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8 Days Diving and SUP Holiday in Komodo National Park, Indonesia

Puri Sari Beach Hotel, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia

Journey of Discovery Indonesia SUP Holiday

Maximum 10 participants
Breakfast included
Airport transfer included

SUP travel at its finest, this stand up paddle boarding and dive holiday involves a live aboard experience exploring Komodo National Park. A bucket list adventure and journey of discovery, you'll be exploring one of the most highly regarded conservation areas in the world. Home to giant manta rays, Komodo dragons, friendly turtles, and insanely beautiful corals, SUP and dive Komodo will appeal to the active traveler seeking a destination that's truly off the beaten path.

Highlights

  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • 8 dives for scuba certified divers
  • SUP board rental for 100 AUD per week
  • Guided nature hike in search of Komodo dragons
  • Village visit, lookout hike, island hopping
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

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7 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer included: Komodo Airport
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Accommodation

Four nights will be spent aboard the swish Empress II vessel, with one night prior and two nights after spent at wonderful Puri Sari Beach Hotel, in Labuan Bajo, Flores. On board of the vessel, cabins have air conditioning. The vessel has three heads and even a cinema screen.

Program

Dive, SUP, snorkel, or hike during the day. It's totally up to you how little or how much you do. Just be sure to have a camera as the scenery is nothing short of spectacular. A swish vessel called the Empress II is booked to explore the marine park aboard. At night, laze on deck under a starry sky and listen to traditional folk tales being recounted, before planning the next day of fun. Although this is a dive boat (8 dives are included for certified divers), snorkellers and paddlers will find that their desires are satisfied, as well.

The crew will take you to hidden coves, uninhabited islands, and reefs where the coral gardens are crowded with turtles and manta rays. Those with SUPs can paddle to their heart's content and in the evenings, meet on the water for sunset SUP and sip sessions. Those who are keen to encounter Komodo dragons will get their chance when you visit Rinca or Komodo Island and do a half day hike. You're also likely to see deer, wild boars, and monkeys while you follow the ranger across the desolate looking island to a look out across the sea.

Four nights will be spent aboard the vessel, with one night prior and two nights after spent at a wonderful resort in Labuan Bajo. The fitness level necessary for the activities is moderate. Routes can be affected by adverse weather conditions and unforeseen events, force majeure, or other similar reasons.

Draft itinerary

Day 1: Resort

  • Detox from the flight with a massage and swim; Manta Watch ID briefing

Day 2: Boat

  • Morning check-in; two dives and paddle time (Sebayor, Sebayor - night dive)

Day 3: Boat

  • North Komodo - two dives (Castle Rock and Crystal Rock); wildlife spotting / trekking, Gili Lawah paddle, and ­­­beach clean

Day 4: Boat

  • Central Komodo - two dives (Batu Bolong, Karang Makassar, or Tatawa Kecil), SUP wake boarding, beach barbeque

Day 5: Boat

  • South Komodo / Rinca - two dives (Tatawa Besar and Pengah Kecil), paddle time, Komodo Island - dragons and wildlife spotting, village visit, sunset SUP and sip, watching bats take flight

Day 6: Boat / Resort

  • Snorkel and SUP at Kanawa Island before returning to Labuan Bajo; check-out at about noon; return to resort for a massage and hot showers

Day 7: Resort

  • Free day for massages, relaxing by the pool, paddling at the beach, and exploring the local area; farewell dinner and dancing at Le Pirate

Day 8: Departure

  • Depart late afternoon back to Bali and onward

Project overview

Ocean-borne trash is a serious issue for much of the world. Indonesia is both the recipient and the creator of the problem, with plastic trash seen throughout Komodo National Park.

For this adventure, SUP Wilderness Adventures will be joining forces with local volunteer group Trash Hero. They organize weekly clean ups around Komodo and run an educational program to encourage recycling. Although much of the work will occur in far-flung places, you'll be bringing the trash you collect back into town for proper sorting and disposal. In exchange for their assistance, a cash donation will be made to Trash Hero to help cover their operational costs.

In 2017, they collected 149 kilograms of plastic trash from a beach frequently visited by tourists. The majority of that trash was there because of the tourists, so they set about cleaning up. 90 minutes later, the number of volunteers had swelled from nine to 20 and 14 large sacks of rubbish stood ready for transport.

In 2018, the number of participants started at 16 and soon swelled up to 30 people. The cleanup took half an hour and they collected 12 sacks full of plastic waste, bottles, and fishing nets.

They've also partnered with Manta Watch, so the night before you depart, you'll receive a briefing from them before attempting to secure new Manta IDs for the database. Who knows, you may even get to name a manta that you're the first to ID.

Included excursions

During your stay, you will take a half day hike on Rinca or Komodo Island in search of Komodo dragons.

Location

Spectacular Komodo National Park is located in the center of the Indonesian Archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. Established in 1980 to conserve the unique Komodo dragon, the park has expanded to protect the terrestrial and marine biodiversity of this remarkable place.

In 1986, the park was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Both of these designations indicate the park's biological importance and qualify Komodo as a true bucket list destination.

Komodo National Park comprises three major islands (Komodo, Rinca, and Padar), as well as numerous smaller islands extending across an area of 1817 kilometers. As well as being home to the Komodo dragon, the park provides refuge for many other terrestrial species, such as buffaloes, deer, monkeys, and an endemic species of rat.

Komodo National Park preserves one of the world's richest marine environments. It features over 260 species of reef building corals, 70 species of sponges, and more than 1000 species of marine fish. Giant manta are commonly seen, as are turtles, dolphins, dugongs, and whales.

Food

Daily breakfasts are included at the resort. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner a day, as well as tea, coffee, juice, and hot chocolate are provided while on the boat. A welcome drink is also included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Exploring the local area
  • Massages
  • Paddling at the beach
  • Photography
  • Relaxing by the pool
  • Sailing
  • Star gazing
  • Sunset paddles
  • Swimming

What's included

  • 8 dives for scuba certified divers including tanks and weights
  • Stand up paddle boarding (SUP)
  • Snorkeling
  • Wake boarding
  • Dive instructor / dive master
  • Guided nature hike in search of Komodo dragons and wildlife
  • Komodo NP Ranger guide
  • Village visit
  • Lookout hike
  • Island hopping
  • Bat watching
  • Beach barbecue
  • Beach clean
  • Group leader
  • Airport pick up / drop off in Labuan Bajo (on first and final day of trip only)
  • Land to boat transfers in Flores
  • SUP Wilderness Adventures t-shirt and cap
  • Comfort pack (bamboo straw, bamboo toothbrush, refillable water bottle, toiletries bag, pocket first aid kit, map)
  • 4 meals a day, tea, coffee, juice, and hot chocolate while on the boat
  • 3 breakfasts at the resort
  • Welcome drink
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Air tickets and hotels
  • Crew gratuities (15 USD per day per guest is recommended)
  • Dive courses
  • Dive insurance
  • Flights, visas, and excess baggage
  • Food and beverages where not stated
  • The rest of dive equipments
  • Optional activities
  • Park fees, government fees, and taxes (harbor and national park fees are about 100 USD)
  • SUP rental (100 AUD per week)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel medicine and insurance

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Wednesday September 4, 2019
Departure: Wednesday September 11, 2019

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