Remark : Itineraries and dive sites choice in Komodo are highly dependant on tides and meteorological conditions. Many dives have to be performed at a particular moment of the tide and the South of Komodo may be difficult to acess if the winds are too strong -the waters are also colders with a limited visibility so the guests could prefer to stay in the North-. For these reasons the itineray displayed here is not a fixed itinerary, but more an example of the multiple ways this cruise can be done.
DAY1 (2 dives)
Arrival from Denpasar (Bali) with Garuda GA 7026 (0600-0735) or Lion Air IW 1886 flight (0650-0800) at Labuanbajo. Welcoming at airport, transfer to the boat.
Check in, Welcome drink, lunch, briefing. Navigation to Sebayor. Check dive at Sebayor kecil, and a night dive close to the same Island.
DAY2 (4 Dives)
Dive on 3 sisters, on the Padar Island. A wonderful set of 3 pinacles: soft corals, feather stars, sea apples, great fish life. We keep going south to Langkoi, in the very South Komodo to dive Manta alley, one of best site in Indonesia to admire mantas. We generally repeat this dive as the divers love it, then we cross the strait to South Rinca for a night dive in Nusa Kode.
DAY3 (4 dives)
We spend this day in South Rinca, diving the sites of Cannibal rock, fantastic corals and critters (frogfish, zebra crabs and Coleman shrimps on fire urchins, rare nudis, leaffish, etc). , then Yellow wall (A colorful wall whith one of the best soft corals of Indonesia) followed by Torpedo and excellent critter dive site. Night dive on Torpedo. Between the dives we should have the opportunity to see some dragons laying on the beach, and if the tide is low some monkeys searching for food between the rocks.
DAY4 (4 dives)
We go back to Padar island for this day, Pilarsteen and Nice reef: brilliant corals, lot of fishes. For our third dive we go up North to Tatawa kecil, a dive with rocks and walls that are home to numerous groupers, school of snappers and trevallies. The dive topography is also very nice, with big boulders, walls, overhangs and caves. The night dive is vanilu, one of the best night dive of the park: frogfish, leaf fish, octopus, and many interesting critters.
DAY5 (3 dives)
North komodo strait : Batu Bolong, a rock in the middle of the strait with incredible fish life, great walls and dramatic underwater landscape. Tatawa besar, a colorful drift dive well known for the orange soft corals. Karang Makasar will be our third dive, a drif where we often spot Manta rays and white tip sharks.
DAY6 (3 dives)
We are now in the most Northern part of the park, and will dive Castel rock, Cristal rock, two highlights action dives of the park, rocks with prolific fish life. The 3rd dive is Caldron, a passage between 2 islands with a beautiful sandy garden coral, soft corals, great fish life. End of the day ascending a mount to admire the sunset and the magnificience of Komodo mountains.
DAY7 (4 dives)
In the North of the park, we dive the famous dive sites of Cristal and Castel rock: a profusion of marine life including various kind of sharks, hunting giant trevallies, clouds of fusiliers, tunas, giant groupers, etc. Shotgun, a drift into a channel between 2 islands is an amazing dive site too: Sponges and corals boulders on a flat sandy area that evolutes into a channel where walls are covered with soft corals. School of giant trevallies, groupers, white tip sharks. Night dive
DAY8 (2 dives)
We dive again one of Castel or Cristal rock and the drift dive of Lampu: a slope going down to 20 meters, sand and boulders on the bottom where often lies white tip sharks. The corner, at the end of the dive, is rich with schools of snappers, orientalis sweetlips, spade fish, napoleon wrasse. In the afternoon we will do a short trek in Rinca to see more Komodo dragons and other animals living on the savannah of Rinca. Back to Labuanbajo in the evening
Breakfast on board. Check out before midday, transfer to the airport or hotel.
The MV Ambai, our custom-built for diving, started operations in July 2012.
Our 32-meter long wooden boat receives up to 16 divers in absolute comfort. Traditionally built from Ironwood and other tropical hardwood, the boat is however specially designed to offer the best liveaboard scuba diving cruise experience.
MV Ambai Liveaboard offers 8 boutique cabins with individually controlled air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms with hot water. An inside lounge and restaurant, large shadow deck areas, a Sundeck complete the common parts.
› Accommodation in a shared twin or double cabin
› All meals & snacks. Drinking water, soft drinks and hot drinks, espresso.
› All guided dives (1 guide /4 divers maximum)
› Aluminium tanks (12 lts), weights and belts
› Nitrox (for certified divers)
› Airport-boat transfers from/to the closest airport (departure and arrival)
› International and domestic flights
› Alcoholic beverages (you can BYOB)
› Diving equipment rental (see pricing below)
› 100 cf (15 lts) tanks : 50€/cruise
› Double bed cabin "sea view" supplement: 20€/night/pax
› Laundry (1€/2 pieces)
› Crew gratuities
› MassageSee on board price list