Manta Alley

An amazing dive for Manta Lovers

Komodo Manta Alley

One of the best place to dive with Manta Rays

Manta Alley is one of the most iconic sites in Komodo National Park, it is the best place to dive with Manta Rays, a glorious dive for manta lovers. It is located at the far southern end of Komodo Island in the Indian Ocean.

Dive Manta Alley Komodo

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

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Boat Rating *

Global
9.8
Vessel
9.7
Life Onboard
9.9
Activities
9.8
Itinerary *
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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.

Composition of the dive site:

Manta Alley consists of a series of small rocky islands a few hundred meters away from the main island. There are several spots around these rocks where mantas can be found almost all year round. The site starts in a shallow reef close to the shore, where you can expect a strong to mild drift dive.  You should keep your eyes wide open just as you enter the water, as mantas can be often found right in the shallows. The access to this site is from the shore.

Manta Ray in Manta Alley

Cleaning station for the Mantas

Manta Alley dive site is over a stunning and pristine coral reef, where you have the chance to dive with many mantas in one dive. As many as 50 mantas can be around on a good day. Manta Rays are coming to this area for mating and cleaning purposes, where small wrasse and butterfly fish clean the mantas of parasites.  The cleaning station is around 20 meters, where the rocks meet a white sandy bottom, perfect spot to watch mantas gliding into the rocks. Though mantas are the main attraction of this site, Manta Alley it is also full of marine life including reef sharks, schools of trevallies and large wrasses. The corals are very beautiful and diverse as well, making this spot a spectacular background for marine life photography.

So many Manta Rays in Komodo

What about the best season to dive in Manta Alley?

When the mantas are active, Manta Alley is a site that can be done multiple times over multiple days. Diving is possible all year round as the average water temperature ranges slightly from 22°C to 24°C (although it can drop to 20°C). These temperatures can be less than what you experience in other areas of the park, but as soon as you see these majestic creatures, you will definitely forget this. During the rainy season, from December to March divers will have more chances to swim with numerous manta rays. Although currents can be strong sometimes, it is also a perfect place to do some snorkeling.

A great news is that from 2014 Indonesia outlawed the fishing and export of manta ray to protect the species, so you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to have an encounter with these curious, intelligent underwater giants.

Manta Alley Dive Site Komodo

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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.
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