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The following are examples of itineraries that have already been carried out. They include visits to the most exciting diving spots in the Komodo region with the goal of diving three or four times per day. Please note that any trip plan is subject to change based on the currents, waves and weather in the Komodo region. Strong currents, for example, may mean that the exact location and/or timing of the planned dives may have to be altered on safety grounds and to suit the local conditions. Since we offer holidays exclusively to small groups (maximum six divers) it is always possible to discuss and agree an alternative itinerary following consultation with the Captain and other guests.

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Please keep in mind that Komodo is not just one island. The Komodo National Park offers hundreds of dive sites with a wide range of different highlights. We believe that you can participate at minimum three 10 day trips and every trip will be a new adventure with new impressions for you. If you are Komodo experienced we can offer you some exploration trips to the nearby islands like Pulau Banta or Pulau Sangeang - even Bima is a possible destination for your personal charter of the Wellenreng.

 

Travel Itinerary  (6D/5N)

Day 1

At noon, following a short flight from Bali, you land at Labuan Bajo, the most westerly port on the beautiful island of Flores. We will be waiting for you there to take you to the harbour where our crew will welcome you on board our ship, the Wellenreng.

Following refreshments and a short tour and explanation about the ship, your safety on board and the plan for the day, we set off in the direction of Sebayar, the first of many islands and atolls in the Komodo National Park for a trial dive to check materials and equipment. After a snack a second dive can be organised if you wish, before we move on to the next island. In the evening we return to Sebayar and anchor there overnight. After dinner you can dive by moonlight or enjoy a relaxing evening under the stars of the Indonesian night sky.

Day 2

The morning starts with a light breakfast followed by the first dive of the day in the waters close to where the ship is anchored. A substantial brunch will then be served while we sail in the direction of Komodo until we arrive at our second diving spot, Gili Lawa Darat, in northern Komodo. Welcome to one of the most beautiful diving areas of Komodo populated by reef sharks, shoals of Giant Trevally, Manta rays and dolphins - many good reasons to explore this region in some detail.

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Day 3

Day 3 gives you the chance to explore the region further and visit diving spots like Crystal Rock, Castle Rock, Cauldron, Golden Passage and Lighthouse. Weather permitting the choice of diving spots and number of dives is yours. If after a day's diving you still have energy, there is the opportunity to climb up a small mountain on a nearby island and capture the spectacular views of the sun setting over Komodo on celluloid or digital memory.

Day 4

Following the before-brunch dive we head off southwards until we reach the stunning and ever-popular Batu Bolong, where our next dive will take place. The small rock formation, which emerges out of the deep, is home to countless species of fish and turtles. With a bit of luck creatures found normally only in the ocean are also encountered here making a second dive in this area, as well as a night dive, worthwhile.

Day 5

A dive in the currents around the Makassar Reef before brunch is a good way to start the day. Afterwards we set off in the direction of  Rinca, the second largest island in Komodo. Our stay starts with a relaxing dive around the reef close to the shore which is home to Mandarin fish, cuttlefish and turtles. Next a nature guide will take us on a short tour to see the Komodo dragon, the world's largest living lizard, in its natural habitat.

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Day 6

In the early morning we head off in the direction of Labuan Bajo. After brunch it is time to leave for the airport and a wonderful holiday is at an end.

Travel Itinerary 10D/9N Komodo

Day 1

At noon, following a short flight from Bali, you land at Labuan Bajo, the most westerly port on the beautiful island of Flores. We will be waiting for you there to take you to the harbour where our crew will welcome you on board our ship, the Wellenreng.

Following refreshments and a short tour and explanation about the ship, your safety on board and the plan for the day, we set off in the direction of Sebayar, the first of many islands and atolls in the Komodo National Park for a trial dive to check materials and equipment. After a snack a second dive can be organised if you wish, before we move on to the next island. In the evening we return to Sebayar where anchor overnight. After dinner you can dive by moonlight or enjoy a relaxing evening under the stars of the Indonesian night sky.

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Day 2

The morning starts with a light breakfast followed by the first dive of the day in the waters close to where the ship is anchored. A substantial brunch will then be served while we sail westwards.On the way we stop at one of the one of the most famous places to dive in Komodo, Batu Bolong. Whille we take a closer look at the steep cliffs that characterise the diving site, lunch will be prepared. The third dive takes us through the currents that flow around the stunning Makassar-Reef. Then after a substantial supper there is even the possibility to go night-diving for those who still have energy.

Day 3

In the morning we start with a visit to the “cliff with the hole” (Batu Bolong) and after brunch we try our luck in Tatawa Kecil, a wonderful coral garden, where even the currents that sometimes flow cannot spoil the beauty of the reef. While you eat lunch the Wellenreng sails southwards to the bay of Komodo. We drop anchor near the reef at Pink Beach giving you the opportunity to explore this beautiful reef and also the possibility of a night dive among its corals.

Day 4

In the early morning we sail to the island of Padar. After an extensive breakfast, we visit the diving spot Three Sisters where three impressive columns of rock rise out of the deep and the sea is populated by numerous species of coral-dwelling fish. After a short rest we dive again to explore the waters of Pillarsteen, another well-known diving site in Padar, before enjoying a late lunch while the Wellenreng heads southwards. If the currents are favourable, our next dive will take place at the southern cape of Komodo. Here it is also possible to come across sharks and other larger species as well as typical coral-dwellers, making the dive particularly stunning. As ever, a night dive can be arranged if desired.

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Day 5

Today we focus on the top diving spots south of Komodo. After breakfast we travel by speedboat around the cape to dive at Manta Alley without a doubt the best place to see Manta ray. We return to the ship for lunch and after a well-deserved rest, we dive once more in the waters off Cape Komodo. A night dive brings the day to an end.

Day 6

After an early morning dive you enjoy a leisurely breakfast while the Wellenreng sails onwards to the most southerly bay on the island, Rinca. The bay offers sheltered anchorage and excellent opportunities to observe local wildlife like Komodo dragons, monkeys, deer, wild boar and birds.  Canibal Rock is a truly impressive diving spot. Its coral is populated by an amazing variety of fish. Their numbers are often augnented by visitors from the pelagic zone giving you a good chance also to see species from surface waters.  After lunch we move on to Torpedo Point, a spot where it is often possible to observe many different species of large fish. The day ends on a high point with a night dive at Canibal Rock where we may have the opportunity to encounter species rarely seen elsewhere.

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Day 7

Before breakfast we dive for the last time in the region. We then set off towards the northern end of Komodo. If the current is not too strong we will stop on the way to dive at Batu Tiga or in Crazy Rock. In the afternoon after a relative long journey we reach one of the most beautiful diving areas in Komodo. Here it is possible to encounter reef sharks, shoals of Giant Trevally, Manta rays and dolphins - many very good reasons to explore this region in some detail.

Day 8

Day 8 gives you the chance to explore the region further and visit diving spots like Crystal Rock, Castle Rock, Cauldron, Golden Passage and Lighthouse. Weather permitting the choice of diving spots and number of dives is yours. If after a day's diving you still have energy, there is the opportunity to climb up a small mountain on a nearby island and capture the spectacular views of the sun setting over Komodo on celluloid or digital memory.

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Day 9

After an early morning dive in the region we set off in the direction of Rinca, the second largest island in Komodo. On the way we explore for the final time the waters of Batu Bolong before visiting the Komodo dragons which live on the island. We will be accompanied on our short nature tour by a guide who can provide interesting insights into the life of these fascinating creatures.

Day 10

In the early morning we head off in the direction of Labuan Bajo. After brunch it is time to leave for the airport and a wonderful holiday is at an end.