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.
Emperor Raja Laut is a distinctive, hardwood schooner, sailing the stunning seas of Indonesia. Built by one of the area’s premier boat builders in 2005. she is perfectly adapted to the island hopping nature of dive liveaboards in Indonesia. Itineraries include the areas of Komodo, Raja Ampat and Banda. She really lives up to her name “King of the Sea”
Emperor Raja Laut comfortably accommodates 12 guests in 6 cabins, all below decks. There are 3 double bed cabins and 3 twin bed cabins), each with ensuite, mini safe, individually controlled air-conditioning and fan. Please remember to ask at the time of booking for your specific cabin requirement.
On the same level as the cabins is the lounge area, fully air-conditioned with a 49″ HD flat screen, movie, music & book library, board games and mini-bar. Above decks is the vast teak deck, equipped with sun loungers and day beds. There is a covered area for relaxing. Meals are served al fresco, under a large awning.
All diving is done from two large RIBs with outboards to get you to the perfect dive spot every time. Nitrox is available for all nitrox certified divers, all diving and safety equipment and two dive guides. Lifelines and SMBs are provided free of charge on-board. Emperor requires that you have a minimum of 30 logged dives and Advanced Open Water or equivalent certification for all Indonesian diving itineraries.