Coral Reefs, Tropical Reef Fish, and Komodo Dragons

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

Overview

Komodo National Park is a World Heritage Site of pristine coral reefs, volcanic islands, and astounding marine biodiversity. It’s also one of the top snorkeling spots on the planet. We’ve chartered a comfortable two-masted Indonesian sailing ship for this active journey, filling our days with world-class snorkeling as well as unforgettable island adventures, including seeing fearsome Komodo dragons in the wild. Our specialist snorkeling guide unlocks the secrets of this world as we explore, and evenings find us on sunset hikes, stargazing, and enjoying the delights of shipboard life. Our trip was selected as one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime.

Itinerary at a Glance

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

From Denpasar, we fly to Flores and head out to Tatawa Besar and Siaba Kecil, two islands where we drift-snorkel over coral gardens and underwater canyons to see groupers, manta rays, green turtles, and rare mandarinfish.

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

Just north of Komodo Island lies a great habitat for huge fish—here our snorkeling may be among giant trevallies, cowtail stingrays, and sweetlips. A sunset hike on Gili Darat gives us golden panoramas over Komodo Island, with its white-sand beaches. At Makassar Reef, we snorkel through schools of mantas, and on Padar Island, Pink Beach awaits us with its delicate sand colored by fragments of red coral.

Days 6-8
Komodo Dragons / Cannibal Rock

We hike on Komodo Island to see its legendary dragons, the world’s largest living lizards, and snorkel at Cannibal Rock, a submerged pinnacle with gold-striped fusiliers, scorpion fish, red snapper, surgeonfish, and purple gorgonian sea fans sheltering pygmy seahorses.

Days 9-11
Batu Bolong / Kanawa / Bidadari

Batu Bolong is a mind-blowing rock pinnacle and home to large schools of fish including jacks, anthias, and white-tip reef sharks. We snorkel amid Napoleons and eagle rays in the shallow waters of Kanawa, and relax at Bidadari Island, with its 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!

Highlights

Highlights

Travel aboard our 98-foot phinisi (two-masted sailing ship), with en suite cabins
Enjoy the comfort of a fully air-conditioned vessel with a large shaded outdoor dining area, an upper sundeck, and a high standard of service provided by a 1:1 ratio of staff to guests
See the famous Komodo dragons on Komodo Island—up to 10 feet long and weighing 150 pounds!
Snorkel Batu Balong, where the sheer volume of reef fish is stunning
Learn about Komodo National Park’s unsurpassed marine biodiversity

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $6495  
Arrive: Denpasar, Bali
Depart: Denpasar, Bali
Lodging: 10 nights aboard a yacht
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Snorkeling, Wildlife & Natural History, Small Boat & Yacht Cruising
Trip Level:

Snorkeling, hiking, exploring by tender

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