Komodo Cruise: The Islands of Mantas & Dragons
Komodo - The land that time forgot
Komodo Cruise Departure Port
Komodo Cruise departure port is Labuan Bajo. The Airport can be reached with domestic flights from Bali or Jakarta from where you could connect further to Singapore or other international hubs. You will be picked up at the airport or your hotel before departure and it is only 5-10 minutes to the harbour.
What is the Cruise' Itinerary?
Komodo Cruises typically include Rinca Island, Komodo Island, Manta Point, Pink Beach (or less know but no less pink beach), Kalong Flying Foxes, Padar or Gili Laba Viewpoints and of course plenty of different Snorkelling or Diving sites. Each Cruise is a little different and especially private Komodo Cruises can be tailored according to your preferences. We however recommend to Cruise at least 4 Nights in order to include Padar Island in the route and 6 Nights for Cruising to Horseshoe Bay. To give you a feel for Komodo, see the sample route below.
The islands of Komodo are one of the driest areas of Indonesian archipelago and Komodo Island Cruises are generally possible all year round. January until March is considered wet season and less Cruises are available at this time - however its a great time to visit the less frequently Cruised south of Komodo. Click the link for more details about the Cruise seasons in Komodo.
Itinerary Komodo Island Cruise Snorkelling 5 Nights (North/Central/Padar)
Please note, this is a sample itinerary. Each Cruise is different and the detailed day to day itinerary and sites will be tailored to suit guests’ preferences and weather and ocean conditions. Private Charters offers more flexibility in terms of itinerary compared to Scheduled Cruises. Your Cruise Director will work with you on the detailed day to day planning once onboard.
Day 1: Labuan Bajo, Welcome to Komodo
Depart for your Komodo Island Snorkeling Adventure from Labuan Bajo. Spend time to familiarise yourself with the facilities on board, get a safety briefing and have a refreshing welcome drink while setting off west. Our first stop, Sebayur where you can go for a relaxed and easy snorkelling session.
Day 2: Karang Makassar, Pink Beach, Padar Island
The morning starts with a light breakfast while cruising to Karang Makassar or Manta Reef, a sure highlight of Komodo Island Snorkeling! There is a high chance to swim along these amazing animals. If you are lucky, you may see more than a dozen manta rays performing dances. Sometimes, they are floating right next to you. After meeting the mantas, we will cruise towards the famous Pink Beach. The crushed red coral gives it its pink colour and thus its name.This is one of the very few pink sandy beaches worldwide and snorkelling here is also incredible. You can find some stunning gardens of coral and a coral bommies attracting thousands of fish to this area. Cruise to Padar Island for Sunset.
Day 3: TRekking with the Komodo Dragons
We depart early to get to the Rinca Ranger Station to visit the world-famous dragons of Komodo National Park. You may choose to do a short, medium or long trek while on the island. During your hike you may also encounter various other wildlife such as pigs, deers, monitor lizards and buffaloes in their natural environment. In the afternoon, we will make our way towards Siabar besar for some relaxation time: a swim, snorkelling on the surrounding reefs or a good book. Before sunset we cruise to Kalong Island where thousands of bats depart for their nightly chase for food.
Day 4: Cruise Gili Lawa Darat and Gili LaBa
We depart the next morning to head to Gili Lawa Darat, in the northern part of the Komodo National Park. We will find ourselves in a stunning bay with a white sandy beach and crystal-clear waters. Both islands offer some of the best snorkelling opportunities, and for the adventures – some vast snorkelling drifts in-between the narrow channels of the islands.The currents are perfect habitat for schools of giant trevallies, groupers, white tip sharks and sometimes even large manta rays. At the end of the day, we will go for a short hike to a view point on Gili Lawa Darat which offers a spectacular sunset panorama over the islands of the National Park.
Day 5: Kanawa Island
The next morning, we start the day with snorkelling and swimming in the waters around Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat. Before lunch time, we will head to Kanawa Island. A hidden treasure island offering a diverse snorkelling site and a gorgeous beach. The site is perfect for a dreamy stall around the white sand beach. Cruising to Bidadari Beach for Sunset.
Day 6: Bidadari and Farewells
We wake up with the sun rising over Flores Island. Before ending our trip and cruising back to Labuan Bajo for the check out, there is still time for a short wake-up swim in the turquoise waters.