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6D5N North & Central Komodo Diving | Uniquely-designed Boat & Great for Night Diving

By Manta Mae

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At a Glance

At a Glance

6 days 5 nights
Group trip (10 travellers per group)
Manta Mae is a 10-passenger (4-cabin) Phinisi that is entirely crafted from natural materials; from its wooden hull to the unique mosaics on driftwood, shells and Madagascan quartz. The boat offers various amenities: ensuite bathroom and TV in each cabin, an iconic Playstation, Wifi, water skiing and kayaks. Manta Mae is crewed by 9 persons with a private chef and 2 divemasters on board. The crew lead divers of all levels from beginners to advanced and also arrange scuba review course if required. The 6D5N itinerary includes exploring the iconic dive sites in North and Central region (*with night dives available every day if the sea conditions are favourable), trekking to Rinca Island to spot the Komodo Dragons and flying foxes with the sunset as a backdrop in Kalong Island. This trip includes up to 16 day & night dives.

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You want to sail in style and with great comfort. This boat will also visit great sites for night-diving.

Trip Highlights

Castle Rock
Rinca Island
Cauldron
Kalong Island
Batu Bolong
Crystal Rock

What's included

What's included

From US$ 2,250 IDR35,822,174.67
  • Accommodation - 5 nights at Manta Mae - Deluxe Cabin
  • Return Transfer from Labuan Bajo
  • Full board accommodation (Including three meals a day)
  • Laundry (2 pcs/day)
  • Welcome drink, Snacks, soft drinks, water, tea, coffee, espresso
  • Diving (up to 4 dives per day). As a general rule, there is one dive on arrival day (check dive) and no diving on departure day. Dive on last day depending on the flight. *Missed dives cannot be claimed for a reimbursement
  • Dive Guide
  • Weights and weight belts
  • Land and/or shore excursions according to Manta Mae program/itinerary
  • Fishing activity (based on the possibility to do in certain areas)
  • Kayak activity
  • Stand Up Paddles
  • Underwater Scooter
  • Playstation
  • Pick up and drop off to embarkation/disembarkation Hotel or Airport
  • Komodo National Parks Fees - USD$ 50 per day. (To be paid on board in cash. Accepted currencies: Indonesian Rupiah, USD and Euro.)
  • Fuel Surcharge (up to 3 hours navigation per day no extra fuel surcharge)
  • Scuba Review - USD$ 100 (if necessary)
  • PADI Diving Courses
  • Full dive gear including dive computer(36 USD/ day. Payable on board)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Diving Insurance (mandatory). It is strongly recommended. DAN Insurance, Aquamed or similar.
  • Beers, Alcoholic drinks and Wine
  • Souvenirs
  • Land and/or shore excursions (on request)
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Accommodation

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Transport

Transport

Free - Return Transfer from Labuan Bajo
  • Return Transfer from Anywhere in Labuan Bajo
    Pick-up: 11:00am; Drop-off: 01:00pm
    Your last dive will be at noon on the 5th Day so that you'll have a full 24 hours before you depart on the 6th Day.
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Itinerary

Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary and may be weather-dependent. Start/end times may depend on transport chosen.
Day 1: Labuan Bajo - Sebayor Island
Labuan Bajo - Sebayor Island

Today you will do a check dive in Sebayor Island.

Accommodation: Manta Mae - Deluxe Cabin

  • 11:00am - Pick-up at Labuan Bajo
  • 11:00 AM Mantamae staff will pick you up at Labuan Bajo airport in Flores and accompany you to the dock for immediate boarding and departure.
  • During a light lunch you will be briefed on Manta Mae and, depending on the time of your arrival, will also be briefed on the “check dive”. The small island of Sebayur offers nice diving just a few miles from Labuan Bajo’s harbour.
  • Sebayur Kecil and Mini Wall are perfect for warm-up dives and you are likely to see bronze sweepers, lion-fish, eels, and possibly the resident ghost pipefish. The staggered tiers of the neighbouring patch reef are home to many different species of nudibranchs, pipefish, sea fans, sponges and even a few twin-spot lion-fish.
  • In addition to diving day-time, the crew offer a night dive every day if conditions are favourable.
Day 2: Gili Lawa Laut – Gili Lawa Darat
Gili Lawa Laut – Gili Lawa Darat

Kick start your dive journey at Castle Rock and Crystal Rock Site.

Accommodation: Manta Mae - Deluxe Cabin

  • Two celebrated dive sites await you just north of Gili Lawa Laut Island. Crystal Rock and Castle Rock are both incredible locations, boasting the key elements for an impressive dive site: a wide variety of healthy corals covering the reef, plus tons of fish both big and small and all sizes in between!
  • The cauldron is another exhilarating dive site, and the healthy hard coral reefs off the island of Gili Lawa Darat offer good night diving.
  • Between dives, you may visit Gili Lawa Laut Island for a short trek to the top of the hill for a wonderful view over the Komodo-Flores channel.
Day 3: Makassar Strait
Makassar Strait

Dive at Batu Bolong, a world-class dive site in the north of Komodo Strait. You'll visit Makassar Strait too, spot Mantas at their cleaning station.

Accommodation: Manta Mae - Deluxe Cabin

  • Following a light breakfast, you will dive at Batu Bolong (Hollow Rock), a world-class dive site in the north of the Komodo Strait. The dramatic underwater landscape with its great walls is home to an incredible variety of sea life and corals. Sharks, giant trevallies, unicorns, rainbow runners, turtles, barracudas and napoleon wrasse are spotted here frequently.
  • Later in the day, you will enjoy Tatawa Besar, a thrilling drift dive that starts off from the northwestern tip of Tatawa and continues down the western side at a depth of 15 to 20 meters. At Makassar Strait, you can see mantas at their cleaning station. This is an exhilarating drift dive along the shallow flat bottom interspersed with patches of coral reef, where there’s a chance to see manta rays, turtles, eagle rays and white tip and blacktip reef sharks/ It’s also a great site for snorkelling.
Day 4: Tatawa Besar – Tatawa Kecil – Siaba Island
Tatawa Besar – Tatawa Kecil – Siaba Island

Today you will visit Tatawa Islands, where you'll dive in a beautiful coral garden with brisk currents. Wrap up the day with a sunset barbeque by the beach.

Accommodation: Manta Mae - Deluxe Cabin

  • After one more dive at Tatawa Besar you’ll sail to Tatawa Kecil, where you'll dive in a beautiful coral garden with brisk currents, an unspoiled reef and unsurpassed topography comprising boulders, walls, overhangs and caves.
  • This site is home to vast numbers of groupers, snappers and trevallies. The west side of this small rocky outcrop presents a fantastic underwater terrain with enormous slabs of rock that have been worn down to form channels, canyons, caves and swim-throughs.
  • On the north plateau, crocodile fish lie on the scenic reef alongside a host of reef fish and schooling
  • barracuda.
  • After the dive, you’ll cruise to Siaba Besar and moor offshore for the night. The white beach of Mauan is the perfect place for a sunset barbecue.
Day 5: Pantai Merah – Batu Tiga – Rinca
Pantai Merah – Batu Tiga – Rinca

You will complete your last dive, visit Rinca Island for the Komodo Dragons and see thousands of flying foxes during sunset in Kalong Island.

Accommodation: Manta Mae - Deluxe Cabin

  • Pantai Merah, or Pinky Beach, is the most frequently visited site in the park. Snorkelling from the beach is excellent, and there is a good dive around a rock that breaks the surface but is completely covered at high tide. There are a great variety of tame fish life here, and a good selection of critters including leaf scorpionfish, blue-ribbon eels, crocodile fish, and nudibranchs.
  • This site is also good for night dives.
  • The next dive site is Batu Tiga lying southeast of Tanjung Kuning in the Linta Strait. An excellent big fish dive and without doubt one of the most current affected sites in Komodo, this dive is for more advanced and experienced divers. It’s crucial to hit the site at the perfect time, preferably at the northwestern side of the three rocks (Batu Tiga is three rocks in Bahasa). Large grouper, mantas, giant trivially and other pelagic are frequently seen here.
  • In the afternoon you’ll arrive at Rinca Island. Here, you’ll hike for up to two and a half hours to see the legendary prehistoric lizard Komodo Dragons.
  • After that excursion, you’ll drop anchor at Bat Island, where thousands of flying foxes make their home in the mangrove forest. The sight of these magnificent bats taking off from the trees at sunset is truly amazing.
Day 6: Sebayor Island - Labuan Bajo
Sebayor Island - Labuan Bajo

Departure Day

  • You’ll sail back to Sebayor Island where you’ll enjoy yet another amazing snorkelling site before reaching the harbour of Labuan Bajo.
  • 1:00 PM It should be 24 hours after your last dive when you arrive back at Labuan Bajo.
  • 01:00pm - Drop-off at Labuan Bajo

Meet your guide

Meet your guide

Manta Mae

The 30m Manta Mae liveaboard was built in traditional Phinisi style to offer fantastic diving itineraries around the truly diverse region of Komodo and Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Launched in 2014 and catering to a maximum of 9 guests (4-cabins), the Manta Mae Indonesia offers personalised service, focusing on creating unique experiences and lifelong memories. This beautiful ship is entirely crafted from natural materials, from its wooden hull to the unique mosaics of driftwood, shells and Madagascan quartz.
6 years experience
Fluent English
Reef-Safe
Litter-Free

Manta Mae Policies

Manta Mae Policies

Strict Cancellation Policy
As Manta Mae pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, you can only cancel for free within 24 hours of your booking, provided that this is at least 2 weeks before your trip starts.
Change of Date
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.

Other Things to Know

Other Things to Know

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