The 8 day and 7 night itinerary will take you to the best dive sites around the Komodo National Park in Bali. Departing from Benoa Harbour, the Mermaid II will cruise to Moyo, Satonda, Sangeang, Gili Bantra, Komodo and Rinja before heading back to Benoa Harbour. A range of marine life will be spotted along the way including banner fish, eels, red tooth trigger and many more.
Bali - Komodo - Bali - 8 Days/7 Nights
Check-in aboard the MV Mermaid II is between 14:00 and 16:00 in Benoa Harbour in 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 before an afternoon dive at Panjang Reef where you will be able to find pygmy seahorses. The boat will cruise 2 hours to Satonda Island for dinner and a night dive before cruising overnight to Sangeang Island, off the north coats of Sumbawa.
2 dives will take place at Sangeang Island for sightings of rare nudibrancs, pygmy seahorse and underwater hot springs that supports the unique marine life. A cruise to Gili Banta for a dive at Tanduk Rusa famous for its sharks and pelagics. The boats enters the Komodo National Park and a night dive is done at Gili Darat South Passage, where you will have the opportunity to see sleeping turtles, colourful reef stone fish and Spanish dancers.
If the tide is right you will look for grey reef sharks and dolphins at Taka Toko Gili Lawalaut. The second dive is a fast drift with pelagics and mantas at Lighthouse Reef or the Old Passage followed by a dive at Crystal Rock where you will see soft corals, sharks, turtles, giant maori wrasse and eagle rays. A cruise south for a night dive at Pink Beach near the entrance to the Komodo National Park will take place after dinner.
A visit to Komodo National Park takes place in the morning to walk with the dragons followed by a 2 hour cruise to Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island. Diving takes place at the world famous site Cannibal Rock where you will see rare nudibranchs, frogfish, spectacular corals, sponges, ascidians, huge black coral bushes, turtles, cuttlefish and reef fish. 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.
A cruise to Padar Island for sightings of sharks, nudibranchs, surgeon fish and devil Rays takes place in the morning followed by a dive to Manta Alley (Takat Makasar) for a chance to see manta aggregation. Batu Bolung Aka “Current City” is the home to large napoleon wrasse, turtles and blue fin trevally. Guests say goodbye to Komodo National Park with a night dive at Gili Banta where coral cat shark and many more cruise the water with a post dinner night dive taking place along the way. The boat cruises overnight to Satonda Island.
You will enjoy two dives at Satonda and Moyo Islands for more chances to see ghost pipe fish, ribbon eels, turtle and cuttlefish before cruising overnight back to Benoa in the south of Bali.
After breakfast the crew transfer you ashore at 9am to continue your holiday or for your flight home.