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Manta Alley, Komodo, Dive site

Bali to West Flores

An 11-day journey on board the Seahorse

Length

11 Days

Ship category

Luxury

Ship type

Phinisi Yacht

Capacity

16 Passengers

Bali - Sumbawa - West Flores

2 Reviews

Trip highlights

Explore a volcanic island with unique black sand

Encounter the iconic Komodo Dragons

Climb up the most iconic hills such as Pink Beach

Experience breathtaking panoramic views

The DiveIndonesia experience

Comfortable cabins and top-notch amenities

A balanced mix of diving and onshore activities

Expert dive guides with extensive knowledge of local dive conditions

Premium accommodations with spacious cabins, gourmet dining, and modern amenities

Embark on an unforgettable 11-day voyage from Bali to Flores aboard the Seahorse. This journey offers a perfect blend of world-class diving and cultural exploration. Begin in Bali and make your way through the dynamic Gili Islands and the secret spots of Sumbawa before reaching the renowned Komodo National Park.

This itinerary is designed for both experienced divers and snorkelers, offering a minimum of 30 dives, including 5 night dives, in some of Indonesia’s most pristine waters. Explore vibrant reefs, encounter manta rays, and witness the majestic Komodo Dragons. The Seahorse provides luxurious accommodations and personalized service, ensuring an exceptional adventure.

Your ship: Seahorse

MSY Seahorse, DiveIndonesia
Air Drone Pictures, MSY Seahorse
Deck Plan, MSY Seahorse

What sets the Seahorse apart is its dedication to delivering a top-notch diving experience in Indonesia’s most sought-after locations. This traditional Phinisi schooner, built in 2005 and extensively refurbished in 2018, combines classic charm with modern comfort, making it a favorite among avid divers.

Imagine starting your day with a breathtaking sunrise over the ocean, followed by a series of dives that reveal the underwater treasures of Indonesia. The Seahorse’s itineraries are crafted to take you to premier diving destinations like Raja Ampat, the Banda Sea, and Cenderawasih Bay. With am … Read more about Seahorse

Cabins

Double Bed Seaview (Main Deck), Cabin 8, MSY Seahorse
Sea View Cabin

Type:

Matrimonial

Max. occupancy:

2

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Twin Beds (Lower Deck), Cabin 5, MSY Seahorse
Twin Cabin

Type:

Twins

Max. occupancy:

2

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Double Twin Bed, Lower Deck, MSY Seahorse
Twin/Double Cabin

Type:

Double/Matrimionial (convertible)

Max. occupancy:

2

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Map

Itinerary

Your itinerary below may vary, depending on the weather, wildlife breeding, and local conditions.

Benoa, Bali

Pick-up point: Denpasar Airport

Check-in time: Depending on arrival flight, not later than 13:00

The Seahorse crew are standing by to Welcome you on board in Benoa.

Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing. During the first day, take this opportunity to familiarize with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.

Gili Islands, lombok, Indonesia
Gili Meno, Lombok, Indonesia
Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia

3–4 dives

Easy dives on the Gili Islands to start the cruise with pristine water, nice surrounding, turtles and reef sharks.

Satonda Island, Sumbawa
Satonda Lake, Sumbawa
Moyo Island, Sumbawa

Satonda Lake

Sunset with flying foxes

3-4 dives

Arrival in the late morning to Moyo, North West part of Sumbawa, we will have 2 dives.

Sailing to Satonda offer a nice treck, at nightfall we can see bat flights. Night dive will be lead at Satonda too.

Then we will prepare for an overnight sailing to Sangeang.

Sangeang Island, Sumbawa
Sangeang Island, Sumbawa
Hot Rocks, Sangeang Island, Sumbawa

Hot Rocks

3–4 dives

Sangeang Island and his majestic volcano, also a community of boat builders living there with their family. We will do 3 dives on the black sand of this beautiful volcanic island. Soft and black corals, very colorful and contrasting with the black sand. Lots of macro and volcanic gas releases. We will also do a night dive here.

Navigation to the entrance of the Komodo Park.

GPS Point, Manta Ray, Komodo
GPS Point, Komodo
Banta Island, Komodo

GPS Point

3–4 dives

Around Banta island, you can find a collection of the world’s most beautiful selection of reefs, boasting a rich combination of hard and soft corals, shoals of antheas, wrasses, angelfishes, and also predators—reef sharks, tunas, and giant kingfishes.

North Komodo offers a wide variety of dives: pelagic dives with sharks in strong currents, gentle drift dives, wall dives (colorful drop-offs, monumental boulders, seamounts, pinnacles and sandy slopes).

Komodo Island, Komodo
DIN Gili Lawa Darat
Gili Lawa Darat

The Cauldron

3-4 dives

Another day In the north around Gili Lawa Darat, we will dive some highlight sites as Shotgun aka The Cauldron, the plan is 3-day dives plus a night dive.

At the end of the day, ascending a mount to admire the sunset and the magnificence of Komodo mountains.

Napoleon Wrasse, Komodo, Indonesia
Komodo, Indonesia
Tatawa Island

Tatawa Kecil

Tatawa Besar

Batu Bolong

3–4 dives

You are now in the central area of Komodo around Tatawa protected marine park, with clear and warm waters. The dive choice depends here greatly on the tides, as some of them must imperatively be dived at a certain stage of the tide.

Sites offered are Batu bolong (a rock with dramatic seascape, huge boulders, and prolific fish life including reef sharks, napoleon wrasses, giant trevallies, etc.), Batu Mandi, Tatawa Besar (a drift with the best soft corals of the park), Tatawa Kecil, Siaba and more.

Rinca Island, Komodo
Rinca Island, Komodo
Rinca Island, Komodo

Cannibal Rock

Horseshoe Bay

Manta Alley

3-4 dives

Starting the day diving 2 times at famous Manta alley with majestic mantas!

Heading to Nusa code aka horse shoes bay, afternoon dive and night dive.

In Nusa code you will see more soft corals with amazing profusion of colors, and much more macro, as Cannibal rock, a world-class macro heaven. The water is rather cold, and the temperature can drop to 22 ° C in July and August.

Komodo National Park, Komoso Island
Komodo Dragon, Komodo
Komodo Dragon, Komodo Island, Komodo

Batu Bolong

Wainilu

3–4 dives

We go ashore for an excursion to the island of Rinca where we will observe the Komodo dragons and admire the panorama from the heights.

Dives on Batu Bolong and Karang Makasar (Mantas), and night dive at Wanilu.

DIN Gili Lawa Darat
Gili Lawa Darat
Gili Lawa Darat

Castle Rock

Crystal Rock

1 dive

The last dive of the cruise will be Castel rock or Crystal rock then navigation back to Labuan Bajo. We will spendf the last evening near Labuan Bajo.

Labuan Bajo, Komodo
Labuan Bajo, Komodo
Labuan Bajo, Komodo

Check-out time: Depending on the return flight, not later than 1:00 pm

Last day of the cruise. Farewell and group pictures in Labuan Bajo. Disembarkation and assistance for check-in at Labuan Bajo Airport.

Recommended flight: Batik ID6331, LBJ to DPS

Time: 12 noon - 1:10 pm

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Info

Single Cabin Supplement

When booking online, you can choose the option to "Upgrade to single occupancy". This will guarantee you the whole cabin to yourself, for an additional fee. If you don't select this option, then another traveler of the same sex might be placed into the same cabin with you.

What's included

All meals onboard. Almost all dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice - please ask us about your needs.

Drinking water, soft drinks and hot drinks on board.

Accommodation on board.

Snorkeling sessions - whenever possible.

Activities - according to weather conditions and the final trip itinerary.

All transport to and from the ship: Pick-up and drop-off by the crew directly from and to the airport or hotel.

English-speaking guides for all dives (1 guide for 4 divers maximum).

Briefings before each dive.

Equipment: Aluminum tanks (80 cf /12 lts), weights and belts.

Nitrox (for certified divers)

Your booking contributes to our Conservation Project.

What's not included

International and domestic flights

Alcoholic beverages (you can bring your own)

Diving equipment rental

Port and park fees (150 EUR p.p) have to be paid onboard

Fuel surcharge (100 EUR p.p) have to be paid onboard

Crew gratuities

Massage services

Reviews

benti99

MSY Seahorse

Luxury

May 2024

We joined the 11-day Ternate-Sorong cruise on the MSY Seahorse. The wooden dive vessel is built in traditional "Pinisi" style, but unfortunately the masts are mainly deco, there are no sails and the ship is powered by engine only (there are old photos that show the ship with sails). When the ship is not moving, the engine is off and there is only a quiet humming from the generator and we slept well in the comfortable cabin. The very dedicated crew is always friendly and helpful, the dive guides are really good and find the smallest things. The daily schedule is pretty relaxed, there is no rush between dives and meals. When we learned that the area where we were supposed to go during the second half of the cruise had very restricted underwater visibility, the crew showed great flexibility and changed the route to take us to dive sites with way better visibility. This cruise that takes you to some of the best diving within the coral triangle is highly recommendable!

Andrea Steiner

MSY Seahorse

Luxury

Of course, first of all, the diving/dive sites. The equipment I rented was good and the dive guides as well. Food was incredibly tasty (for sure I gained some weight). The staff was always nice, friendly, helpful and funny. They made this trip perfect with little things like asking how I slept, how the dive was, by making jokes and being happy. When you see, the staff is having a good time and love doing their jobs and it makes you feel so comfortable and welcomed. I was smiling and laughing all day long. Akim did his job seriously and everything was always so well organized and went smoothly. Akim was also joking around and smiling a lot which created a very easy going and comfortable atmosphere.

Tim Yeo

MSY Seahorse

Luxury

The crew and the service was the best, comparable to top luxury liveaboards all over the world. But at the same time, the crew made us feel like family, like in a small boat. This is the perfect combination. The availability of fresh towels at the dive deck, camera room and in the cabin is also very nice.

Worth Knowing

For this trip, a with a minimum of 30 dives is necessary and dive level of Advanced Open Water or CMAS level 2.

Every diver must provide proof of insurance covering medical evacuation and treatment for dive-related injuries.

The tipping recommendation is 10-15% of the cruise rate.

Your cruise director will inform you of special rules and regulations if you visit locations in protected areas.

On board payments (Dive equipment rental, drinks, park entry fees, fuel surcharge etc..) have to be done in cash.

Currencies accepted onboard are Euros, US Dollars, Singapore Dollars, Australian Dollars, Yen, Swiss Francs and Indonesian Rupiah.

FAQs

Indonesia, with its tropical climate, offers two main diving seasons: the wet season from November to March and the dry season from April to October. Each season provides unique diving experiences, ensuring unforgettable adventures year-round.

Wet Season (November to March) During the wet season, expect increased rainfall and humidity, but warm temperatures between 25°C (77°F) and 28°C (82°F). Rain typically falls in short, intense bursts, allowing plenty of sunny intervals for exploration. This season attracts diverse marine life due to nutrient-rich waters, making it ideal for underwater photography. Additionally, fewer tourists mean less crowded dive sites and lush, vibrant landscapes.

Dry Season (April to October) The dry season is the most popular for diving, with minimal rainfall, lower humidity, and clear skies. Water temperatures range from 27°C (81°F) to 30°C (86°F), and visibility often exceeds 30 meters (98 feet). These conditions create perfect settings for diving and snorkeling, offering calm seas and abundant marine life. It's an excellent time to explore Indonesia's breathtaking underwater world.

Whether you prefer the vibrant marine life of the wet season or the clear waters of the dry season, Indonesia's diverse climate ensures a memorable diving experience. Let us help you plan the perfect liveaboard adventure tailored to your preferences.

Yes. Dive insurance is generally mandatory for liveaboard trips in Indonesia. Most operators and booking platforms require divers to have insurance that covers emergency evacuation, medical treatment, and other dive-related incidents.

Please secure adequate insurance that provides coverage for medical treatment, decompression sickness, injuries, and emergency evacuation from remote areas, ensuring safety and peace of mind. Optional coverage for equipment loss is also beneficial.

Several providers offer comprehensive coverage, including DAN (Divers Alert Network), Dive Assure, and World Nomads. These organizations offer tailored plans to suit different diving needs.

We dedicate 1% of our revenue towards environmental protection. From 2024, V Social will begin setting up its own conservation project, working together with local people. We firmly believe that conservation can be impactful and long-lasting, but that it is only truly effective when done together with people living in the territory.

Travel relies on natural resources and is deeply connected with nature and wildlife. Therefore, responsible and sustainable travel has to include conservation efforts and true care for the places we travel to. The V Social Foundation’s conservation project is an initiative that works with local people to give them ownership of their territory, protect the environment through reforestation and regeneration efforts, and empower the community by handing them over control of the project within five years.

We aim to develop a model that contributes to climate protection, adapts to local conditions instead of harming them, and empowers local people to take over the project in the future. The goal is that this model can be replicated and create a snowball effect among the communities we work with and the destinations we travel to, making travel a true force for good.

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