This fantastic itinerary combines the little-dived Christmas Island with the gorgeous West Sumbawa and Komodo National Park to create an exciting itinerary or healthy reefs, deep clear drop offs and pelagic magic.
Starting in Jakarta, and then onto Christmas Island. Here one will stay in the lovely Sunset Lodge, a stones throw from Extra Divers, the base for the week. The lodge is on the waterfront and has unobstructed views of the ocean and gorgeous sunsets. The spacious rooms are air-conditioned with televisions and coffee-making facilities. One can do two to four dives a day for 5 days while here, and then spend a day off-gassing exploring some of the islands topside beauty. The diving is done from speedboats equipped with ladders and were specifically designed for divers. Depending on the time of year, the sites dived depend somewhat on the winds and swell, with fringing reefs right off the beach, leading to deep dramatic drop offs, beautiful caves and crevices, with walls covered in healthy corals. The fish life is prolific and divers have great chances to see manta rays, sharks, turtles, octopus and schooling fish, as well as an array of critters. Also, every year between October and May the island sees whale sharks migrating in the area.
Topside the island is lush and green, with dramatic cliffs, pretty beaches, alive with fabulous birds like frigates, Brown and Abbot’s Boobies and Christmas Island Hawk Owls and more. Walking through the jungle to the hidden beaches on the eastern side of the island is just beautiful. Between Nov and Jan each year, there is a mass spawning and migration of red crabs, as many as 20 million individuals come out of the jungle and make their way to the ocean and then back again, followed by the newly hatched babies. Quite a spectacle.
After an exciting week travel to Sumbawa Island, Indonesia, where the stunning resort of Kalimaya will be your base for the next week. Kalimaya Resort is beautiful with ocean front rooms, a beautiful pool, delicious food and access to outstanding diving. Kalimaya is the first dedicated dive resort on East Sumbawa Island and the only dive operator offering day trip diving to West Komodo, Gili Banta, and Sangeang Volcano. Kalimaya has a house reef which is a delight to dive, littered with exceptional critters like rhinopia, various octopus and shrimps.
Here once can do 2-4 dives a day, including unlimited house reef dives are included too. The topography of the area includes sloping reefs, sea mounts, walls, pinnacles and caverns. The variety of coral in the area is second-to-none and the reefs here provide perfect homes for everything from manta rays and reef sharks, to tropical reef fish, to turtles to invertebrates.
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