Highlights
  • 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

Indonesia’s Komodo National Park is a glorious realm of translucent seas, glittering reefs, and lush volcano-islands—the perfect place for our newest snorkeling adventure! With our renowned “dream team,” marine biologists and veteran Trip Leaders Lee Goldman and Ethan Daniels, you’ll experience some of the top snorkeling on the planet—from huge fish like giant trevallys, groupers, and sweetlips to schools of tiny iridescent anthias. Rounding out our adventure are visits to fishing villages and island hikes, including one to see the world-famed Komodo dragons in the wild. In the evenings, you’ll return to our “mother ship” for sunsets, stargazing, and fascinating talks by our Trip Leaders on Komodo’s habitat diversity, coral reefs, and conservation.

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Komodo Snorkeling Expedition

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Itinerary

Days 1-3: Denpasar / Flores / Kelor / Tatawa Besar and Kecil / Makassar Reef

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Boarding our traditional 98-foot wooden schooner on Flores Island, we cruise to Kelor for fantastic snorkeling in waters just six feet deep, then head to Tatawa Besar and Tatawa Kecil, where a drift snorkel reveals groupers, snappers, and jacks. At Makassar Reef, you’ll snorkel among schools of mantas that congregate here to feed on plankton.

Days 4-7: Komodo Island / Komodo Dragons

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On our naturalist-led hike, we’ll look for the legendary komodo dragons, the largest living lizards on earth. Snorkeling at Padar Island includes magnificent soft coral gardens by a pink sand beach and a quiet bay where baby sharks and nudibranchs can be found. On a drift snorkel we’ll watch for turtles, moray eels, blacktip sharks, and rare scorpionfish, while the currents at Shot Gun Channel float us above shallow corals where colorful reef fish feed.

Days 8-11: Sangeang / Pulau Satonda

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Snorkel the mysterious underwater caves and canyons of Sangeang, with the chance to spot the rare clown bleeny, and visit the fishing village of Bonto. Fields of garden eels poke out their heads on the reefs of Pulau Moyo, and on the tiny island of Pulau Satonda, explore its crater lake and snorkel among huge coral bommies. At sunset, witness the mass exodus of giant fruit bats as they migrate to forage for food—thousands of them nearly blacken the sky in this nightly spectacle! Depart on Day 11 via Denpasar.

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$ 5,795

Price Per Day:

$ 527 per day
 
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Details
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.

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)
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
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Maximum Number of People in Group: 14
Start City
Denpasar
End City
Denpasar

Trip ID#: komsnowil

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