Maumere-Komodo

Starting in beautiful Maumere, surrounded by volcanoes and mountains, we begin our journey discovering the outer pristine coral reefs and walls.  Komodo National Park is one of the most iconic diving destinations in Indonesia, famed for its unique blend of adrenaline pumping current fueled dives, stunning coral reefs, beautiful scenery and of course the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo Dragon.

Sample Itinerary

Note; all schedules are subjected to changes according to weather, sea, diving, & local conditions.

Day 1. (0-2 dives) 3pm. Our staff will meet you at Frans Seda Airport and take you to the awaiting Blue Manta.  Arrivals before midday are best so we can make check dive(s) in Maumere; Pulau Babi or Pulau Besar before we get underway by 3pm for overnight sail.

Day 2. (4 dives) South Komodo; Manta Alley to fly with mantas, Cannibal Rock, Torpedo Alley at Nusa Kode. 

Day 3. (4 dives) North Komodo; Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, & Shot Gun at Gili Lawa Laut.  Pinnacles, drift dives full of action with hunting fish; jacks & sharks!

Day 4. (4 dives) North Komodo; Tatawa Besar & Kecil, Siaba Kecil, & Wainilu.  Tons of Anthias, Napoleon wrasse, sharks, & excellent night dive.

Day 5. (4 dives) North Komodo; Batu Balong & Mantas on the Moon (Makassar Reef)

Day 6. (2 dives) North Komodo; Siaba Bay plus Mawan or Pengah.  This followed by a walk on the wide side in search of Komodo Dragons, and trekking on one of the local Islands.   Then we sail towards Labuan Bajo, where you spend last night on Blue Manta in Bajo Port.  Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, rest & relaxation, and if need be, an early flight on Trip Departure day.

Day 7. (0 dives) 5am-12pm; Check out after light breakfast & farewells, we transfer to local hotel or airport in time for Check-in & flight.  Take your pre-booked flight from Labuan Bajo to Bali. 

Diving days: 6 days (18 dives) 

Starting in beautiful Maumere, surrounded by volcanoes and mountains, we begin our journey discovering the outer pristine coral reefs and walls.  Komodo National Park is one of the most iconic diving destinations in Indonesia, famed for its unique blend of adrenaline pumping current fueled dives, stunning coral reefs, beautiful scenery and of course the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo Dragon.

Sample Itinerary

Note; all schedules are subjected to changes according to weather, sea, diving, & local conditions.

Day 1.  (0-2 dives) 3pm. Our staff will meet you at Frans Seda Airport and take you to the awaiting Blue Manta.  Arrivals before midday are best so we can make check dive(s) in Maumere; Pulau Babi or Pulau Besar before we get underway by 3pm for overnight sail.

Day 2. (4 dives) South Komodo; Manta Alley to fly with mantas, Cannibal Rock, Torpedo Alley at Nusa Kode.

Day 3. (3-4 dives) South Komodo, Padar Island; one of our favourite regions in the park with some stunning and diverse dive sites such as 3 Sisters and Pillarsteen.  Plus, visit to Pink Beach.

Day 4. (4 dives) North Komodo; Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, & Shot Gun at Gili Lawa Laut.  Pinnacles, drift dives full of action with hunting fish; jacks & sharks!

Day 5. (4 dives) North Komodo; Tatawa Besar & Kecil, Siaba Kecil, & Wainilu.  Tons of Anthias, Napoleon wrasse, sharks, & excellent night dive.

Day 6. (4 dives) North Komodo; Batu Balong & Mantas on the Moon (Makassar Reef)

Day 7. (2 dives) North Komodo; Siaba Bay plus Mawan or Pengah.  This followed by a walk on the wide side in search of Komodo Dragons, and trekking on one of the local Islands.   Then we sail towards Labuan Bajo, where you spend last night on Blue Manta in Bajo Port.  Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, rest & relaxation, and if need be, an early flight on Trip Departure day.

Day 8. (0 dives) 5am-12pm; Check out after light breakfast & farewells, we transfer to local hotel or airport in time for Check-in & flight.  Take your pre-booked flight from Labuan Bajo to Bali. 

Diving days: 7 days (22 dives)

 

Starting in beautiful Maumere, surrounded by volcanoes and mountains, we begin our journey discovering the outer pristine coral reefs and walls.  Komodo National Park is one of the most iconic diving destinations in Indonesia, famed for its unique blend of adrenaline pumping current fueled dives, stunning coral reefs, beautiful scenery and of course the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo Dragon.

Sample Itinerary

Note; all schedules are subjected to changes according to weather, sea, diving, & local conditions.

Day 1.  (0-2 dives) 3pm. Our staff will meet you at Frans Seda Airport and take you to the awaiting Blue Manta.  Arrivals before midday are best so we can make check dive(s) in Maumere; Pulau Babi or Pulau Besar before we get underway by 3pm for overnight sail. 

Day 2. (4 dives) South Komodo; Manta Alley to fly with mantas, Cannibal Rock, Torpedo Alley at Nusa Kode.

Day 3. (3-4 dives) South Komodo, Padar Island; one of our favourite regions in the park with some stunning and diverse dive sites such as 3 Sisters and Pillarsteen.  Plus, visit to Pink Beach.

Day 4. (4 dives) North Komodo; Golden Passage, Big Nose, Coral Garden at Batu Monco.

Day 5. (4 dives) North Komodo; Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, & Shot Gun at Gili Lawa Laut.  Pinnacles, drift dives full of action with hunting fish; jacks & sharks!

Day 6. (4 dives) North Komodo; Tatawa Besar & Kecil, Siaba Kecil, & Wainilu.  Tons of Anthias, Napoleon wrasse, sharks, & excellent night dive.

Day 7. (4 dives) North Komodo; Batu Balong & Mantas on the Moon (Makassar Reef)

Day 8. (2 dives) North Komodo; Siaba Bay plus Mawan or Pengah.  This followed by a walk on the wide side in search of Komodo Dragons, and trekking on one of the local Islands.   Then we sail towards Labuan Bajo, where you spend last night on Blue Manta in Bajo Port.  Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, rest & relaxation, and if need be, an early flight on Trip Departure day.

Day 9. (0 dives) 5am-12pm; Check out after light breakfast & farewells, we transfer to local hotel or airport in time for Check-in & flight.  Take your pre-booked flight from Labuan Bajo to Bali. 

Diving days: 8 days (26 dives)

Embarkation / Disembarkation

  • Maumere, Flores / Labuan Bajo, Western Flores

How to get to Maumere (MOF), Flores

How to get from Labuan Bajo (LBJ), Western Flores 

Dive Site Information

  • Water Temp; South 22-26 degrees Celsius, North & Central 26-28 degrees Celsius.
  • Visibility; 20-40 meters. 
  • Air Temp; 25-30 degrees Celsius
  • Level; intermediate to advanced. 
  • Best Time to Dive; start of May to end of October

What's included?

  • Round trip transfer local Hotel/Airport - Boat
  • All nights' accommodation on Boat
  • All meals (Western & Indonesian) snacks, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo, soft drinks
  • Towels, toiletries, & cabin services
  • FOC replacement if equipment breakdown
  • Warm towel & drink after every dive
  • Regular Air Tanks, weights, belt, 5 dive guides (1x Instructor, 4x Dive Masters)

What's excluded?

  • All flights & hotels stay
  • Marine Park & Harbour fee
  • Dive & Travel insurance
  • Fuel surcharge (if applicable). Please see our Booking Information page 'Fuel surcharge' section for more details and fees per person.
  • Massage services
  • Laundry services
  • Nespresso coffee, alcohol; beer & wine
  • Satellite Wi-Fi
  • Diving Gear; dive computer, torch, 15L tank rental, BCD, regulator, wetsuit, fins mask.  
  • Nitrox Enriched Air fills
  • Note; Nitrox & Diving Gear Items priced per diving day and are subject to availability.  Torch rental based on sunset/ night dive.  
  • Note: Exposure suits; 3mm shorty wetsuits available ONLY.  

Trip Schedule

  • Departure; 3pm, 1st Day - Maumere, Flores.  Or earlier if everyone arrives before and all Trip Preparations completed. Free transfer from local hotel or Frans Seda Airport, Maumere to Blue Manta on Trip Departure day (transfer time 20 mins).
  • Return; 5am, Last Day - Bajo Port, Labuan Bajo, Western Flores.  After a light breakfast and fond farewells, we take you to local hotel or Komodo Airport in time for Check-in & flight (transfer time 15 mins).  Note; latest BM Check-out, midday.
  • Last dive ends; 12pm, Penultimate Day, followed by a walk on the wild side in search of Komodo dragons, then sail back to Bajo Port for late evening.  This allows for your minimum 18 hours' surface interval/ No Fly Time (as recommended by PADI) before flying next day.

Blue Manta Reminders

Travel Documents

  • COVID-19 requirements & protocols in Indonesia and on your trip.  Please see our COVID-19 Travel & Visa Information page to help prepare and plan in advance for your travels and entry into Indonesia, as detailed by the Government of Indonesia.
  • Guest Info. We MUST receive guest’s details well in advance in the trip Note: Late receipt of Passport details may very likely lead to delayed departure & significant changes to the itinerary.
  • Visa On Arrival (VOA), single entry is now available for many countries and Visa Exemption Arrangement (VEP) for some ASEAN countries for stay up to 30 days. VOA cost: IDR 500,000 (approx. EUR 32 / USD 35). Payment can be done by: Visa, Mastercard or Debit Card or Cash Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Note: Please check here for eligibity. If you are from one of countries not on the VOA or VEA lists, or if you simply wish to get a visa in advance, you MUST apply for an eVisa (B211A) online PRIOR to arrival before entering all other airports.
  • Passport. Please ensure your passport is in good order, has enough pages, is valid for at least 6 months, and that you are able to enter Indonesia. Check with your local Embassy of Indonesia if unsure.
  • Departure Tax. Indonesia Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) has changed (Mar-2015) to be included in your flight ticket price. Please check though as previously it was 200,000IDRp to leave Indonesia, & up to 75,000IDRp for Domestic flights. Carry small bills, Indonesia Rupiah preferred, as often no change given.

Domestic Flights

  • Please book BEFORE confirming your International flights to ensure you make your connection to Maumere & from Labuan Bajo.
  • Domestic airlines; some do not allow non-Indo credit card online payments. If you cannot book direct or simply want help with your travel itineraries; obtaining an e-visa, booking domestic flight tickets, onward hotels, transfer, and additional land arrangements, etc, we can recommend local Indonesian travel agents, our friends at Come2Indonesia. Contact Rendy & the team here tour2@come2indonesia.comNote: If booked with credit card please ensure the card is with you upon Check In or have an official Airline form filled in & signed by card holder authorizing the use of.
  • Our ticketing agents are not responsible for any flight delay or cancellation, luggage lost or delay. In any case, please contact our ground staff in Bali for assistance for flight delay issue.
  • Early Arrivals; we can help recommend local hotels where we can pick you up on Trip Departure day. If needed transfers can be arranged for a nominal fee. Day of trip all included.
  • Luggage Allowance; most airlines allow 10-20kg/pax check, & 7kg carryon.  Additional weight is charged per/kilo (USD2-3/kilo). Maximum allowance between 20-30kg. Check the link for more details and additional flight info. Consult with our Travel Agent or Airline carrier (if booking directly) for actual details.   

Health & Insurance

  • Dive Insurance; compulsory for this trip.  We also strongly advise you get adequate travel insurance. Please check your travel insurance policy for your diving needs.  If not covered then we recommend DiveAssure for their single trip policy cover.
  • Dive Computer; compulsory on this trip.  We have rentals onboard if you do not have.
  • Follow Safe Diving Practices at ALL times plus No Deco Diving and No Solo Diving.
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for our trips. Our trips are not inclusive of any form of insurance. White Manta Diving cannot be held responsible for any trip disruption or cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or any flight / hotel expenses. This includes any costs related to COVID-19 issues, resulting in delay/ medical/ extraction/ quarantine/ or trip costs incurred due to potential positive testing / refusal of admittance to the country or your trip, before, during or after. We strongly recommend all guests purchase adequate travel insurance, as such an occurance will affect all guests on trip. Please see our Booking Information page 'Travel Insurance' section for more details and recommended insurers.

Internet/ Mobile

  • Satellite Wi-Fi
  • Mobile signal; local Telkomsel is best local card to buy.  Not long after you leave port we have has intermittent/ limited mobile signal until we return.
  • Telkomsel prepaid card card is the best value. Plus can add credit to top up!!!

Trip Extras payment onboard

  • By Credit card comes with 4.5% additional handling fee.
  • By Cash we accept US Dollars, Euro, Singaporean Dollars, and Indonesian Rupiah.  Please ensure ALL bills are in good order; NOT worn or torn and unmarked or we are UNABLE to accept.  Exchange rates differ for USD100/50 bills and USD20/10 bills. Current Exchange rate. ATMs available in town.

Trip Extras

  • Marine Park & Harbour fee; US$200 per person.
  • Fuel Surcharge fee; US$150 per person.
  • Massage US$35/ hour,  Laundry services (US$10/ basket)
  • Nespresso coffee: US$2, beer US$4, wine US$30-50
  • Satellite Wi-Fi US$35 for trip per person.
  • Nitrox; US$20/ diving day or US$7/ fill.

Equipment rental

Diving Gear: Full Set US$50/ diving day (except Large tank) or if individual items then following rates apply per diving day*

  • BCD US$12
  • Regulator US$12
  • Dive Computer US$12
  • Wetsuit US$8
  • Fins, Mask US$5
  • Large Tank US$12
  • Torch* US$12/ night dive.

Diving Gear Items priced per diving day* and is subject to availability.  Note: Torch rental* priced is per night dive.