Travel and Activities
Pick up from LBJ hotel between 7-8am
Embark by 9am
Arrive back to LBJ harbor early hours of morning
Disembark after breakfast, up until 11am
Transfer to Airport or Hotel
Recommend Hotels: Bintang Flores or La Prima
- Expect to see everything from mind boggling macro life to graceful giants such as manta rays, Mola Mola sun fish 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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:
• $30, 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 – $10
• Regulators – $10
• Wetsuit – $5
• Dive torch – $5
• Computer – $5
• Safety Marker Buoy with reel – $0
• Mask, Fins with Boots & Snorkel – $0
• Reef Hooks – $0
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’
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.
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.
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.
Itinerary: Komodo Jurassic Explorer - 6 Days/ 5 Nights
DAY 1 - Labuan Bajo / FloresWe will collect you from the airport or your hotel for a 10:30 / 11 departure from Labuan Bajo, then welcome you onboard 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 - Diving Komodo WestPre-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. The last dive of the day will be at the Bombastic forest, a real visual delight.
DAY 3 - Diving Komodo North WestPre-Breakfast. Morning dive: Crystal Rock. 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 Lighthouse, followed by a night dive at Gili Lava Passage.
DAY 6 - Diving Komodo South WestAwake 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 - Diving Komodo - RincaAfter a couple of customer choice morning dives, we visit Rinca National Park, to gaze upon the world’s largest reptile, the Komodo Dragon. There are several options for hikes upon this Jurassic styled island, however, for the less active of us, the dragons are usually not too far from the harbor (rumour has it, Komodo Dragons prefer Guatemalan Rum if you find yourself in duty free)
Later in the afternoon we head towards Pulau Kalong (Bat Island), to witness thousands upon thousands of migrating bats as they scatter gracefully through the ever amazing Indonesian sunset.
DAY 6 - Disembark La Galigo at Labuan BajoFrom 07:00 we will be anchored in Labuan Bajo in preparation for disembarkation, however, guests may stay onboard until 11 am for breakfast with us!
Any extra days booked through a full boat charter will either extend times in our favourite areas, or give us an opportunity to explore other areas. This will be communicated whilst onboard.