Komodo Nat'l Park, Indonesia ~ Komodo Dancer ~
The Dancer Fleet in cooperation with owner Meridian Worldwide Ltd and PT Ombak Biru, presents the Komodo Dancer.
Based in Bali, Indonesia, the Komodo Dancer explores the waters in and around the Flores Sea on two exciting itineraries including Komodo National Park and “East of Flores” which explores the Flores and Alor islands.. The Komodo Dancer, a traditionally- crafted, two-masted wooden motor sailor, stretches 98 feet long, 29 feet wide & accommodates 16 guests who are pampered by a crew of 17!
Following the standards of the Dancer Fleet, the Komodo Dancer replicates the Dancer Fleet's service, amenities and the highest standards of safety in the industry.
Welcome to Komodo National Park
The Komodo Dancer LiveAboard visits dive sites between Bali Indonesia and The Komodo National Park Indonesia, part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Any time of the year this area of Indonesia offers good diving. Visibility may vary from season to season but 10 to 30 meters (35 to 100 ft.) can be expected at most dive sites.
Komodo Dancer offers 11 Day / 10 Night cruises featuring an enhanced itinerary that allows guests more time diving, more time in the signature area of the Komodo National Park.
Many of our guests are avid photographers who like nothing more than hunting out weird and wonderful critters on the reef and sand. As part of the newly expanded Komodo itinerary we have added two locations to the west of the Komodo National Park – Sangeang Indonesia, an island volcano to the north of East Sumbawa and Bima Bay Indonesia, an inlet that meanders down to Bima town on Sumbawa. There are two specific sites in both of these areas that are producing a dazzling array of rare creepy crawlies on a regular basis – “Estuary” on Sangeang and “Fuzzy Bottom” at the entrance to Bima Bay.
Vibrant local cultures, Komodo Dragons, colorful coral reefs and abundant marine life are perfectly paired with superior accommodations and a professional, attentive crew to make Indonesia and the Komodo Dancer LiveAboard the ideal choice for diving adventure in the Pacific.
Komodo National Park's Top Dive Sites:
The Komodo Dancer LiveAboard's primary itinerary focuses on diving in Komodo National Park Indonesia which sits at the heart of the intersection between five major ocean currents, making it one of the most biodiverse places in the world. The park is home to more than 1,000 species of fish, 385 species of reef building corals, 70 species of sponges, 10 dolphin species, six whale species, giant sea turtles, dugongs, and various species of sharks and rays.
The underwater terrain ranges from thrilling vertical walls and pinnacles to tranquil sandy flats. The marine life provides a broad spectrum of experiences from heart-pounding encounters with mantas and other large pelagics down to the total satisfaction of spotting tiny pygmy seahorses.
The Komodo Dancer LiveAboard's new itinerary adds visits to Bima Bay and Sangeang Island Indonesia where the “black sand diving” rivals that of the Lembeh Straight. Komodo Dancer LiveAboard also offers several special “East of Flores” charters each year that take guests off the beaten path to visit the virgin areas of the Alor Islands Indonesia. Indonesia’s underwater diversity reveals itself again with fantastic black sand diving and a wide assortment of large animals, while beautiful topside scenery creates visually stunning transits between locations.
The Komodo National Park Indonesia is a destination that offers great LiveAboard diving year round. The area is much drier than Bali Indonesia (shown in the table) and lies within one of the driest regions of Indonesia. A wetsuit is necessary, though some people choose more thermal protection (a 5mm suit) to ensure continued core temperature warmth throughout their visit.
About Komodo National Park:
The Komodo National Park Indonesia is part of the Republic of Indonesia and is located 8 to 9 degrees south of the equator between Java Indonesia on the West and Lombok Indonesia and the rest of the Lesser Sunda Islands Indonesia (Sumbawa, Flores, Sumba and Timor) on the East.
Komodo National Park Indonesia was established in 1980 and was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1986. The park was initially established to conserve the unique Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), first discovered by the scientific world in 1911 by J.K.H. Van Steyn. Since then conservation goals have expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both marine and terrestrial. The Komodo National Park encompasses 1,817 square kilometers of spectacular land and marine wilderness, including the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Padar, and Gili Montagne and their surrounding waters. The signature land attraction on your Komodo Dancer LiveAboard cruise will be an encounter with the world’s largest lizard - the flesh eating Komodo Dragon.
The majority of the people in and around the Park are fishermen originally from Bima (Sumbawa), Manggarai, South Flores, and South Sulawesi Indonesia. Those from South Sulawesi are from the Suku Bajau or Bugis ethnic groups. The Suku Bajau were originally nomadic and moved from location to location in the region of Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara and Maluku, to make their livelihoods. Descendents of the original people of Komodo, the Ata Modo, still live in Komodo, but there are no pure blood people left and their culture and language is slowly being integrated with the recent migrants. There are about 583 languages and dialects spoken in the archipelago. Bahasa Indonesia is the national language. In all tourist destination areas English is the number one foreign language.
Little is known of the early history of the Komodo islanders. They were subjects of the Sultanate of Bima, although the island’s remoteness from Bima meant its affairs were probably little troubled by the Sultanate other than by occasional demand for tribute.
All guests arriving for the Komodo Dancer LiveAboard in Indonesia arrive into Bali by air. Bali’s International Airport is Ngurah Rai in Denpassar Indonesia. Commercial airlines with service to Bali, Indonesia include Cathay Pacific, China Air, Continental Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Air and Thai Airlines.
For Komodo National Park Indonesia itneraries you will take a domestic flight from Bali Indonesia into the Komodo National Park to meet the yacht.
LIVEABOARD VACATIONS®, Dancer Fleet's travel specialist, will be happy to assist with hotel or flight arrangements. Be sure to contact LIVEABOARD VACATIONS for the most competitive airfares.
Welcome the Alor Islands:
Come experience the allure of Alor, a cluster of small volcanic islands located just east of Flores Island in southern Indonesia on the itinerary we call “East of Flores”. Your liveAboard diving adventure begins in Maumere, the capital of Flores where the elegant, two masted, wooden Komodo Dancer will meet you. Climb aboard to explore the best of these fauna-rich waters in the Flores Sea. Exciting diving is possible e year round!
This 10-night cruise on board the Komodo Dancer will explore the chain of islands between Flores and Alor, deep into what is called East Nusa Tenggara. Crystal clear visibility, exciting drifts along sheer walls, dazzling coral gardens and some magnificent sandy critter dives combine to house one of the most prolific and diverse marine ecosystems on earth. “East Flores” and the Alor area are now firmly on the map of must see places for divers wanting to experience something exciting, new and out of the ordinary.
This is what we call “pioneer diving” where we go way off the beaten track of the underwater world. There is hardly any tourism infrastructure in these parts – and that is what makes this a perfect liveAboard itinerary because we bring everything with us!. The Komodo Dancer is your self contained “resort” providing the creature comforts and service associated with a Dancer Fleet voyage while utilizing her mobility to expand our explorations into this rarely visited area.
Alor Islands ' Top Dive Sites:
One of the great things on this itinerary is the marine bio-diversity that divers will experience.
Large animals turn up in the Alor/Pantar Strait that are rarely seen in other destinations; Mola
Mola, Thresher and Hammerhead Sharks and absolutely huge Dogtooth Tuna have seen. On other dives along our northern route we are often visited by massive NapoleonWrasse, plenty of Whitetip, Blacktip and Grey Reefsharks, colossal Black Blotched Stingrays as well as squadrons of Eagle and Mobular Rays.
Huge schools of Dolphins are a common sight on our travels as they race towards to boat to play in our bow wave. The channels that separate the islands serve as a major thoroughfare for much larger cetaceans too and it is not unusual to see one or two huge whales surfacing to breath, even the massive Blue and Fin varieties.
On the opposite extreme, the most avid critter divers know of the Lembeh Strait in Sulawesi but not many have heard of the Kalabahi Sound, Teluk Lebaleba, TelukWaihinga or Beangabang Bay - all of which are on a par with their more famous cousin. These areas produce rare and cryptic creatures time and time again, and without the crowds or overzealous divemasters moving the marine life around. The Komodo Dancer team has only really scratched the surface, or bottom if you want to be technically correct. To produce a world class critter site conditions must be right; slightly sloping sandy gravel and silt is the preferred bottom composition, washed over daily by a gentle tidal current and preferably mixed with a fresh water outflow such as a stream or river. When these environments combine then things start to get interesting, and there are plenty of opportunities to find them in the hundreds of bays and coves that are a feature of the islands.
Orang utan crabs galore, great reef, small school of baracuda
Pulau Buaya, Alor
Great wall dive with some nice nudi's
Kalabahi Bay, Alor
Zebra crabs, many nudi's, tiger shrimps, bobtail squids, strange frogfish species
Kalabahi Bay, Alor (Night)
Spotfin frogfish, tiger shrimps, boxer crabs, thorny sea horse, many nudi's
Great wall and scenery, hairy squat lobster and nudi's
Anemone fish galore, fisherman up above watching, nudi's porcelain crabs
ghost pipefish, tiny frogfish, snake eels, yellow spotted snake eel
Pulau Pura, Alor
Great scenery, 2 leaf fish, 2 inimicus, soft coral crab, snake eel
Kalabahi Bay, Alor
Hardings black coral crab, Coleman shrimps, many nudi's, sea horse
Kalabahi Bay, Alor
Zebra crabs, 3 sea horses, juvenile Spanish dancer, robust ghost pipefish
Mimic Octopus, Gurnard Lionfish (Blue fin Lionfish)
The Alor Islands are a destination that offers great diving year round. The area is much drier than Bali and lies within one of the driest regions of Indonesia. A wetsuit is necessary, though some people choose more thermal protection (a 5mm suit) to ensure continued core temperature warmth throughout their visit.
About the Alor Islands:
The Flores, Adonara, Lembata,Pantar & Alor islands of Indonesia lie toward the end of the Nusa Tengarra archipelago, 160 nautical miles directly south of the large island of Sulawesi and 500 nautical miles east of Bali. Most of this huge island chain is about eight degrees below the equator and enjoys calm seas and warm sunny weather throughout most of the year.
The different areas that the Komodo Dancer operates in around Indonesia each have a distinctive feel to them, both underwater and on the surface. The architecture of the reefs and the corals living on them appear to be very slightly different in each area, marine life that is common in one place is rarely seen in others, and our Flores to Alor route is no exception. The marine environments along our route include sheer fan covered walls, teeming sea mounts and ledges with spectacular visibility, sparkling kaleidoscopic coral slopes and some remarkable sandy critter dives. Some dives are totally unique, such as Clown Valley and Big Foot Bay in the Alor/Pantar Strait, with carpets of anemones spreading as far as the eye can see.
Although not densely populated, while on the Komodo Dancer guests will get to meet the people of this far flung region as their smiling friendly faces making a welcome addition to any trip. The ladies from the islands of the Alor/Pantar Strait specialize in decorative Ikat fabrics and will brave the currents and row in their precarious water craft out for us to sample and buy their colorful weaves. If you like “live entertainment” don’t worry there is plenty of that too, we often roll up to a dive site to be greeted by an entire school of children singing and shouting to us from the shore or paddling in their dugout canoes around the boat.
The quality of the coral reefs of the Strait owe a lot to the local fishermen. Sustainable fishing practices using basket weave traps are in place and it is not unusual to see a spear fisherman going about his aquatic business whilst completing a safety stop after a dive, they love to pose for underwater photographs too.
All passengers arrive into Bali by air. Bali’s International Airport, Ngurah Rai in Denpassar, is the international gateway used by all Komodo Dancer guests. All passengers arrive into Bali by air with service provided by numerous commercial airlines including Cathay Pacific, China Air, Continental Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Air and Thai Airlines.
An overnight in a Bali hotel is required before boarding a domestic flight to Maumere on Flores island where you will meet the Komodo Dancer.
LIVEABOARD VACATIONS®, Dancer Fleets's travel specialist, will be happy to assist with hotel or flight arrangements. Be sure to contact LIVEABOARD VACATIONS for the most competitive airfares
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