Adelaar

ADELAAR LIVEABOARD, A CENTURY OF MARITIME TRADITION AND SERVICE

Adelaar liveaboard is a classic Dutch schooner that was originally built in 1902. It witnessed world history while sailing around the globe. A recent renovation has brought it back to immaculate condition. It now serves as a recreational diving vessel in the Indonesian waters.

The steel hull of SY Adelaar (Dutch for Eagle) is 39 meters in length- and a width of 5.5 meters. The yacht-like interior is made mainly out of rich teak. The ship accommodates eight guests only. Uniquely we have special provisions to welcome and assist disabled guests.

Diving cruise destinations include Bali, Komodo national park, Banda SeaForgotten Islands, Wakatobi, and Alor. The scuba diving trips vary from 8, 10, or 11 nights for scheduled cruises. Charters can be arranged and fully customized.

Accommodation

Adelaar Liveaboard cabins have marble en suite bathrooms with a hot water shower, toilet, and washbasin. All are Individual controlled air-conditioned. A state-of-the-art entertainment system with a flat-screen tv and other amenities will make you feel at home in your private time.

The master cabin (20 sqm) has a queen-size bed and couch that may serve as a single bed. Stateroom 2 &3 (18 sqm) has a 140 cm double bed, sofa/single bed, stateroom 4 (14sqm), and a 120cm double bed. All cabins have small portholes and high ceilings.

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Stateroom 4

Stateroom 4

Room size: 14 m2
Max. occupancy: 2
Beds: Queen
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:
Stateroom 2 & 3

Stateroom 2 & 3

Room size: 18 m2
Max. occupancy: 3
Beds: Double + Twin
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:
Master Suite

Master Suite

Room size: 20 m2
Max. occupancy: 3
Beds: Double + Twin
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:

Comfort

First-class facilities and staff will spoil you and enable the SY Adelaar liveaboard experience to be of a superior standard. Classic luxury combined with modern facilities surrounds you everywhere on board.

Enjoy the seascapes from a lounger on the upper deck or the shaded open-air deck, delightfully illuminated at nighttime. The lounge and dining area are relaxed and pleasurable retreats at the heart of the ship.

Catering

Diving will make you hungry. Our chefs are well aware of this. All meals are made to order and prepared fresh. You can enjoy it on the deck as well as inside.

We serve gourmet Indonesian and Western specialties and always consider your (dietetic) preferences. Non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary.

Diving

Besides all the onboard pleasures, the Indonesian underwater world is the jewel in the crown. Looking for shipwrecks, coral reefs, or a particular marine life specimen on a Komodo dive site? Our dive guides show you around in a small group on your day and night dives to provide you with a great diving experience.

Adelaar Liveaboard can make all these wishes come true. We escort you on a zodiac from our dive deck to the dive sites.

We have a rental service for all diving gear, including Nitrox. Courses are available.

Land excursions on Komodo island are optional. We organize a Komodo dragon tour, hiking up the hills to view the entire Komodo archipelago’s breathtaking panorama or visit an autochthonic island village.

Specifications

Year built: 1902
Year Renovated: 2011
Length:127 feet
Beam: 18 feet
Top speed: 7.5 knots
Cruising speed: 6.5 knots
Engines: Mercedes Marine Diesel (380HP)
Max guests: 8
Number of cabins: 4
Number of bathrooms: 4
Tenders: 2 x aluminium dinghies (40HP)
Water capacity: 6000
Fuel capacity: 6.5 tons
Freshwater maker: 2 x 2400 gallons per day

NAVIGATION, COMMUNICATION, AND SAFETY FEATURES

Radar

Depth Sounder

GPS

Radio VHF/DSC/SSB

E.P.I.R.B. Distress System

Life Vests

Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers

Oxygen

First Aid Kits

Satellite & mobile phones

Crew trained in first aid

Emergency flares

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Adelaar liveaboard is a classic Dutch schooner that was originally built in 1902. It witnessed world history while sailing around the globe. A recent renovation has brought it back to immaculate condition.

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14 Oct 2021
Banda Sea (Ambon-Saumlaki)
Arrival: 14 Oct 2021
Departure: 25 Oct 2021
Days/nights: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Banda Sea (Ambon-Saumlaki)

Day 1: Welcome onboard – Ambon

Early morning hotel or airport transfers are organized to collect you for the 11 AM boarding on Adelaar. Once settled aboard, there will be a briefing to familiarize you with our safety procedures and to introduce the crew.

Lunch is served as we move to our first dive site, a sandy slope in the bay, perfect for a check dive. We spend time here looking around for small critters who inhabit this area.

Days 2-3: Pulau Saparua, Nusa Laut, Pulau Suanggi

Leaving the bay of Ambon, we travel eastward to the islands of Saparua and Nusa Laut. Beautiful hard and soft coral reefs await plenty of schooling fish. Perhaps even a bigger fish encounter as the reef is home to reef sharks and the occasional pelagic visitor. With so few human encounters, the fish seem unaware of divers as we swim in for a closer look. Typically, with mild current and good visibility, Nusa Laut is suitable for all levels of divers. The sites of “Akoon” and “Amet jetty” are the stars of this location.

Days 4-7 : Pulau Run, Pulau Ai, Pulau Banda, Pulau Hatta

We enter the Banda Sea and make our way towards the nine jewel-like volcanic islands which make up the fabled Spice Islands. Although extremely remote, this area was once the global center of the trade-in rare and lucrative nutmeg and mace. Banda Neira was once the Dutch East Indies’ headquarters, who forced out the locals to monopolize the trade. Fort Belgica, erected in the 17th century to defend the region, was restored in 2019 and still stands. We will go ashore for a look around and perhaps wander through the small natural history museum.

Just off Banda Neira’s island are some of the most iconic dive sites: Batu Kapal and Lava Flow. To the east lies the island of Hatta, named after Mohamad Hatta, Indonesian’s first vice president who lived here in exile until the eve of the Japanese invasion. Situated closest to the Banda Trench, with a depth of 6000 meters, the area with its sloping reefs and vertical walls, is famous for schools of trevallies, barracudas, and tuna. In the shallows, mandarin fish congregate among the stones, waiting for dusk to make their appearance. A real bonus for photographers! But it is the hammerhead and the grey reef shark that draws divers from around the globe to this remote location. We have the chance to see schooling hammerheads along the steep drop-offs of Karang Hatta.

As we swim through the dive site, Hole in the Wall, we exit out to a dramatic drop into the open ocean. Finally, we’ll dive Pulau Hatta, a sloping reef filled with reef fish and frequented by turtles.

Days 8-9: Pulau Manuk

We make our way through this evolutionary transition zone between Australia and Asia. The next stop is the island of Manuk, a bird breeding sanctuary also known as ‘the island of serpents.’ While the dives here have all the typical volcanic features, bubbling sand, and schooling fish, the stars are the sea snakes and sea kraits, which seem to be everywhere. Current carries us over Nil Desparandum, as we fly among napoleons and jacks, hoping to catch a glimpse of schooling sharks the area is so well known for.

Days 10-11: Pulau Serua, Pulau Nila, Pulau Dai

We exit the Banda Sea through Pulau Nila, where thriving hard coral gardens are lovely and tend to attract tuna, groupers, and barracuda. At Dusborgh, we will drift with the current for an opportunity to see sharks among the jacks & eagle rays. We enter the eastern Forgotten Islands, and our next dives will be in Pulau Dai, where we’ll enjoy the many walls and drop-offs. As it will be migrating season, be sure to keep an eye on the blue for pelagics!

Day 12: Disembarkation in Saumlaki, see you soon.

We disembark in Saumlaki, on the main island of the Tanimbar Archipelago, ending our journey across one of the most beautiful diving regions of the world.

Please note that this is a sample itinerary. The actual trip itinerary will vary depending on wind and sea conditions, group preferences, and the group’s diving experience level. Our dive instructor, together with the captain, will have the final say on the itinerary.

28 Oct 2021
Alor & the Forgotten Islands (Saumlaki-Maumere)
Arrival: 28 Oct 2021
Departure: 08 Nov 2021
Days/nights: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Alor & the Forgotten Islands (Saumlaki-Maumere)

Day 1: Saumlaki, Yamdena – Welcome Aboard!

An early morning (or on the day before) flight from Jakarta or Bali brings you to the harbor town of Saumlaki. Its population at the 2010 Census was 12,462. Christianity is the village’s main religion, as it was visited by the Dutch in 1629 and claimed by them in 1639. However, a lot of the town also follows original Indonesian religions. Our staff will greet you at the airport upon arrival and accompany you to the Adelaar, where our cruise director and steward will introduce you to the crew, your cabin, and the ship! We’ll make our way to reaching a small island called Vaiwar, where we’ll make our first check dives of the trip. Vaiwar slope is mostly a critter hunt, with a sandy slope extending out from shore. Corals, small rocks, and bommies decorate this sandy patch and offer a lovely scenic backdrop for spotting assorted juveniles. Have a look in the sand for ghost pipefish, nudibranchs, and perhaps even a mimic octopus!

Day 2: Dai & Dawera islands

The inhabitants of Pulai Dai still practice traditional hunting with a bow and arrow. The village can be visited on request, as the local population is very welcoming, even though they only see divers a few times a year. The dive sites are composed of steep slopes, providing hunting grounds for larger fish. The shallows are just as stunning as the deeper parts of the site, as they are full of hard corals decorated with anthias. Dawera is a small island in the northern part of the “Babar” group. The seamount here has a reef that remains untouched and so full of fish, you wouldn’t know where to look first! The dive sites of “Tanjung Raja,” known for incredible marine life and cruising hammerheads, are among the highlights of this location. We’ll cruise overnight toward the next islet.

Day 3: Terbang & Damar Islands

The Island of Damar is about 20 km2, and there are settlements dotted all around the eastern half of the island. The largest of which is the village of Kenili, located inside an inlet on the east shore. The best beach features a 900-meter-long strip of dazzling white sand, bordered by lush green forest and fringed by a shallow coral reef. The major dive sites are not actually off Damar Island itself, but rather around the smaller islands of Nusa Leur and Terbang Utara (North), and Selatan (South). These sites feature an explosion of different colors and forms and seem to be in constant motion. A busy reef, with schooling fish and marine life that are not used to seeing scuba divers. Another unique attraction in this area is the wall of Sulphur formed due to the proximity of the volcano on Damar Island. We’ll cruise overnight toward the next island.

Day 4: Nyata, Romang & Maapora islands

We wake up en route and have breakfast as the ship makes its anchorage. The “Romang group,” as it is called in the navigation books, includes Pulau Nyata, Pulan Romang, and Pulau Maapora, spanning across 23 nautical miles from West to East. It features some fantastic white sand beaches, and at Romang and Nyata, there are gentle terraced slopes, which slip down into the deep blue of the Banda Sea. A significant feature of diving on this western side of the island is the collections of hugely colored gorgonian sea fans and large barrel sponges. Fans of bigger animals can see Napoleon wrasses, reef sharks, rays, tuna, and other pelagic fish patrolling the reefs and walls. We’ll cruise overnight to the next location.

Day 5: Reong & Wetar Islands

Wetar Island’s star dive site “Tanjung Nunukae” will be our first stop of the day. Divers have come across the two types of Manta rays here, as current usually is moderate to strong when the moon is full! It is known for its plateau topography until it drops into a nice wall swathed in gigantic sea fans, cup corals, and sponges. The small island of Reong lies on the northwest coast of Wetar; we’ll dive there once or twice, depending on the sea conditions.

It presents a slight change of scenery as it’s made of limestone. Reef sharks, barracuda, and trevallies frequently visit the reef. We cruise overnight to the next island.

Days 6-8: Pantar Strait, Alor & Kalabahi

On this next portion of the trip, world-class dive sites around the untouched islands await us. The Alor archipelago’s small islets tend to attract congregations of fish along the colorful Indian Ocean reefs. We explore the underwater walls, drop-offs, slopes, valleys, and ridges of Pantar, Pura, and Ternate’s islands. Diving the pristine site of “Anemone Valley,” we drift above the expansive seabed, which is completely covered with anemones and clownfish. Be sure to keep one eye out to the blue water, where thresher sharks can often be spotted! Just off the shore of Pulau Ternate, dozens of women approach Adelaar in their dugout canoes, displaying colorful ikats. Woven in unique patterns learned from their mothers, each textile can be traced back to a specific village and are, of course, for sale.

On the morning of day 7, we enter the village of the Abui tribe, fierce warriors, until 1984. They welcome us in ceremonial dress and perform the lego lego; an ancient dance passed down through the generations. On our way back to the harbor, we stop in the traditional market and a local museum to further experience Alor’s rich natural history. Our planned dive in Kalabahi Bay will be refreshing in the afternoon before making our way to North Lembata through the night.

Day 9: North Lembata

Lembata bay is known for its stunning volcanic landscapes surrounded by calm and clear waters. It’s also home to a pearling farm belonging to the second productor in the world and many local fisherman’s villages. As it’ll be migrating season, keep an eye out at dawn and sunrise for whales coming up to the surface! Underwater highlights of Lembata are the dive sites of “Tanjung Bacatan,” situated on a point and consisting of a wall, covered in crevices and home to soft & hard corals. A resident school of barracudas can be sighted there as well as turtles and large trevallies. Alternatively, “Takat Prau” or “Padang Pasir” are respectively a small wooden fishing boat next to a sea fan where pygmies have been photographed; and a sandy patch full of macro life, where at night, there is a chance to spot Spanish dancers and colorful nudis, stargazers, squids and frogfish. We’ll leave late afternoon and make our way across the high seas to reach Komba Volcano during the night.

Day 10: Komba Volcano

Approachable only by sea, the remote Komba volcano rises majestically on the horizon, venting a plume of smoke that has been caught by the wind and streams off in the distance. We dive here for the day admiring the surreal underwater landscape. The colorful coral is thriving and offers a beautiful contrast against the dark sand. Since the volcano stopped erupting, the pressure is released underwater in streams of bubbles on one of the Komba slopes. We’ll leave in the afternoon to get closer to Flores Island & do our last dives of the trip.

Day 11: Gedong, Flores

We plan two dives in Gedong. Depending on your flight’s schedule, you can pick the type of dive you wish to do: a very shallow macro dive (5-8m) or a wooden wreck located in the bay, or both! The afternoon will be dedicated to relaxing time in this quiet bay.

Day 12: Maumere, Flores – Goodbye!

Maumere harbor has a colorful local market where the women sell an array of handwoven ikats, fresh vegetables, meats, and fish. Strategically located on the northern coastline, Maumere has a mixed population of Christians and Muslims, eager to meet tourists interested in their culture. Breakfast will be served on board before you disembark and are transferred to the airport or your hotel. We wish you a safe onward journey and hope you enjoyed your time on Adelaar as we cruised through some of the most beautiful diving regions of the world.

Further east from Komodo, along the northern coast of Flores, lies the bustling harbor town of Maumere, where our signature Alor trips begin.  From here, we travel even further eastwards towards Alor, stopping at each opportunity to peek below into the fascinating underwater world. Trip highlights include visiting local villages, experiencing traditional fishing techniques, and catching a glimpse of surfacing whales or super pods of dolphins. Visit this locale onboard Adelaar for an intimate glimpse into what Alor has to offer.

Please note that this is a sample itinerary. The actual trip itinerary will vary depending on wind and sea conditions, group preferences, and the group’s diving experience level. Our dive instructor, together with the captain, will have the final say on the itinerary.

28 Oct 2021
Adelaar Signature (Bali - Komodo - Bali) Charter Only
Arrival: 28 Oct 2021
Departure: 08 Nov 2021
Days/nights: 11 Days / 10 Nights
Adelaar Signature (Bali - Komodo - Bali) Charter Only

Itinerary Extras: 2021 KNP fee 160€ for Adelaar Signature itinerary 2022 Port & Park fees 200€ per person for all trips & itineraries


This is a sample itinerary. Route and trip dates may be altered if approved by the vessel’s captain. Enquire to discuss your perfect charter.

Day 1: Welcome to Adelaar!

The meeting point will be at the Main Passenger Jetty in Serangan Harbor at 8:30 AM, where our crew is standing by to welcome you. As soon as everyone is aboard, we depart Serangan and move along the coastline of Bali, cruising overnight to Satonda Island. We hope for a magnificent sunset over Bali’s majestic Mt Agung.

Day 2: Satonda, Sumbawa (2 dives)

Arrival at Satonda Island will be late morning, with two dives scheduled along a sloping reef. Satonda is an ancient volcanic island, said to be even older than Tambora, with a saltwater lake that fills the crater. A huge tsunami filled the crater after the violent eruption of Mount Tambora, on Sumbawa, in 1814. Don’t miss a chance to cast your wish at the wishing trees along the lake’s edge! At sunset, we depart and cruise through the night toward Komodo.

Day 3: North Komodo National Park – Gili Lawa Laut (3-4 dives)

We are up early for a glimpse of the sunrise as we arrive at Gili Lawa Laut. The park is located in the region known as Wallacea, denoting the overlapping Australian and Asian biogeographical areas. There is a splendid assortment of dive sites just outside this picturesque bay.

Day 4: Komodo Island (3-4 dives)

Dragons! We go ashore at 7:00 AM for a ranger-guided hike into the interior of Komodo Island to look for Komodo dragons. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the only natural habitat of these giant monitor lizards. The area was designated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 1991. Once safely back aboard, we travel south for a late morning and afternoon dive along the coast of Komodo. At dusk, we dive Lehok Sera to search for the elusive mandarin fish.

Day 5: South Komodo National Park – Rinca & Nusa Kode (3-4 dives)

An early morning departure is planned as we head to the extreme southern end of Komodo to Manta Alley. This area typically has much cooler temperatures with nutrient-rich waters, perfect for Mantas! We enjoy lunch as the boat moves to Southern Rinca to an area known as Nusa Kode. With the towering cliff walls surrounding all sides, the landscape in this remote area is breathtaking. We board the dinghy and head towards the shore between dives to get up close to the resident dragon population. After the sun sets, we prepare for a night dive and a late dinner.

Day 6: South Komodo National Park – Nusa Kode & Padar (3-4 dives)

There are two dives planned for this area, one of which will be the famous ‘macro temple” of Cannibal Rock, a photographer’s dream come true. From here, we journey north to Padar Island for our afternoon dive. Before sunset, we go ashore and hike across to a beautiful crescent bay to witness a spectacular sunset. Alternately, for those who prefer to be underwater, a night dive is planned.

Day 7: Center Komodo National Park – Wainilu (3-4 dives)

We depart early from Padar and enter the central park area, also known as the ‘current city.’ This park area is subjected to the strong tidal currents that run through the Lintah Strait, bringing plenty of marine life with them. These currents make for lots of action and exhilarating drift dives. Mantas are often seen in these parts. In the late afternoon, we make our way north toward Wainilu and prepare for a night dive.

Day 8: North Komodo National Park – Gili Lawa Laut & Gili Lawa Darat (3-4 dives)

We’ve saved the best for last! We spend the morning diving around the northern boundary of the park of the islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat. We say goodbye to Komodo National Park in the late afternoon and start our westward journey back towards Bali. We stop for the night in Banta Island, just outside the park boundary, and prepare for our last night dive.

Day 9: Sangeang volcano, Sumbawa (3 dives)

A very early morning departure, with destination Sangeang, a volcano whose most recent eruption was in 2014. Upon our sunrise approach, Sangeang rises majestically from the sea, emitting the occasional puff of smoke. The black sandy bottom of this site makes for spectacular diving. In places, a steady stream of gaseous sulfur bubbles up from the sand, making its way towards the surface. Swimming through, you have the feeling of being in an underwater jacuzzi! Tonight we sail through the night towards Moyo Island.

Day 10: Moyo Island, Sumbawa (2 dives)

We arrive at Moyo Island early this morning for our final two dives along the fringing reef outside the main village. Ashore excursion takes you through the local village along a winding path towards a waterfall. Those daring enough can grab the rope, swing out over the falls and drop into the pool below! We sail through the night towards Bali.

Day 11: Thanks for joining us!

Arrival in Serangan Harbor, Bali, will be after 9:00 AM. We hope to see you again!

Please note that this is a sample itinerary. The actual trip itinerary will vary depending on wind and sea conditions, group preferences, and the diving experience level of the group. Our dive instructor, together with the captain, will have the final say on the itinerary.

Day 1: Welcome to Adelaar!

The meeting point will be at the Main Passenger Jetty in Serangan Harbor at 8:30 AM, where our crew is standing by to welcome you. As soon as everyone is aboard, we depart Serangan and move along the coastline of Bali, cruising overnight to Satonda Island. We hope for a magnificent sunset over Bali’s majestic Mt Agung.

Day 2: Satonda, Sumbawa (2 dives)

Arrival at Satonda Island will be late morning, with two dives scheduled along a sloping reef. Satonda is an ancient volcanic island, said to be even older than Tambora, with a saltwater lake that fills the crater. A huge tsunami filled the crater after the violent eruption of Mount Tambora, on Sumbawa, in 1814. Don’t miss a chance to cast your wish at the wishing trees along the lake’s edge! At sunset, we depart and cruise through the night toward Komodo.

Day 3: North Komodo National Park  – Gili Lawa Laut (3-4 dives)

We are up early for a glimpse of the sunrise as we arrive at Gili Lawa Laut. The park is located in the region known as Wallacea, denoting the overlapping Australian and Asian biogeographical areas. There is a splendid assortment of dive sites just outside this picturesque bay.

Day 4: Komodo Island (3-4 dives)

Dragons! We go ashore at 7:00 AM for a ranger-guided hike into the interior of Komodo Island to look for Komodo dragons. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the only natural habitat of these giant monitor lizards. The area was designated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 1991. Once safely back aboard, we travel south for a late morning and afternoon dive along the coast of Komodo. At dusk, we dive Lehok Sera to search for the elusive mandarin fish.

Day 5: South Komodo National Park – Rinca & Nusa Kode (3-4 dives)

An early morning departure is planned as we head to the extreme southern end of Komodo to Manta Alley. This area typically has much cooler temperatures with nutrient-rich waters, perfect for Mantas! We enjoy lunch at the boat moves to Southern Rinca to an area known as Nusa Kode.

With the towering cliff walls surrounding all sides, the landscape in this remote area is breathtaking. We board the dinghy and head towards the shore between dives to get up close to the resident dragon population. After the sun sets, we prepare for a night dive and a late dinner.

Day 6: South Komodo National Park – Nusa Kode & Padar (3-4 dives)

There are two dives planned for this area, one of which will be the famous ‘macro temple” of Cannibal Rock, a photographer’s dream come true. From here, we journey north to Padar Island for our afternoon dive. Before sunset, we go ashore and hike across to a beautiful crescent bay to witness a spectacular sunset. Alternately, for those who prefer to be underwater, a night dive is planned.

Day 7: Center Komodo National Park – Wainilu (3-4 dives)

We depart early from Padar and enter the central park area, also known as the ‘current city.’ This park area is subjected to the strong tidal currents that run through the Lintah Strait, bringing plenty of marine life with them. These currents make for lots of action and exhilarating drift dives. Mantas are often seen in these parts. In the late afternoon, we make our way north toward Wainilu and prepare for a night dive.

Day 8: North Komodo National Park – Gili Lawa Laut & Gili Lawa Darat (3-4 dives)

We’ve saved the best for last! We spend the morning diving around the northern boundary of the park of the islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat. We say goodbye to Komodo National Park in the late afternoon and start our westward journey back towards Bali. We stop for the night in Banta Island, just outside the park boundary, and prepare for our last night dive.

Day 9: Sangeang volcano, Sumbawa (3 dives)

A very early morning departure, with destination Sangeang, a volcano whose most recent eruption was in 2014. Upon our sunrise approach, Sangeang rises majestically from the sea, emitting the occasional puff of smoke. The black sandy bottom of this site makes for spectacular diving. In places, a steady stream of gaseous sulfur bubbles up from the sand, making its way towards the surface. Swimming through, you have the feeling of being in an underwater jacuzzi! Tonight, we sail through the night towards Moyo Island.

Day 10: Moyo Island, Sumbawa (2 dives)

We arrive at Moyo Island early this morning for our final two dives along the fringing reef outside the main village. Ashore excursion takes you through the local village along a winding path towards a waterfall. Those daring enough can grab the rope, swing out over the falls and drop into the pool below! We sail through the night towards Bali.

Day 11: Thanks for joining us!

Arrival in Serangan Harbor, Bali, will be after 9:00 AM. We hope to see you again.

Please note that this is a sample itinerary. The actual trip itinerary will vary depending on wind and sea conditions, group preferences, and the diving experience level of the group. Our dive instructor, together with the captain, will have the final say on the itinerary.

Marine Life: The underwater topography is as varied as the marine life it homes. Dive sites vary from gentle coral slopes to sheer cliff walls, channels, flat bottoms, pinnacles, caves, swim-throughs, and a host of hard and soft corals. The warm waters gradually become cooler from the Flores Sea in the north as you travel southwards into the Indian Ocean.

The last dive will be on the penultimate day of the trip. Divers are recommended to wait for 24hours before flying after the last dive.

Divers who join Adelaar’s Komodo Liveaboard must have above basic diver training from an official dive agency. We recommend having a PADI Advanced Open Water certification or equivalent. The majority of dive sites we head to are considered suitable for advanced divers; inexperienced divers with lesser qualifications may be excluded from certain dives.

13 Nov 2021
Komodo Extended Manta Special (Komodo-Bali)
Arrival: 13 Nov 2021
Departure: 23 Nov 2021
Days/nights: 11 Days / 10 Nights
Komodo Extended Manta Special (Komodo-Bali)

Day 1: Welcome on board! – Labuan Bajo & Sebayur (2 dives)

Boarding is from the port town of Labuan Bajo, Flores, and will be from 11:00 AM onwards, depending on flight arrival times. Our team will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the harbor. As soon as everyone is aboard, we depart the harbor, with destination Sebayur, where we will do 1-2 check dives. We move to Kalong to anchor for the night. At sunset, the skies are filled with fruit bats taking a flight to the mainland for their nightly feed.

Day 2: Sebayur &a Padar Island (4 dives)

Today, we enter Komodo National Park, located in the region known as Wallacea, denoting the overlapping of Australian and Asian bio-geographical areas. This overlap ensures an interesting mix of bird species. Our dives will be around Padar Island, which is located in the center of the park. Before sunset, we go ashore and hike across to a beautiful crescent bay for a spectacular sunset. Alternately, for those who prefer to be underwater, a night dive is planned.

Day 3: South Rinca – Padar & Nusa Kode (4 dives)

We depart early morning from Padar and travel south to Nusa Kode. There are three dives and a night dive planned for this area, one of which will be the famous ‘macro temple” of Cannibal Rock, a photographer’s dream come true. With the towering cliff walls surrounding all sides, the landscape in this remote area is breathtaking. We board the dinghy and head towards the shore to get up close to the resident dragon population between dives.

Day 4:South Rinca & South Komodo (4 dives)

An early morning departure is planned as we head to Manta Alley at Komodo Island’s extreme southern end. This area typically has much cooler temperatures and nutrient-rich waters, perfect for Mantas! Once safely back aboard, we travel north for an afternoon dive along the coast of Komodo. A night dive is planned just outside Komodo Bay.

Day 5: Prehistoric day (3 dives)

Dragons! We go ashore at 7:00 AM for a ranger-guided hike into Komodo Island’s interior to look for Komodo dragons. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the only natural habitat of these giant monitor lizards. The area was designated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 1991. A late morning dive is planned at nearby Pink Beach. After lunch, we travel to Manta Point with the hope to dive with Mantas! We move to a quiet bay and prepare for our night dive.

Day 6 & 7: Central Komodo National Park (8 dives)

We enter the central park area, also known as the ‘current city.’ This area of the park is subjected to the strong tidal currents that run through the Lintah Strait, bringing plenty of marine life. These currents make for lots of action and exhilarating drift dives. Mantas are often seen in these parts. We spend the next two days diving the central park dive sites.

Day 8: North Komodo National Park (4 dives)

We spend the day diving around the northern boundary of the Park of the uninhabited islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat. In the late afternoon, we say goodbye to Komodo National Park and start our westward journey back towards Bali. We stop for the night in Banta Island, just outside the park boundary, and prepare for our last night dive.

Day 9: Sangeang Volcano (3 dives)

A very early morning departure, with destination Sangeang, a volcano whose most recent eruption was 2014. Upon our sunrise approach, Sangeang rises majestically from the sea, emitting the occasional puff of smoke. The black sandy bottom of this site makes for spectacular diving. In places, a steady stream of gaseous sulfur bubbles up from the sand, making its way towards the surface. Swimming through, you have the feeling of being in an underwater jacuzzi! Tonight we sail through the night towards Moyo Island.

Day 10: Moyo Island (2 dives)

We arrive at Moyo Island early this morning for our final two dives along the fringing reef near the main village. Ashore excursion takes you through the local village along a winding path towards a waterfall. Those daring enough can grab the rope, swing out over the falls and drop into the pool below! We sail through the night towards Bali.

Day 11: Thanks for joining us!

Arrival in Serangan Harbor, Bali, will be sometime after 9:00 AM.

For our non-diving guests, in addition to snorkeling, we offer Stand-Up-Paddle boards (SUP) and a two-seater kayak. Not all areas of the park are suitable for these activities. Our cruise manager will be able to find the right times and places for these activities.

This route involves one domestic flight through LBJ airport on Flores island; it also grants more time to enjoy Komodo. This is ideal for exploring Flores’ island and its amazing wonders before or after the cruise or simply focus more attention on the Komodo National Park. There is always more to see in Komodo!

The route on our fixed departure itineraries may be altered for your comfort and safety. Diving is planned around the weather, sea conditions, and capabilities of each diver.

The last dive will be on the penultimate day of the trip. Divers are recommended to wait for 24 hours before flying after the last dive.

Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, Port Fees, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Stand Up Paddleboard, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: Dive Insurance, Travel Insurance, National Park Fees (160 EUR per trip), Visas, and Fees.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (40 EUR), Hotel Transfer (40 EUR), Alcoholic Beverages, Nitrox, Nitrox Course (235 EUR per item), Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Laundry / Pressing Services (0.50 EUR per item).

Reviews

Great liveaboard

Rated 5 out of 5
10 July 2019

we had an excellent experience, the most welcoming and pleasant staff ever
great diving sites and variety.

Alina M

exceptional Komodo cruise

Rated 5 out of 5
5 March 2019

10 Days on Adelaar to Komodo was an exceptional experience on the boat and underwater.
Hope to come back for another trip on this amazing liveaboard.

Micheal
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