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There are many types of exotic fishes living in Indonesian waters, plenty of them can be encountered by snorkeling or diving throughout the archipelago via Komodo sailing trip or a liveaboard. One in particular that become favorite among the tourists are manta rays. In this article, I would like to give you info about Manta Point, where you can find a school of manta rays swimming underwater.
Komodo sailing trip to Komodo National Park offers Manta Point access
Manta Point is located in Loh Liang, Labuan Bajo. It is located near Pantai Jambon or Pink Beach, only about 25 minutes away. If you go from Bali, you can also take a ferry boat from there and the trip will take around 4 to 6 hours.
This place is said by many people to be the sanctuary of manta rays because we can easily see the animals swimming even from the surface. But surely you’re not gonna came all the way to Manta Point just to sightsee the manta rays from the boat, because you will truly experience the beauty of Manta Point if you go dive on it.
Diving with the manta rays? What could go wrong?
Is it safe? Probably what the majority of people would think if they wanted to swim in an area full of manta rays. Manta rays are generally harmless; they are the biggest kind among its species but doesn’t possess any threats unless provoked. The one that actually dangerous are stingrays, who has a poisonous sting that can kill a normal human.
Although manta rays won’t attack you unprovoked, they still can possess a threat if you get too close and disturb them. That’s why you are instructed to keep your distance with the beast. Just stay calm and don’t panic, make sure you are sticking with the group and follow everything that the instructor says.
Besides manta rays, many jellyfish can also be spotted around Manta Point during your Komodo sailing trip. Make sense since jellyfish are manta rays primary food, sometimes you can even witness a group of manta rays consuming the colony of jellyfish.
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Careful not to get stung by the jellyfish either!
Overall, diving in Manta Point is an experience worth trying. Aside from the manta rays, the underwater view is also a sight to behold. As of now, the price to explore the area with rented gear is around IDR 200.000, -. That still doesn’t include the instructor fee and other expenses.
Or, you can join a Komodo sailing trip and get to experience other places in Komodo National Park with a bundled price. It’s far more enjoyable to join the trip and gain a lot of other destinations as well!
The holiday breaks is nearing, so is the camp season. Summer breaks is almost identical with outdoor play, plenty of sun, and—sometimes—coastal holiday! And what’s better than trying out a fun surf camp for kids for the little energetic fellas for the summer break? It’s time to get the kiddos a healthy amount vitamin D, get them moving, explore a new interest, and having some quiet beach holiday for you.
As a parent, however, you’ll want to make sure that the kids has the best of time in the surf camp. Here’s how you can help without interfering too much.
Encourage Them to Talk and Interact with Other Kids at Surf Camp
Surf camp, either day camp or sleep-away, is a great place to make friends. You’ll never know. Your kids could be the next big thing in surfing department and you’ll never know who some of their campmates will become! It never hurts to get to know people along the way. Encourage your kids to talk and interact with their peers at the camp. If they are a little on the shy side, you can try to pack some extra snacks to share with the other kids or some fun games to play together with. This would be a great conversation starter and help your kids talking.
See the Instructors
One way to ensure your child’s satisfaction and safety on the surf camp is by knowing the instructors. Take time to talk with the instructor before or after rolling your kids to the surf camp. Make sure they know their stuff, how to handle the kids, and more importantly, is fair and and friendly. Talk to the instructor about sensitive issues like harassment and bullying. Make sure they know what to do on such incidents. On the other side, encourage your kids to talk to their instructor! They shouldn’t be shy about doing so and the response from the instructors could be very valuable!
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Participate with the Kids at Surf Camp
Some surf camp for kids have special days where the parents could enjoy activities with their little kiddos. They might have surf combo duet of parents and kids, family beach clean up, or just a beach barbecue gathering. It’s a great way to strengthen the bond between parents and kids and let them share their excitement with you.
Each person has their own image of the perfect life afloat the phinisi boat on the seas of Komodo. No two people have the same idea of the best liveaboard Komodo of their life. You’ve gone and decided to sail the tropical oceans of Flores, but how do you choose the perfect trip? You’ve likely saved up for this; so before you jump onto the phinisi, let’s consider several important things first.
Best liveaboard Komodo
First and foremost, define your needs. Most people who invest on a liveaboard trip are divers who would like to get the most out of their diving trip. They’ve come all the way to Indonesia, going as far as to the remote areas that you can only reach through domestic flights. Flores is not the most accessible diving destination in the world; just like most diving sites that are largely untouched and pristine with a staggering underwater life. But that doesn’t mean non-divers couldn’t enjoy their liveaboard. What you have to do is know what you want and need and define your trip from there.
If you’re a diver, make sure to look for Komodo liveaboard that focuses on diving. These are usually sold under diving cruise or diving liveaboard. How do you know if a liveaboard is focused on delivering the diving experience? Take a look at the itinerary of course! Research your destination first. Then get to know what destinations they list on the itinerary; does your boat list diving destinations? Spot places like Manta Point, Batu Bolong Komodo, Castle Rock, Tatawa Besar, Siaba Kecil, Siaba Besar, etc. If your boat lists diving destinations as their highlights like this, then it’s for the best liveaboard Komodo for you divers. Furthermore, you can ask their sales operator and ask more detailed questions.
Itinerary Komodo National Park
Itinerary is a huge factor when determining whether a liveaboard is for you. So make sure that you get to know your destination. What if you’re a non-diver? Look for liveaboard that has more land stops than dive stops after you depart from Labuan Bajo. You can look for Rinca Island, Pink Beach, Trekking Padar Island, etc. However, even if you’re a non-diver, most Komodo liveaboards will have a sizable time for island stops. You don’t have to worry on how’d you spend time if you’re a non-diver. You could pick a shorter duration liveaboard of 2 days 3 nights; or simply bask in the boat life. Snorkeling and kayaking are also great activities that most liveaboard in Komodo would provide (make sure to ask your tour operator).
Diving course onboard
Another way to determine whether it’s best liveaboard Komodo for you is to try to find out whether your boat offers diving courses. A liveaboard is a great environment to sharpen your diving skills and learn from divemasters who are familiar with the area. Meeting like-minded people during Komodo island liveaboard is also a great way to fully immerse yourself in diving and grow.
Other essential things to consider:
- Facilities on board
- Diving facilities
- Food and beverages on board
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Venturing in business is long-life learning. It is where you put so much dedication of your time and yourself to do things you want to achieve badly. It is so easy for people who venture in entrepreneurship or business in general to feel like they have lost themselves in the middle of their journey. They forgot many other important things because they were too immersed in running business. There are many things you sacrifice to accomplish your mission. A good night’s sleep, healthy meal, or even simple ‘me time’ are hard to come by. Those seem like goals that are harder to achieve than your business goals.
The importance of personal development for successful business
Keep in mind that there are many factors contributing to the success of a business. There are also many factors contributing to the failure of a business. One of them is not taking time for yourself. It might sound selfish especially because personal need is not on the list of your business goal or mission. However, your personal development can affect the success of your venture in business.
Starting business out of your ambition is not a wrong thing to do. However, forgetting your own well-being or personal development in general is will only take you do so far in reaching success. Your personal growth and development is also valuable asset for the success of your business. It’s what can help you going strong in running your own business. Lots of entrepreneurs view time and money as the most important thing when running business. It is not entirely wrong but those are not the only thing contributing to your business’s success.
Seminar and social events are important things you can do to improve your ability running your business and broaden the network. However, by not attending some of them won’t make your business crumble down so suddenly. You can replace those times by having educational opportunities to help you broaden your knowledge and understanding of your business. This will help your personal development to grow wonderfully without losing opportunity to reach your business goals.
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Remind yourself that you are running the business. It means you have so much control in you. Instead of being slaved by time and responsibility, you can set your own rules. You can do a better leader without scarifying your well-being. You can still manage your team without losing opportunity to grow your personal development. You can be the best version of yourself while running business successfully. It is possible and the first step you need to take is to give time for yourself.
It might not be so easy to balance personal and professional development since there are so many things to do and responsibilities to hold. However, it is important to make yourself a priority. It will help you achieve long-term success in professional ground. By giving yourself time to grow your personal development healthily and positively, you are more fit to fill the role of leading your own business to success.
Komodo National Park has 3 main islands, Komodo, Rinca, and Padar Island. But besides those three, there are many smaller islands scattered around the area that have an equally beautiful landscape and environment. One of the popular ones is Kanawa Island. You can access the island via Komodo Boat Tour or take a local boat from Labuan Bajo.
Kanawa Island, not to be mistaken with Kenawa Island located in NTB, is one of the small islands on Komodo National Park. This island only has small inhabitants of people. However, it has an amazing underwater life that you can clearly see from the surface. Corals, Plants and Exotic fishes are decorating the bottom of the shallow waters tempting people to join the fun.
Visiting the Island by joining Komodo Boat Tour
The Komodo boat is the most convenient way to gain access to Kanawa Island. By joining the Komodo liveaboard, you can enjoy every single one of Komodo National Park beauty with ease. That, of course, include Kanawa Island, which may not be as beautiful as the other attractions. But it’s still a nice addition to your trip.
What to do on Kanawa Island?
Snorkeling — Should be the activity that people look forward to the most on the Komodo boat tour. Like I said before there’s a lot of coral reefs around the area and exotic fishes like turtles, dolphins and even shark. Wait did you just said shark? Well, no need to worry because the black fin sharks that live around there are not dangerous. You can even get closer to take a picture! But just for precaution, don’t provoke them.
Watching the sunrise and sunset – The view of both sunrise and sunset is best seen on the beach. That is especially true for Kanawa Island because even among other islands in Komodo National Park, people often say that Kanawa has the most beautiful view. You can get up at around 5 and watch the sun slowly illuminating the island or wait until 6 in the evening to watch it goes away for the day. At sunset the locals usually play some music near the beach to live up the area.
Relaxing – Kanawa doesn’t have hotels or resorts that you can stay in, but there’s a unique gazebo that people can use to relax built around the beach. This gazebo is made from bamboo with curtains and bigger than the normal one, they even have a toilet on it. Laying here while listening to the sound of waves and feel the warmth of the ocean breeze in your cheek are really something everyone would enjoy, makes you wanted to stay there forever.
Hiking – Closer to the land, there’s a hill nearby that you can trek or should I say hike because the trail is not really hard. On top of the hills, you can view the island from above and witness a gorgeous scenery. An ideal spot for taking memorable photos or record a video.
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Ask for Kanawa to Your Komodo Boat Operator
Next time you went on Komodo Boat tour, ask for Kanawa Island as well before going to Komodo National Park. The island is more quiet and fit for anyone who prefer a beach with not much noise.
There are just so much reasons to love the Algarve and the time you’ll spend at the city’s surf camp. The Algarve lies in one of the most beautiful part of Portugal, the southern coastline. This region is flooded with warm sun, featuring stunning beaches, charming old fishing town, and pumping swells that’s just perfect for a surfing holiday. Many surfers from all around the world, whether beginners or professionals, flocks to Algarve to enjoy one of the best surfing session in their life. Along with the rolling waves, Algarve just know how to make any tourist left smitten. And here are the reasons why you’ll love Algarve during your stay at the surf camp.
Algarve Surf Camp Offers Authentic Portuguese Experience
Do you know that Portugal is one of the oldest country in Europe? The people are mostly still very much traditional and they just very loyal to family values. The Portuguese keep extended family networks, and they just love to welcome anyone just as family! You will feel this vibe the moment you step inside an Algarve surf camp. Also, they serve the best local food and food is the best way to know a culture. But we will get into it later.
The Old Towns Are Just Amazing
In times when you are not busy perfecting your surfing skills in the beach, try to visit the Albufeira, Portugal’s loveliest old town. This peaceful fishing village lies on southern coast of Algarve and is one of most popular holiday destination here. Walking through the charming and historic streets of the Old Town is truly relaxing. There are a lot of beautiful Portuguese heritage to see!
Algarve Surf Camp is Budget Friendly
You don’t have to break your saving just to enjoy a good surfing holiday in Algarve. Cause Portugal is incredibly cheap! It still get a little more expensive during summer though, as it is the peak season. However, Portugal is generally cheaper than its neighbours. Outside the high season, prices of Algarve surf camp start as low as 495 EUR per week, which includes dorm arrangement, full board meals for 6 days, surf course, surf gear rentals (including wetsuit, rashguard, and surfboard), free surfing on weekend with supervision, transport, and other facilities. How it’s even possible??
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Algarve’s Coastal is Blessed with Breathtaking Rock Formation
Prepare to get your jaw dropped the moment you visit Algarve’s beaches. Cause the view is just frickin’ amazing! Picture golden white sands, crystal blue waters, fat barrel of waves, and dramatic limestone cliffs with stunning arches and hidden grottos along the coastline. Talk to your surf coaches if they can take you to n Ponta de Piedade, the coast which boast the epic rock formation, between your Algarve surf lessons.
You’re Going to Miss Portuguese Food at the Surf Camp
Now, we get into the food. They usually keep it light at breakfast, with choices of hams, salamis, eggs, salad, mueslis, cheeses, yogurts, juices, and coffee. Lunch are typically a packed lunch bag consisting sandwiches, fruit, and snacks. But it’s the dinner when they got real serious. You will find delicious, homemade grandma style of 3 course meals for dinners at the Algarve surf camp. Expect to have a taste of the best Portuguese seafood, soups, and even sangria!
If you love scuba diving and happen to visit the Island of God Bali, you cannot simply skip Nusa Penida. It was a hidden travel destinations and dive spot back in early 2010, but its beauty just cannot stay hidden too long. By now, Nusa Penida is one of the most photographed island in Bali because it’s just so pretty. If you haven’t seen the breathtaking picture of the T-rex like Kelingking beach, one of the signature beach of Nusa Penida, you will be soon. This island is just blessed with stark white beaches, coastal cliff tops, azure waters, and some of the liveliest marine life in Bali. The Nusa Penida is also home for the magnificent Manta Ray and the rare Mola Mola Sunfish! It’s simply a paradise for anyone who want to get a time away from the busy Bali. The Nusa Penida is just waiting to be explored and here’s what you need to know before going for a dive there!
You Need to Book A Boat Before Having Scuba Diving in Nusa Penida
Yes, the Nusa Penida is a whole separated island from the mainland Bali. You need to catch a boat that depart from Sanur, Bali, to Nusa Penida. The public boat is much cheaper but it takes 90 minutes to get there. Another option is a fast boat, which is more expensive but a lot quicker. You can either have a day trip in Nusa Penida for scuba diving or spend a night there. We personally prefer a night in Nusa Penida! That way you can have more rest and explore more dive sites (and beaches!) in the next day.
Arrange Room Accommodation
You won’t fall short on hotels and resorts in Nusa Penida! They are plenty of them. Some even cater to divers; means you can find scuba diving equipments to rent there. If you want to go for a view, choose accommodation around Manta Point and Manta Bay. You can see dozens of Manta Ray swimming in the clear water in the morning just from the hotels!
Dive with A Diving Centre from the Mainland
Here’s a little tip. Arranging a dive trip to Nuda Penida in Bali will give you lots of easier time than booking one in the Penida itself. They will take care everything. You don’t need to worry about arranging the fast boat, accommodation, dive equipments, and going from one dive sites to another. What you need to do is just pay for the package and let them do the rest. They make scuba diving in Nusa Penida so easy! You can always book a dive centre in Nusa Penida, but they won’t help you with the fast boat arrangements and transportation back to your hotel in Bali.
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Best Time to Have Scuba Diving in Nusa Penida
The best time to scuba diving in Nusa Penida? It’s basically the entire year! However, the island do get a little packed around July to August, where the sun is the sunniest. Mid October to November is the Mola Mola season, so it can also get quite crowded. The Manta Rays are on season pretty much all year round, so you can come anytime and expect to see these majestic creature.
We got a lot of surf-stoked parents that cannot just wait their children to join them in the waves. After all, happiness is real when shared. And as a surfing parent, all you want to do is sharing the joy of riding the waves with your little beans. One of the best way to teach them is by enrolling the kids to surf camp. The professionals there know how to dig out the kids’ surfing talents and keep them safe during all the lessons—while giving the kids the best experience for the summer time. But how to know that your kids are ready for a surf camp?
Your kids have expressed interest for going to a surf camp
We all know the tricks surfer parents do to their children. Countless beach trip every holiday. Taking the little kiddos in the surfboard with you. Getting them their own surfboard even before they ask. Sometimes this works, but sometimes it just detrimental to the kids. Interests is the most important factor when you consider to enrol the kids to surf camp. They need to genuinely show interest to learn about surfing by their own. If you push them to the surfing camp against their wishes, it would only grow their resentment to surfing.
They have been following you to surf at many beaches
You may have been taking them to many surfing beaches ever since they are babies. They might even have share a surf board with you since they are 3 years old. If your kiddos do express interest in surfing and has gone to many surfing beaches with you, they definitely have enough experiences to enrol in kids surf camp. They won’t get awkward with the surfboard, the waves, and the saltwater.
They can swim and comfortable in the waves
This should go without saying. You know your kids are ready for a summer surf camp when they get all comfortable in the water. They should be confident with their swimming skills—and they don’t get intimidated easily with the ripples and the rolling waves.
They have reached certain age to go to kids surf camp
If your kids are still as young as three to four years old, you might want to wait for a couple of years before they are ready to get enrolled at the surf camps. Even when they have expressed genuine interest in surfing. Kids could start their surf camp as early as six years old. You will find most children at the surf camp range between 8 – 10 years old. Make sure your kids are enrolled with their peers of the same age and level. You don’t want unnecessary competition stress them out on the surf camp.
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Your kids shows confidence to spend longer periods away from you
Lastly, you need to know how good the kids could manage themselves in an extended period without you. Did your kids have successful sleepover? Were they asking to stay longer? Did they exhibit nervousness or anxiety when they are away from you? Can they brush their teeth and hang their towels without you asking? If they can manage their nervousness and take a good care of themselves, they might be ready for sleepaway at kids surf camp.
You have been seeing that post-card perfect Komodo National Park landscape across many social medias. Those crooked shores with multicoloured sands on each beach. The bright blue green sea. Majestic schooners with fully expanding sails. Beastly looking Komodo Dragons with their strong limbs, gigantic body, and killer saliva. You have watched a bunch of Youtube Komodo sailing videos and pin every pictures of this Jurassic-looking destination to your Pinterest. Dreaming about sailing to Komodo is totally legit—cause the far flung frontier gonna give you an amazing experience you won’t soon forget. Here’s some of the best thing you can have during your trip with Komodo liveaboard.
A Great Way to Have Natural Detox—Both Body and Mind
The Komodo National Park of Flores, Indonesia, is a true definition of isolated holiday. It’s not a ‘remote’ resort nor a ‘hidden’ paradise. Due to the reservation policy, this destination has completely minimal modern infrastructure—except the Labuan Bajo—and is located entirely secluded from the rest of the world. But that doesn’t mean limitation on the trip. On the contrary, the lack of tall buildings, buzzing nightlife, and internet signals give you a chance to enjoy slow living far from the nauseating worldly business. It’s time to indulge on natural detox. Let your problems vaporize to the vast ocean. Let your worries be swept away by the salty wind. Rest your mind to Komodo’s astonishing, calming scenery. Also, you will have the best, healthiest meal on the Komodo liveaboard. Gone by days of fast foods. Welcome to nutritious meals three times a day, fresh fruits snacks, and fulfilling oat bowl for breakfast.
The Best Thing that Happen Everyday: No Lack of Variety on Komodo Liveaboard
As the nature of sailing goes, you will always on the move. You won’t get stuck in one place—a total contrasts if you choose to stay, let’s say, on seaside resort. Nothing is monotonous on sailing. Everyday, you will wake up on different place—and that’s probably the best Komodo liveaboard experience thing to happen in. Thing morning, you might be docking to the marvellous Padar Island to enjoy magnificent sunrise, while the afternoon is spent gazing on passing islands as the liveaboard bring you to the next adventure; a walk to dragon nests in Komodo Island. Yesterday you had your dinner on the liveaboard, but today the crews have arranged a beach barbecue for the dins-dins. Almost everything happen during the sailing trip result in pleasant surprises.
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A New Way to Appreciate Littlest Details on Life
Sometimes, the smallest details on our life that we often ignores are the best thing to feel, and that happens on Komodo liveaboard sailing. You might not been paying much attention to the weather, that when you spent it on the indoor lounge, gives you light winds and pleasant warmth. The glistening sun is calmly reflected by the ripples of the ocean. And up in the sky, the clouds are forming massive picturesque formations that will invite your imagination to play on. On Komodo sailing trip you will see how an island could be entirely different from one another. How beneath a seemingly barren landscape, hides a brimming marine ecosystem bustling with life. And how the rise and the set of the sun in this frontier destination could be another magic entirely.
After discovering the wonderful world of underwater, the next thing you want is hopping in a diving liveaboard and embark on full-fledged diving trip. You might have heard of Komodo National Park, home of the teen foot long, deadly dangerous Komodo Dragons. The last colony of its species, living in the wilderness under the protection of the park. But for those who able to breathe underwater, the Komodo offer much more than the prehistoric lizards. Under the bright turquoise sea, lie astoundingly rich marine biodiversity that would make any diver gasp in awe. The national park sits snuggly right in the heart of world’s coral triangle, which encompass Bali, Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi, Papua, and Thailand. The marine park is haven for over a thousand of fish species—including the giant reef Manta Ray, dugongs, turtles, sharks and pelagic, to the rare pigmy pink seahorses. Its landscape is bursting with more than 300 species of corals competing for spaces, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests. It’s no wonder then that Komodo diving liveaboard trip become very popular in this far flung destination. Embarking on liveaboard in Komodo would be a trip full of awe, and here’s the things you would want onboard.
Enough Experiences to Dive in Komodo
Let’s say it upfront. Diving in Komodo is challenging. While Komodo diving liveaboard could make your dive trip a lot easier (e.g being transported to the dive site, reaching remote places, getting there at prime time, etc), the dive itself is by no means easy. Aside of being in the coral triangle, the Komodo also sits right between the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. This may result in incredibly rich planktons which boost aquatic growth, but also means strong currents. The north area often require you to swim against the currents, which needs exceptional diving skills.
That is to say, a lot of Komodo’s water might be more suitable for those who feel very confident under the water. However, beginners could also have a safe dive holiday in Komodo as long as they choose the right sites. Choose shallow sites with not-too-strong currents and easy accessibility. We recommend the Manta Point, Sebayur Kecil, Castle Rocks, Crystal Bay, China Shop, Sebolong Kecil, and Turtle City.
A Dive Buddy Provided by Komodo Diving Liveaboard
It’s easy for couples and best friends to partner up on a dive trip. But if you are going single, you would want to have a dive buddy onboard. Luckily, most diving liveaboard operators in Komodo includes dive buddy in their all-inclusive package. Solo diving is not advisable in Komodo—especially if you dive in challenging sites. In the meantime, you can always find a new friend in the liveaboard and partnering up with them as dive buddies!
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A Good and Actually Proper Cabin
If enjoying the crazy rich marine biodiversity of Komodo is your sole purpose, you might have no problem sailing at shared cabins with bunkbeds. But if you want to truly take pleasure in sailing the Komodo, you might want to upgrade to higher standard liveaboard. Mid range Komodo diving liveaboard usually has complete enough facilities. You will find shared cabins, shared bathrooms, air conditioned cabins and loungers, and one ensuite cabin, if you want to. Luxury liveaboard usually resembles three to five starred hotels. Expect to see king beds, wrapped windows, televisions, library, and even a private balcony. Whatever you choose, however, you deserve a Komodo diving liveaboard with actual cabins to sleep on. Because having quality rest is essential when you are on energy-draining dive trip. Low budget liveaboard with sleeping arrangements on mats at open deck is, while cost-saving, not recommended.