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Brief Itinerary (schedules are subjected to changes according to weather and sea condition)
Day 1. (2-3 dives) 8am-10am, Domestic flight from Bali (DPS) to Labuan Bajo (LBJ). Flight time around 1 hour (remember our local agent can help you to book). Arrive LBJ, register in National Park office to pay Marine Park fee. Check in Black Manta, Welcome & Briefing, & lunch. Check dive at Bidadari & night dive at Pulau Sebayor.
Day 2. (4 dives) North Komodo; Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Shot Gun, Gili Lawa. Pinnacles, drift dives full of action with hunting fish; jacks & sharks!
Day 3. (4 dives) North Komodo; Tatawa Besar & Kecil, Batu Bolong, Wainilu. Tons of Anthias, Napolean wrasse, sharks, much night dive.
Day 4. (4 dives) South Komodo; Nusa Kode; Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Torpedo Allley, Crinoid Crack. Macro; nudibranchs, octopus, frogfish, pigmy seahorses, & more.
Day 5. (2 dives) South Komodo; Manta Alley or Makassar Reef to fly with mantas, then Tenga or Padar Island for beautiful shallow reef dive. This is followed by a walk on the wide side in search of Komodo Dragons, and trekking on one of the local Islands, then back on board to wash gear relax as we sail towards Labuan Bajo, where you spend last night on Black Manta in Bajo Port.
Day 6. (0 dives) 6am; check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport in time for Check-in & flight. Take your pre-booked flight from Labuan Bajo to Bali.
Diving days: 5 days (16 dives)
Complimentary 2x Nitrox (EANx32) fills/day (1st & 3rd dive, if certified, **subject to availability)
Embarkation / Disembarkation
Bajo Port, Labuan Bajo (LBJ), Western Flores
Dive Site Information
Water Temp; South 22-26 degrees Celsius, North & Central 26-28 degrees Celsius
Visibility; 20-40 meters,
Air Temp; 25-30 degrees Celsius
Level; intermediate to advanced,
Best Time to Dive; start of May to end of October
Round trip transfer Hotel/Airport - Back Manta - Hotel/Airport in Labuan Bajo.
All nights' accommodation on KM Black Manta,
All meals (Western & Indonesian) snacks, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo,
Towel, toiletries, cabin services, warm towel & drink after every dive
Tanks, weight belt, 4 dive guides (1x Instructor, 3x Dive Master)
Dive Gear* (BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit, Fins, Mask).
All flights & hotels stay
Marine park & harbour fee
Dive & travel insurance
Soft drinks, alcohol, Nespresso coffee,
Dive Gear*; subject to availability (only 3mm shorty wetsuits available), dive computer, torch, 15L tank rental,
Nitrox refills outside of Complimentary 2x Nitrox fills (US$12 per refill). ** NB. if we are unable to deliver Nitrox then No Refund
Black Manta Trip Schedule
Departure; 3pm, 1st Day – Bajo Port, Labuan Bajo, Western Flores. Or earlier if everyone arrives before and all Trip Preparations have been completed. Free transfer from Airport or local hotel to Bajo Port (15 mins) on Trip Departure day.
Return; 7am, Last Day – Bajo Port, Labuan Bajo, Western Flores. After breakfast, we wil transfer you to the Airport (LBJ) in time for Check-in & flight or local hotel.
Last dive ends; 12pm, Penultimate Day, followed by a walk on the wild side in search of Komodo dragons, then sail back to Bajo Port for late evening. This allows for your minimum 18 hours surface interval/ No Fly Time (as recommended by PADI) before flying next day.
Black Manta Notes
Domestic Flights; please book BEFORE confirming your International flights to ensure you make your connection to & from Bali. You will need to catch a return flight from Bali, Denpasar (DPS) Airport and Labuan Bajo (LBJ). It is strongly recommended that you stay 1 night in Bali to avoid missing your connecting Domestic flights from DPS to LBJ.
Domestic Schedule; please check the current schedule before booking your local flights as schedules are as schedules are subject change. Our ticketing agents are not responsible for any flight delay or cancellation, luggage lost or delay. In any case, please contact our ground staff in Bali for assistance for flight delay issue.
Most Domestic airlines do not allow non-Indo credit card online payments. If you cannot book direct we have a local Indonesian travel agent, who are reliable and efficient and can help you with all flight & hotel needs. Their details on request. If booked with credit card please ensure the card is with you upon Check In or have an official Airline form filled in & signed by card holder authorizing the use of.
Luggage Allowance; most airlines allow 10-20kg/pax check, & 7kg carryon. Additional weight is charged per/kilo (around US$3/kilo). Maximum allowance between 20-30kg. Please consult with our Travel Agent or Airline carrier (if booking directly) for actual details.
Visa on Arrival (VoA); cost US$25/pax.
Passport; ensure your passport is in good order, has enough pages, is valid for at least 6 months, and that you are able to enter Indonesia. Check with your local Indonesia Embassy if unsure.
Departure Tax; generally 200,000IDRp to leave Indonesia, & up to 75,000IDRp for Domestic flights. Carry small bills, Indonesia Rupiah preferred, as often no change given.
Exposure Suit; recommended to bring your own 5mm long semi-dry, rash-bvest, hood, & gloves for Southern Komodo cooler waters (between 22-26 degrees Celsius)
Dive Insurance is compulsory for this trip. We also strongly advise you get adequate travel insurance. Please check your travel insurance policy for your diving needs. If not covered them we recommend DAN (Divers Alert Network) or their Asia Pacific branch
Credit card; due to the very unreliable connections we are NO longer able to take ANY credit card
payments on this trip. Please bring enough CASH to pay for any Trip Extras. We accept US Dollars, Euro, Singaporean dollars, Indonesian Rupiah. Please ensure ALL bills are in good order; NOT worn or torn and unmarked or we are UNABLE to accept. Exchange rates differ for USD100/50 bills and USD20/10 bills. Current Exchange rate ATMs are available in town.
Fuel Surcharge - At this moment, there is no fuel surcharge. However, fuel surcharge may apply without prior notice at US$100-US$150 maximum per guest for the whole cruise
Marine Park & Harbour fee; US$120 per person.
Massage US$25/ hour, soft drinks US$2, beer US$4, Nespresso coffee US$2
Rates per item per diving day:
BCD, Regulator US$12
Dive Computer, Torch US$12
Fins, Mask US$5
Large Tank US$12
Nitrox Fills: US$12 each