Drift dives in Komodo

Second highlight of Komodo, its current

Komodo Drift Diving

An excellent feature for the underwater diversity

When divers are talking about Komodo the second associated word after incredible is Current. Currents in Komodo National Park can get rather strong, which is an excellent feature, since you can find all this abundant and pristine marine life.

Giant Trevallies

A brief exploration of Komodo National Park

Diving Cruise KOMODO | 5 Days / 4 Nights

Cruise in Komodo National Park,
Labuan Bajo to Labuan Bajo
Departures 2022:
- 20th June
- 21st & 
27th July
- 10th & 20th Aug
- 7th Sept

303$ per day instead of 329$
Total 1516$/person FULL BOARD

Up to 3 dives/day

Please refer to the FAQ Section

Boat Rating *

Global
9.8
Vessel
9.6
Life Onboard
9.8
Activities
9.9
Itinerary *
Boat & Cabin
Testimonials

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5 Days 4 Nights Cruise Itinerary Komodo

Day 1 : Embarkment in Labuan Bajo

In the morning the crew will be waiting for you at the airport to drive you to the harbor where you will take place on the boat. You will be welcome, and the cruise director will set you up with a presentation of the boat, crew and your cabin. Then, we will lift the anchor and sail to the West to reach Sebayur Kecil Island where we will enjoy the beach and an amazing starting dive in this calm area to discover the diversity of Komodo National Park. Later, you will enjoy the sunset while paddling or kayaking or from the boat with a drink. And in the evening, we will have the option to go for a night dive!

Cuttlefish in Komodo

Day 2 : The Komodo Strait

Today, we will head to Komodo Strait, located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. This precise area is gorgeous as the strong currents passing through this channel offer a massive diversity for the coral reef and its living species. We will go on the dive sites of Tatawa Besar, Batu Bolong and Golden Passage, world class dive sites! In the afternoon, we will keep sailing and reach Gili Lawa Island where we will drop the anchor and enjoy the glowing sunset in the bay.

Day 3 : Gili Lawalaut & Lawa Darat Gili

We will reach the top North-East of Komodo Island and discover this wonderful region where the boat will circle around these two small sister islands. We will enjoy the renowned hotspots of Castle Rock, Crystal Rock and the Cauldron for some unforgettable dives. Among this amazing diversity, you will surely find some Mantas, sharks and important schools of pelagic. Later, you can always enjoy a paddling or kayaking tour at sunset time, the best time to enjoy the calm and crystal waters of the area.

Day 4 : Manta madness & Komodo Dragons

Today is the day for the incredible encounters! We will start with great dives in Taka Makassar aka THE Manta Point of Komodo National Park where you will surely meet Manta rays, sharks, turtles and many pelagic… In the afternoon, we will set foot on land, on Rinca Island where we will go for a hike with the ranger who will show you the emblematic Komodo Dragon in his natural habitat, straight from the Jurassic times! At the end of the day, we will set the anchor next to Kalong Island where thousands of giant bats, also called flying foxes, fly off at sunset as part of their nightly hunt ritual: an impressive show!

Day 5 : Cruising back to Labuan Bajo

Unfortunately, all the good things come to an end… This is our last day and after a last delicious breakfast, you will do your check-out. In the morning, you will have enough time to say bye, share your pictures and moments with your friends. Afterward, we will do the farewells and the crew will drop you to the airport or to your hotel in Labuan Bajo area. Your head will be full of memories set for life!

* Please note that the itinerary and services mentioned above are subject to be changed if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require the captain or the crew to do so. However, we will always do our best to stick to this program.

A current that brings an abundant marine life

Why, you may wonder. These currents bring in nutrients that feed many species that wouldn’t be here without this food. This is how the chain works: the most important source of food for corals and small fish is plankton, then these small fish attract predators like sharks and other hunters like Giant Trevalies, Tunas, Snappers, Barracudas, etc. Plankton also attracts even bigger and peaceful creatures as well, such as massive Manta rays and even the largest of all, the Whale sharks.

Blacktip Reef Shark

A drifting adventure

The diving here can be pretty adventurous, which is definitely one the main attractions while diving in Komodo National Park, captivating many divers from all over the world. Currents are frequent on most dives and they can dramatically change from day to day, from hour to hour, and even during a single dive. But as we mentioned, these currents are what make this area special and so rich in life. The strength of the current also varies throughout the month along with the lunar cycle, thus the knowledge of currents, daily tide times and moon phases will determine where the best diving will be.

If you wish to experience current and drift dive before your trip to Komodo, we highly recommend you to spend a couple of days with us in Nusa Lembongan, to dive Nusa Penida North coast, and get your drift specialty. Current here is weaker but strong enough to give the required experience to dive some of the best dive sites in Komodo.

School of Batfish

For every level

Due to the potential changing currents, diving in Komodo can be challenging sometimes, therefore is mostly for intermediate - advanced divers, however beginner divers don’t need to worry at all, considering there are also diving spots with less or none current, a variety of dive sites are done in protected and sheltered places. For example, there are some dives sites like Manta Point and Tatawa Besar, where if conditions are right, beginner divers and Open Water students can enjoy the marvels of these places.  On the other hand, there are some dives sites, such as The Cauldron, Castle Rock and Crystal Rock, which are only appropriate for advanced divers.

Large School of Fish While drift diving in Komodo

How to deal with the current?

The idea is not to fight the current, diving should be fun, so better is drift along and go with the flow! The feeling of flying underwater is simply stunning and it will surely be one of the most remarkable experiences that Komodo has to offer! It is good to keep in mind though that unexpected changes can still occur, so please pay attention carefully to the pre-dive briefing. Always be close to your group and behind your guide. If there is current present, stay close to the reef or bottom where the current is less strong while maintaining neutral buoyancy, without damaging any marine life, and imitate your dive guide’s positioning in the water. And for underwater photographers in strong currents, it is important not to get left behind in the group in search of the perfect shot.

For those who are not that big fans of currents, Komodo National Park will also be a great fit, due to its extensive types of dives. Divers will find everything they are looking for: currents dive, but easy dives as well, protected bays, colourful reefs; great night dives, pinnacles and sea mounts; white sand slopes & colorful walls, monumental boulders, volcanic black sands, great much diving, and all of it filled with a breathtaking marine life biodiversity…

Whereas diving in some sites in the Park can be easily done all year round, in North and Central Komodo National Park the best time for diving is from April to November and in South Komodo National Park the best time is from October till April.

How to deal with current in Komodo

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Luxury
 All cabins are equipped with Air conditioning and Private bathroom (ensuite). 
Comfort: All cabins are equipped with Air conditioning and some cabins may have shared bathroom (Max 2 cabins).

You should definitely consider the full charter option especially if you are planning this cruise with your family or friends. It will make the experience even more exceptional. As we offer a large choice of boat, no matter if you are 6, 10 or more than 12 we will find the best vessel according the standing you are expecting. From 1000$ per night in adventure standing, 2000$ per night in Comfort standing and from 3000$ in Luxury standing. Contact us for more informations.

Not at all, beginners can do discover scuba diving during the cruise (let us know to arrange it)


Open water certified divers or equivalent will have access to most of the dive sites, but to make the best of the cruise Advanced level and experience in drift dive is recommended. You can spend a few days with us in Bali before starting your cruise, by joining our Safari tour or to get your Advanced certification in one of our four dive centers, it will allow you to dive up to 30m depth, to join night dives and be more confident and comfortable while drift diving.

For an even better training we recommend you to join the drift specialty in Nusa Lembongan.

If you are more into Leisure, Yoga or Surfing, we can offer you some great cruise experience while practicing some of your favourite activities. Contact us for more informations.

Indonesia spread over its more than 5000 km along the Equator which offers a tropical climate with only two season, dry & wet.

Dry season is mainly from May to October Wet season from November to April.
Keep in mind that Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, so you can visit year-round as wet season won’t start in the same time in different places.

Landscapes are also pretty different due to Tropical rainforest climate and Tropical savannah climate.

Komodo: All year around
North Komodo: April to December
South Komodo: January to march
Raja Ampat: October to May
Banda Island: September to November
Alor: May to November

We do recommend you to bring your own gears if you already own it. If not it’s not a big deal, you can rent the full set onboard, some of our partners provide rental equipment for free, maximum you can expect another 60$ per day.
As a reminder, every scuba diver should be equipped with: Wetsuite/BCD/Regulator set/Fins/Weight system/Dive computer/SMB/Torchlight/Compass.


Nitrox tanks are available on most of the boats, please refer to the boat description.

Included: Transportation between airport & boat (return)/ Accommodation/ Meals and snacks/ non alcoholic beverage/ 12L tanks and weight system for divers

Not Included:
Marine park and Port authority fees / International and domestic flights/ Traveling - Diving Insurance / alcoholic beverage & espresso/ massage/ 15L tanks and dive gears rental for scuba divers

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Tipping from 5 to 10% of the cruise amount are expected, it express your satisfaction level. Tips are also an important income part for crew members.