Mermaid I liveaboard itinerary Bali – Komodo – Bali
10 days 9 nights
Day 1: Check-in on board MV Mermaid I between 1400-1600 hours in Benoa Harbour Bali. Dinner is served during the cruise overnight to Moyo Island off Sumbawa
Day 2: 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.
Day 3: 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.
Day 4: 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.
Day 5: 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.
Day 6: Diving in the beautiful Horseshoe Bay, Rinca Island. The Yellow Wall of Texas is absolutely stunning covered with enormous yellow soft corals. Go slowly along the wall looking for unique creatures but don’t forget to look out into the blue to see what’s coming by. Tiny yellow pygmy seahorses are on the giant gorgonians at depth.
Between dives relax on the boat and watch komodo dragons chase wild pigs along the beach!
Nusa Kode offers more walls and critters plus white tip reef sharks etc. Torpedo Alley is famous for its torpedo (electric) rays and perhaps one of the best night dives there is.
Day 7: Diving at Manta Alley cleaning stations in the morning then more big fish dives maybe at Loh Serah, Tatawa Kecil or the infamous “Current City” Batu Bolong in the afternoon. Come face to face with reef sharks, turtles and giant wrasse. A popular night dive is Gili Darat (sleeping turtles, colourful reef stonefish, spanish dancers).
Day 8: Diving around Gili Lawa Laut, Tatawa Kecil, Gili Darat in clear, warm blue waters, loads of fish both big and small. Night dive at either Gili Banta (or maybe Batu Putih in Sumbawa). Overnight we cruise to Satonda and Sumbawa.
Day 9: Two good dives around Sumbawa and Moyo Islands and cruise back to Bali.
Day 10: After breakfast we transfer you ashore at 9am to continue your vacation.