Holiday Reference: TRP 35620

Holiday information

  • Stable steel hull & twin engines
  • Superb on board service
  • Shorter boat durations - ideal for a combo trip
  • Fuss free diving with regional experts
  • Average Water Temp: 27 - 28 C
  • Average Air Temp: 27 - 30 C
  • Average Visability: 5 - 30m
  • Good for: Macro, Dragons, Reefs
  • Suitable for beginners: No
  • Speedy drift dives and overwhelming bio diversity are the hallmarks of this trip and everywhere you look pristine reefs and rare macro, some only found in this region.

Liveaboard Details

Blue Manta Explorer is possibly the largest, purpose built steel hulled liveaboard diving in Indonesia to date. Measuring 45 meters in length (148 feet) the 22 spacious cabins are situated over three decks. Modern and classy, Blue Manta Explorer is t ...

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Blue Manta Explorer is possibly the largest, purpose built steel hulled liveaboard diving in Indonesia to date. Measuring 45 meters in length (148 feet) the 22 spacious cabins are situated over three decks. Modern and classy, Blue Manta Explorer is the perfect choice for exploring the thrilling diving around Raja Ampat, Ambon and Komodo. She's crewed by no less than 20 experienced staff, all dedicated to providing exceptional service

Blue Manta Explorer has 14 cabins, each with en suite bathroom and toiletries. There are 4 double bed cabins and two twins cabins on the upper deck. 4 twin cabins are location on the main deck, towards the bow. The final 4 cabins on the lower deck. Supplements apply for main and upper deck reservations, so please ask at the time of booking if you have a preference.

On a boat this large, you have bags of space to enjoy the communal areas. There is a salon with a plasma TV, DVD and media server. 24 hour satellite internet providing on board wifi available so you can easily stay in touch with family at home. On the upper deck is a is a sun deck with lounge chairs for sunbathing and a covered area for shade, perfect for relaxing in between dives. Up to 5 meals a day are served by the top notch chefs - dine alfresco in the outdoor dining area or in the indoor air-conditioned dining area, You will never go hungry. The dive deck is equipped with personal rinse tanks and a wide outdoor work table for underwater digital cameras. On the main deck you will find dedicated indoor camera room with plenty of space & charging stations. Full equipment rentals are available onboard, all scuba tanks have din or yoke fittings and there are larger tanks available for those requiring a little extra air. Enjoy a warm towel, hot drink and fresh fruit after every dive.

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Itinerary Details

Komodo National Park A raft of luxurious liveaboards to dive Komodo with speedy drift dives, overwhelming bio diversity and pelagic action. Everywhere you look pristine reefs and rare macro, some only found in this region.

Komodo National Park Description

Komodo National Park is well known for the ferocious looking dragons but it is also growing in reputation as being a must do dive destination in Indonesia. The unique ecology of the area, formed by volcanic activity, has shaped a diver's paradise underwater with muck dives, walls and more marine life than you could ever see in a single liveaboard holiday. Sail off into the sunset as your Komodo liveaboard wends its ways between the hundreds of islands that dot the horizon. Dive after dive reveals the immense bio diversity from vast pelagics to microscopic macro and vibrant reefs that are so characteristic of this corner of Indonesia. Dive into the bluest sea and discover over 260 coral species, 70 different sponges and no less that 1000 species of fish... What more could any diver that is serious about seeing unsurpassed reef diving want?

The Komodo National Park itinerary is filled with exotic and far flung dives that will make your log book the envy of others. Sangeang, Banta, Satonda and Komodo are the focal points of the trip and each has a distinctive flavour. Sangeang is a tiny speck of an island, surrounded by volcanic lava ridges and overflowing with critters. Sangeang and Satonda islands are the macro capitals of this itinerary, Decorator crabs, popcorn shrimp and squat lobsters are some of miniscule marvels you can find on the black sands. Garden eels sway, poking out from the seabed. Can you find the clown anglerfish or ghost pipefish? If you are want to find pelagics, Banta Island is the place to head. The strong currents and cold upwellings draw sharks, tuna, barracuda and mackerel to the walls. The itinerary spends 5 full days around Komodo national park itself, where manta, dolphins and reef sharks all await. Dive after dive unfolds - enjoy the show as the pristine coral walls delight. Harlequin sweetlips shy away around massive gorgonians (home to microscopic pygmy seahorses). Weave around pinnacles, looking for scorpion fish, crocodile fish and longnose hawkfish. The variety is endless.

The Komodo national park itinerary is a must see for all photographers and videographers. Clear viz, year round warm water and boundless subjects posing before yo,u mean you will return from your liveaboard not only feeling refreshed but with images that take pride of place. If you love reef diving, then this is the holiday for you! The reefs need to be seen to be believed. Never tried your hand at muck diving? Find out what all the fuss is about as your float over dark sands looking for weird and wonderful creatures. There are some fast drifts on this itinerary so some experience of drift diving is essential as is an SMB. We would also recommend a reef hook which can be used on some sites. But most of all, the Komodo National Park itinerary will suit any diver that wants to escape from the world on an extended liveaboard holiday, being pampered above the water and astonished beneath the waves.

You can dive Komodo from several liveaboards, each offering different trip durations. This means that the exact itinerary will depend on which boat and duration you chose. Please ask your travel consultant at the time of booking to outline in more detail your proposed itinerary and dive sites.

Want to know more about Komodo National Park?

Komodo National Park contains all the detailed information you need, a full day by day itinerary, pictures, videos, reviews, and other practical information. Or call one of our diving holiday experts on 0800 072 8221 or +44(0)1483 411590.

 


Your holiday details

The spacious Blue Manta Explorer is fully equipped to take you to some of the most beautiful, exotic and remote diving destinations in Indonesia. Your Komodo Adventure starts starts on arrival in Bali where you will be met and taken to your hotel for the night (B&B, twin share). The next morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Labuan Bajo resort where you board the Blue Manta Explorer. Your holiday is based on a lower deck twin cabin (full board) - cabin upgrades are available. Beverages. All trips are fully guided by expert dive guides and include 12lt tank, weights and air fills. A typical day offers 4 dives, excluding the first and last days. There will be a Komodo Dragon trek during the trip. Excluded are excess baggage on your domestic flights, additional alcohol, kit hire, nitrox ($10 per fill), Komodo marine park fees ($160-$180 depending on trip duration) and any souvenirs or private guiding services. A 3% service charge is levied on all on board credit card payments. It is required to have some local currency, as overweight baggage charges MUST be paid in local currency. At the end of you trip you will fly to Bali, for your onward journey home. Flights are with a number of airlines including regional UK departures. Please note the final trip cost will depend on flight availability at the time of booking and seasonal liveaboard rates. All transfers are included. UK passport holders no longer need to pay for a visa on arrival in Bali.

* prices are subject to change according to availability at the time of booking


 

Your Personal Information


Please DO NOT book any connecting flights, insurance, or additional parts to this holiday as your trip is subject to availability and will NOT be confirmed until you have spoken with our operators. If you have any requests beyond our normal itineraries please note them in the comments and we will discuss these with you when we call to arrange your holiday.

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