are valid for 1 year, you will receive your tag onboard the vessel. If you still have a valid tag, please contact us directly for a discounted price for this fee. (This is only available when booking direct with La Galigo). You will be required to bring your old tag along to show to the authorities when they board the vessel. Failure to do so may result in a fine of up to $5000 as dictated by the port authorities.La Galigo will organise all park fees for its customers, which are payable in local currency onboard the vessel.

Rentals

  • We recommend that for comfort you bring your own personal dive equipment, including exposure suit (wetsuit/ rash guard), mask, snorkel, regulators and gauges, BCD, dive computer, safety markers, torch, and fins. Dive equipment is available to rent if you require, please make La Galigo aware at least 60 days prior to departure on the ‘Guest data sheet’ if you require rental.

    Full equipment rental per day:
    • $35, includes BCD, Regulators, Wetsuit, Torch, Computer, Fins & Boots, Mask & Snorkel, Safety Marker Buoy (SMB) with reel, and Reef Hook.

    Individual item equipment rental per day:
    • BCD – $15
    • Regulators – $15
    • Wetsuit – $10
    • Dive torch – $10
    • Computer – FREE
    • Safety Marker Buoy with reel – FREE
    • Mask, Fins with Boots & Snorkel – FREE
    • Reef Hooks – FREE

Pickup

Pick up from LBJ hotel between 7-8am
Embark by 9am
Arrive back to LBJ harbor early hours of morning

Dropoff

Disembark after breakfast, up until 11am
Transfer to Airport or Hotel
Recommend Hotels: Bintang Flores or La Prima

Itinerary Highlights

  • Expect to see everything from mind-boggling macro life to graceful giants such as manta rays, Mola Mola sunfish and even whales.
  • Above the surface, we will take you on hikes to explore the rugged primal landscape in search of giant reptiles, tens of thousands of migrating bats and stunning pink beaches.
  • 3 to 4 dives per day
  • Night dives included
  • Dive guides on board
  • Komodo National Park is located in the Lesser Sunda islands chain and is made up of rusty-red volcanic hills, savannah, and forests
  • La Galigo will take you diving to the world famous dive sites of shotgun, golden passage, batu balong, washing machine, castle rock, and more.
  • The Komodo area is well known as some of the worlds best diving due to the high currents supplying an abundance of nutrient rich water, which in term feeds an astonishing chain of sea life.

Activities

  • Snorkelling can be very good throughout Komodo national park, the coral here remains healthy with an abundance of fish and occasionally dolphins.
  • Komodo has a vast rage of hiking possibilities, from Rinca in the south which overlooks 3 bays to Gili Lawa Darat, which rewards walkers with stunning sunsets that are synonymous with Flores.
  • Loh Buaya offers the opportunity for guests to come face to face with the famous Komodo dragons. During the months of May and June, visitors can often encounter females preparing and laying eggs.
  • Pulau Kalong is an island located in the eastern part of the national park, where every day, at around sunset, 6-8000 flying foxes emerge from their sleep to head out for a night of searching for fruit to eat.
  • Pink beach is a stunning little sandy beach located on the main island, where at sunrise and sunset every day, the red coral that forms part of the sand appears to glow red. Here you may also witness such wildlife as wild pigs and deer.
  • Village tours in Komodo or Rinca village allow you to take in daily life for the locals. You will likely have encounters with these people as they often approach La Galigo offering souvenirs for sale.

Things to know

  • Prices are per diver based on occupancy in the chosen cabin
  • All rates include taxes
  • Please make sure you check the visa and/or immigration requirements for your nationality
  • Trip cancellation insurance recommended
  • Children above 12 y. o. are accepted aboard La Galigo. During the cruise, children remain under the responsibility of their parents. Parents are required to ensure that the children respect all safety procedures, listen to all safety briefings, and do not disturb the peace and quietness of the other passengers, or the effective management of the cruise.
  • 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.
  • Clients are solely responsible to provide a diving medical statement or physicians medical dated within the last 12 months, certification card and log book. Ignoring the directions given by the guides, or not presenting certification card, log book or valid medical paperwork may cause a limitation or disqualification from scuba diving during the trip. The divers accept their responsibility to be technically capable of participating in the activity of scuba diving and fully accept the risks associated. We reserve the right, for safety reasons, and at the discretion of the La Galigo guides, to refuse access to one / several / all dives if the diver does not have the necessary competence to participate safely.
  • We require all divers to provide us with a copy of their diving insurance that includes medical evacuation
  • Diver must wear a dive computer
  • Maximum depth: 35 m

Topography and Max Depth

Komodo is blessed with varying underwater topography, from submerged overhangs to pinnacles both above and below sea level to walls and slopes throughout the national park. Around 10 to 25 metres you will find the best diving on the majority of sites. Above land the prehistoric sloping hills remain home to the largest lizard in the world, the ‘aptly named ‘Komodo Dragon’

Currents

Komodo island nestles directly between the Pacific and Indian oceans in a narrow section known as the ‘Sumba straight’. Daily tidal exchanges between these two oceans often mean a lot of fast flowing tidal movement. Down currents are a daily occurrence on some dive sites, and we always provide all guests with reef hooks, and an SMB and reel to ensure safety. Hazardous marine species include fire coral, sea urchins and various types of Scorpionfish. At night, you may often be accompanied by hunting Lionfish, which will use your torch light to search for it’s next victim.

Photography and Marine Life

As well as being known for it’s large pelagic species such as Barracuda, schooling Jack fish and Manta Rays, Komodo is also becoming very popular for Macro subjects, such as Nudibranchs, leaf Scorpionfish, and Octopus. Some personal highlights we have witnessed recently have been things such as Dugongs, Wunderpuss, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Nurse Sharks, as well as Pilot Whales and Spinner Dolphins.

Recommended Equipment

Water temperatures can vary between 24 – 29 celsius dependant on the dive site location within the park, and we often find that guests are usually happiest in a 3mm long suit. Reef hooks are an important accessory that you may wish to bring with you, or we can provide with you also.