Discover the breathtakingly beautiful emerald isles of the Komodo archipelago, with Adelaar’s luxury historical Liveaboard. The 11 Day / 10 Night Komodo dive itinerary departs and returns to Bali, which means you won’t have to add-on additional flights, pay additional excess baggage or miss dives because of no-fly times.
Day 1 Monday: The meeting point will be in Serangan Harbor, at the wooden jetty in front of the Dolphin Lodge at 8:00am. Adelaar’s crew will be waiting to greet you and transport you to the Adelaar. Once onboard, a ‘ships briefing’ acquaints you with shipboard living. Setting off from Serangan Harbor, you'll travel along Bali’s eastern coastline and cruise overnight to Satonda Island.
Day 2 Tuesday: Arrival in Satonda will be late morning; with two dives scheduled today along a sloping reef. The white sandy bottom with many coral outcroppings offers plenty of interesting things to see. Pulau Satonda is an old volcanic island, with a salt water lake that fills the crater. Take time to visit the lake in the caldera, which is a short hike from the beach. At sunset, depart and cruise through the night towards Komodo National Park.
Day 3 Wednesday: Arrive at Gili Lawa Laut, in the northern area of Komodo National Park. There is a splendid assortment of dive sites just outside this picturesque bay. Typically, in the north there are larger schools of fish, good visibility, and some current. Between dives, you may want to take the opportunity to hike to the top of the hill, where you will be able to catch a glimpse of the magnificent panorama of the entire Komodo Archipelago.
Day 4 Thursday: Dragons wait for no man! You'll have an early start today at 7:00AM to meet the park ranger for a guided hike into the interior of Komodo Island for sightings of prehistoric Komodo dragons. This World Heritage site, the only place on earth that these giant monitor lizards can be found, was recently designated as one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Head towards south Komodo after lunch and make a stop along the coast for diving, and then continue on to Lehok Sera for a dusk dive to search for the elusive mandarin fish.
Day 5 Friday: Leave early morning for Langkoi, also known as Manta Alley, on Komodo’s south coast, you'll be on a manta quest today with two dives here. This area typically has much cooler temperatures with nutrient rich waters, and lower visibility. After lunch, move towards the south of Rinca to an area known as Nusa Kode. With the towering cliff walls surrounding all sides, the landscape in this remote area is breathtaking. Your third dive today will be your first macro dive of the trip.
Day 6 Saturday: In Nusa Kode (a.k.a. Horseshoe Bay) is where you can spot dragons wandering along the beach foraging for food. Monkeys, deer and hunting sea eagles are also known to make an appearance. There are two dives planned for this area, one of which will be the famous ‘macro temple” of Cannibal Rock. Depending on the season, almost everything you can find in a critter book has been sighted here. Then journey back up north for diving in Padar, go ashore for a hike across the island for a spectacular view of the sunset.
Day 7 Sunday: Leave Padar in the early morning to enter an area known as ‘current city’ for your diving day. Here, there is generally better visibility and larger schools of fish. In the late afternoon, you'll be at Wainilu, you can go ashore for a short walk up a small hill for a nice view of Rinca and the surrounding islands, and prepare for a night dive in Wainilu. There is a wide range of possible animals on this white sand slope, bobtail squid, starry night octopus and fingered dragonet are frequently sighted here.
Day 8 Monday: You'll spend the morning diving around the northern most boundary of the Park off the uninhabited islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat. No Komodo dive itinerary is complete without a stop at Castle Rock and Crystal Rock, these world famous dive sites are some of the fishiest sites in the park. In late afternoon, say goodbye to Komodo National Park and start the journey back westward. Enjoy your last night dive of the trip at Banta Island.
Day 9 Tuesday: Heading to the volcanic island of Sangeang, whose most recent eruption was last year. As you approach, you can see lava steaming as it flows from the crater edge towards the sea. The black sandy bottom makes for spectacular diving. Dive sites such as, Hot Rocks and Black forest, gaseous sulfur bubbles up from the ground, creating an underwater Jacuzzi!
Day 10 Wednesday: Arrive at Moyo Island in the morning. Your final two dives will be along the fringing reef outside the main village. An optional shore excursion can be arranged to the nearby waterfall and local village. You are welcome to visit the village school to meet the smiling children, and you'll see goats, buffalo and local flora on your way to the waterfall. Once at the waterfall, those daring enough can grab the rope, swing out over the falls and drop into the pool below!
Day 11 Thursday: Back in Serangan Harbor, Bali will be some time between 9:00am - 11:00am. After breakfast, transfers can be arranged to take you to your next destination.