Komodo National Park

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Komodo National Park 9 Days / 8 Nights

Majik liveaboard is the perfect way to explore this legendary national park, which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It boasts a plethora of underwater flora and fauna, walking trails up to viewpoints that will take your breath away, as well as the endemic Komodo dragon. Get up close and personal with these mythical creatures, swim with the elegant manta rays and enjoy some of the world’s finest diving at sites such as Castle Rock, Golden Passage and Batu Bolong.

Day 1

Labuan Bajo

Day 2

Komodo Strait

Day 3

Manta Point & Padar

Day 4

Horseshoe Bay

Day 5

Gili Lawa Islands

Day 6

Sanggeang

Day 7

Banta & Batu Monco

Day 8

Rinca

Day 9

Labuan Bajo

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Welcome Aboard

We’ll collect you in style at your hotel or airport, preferably in the morning so you can make the most of the day. We’ll then cruise west where you can enjoy the beach, or go snorkelling or diving on Bidadari or Sebayur Kecil Island. A sense of calm reigns over these islands, however underwater, the reef is positively teeming with life. End the day by kicking back with a drink, while admiring the stunning sunset. Night dive is optional.

The Komodo strait

Komodo Island lies in the middle of the straits between Sumbawa and the Flores Islands. The sea is funnelled between the two islands, creating rich currents and coral reefs that will be a delight for you to explore, such as Tatawa Besar, Batu Bolong and Golden Passage. At the end of a spectacular day’s sailing, we’ll anchor safely in Gili Lawa Island Bay, famous for its magnificent views of the glowing sunset.

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Manta point & Padar island

Cruising south, we’ll make a stopover at Taka Makassar, aka Manta Point, a coral garden in which you’ll swim or dive with mantas, sharks and turtles, to name just a few. You can then enjoy a bite to eat or simply relax on the nearby sand atoll, and watch in awe as the turquoise waters lap the shore. From there, we will make our way to Padar Island to take in its dramatic landscape of sharp peaks and pink sand beaches. Here, a short walk is all that is standing between you and views that will take your breath away.

Horseshoe Bay

A day in South Rinca, aka Horse Shoe Bay, is the perfect opportunity for you to delve into nature and discover the extraordinary wildlife, including monkeys, deer, wild pigs, sea eagles and of course Komodo dragons. The colder waters here are home to some world-class dive sites, such as the famous Cannibal Rock.

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Gili Lawa Island

Here, the diving will not disappoint with three world-famous dive sites and shark hotspots for you to enjoy: Castle Rock, Crystal Rock and the Cauldron. For less adventurous snorkelers or divers, it also boasts beautiful hard coral reefs surrounded by white sand, where manta rays are not a rare sight. You’ll find it difficult to resist grabbing a paddleboard or kayak to glide over these turquoise waters before enjoying a well-deserved drink at sunset.

Sanggeang

The Sanggeang volcano is still very much active, so you can enjoy a surreal swim in its underwater hot springs and bubbling reef. Sanggean is renowned for its extremely colourful soft corals and the contrast created against a backdrop of black volcanic sand. You’ll also get a chance to visit the island’s only village, home to honey makers, boat builders and shepherds settled along the shoreline.

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Banta & Batu Monco

We’ll sail onwards to Banta Island, right outside the National Park, to explore far-flung, secluded bays with white and pink sand beaches surrounded by dry, steep slopes and peaks. With not a soul in sight, you’ll feel at one with nature. Weather permitting, we can cruise to Batu Monco and its crystal-clear, turquoise waters where snorkelling is effortless and you can dive pristine coral reefs surrounded by white sandy slopes.

Rinca island

In the morning, we will head to the ranger station on Rinca Island, where a park ranger will talk to you about the legendary Komodo dragons. You can then cool off with a swim or dive at Wainilu or Pengah Kecil. As we cruise towards Kalong Island, we’ll end the day on a magical note with thousands of giant fruit bats flying overhead in the light of the setting sun.

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Farewell in Labuan Bajo

We will cruise back to Labuan Bajo so you can savour your last hearty breakfast and check out before noon. After a few final photos and farewells, our crew will arrange your transfer to your hotel or airport. Then it’s time to head home, your head filled with unforgettable memories from the trip of a lifetime.

Alternatives & Longer routes

A day to South Komodo will take you into direct contact with the Indian Ocean winds and currents, transporting you to rougher, more dramatic landscapes. In these colder, faster-moving waters, the bio-environment changes, and you will have the opportunity to observe the large manta ray cleaning station at Manta Alley.

An extra day Komodo trip around Padar Island will give you time to dive the very rich coral reefs with unusually fat soft corals and all the small sea creatures that hide inside them. The famous pink beaches of Padar are magnificent, and offshore it is not rare to spot devil ray, ghost pipe fish and the strange frog fish.