Mermaid II liveaboard itinerary Bali – Komodo – Bali
8 days 7 nights
Saturday: Check-in on board MV Mermaid II between 1400-1600 hours in Benoa Harbour Bali. Dinner will be served as we cruise into the sunset on overnight journey to Moyo Island, Sumbawa.
Sunday: First dive at Angel Reef, Moyo Island. Massive elephant ear and barrel sponges, schools of long fin banner fish and red tooth triggers. Frog fish, nudibranchs, eels, surgeon fish, snapper, dog tooth tuna checking out what is for lunch! Visit the local village before lunch then cruise to Satonda Island for a a macro dive then watch a million bats fly at sunset. After a great night dive and dinner we cruise overnight to Sangeang volcano off the north coast of Sumbawa.
Monday: Diving around Sangeang Island for rare nudibranchs, pygmy seahorse, leaf scorpion fish, blue ribbon eelsThe underwater hot springs here support this very unique marine environment. Night dive here too or head on over to Gili Banta for the chance for Star Gazers and coral cat shark.
Tuesday: Current depending, diving GPS Point, Gili Banta, famous for its sharks and pelagic fishes. Then we enter the Komodo National Park and dive at Gili Lawa Laut looking for grey reef shark and dolphin at Taka Toko Gili Lawalaut. Lighthouse Reef and The Old Passage offer fast drifts with pelagics and maybe manta rays.
Crystal Rock has soft corals in gold and orange hues plus the chance for sharks, turtles and giant Maori wrasse. Tonight we dive the famous Pink Beach offers spectacular colours, frogfish, slipper lobster, basket stars, robust sea cucumbers unqiue to the area and much more.
Wednesday: Komodo National Park walk in the morning to see dragons.
Then cruise south to dive the Three Sisters or Pillarsteen at Padar Island. Then onto Horseshoe Bay at Rinca Island, home of one of the top 10 dives in the world, Cannibal Rock with its abundance of corals, sponges, ascidians, sea apples, black corals, turtle, cuttlefish, loads of reef fishes too. Maybe a chance to follow whales and dolphin feeding in the calm bay. We overnight here.
Thursday: Diving the Three Sisters at Padar Island for sharks and nudibranchs, surgeon fish and devil rays. Diving Manta Alley or Takat Makasar for many manta rays. Batu Bolung aka “Current City” is the home for large Napolean wrasse, turtles, blue fin trevally Or maybe a dive at Tatawa Kecil if currents allow. The night dive could be at at Gili Banta with coral cat shark or we could cruise west enjoying a post dinner night dive along the way.
Friday: Two dives at Satonda and Moyo Islands for more chances for ghost pipe fish, ribbon eels, turtle, cuttlefish and more before we cruise overnight to Bali.
Saturday: After breakfast transfer ashore at 9am to continue your vacation.