Gili Komodo Liveaboard: Diving along the Chain of Sunda Islands
Make yourself ready for an epic Gili Komodo Liveaboard Cruise. The route departs and returns from Lomboks’ Gili Islands. Head along the shores of North Sumbawa into the famous Komodo National Park. Explore some of the best Dive Sites of Komodo, such as Batu Bolong, Tatawa Kecil & Crystal Rock boast unique bio diversity not seen anywhere else in the world.Sharks, Mantas and big pelagic schools of fish are often sighted while diving in the parks’ renowned currents. Of course you cannot visit Komodo National Park without encountering the huge komodo dragons, the masters of their savannah’s territory. This route includes also various interesting land sites such as the waterfalls of Moyo Island. Later, head towards the volcanic islands of Satonda and Sangeang.
This Gili Komodo Liveaboard offers a great mix of world-class diving and discovery. Explore the Flora and Fauna or the Sunda islands in style and comfort. Gili to Komodo Liveaboard end in Labuan Bajo harbour – return ways are available on request on certain Cruises. Scheduled Cruises and Private Boat Charters for Gili Islands – Komodo Cruises available.
Lombok to Flores Boat Trip: Itinerary
The highlights of a Lombok to Flores Boat Trip include a number of Land sights, such s Moyo Islands Waterfalls and Sangeang Vulcano as well as extra ordinary dive sites. Dive Liveaboard from Gili Islands give the chance to dive less frquently visited Dive sites the boats from Labuna Bajo do not access.
Find our sample itineraries below. Please note, each Cruise is different and the detailed day-day itinerary and sites will be tailored to suit guests’ preferences as well as to weather and ocean conditions. If you would like to visit a certain Land or Sea site, please let us know beforehand. Moreover, the Cruise Director onboard will work with you to design a suitable day-day plan.
Please note, this is a sample itinerary. Each Cruise is different and the detailed day-day itinerary and sites will be tailored to suit guests’ preferences well as to weather and ocean conditions. Private Charters are more flexible in the itinerary compared to scheduled Cruises. Your Cruise Director will work with you on the detailed day/day planning once onboard.
Lombok to Komodo Liveaboard Itinerary
Afternoon departure from Gili Islands. First overnight crossing on the route Gili Trawangan to Komodo Island.
Day 1: Cruising North-west of Sumbawa
Our first dive will be a check dive on the reefs of Moyo Island. Nonetheless this submerged reef is absolutely worth the time. A 50m deep wall is hidden here and you can spot surgeon fish, black snappers, trevallies, fusiliers and puffer fish in their natural environment.A stunning little coral garden at 5m makes the perfectsafety stop before emerging to the surface again.A little walk across the village of Labuan Haji brings us to the tiny Moyo waterfall where you can refresh yourself. Back on the boat, we have three hours of navigation until we reach Satonda Island.
A nice slope with boomies and white sand is waiting for us. This second dive is an easy dive but magical nonetheless.If time allows, we will trek around Satonda’s lake and watch the bats flying during sunset. In the night, we will set sails towards Sangeang Vulcano. After that,we will always stay on mooring buoy at nighttime and not travel at night along the Gili Trawangan to Komodo Island route.
Sangeang Vulcano Diving
Day 2: North-east of Sumbawa
Dive 1: Bubble Reef (Sangeang Island)
A extraordinary stop on the Gili Trawangan to Komodo Island route. The last eruption of the Sangeang volcano was in June 2014. A dark smoke of ashes reached the Komodo National Park pushed by the western winds. The rich Sangeang volcanic soil offersgood conditions for coral growth on its slopes. If the visibility is high, you dive in a sea full of colours with big blocks of rocks covered with soft corals.
Tunicates, sponges, leather coral and feather starslive in this beautiful underwater landscape. Lots of small animalslikezebra crabs, peacock tail,fire urchin, nudibranchs, squat and marbled complex shrimps can be spotted here.
A funny local specialty is the bubble bath that we will take during your safety stop.It is a natural phenomenon provoked by volcanic activity.
Dive 2: High voltage (Banta island)
On the way to from Gili Trawangan to Komodo Island, our last stop is anrocky island called Banta. The High Voltage wall illustrates the expectations we have during the rest of ourcruise:current, plenty of colorful corals and huge fishes.
Dive 3: Tanjung Batumonco
TanjungBatumonco is the north-western point of the Komodo Island. After having drifted on a nice rocky slope with possible encounters with bump head parrot fish and devil rays, big rocks come up. Those rocks make a perfect nest for batfish, sweetlipsand nurse sharks. Towards thesafety stop,we restin a shallow coral garden in which mantas rays pass from now and then.
Cruise into Komodo National Park
Day 3: Komodo
Dive 1: The Golden Passage
Our first dive today will lead us to the channel between the north-east of Komodo Island and GiliLawaDarat. It can be dived in both directions, depending onthe tides. White tip sharks, leaf fish, giant trevallies, and much moreiswaiting for you in this spectacular passage.
Dive 2: Pengah Kecil
A rock arerising in the central-eastern part of the park. This interesting topography offerswalls and pinnacles in the south anda stunningacropora garden in the northern part.Black and red snappers, emperors, batfishes, giant trevallies and turtles can be spotted here.
To relax between the dives, you will take part in a dragon walk to the RangerStation of LohBuaya in Rinca. On the way, you will meet Komodo’s dragons, the most famous inhabitants of the national park. But that’s not the only wildlife to spot in Rinca. Keep your eyes open to encounter buffalos, wild deers, long tail macaques, boars and emperor green pigeons among others.
Dive 3: Wainilu (Night Dive)
This night dive is an fantastic opportunity for passionate underwater photographers and macro lovers. Find cokatoo wasp fish, frog fish, colemanschrimp,zebra crab, nudis, ornate and robust ghost pipe fishes, indianocean walkmanand other extraordinaryanimals.
Day 4: Komodo
Dive 1: Bonsai
Today you will explore tiny rock formations in the north-west of Rinca.It got its name from the single small tree siting onits top.
Swim through this stunning canyon while spotting damsels. During the safety spot, a spectacle is waiting for you. You will make your way along overhangs and cavities. Watch out for anthers on the way up to the surface.
Dive 2: Police Corner
To met some more of our big buddies, the southern part of Siababesar Island is a perfect space. You will take abreak on its nice slopping reef which created a kind of submarine bowl along a few standing rocks. You’ll see hunters like white and grey tip sharks and trevallies supervising schools of fish who love gathering around here.
Dive 3: Siaba Kecil
Your third dive of the day is a classic driftdive with cavities and overhangs. In this abundant underwater world, you can spot barracudas, napoleons, anthias, red snappers and turtles among others.
Visit the Best Dive Sites of Komodo
Day 5: Komodo
Dive 1: Batu Bolong
One of the highlights of Komodo National Park is BatuBolong – a huge rock rising out of the water in the center of Linta strait. The strong currents around it made a surprising topography with an abundant fauna possible.
Dive 2: Karang Makassar Reef (a.k.a. Manta Point)
In Karang Makassar which is also called Manta Point, you will drift with the elegant mantas. Season for spotting big groups of manta rays is from April to June. Nonetheless, you can meet then here all year long.
Dive 3: The Cauldron
We will set sails back to the north-east coast of Komodo Island and dive once again in a channel. This time the dive will be done between the islands GiliLawaLaut and GiliLawaDarat.
This environment is one of the most populated ones and you will be able to experience it yourself. The topography changes steadily. You will immerse along a wall and arrive at a sandy slope full of macro life and coral boomies.After a while the current will slowly bring you into the inside of the channel. Surrounded by a reef wall you’ll literally fall down into a massive marine basin. Upon arrival there, you can admire gorgeous soft corals and big schools of fish. Then, let yourself drift to the close soft and hard coral garden where a lot of turtles found their home. An unforgettable experience!
Day 6: Komodo
Dive 1: Castle Rock
Don’t miss today’s dive because it is THE Highlight of Komodo National Park! Castle Rock is a seamount, just a short distance awayfrom the northern coast of GiliLawaLaut. Even if it cannot be seen from the surface, due to its strong currents, a quick entry may be necessary here.
Depending of your dive level, you can also dive on the slack tide. Spot white and grey tip sharks, dogtooth tunas, napoleons, and Spanish mackerels during this epic dive.If you are lucky, you might be the audience of a spectacle. Observe the giant trevallies in action, starting to hunt in the middle of a big school of fusiliers. An unforgettable show! Whale sharks and dolphins have already been spotted here as well.
Dive 2: Crystal Rock
Another famous site in the Komodo National Park is the Chrystal Rock, just a stone’s throw away from Castle Rock. Visible from the surface, its reef accommodates the same fauna as Castle Rock with an even more remarkable topography.
Dive 3: The Cauldron
The dive site The Cauldron has so much to discover that one dive is not enough. Today we will dive here again to make the most of your trip.
Day 7: Komodo
Dive 1: Castle Rock
In the morning we will head down below the water at Castle Rock to spot some more sharks on their early hunt.
Dive 2: Tatawa Kecil
Back in the centre of the national park, we will get to know Tatawa Kecil. This part of the park is famous for its topography with overhangs,swimthroughsand a lot of big rocks. It is home forbatfish, sweetlipsand black snappers among others.
Dive 3: Tatawa Besar
Finally, the last dive during our epic cruise will be a classic drift dive giving you the opportunity to enjoy the landscape of soft and hard corals. In the late afternoon we will return to Labuan Bajo. End your Gili Trawangan to Komodo Island liveaboard with farewells and last exchange of photos and memories.