SPUMS 2025 Add-on: Komodo – Moana Liveaboard

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Moana is a Komodo specialist liveaboard, taking divers to the best dive locations in Komodo National Park. Divers will also experience several land-based outings on Rinca, Padar and Komodo Island.

Moana is a classic 30m Phinisi Schooner built in a traditional style but equipped with all the comforts of a new boat. She is entirely made from teak and ironwood, which lends a warm and comfortable air to the boat – a boutique liveaboard sleeping 10 just passengers.

Out on deck, there is a large, spacious community dining table, but also spaces for individuals to relax between dives. There is also an indoor air-conditioned salon complete with a library of marine biology books.

On the full days on the ocean, there are four days per day: early riser, morning, afternoon and night dive. There are two speedboat tenders to take divers to and collect from the dive sites if necessary. All dives are guided by a PADI certified divemaster or instructor.

Four square meals per day and snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner vary daily and includes Indonesian and International specialties – the mix of Asian and Western food cater for all desires. Lunch and dinner include three courses in generous portions. Vegetarian meals or special diets can be accommodated with plenty of advance notice.

Other activities aboard include the use of kayaks, wake-boarding, the rocket-ride and as much complimentary snorkeling as conditions allow. The itinerary also includes a trip to Komodo/Rinca Island to see the Komodo Dragons – the largest living lizards – in the Komodo National Park.

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Currently there are two internal flights between Bali (Denpasar) and Labuan Bajo airport.

AirAsia departs 7:10 am  arrives 8:20 am

Batik Air departs 8:00 am arrives 9:10 am

Airport transfers at both ends of the trip are included.

 

Accommodation

Moana accommodates maximum 10 guests in 5 functional and cosy cabins. There are 3 double bed cabins and 2 twin bed cabins. All of them have individual AC, fans and ensuite bathroom. Guests may also sleep on deck under the stars if they choose.

Double Cabin 1

Moana cruising

Double Cabin 2 & 3

Moana cruising

Twin Cabins 4 & 5

Moana cruising

Komodo offers truly world class diving for all levels of experience. Fly over stunning reefs and feel the excitement of a drift dive. Watch the magnificent mantas glide over you. See sharks patrolling the reefs. Dig in a muck dive and discover the elusive and rare.

The diving takes place from the dive deck at the rear of the boat. All the gear is stowed there and the 12 litre aluminium tanks are re-filled in situ. Ocean entry and exit are straightforward from the boat’s stairway. Also, both genders are used as required. Moana’s crew of ocean elves takes care of everything from equipment set-up to wash it down at the end of the day.

Moana cruising

Your day on-board starts with a light and healthy breakfast of fresh seasonal fruits, cornflakes, oats and local honey around 6 am, followed by the first dive of the day.

Around 8am, after the first dive, the “real breakfast” is served, varying daily but including omelettes, pancakes, breakfast sausages, ham and bacon as well as fresh bread and toast. Buffet style – all you can eat! During this time, Moana will motor quietly to the next dive site.

Preparations start for the morning dive at around 11am. There are no time limits to the dives, so guests are free to maximise their enjoyment.

A leisurely lunch is served after the morning dive, and after this there might be a trip ashore to visit the National Park, or a hike up a local hillside to enjoy the stunning view across the peaks and bays.

We then start the afternoon dive, usually 2 pm. Around 4pm it’s time for ‘High Tea’ or ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’ where Indonesian snacks such as baked pineapples or fried bananas are served, to keep your dive-energy levels topped up.

The night dive is shortly after dusk, after which guests can take a hot shower on deck and freshen up for dinner, and the lively banter and sharing of stories that always follows a perfect day’s diving in a tropical paradise.

Number of Dives usually on a 5 Nights Komodo Liveaboard Trip:

  • 2 Dives Day 1
  • 4 Dives Day 2
  • 4 Dives Day 3
  • 4 Dives Day 4
  • 1-2 Dives Day 5
  • Check Out Day 6

Some of the dive sites you’ll visit include: Batu Belong, The Cauldron, Castle Rock, Golden Passage, Crystal Rock.

Dates: Saturday 24 to Thursday 29 May 2025 (5 nights)

Itinerary: Labuan Bajo – Labuan Bajo 11am to 11 am

Price point approx. AUD 3,325 pp