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Komodo Dive Trip March 28th 2015


Komodo Dancer

Komodo National Park Indonesia was established in 1980 and was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1986. The park was initially established to conserve the unique Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). Since then conservation goals have expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both marine and terrestrial. The Komodo National Park encompasses 1,817 square kilometers of spectacular land and marine wilderness, including the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Padar, and Gili Montagne and their surrounding waters. The signature land attraction on your Komodo Dancer LiveAboard cruise will be an encounter with the world’s largest lizard - the flesh eating Komodo Dragon.

Komodo Dancer offers 7 Night and 10 Night cruises, featuring an enhanced itinerary that allows guests more time diving, more time in the signature area of the Komodo National Park.

Many of our guests are avid photographers who like nothing more than hunting out weird and wonderful critters on the reef and sand. As part of the expanded Komodo itinerary we have added two locations to the west of the Komodo National Park – Sangeang Indonesia, an island volcano to the north of East Sumbawa and Bima Bay Indonesia, an inlet that meanders down to Bima town on Sumbawa. There are two specific sites in both of these areas that are producing a dazzling array of rare creepy crawlies on a regular basis – “Estuary” on Sangeang and “Fuzzy Bottom” at the entrance to Bima Bay.

Getting There, Passports & Visa Documentation:
The Komodo National Park Indonesia is part of the Republic of Indonesia and is located 8 to 9 degrees south of the equator between Java Indonesia on the West and Lombok Indonesia and the rest of the Lesser Sunda Islands Indonesia (Sumbawa, Flores, Sumba and Timor) on the East.
Airlines fly into Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpassar Indonesia: Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Air, Eva Airways, and Qatar Airways. An overnight in a Bali hotel is required before boarding a domestic flight to Labuan Bajo where you will meet the Komodo Dancer.

Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. US citizens require a passport that must be valid for 6 months from date of entry. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper visa to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement.

Arrival/Boarding/Departure:
Reaching the Komodo Dancer will involve a round trip domestic flight from Bali to Komodo Airport near the city of Labuan Bajo (LBJ) on Flores Island in the East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia. The Komodo Dancer is scheduled to depart at 1:00 pm. Guests should arrange to take one of the two available morning flights.

Once you have claimed your luggage in Labuan Bajo Airport, please look for an agent holding a Komodo Dancer sign or a sign with your name on it. A transfer company has been hired to meet and greet our Komodo Dancer guests who have arranged this transfer in advance.

The Komodo Dancer aims to return to port on the eve¬ning prior to disembarkation. Final disembarkation will oc¬cur between 8:00 am –1:00 pm at the end of the charter. Guests will be transported to the Labuan Bajo airport for a domestic flight back to Bali.

Price:
Charter $2700 to $2950 per person Double Occ. ($1350 Deposit upon booking non refundable)
Komodo National Park/Port Fee: $130 (paid onboard).
Note: Credit card payments 3-4% service charge for reservations and 2.25% for on-board purchases.
Flights not included.

Rupiah (IDR) is the official currency. It is required for all guests to have some local currency as departure taxes and overweight baggage charges MUST be paid in local currency. Each passenger is required to pay an airport tax at check in. Payment can only be made in local currency. The Bali Domestic Airport Tax (DPS) is 40.000 Ru¬piahs, the Bali International Airport Tax is 150,000 Rupiahs and the Labuan Bajo Airport Tax (LBJ) is 11.000 Rupiahs.

Transfers:
Land Transfers included (3 transfers):
Transfer on date of embarkation from hotel in Bali (Kuta/ Sanur/ Denpasar area) to Denpasar Airport (DPS) for the domestic flight to Labuan Bajo (LBJ)
Transfer from Labuan Bajo Airport (LBJ) to Komodo Dancer
Transfer from Komodo Dancer to Labuan Bajo Airport (LBJ)
Komodo Dive Sites
Diving Environment:
  • Known for colorful coral reefs and abundant marine life
  • All dives from tender
  • Water temperatures can vary greatly within the park ranging from a low of 72F (22C) in the south to a high of 84F (29C) in the northern region
  • 5 mm wetsuit with hood and reef hook recommended
Contact Bryan padi190853@gmail.com for reservations.