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Manta Ray Komodo Diving

Komodo – Manta and Coral Conservation Trip

March 9th - 17th 2019

Trip Theme

The Komodo National park is one of the best know dive locations in the world but is in a critical condition which could see this once pristine environment pushed past the point of return. Famous for its vibrant coral reef systems and the many pelagic visitors including mantas, current changes in environmental conditions are having a direct impact on these critical species within the national park.

 

The theme for this DRP dive tour will be to understand in greater detail what specifically is threatening manta populations and coral reef systems within the national park. Manta rays are some of the parks most famous residents and we will be learning more about these whilst also trying to understand more about coral reefs which form the foundation for this exceptional level of biodiversity and how work is being done to repair and preserve these as well.

Our Hosts

Our hosts for this wonderful adventure will be the amazing Wunderpus liveaboards including co-founder Ed Statham.

 

Ed has been working in Komodo for over 8 years and has been a passionate supporter of conservation efforts across the national park to ensure that this precious resource is now saved for future generations. As a founding member of DOCK (dive operators community Komodo) and a vocal advocate for conservation change in the area, Ed will be sharing his unique insights into the national park and the challenges it now faces.

The Tour

The tour is scheduled for 9 days / 8 nights. March is at the beginning of the Komodo season and is one of the best times to see Komodo and potentially access some of the more remote locations in the national park but also enjoy relatively quiet and uncrowded sites. Guests will have the opportunity to perform a check dive on the Mimic day boat to allow guests to familiarise themselves with Komodo and the diving conditions within the park.

 

The Safari will be focused on finding both the big creatures such as mantas, sharks, mobulas, whales and the small and abundant macro sites available.

 

As part of the tour, guests will also be given the chance to partake in a coral propagation course using one of Oceanquest Global partners’ nursery site. This will include site surveys, further information about the coral biology, threats and preservation techniques and an opportunity for guests to plant their own specific coral which they will receive growth updates on.

 

Alongside this, guests will be working with the Wunderpus and DRP team to experience the majesty of the national park but also understand its current fragility and what can be done to combat this.

Our Special Guest - Francesca Page

We are delighted to be joined by the amazing Francesca Page on this trip.

Francesca is an underwater artist, diver and passionate ocean warrior! She has used her incredible work to raise awareness of the declining health of our oceans and what can be done to protect these for future generations.

During the trip, Francesca will be sharing her journey with guests and will also be conducting a painting workshop for guests to try!

The Package

Package cost per person is $2,995

The package includes the following:
– Private Charter of the entire boat (Maximum 8 guests)
– Accommodation in double cabins with AC, en-suite bathroom and hot water shower (4 cabins in total, 2 of which have a double bed and 2 of which have a double bed and a raised single bed).
– 4 delicious meals per day
– Unlimited water/tea/coffee
– Minimum 3 dives per day with DM/Instructor in a group of maximum 4 divers
– Unlimited Snorkeling
– All equipment and personal safety equipment,
– Trekking with the Komodo Dragons on Rinca or Komodo Island
– Harbor clearance
– Airport pick up/drop off if required
– Evening workshops and talks to help guests understand more about the threats to this area

– Check dives and dragon trekking on Mimic on the 9th

– Coral conservation course with follow up updates on coral growth for the first year

– 1 x 125ml bottle of reef friendly sunscreen

– Exclusive DRP merchandise

– DOCK sustainability pack including reusable tote bag, metal straw & cleaning brush in pouch, reusable DOCK bottle, DOCK supporters diving tag (provides 10% discount on F&B with DOCK supporters restaurants and free re-fills)

– National Park fees*

 

*National Park fees are required for each day of your trip and consist of the following per person:
Diving Ticket: 175,000IDR/day (250,000IDR on Sundays and National Holidays)
Local tax: 100,000IDR/day

Snorkeling Ticket: 165,000IDR/day (240,000IDR on Sundays and National Holidays)
Trekking Fee: 100,000IDR per person plus a guide fee of 80,000IDR splittable by up to 4 people per guide. Note that trekking fees are only needed when we go dragon trekking on Rinca or Komodo Island.

 

The package excludes:
– Beer/wine/sodas
– Staff gratuities

– Evening Meal costs on the 9th and 17th

– Accommodation on the 8th, 9th and 17th **

 

** DRP are happy to organise this element but have not costed this in as guests may have differing accommodation requirements.

The Schedule

March – 8th                                             Guests arrive in Labuan Bajo

March – 9th                                             Check dive on Mimic Day boat, Evening meal

March – 10th                                          Tour Day 1 – Coral propagation workshop

March – 11th                                          Tour Day 2

March – 12th                                          Tour Day 3

March – 13th                                          Tour Day 4

March – 14th                                          Tour Day 5

March – 15th                                          Tour Day 6

March – 16th                                          Tour Day 7

March – 17th                                          Tour Day 8 (arriving back in Labuan Bajo PM)

March – 18th                                          Guests leave Labuan Bajo

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