Maldives are very critized because of their politic and its government. However, it is one of the best spot to go diving with an incredible marin life. We decided with 12 other friends to go diving their for 1 week on a boat.
When ? February 2018 during chinese new year
Where ? Maldives central atoll
How much ? 1,600 Euros / person except flights. We found some flight from Singapour for 400 SGD.
Trip duration: 7 days Cost: around 2,000 SGD per person (this includes the diving, excursions, food and hotels).
Komodo National Parkis a national park in Indonesia located within the Lesser Sunda Islands in the border region between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. The park includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones.
Day 1 – Arrival, setting up dive equipment
We landed on Flores Island, in Labuhanbajo city. From the airport we took a taxi to reach the city center. We normally should have spend the night in Eco Tree Hotel but unfortunately it was full and we have been upgraded to the Laprima Hotel.
Eco Tree Hotel ❤ : Soekarno Hatta 22, Kampung Tengah, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia
Laprima Hotel: Jl. Pantai Pede, Labuan Bajo, Goron Talo, Komodo, Kabupaten Manggarai Barat, Nusa Tenggara Tim. 86554, Indonésie
Both hotel are really nice and clean. The Eco Tree hotel has a magnificient view of the bay and a great pub/restaurant (hipy type). The laprima hotel is more sophisticated with a nice swimming pool.
Day 2, 3, 4 – Live on Board
We book our live on board with http://divekomodo.com/ it was prefect, the boat was nice, the crew members too. 👌👌
Day 1: leave Labuhanbajo at 9 am. We did 3 dives on this day. Very impressive dives with lots of current but surely one of the best dives I’ve ever done (amazing corals, great visibility, huge numbers of mantas). We stayed the overnight on the boat.
Day 2: explore komodo area for diving. We did 4 dives on this day. Overnight on board.
Day 3: 2 dives in the morning and followed by komodo dragon tour in Rinca island. And then back to Labuan Bajo.
Day 5 – Padar Island & Palu Siaba Besar
We started our day waking up early to take a boat direction Padar Island. After 3-4 hours boat we finally arrived at the island. The walk is around 1h maximum but once in the top it is just majestic!!! 😍😍
After this walk, back in our boat toward the Siaba Besar. Beautiful small island where you can relax and chill on the beach.
Good center, however I add some issue with my dive gears, didnt get the right shoe for my fine during the both days…
Day 8 – Padar Island, Komodo Island and Pink Beach
On this day because we were taking our flight the next day we couldnt dive so we went back to Padar and we did Komodo Island. Komodo Island is similar to Rinca not much difference, the trail is a bit longer but still very touristic.
We stopped on our way back to Pink Beach as well. Pink beach is not worth it, not really pink…
Day 9 – Back Home
After a nice and sportiv week we took our plane in the early afternoon back to singapore with mantas in our eyes !
Diving in Komodo Dangerous ? 🤔
Dives in Komodo are amazing but not easy. There might have very stong current and you need to be able to balance yourself well otherwise it can get very complicated for you and your buddies. But despite of this they are one of the best dives in the world ! In our group there were some open water and they came back alive 🙂
We start our trip by three days of scuber diving for the level 1 at Tulamben. There are several place were you can do your level one and scuber dive. We choose Dive Concepts.
Great place, nice people and rooms are totally fine and clean. You can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at the club. Price for diving are affortable and a service is provided if you need private taxi from/to the airport. If I need to go again I would choose it !
The different spot for diving are great (for my little experience of diving it was really good).
Tulamben is a typical village from bali, along the road and poor. All the village is working for the different clubs of diving.
2 days in Ubud
On our way to Ubud from Tulamben we stopped at Padangbai.
Padangbai, nice small village, there is a nice place to relax at the blue lagoon were you can also eat nice curry.
Really nice hotel with nice rooms and a beautiful view on the forest.
The only bad thing is the service provided by the hotel for the price of the room are not great. Issue with the shuttle and to eat lunch or dinner you need to reach the restaurant of the hotel which is not inside the hotel.
Visit of Ubud
Starting with our visit of the rice field, after the museum of ubud take a right, when you see the road with a way done just before turn right on a small street follow the path “walking path”. After few minutes of walking you’re in a middle of the rice field. Beautiful !
You can stop at few shops of hand made sculpture and painting. We ate at the Organic Restaurant good food and nice view.
We spend the afternoon between massage and shopping and getting lost in the narrow streets and markets.
We then had a wonderful dinner at The view restaurant