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Published: 28.05.2015
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10 Day cruise: Bima – Komodo – Bima usd$3,000 per person ( 8 pax – two twin/ two double cabins with en-suite)
7 day cruises available

Activities: SUP with turtles, snorkeling the world’s top reefs, freediving, trekking with komodo dragons, kayaking, beachcombing on pink beach, and water sports

The Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for komodo dragons and the coral triangle, a marine biosphere offering beautiful hard and soft coral gardens, a wide range of fish species, turtles and manta rays and reef sharks to view. The park consists of three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rinca and 26 smaller islands offering raw beauty with towering hills and splendid white sand beaches, pink too! Pink beach on Padar island offers some of the best snorkeling in the area, but we have a few secret spots too.

Mikumba 1 will take you on an adventure of a lifetime exploring this region to SUP, snorkel, free dive, beachcomb, kayak and trek with Komodo dragons and other animals like dear, monkeys, water buffalo and a wide range of exotic birds, many endangered.

We depart from Bima, Sumbawa which is a short flight away from Bali and cruise to the volcanic island of Sungiang with it’s breathtaking views and nutrient rich waters with beautiful coral reefs to snorkel and SUP. There are hundreds of species of marine life found here, including giant trevally, Napoleon wrasse, pipefish and lionfish.

We then cruise to the island of Banta also know for it’s beautiful landscape and great snorkeling with larger pelagic fish, dolphins and manta rays.

Komodo National Park
We will then sail to the KNP and explore the northern part of Komodo visiting Gili Lawalaut and Gili Lawadarat. At a nearby snorkeling locale called Crystal Rock, a healthy coverage of soft corals and sponges steal the scene. Large schools of fish and colorful corals abound in the crystal clear waters. Spend the day in search of false clownfish, golden sweepers, glass fish and others. Look for abundant sea stars in the shallows, schools of small fish nibbling in unison on waving sea grasses and passing hawksbill turtles and reef sharks in the distance, this is a great opportunity to SUP with the turtles.


Komodo Dragons
We make our way to south visiting some breathtaking islets to Rinca island to view the dragons with park rangers. The morning will be dedicated to a hike to spend time with the islands most famous inhabitants, Komodo Dragons! Because this region possesses geology unlike any other place on Earth, the three islands that comprise Komodo National Park have developed endemic species that epitomize nature at its wildest. Chief among them: the famed monitor lizard better known as the Komodo dragon. A sharp-eyed predator and notorious scavenger, the ora (as it’s called locally) is the largest lizard species in the world, growing to nearly 10 feet long and 150 pounds. The dragon’s unusually massive size is the result of island gigantism, a biological phenomenon in which animals isolated on an island increase dramatically in size. Spend the

morning on a park ranger-guided walk into the forests in search of its most famous inhabitants, plus deer, wild pigs, monkeys and birds including yellow-crested cockatoos, doves and terns.

Horseshoe Bay
is another amazing area that we visit. We head to a spot known as Cannibal Rock, which is often classified among the top places in the world to snorkel and dive. The submerged pinnacle lies in a channel just to the south of Rinca Island and is especially known for its variety of invertebrates, including soft corals and sea cucumbers. Endemic yellow-ribbon sweetlips, gold-striped fusiliers, nudibranchs, scorpion fish, red snappers and surgeon fish abound at this vibrant site

Avid birdwatchers and others will enjoy an early hike on the beaches and trails around Horseshoe Bay to catch glimpses of several endemic species. After a late breakfast, jump back in the water at a site called Torpedo Alley to safely go in search of the famous electric ray. Electric rays are capable of producing a charge that stuns prey.

Manta Alley
At this spot, well over 50 massive manta rays have been spotted at one time. The site offers us a solid chance of spending time with the world’s largest ray. In the afternoon, colorful corals and fish greet you at the snorkel sites around Loh Serah and Tatawa Kecil. Depending on the sightings, perhaps we’ll opt for more time with the mantas

We will make our way across to Padar islands pink beach, which next to the dragons is a highlight of the trip. There are only seven pink beaches in the world, but this location is classed as the best due to it’s amazing reef to snorkel just off the sand. This is a place you will not want to leave.


Pink Beach
A clear blue sky above, with fluffy white clouds drifting lazily across. Rolling green hills, covered luxuriantly in thick vegetation, interspersed with high, rocky cliffs. Calm, clear waters, tinted by the colorful corals beneath its surface, and alive with the movement of a hundred species of marine life. Last, but not least: a stretch of soft sand, but not white, not black, but PINK!

This beach with pink sand, is one of only seven in the world. The sand appears pink because it is a mixture of white sand and red sand, formed from pieces of Foraminifera.

Once you have finished taking in the magnificent surroundings, take a dip in the waters and uncover the marine beauty that Pink Beach has to offer.  Amazing corals of all shapes and sizes jut from the sea bed, many even visible while still aboard the vessel.

The stable, cold water temperatures between 24º and 28º C give the 250 coral species that thrive in these waters, optimal conditions. Corals form an indispensable part of the ecosystem and provide habitat for nearly thousand species of fish, whale sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, blue-ringed octopus, pygmy seahorses and sea turtles. This makes the waters around Komodo one of the most fascinating waters on Earth.

The corals of the Pink Beach’s underwater gardens are in excellent condition, with hundreds of species of both soft and hard corals, and thousands of species of fish. Pink Beach is a terrific choice for snorkelers and beginner divers as even the shallow waters are home to an abundance of species to keep you more than entertained. Of course, there is much more to see the deeper you venture.

Relax on the fairytale-like pink sands and work on your tan. Or join in with the various other available water sports such as stand up paddle boarding or just having a leisurely swim. If photography is your passion, this is definitely a place to try your hand at capturing the stunning natural beauty of the island. We will make sure you stick around till sunset, as the view is amazing.

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