Komodo National  Park

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be face to face with a dinosaur? In Komodo your dream can come true. Komodo and Rinca are the only places where we can still find these Komodo Dragons in the wild.

These small, brown scorched-earth islands fringed with sandy beaches are lapped by the clear waves of the national park, where you may even see the dragons patrolling the beach or viewing you from a high rocky outcrop.

Below the surface there will be many more wonderful creatures you may have never seen before in your life, like the hobbit worm or a rhynopia, a lady bug or skeleton shrimp.

Komodo is not only famous for it macro life, there is an abundance of fish and corals due to its mineral rich waters. Don’t be surprised to see some beautiful pelagic, like sharks or mantas.

The water is not always warm, in fact it can be decidedly cool. The seas are not always calm, the currents can rage but the abundance of pelagics, more critters and interesting macro-action than you could imagine, the dazzling colours and diversity, make scuba diving here truly  legendary.

Due to it geographic location, right in between the Indian ocean and the Flores sea in the North, we can expect stronger currents.

Don’t miss… diving at:

Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Karang Makassar (Manta, Manta, Manta !!!!), Cannibal Rock, The Cauldron, The Shot Gun, Cannibal Rock …more than 40 diving sites.

More info:

Water temperature: Water temperature: 19-28°C. Around Southern Komodo and Rinca Islands the water temperature drops drastically 24-21°C, a 5mm long suit is advised and hood and booties are strongly recommended.

Airport: Labuan Bajo. International flights reach Bali, then domestic flight to Labuan Bajo.

Weather: 27-32°C. Indonesia has two seasons: wet and dry. In most of Indonesia the wet season is from October to April and the dry from May to September. Nusa Tenggara’s climate is relatively dry with a light rainy season from November to April.
Time zone: GMT +8.

Raja Ampat

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Raja Ampat literaly translates to Four Kings. The myth goes that each King reigns over one of four main islands, Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo.

For the lucky few Raja Ampat is not one of the most frequently visited scuba diving areas but can surely be nowhere better on earth. The highest marine diversity on the planet, beautiful topside scenery and awesome underwater topography, makes Raja Ampat islands the closest place to heaven.

To stand on the bow of your liveaboard sailing towards lush islands, inhabited by people whose lives are so different, really gives you the umbelievable feeling of freedom.

There are a great variety of environments to cater for every diver’s taste and level: from wall to slopes, caves and canyons, seamounts, much diving, wrecks.

The experience of diving the reef and the Raja Ampat islands  surpasses the expectations of the most seasoned diver and underwater photographer, as well as the beginners. There are more than 1500 smaller islands covering over 50,000 sq km. To see it all in one trip is impossible as there are thousands of possible dive sites. Exploration of this immense wonderful area is still continuing.

Dive Areas:

Cape Kri. If you want to see  large fish and to be enveloped by fish then roll in here, both desires will soon be satisfied.  Groupers, sharks, snappers, Napoleon wrasse, barracuda, dogtooth tuna, trevallies. They are all here in numbers.
Cape Kri is a great place to spot wobbegongs, the curious carpet shark, but you should also admire gorgonian fans to look for pygmy seahorses grasping its branches.

Misol Island. Is located in the southern part of the Raja Ampat area and  is home to an astonishingly colourful reef-scene. Soft corals dress up slopes, walls and canyons in a colourful palette No big schools here but cuttlefish, pipefish, Indian lionfish, nudibranchs, soft corals and critters. Unmissable by night.

The Jef Fam Group. Is in the central region of Raja Ampat, so it’s quite probable  that you’ll visit it whether we are joining a southern or northern cruise route. It’s quite a large area with some impressive cabbage corals, sheet corals and mushroom corals What makes Jef Fam special is its diversity of marine encounters and  is the best place to find wobbegongs. You can also see huge giant clams, Spanish mackerel, great barracuda and manta rays.

Manta Ridge. Is one of the best dive spots in Raja Ampat to regularly see mantas  in  impressive numbers, it is a popular central site, thanks to a cleaning station which delivers some awesome manta ray action to the few lucky enough to be there.  In current, you may have to hook into place before enjoying the show which includes some black mantas, bumphead, parrotfish and turtles all unconcerned by the audience.

Your memories of diving in Raja Ampat will stay with you forever.

More info:

Water temperature: 27-30°C. A 3mm shorty should be sufficient. If you feel the cold  a 5mm shorty is advisable.
Length of stay: Recommended 10-16 days cruise.

Airport: Sorong. International flight to Jakarta or Manado and then domestic flight to Sorong.

Time zone: GMT +9.

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