The 10 day and 9 night itinerary will take you to the best dive sites around the Komodo National Park and Bali. Departing from Benoa Harbour, the Mermaid I will cruise to Moyo, Satonda, Sangeang, Gili Bantra, Komodo and Rinja before heading back to Benoa Harbour. During your trip an array of marine life will be spotted including banner fish, eels, red tooth trigger and many more.
Bali - Komodo - Bali - 10 Days/9 Nights
Check-in aboard the MV Mermaid I between 14:00 and 16:00 in Benoa Harbour Bali. After the safety briefing, the crew will set the equipment up and you can settle into your cabin. Dinner will be served at approximately 19:00 as you cruise into the sunset on the overnight journey to Moyo Island, North West Sumbawa.
Start your adventure with a great dive in the calm, clear waters of Angel Reef at Moyo Island. Here you will see massive elephant ear, barrel sponges, schools of long fin banner fish, red tooth triggers, frog fish, nudibrancs, eels, surgeon fish, snapper and dog tooth tuna. A visit to the local village is followed by lunch aboard then a 2 hour crossing to Satonda Island where a macro dive will take place. This is followed by a night dive and dinner then an overnight cruise to Sangeang Volcano, off the north coast of Sumbawa.
Dives will take place at the Nusa Tenggara region for sightings of rare nudibrancs, pygmy seahorse, leaf scorpion fish, blue ribbon eels and underwater hot springs that support the unique marine life. You will spend the day diving around Sangeang Volcano with a night dive here too or maybe the captain will head over to Gili Banta for the chance to see coral cat shark.
The day starts at Gili Banta, famous for its sharks and pelagic fish. If the tide is right you will look for grey reef sharks and dolphins at Taka Toko Gili Lawalaut. Lighthouse Reef and The Old Passage offer fast drifts with pelagics and mantas followed by a dive at Crystal Rock where you will see soft corals, sharks, turtles, giant maori wrasse and eagle rays. The night dive is at Pink Beach which is near the entrance to the Komodo National Park and you will see spectacular colours, frogfish, slipper lobster, basket stars, robust sea cucumbers and many more.
The day starts with an exciting visit to Loh Liang Komodo National Park to walk with the dragons followed by a cruise south to dive the Three Sisters or Pillarsteen at Padar Island. Next stop is Horseshoe Bay at Rinja Island which is one of the top 10 dive sites in the world and a diver’s paradise. Diving at the world famous site Cannibal Rock where you will see rare nudibrancs, frogfish, spectacular corals, sponges, ascidians, huge black coral bushes, turtles, cuttlefish and reef fish is on the cards for the day. You might have the chance to follow whales and dolphin feeding in the calm bay on one of your dives. A night dive is done at one of the many diving spots followed by an overnight stay in the peaceful bay.
More world class dives take place as you relax in Horseshoe Bay at Rinja Island, the Yellow Wall of Texas is absolutely stunning covered with enormous yellow soft corals with Nusa Kode offering walls, critter and white tip reef shark sightings. Torpedo Alley is famous for its electric rays and one of the best night dives you will do for sightings of critter fanciers.
You will head over to Manta Alley to watch them feed, play and get cleaned at the many cleaning stations. In the afternoon you can check out more big fish with dives at Loh Serah, Tatawa Kecil or Current City at Batu Bolong. Many night dives are done around Gili Darat as it is great for sleeping turtles, colourful reef, stonefish and Spanish dancers due to the ocean being very calm.
The diving around Gili Lawalaut, Tatawa Kecil, Gili Darat is amazing, you will do 2 to 3 dives in clear blue waters then head off for a night dive at either Gili Banta or maybe Batu Putih in Sumbawa. An overnight crossing will take you back to Satonda and Sumbawa.
You will enjoy two dives at Satonda and Moyo Islands for another chance to see ghost pipe fish, ribbon eels, turtle and cuttlefish. The crew will wash your equipment whilst you relax before dinner. An overnight cruise back to Benoa in the south of Bali.
After breakfast the crew transfers you ashore at 9am to continue your holiday or for your flight home.