Taka Makassar

The ephemeral island

Taka Makassar Wonderful Destination
  • The longest reef in Komodo

    Taka Makassar is a tiny island in Komodo National Park. It has a peculiar shape of a drop, with white sand mixed with pink sand. This perfect sandbar, with a size smaller than a football field, has clear blue waters. It only comes up during the time when the seawater is receding. Meanwhile, when the sea level rises, it will submerge underwater. This island is located very close to Manta Point, the favorite place for Manta Rays to gather, with shallow water area but a very strong current. The famous Taka Makassar is known as the longest reef in the Komodo National Park.

    Visit Taka Makassar

    The experts of Komodo National Park

    Diving Cruise KOMODO

    | 6 Days / 5 Nights | 1926 € Full Board

    Cruise through Komodo archipelago, 
    Labuan Bajo to Labuan Bajo

    Next Departure:

    2024 July 20th to 25th

    321 per day

    Up to 4 dives/day

    Please refer to the FAQ Section

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    Activities to do on Taka Makassar:

    The main activities that can be done while here are swimming and snorkeling. Due to its shallowness, swimming is quite comfortable, not to mention the water has a pure stunning color. You can also relax and walk around the island, which wouldn’t take you long though, due to its size.

    For diving the place to go is Manta Point, also known as Taka Makassar Manta Point. It takes only 30 minutes to reach this place.

    Taka Makassar a Paradise on Earth

    Abundance of Manta rays

    As mentioned before, Manta Point holds strong currents that bring a substantial number of mysterious manta rays. It is one the best spots in Indonesia to encounter the manta rays in large numbers year-round, which makes Taka Makassar a real diving paradise for manta lovers. You do not have to go deep to take in the magic of the underwater world here, it takes only ten meters to reach the sandy bottom of Taka Makassar Manta Point. The base of Taka Makassar Manta Point is filled with plankton, which attracts manta rays to come for feeding and cleaning. These gentle creatures are known to be harmless and pretty intelligent and you will get the chance to meet them in their natural habitat. It is overwhelming to be surrounded by a group of 30 or more manta rays simultaneously. The most commonly sighted species in the waters of Taka Makassar is the Reef Manta. While the manta rays are considered the main attraction of the Taka Makassar, you can also encounter turtles, sharks, eagle rays, giant trevallies, giant sweetlips, unicorn fish, huge clams, various sponges, and cuttlefish.

    Manta Rays in Taka Makassar

    An area extremely preserved

    In accordance with the latest rules of the Komodo National Park as of the year 2020, every tourist or every boat it is required to first register and get a guaranteed entry into Taka Makassar, because every day, the official of the Komodo National Park only allows a maximum of 30 boats to visit Taka Makassar and Manta Point each day.

    Taka Makassar Dream Destination


    Whether you're looking for a private charter, or to live an adventure on the sea while discovering new landscapes & meeting new people, We can help you make your dream come true.


    To enter Indonesia your passport must have:
    •  Expiration date of the applicant’s passport must be at least 6 (six) months at the date of entry.
    •  At least one blank visa page
    •  Round-trip airplane ticket

    There is no Visa required for 61 countries and 1 region.
    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.
    For more details about COVID restrictions, please contact the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.

    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.
     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.