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Komodo Expedition 8 days 15 dives 23-30 Nov 2019 - 8 Days

Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park is located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores.  Known for the wide variety of land animals and birds living in the region.  Komodo has also made a name for itself underwater and is a hot-spot on many a scuba divers bucket list.

Background to Komodo

The park was established in 1980 with the aim of protecting the Komodo Dragon and its habitat. As the years passed and the interest in the area grew the goals for the park also grew.  In recognition of the Parks importance in 1986 it was designated a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The Location and scuba diving

Komodo national park has three main islands, Komodo, Rinca and Padar.  Additionally the park has numerous smaller islands all within a total area of 1817km² and planned extensions to 2321km².  The park has one of the richest bio-diverse marine environments on earth.  Many coral reefs, mangroves, seamounts and seagrass beds create the perfect sanctuary for more than 1,000 species of fish. Dugong, sharks, manta rays, dolphins, turtles and a large array of whales all reside within the national park waters.  Our diving week will comprise of daily boat dives with a short commute to the dive sites aboard the resorts comfortable dive boat. You can find more details in the itinerary below.

Getting there and our top tip

To transit in and out of Komodo we have to use the airport at Labuan Bajo, from there it is a short boat ride to the Komodo Resort Diving Club.  Simple.  Although the savvy traveler would be wise to avoid domestic flights in the afternoon; let me explain… With so many domestic flights in Indonesia you would not be surprised to hear that delays do occur on a regular basis. From our experience it is wise to book flights as early as possible in the morning and therefore avoid unwanted delays later in the day. Our top tip is to night stop in Bali near Denpasar airport and book your flights for the following morning. Not only will this avoid the delays but it will also have you arriving in good time for the transfer boat to Sebayur islands and our resort home for the week.

If one week away isn’t enough for you, let us know and we will take you through options available. Fancy a few nights in Nusa Penida or maybe Alor? We can assist in tagging these onto your trip.

Reservations and availability

We are limiting the number of guests accompanying us on this expedition to 10 in total. So far we have 8 guests and the last 2 places are up for grabs.  If you have more questions please check our FAQ’s further down the page or get in touch. Making a reservation is also simple, just get in touch and we’ll do the rest.

Komodo Resort & Dive Club

As the only resort within Komodo National Park, we will reach the best dive sites in a third of the time it takes others travelling from other resorts. This unique biosphere contains almost 6000 Komodo dragons, deer, monkeys, lizards and birds surrounded by turquoise waters.

In your traditionally designed lodge, you'll find a large comfortable bed, enclosed bathroom and a private veranda with seating and sunset views.

Each lodge comes with a path from your room to the beach and a partially shaded wooden beach deck with a pair of sun loungers.

Day 1
23rd Nov- Labuan Bajo to Sebayur Island

Arrive at Labuan Bajo airport prior to 12 noon to meet the resort representative and take the boat to Sebayur island. Once we are checked into our rooms we have an afternoon of preparing for the week of diving, relaxing on the beach or even heading out for a snorkel or trek.

Day 2
24th Nov- Dive day

Three boat dives in the Komodo National Park

Day 3
25th Nov- Dive Day

Three boat dives in the Komodo National Park

Day 4
26th Nov- Dive Day

Three boat dives in the Komodo National Park

Day 5
27th Nov- Dive Day

Three boat dives in the Komodo National Park

Day 6
28th Nov- Dive Day

Three boat dives in the Komodo National Park

Day 7
29th Nov- Non diving day

The final day at the resort to wash and dry equipment, take in some relaxation time on the beach and visit Rinca Island to see the Komodo Dragons.

Day 8
30th Nov- Departure day

Leaving the resort at 0730 we will arrive at Labuan Bajo airport in good time for any late morning or early afternoon ongoing flights.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Transfers between Sebayur Island and Labuan Bajo
  • 15 dives
  • Accommodation (based on twin/double occupancy)
  • Daily meals
  • Sancks
  • Tea, coffee, water
  • Free Wifi
  • Copy of the weeks photography album created by Matt Waters
  • Nomadic Scuba T-shirt

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International flights
  • Travel and dive insurance (can be arranged separately)
  • Equipment rental
  • NItrox
  • Large scuba tanks
  • Gratuities, tips and resort purchases
  • Alcohol
  • Private transfers arranged outside of the arrival and departure times
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Frequently asked Questions

How experienced do I need to be as a scuba diver?

Komodo is well known for its currents and as such we would recommend that divers are fit and comfortable enough to be self reliant underwater. You don't need to be a solo diver but ideally an Advanced diver with 20+ dives, 30m depth qualification with a minimal history of equalization issues.

Can I fly once we arrive back at Labuan Bajo airport?

The general opinion and recommendation within the dive industry is to refrain from flying for at least 18-24 hours after your final dive. Considering the 15+ dives made during the week we would recommend that you aim to exceed 24 hours between your final dive and flying.

Do I need prrof of my dive qualification?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Do I need cash with me?

The resort itself does have a card payment system and your purchases during your stay can be credited to your room account. We would always advise travelling with a little cash for small street purchases or gratuities you may wish to offer.

What about internet access?

The Resort does have free WiFi but if you need to be online very often then we would suggest purchasing a local sim card and an internet bundle to be super sure.

Can I dive solo?

No, at Nomadic Scuba we are all about the safety. If you are travelling solo then we can organize buddy groups for the dives to ensure everybody is safe and following international recommendations.

Do we Deco dive?

No, if you are a recreational diver it is not recommended to purposely dive into decompression. With the Komodo currents we feel it would be unwise to risk deco diving as your deco stops may become a bit difficult to adhere to and maintain the location expected for surfacing.

Price From USD $ 2,200/person
2200
Total $ 2,200 USD

Trip Facts

  • 10
  • 20+ dives with 30m certification
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