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Diving

Diving

Liveaboard Ship - made for divers

MOANA is a custom built Indonesian Liveaboard Ship. She is perfectly equipped to suit divers to see the best of the KOMODO NATIONAL PARK as well as genuinely unknown and pristine divesites. Since 2004 MOANA offers dive safaris and thanks to many happy passengers we have established an excellent reputation. We are one of the few Komodo based ships operating from March till December only in Komodo - so you will dive with the real Komodo Experts! 

MOANA's experienced dive guides and Instructor dive these waters nearly every day, all year long. We know the dive sites, the currents and the marine life. Our passion and knowledge of the area will keep you amazed throughout your safari with us.

Regular Routes:

  • 5 or 6 Days KOMODO National Park
  • 7 or 8  Days KOMODO Specials
     

Special Routes:

  • New Years cruise to Sulawesi
  • Ask anytime about our special tour through our contact form
     

CHARTERING MOANA:

Our guests are always welcome to create their own routes. 
We are happy to put together your individual route. Komodo and surrounding area have plenty of room to manoeuvre and explore.

 

What to expect underwater?

WORLD CLASS DIVING GUARANTEED! Around Komodo we have over 50 sites to choose from and have areas to suit every level of experience, whether you have just completed your Open Water course or have years of challenging dives behind you.

The corals in Komodo National park are pristine, with Mantas, sharks, turtles, dolphins, dugong, many pelagics, to the tiny pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, frog fish. The sites vary from gentle easy coral slopes to heart pounding adrenalin rides, from the warm waters of the Flores Sea in the north to the chillier waters down south in the Indian Ocean, the underwater terrain is so varied with sheer cliff walls, pinnacles, channels, sandy flat bottoms, underwater plateaus, slopes, all with varying colours, sizes and types of coral both hard and soft.

What to expect on board?

MOANA’s well trained diving crew takes care of everything, from the equipment set up until the cleaning at the end of the trip.
Equipment and scuba tanks are maintained and refilled at the diving platform at the stern of the boat. We dive from both of our speedboats, entry and re-entry are very comfortable thanks to the spacious staircase at MOANA’s back.

- All dives are guided by a very experienced dive guide or dive instructor
- Perfect service from our well trained diving crew
- Small groups - max. 10 divers to offer plenty of individual attention
- 2 large speedboats (5m), via radio connected to MOANA
- Hot shower after night dives (on deck)
- Lots of healthy yummy food for our hungry divers
- 12l aluminium tanks, INT + DIN
- Library of marine biology books
- Up to 4+ hours underwater per day
- Safety sausages are a MUST-HAVE (if you don’t bring your own, we will provide one for free onboard)
- Our dive equipment and 2 German BAUER Compressors are well maintained
- First Aid and emergency oxygen are on board
- The closest decompression chamber is located on Bali/Denpasar – hopefully we will never need it

Water temperature & Wetsuit
We recommend a full length 5mm wetsuit.  A full length 3mm wetsuit will usually be OK for most Northern sites but for visiting the South a 5mm and hood are required. Usually 24-28 Degrees Celcius in the north and 21 to 24 degrees C in the south. Visibility extends from 10 up to 30 metres. Usually clearer in the warmer northern waters.

Weather & Sea Conditions
Sea Conditions are usually very favorable. The Archipelago offers great protection from open ocean swells and many safe and calm anchorages. Weather is also very favorable for most of the year. January and February often experience the north western monsoon with wind and rain, but at this time MOANA is in drydock to get ready for next season starting from March every year.

Here an example how a journey on MOANA could look like. Please note that due to weather and other conditions beyond our control we sometimes have to change the routing.

5 days KOMODO National Park

1. DAY: BALI – LABUHAN BAJO, FLORES

Flight Bali - LBJ. Welcome aboard MOANA, waiting for you in the harbour of Labuhan Bajo/Flores. After a refreshing welcome drink, the journey begins at ca. 10 o'clock in the morning. Now it’s time for a short introduction to the facilities of our vessel, the diving operation and the tour program. Check-out dive: 1 SABALON or SEBAYUR. 2 SEBAYUR for night dive. Enjoy your first dinner and night on Moana.

2. DAY: NORTH KOMODO

Small breakfast. Morning dive: 3 CRYSTAL ROCK. After second breakfast depart for dive nr. 4 CASTLE ROCK. The rock is packed with bronze and rust colored sponges and soft tree corals. You can see black snappers, large cuttlefish, pyramid butterfly fish, and red octopuses. Later in the afternoon we climb the local summit and enjoy a splendid panorama over the moon-shape islands of the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores. Afternoon dive at 5 LIGHT HOUSE in the north of Komodo. 6 GILI LAWA DARAT BAY as night dive.

3. DAY: CENTRAL KOMODO

Morning dive: 7 TATAWA KECIL. 11 o’clock dive: 8 TATAWA BESAR. Thousands of fish of every colour and shape are here including regal angelfish, checkerboard wrasse and masked unicorn fish, against a beautiful backdrop of acripora corals, gorgonian fans and sponges. In the afternoon we dive: 9 MOANA‘s MANTA POINT and 10 SIABA BESAR as night dive.

4. DAY KOMODO - RINCA

This morning we dive at our favorite spot: 11 CURRENT CITY (Batu Bolong). While enjoying a wonderful breakfast, we sail towards Rinca, relax and enjoy great views, let our crew pampering you while spotting dolphins, reading or sun bathing. 12 PULAU TENGAH (Little Batu Bolong) our new secret hot spot! In the afternoon you are able to enjoy the 1 hour “Dragon walk” to see the last representatives of the Jurassic Park on earth, the infamous Komodo Dragon.

5. DAY: LABUHAN BAJO - BALI

After breakfast we have time to move Moana back to Labuhan Bajo. At ca. 10 o'clock in the morning you will be transferred to your hotel or the airport where your airplane to Bali is waiting for you.

On request extension possible: for example round trip Flores.