This itinerary takes divers into the centre of the Coral Triangle, the most marine bio-diverse region of the world. From our base on Sumbawa Island, we explore the lesser dived parts of Komodo National Park, in the west, previously only accessible by liveaboard.
The reefs around Komodo are healthy and lush, covered in hard and soft corals, and teaming with schools of tropical fish, passing pelagics, turtles and reef sharks. There are also several Manta cleaning stations attracting these beauties daily, allowing divers great viewing opportunities.
The dive sites we visit offer a great variety of topography, from pinnacles and walls with overhangs, to sloping reefs and sandy bottoms. The diving is characterised by some current, which brings the bigger fish (barracuda, tuna, big eyed trevally) in to hunt over the reef.
The reefs and sandy areas are home to rare and interesting critters, like flamboyant cuttlefish, rhynopia, ornate ghost pipefish and several types of shrimps and crabs, to mention but a few.
The resort we have chosen, Kalimaya Dive Resort, is remote and exclusive, and offers lovely beachfront bungalows built from sustainably sourced local materials. The beautiful infinity pool has stunning views, and the restaurant serves a variety of Indonesian and international cuisine prepared with fresh, local produce. The cream-on-top is the stunning house reef just off the beach where we can enjoy unlimited dives. The other dive sites we will visit are so remote that we almost never encounter other divers on a chosen site, a rare pleasure now days.
The tour is fully guided by an experienced member of staff, Paul “Duxy” Duxfield, a charismatic and widely published photographer who will be giving talks, workshops and a general helping hand to all photographers on the tour.
No trip to this part of the world would be complete with out a trip to Rinca Island, one of only four islands that has a population of Komodo Dragons living in the wild. Here we will have the chance to see these prehistoric-looking creatures in their natural environment, and a guide will be available to give us lots of interesting in formation about the wildlife we hope to see. This may include the huge dragons, long-tailed macaques, Timor deer, water buffalo and several species birds.
From here we travel to central Java, an area with a long and rich Buddhist and Hindu heritage. We will explore the 9th– century Borobudur Buddhist complex, as well as the well known Prambanan Hindu complex, containing more than 200 temples, where we will enjoy a performance of the Ramayana Ballet. We then visit Yogyakarta, known as the centre of Javanese arts and culture. Here we visit the Sultan’s Palace and tour this stunning and interesting city.
£3216.00 This trip price includes all internal travel, transfers, tours, accommodation and meals, 18 boat dives and unlimited house reef dives.