Liveaboard Cruises in Komodo

Dive Tour Options and Travel Information

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Home to some of the finest and most popular dive sites of Indonesia, this is the Komodo National Park. You can choose between liveaboard cruises that run to and from Bali, or trips that concentrate only on the sites within the park.

Trips to the Komodo include GPS Point, a submerged pinnacle bedecked in soft coral where dog-tooth tuna, schools of barracuda and a variety of sharks patrol the area in search of food. Cannibal Rock must be one of the most colourful dive sites in the world where vibrant anemones, sea apples and purple gorgonian fans make beautiful photographic subjects. Pillarsteen provides a break from the colour and vast fish life of the park, by being a site where a series of caves, chimneys and rocky outcrops provide breathtaking swim-throughs. Show more


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Diving Cruise Options


There are short trips available for those with limited time or budget which allow you to dive in the park for a few days. Some of these are shorter trips, e.g. 4 nights. Other boats remain in the park and can be joined any day by speedboat. Often, short trips will not allow you to visit the further sites of the park, so you may find yourself restricted to the northern and central sites that are not far from Labuan Bajo or where the liveaboard boat is stationed.

Divers should be fairly experienced since some of the sites here can experience strong currents. Dive guides will try to avoid diving certain sites experiencing current, but the sea is a changeable creature and you should be comfortable in the water in different conditions.

There are other trips which visit the Komodo National Park, but as part of an itinerary that is unlike the more unusual routes. These may include visits to Alor, Sumbawa, Flores and the Banda Sea. See our dedicated Transit Trips for more details.

Note that diving safaris in Komodo are not restricted to boats represented within our Komodo liveaboards section. Many boats in our Raja Ampat liveaboards section run trips there too.

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Calico Jack
From US$ 333 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

30m / 99 ft
Max 10
  • Visits Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda...
  • Maximum of only 10 guests
  • En-suite cabins
  • Multi-lingual crew of 8
  • Beautiful teak interiors
Indo Aggressor
From US$ 303 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

38m / 125 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Banda, Alor
  • Some Komodo trips also dive Bali...
  • All staterooms have ensuite bath...
  • Complimentary glass of wine with...
  • Warm towel and back rub after ea...
  • Large boat
KLM Kira Kira
From US$ 163 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

22m / 73 ft
Max 8
  • Visits Komodo National Park, Raj...
  • Maximum of 8 guests only, small ...
  • Uses solar panels and a battery ...
  • Budget-friendly option, popular ...
  • Activities: trekking, kayaking, ...
  • Communal bathrooms
KLM Mari
From US$ 244 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

32m / 106 ft
Max 10
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Alor,...
  • Maximum of 10 guests only and 10...
  • All cabins have ensuite bathroom...
  • Spacious, traditional Phinisi sc...
KLM Moana
From US$ 342 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

24m / 79 ft
Max 10
  • Focuses on diving in Komodo Nati...
  • Maximum of 10 guests on board
  • All cabins with ensuite showers
  • Affordable option for individual...
Mastro Aldo
From US$ 188 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

22m / 73 ft
Max 10
Wi-Fi
  • Focuses on cruises in Komodo Nat...
  • Short (3 nights +) scuba diving ...
  • Maximum of only 10 divers
  • All cabins with ensuite or priva...
  • Multi-lingual crew of 13
  • Catamaran, so stable nights of s...
Mermaid I
From US$ 362 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

28m / 92 ft
Max 15
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda...
  • Cabins have en-suite bathrooms, ...
  • Cabin for single traveller
  • Most cabins have seaview windows...
  • Spacious, steel-hulled liveaboar...
Mermaid II
From US$ 312 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

32m / 106 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda...
  • Komodo cruises use port in Bali
  • Cabins with en-suite private bat...
  • 2 saloons on board
  • Steel hulled boat
Raja Ampat Aggressor
From US$ 325 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

30m / 99 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Raja Ampat, Sangalaki, K...
  • Cabins with ensuite bathrooms, T...
  • 1 free local beer or glass of wi...
  • Dedicated camera room, lost dive...
  • Thick steel double hulled boat
SY Indo Siren
From US$ 389 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

40m / 132 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat
  • All cabins have private bathroom...
  • Free rental scuba equipment
  • Free local beers
  • Sea canoes, massage and laundry ...
  • Large luxurious boat
Cheng Ho
From US$ 333 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

33m / 109 ft
Max 24
Nitrox
  • Cruises Komodo, Sumbawa, Alor, F...
  • Cabins feature private en-suite ...
  • 4 cabins for single travellers
  • Cinema room
  • Large boat, plenty of relaxation...
La Galigo
From US$ 250 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

33m / 109 ft
Max 14
Nitrox
  • Visits Raja Ampat, Komodo, Wakat...
  • 14 guest maximum, with 13 crew m...
  • All cabins have ensuite bathroom...
  • Grand Suite has TV, DVD, panoram...
  • Cameras: table, rinse tanks, cha...
MV Ambai
From US$ 369 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

32m / 106 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat, Alor...
  • All cabins with private ensuite ...
  • 12 and 15 litre tanks
  • Dedicated camera room, table, ri...
The Seven Seas
From US$ 440 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

35m / 116 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat, Alor...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Sea kayaks
  • Good specials for dive groups
  • Large, luxury boat with many rel...
Blue Manta
From US$ 343 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

45m / 149 ft
Max 18
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Raja Ampat, Komodo, Band...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • 24 hour satellite Wi-Fi internet...
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Designated dry camera room, came...
  • Large, steel-hulled boat
MSY Damai I
From US$ 490 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

40m / 132 ft
Max 10
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat
  • Maximum of 10 guests only
  • Unlimited diving
  • Cabins have en-suite bathroom
  • Large boat with spa, camera room...
MSY Damai II
From US$ 523 per day

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40m / 132 ft
Max 10
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda...
  • Maximum of 10 guests only
  • Dive deck with individual rinse ...
  • Cabins have en-suite bathroom an...
  • Complimentary beer and wine
  • Large boat with camera room
MV Empress II
From US$ 150 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

28m / 92 ft
Max 9
Nitrox
  • Cruises in Raja Ampat and Komodo...
  • Maximum of 13 guests only
  • Cabin for single traveller
  • Recompression chamber and defibr...
  • Rebreather and tech diving compa...
  • Steel hulled exploration boat wi...
MV Panunee
From US$ 308 per day

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32m / 106 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
  • Visits Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda...
  • Suites with private en-suite bat...
  • Dive The World Gold Range produc...
  • Cameras: table, rinse tanks, air...
  • Steel hulled boat
MV Pindito
From US$ 416 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

33m / 109 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat, Band...
  • Tauchen Magazine Best Liveaboard...
  • All cabins have en-suite private...
  • Camera room, charging points, la...
  • Individual diver locator devices...
  • Free spirits and beer
SY Adelaar
From US$ 437 per day

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39m / 129 ft
Max 8
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises mostly Komodo, also Alor...
  • Maximum of 8 guests only, with 1...
  • Cabins with private bathrooms an...
  • Use of Nautilus LifeLine
  • Large luxury boat with 2 indoor ...



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The Climate, Diving Season and Best Time to Visit

Liveaboards in Komodo run for the entire year because every month promises terrific diving. November to March is rainy season so many consider the best months for a visit to be from April to November. January to March can see rougher surface conditions in the north, whereas July and August can bring rough seas to the southern sites. Some dive charters operate all year while others visit for only part of the year. The weather rarely interferes with tours as the south and north have different sea conditions and so there are always dive sites available.

The best visibility in Komodo (~30m) is from November to January. July and August see lower visibility and cooler water temperatures but the extra nutrients at this time bring marine life in bloom. Normally the sea temperature is warmer and clearer in the north (average 25 to 28°C) and cooler in the south (average 20 to 25°C), but sometimes this changes. Mantas are seen all year round in Komodo but the most reliable time is December to February. Mola Mola (sunfish) are most frequently encountered in August.

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Ports of Departure and How to Get There

Komodo liveaboard cruises normally depart from Labuan Bajo or Maumere in Flores, although they may also use Bima in Sumbawa. Komodo & Sumbawa trips may use these ports or Benoa harbour in Bali. Departures from Sumbawa or Flores will require a domestic flight from Bali or Jakarta. Most people fly into Indonesia to Jakarta (Java) or Denpasar (Bali). More information on: How to get to Indonesia.

You can view which ports the various boats use on their trips in the 'Departures & Prices' section of each boat's webpage. Whichever ports your boat uses, normally the boat operator provides a transfer to the boat from the local airport or hotels (if you overnight beforehand). We will send you full departure details during the booking process.

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Places to Stay

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Useful References for Komodo


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