In this Komodo diving tour, you combine premium diving with a visit to Rinca Island, home to the famous Komodo dragons. You dive in spectacular spots and even amongst manta rays. Due to the strong currents only experienced divers can dive, other less or non-experienced divers can snorkel.
Day 1: Labuan Bajo – Rinca Island – Labuan Bajo
Upon arrival at Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo in West Flores, you meet our representative and are transferred to the Labuan Bajo pier. You have lunch aboard during the 2,5-hour boat trip to Rinca Island.
On the island, you start your hike under the guidance of a local ranger through the typical dry forest to explore the island of the Komodo dragons. Apart from the dragons, you can also spot other wild animals like deer, buffalos, long-tailed macaques, wild pigs and numerous species of birds. Look around as sometimes you can see young Komodo dragons up in the trees.
In the late afternoon, you sail directly to nearby Kalong Island to witness thousands of flying foxes fly out from the mangrove trees between 6 and 7 pm.
After admiring an amazing sunset from the boat, you sail back to Labuan Bajo for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Labuan Bajo – Komodo central dive area (Batu Bolong & Manta Point) – Labuan Bajo
In the morning, you sail directly to the Komodo central dive area for diving. We provide 2 dives per person and lunch is served on board. Late in the afternoon, you sail back to Labuan Bajo.
Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.
First dive: northwest from Komodo, near Batu Bolong and the two Tatawa, there is Karang Makassar: a 5 to 15-meter deep shoal with just a few living corals and some rocks. The current is very strong here, but this is one of the most interesting places of the Komodo archipelago as this is where the manta rays often come. For feeding, cleaning or playing? The reason why they come to this particular spot is not clear, but it is definitely the right place to admire these incredible creatures. It is possible to see them anytime around here, although it is easier to spot them at high tide and with strong currents. You start diving 8 to 10 meter deep east from a green little island that marks the south end of Manta Point. You drift along with the current and the boat picks you up afterward.
Second dive: the Batu Bolong is a small hollow rock between Tatawa Besar and Komodo. It is a conical rock and one of the most amazing dive sites of the Komodo archipelago. Although the currents can be very strong, it is always possible to dive while staying in the rock’s shade. That is either the northern or the southern side, depending on the direction of the current. It is highly recommended to follow the dive master, as there can be strong downwelling currents on the eastern and western corners. The southern side of Batu Bolong gradually slopes, while the northern side is more rugged with a wall, pinnacles, and rifts. The dive starts close to the rock, on a 5 to 6-meter deep coral garden, before going down to 28 to 30 meters. The coral garden on the top hosts an impressive amount of invertebrates and thousands of colorful reef fish. Big fish, such as sharks, napoleon wrasses, giant trevallies, big emperors and schools of fusiliers and surgeonfish swim nearby these steep walls. Although the shallow coral garden is relatively small, the site is impressive for snorkelers because there is a good chance to spot big species here.
Day 3: Labuan Bajo
After breakfast, you visit the Batu Cermin Cave and a local market before returning to the airport or the hotel.
Transfer as mentioned in the itinerary
Private charter boat to Rinca Island
Shared diving boat
Full board meals (2x breakfast, 2x lunch and 2x dinner)
All entrance fees
Morning and afternoon tea or coffee
Snacks on the boat
English speaking guide
Refreshments and porter
Conservation fund at Komodo National Park
Return airfare ticket from/to Denpasar
Personal expenses, such as laundry services, phone calls, tipping, soft and alcohol drink.
What to bring
Sweater and/or jacket
Trekking or sport shoes
Cash for personal expenses, airport tax, camera fee, beverages, etc…
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All rooms are based on twin share. A supplement is charged for a single room.
Minimum group size
The minimum group size for this activity is 2 people.
I can't get enough of Flores' amazing fauna and flora, it's so diverse and it even feels surreal at times. Great trip, no regrets!
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My dream came true!
Diving with manta rays had always been on top of my bucket list. Being able to do so and to combine this with spotting komodo dragons was like a dream coming true. For me this trip was just perfect! Thank you for this unique opportunity!