Dive with the Dragons at Bali's Komodo Islands, and see the Incredible underwater life and enjoy a visit to the unique giant lizards of Komodo Island.
Check-in on board MV Mermaid I between 14:00-16:00 hours in Benoa Harbour Bali.
Once on board there is an introductory boat orientation and safety briefing followed by equipment preparation and set up and then you can settle into your cabin. Dinner is served at approx 19:00 hours as we cruise overnight to Moyo Island off the north west coast of Sumbawa.
Start your adventure with a great dive in the calm, clear waters of Angel Reef at Moyo Island. Massive elephant ear and barrel sponges, schools of long fin banner fish and red tooth triggers In their hundreds, frog fish, nudibrancs, eels, surgeon fish, snapper, dog tooth tuna checking out what is for lunch.
After the dive we explore the local village and enjoy a hearty lunch before cruising to Satonda Island for a a macro dive. At sunset you can enjoy the spectacle of watching a million bats head out for a nights hunting before our final world class night dive.
After a great dive and dinner we cruise overnight to Sangeang Volcano off the north coast of Sumbawa.
The Nusa Tenggara region has some extremely interesting and unique marine life. Today we spend the day diving around Sangeang Volcano, either 2 or 3 dives looking for rare nudibrancs, pygmy seahorse, leaf scorpion fish, blue ribbon eels.
The unique environment in this area, of black volcanic sand and underwater hot springs, provides treasures that support a very diverse and specialised variety of marine flaura and fauna..
We may also night dive here too if conditions are good, or we can head over to Gili Banta for the chance to view an incredible night sky above and coral cat sharks below.
Depending on prevailing currents we have a choice of starting the day at Gili Banta famous for its sharks and pelagic fishes or going direct to the Komodo National Park for more exhilarating blue water and fish soup diving!
Gili Lawalaut has several great dives - if the tide is right we hunt grey reef shark and dolphin at Taka Toko Gili Lawalaut or Lighthouse Reef and The Old Passage for fast drifts with pelagics and maybe even mantas! Crystal Rock offers awesome soft corals in gold and orange hues plus the chance for sharks, turtles and giant maori wrasse.
To end the day on a high note, we dive the famous Pink Beach with its spectacular colours, frogfish, slipper lobster, basket stars, unique robust sea cucumbers and more.
Today starts with a safari of a different kind - searching for dragons in Loh Liang Komodo National Park! Here we will walk quietly through the bush on the look out for worlds largest predatory lizard and it's regular diet of deer, wild boar and tropical birds.
Afterwards, it's back to the boat for a cruise south to dive the Three Sisters or Pillarsteen at Padar Island, and then a true diver's paradise - Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island - home to one of the worlds top 10 dives "Cannibal Rock". An abundance of corals, sponges, ascidians, sea apples, black corals, turtle, cuttlefish, & many other regular reef fish. We can also watch dragons scavenging on the beach, see monkey, deer & wild pigs along the shore, go beach combing… Maybe even a chance to follow whales and dolphin feeding in the calm bay. We overnight at this peaceful paradise, diving at one of the many fabulous spots.
More world class dives today as we relax in Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island. The Yellow Wall of Texas is absolutely stunning, covered with enormous yellow soft corals. Drift slowly along the wall looking for unique creatures but don't forget to look out into the blue to see what's coming by…maybe even make a deep dive to check if the tiny yellow pygmy seahorses on the giant gorgonians at depth.
Nusa Kode offers more creature filled walls, together with white tip reef sharks to keep everyone happy! Torpedo Alley is famous for its "electric" rays and perhaps a dive of a lifetime for critter fanciers.
Today we'll head on over to Manta Alley to watch in awe as these magnificent creatures feed, play and get cleaned at numerous cleaning stations. In the afternoon we can check out more big fish dives maybe at Loh Serah, Tatawa Kecil or the infamous "Current City" Batu Bolong - come face to face with reef sharks, turtles and giant Wrasse.
We're also spoiled for choice for fantastic night dives here - Gili Darat is great for sleeping turtles, colourful reef stonefish, spanish dancers, and with the tranquil seas, it's also a good place to sleep and dream about what tomorrow will offer.
The diving around Gili Lawalaut, Tatawa Kecil, Gili Darat is so awesome you will all want more so today we make 2-3 dives in clear arm blue waters - huge amounts of every type of sea life -big and small. Then we'll head off for a a night dive at either Gili Banta or maybe Batu Putih in Sumbawa - both interesting sites. Overnight we cruise back to Satonda and Sumbawa - solar powered nudibranch or ghost pipefish anyone?
On our last full day aboard, we'll enjoy two good dives around Sumbawa and Moyo Islands, a final chance to to shoot anything you missed at the start of the trip. Then the crew will wash your equipment as you start to "off gas" while relaxing with a cold beer on the sundeck.
It's also a great time to download, review and maybe even swap a few pictures before enjoying our trip video and then enjoying a final mouthwatering dinner with all your new friends.
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