Komodo Snorkeling Expedition

Magnificent Coral Gardens, Tropical Reef Fish, and Komodo Dragons

Komodo Snorkeling Expedition route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5595  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Denpasar, Bali
Depart: Denpasar, Bali
Lodging: 10 nights aboard yacht
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Snorkeling, Wildlife & Natural History, Small Boat & Yacht Cruising
Trip Level: Snorkeling, hiking, exploring by tender
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Highlights

  • Fantastic snorkeling in a remote corner of the world
  • Travel aboard our phinisi (a traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing ship) with comfortable en suite cabins and excellent service
  • A chance to see the famous Komodo dragons on Komodo Island—up to 10 feet long and 150 pounds!
  • Trip Leader who offers an in-depth look into this area’s unsurpassed marine biodiversity

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

This trip was chosen as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime” in 2015! Read the full article here.

Indonesia’s Komodo National Park is a glorious realm of translucent seas, glittering reefs, and lush volcano-islands. It’s one of the top snorkeling spots on the planet, with a festival of marine life, from giant trevallies and groupers to schools of tiny iridescent anthias. Drift snorkels bring you above exquisite coral gardens and to seamounts patrolled by rays and hawksbill turtles. Rounding out our adventure are island hikes, including one to see the world-famed Komodo dragons in the wild. In the evenings, you’ll return to our mother ship for sunsets, stargazing, and the delights of shipboard life.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Denpasar / Flores / Tatawa Besar / Siaba Kecil

From Denpasar, we fly to Flores, where we board our traditional two-masted sailing ship. On Sebayur Island, we enjoy an evening snorkel, then head to Tatawa Besar and Siaba Kecil, where drift snorkels over coral gardens and underwater canyons reveal groupers, sweetlips, mantas, and green turtles.

Days 3-5
Gili Lawa Laut / Gili Darat / Makassar Reef

A snorkel through a narrow channel whisks us into a coral garden with more species of angelfish and butterflyfish than anywhere else in the world. At Makassar Reef, you’ll snorkel among schools of mantas and discover a pink beach colored by fragments of red corals washed ashore. You’ll also hike to the top of Gili Darat for a bird’s-eye view of Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Days 6-8
Komodo Dragons / Cannibal Rock

On our naturalist-led hike, we’ll look for the legendary Komodo dragons, the largest living lizards on earth—and found nowhere else in the world! At Horseshoe Bay, we snorkel at Cannibal Rock, a submerged pinnacle with gold-striped fusiliers, scorpion fish, red snapper, surgeon fish, and purple gorgonian sea fans where pygmy seahorses hide.

Days 9-11
Batu Bolong / Kanawa / Bidadari

With its near-constant current, Batu Bolong is a mind-blowing rock pinnacle with large schools of fish including jacks, anthias, and white-tip reef sharks. Napoleons and eagle rays inhabit the shallow waters of Kanawa, and we relax on Bidadari, with its inviting white-sand beach and crystalline waters. Fly back to Denpasar on Day 11 and depart.

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Please be aware that this itinerary is designed to be flexible. Although we will visit all the places listed on the itinerary, we rarely follow the schedule as described exactly because of weather, tides, and other factors. Come prepared to be flexible!

What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 3, Moderate. It is relaxed enough to allow ample time for photography, snorkeling, and exploration in the ship’s tender. On any trip of this nature, however, it is impossible to predict what the weather will have in store and activities often vary with each day. Because the primary focus of the trip is snorkeling, we require that trip members know how to swim and bring their own good quality, well-fitted equipment, including mask, snorkel, and fins. Try out your gear in a swimming pool before you go to make sure that it works for you and is comfortable. There is ample time for both scheduled snorkels and free snorkeling, and for the most part the water time is “at your own pace.” We will have a “refresher” snorkel in calm waters at the beginning of the trip, and there will be several drift snorkels (with some current) during the trip.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2016
Sep 3-13, 2016  Diana Himmelspach

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015

Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy

CategoriesCruise Price
Twin stateroom $5,595
Deluxe stateroom $5,895
Owner's suite $6,195
Internal airfare: $280 (subject to change)
Single Supplement: 150% of double occupancy cost, Deluxe Stateroom or Twin Stateroom only.
Note: There is limited availability of single cabins (only one Deluxe Stateroom and one Twin Stateroom can be booked as a single). When those are not available, the single supplement is 200% percent of double occupancy cost.
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Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: $500
190 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
100 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $500 per person
190-101 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
100 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Deck Plan

Owners Suite

Situated on the upper deck, this is the most spacious cabin, with generous room space and openable windows. It can be made up as a double or a twin bed configuration. It has a wooden interior, air conditioning, and comes with crisp linens, hairdryer, bathrobe, and heated shower. Toiletries and towels can be found in the private bathroom.

Deluxe Stateroom

The Deluxe Stateroom is at the lower deck bow and is ideal for those who prefer a double bed setting. Amenities include hair dryer, bathrobe, and heated shower. Toiletries and towels are in the the spacious private bathroom.

Twin Stateroom

The nicely appointed Twin Stateroom has a cozy twin-bunk bed and comes with crisp linens, bathrobes, hair dryer, and heated shower. Towels and toiletries are provided in the bathroom.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of two Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders
  • Accommodations aboard a traditional phinisi schooner
  • All meals included
  • Shore excursions during the cruise, including the Komodo dragon excursion
  • Land transfers between airport, hotel, and vessel (three transfers in total, one in Bali and two in Labuan Bajo/Maumere). Note: The transfer in Bali is available only for trip members staying in the Kuta/Sanur/Denpasar area.

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, internal airfare, airport taxes, one pre-cruise compulsory hotel overnight in Bali, any meals not specified after each itinerary day, optional gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, fuel surcharges (if any), and other expenses of a personal nature (such as laundry or alcoholic beverages except as specified under Trip Cost Includes).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation arriving to and departing from Denpasar, Bali. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

Meeting Place:
Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia (airport code: DPS), at 8:30 am. We will fly on a group flight to Labuan Bajo, Indonesia, at 11:00 am.

Departure:
Denpasar, Bali. On Day 11, we fly back to Denpasar from Labuan Bajo, arriving in ample time to connect with homeward-bound flights later that afternoon.

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Denpasar, Bali (airport code: DPS )

Our Komodo National Park Live-Aboard Yacht

Our 98-foot phinisi (traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing ship) is our very comfortable 14-guest vessel for exploring the best snorkeling sites around Komodo National Park. She has three cabin types (3 Twin Staterooms, 2 Deluxe Staterooms, and 2 Owners' Suites), all air-conditioned, with en suite facilities, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, and towels. There is an air-conditioned salon, a large shaded outdoor dining area, and an upper sundeck with sun loungers and spectacular views. The vessel offers a high standard of service provided by a one-to-one ratio of staff to guests, and there are two tenders to take us to our snorkeling sites and ashore for exploration.

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Diana Himmelspach

Diana Himmelspach, a native of Germany, discovered her passion for the ocean at an early age and has been diving for most of her life in locations all over the world, always fascinated by what she finds underwater. She’s been aboard almost every departure of Wilderness Travel's Raja Ampat snorkeling adventures and has a deep knowledge and understanding of the ecosystems there. “Din” is also a keen photographer and writer, loves sharing her enthusiasm and experience both in and out of the water (she really knows her fish), and is a fantastic traveling companion. Her warm, friendly manner and consummate skills as a host make you feel right at home. And be sure to join one of her on-board yoga sessions!

Upcoming Trips:

Snorkeling Raja Ampat, October 5-16, 2015
Snorkeling Raja Ampat, October 19-30, 2015
Snorkeling Raja Ampat, November 16-27, 2015
Snorkeling Raja Ampat, May 16-27, 2016
Komodo Snorkeling Expedition, September 3-13, 2016
Snorkeling Raja Ampat, September 19-30, 2016
Snorkeling Raja Ampat, October 17-28, 2016
Snorkeling Raja Ampat, October 31-November 11, 2016
Snorkeling Raja Ampat, November 28-December 9, 2016

Client Testimonials:


Din was more than great as our underwater guide, teacher, helper of many, and friend. The trip would not have happened nor continued without her tireless labor and effisive personality. Barbara P., Chicago, IL
Snorkeling the Raja Ampat Archipelago:
The Waigeo Islands
Din was very knowledgeable and a joy to be with. She is a natural caretaker and guide. Katherine P., Chicago, IL
Snorkeling the Raja Ampat Archipelago:
The Waigeo Islands
Din was absolutely excellent in all regards! A gem! Peter B., Solna, Sweden
Snorkeling the Raja Ampat Archipelago:
The Waigeo Islands
Din is an amazing individual, radiating kindness and compassion to everyone. She is also extremely strong, competent,and a superb guide with in-depth knowledge of the reef and its creatures. Deborah S., New Hyde Park, NY
Snorkeling the Raja Ampat Archipelago:
The Waigeo Islands
Din was absolutely wonderful. I cannot praise her enough. She was cheerful, helpful, and more than willing to go the 'extra mile.' Anne T., North Vancouver, BC
Snorkeling the Raja Ampat Archipelago:
The Misool Islands
Din was wonderful—beautiful, kind, helpful, talented in the water and out. Sherry D., Dillon, CO
Snorkeling the Raja Ampat Archipelago:
The Misool Islands
Din kept us informed of everything that was happening and her knowledge of the dive sites was amazing. The whole trip was the best I have ever done thanks to her personality—and she was always smiling! Tanis D., Noosaville, Australia
Snorkeling Raja Ampat
We loved Din! We were so fortunate to have her as our leader. There wasn't anything she did that wasn't terrific. Janice D., Los Gatos, CA
Snorkeling Raja Ampat
Can't have a better guide than Din. She is smart, skilled, always there for you, and fun to be with. Shelly A., New Haven, CT
Snorkeling Raja Ampat