Want to tick off a ‘bucket list' dive trip with a difference in 2022? Then join Scuba Diver and Scuba Dive Adventures as we embark on an adventure to the ‘land of the dragons' – Komodo!
Komodo National Park is well known for the ferocious-looking dragons, but the unique ecology of the area, formed by volcanic activity, has shaped a diver’s paradise underwater with muck dives, walls and more marine life than you could ever see in a single holiday. Dive after dive reveals the immense bio-diversity, from vast pelagics to microscopic macro and vibrant reefs that are so characteristic of this corner of Indonesia.
The Komodo National Park itinerary is filled with exotic and far-flung dives that will make your logbook the envy of others. Sangeang, Banta, Satonda and Komodo are the focal points of the trip and each has a distinctive flavour. Sangeang is a tiny speck of an island, surrounded by volcanic lava ridges and overflowing with critters. Sangeang and Satonda islands are the macro capitals of this itinerary, Decorator crabs, popcorn shrimp and squat lobster are some of miniscule marvels you can find on the black sands. Garden eels sway, poking out from the seabed. Can you find the clown anglerfish or ghost pipefish?
If you are want to find pelagics, Banta Island is the place to head. The strong currents and cold upwellings draw sharks, tuna, barracuda and mackerel to the walls.
The itinerary will focus around Komodo National Park itself, where manta, dolphins and reef sharks all await. Dive after dive unfolds – enjoy the show as the pristine coral walls delight. Harlequin sweetlips shy away around massive gorgonians (home to microscopic pygmy seahorses). Weave around pinnacles, looking for scorpionfish, crocodilefish and longnose hawkfish. The variety is endless.
Emperor Harmoni is Emperor Divers Indonesia’s brand-new liveaboard, the second for Emperor Indonesia, and is one of only a select few liveaboards in this region to have two engines – at 48 metres, she happily welcomes 20 guests in spacious surroundings.
Emperor Harmoni has been designed and built taking into consideration Indonesia’s unique and diverse conditions; harnessing the Emperor Indonesia team’s extensive experience in liveaboard and charter vessels to meet the very highest standards and expectations.
Built of Sulawesi Ironwood and offering a truly new experience to liveaboard holidays, experience a true sense of sailing the Indonesian seas in freedom, style, comfort and confidence with her two engines.
Emperor Harmoni’s three decks have six guest cabins on the lower deck and four on the upper. The main deck features a spacious restaurant, lounge area with a 49″ HD flat screen, digital movie and music library, board games, bar and a camera suite.
All diving is done from two large RIBs with outboards to get you to the perfect dive spot every time. She offers free nitrox, all diving and safety equipment, including SMBs free of charge and up to four dive guides.
Scuba Diver feature
Scuba Diver Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans will be on this epic adventure, writing a feature or two about the incredible underwater and topside scenery and action – and you will be involved! We want to make the guests on this trip an integral part of what appears in the magazine!
We are also working on a number of other ‘special features' which will mark this trip out as ‘out of the ordinary' compared with a normal itinerary – watch this space!
The trip runs from 23 September to 2 October and is £3,950 per person, based on two people sharing. This includes nine nights full board on Emperor Harmoni (incl tea/coffee, juices, soft drinks and local beers), transfers between liveaboard and local airport or hotel on days of embarkation and disembarkation, all diving on air, nitrox if certified, 12-litre cylinder, weights and weightbelt, and equipment hire
Not included – international and internal flights.
NB: Please note all activities and launch times are subject to change due to local environmental conditions therefore the order in which they are taken may change.