Explore the amazing Komodo National Park and visit the Komodo Dragon during a "Dragon Walk" on the island during this 10 days / 9 nights adventure on board of KM Mermaid I
KM Mermaid 1 visits many of the great dive sites around the Nusa Tenggara Islands, which include Lombok, Sumbawa, Komodo, and Flores, up to Alor. Indonesia has the richest, most diverse marine environment in the world.
There are fantastic dive sites between Komodo and Labuhanbajo in Flores, around the Banta Islands, and off the north coast of Flores to Alor.
Komodo's protected waters with its brilliant colors, clouds of exotic fish, and spectacular scenery are unparalleled. Komodo Marine Park has more to offer the diver than any other single location. The marine biodiversity to be found in this small region is possibly the greatest in the world. Come on board and discover this amazing dive destination on board of KM Mermaid I.
Day 1 departure:
Check-in on board KM Mermaid I between 13:00-15:00 hours in Benoa Harbour Bali for our 16:00 hour departure. Final cruise departure time is subject to guest arrival times. Guests arriving before 12 noon on departure day will be transferred to Mermaid office at Sanur Beach where you can leave your luggage in safety till boarding transfer at 14:00 hours.
After the boat and safety briefing, equipment is prepared then settle into your cabin. Dinner is served at approx 19:00 hours as we cruise overnight to Moyo Island off the north west coast of Sumbawa.
Note: We strongly advise you to arrive at the Mermaid Cruise one day early before the trip in case of flight or luggage delay. We also advise you to stay a night in a hotel in Bali before the flight.
Day 2: Moyo Island
Start your adventure with a great dive in the calm, clear waters of Angel Reef at Moyo Island. Massive elephant ear and barrel sponges, schools of long fin banner fish and red tooth triggers. In their hundreds, frog fish, nudibrancs, eels, surgeon fish, snapper, dog tooth tuna checking out what is for lunch! Visit the local village then its lunch for us! Then we cruise to Satonda Island for a a macro dive followed by a world class night dive after watching a million bats fly at sunset.
After a great dive and dinner we cruise overnight to Sangeang Volcano off the north coast of Sumbawa. (total 3 dives)
Day 3 Nusa Tengarra
The Nusa Tengarra region has some extremely interesting and unique marine life. Today we spend the day diving around Sangeang Volcano - 2-3 dives for rare nudibrancs, pygmy seahorse,ag leaf scorpion fish, blue ribbon eels, black sand diving with all its treasures and underwater hot springs that support this very unique marine environment. Night dive here too or head on over to Gili Banta for the chance for Star Gazers and coral cat shark. (total 4 dives)
Day 4: Gili Banta - Komodo
Current depending, we start the day at GPS Point Gili Banta famous for its sharks and pelagic fishes. Then we enter the Komodo National Park and for more exhilarating blue water/fish soup diving ! Gili Lawalaut has several great dives - if the tide is right we hunt grey reef shark and dolphin at Taka Toko Gili Lawalaut. Lighthouse Reef and The Old Passage offer fast drifts with pelagics, maybe manta ! Crystal Rock offers awesome soft corals in gold and orange hues plus the chance for sharks, turtles, giant Maori wrasse, a „fish soup” dive. Tonight we dive the famous Pink Beach - spectacular colours and frogfish, slipper lobster, basket stars, robust sea cucumbers unqiue to the area plus more ! (total 4 dives)
Day 5: Komodo
Start your day with an exciting visit to Loh Liang Komodo National Park to walk with the dragons ! And as we quietly walk through the bush setting look out for Komodo dragons, deer, wild boar and birds. Then relax as we cruise south to dive the Three Sisters or Pillarsteen at Padar Island. Next stop is a diver's paradise - Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island - home of one of the top 10 dives in the world- Cannibal Rock - an abundance of corals, sponges, ascidians, sea apples, black corals, turtle, cuttlefish,loads of reef fishes too ! Here we can also watch dragons scavenging on the beach, monkey, deer, wild pigs along the shore, go beach combing…. Maybe even a chance to follow whales and dolphin feeding in the calm bay. We overnight at this peaceful place, diving at one of the many fabulous spots. (total 3 dives)
Day 6: Komodo - Rinja Island
More world class dives today as we relax in Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island - the Yellow Wall of Texas is absolutely stunning covered with enormous yellow soft corals. Go slowly along the wall looking for unique creatures but don't forget to look out into the blue to see what's coming by…maybe we make a deep dive to check if the tiny yellow pygmy seahorses are on the giant gorgonians at depth. Nusa Kode offers more walls and critter chances coupled with white tip reef sharks etc ! Torpedo Alley
is famous for its "electric" rays and perhaps one of the best night dives of your life for critter fanciers (total 4 dives)
Day 7: South Komodo
Today we'll head on over to Manta Alley to watch in awe as these magnificent creatures feed, play and get cleaned at the many cleaning stations. In the afternoon we can check out more big fish dives maybe at Loh Serah, Tatawa Kecil or the infamous "Current City" Batu Bolong - come face to face with reef sharks, turtles and giant Wrasse. Many good night dives around here - Gili Darat is great for sleeping turtles, colourful reef stonefish, spanish dancers - calm sea - a good place to sleep. (total 4 dives)
Day 8: Komodo - Gili Lawalaut, Tatawa Kecil, Gili Darat
The diving around Gili Lawalaut, Tatawa Kecil, Gili Darat is so awesome you will all want more so today we make 2-3 dives in clear arm blue waters - loads of fish both big and small. Then we'll head off for a night dive at either Gili Banta or maybe Batu Putih in Sumbawa - both interesting sites. Overnight we cruise back to Satonda and Sumbawa - solar powered nudibranc, ghost pipefish anyone? (total 4 dives)
Day 9: Sumbawa and Moyo Islands
We enjoy two good dives around Sumbawa and Moyo Islands - a chance to shoot anything you missed at the trip beginning . Then the crew wash your equipment for you while you relax on the sundeck or downloading your pictures, enjoying our trip video as well just before dinner with all your new friends. (total 2 dives)
Day 10: arrival day
Check out after breakfast and transfer ashore around 9am to continue your vacation…
Note: Schedule and Itinerary depends on weather conditions at the discretion of the Cruise Director, and the discretion of the Captain, depending on currents, dive sites activities, light, objective, sailing times etc. The spots are possible, but not guaranteed.
Transfers from/to the airport or hotels in the south of Bali, all nights’ accommodation on KM Mermaid 1, all meals; Western, Thai, Indonesian, snacks, fruits, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo, towel, toiletries, cabin services, tanks, weights, weight belt, 3 dive guides (1 Cruise Director/ Instructor, 2 Dive Masters), minimum 28 dives
Prices do not include:
Any international or domestic airfare & hotels (can be organized by us, just contact us in advanced), Transfers outside of the free of charge zones (central and northern Bali) , National Marine Park fee*, Fuel Surcharges if applicable, rental diving equipment, Nitrox, 15 l tank rental, PADI / SSI Diving courses, alcoholic beverages, massage service, Tip, diving and/or travel insurance (see below note)
Please book in advance if you need to rent to rent any diving equipment, diving computer or underwater camera.
* Marine Park & Harbour Fees
Total (payable on board) 150 Euro per person
Please note that the above Fee is set by the Indonesian Goverment and is subject to change without notice.
**** Rental Equipment:
• Full set Equipment (BCD, Regulator, Mask, Fins and Wetsuite) rental (18 Euro / day)
• Computer (5 Euro / day)
• Camera excl. strobe (20 Euro per day)
• Nitrox 32 % (6 Euro per fill or 130 Euro per trip)
Bali Departures: Boarding time at Benoa Passenger Pier at Benoa Harbour Bali is between 13:00-15:00 hours for our 16:00 hour departure. Final cruise departure time is subject to guest arrival times. Please liaise with usdirectly if your flight times cannot fit this schedule. Transfers from/to the airport or hotels in the south are free of charge. From destinations in central and northern Bali, there is a small charge. Please contact us for any support
Guests arriving before 12 noon on departure day will be transferred to the Mermaid 1 guest lounge at Sanur Beach where you can leave your luggage in safety till boarding transfer at 14:00 hours. After meeting the friendly crew you can relax on the beach, enjoy a massage, and go sight-seeing or shopping till 14:00 hours when you will be transferred to the vessel.
Bali Transfer Times: 12:30 – Nusa Dua, Ullawatu, Canggu, Kerobokan, 13:00 Jimbaran, Seminyak. 13:30 Kuta Beach, Legian, 14:00 Sanur Beach; 11:00 Tulamben; 12:00 Candi Desa, Padangbai, Ubud.The time is to be advised for other locations in Bali. If you are making your own way to the port – please let us know at least 2 weeks prior to the cruise. Boarding time for “own transport” guests is 13:00-14:00 hours please.
Charter: KM Mermaid I is also available for liveaboard charter; please contact us for more details to make your scuba vacation special for you and your friends.
Including medical repatriation insurance is mandatory on all our trips. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable insurance package. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting, scuba diving, cycling, cruises, trekking etc. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc., are quite inadequate to cover you our tours, so make sure you check the policy before your travel. You are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, we will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not able to respond adequately in case an emergency if you do not have the right insurance. Please also contact your doctor for further preparations regarding to your chosen travel destination including immunizations.
There are two very good option diving insurance companies on the market. If you are a European Citizen, you can get your diving insurance directly online with us. Just follow HERE and enter all your details, you will get a confirmation within 24hrs. For outside Europe Citizen you are able to visit the Webpage of DAN to apply for your diving insurance: http://diversalertnetwork.org/
For those who are still looking for a good Travel Insurance with a worldwide coverage. No matter from which country you are, just follow the link HERE and get your insurance package. Buy, extend and claim online, from anywhere in the world, even while you away from home and already on the way.
Price is quoted per person and subject to change without prior notice