11 nights Komodo – Wakatobi

Departure: Labuan Bajo 10:00
Arrival: Kendari 10:00

Logistics

  • Try to arrive at Komodo airport in Labuan Bajo  in the morning at around 9 am
  • After your arrival, you will be picked up by a Moana crew member and transferred to the boat
  • Alternatively, we will pick you up from you local hotel
  • Transfer is included and only takes a few minutes
  • The boat departs at 10 am
  • The last dive of the trip will be at around 01.00 pm.
  • Please make sure to wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
  • On the last day, it arrives in the morning at around 10 am at the harbour
  • Check out on the last day is around 8-9 am
  • Length: 12 Days / 11 Nights (Approximately 40 dives)

Itinerary Highlights

This is our famous annual new year trip from Flores to Sulawesi. Fabulous entertainment above and below the water is guaranteed!

The Komodo National Park is made up of the Komodo Island as well as many small and medium-sized islands including Rinja, Padar, Tatawa  and Sabayor. The water surrounding these islands abounds with marine life. Strong currents surge between the islands on a daily basis. These currents bring with them the rich nutrients vital to this thriving marine ecosystem.

Wakatobi is located at the world’s epicentre of coral reef biodiversity and since 1996 it is designated a UNESCO Marine Biosphere Reserve. Of course, this means that while diving at Wakatobi there is a great variety and diversity of marine life. You will not only see beautiful vistas, untouched virgin coral reefs, and large healthy soft corals, but also an abundance of colourful reef fish and rare and unusual cryptic ‘critters’. New and undocumented species continue to be discovered at Wakatobi year round. Wakatobi alone is said to have 942 fish species and 750 coral reef species making it a paradise for scuba divers, snorkelers and free divers.

Wakatobi is definitely one of the most interesting and relatively unexplored dive destinations left in the world.

Info About Diving In Komodo & Wakatobi

  • Up to 3 guided dives per day are offered and with conditions permitting a self-guided night dive can be taken
  • All of your dives will be guided by the knowledgeable and enthusiastic Divemaster

Water temperature & Wetsuit

  • We recommend a full-length 5mm wetsuit.  A full-length 3mm wetsuit will usually be OK for most Northern sites but for visiting the South a 5mm and hood are required
  • Usually 24-28 Degrees Celcius in the north and 21 to 24 degrees C in the south. Visibility extends from 10 up to 30 metres. Usually clearer in the warmer northern waters

Weather & Sea Conditions

  •  Sea Conditions are usually very favourable. The Archipelago offers great protection from open ocean swells and many safe and calm anchorages
  • Weather is also very favourable for most of the year

Sample Itinerary

This itinerary is a sample of what you can expect. The cruise director and captain of Moana liveaboard can change the schedule at any time due to weather conditions, the experience of the divers or unforeseen changes.

DAY 1

Labuan Bajo, Flores

Welcome aboard Moana, waiting for you in the harbour of Labuan Bajo/Flores. After a refreshing welcome drink, the journey begins at ca. 10 o’clock in the morning. Now it’s time for a short introduction to the facilities of our vessel, the diving operation and the tour program. Check-out dive: Sabalon or Sebayur.  Sebayur for night dive.

Enjoy your first dinner and night on Moana.

DAY 2 – 3

North Komodo

Small breakfast. Morning dive:  Crystal Rock. After second breakfast depart for dive at Castle Rock. The rock is packed with bronze and rust coloured sponges and soft tree corals. You can see black snappers, large cuttlefish, pyramid butterfly fish, and red octopuses. Later in the afternoon we climb the local summit and enjoy a splendid panorama over the moon-shape islands of the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores.

Afternoon dive at Light House in the north of Komodo. Gili Lawa Darat Bay as night dive.

DAY 4 – 5

Central Komodo

Morning dive:  Tatawa Kecil.

11 o’clock dive Tatawa Besar. Thousands of fish of every colour and shape are here including regal angelfish, checkerboard wrasse and masked unicorn fish, against a beautiful backdrop of acripora corals, gorgonian fans and sponges.

In the afternoon we dive Moana‘s Manta Point and Siaba Besar as night dive.

DAY 6 – 7

Komodo Rinca

This morning we dive at our favourite spot: Current City (Batu Bolong). While enjoying a wonderful breakfast, we sail towards Rinca, relax and enjoy great views, let our crew pampering you while spotting dolphins, reading or sunbathing. Pulau Tengah (Little Batu Bolong) our new secret hot spot!

In the afternoon you are able to enjoy the 1 hour “Dragon walk” to see the last representatives of the Jurassic Park on earth, the infamous Komodo Dragon.

DAY 8 – 9

Wangi Wangi

Drop offs, overhangs and schooling black-tip sharks make Wangi-Wangi islands a highlight for divers. Thirty-five percent of species of marine fish has been found in and around this island.

DAY 10

Karang Kaledupa

One of the largest reef systems in the world and have the most awesome soft corals in Indonesia.

DAY 11

Tomia Wakatobi Dive Resort 

Tomia Island and Binongko Island are the most remote and least developed islands but is actually the home of the only iron workers still found in the island chain. The people of Binongko have many mystical stories about the origin of the island and sacred places that can be found there.

DAY 12

Kendari, South Sulawesi

  •  You will arrive at the harbour at 10 am
  •  You will be served breakfast and afterwards transferred to the Wolter Monginsidi Airport (KDI) in Kendari or to your local hotel

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