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Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
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Komodo Snorkeling Expedition

Wilderness Travel
5.0 . Excellent
Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
From: $ 6,695 $ 609 / day
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  • Fantastic snorkeling in a remote corner of the world
  • Travel aboard our phinisi (a traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing ship) with comfortable en suite cabins and excellent service
  • A chance to see the famous komodo dragons on Komodo Island
  • Trip Leaders who offer an in-depth look into this area’s unsurpassed marine biodiversity

Short Description

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.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Denpasar
End City Denpasar

Trip Includes

  • Expert leadership of two Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders
  • Accommodations aboard a traditional phinisi schooner
  • All meals included
  • Shore excursions during the cruise, including the Komodo dragon excursion
  • Land transfers between airport, hotel, and vessel (three transfers in total, one in Bali and two in Labuan Bajo/Maumere)

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Days 1-2, Sep 6- 7, 2019: 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, Sep 8-10, 2019: 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, Sep 11-13, 2019: 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, Sep 14-16, 2019: 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.


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Ship Name

Our Komodo National Park Live-Aboard Yacht

Ship Description

Our 98-foot phinisi (traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing ship) is our very comfortable 14-guest vessel for exploring the best snorkeling sites around Komodo National Park. She has three cabin types (3 Twin Staterooms, 2 Deluxe Staterooms, and 2 Owners' Suites), all air-conditioned, with en suite facilities, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, and towels. There is an air-conditioned salon, a large shaded outdoor dining area, and an upper sundeck with sun loungers and spectacular views. The vessel offers a high standard of service provided by a one-to-one ratio of staff to guests, and there are two tenders to take us to our snorkeling sites and ashore for exploration.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Maximum Number of People in Group: 14

Cancellation Policy:

  • Minimum fee: $600 per person
  • 101-190 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
  • 100 days or less: 100% of trip cost

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Trip Excludes

  • International and  internal airfare
  • Airport taxes
  • One pre-cruise compulsory hotel overnight in Bali
  • Optional gratuities to leaders or staff
  • Additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors
  • Pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance
  • Passports and visas charges
  • Other expenses of a personal nature

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