Ultimate Komodo

8 Days – 7 Nights, from USD $2200

Ultimate Komodo

8 Days – 7 Nights, from USD $2200

Discover our Ultimate Komodo trips

Our Ultimate Komodo Trip adds 2 days to the schedule, allows us to explore that little bit further south, ensuring we get to share with you the Ultimate Komodo experience. As well as spectacular diving Komodo is popular for its savannah-like landscapes, volcano-shaped islands, endemic Komodo dragons. 

Divers will be astounded by the 1,000 species of fish, 260 species of reef-building coral, and 70 species of sponges. The park is home to the rare dugong, as well as sharks, manta rays, 14 species of whales, dolphins, and sea turtles.
Other species seen may include: bump hed parrot fish, nudibranch, jawfish, bubble coral shrimp, leaf fish, porcelain crabs, pygmy seahorses, schools of barracudas, mackerel, octopus, frogfish, banded pipefish, mandarin fishes, wonderpus, indian walkman…

Ultimate Komodo

8 Days / 7 Nights

Departs / Returns: Labuan Bajo / Labuan Bajo

Trip highlights*:
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  • 2 days in Southern Rinca (Nusa Kode & Manta Alley)
  • Komodo National Park
  • Batu Bolong (Schooling pelagics)
  • Crystal & Castle (World class submerged reefs)
  • Manta Alley & Shotgun (Drifting for pelegics)
  • Dragons (Trekking for Komodo Dragons)
  • Bats (Daily migrations at sunset)

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

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Ultimate 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.

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.

Manta Point

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.

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.

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.

Secret Garden

This site is in front of the Padar Kecil island located in south Padar. Begin the dive on the southern part and we will slightly drifted to northeast with the sceneries of steep slope and you will find sandy slope where the black coral is.

Three Sisters

The Three Sisters is an unusual underwater rock formation just east of Padar island that makes the name of this site. The sisters are three large, submerged rocks that rise straight up from the flat sand and rubble bottom. They are within easy swimming distance of each other

Siaba Besar

Siaba Besar is located to the north of Rinca Island. Best dived on a falling tide, when the currents will carry you mildly to south towards a beautiful coral garden. Begin the dive at the northern tip of the island. Follow the reef slope down to 20-24m, where a series of dynamic overhangs wait to be explored.

Cannibal Rock

Cannibal Rock is THE dive site for macro and is a delight for macro photographers and critter hunters. This sea mound is located south of Komodo National Park and the water can be a little bit cold with current coming from the Pacific Ocean. This dive site is really famous for the wide range of strange and weird invertebrates and its wonderful soft coral.

Bombastic Forest

Siaba Besar is located to the north of Rinca Island. Best dived on a falling tide, when the currents will carry you mildly to south towards a beautiful coral garden. Begin the dive at the northern tip of the island. Follow the reef slope down to 20-24m, where a series of dynamic overhangs wait to be explored.

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Ultimate Komodo

8 Days / 7 Nights

DAY 1: Labuan Bajo / Flores

We will collect you from your hotel between 8:00 & 9:00am for a 10:00am departure from Labuan Bajo, then welcome you on-board La Galigo. After a refreshing welcome drink, and a short introduction to the facilities of our ship, the diving schedule, and the tour program, we set sail for our first day, which will include a refresher dive for all divers on board. Check-out dive: Sabayor Slope followed by Sabayor wall. Two nice and easy dives that will introduce you to the wonder of Indonesian diving, vibrant colors, clear  warm water…. you have made a great decision coming here ;) We relax for our first Dinner together and an overnight cruise to central most part of western Komodo.

DAY 2: West Komodo

Pre-Breakfast. Morning dive: Tarawa Besar… OMG am I in heaven? After a ‘proper’ breakfast, we depart for a dive at Police Corner, having so much fun it should be illegal. After lunch is diving at one of our favorite spots: CURRENT CITY (Batu Bolong), for a chance to dive once more with our new Manta friends. Last dive of the day will be at Bombastic forest, a real visual delight.

DAY 3: North West Komodo Pre-Breakfast

Morning dive: is the ‘banging’ site Shotgun. After  a ‘proper’ breakfast, we depart for a dive at the world renowned Castle rock. The rock is packed with bronze and rust colored sponges and soft tree corals. Black snappers, large cuttlefish, pyramid butterfly fish, and octopus galore await us there. Later in the afternoon we climb the local summit and enjoy a splendid panorama over the moon-shape islands of the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores. Afternoon dive at Crystal Rock, followed by a night dive at Buku Buku.

DAY 4: South West Komodo

Awake early in the morning to complete a dive at the world famous Golden Passage. After second breakfast we dive at Karang Makassar. We then set sail for Pink Beach and into Komodo National Park. Here we will commence a short hike to see the world famous Komodo Dragons. This is followed by a night dive at Bokep Point. The evening is spent watching the sunset with a beach barbecue.

DAY 5:

The day starts with an early dive at the colorful spectacle that is Dilarsten. After feeling like quite the hobbit with second breakfast you will jump in the water at Secret Garden, pure bliss. Some lunch and a short cruise will follow this, taking you to your afternoon dive at Padar Kacino. The night dive for the Day 5 will blow your socks off – Bole Mogoso… prepare to be amazed.

DAY 6:

Some sites are just so good that you have to go back and do them again. That’s how we start day 6 with an early morning revisit to Karang Makassar. Prepare to find even more bizarre macro critters and majestic large animals at Batu Bolong after break number 2. Lunch – Cruise – Mawan dive site, who wants to loose their passport so this trip never ends! The breathtaking Siaba bay is our night dive spot today.

DAY 7:

We start to wind down today as the trip starts to come to an end. To give you 24hrs to pass off your Nitrogen before tomorrow’s flight, we will only do 2 morning dives today. The first dive will be Penga Kecil and the second is Wainilu. The afternoon is spent swapping stories, having laughs and cracking a few cold ones with your new bff’s. A mystical sunset is spent anchored up near Bat Island, where you will witness 10,000’s of bats fly out at sundown to find fresh fruits to feast on.

Day 8: Disembark

From 07:00 we will be anchored in Labuan Bajo in preparation for disembarkation, however,
guests may stay on-board until 11am for breakfast with us!

*Please note: La Galigo will not guarantee an itinerary, this is meant for illustrative purposes only.
The summa strait and the weather conditions in the area are highly unpredictable. We will not risk our vessel, or our passengers’ safety if our captain and chief officer feel that conditions will not allow us to travel to certain areas.

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.