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Komodo Explorer and Coral Reef Restoration

Join us for this exploration of Komodo Island and its surrounding coral reefs aboard a luxurious liveaboard ship.

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  • Learn about community led coral reef conservation efforts from local experts and snorkel within Komodo's marine preserve, where they are being successfully implemented.
  • Explore the diverse coral reefs of Komodo aboard the luxurious Damai 2.
  • Our small group size (12) allows for an intimate adventure.
  • Spend an afternoon seeing the amazing Komodo dragons up close.

Our expedition begins in Bali where you will be introduced to the coral reef conservation efforts of the local non-profit organization, Coral Triangle Center. Next you will head off to the lovely Komodo National Park, a World Heritage Site that is home to the endemic Komodo dragon, beautiful scenery, and spectacular coral reefs.

Komodo National Park is a collection of rugged volcanic islands located in Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands. The area has been protected since 1980 and is globally recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While Komodo is known primarily for the endemic Komodo dragon, it also features excellent marine diversity. The park's rich marine life includes manta rays, pygmy seahorses, clown frogfish, abundant nudibranchs, diverse sponges, tunicates, and corals. Fringing and patch coral reefs are also extensive throughout the area, and house beautiful corals, and thousands of fish in the crystal clear water.

Trip Dates & Cost

2021: August 7-17. From $5,825 / person in double occupancy standard cabins (4 available); two master cabins are available.

* Trip prices do not include international or in-country airfare (we will help arrange your in-country airfare). Limited single supplements are available. Click here for our full expedition terms and conditions.


Dalton Ambat is based in Bali and has helped guide Oceanic Society's Indonesia snorkel programs for the last 8 years. He is an experienced snorkel guide and a PADI certified master scuba dive trainer who has logged more than 10,000 dives and trained more than 1,000 students. Dalton has worked across the entire coral triangle region and is an expert naturalist with a keen eye for the macro critters. In 2016 he also participated in our marine debris sampling survey cruise from Bali to Komodo.

Michelle Paddack is a a marine scientist with a passion for education. Michelle has been leading expeditions with Oceanic Society since 1994, building citizen science & conservation programs in California, the Caribbean, and the Indo-Pacific. She is Professor of Marine Sciences at Santa Barbara City College and co-founder & Senior Conservation Scientist with One People One Reef. Her research is focused on elucidating the interactions between corals, reef fishes, and humans that best support sustainable and vibrant ecosystems rooted in diversity of both nature and human culture.

Rafael Sauter is a Swiss dive master who has been leading private dive and snorkel programs in Indonesia for the past 8 years. Rafael has logged more than 4,000 dives in Indonesia, and is gifted at spotting all of the amazing flora and fauna found in the region.


Our itinerary and routing will be flexible to account for weather conditions and ensure the best possible guest experience. The following is a sample itinerary, and is subject to change.

Day 1 | August 7 | Arrive into Bali
Arrive into Bali and transfer to the Griya Santrian Resort (or similar). Your guide will meet everyone this evening for a brief welcome orientation.

Day 2 | August 8 | Bali | (B, L, D)
Today we will visit with the Coral Triangle Center (CTC) education center. The CTC is a non-governmental organization dedicated to ocean conservation. They are working with government partners, community groups, and local organizations to design, develop, and establish successful marine protected areas in Indonesia. Oceanic Society has been partnering with the CTC for the last 5 years.In the evening we will have a group dinner in Bali.

Day 3 | August 9 | Bali | (B, L)
Today we will visit Nusa Penida with the Coral Triangle Center (CTC) to snorkel and check out one of their coral restoration sites. After a full day out, dinner will be on your own, as we have an early departure the following morning.

Day 4 | August 10 | Fly to Labuan Bajo (Komodo) | (B, L, D)
Waking up early, we will head to the airport to catch our flight to Labuan Bajo. On arrival, we will transfer to the Damai 2, our home for the next 7 nights.

Days 5-10 | August 11-16 | Explore Komodo National Park and Snorkel | (B, L, D)
Our days will be spent exploring Komodo National Park — home of the prehistoric lizard, the Komodo dragon. While here, we will visit a variety of snorkel sites and spend an afternoon inside the park. We can expect to dedicate ample time to snorkel around central Komodo in the current rich areas of Tatawa, the iconic sites of Batu Bolong, and to look for manta rays at Karang Makassar. To the north, the islands of Gili Lawa are known as some of “fishiest" sites in the park. For a macro experience, we can head to the small island of Wainilu on the north coast of Rinca. Snorkeling along the sandy slope of the beach should provide an excellent opportunity to encounter sea hares and unusual nudibranchs. On land, we'll be able to take a walk in the park to view Komodo dragons and the beautiful panoramic views of the rugged hillsides.

Day 11 | August 17 | Fly to Bali (Denpasar) | (B)
After breakfast we return to the airport in Labuan Bajo for our flights back to Bali and then connect with flights home. For any interested extensions on Bali, Sulawesi, or Borneo can be arranged.


Our expedition takes place aboard the Damai II, a boutique Indonesian liveaboard ship with seven comfortable guest cabins on three decks. Damai II was constructed in Tanjung Bira, South Sulawesi in 2011 by Pak Hadji Baso, one of the most respected master boat builders in the traditional Indonesian boat building community of Bira. Damai II has a deck length of 40 meters and a beam of 9 meters at its widest point. It has been built to an uncompromising standard and fitted out with all the latest snorkeling and diving, navigation, and safety equipment to ensure an extremely high level of service.

The ship features three large outside deck areas with an outside dining facility, a massage and spa treatment area, and plenty of extra lounging and sunbathing space. The below deck accommodation has been designed to accommodate single or twin occupants in a level of luxury not seen on another vessel in Indonesia. Each cabin boasts a private shower and head with a queen-size bed and a separate day bed. The cabins measure approximately 20 sq. m (225 sq. ft) each and have been finished with the highest quality furnishings. The stern staterooms are over 400 sq. ft each and boast their own private deck with loungers, a super-king-size bed, day beds, two desks and en suite shower and separate head. There is a 4 snorkeler to 1 guide ratio and the ship carries two custom-designed high speed tender boats.

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