|Start date||June 19, 2018|
|Finish date||July 01, 2018|
Departing from Maumere Bay, the Damai I liveaboard will make the first stop at the slopes at Pangabatan for the check-out dive. We then head over the top of Flores and down through the channel for some critter diving at Adonara. We explore along the south coast and dive some of the fishiest reefs in Indonesia; keep your eyes open for pelagics, mantas, mola mola and passing cetaceans. Continuing on to Rusa, one of the best dive areas in Indonesia, we spend our next days enjoying the beautiful coral encrusted rocks surrounded by schooling fish. The current rich Pantar Straits and Pulau Pura has a variety of dive sites which provide a superb mix of wide angle and macro subjects, along with plenty of excellent “muck” diving and the opportunity to visit local villages. Heading back west we will stop at the muck slopes at Waiwewong for more critter hunting before diving the walls in Maumere Bay. The cruise along the north coast of Flores will be an excellent opportunity to enjoy the comforts of Damai and then we will arrive in Komodo National Park and one of the most biodiverse marine protected areas in Indonesia. We will have plenty of opportunity to spot sharks, turtles, schooling fish, mantas and eels on many of these dive sites you have heard about by name: Batu Bolong, Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Tetawa and Pink Beach. No trip to Komodo is complete without a visit to the beautiful Horseshoe Bay with famous dive sites like Torpedo Alley for a night dive with an amazing array of critters or the seamount of Cannibal Rock with its endemic marine life set against a beautiful reef. The highlight of the trip is always the chance to trek on the islands to see the the endemic Komodo Dragon but you may see other unusual wildlife during these land excursions too. Moving west out of the park we then head over to the volcanic island of Sangeang for more macro diving on iconic sites like Bontoh with their Doto Donut and Bubble Reef with its ‘champagne bubbles’. The last day of diving is at the muck slopes in Bima Bay which provide the habitat for mimic octopus, frogfish and nudibranchs. Our liveaboard cruise ends in Bima, where guests can enjoy our complimentary airport transfer.