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


  • 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
  • Trip Leaders who offer 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.


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—the perfect place for our newest snorkeling adventure! With our renowned “dream team,” marine biologists and veteran Trip Leaders Lee Goldman and Ethan Daniels, you’ll experience some of the top snorkeling on the planet—from huge fish like giant trevallys, groupers, and sweetlips to schools of tiny iridescent anthias. Rounding out our adventure are visits to fishing villages and 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 fascinating talks by our Trip Leaders on Komodo’s habitat diversity, coral reefs, and conservation.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Denpasar / Flores / Kelor / Tatawa Besar and Kecil / Makassar Reef

Boarding our traditional 98-foot wooden schooner on Flores Island, we cruise to Kelor for fantastic snorkeling in waters just six feet deep, then head to Tatawa Besar and Tatawa Kecil, where a drift snorkel reveals groupers, snappers, and jacks. At Makassar Reef, you’ll snorkel among schools of mantas that congregate here to feed on plankton.

Days 4-7
Komodo Island / Komodo Dragons

On our naturalist-led hike, we’ll look for the legendary komodo dragons, the largest living lizards on earth. Snorkeling at Padar Island includes magnificent soft coral gardens by a pink sand beach and a quiet bay where baby sharks and nudibranchs can be found. On a drift snorkel we’ll watch for turtles, moray eels, blacktip sharks, and rare scorpionfish, while the currents at Shot Gun Channel float us above shallow corals where colorful reef fish feed.

Days 8-11
Sangeang / Pulau Satonda

Snorkel the mysterious underwater caves and canyons of Sangeang, with the chance to spot the rare clown bleeny, and visit the fishing village of Bonto. Fields of garden eels poke out their heads on the reefs of Pulau Moyo, and on the tiny island of Pulau Satonda, explore its crater lake and snorkel among huge coral bommies. At sunset, witness the mass exodus of giant fruit bats as they migrate to forage for food—thousands of them nearly blacken the sky in this nightly spectacle! Depart on Day 11 via Denpasar.

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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

Aug 4-14, 2015

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:
Labuan Bajo, Indonesia

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia (airport code: DPS)

Denpasar, Bali

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.

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: August 4-14, 2015

Ethan Daniels came by his interest in marine biology and conservation during the summers of his youth in Cape Cod, and earned his MSc studying the behavioral ecology of reef fish at the University of Guam Marine Lab. Finding a home away from home in the tropical paradise of Palau, Ethan worked ...
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Lee Goldman

Departure Dates: August 4-14, 2015

Lee Goldman is a certified SCUBA instructor, an avid birdwatcher, and a passionate kayaker, rock climber, and hiker. Lee has been leading WT's popular and ever-expanding collection of snorkeling adventures since 2007. “We bring people to places seldom visited and get to explore the raw ...
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Diana Himmelspach

Departure Dates: September 3-13, 2016

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 ...
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