Komodo Dragons and Coral Reefs

A Snorkeling, Wildlife, and Cultural Expedition with Andrea Duggan

Trip Level

This trip is rated a Level 3 (Moderate) according to our trip grading system.

Average Day
• 3-12 hours sailing
• 4-6 hours snorkeling
• Occasional kayaking, paddle boarding, and short-moderate hikes
 
Challenge Days
Days 2 & 3: 5-6 hours snorkeling, 3-4 hours hiking with 900 feet of elevation gain/loss.

How Tough is This Trip?
You need to be comfortable snorkeling in a variety of conditions, including drift snorkels and occasionally against strong currents. While snorkeling is usually at your own pace, it is sometimes necessary to be able to keep up with the group.

Weather

The climate in Komodo National Park and throughout the Alor Archipelago is tropical, with an alternating wet and dry season. We’ll be sailing during the dry season which tends to be hot and arid, with high temperatures averaging in the upper 80s, and low temperatures in the mid-70s. Though it can get very hot in certain places, the heat will often be tempered by the breeze, and there may be an occasional thunderstorm. It is impossible to predict what the weather will have in store, so please note that the itinerary may need to be changed at any point during the trip, due to weather conditions.

Cuisine

The cook on board prepares a mix of Asian and Western-style meals. Breakfast consists of a buffet of cereal, pastries, cold cuts and cheese, and eggs, bacon, and pancakes cooked to order. Lunch and dinner are buffet-style and feature local, fresh seafood and fresh produce. There are plenty of vegetarian options, and there is a fully stocked bar on board.

Transporation

Transportation to/from the airport is in an air-conditioned van. During the snorkels and land excursions, we will take a small dinghy to each site. The dinghy will always stay with the group so that you can return to the boat at any time.

OCEAN CONDITIONS

Various oceanic currents converge in the Komodo region, which can create rough seas, but also allows a huge diversity of marine life to thrive. We will stay in calm, protected waters as much as possible, but strong currents and rough conditions can occur at any time.

EQUIPMENT

As the primary activity on this trip is snorkeling, we strongly recommend bringing your own snorkeling equipment to ensure a proper fit. However, the ship provides unlimited access to their equipment (mask, snorkel, and fins) if you prefer. The deeper water in the Komodo region creates upwelling zones of cooler water, so we recommend a 3mm wetsuit if you get cold easily, or at least a lycra skin for sun and stinger protection.

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.