Macro in Komodo

Go for some macro dives in Komodo and uncovered the tiny species

Macro and Muck Dive Komodo

Komodo has an incredibly complete underwater environment

Komodo National Park has a very diverse and complete marine life, it is a great place to interact with mantas or swim through a tornado of fusiliers, but it's also a world class macro destination. Investigating the ocean floors for macro life can become a fascinating and exciting activity.

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Your best diving holidays in one week in Komodo

Diving Cruise KOMODO | 7 Days / 6 Nights

Cruise in Komodo National Park,
Labuan Bajo to Labuan Bajo 
Departures 2022:
- 22nd 
of Jun
- 11th, 21st & 31st July
- 18th Aug
- 4th Sept

342$ per day instead of 375$
Total 2396$/person FULL BOARD

Up to 3 dives/day

Please refer to the FAQ Section

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Boat Rating *

Global
9.8
Vessel
9.7
Life Onboard
9.9
Activities
9.8
Itinerary *
Boat & Cabin
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7 Days 6 Nights Cruise Map Komodo

Day 1 : Embarkation in Labuan Bajo harbor

The crew will pick you up at the airport or at your hotel located in the West of Flores Island. Once arrived on the ship, you will get a refreshing welcome drink and snacks while the cruise director does few presentations. Then, you will take possession of your cabin and will be able to rest while we lift the anchor.
Then, you will do your refresh dive in Sebayur Kecil, an easy wonderful dive to put yourself back on the trail! At sunset time, you will have the chance to watch the exceptional giant bat show that covers the sky when the sun goes down in the South of Pulau Kaaba.

Day 2 : Rinca Island

Today, we will meet the Komodo Dragon, this fascinating species from the Jurassic! After that, we will go enjoy the stunning beach of Pulau Kambing and sail to Pulau Tengah and Padar Island for 3 amazing dives where you will admire, walls of corals with light current and more dynamic dives with pelagic but also great macro diversity!

Day 3 : Padar Island

Early morning, we will do a small trekking to the top of Padar Island to enjoy a fantastic panorama on the island and archipelago at sunrise! Later, breakfast on the boat, we rest and we go diving on Pilarsteen dive site which is composed of a wall covered with colorful coral and sponges, impressive marine life with schools of fusiliers and some caves and swimthroughs as part of the topography.
Very interesting dive site! After that, let’s go to the famous Pink Beach or Pantai Merah for diving on this unique reef and chilling on the beach. Later in the afternoon, we will enjoy a third dive in Pulau Sabita or Pulau Sabah where we will dive with Manta rays, sharks and schools of fusiliers… To end this exceptional day, we will have a nice sunset on a deserted sand bank!

Day 4 : Central Komodo

Let’s go diving to the famous Karang Makassar dive site, the renown cleaning and feeding station for the Mantas in Komodo! An amazing drift dives where Mantas circle around a huge pinnacles while getting cleaned up by smaller fishes… After lunch, we go for another exceptional dive site of Komodo, Batu Bolong: an emerged pinnacle located in the middle of the channel with currents facing the reef. You will find an amazing healthy coral life, joined by an incredible fauna diversity with sharks, giant trevally, schools of yellow fins, barracudas, yellow snappers, silver trevally as well as dogtooth tunas. Later, we will go diving in the waters of Pulau Tatawa which is a dive site not to be missed!

Day 5 : Gili Lawa

Again, some of the best dives in Komodo are scheduled for today! We will sail to the small channel located between Gili Lawa and Komodo islands, the dive site is called the Golden Passage: a world class dive site where we will go for TWO dives! You will admire beautiful healthy soft and hard corals as well as plentiful marine life, including turtle, schools of sweet lips and trevally hunting in the rich fast-moving waters. Later, we will go to the famous dive site of Cauldron located in a passage between Gili Lawa Darat and Gili Lawa Laut, interesting topography, strong currents that attracts amazing marine life: Eagle ray, Manta rays can be spotted there as well as lots of pelagic fishes like trevally, tunas and others. The dive site is also home to of a lot of tiny critters such as frogfishes and nudibranchs hidden in the marine flora.

Day 6 : Pulau Gili Lawa Laut & Pulau Bidadari

Early morning, we will go for a small worthy trekking on Pulau Gili Lawa Laut to admire the panorama over the Komodo archipelago at sunrise. You will take magazine pictures! After that, we will go for two incredible dives at Crystal Rock and Castel Rock which are two exposed pinnacles that attract a maximum of life from the area, clear water, medium to strong current and beautiful pelagic swimming around… In the afternoon, you will enjoy the beach facing the boat at Pulau Bidadari where we will organize a BBQ party under the starry sky!

Day 7 : Pulau Bidadari - Labuan Bajo

Since it is your last day of cruise, you will not be able to go diving but we prepared nice snorkeling, paddle or kayak activities in the proximity of Pulau Bidadari. After, we will cruise back to Labuan Bajo harbor, and you will have time to pack up and share your pictures and memories with your friends. We will have a small good-byes ceremony and drive you back to the airport or hotel in the area.

* 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.

Macro is everywhere, you just need to look for it

There are more than 50 world-class dive sites in Komodo National park, so there is no surprise that you can find any kind of species in this region. Not only that, despite all the sites that are recognized as macro sites, due to the amazing variety of this kind of life you can find in them, there are also sites where these tiny creatures may not be the main attraction, but if you deeply look around, you will find them as well. For example, there are a few sites with the majestic Manta Rays, where you can marvel at them, but at the same time if you keep your eyes peeled, you will realize that you can also observe an incredible macro life. In some manta sites you can find nudibranchs and blue ringed octopus for instance. It can be difficult to know where to look but if you have the right guide, everything is possible!

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Some of the best macro sites around Komodo National Park:

Sangeang Island: Although it is located north west of Komodo island, this island is not part of Komodo National Park. However, this does not make it less interesting, quite the opposite, the critter diving opportunities here are endless. Sangeang offers dozens of top notch critter dives all around the island, where you can find an incredible variety of different life in several distinct environments. The biggest attractions are Nudibranchs, but you can also spot ghost Pipefish, frogfish, all kinds of octopus, pygmy seahorses, bobtail squids and many others.

The nutrient rich waters that attract a large number of manta rays in the South part of the Komodo National Park are also great for creating a critter rich environment. 

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Looking for critters? We recommend Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay is located in the far southern end of Rinca Island, is home to several remarkable critter dives. In this area you find, among other sites, the following two:

Cannibal Rock: It is one of the most famous sites in all of the Komodo National Park, located in the south of marine reserve between Rinca and Nusa Kode Island. This site is well known as a macro dive site, since when you look for the tiny things on the reef the true beauty of this site emerges. You can find macro fishes species, such as rare kinds of nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, sea apples, ladybugs, pygmy seahorses, frogfish, clownfish. The fish life can also be good at Cannibal Rock with an array of scorpion fish, schools of red snappers and surgeonfish.

Yellow Wall: located in the southern end of Komodo National park, is one of the best sites and is named after the large number of yellow soft corals found along the wall. The wall itself is dropping to over 30m in places, but it can be dived at any depth. The walls are packed with an incredible array of marine life and color - stunning soft corals, Spanish dancer nudibranchs, colourful sea urchins, bright red sea apples as well as a huge variety of tunicates. Crevices in the walls are home to sleeping fish, spiny and slipper lobsters, cleaner shrimps and decorator crabs.

This site is great for night dives, where you will meet sleeping coral trout, cat sharks, all kinds of cardinal fishes and parrot fishes in their mucus cocoon.

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Paradise of Macro photographers

Komodo National Park will never stop surprising you, with its rich marine life. For photographers, these macro sites are best done more than once, with both, wide and macro lenses.

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FAQ

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•  Expiration date of the applicant’s passport must be at least 6 (six) months at the date of entry.
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•  Round-trip airplane ticket

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Maximum length of stay without Visa is 30 Days, if you are planning to stay up to 60 days, you can buy a visa on arrival for 35 US$ at Airports and Seaports.
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We choose to work with people we know for years, all offering a high quality service on perfectly maintained Phinisi.

All boats, Cabins & on-board furniture's have an authentic and sophisticated design, made with quality materials.


Spacious and Comfortable
shared space, Lounge, Sun Deck, Restaurant will grant you a maximum comfort.

You will also enjoy free access to kayaks and stand-up paddles (SUP) if you wish to explore the surrounding.
Then it's up to you to chose if you want to enjoy a stunning sunset from the lounge with a fresh drink or from the SUP in the middle of pristine water.

One of the most, if not the most important part of your cruise, The Crew. They all are experienced, they know when to be discreet and how to treat you well.

Another important part of your journey, the Food., you will enjoy some great dishes cooked with love by some skilled chef. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, you will be delighted all day long. 


You can refer to the label on the boat description to have a quick overview about the class of the cruise.
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

Most of the time €, Us$ are accepted onboard, but we do recommend you to bring enough cash in local currency IDR. Payement by card are available on some boats, please refer to the boat description.
Most of electric outlets on board are European type.

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.