The Komodo National Park itinerary is filled with exotic and far flung dives that will make your log book the envy of others. Sangeang, Banta, Satonda and Komodo are the focal points of the trip and each has a distinctive flavour. Sangeang is a tiny speck of an island, surrounded by volcanic lava ridges and overflowing with critters. Sangeang and Satonda islands are the macro capitals of this itinerary, Decorator crabs, popcorn shrimp and squat lobsters are some of miniscule marvels you can find on the black sands. Garden eels sway, poking out from the seabed. Can you find the clown anglerfish or ghost pipefish? If you are want to find pelagics, Banta Island is the place to head.
The strong currents and cold upwellings draw sharks, tuna, barracuda and mackerel to the walls. The itinerary will focus around Komodo national park itself, where manta, dolphins and reef sharks all await. Dive after dive unfolds – enjoy the show as the pristine coral walls delight. Harlequin sweetlips shy away around massive gorgonians (home to microscopic pygmy seahorses). Weave around pinnacles, looking for scorpion fish, crocodile fish and longnose hawkfish. The variety is endless.
The Komodo national park itinerary is a must see for all photographers and videographers. Clear viz, year round warm water. If you love reef diving, then this is the holiday for you! The reefs need to be seen to be believed. Never tried your hand at muck diving? Find out what all the fuss is about as your float over dark sands looking for weird and wonderful creatures. There are some fast drifts on this itinerary so some experience of drift diving is essential. But most of all, the Komodo National Park itinerary will suit any diver that wants to escape from the world on an liveaboard holiday, being pampered above the water and astonished beneath the waves
Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park is where the action is really found. The majority of all itineraries will be spent here. To the North of the national park you can find reef shark and eagle rays at sites such as Coral Garden and Crystal Rocks. Around the park itself there are some of the fastest drift dives out there! Shotgun is a rapid ride along the reef smothered in sea fans and table corals. Where ever you find currents there are always great chances to see big fish. Manta Alley delivers just that – manta queuing to be cleaned. Batu Bolong is another great shark dive with bump head parrot fish to boot. The night dive at Pink Beach is a must do with Coleman shrimps and devil fish. Nua Kode is another outstanding dive with every inch of the reef teeming with life, big and small.
Sangeang Island & Gili Banta
Sangeang Island is a small and volcanic island to the north of Komodo, with lava ridges that lead down to dark sands and coral gardens. Techno Reef, Hot Rocks , Black Magic and Estuary are great dives 0here and especially good for the smaller critters. There is a wide variety of nudibranch to find but also popcorn shrimp, ghost pipefish and squat lobster. You can also find mimic octopus.
Launched in April 2011, the 40m S/Y Indo Siren was built on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and is handcrafted from ironwood and teak (traditional to the area). You will find no other diving liveaboard as beautiful in Indonesian waters, and being built by divers for divers you can be rest assured that every need has been thought of and addressed.
Welcoming a maximum of 16 guests per week ensures that there is ample space to relax. The 8 cabins are divided in fixed doubles, fixed twin and 2 flexible twin/double cabins offer air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms with hot water.
The covered outdoor dining area provides a great setting for all your meals and the spacious air-conditioned saloon offers a cocktail bar, comfortable seating and a 42 inch flat screen TV.
The dive deck will most likely be one of the most spacious and comfortable you would have come across. There are designated areas for charging and preparation of your camera and video equipment making the S/Y Indo Siren a top choice for underwater photographers and videographers.
The vessel also benefits from 2 high-powered Zodiacs, kayaks, laundry and massage services and FREE equipment hire and nitrox.