The Komodo Expedition is an adventure through the pristine wilderness and waters of Indonesia’s Komodo National Park. The experience takes place aboard Amandira, a custom-built, 52-metre, two-masted Phinisi sailing vessel with five cabins (one Master Cabin, two Deluxe Cabins and two cabins with double bunks) and featuring world-class diving equipment. The vessel supports a crew of 15, including a dive instructor and a private chef.
The trip includes two nights (either pre- or post- excursion) at Amanwana, a tented wilderness hideaway on Moyo Island. Ideal for private cruises, Amandira accommodates up to three couples or a family of ten and chartered in tandem. For those wishing to break up the travel time to the expedition starting point, a one-night stay can also be organized in Bali at Amandari or Amankila.
The highlight includes:
- Exploring isolated coves and the region’s countless bays and tropical islets, with white sand beaches, mangroves, lagoons and remarkable limestone formations.
- Short and extended breaks: book for five or 21 nights – or longer.
The expedition begins after breakfast at Amanwana. A few hours’ sailing culminates at Satonda Island, which curves around a volcanic lake. Lunch is followed by the chance to dive and kayak. A sunset dinner precedes the overnight cruise to the Komodo National Park.
Awaken close to the pristine reefs in Batu Moncho Bay, where manta rays and dolphins are often spotted. After a morning dive or snorkel near white sandy beaches, lunch accompanies a gentle cruise across to Gili Lawa Laut. Diving is possible near the Channel, the lighthouse or the underwater ‘mountains’ of Crystal Rock and Castle Rock – followed by an overnight stay in this beautiful area with dinner onboard Amandira.
The morning offers another chance to dive the area’s world-famous reefs. During lunch, Amandira cruises down the Komodo Straits towards Makassar Reef, also known as Manta Point. Amandira moors overnight at Pink Beach on Komodo Island in time for sunset, when thousands of bats take flight from the island in search of food.
The day begins with a guided hike around Komodo Island in search of the Komodo Dragon. The National Park is also home to wild monkeys, deer and many varieties of birds. After the trek, Amandira cruises over to Wainilu Island, close to Rinca Island, for diving and a starlit BBQ on the beach.
An early-morning trek on Rinca Island offers the chance to spot Komodo Dragons, buffalo, boar, monkeys, wild horses and a huge variety of birds – all thriving in this seemingly desolate environment. After trekking, dive or snorkel around the Sabayor Islands, where Amandira will moor overnight.
Dive Sabayor's mutli-hued reefs, filled with schools of tropical fish.
The journey concludes at Labuan Bajo harbour on Flores Island for transfer back to Bali, and stay at Amanwana overnight.
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Cruise Line: Aman Voyages
Cruise Ship: Amandira
Amandira, a two-masted sailing ship measuring 52 metres from bow to stern, was handcrafted by the Konjo tribe and launched in 2015. A traditional Phinisi vessel, it combines the ancient romance of the spice trade with cutting-edge contemporary amenities, sailing the vibrant waters of Indonesia, from Amanwana to Komodo National Park and the Raja Ampat islands.
From Amanwana to Labuan Bajo
Dates (5 nights)
2018 departures are available from April to October
- Labuan Bajo airport is an hour and a half on a commercial flight from Bali. The drive to the harbour is 10 minutes, and only five minutes by tender to the boat.
- Bali to Sumbawa is an hour and a half by commercial flight. It’s a 10-minute car transfer to the harbour and a 45-minute boat ride to Amanwana.
- Bali to Amanwana by seaplane is 55–70 minutes.
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
- National Park Entrance fees
- 2 nights at Amanwana
- Activities: Diving (for certified divers) and non-motorised water sports
- As the cruise is offered exclusively, preferred routes and dive sites can be discussed with the crew before departure. Meals are also tailored to personal preferences, with the chef offering both Asian and Western menu options.
- You may extend journey before or after the expedition at Aman Bali properties.
- Itinerary is subject to change depending on sea and weather conditions.