Explore Komodo from the All Star Aurora

Labuan Bajo Komodo

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Blue Planet Scuba
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May 20 - 27, 2021
Group size: 16 - 16
Explore Komodo from the All Star Aurora
Labuan Bajo Komodo

Blue Planet Scuba
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45 reviews

$2660
Deposit: $700
May 20 - 27, 2021
Group size: 16 - 16

About this trip

7 nights onboard the All Star Aurora Liveaboard

Join Blue Planet as we explore some of the best diving in the world in the mega-diverse Komodo region of Indonesia. The trip will visit reefs, walls, pinnacles and sea mounts from the beautiful Pinisi liveaboard. Don't wait -- this trip will fill up fast!


Discover one of the most species-diverse locations in Indonesia, reputed for the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard species on earth. The island also forms part of the Komodo National Park and is only one of seven locations in the world with pink sand beaches (white sand mixed with red foraminifera). 


Dive Komodo’s world famous site Manta Alley where you can spot up to a dozen oceanic manta rays swirling through a feeding station. The Cauldron, also known as Shotgun, is a swift drift that will send you on a ride to remember. The night dives in Komodo are one of the highlights with colorful nudibranchs, crustaceans, eels, frogfish and octopus.


Highlights include diving with Manta rays, ocean sunfish, pygmy seahorses, ornate ghost pipefish, eagles rays and dolphins. The area is home to 260 reef-building corals, 70 sponges and 1,000 fish species. 


Aurora

This beautiful Pinisi-styled teak motor/sail dive liveaboard combines tradition with comfort and modern conveniences. She is 131 feet (40 meters) long with a 30-foot (9 meter) beam. She has two levels for living space and over 3,000-square feet of sail! The upper deck houses the dive deck, photo and video room and salon. 

 

Guest quarters are located on the main deck and accommodate 18 divers. Cabins have either king beds or two single beds or a combination of the two (king and single). Each cabin immerses guests in traditional Indonesian decor with rich woods and warm colors. All cabins have private bathrooms and air conditioning. 


Travel

We will join the Aurora on May 20th in Labuan Bajo, where the trip will end on May 27th. Labuan Bajo (LBJ), on the Indonesian island of Flores, is well served with Indonesia’s domestic airlines. We are able to help arrange domestic flights to and from Labuan Bajo, plus any add-on trips you may be interested in.


The Diving

The best time to dive Komodo is from May to October. Currents originating from deeper, cooler water bring large amounts of nutrients and planktonic organisms towards the surface, fueling the abundant life on the reef. These currents also mean that you will need a minimum of 50 dives and the Advanced Open Water Diver certification under your belt to safely drift on the currents.


All diving will be done from pangas in small groups with designated dive guides.  We will have the opportunity to log up to 3 dives per day plus night dives during the cruise. No diving is offered on the first and last day.

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a cancellation fee of $250 and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodation
    Double occupancy in a cabin with a double or twin beds
  • Meals & most beverages
    All meals onboard the Aurora; excludes beer, wine, spirits and espresso coffee
  • Airport Transfers
    Roundtrip transfers between the LBJ airport and marina on embarkation/disembarkation days
  • Land excursions
    See itinerary for details
  • 20-22 dives
    Up to four dives most days including night dives!
  • Flights
    International or domestic flights
  • Nitrox
    $12 USD/day
  • National Park Fees
    $20 USD/day
  • Scuba equipment
    Tanks and weights are included. Other items are available to rent.
  • Alcohol & espresso
    Beer, wine, spirits and espresso coffee are available on board for a fee
  • Tips for the crew
  • Any hotel stays

Itinerary

Thursday
Board the Aurora

Please note that this itinerary is a diving program and can be changed depending on many factors! The Aurora team will pick you up at 10:00am if you are staying on island prior to boarding. If you are flying in directly on the day of boarding, we will pick you up at the airport and transfer you directly to the boat. We want all guests on board by 1:00pm at the latest. Once everyone is on board, Aurora will lift the anchor and will head towards the island of Moyo.

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45 reviews
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Reviews

Great trip, very covid safe and a total bargain! St Croix is beautiful, really nice reefs and wrecks, the dive operator Cane Bay Dive Shop was very professional friendly and were great hosts to our group. The lodging at Cottages by the Sea are located on a lovely white sand beach perfect for swimming or just floating in turquoise water was very comfortable and chill, each unit has full kitchen, staff were friendly and welcoming, and there's a nice casual restaurant next door with friendly owners and staff. Thank you again to Blue Planet for planning a wonderful safe trip despite the challenges of travel in 2020, I am glad to be able to contribute to safely keeping the dive and travel industries and related conservation work alive through our efforts.
As always, Blue Planet puts on a great trip. Thanks Heather!
Fantastic trip - well-organized, great location, and Josh was a great Open Water teacher! Can’t wait for our next Blue Planet trip!
I had a wonderful trip with Blue Planet! I traveled solo and was among many other solo travelers. The trip was organized very efficiently. I had the required information at each stage. The diving was exceptional.
The trip was wonderful! Well organized, amazing diving, a great group of people. Traveling with Blue Planet is always a great way to go on a dive trip!
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Hey! Please add me to the waitlist for the Indonesia trip in November! Thanks! Eran Patterson
By Eran Patterson on Nov 25, 2018