Komodo Snorkeling Expedition

Exploring the Coral Triangle with Lee Goldman and Ethan Daniels
with Ethan Daniels and Lee Goldman

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5195  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Denpasar, Bali
Depart: Denpasar, Bali
Lodging: 14-guest Indonesian schooner with en suite cabins
Meals: All meals and non-alcoholic beverages on board, free local beer on board the vessel (while supplies last), one complementary glass of wine with dinner
Activity: Snorkeling, Wildlife & Natural History, Small Boat & Yacht Cruising
Trip Level: Snorkeling, exploring by dinghy, hiking


  • Snorkel the dazzling coral reefs and crystal-clear waters of Indonesia’s Komodo National Park
  • Marine biologist Trip Leaders Lee Goldman and Ethan Daniels
  • Experience the unsurpassed marine biodiversity of the Coral Triangle
  • Hike with Komodo's famed "dragon" lizards in the wild!
  • Accommodations aboard a 14-guest yacht with comfortable en suite cabins

Choosing the Right Trip

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We’re delighted to introduce the newest addition to our popular snorkeling adventures with the superb leadership team of Lee Goldman and Ethan Daniels, both marine biologists as well as veteran WT Trip Leaders. This exciting expedition brings us into the heart of the Coral Triangle in Indonesia’s dazzling Komodo National Pyark, best known for its world-famed “dragon” lizards but also a glorious realm of translucent seas, glittering reefs, lush volcano-islands, pink beaches, and unsurpassed marine biodiversity. With these two experts at our side, we head out to experience some of the top snorkeling on the planet in one of the world’s most prolific marine ecosystems, plus cultural visits and island hikes (including one to see the dragons in the wild). Lee Goldman is a specialist in coral reef reproduction and guides our unique Palawan snorkeling trips. Ethan Daniels is an expert on the behavioral ecology of reef fishes and leads our wonderful Raja Ampat journeys. Together, they are a “dream team” for any snorkeling adventure, sharing their knowledge as they explore with us by day. In the evenings, they offer informal presentations on Komodo’s habitat diversity, coral reefs, and conservation. Our “mother ship” for this journey is a 14-guest yacht with comfortable en suite cabins and excellent service. It is normally reserved for divers, but we’ve chartered it specially for our snorkeling expedition and just for our group. Our inventive snorkeling programs across the Pacific have brought us many repeat travelers who “follow the leader” to our expeditions with Lee and Ethan in Raja Ampat, Palau, Palawan, and elsewhere. We’re thrilled to offer a new one, and we invite you aboard for the adventure of a lifetime!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Day 1
Denpasar, Bali / Labaun Bajo, Flores Island / Kelor Island

From Denpasar, Bali, we fly to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island, board our 98-foot schooner, and cruise to Kelor Island for snorkeling on a spectacular reef. Tonight on board, we watch the sunset spectacle of Kelor Island's thousands of bats taking their nightly flight. Our 98-foot phinisi (traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing ship) has three Twin Staterooms, two Deluxe Staterooms, and two Owners' Suites, all air-conditioned, with en suite facilities, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, and towels.

Days 2-4
Sebayor Island / Tatawa Besar / Makassar Reef / Hike with Komodo Dragons

We explore Sebayor Island’s coastal mangroves and a white-sand beach ideal for swimming and snorkeling, then drift-snorkel at Tatawa Besa among manta rays, groupers, snappers, sweetlips, jacks, and anthias. We  also snorkel at Makassar Reef’s cleaning station, where mantas congregate. On Day 4, we head out with a local specialist guide for a hike on Komodo Island among Komodo dragons in the wild.

Days 5-7
Pink Beach / Komodo National Park / Gili Lawa Darat

Pink Beach is picturesque with its long stretch of delicate coral-pink sands and the snorkeling is magnificent. Inside Komodo National Park, we snorkel mangroves and coral gardens among stingrays, moray eels, and rare scorpionfish and look for turtles and blacktip sharks. The current floats us through Shot Gun Channel, home to giant trevallys, sweetlips, and groupers, along with the thousands of reef fish feeding in the current.

Days 8-11
Sangeang Island / Pulau Moyo Island / Gili Trawangan / Benoa Harbor, Bali

The underwater world of Sangeang is as impressive as the island’s topography, with mysterious reefs, caves, and canyons. We snorkel at Hot Rocks, small rock outcrops a stone’s throw from shore with soft corals and an amazing diversity of wrasses and scorpionfish.  Just off Pulau Moyo Island we snorkel Angel Reef, which is packed with nearly 100% live coral and masses of reef fish crowding the water. After snorkeling with turtles at Gili Trawangan, we cruise back toward Bali and depart on Day 11.  Overnight on board...BLD

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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.

Please note: This is a new Wilderness Travel trip for 2014. We have worked closely with one of our most veteran Trip Leaders in developing the itinerary, but as with all new adventures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated!

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

Sep 15-25, 2014

Trip Cost

2014 Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy

CategoriesCruise Price
Twin stateroom $5,195
Deluxe stateroom $5,495
Owner's suite $5,795
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 Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of two Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders
  • Accommodations aboard a traditional phinisi schooner
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages on board, free local beer on board the vessel (while supplies last), one complementary glass of wine with dinner
  • 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).

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: $500
190 days prior to departure: 50%
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
101-190 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.

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.

Deck Plan

Owners Suite

  • Situated on the upperdeck and the most spacious cabin, you will find a perfect scenic view every time you step out of the room.
  • Generous room space with windows, it can be outfitted to be a double or a twin bed configuration.
  • Featuring wooden interiors, air-conditioned rooms come with crisp linen, hair dryer, bathrobe and heated showers.
  • Toiletries and towels can be found in private bathrooms.

Deluxe Stateroom

  • Situated at the lower deck bow, it is ideal for those who prefer a double bed setting.
  • Amenities of the comfortable suite include hair dryer and bathrobe for your convenience.
  • Heated showers,toiletries and towels can be found in the en suite spacious private bathroom.

Twin Stateroom

  • A cozy twin bunk style bed, perfect for those who would like to relive the old style of sea travel.
  • This nicely appointed stateroom comes with crisp linens, bathrobes and hair dryer and heated showers.
  • Towels and toiletries are a standard in the bathrooms.

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

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Ethan Daniels

Departure Dates: September 15-25, 2014

Ethan Daniels came by his interest in marine biology and conservation during the summers of his youth in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. After graduating from Bucknell University in 1994, he entered the University of Guam Marine Lab, concentrating on the behavioral ecology of reef fishes. While working ...
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Lee Goldman

Departure Dates: September 15-25, 2014

Lee Goldman grew up in Philadelphia and got his first taste of the underwater world on a SCUBA trip to Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles. A year after his return from the warm waters of the Caribbean, he left for the Pacific Northwest, where he earned a degree in Marine Biology from Western ...
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