Komodo is a national park of 26 islands that lie to the east of Bali. Taking a trip to this remote corner of Asia feels like stepping back in time. The highland peaks, unique islands and islets are characterized by stunning coral reefs and magnificent white-sand beaches.
Below the surface you can expect truly world-class diving. It is after all the heart of the Coral Triangle. Manta cleaning stations are scattered throughout the park, and as a result it isn’t uncommon to have encounters with large numbers of these majestic creatures. Schooling pelagics and reef sharks also make frequent appearances. Photographers who appreciate the smaller creatures will be deeply rewarded with critters to discover on every reef outcrop or black sand bay. The underwater topography is as diverse as the marine life with dive sites offering walls, pinnacles, narrow channels, drifts, muck dives, and sloping reef-all of which are blanketed in a cornucopia of hard and soft corals. Topside, there’s the chance to trek on Komodo Island to see the legendary dragons lazing in the warm sunshine.
Our Komodo tours are based out of Komodo Resort, located in the heart of the Komodo National Park on its own private island. Komodo Resort’s location is not only strategic from a proximity standpoint, as it’s just twenty minutes away from the National Park boundaries, but it’s also a stunningly beautiful location with top-notch service. All the resort’s bungalows face the sea as they wrap around the private white sand beach which leads to the outstanding house reef. At the heart of the resort is you’ll find the open-air restaurant and full service beach bar for those ‘apres-diving’ cocktails.
Marine Life Guide
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*Kindly note that this is just a sample itinerary. All of our Safari Tours can be tailor-made to fit everyone’s individual schedules.
Upon arrival at Bali International Airport (DPS), you check into the Novotel Airport Hotel and relax and recover from the long journey.
After a buffet breakfast, check out, and go to the departures hall and check in for your flight to Labuan Bajo.
Upon landing there, you will be met by a member of the Komodo Resort team and transfer by car (10 minutes) and then by boat (75 minutes) to the stunning secluded island of Sebayur where Komodo Resort is located. Here you will be shown to your luxurious beachfront bungalow, before an orientation and meal. If there’s time an afternoon dive on a nearby site can be organised.
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 on the house reef or other 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.
After breakfast, you check out and transfer back to Labuan Bajo for your flight to Bali.
There are 20 rooms at Komodo Resort – 16 Deluxe rooms and 4 family suites all with en suite bathrooms with hot water and Air Conditioning. In the rooms, there is a minibar with cold drinks and also a water dispenser. There’s a spacious veranda for sunset viewing with chairs and bean bags.
The restaurant serves up a variety of Indonesian and international meals throughout the day whilst the bar at the front of the beach is a great place to get together at the end of the day for sundowners. There is also an onsite spa for relaxing massages and treatments.
Komodo Resort Dive Boats
Large wooden boats complete with gear-up areas and partially covered sun decks. Bean bags are onboard for relaxing between dives and each boat has a marine toilet and freshwater bins for equipment and cameras. The average travel time from the resort to the sites is 30 – 60 mins. Exit the water via sturdy wooden ladders at the back of the boat.