Komodo National Park is a mystical-looking cluster of islands; a contrast between starkly rugged hillsides of dry savanna, pockets of thorny green vegetation, brilliant white sandy beaches and blue waters surging over coral, unquestionably one of the most dramatic landscapes in all of Indonesia. The National park also, home to the famous Komodo dragons and the only place this majestic creature is found in the wild. According to the legends, the Komodo dragons we see today are all descended from one born to a Dragon Princess.
Plunging savannas, arid in the summer and bursting with life in the winter, deserted white sand beaches, mountainous outcrops and turquoise oceans teeming with more species than any other place on the planet await your discovery. The scuba diving here is amongst the best in the world and over 1,000 species of marine life and 250 types of coral are found here.
Furthermore, the Komodo Islands are so ecologically significant they were established as a National Park by the Indonesian government in 1980 and made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991. All the flora and fauna and wildlife both on and off the islands are protected and therefore please be guided by your crew about what is appropriate in this area.
Our staff will meet you at the airport at Labuan Bajo and accompany you to the harbour to board your vessel moored 20 minutes from the airport. Onboard, the Cruise Director welcomes you and provide a safety briefing while the chef concocts a delicious meal to be served on deck.
Set sail towards Sebayur Kecil where you will spend the afternoon relaxing on pristine white sand beaches, cooling off in the vivid turquoise ocean or exploring coral reefs which teem with marine life.
And then, we head to Siaba Besar for another dive or snorkel. Here, Turtles seem to be everywhere and you can expect to see many as we navigate the site. As well as diving with the shy turtles, you can also see Giant Trevally and Black Tail Barracuda.
Start your breakfast on the Komodo Bay, long stretches of deserted beaches where you can embark on a spectacular snorkelling adventure amongst pristine coral gardens. Some of the best dive sites in Komodo National Park including Castle and Crystal Rock, Shotgun, The Passage and Lighthouse are in this area. Alternatively, enjoy any of the other water sports onboard or a spectacular snorkelling adventure.
Next, we sail to Taka Makassar or also known as the Manta Point. With strong currents and high concentration of planktons, this whole stretch of reef is inhabited by Manta Rays both singularly and in aggregations. Located between Komodo Island and Tatawa. Not to mention there is a lone sand island in the middle of the reef, perfect for a photo-op!
Pink Beach is an iconic spot in Komodo and one of the wonders of the world. Its unusual pink sand is formed by a kind of microscopic animal called Foraminifera which produces red or pink light on the coral reef. When this is broken down into sand by the constant push and pull of the waves the colour remains.
At Pink Beach, snorkel or dive through spectacular walls of fish looking out for Blue-ribbon Eels and Crocodile fish. Here you can swim through caves, somersault through chimneys and marvel at the coral canyons.
Jump back onboard and enjoy a smooth sailing towards the magnificent, Jurassic looking Padar Island. Spend a chill afternoon to the island of Padar which is actually a great spot for watersports. As the sun sets slowly, we hike till the heights of Padar Island viewpoint, one of the wonders of the park.
This is your opportunity for an encounter with the legendary Komodo dragons. Meet your ranger at Loh Buaya station who will take you for an early trek across the bushes of the park and give some fun facts about the island’s wildest residents. Spot the wild deer, the peaceful buffaloes and follow your guide on the trail of the endemic Komodo Dragon.
After, back on board, kick back and relax as we set sail for a short cruise to Bat Island, locally known as Pulau Kalong. Get ready for a sunset with a view where thousands of fruit bats take to the skies at dusk to hunt. A true National Geographic experience and one which you will never forget.
We arrive back in Labuan Bajo harbour in the morning and enjoy a relaxed breakfast before finally saying goodbye to the crew and departure for the airport for your connecting flight.