Embark on an unforgettable diving experience with La Galigo’s Jurassic Komodo Liveaboard trip from June 4 to June 9, 2023, for 6 days and 5 nights. There are still a few spots available, and they offer a 10% discount on the current price. The marine park, village donation, anchorage, permit, and clearance fees are an additional US$170 per person per trip.
Exploring the Wonders of Komodo National Park Aboard La Galigo
- Departure: June 4th, Labuan Bajo
- Arrival: June 9th, Labuan Bajo
- 6 days, 5 nights, up to 16 dives
Komodo National Park, located in the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia, is one of the most diverse and rich marine environments in the world. Established in 1980, the park was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991. It is home to over 1,000 species of fish and 260 species of coral, as well as the famous Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard. To fully appreciate the beauty of the park, consider a liveaboard trip aboard La Galigo, a luxury dive boat that offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
It’s important to note that diving in Komodo can present challenging conditions, and we require all divers to be either Open Water certified with 40 logged dives or Advanced Open Water certified with 20 logged dives. This is to ensure your safety on the trip. Please get in touch with us directly if you have any questions about the diving conditions or your experience level.
Day 1: Sebayur Kecil and Sebayur Besar
Your adventure begins in Labuan Bajo, where you will board La Galigo after breakfast and receive a safety briefing. After about two hours of sailing, your first stop is the islands of Sebayur Kecil and Sebayur Besar. These islands are ideal for a calm introduction to diving in the park, as they are well sheltered from the strong currents around Komodo. You’ll conduct two dives here, and have a chance to practice using your equipment, or simply enjoy the beautiful underwater scenery.
Day 2: West Komodo
Your second day starts with a morning dive at Tatawa Besar, followed by a search for manta rays at Manta Point, one of the most famous dive sites in Komodo. After lunch, you’ll head to Batu Bolong, one of the highlights of Komodo diving, where you can see pelagic species like giant trevally and barracuda, as well as sharks and Napoleon Maori Wrasse. In the afternoon, you’ll take a light trek on Gili Lawa Darat to enjoy a beautiful Komodo sunset behind the nearby active volcano of Sangeang. Your night dive will be at Stranger Things, a site where you’ll get your first glimpse of macro life in the national park.
Day 3: Northwest Komodo
On day three, you’ll experience some of the best diving Komodo has to offer. You’ll start with two dives at Crystal Rock and Castle Rock, two submerged pinnacles that are home to an abundance of marine life. In the afternoon, you’ll visit The Cauldron, a legendary dive site known for its rip-roaring drift dive. Hold on until the end of the dive for a big surprise! The night dive will be at Komodo Bay, depending on mooring conditions.
Day 4: Southwest Komodo
Day four starts with a stunning sunrise, followed by a dive at the Golden Passage, which offers outstanding coral reef topography, as well as encounters with schools of sweetlips and snappers, white tip reef sharks, and the occasional passing manta ray. After breakfast, La Galigo will head south into the center of the park to dive at Police Corner, one of the lesser-known sites in central Komodo. In the afternoon, you’ll visit Mauan Island, where mantas come to visit its cleaning station. Your final dive of the trip will be at Siaba Besar, a fantastic night dive for macro photography.
Day 5: Komodo on Foot
After your morning dive at Pink Beach, a shallow coral garden with schools of sweetlips and other reef fish, you’ll head to the Island of Komodo to encounter the legendary Komodo dragon. Later that afternoon, La Galigo anchors up and sets sail east to Pulau Kalong, where you’ll witness an epic number of fruit bats leaving the island in search of their sustenance on the mainland of Flores. As the night falls, the crew on La Galigo arranges a fancy BBQ banquet on the top deck, giving you the chance to enjoy your final Komodo sunset in style. It’s a perfect way to wrap up an incredible day filled with adventure and wonder.
Day 6: Disembark in Labuan Bajo
On Day 6, La Galigo anchors up in the morning around 2:00 A.M. in Labuan Bajo, in preparation for you to catch your flight or check in to your hotel. However, guests are welcome to stay onboard until 11:00 A.M. During this time, you have the chance to exchange trip images and contacts, so you can keep in touch with newfound dive buddies while La Galigo assists you with transportation to your desired location.
Note: All schedules are subjected to changes according to weather, sea, diving, & local conditions.
Cabins Available and Price
La Galigo offers three cabin options: Suite, Master, and Deluxe. The Suite cabin requires a minimum booking of two guests, and if one guest wishes to book the Suite, a 100% supplementary charge will apply. The Master and Deluxe cabins are also available, and if a guest wants a guaranteed private cabin, there is a 65% surcharge on top of the listed price for single occupancy.
Here are the pricelists for each cabin type:
- Suite Cabin: USD$ 4815 / person
- Master Cabin: USD$ 2061 / person
- Deluxe Cabin: USD$ 1719 / person
La Galigo Liveaboard, also known as a ‘Phinisi’, is a traditional sailboat that skilled craftsmen from Southern Sulawesi in Bira built in 2012. The local tribes of Bugis heritage have been producing these types of boats for centuries, using tropical hardwoods. Hence, La Galigo’s hull is made from ‘Iron Wood’ and the interiors are finished in tropical teak, weighing over 169 gross tons. The latter is designed and managed with comfort and practicality in mind, featuring a dive platform at the rear and cabins with en-suite facilities, ample natural light, and stunning sea views. Furthermore, the engine room is soundproofed to reduce noise and promote better sleep. You can choose from 7 cabins with 3 different class types (Deluxe, Master, Suite), accommodating up to 14 people.
The lower deck cabins of the liveaboard feature an American-style deep spring bed that can be converted into twin beds upon request. As a matter of fact, each of the cabins has its private ensuite, equipped with hot fresh showers and climate control.
The main deck master cabins offer a stunning view and direct access to the sun deck. They also feature an American-style deep spring bed that can be adjusted to double or twin beds. Each of the master cabins comes with its private en-suite, furnished with hot freshwater showers.
For the ultimate liveaboard experience, you can opt for the grand suite, which is the premium accommodation available on board. Moreover, the suite boasts a spacious double bedroom, an extra large en-suite, and a private balcony with 270-degree views. Additionally, it includes a private lounge room complete with a couch, a 48” full HD TV, and a private fridge.
Read the full boat description here.
Included in the booking price
- Transfer from a local hotel/airport to the harbor
- Transfer from the disembarkation harbor to the local hotel/airport
- All meals, non-packaged snacks, coffee and tea, and post-dive refreshments
- Diving services include tanks, weights, SMB reels, reef hooks, air fills, dive computers, and dive tenders
- Land excursions where applicable
- Ferry crossing to Waisai (Raja Ampat)
Not included in the booking price
- Flight tickets
- Travel, dive, and repatriation insurance
- Visas and fees
- Airport taxes and extra baggage fees
- Airport to hotel transfers
- Port, clearances, ranger, anchorage, village, and marine park fees
- Dive rental equipment at $35 per person per day (torch excluded)
- Nitrox at $25 per person per day, for up to 4 tanks per day
- 15L tanks at $15 per person per day, for up to 4 tanks per day
- Dive courses and certification, (price on application)
- Alcoholic beverages such as beer. The selection of wine and spirits in Indonesia is limited and can be expensive; we recommend that you bring your favorite tipple with you
- Soft drinks and packaged snacks
- May fluctuate with markets, you may be asked to pay an extra fuel allowance of up to 30 days prior to departure, of no more than US$20 per person per day.*
- Staff gratuities, many of our guests base their tips between 5% and 10% of the cost of the trip, tipping is optional but greatly appreciated!
- La Galigo Merchandise
The following options are available onboard at an additional cost:
- Full Equipment rental at USD$ 35 per person per day (excluding torch)
- Nitrox at USD$ 25 per person per day for up to 4 tanks a day
- 15L tank at USD$ 15 per person per day for up to 4 tanks a day
- Private dive guide at USD$ 100 per person per day