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, groupers, and sweetlips to schools of tiny iridescent anthias. Drift snorkels bring you above exquisite coral gardens and to seamounts patrolled by rays and hawksbill turtles. Adding to 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 tropical sunsets, stargazing, and the delights of shipboard life.
The snorkeling experience was fantastic. It was quite beyond the imagination. Fortunately, there is little bleaching of coral in the areas we visited. The vibrant colors, the variety of soft and hard corals were spectacular. Innumerable fish species and other reef critters excited me every time I went into the water. At times I felt as if I had plunged into a National Geographic film.
— Rene B., Portland, OR
Denpasar, Bali / Flores / Tatawa Besar / Siaba Kecil
From Denpasar, 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, mantas, green turtles, and rare mandarin fish.
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, we snorkel among schools of mantas that congregate here to feed on plankton, and on Padar Island, we discover a pink beach colored by fragments of red corals washed ashore. We also take a sunset hike to the top of Gili Darat for golden panoramas over Komodo Island and down to long, white-sand beaches with breathtaking visible coral formations below.
Komodo Dragons / Cannibal Rock
On our naturalist-led hike, we’ll look for the legendary Komodo dragons, the largest living lizards on earth, 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.
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. Depart on Day 11 via Denpasar.
Note: 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!