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.