We think we’ve come up with the ultimate diving adventure with our Alor & Komodo dive safari. This tour combines amazing reefs with turtles, rays, and larger pelagics like manta rays, sharks, and sunfish. Alor and Komodo are arguably two of Indonesia’s premier diving destinations.
At our first stop in Alor you will be blown away by the sheer beauty of the marine life and reefscapes just beneath the surface. Not only are the reef in pristine condition, but the variety of marine life you can see is unparalleled. Large schools of fish are prevalent and with a bit of luck you can find yourself swimming next to incredibly rare species like the pelagic thresher shark or massive ocean sunfish. Also is also famous for its critters like rhynopias, nudibranchs, frogfish, and sea horses! There is also the possibility of coming across a couple of the ocean’s most iconic inhabitants, such as a superpod of dolphins and melon head whales, and even blue whales as we move from site to site.
Here in Alor you will be based in the secluded resort called Alami Alor, where you will have exclusive access to their house reefs and embark on dive excursions multiple times a day.
For the second leg of the trip we move over to Komodo National Park where we will stay with Komodo Resort. This resort is situated on its own private island complete with hiking trails, a spa, gym, decadent meals, and an outstanding house reef. Better yet, the resort is on the doorsteps to the national park boundary where we will encounter turtles, reef sharks, cephalopods, and almost certainly giant manta rays! Oh yes, and the famous Komodo Dragons!
Marine Life Guide
|Duration||10 – 14 nights|
|Month||April – Nov|
Day 1 - Arrive in Jakarta
Day 2 - Travel to Alami Alor Resort
Day 3 - 8 - Dive from Alami Alor Resort
Day 9 - Travel to Komodo
Day 10-15 - Komodo Resort
Days here will look something like this:
Wake up to a buffet breakfast- with all the trimmings.
Then make your way to the boat for the morning dive trip. Dive sites are anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour from the resort, and each dive will last about 60 minutes. Most days they will do two dives on different sites in the national park. The boat will return to the resort for lunch followed by another afternoon dive in the park. On days where they take the boat further into the national park, you will stay out for all three dives and the resort will organize a buffet lunch on board the boat.
For those that want to spend a bit of time exploring the house reef at their own pace, their house reef is expansive and breathtakingly beautiful. There is access off the pier and there is always a lookout person watching out in case of any problems. If you should get stuck in a current they will send a small tender boat to pick you up. If the current is running fast, they can drop you off a ways away from the resort and you can drift slowly back towards the pier to exit the water on one of the wooden ladders.
Also-tide and weather-dependent-you will have the option of evening/night dives at nearby reefs. This is a lovely treat as the reef completely transforms after dusk. All the nocturnal creatures like crabs, eels, rays, cuttlefish, squid, octopus come out to feed.
No trip to Komodo is complete without visiting the legendary Komodo dragons, so one morning, after breakfast you will travel by boat for about 90 minutes to the island of Rinca. This island is one of five that has a population of wild Komodo dragons. Once you arrive, you get off the boat and take a short walk to the ranger station to meet your guide for the morning. Here one usually sees quite a number of dragons lazing in the sun. They are drawn to the ranger station by the smell of food. You then take a short walk, about an hour, along a bush path, where one often encounters more dragons, deer, buffalo, and monkeys. There is a small curio shop near the ranger station as well.
Upon return to the boat, you can change into your dive gear, as you will have the opportunity to dive two sites on the way back to the resort. On this day, lunch is served on the boat.
Day 16 - Return to Bali, Tour Ends
After breakfast, you check out and transfer back to Labuan Bajo for your flight to Bali.
Alami Alor Resort
Alami Alor is an intimate resort situated on a remote and quiet bay that combines luxury accommodation and delicious locally inspired food. Your bungalow sits on the waterfront. The bedroom is air-conditioned, and there is an open-air garden bathroom. There is plenty of outdoor seating, with hammocks and loungers. Alami Alor is well suited for those with underwater camera gear as they have their own secure camera room where you can assemble and store your underwater cameras.
Komodo Resort is set on its own private island in a secluded area of eastern Indonesia. Not only is it within range of some of Komodo’s finest dive sites, but it also has a spectacular and gorgeous house reef, a powder white sand beach for afternoon relaxation, and accommodation finely in tune with its surroundings. The abundance of pristine reefs, islands, islets, and sandy bays found within the range of Komodo Resort would take a lifetime to explore.
Alami Alor: Spacious fiberglass speedboats with enough room to easily store dive equipment and cameras. The boats do not have a toilet on board but do offer a full canopy for sun protection and a ladder to help exit the water. Distances from the resort are short, maximum thirty minutes.
Komodo Resort: Large wooden boats complete with gear up area and partially covered sun deck. Bean bags are on board as well as a marine toilet and freshwater bins for equipment and cameras. The average travel time from the resort to the sites is one hour. Exit the water via ladders at the back of the boat.