Budget Komodo Liveaboard Trips

Join us on Nusantara for some of the best diving in Indonesia with budget Komodo liveaboard trips to the famous National Park, including visits to Rinca Island to see the dragons.  If our liveaboard isn’t currently out on a trip, we will also be offering day trips too.

Nusantara is currently having a complete overhaul of her hull and deck, new engine, compressor, generators and making 2 quad cabins with aircon to sleep 8 and space on our covered deck for 4 people in time for the 2021 Komodo Season in March.

Our dive equipment is brand new and we have all the safety equipment we need on board including emergency oxygen, GPS, radios, flares, life jackets, first aid kits and inflatable life rafts.  Stay tuned for updates on the renovation.

We always try to mix up the dive sites to get more variety, including going North for the current at some of our favorite dive sites, Crystal Rock, Castle Rock, and The Cauldron.  If we get requests for diving with mantas we usually go Central and dive Batu Bolong, Karang Makassar & Mawan.  Click here to read more about the different dive sites we visit.

If you have booked your trip with us via email or an agent please come to the dive centre the day before by 6pm to check in and get equipment ready.

Before booking please have a look at our Terms & Conditions.

We use “Nusantara” for Komodo liveaboard trips – she’s the perfect way to properly discover the beauty of the Komodo National Park on a budget.

At Mikumba, we do more than just diving on our liveaboard trips – we also offer snorkelling, visit the famous Komodo dragons on Rinca Island, stop at deserted islands, watch the flying foxes at sunset, and trek to some of the best viewpoints in Komodo.

Have a look at our boat page for more information and pictures.

Dive insurance is mandatory on our liveaboard trips, and not included within your trip price. We do offer DAN insurance if you would like to purchase it directly from us.

Guests must also have their own travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance with no exclusions for Acts of God and Force Majeure events. You will not be permitted to join our liveaboard trips without presenting insurance information when you check in.

Pre-requisites / Experience Required

At some of the Komodo dive sites, the currents can be challenging, the water can vary from warm to quite cool and even the waves and surface currents can make these dive sites seem daunting.  Our highly experienced guides choose dive sites, times and locations according to the experience level of the guests to make sure each dive is safe and suitable.

We do mandate that every guest has recent diving experience (within the last year) before joining the Komodo liveaboard.  If not, you will need to do a “scuba tune-up” or refresher.

We can also easily do an Advanced Course with you whilst on the trip if you want to improve your skills.

Dietary Requirements

If you have dietary restrictions we must be notified of this before your arrival, however, due to our remote location and nature of the trips we can’t guarantee that they can be met.  Where possible, we are happy to prepare meals with food that is brought on to the boat and we recommend purchasing this in Bali or from back home as you may not find what you need in Labuan Bajo.

If someone suffers from severe allergies or conditions we strongly urge you to reconsider joining these trips or making sure you have adequate treatment with you.  The medical facilities here are minimal and evacuation to the nearest major hospital (Bali) can take 12-24 hours in good conditions.

Recompression Chamber

Although we hope we never need to use it, diving in Komodo has just gotten safer with a brand new recompression chamber that opened in Labuan Bajo in 2019.

Included

• Full room and board on trip
• Tea, coffee, water and electrolytes
• Tanks, weights & dive equipment (excluding computer)
• Dive guides
• Lots and lots of delicious food
• Good times, great memories and lots of fun

Excluded

• Pick up from other areas unless already in Komodo National Park
• Flights – domestic or international
• Soft drinks and beers
• National Park Fees and Local Government Tourist Tax (see table below for prices)
• Bad attitude

Before booking please have a look at our Terms & Conditions.

Please note this is a proposed itinerary only and we will assess weather and sea conditions during the trip to determine our actual route.

Total 9 Dives

Day 1

Meet at Mikumba Dive Centre in Labuan Bajo, complete all paperwork and collect payment for park fees and fit equipment if required. (Park fees must be paid in cash)

We walk down to the harbour where our speedboat will pick us up at the jetty and take us to our home for the next few days.

We start the trip by serving you a welcome drink as our trip leader introduces the boat crew and dive guides on-board. You then get a boat briefing while heading out to Komodo National Park, and we’ll show you to your cabin and around the rest of the boat.

After the orientation we’ll set up your dive equipment, before gathering in the dining area again to continue with a safety briefing, then we brief you about the dive site where we’ll do our check dive.  We normally go to a protected area for this, like Kanawa or Sabayur Kecil, but if your group are more experienced we can take you to Tatawa Besar if the current isn’t too crazy.

We do a 2nd Dive in the Central of the Park and then head to Kalong to watch the famous flying foxes before cruising to Wainilu for our night dive.

Day 2

6:00 Wakey wakey & small breakfast
6:45 Head to Rinca for early morning dragon tour to avoid the crowds
8:30 Big breakfast
3 Dives in Central area of the park (maybe Manta dive or Batu Bolong) and then we head North
17:30 Sunset trekking at Gili Lawa Darat
20:00 Dinner

Day 3

6:30 Wakey wakey & small breakfast
7:00 Briefing Castle Rock
9:00 Big breakfast
10:30 Briefing Crystal Rock
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Briefing The Cauldron

After diving we cruise back towards Labuan Bajo and relax on the comfy beanbags and complete log books.

Please note this is a proposed itinerary only and we will assess weather and sea conditions during the trip to determine our actual route.

Total 12 Dives

Day 1

Meet at Mikumba Dive Centre in Labuan Bajo, complete all paperwork and collect payment for park fees and fit equipment if required. (Park fees must be paid in cash)

We walk down to the harbour where our speedboat will pick us up at the jetty and take us to our home for the next few days.

We start the trip by serving you a welcome drink as our trip leader introduces the boat crew and dive guides on-board. You then get a boat briefing while heading out to Komodo National Park, and we’ll show you to your cabin and around the rest of the boat.

After the orientation we’ll set up your dive equipment, before gathering in the dining area again to continue with a safety briefing, then we brief you about the dive site where we’ll do our check dive.  We normally go to a protected area for this, like Kanawa or Sabayur Kecil, but if your group are more experienced we can take you to Tatawa Besar if the current isn’t too crazy.

We do a 2nd Dive in the Central of the Park and then head to Kalong to watch the famous flying foxes before cruising to Wainilu for our night dive.

Day 2

6:00 Wakey wakey & small breakfast
6:45 Head to Rinca for early morning dragon tour to avoid the crowds
8:30 Big breakfast
3 Dives in Central area of the park (maybe Manta dive or Batu Bolong) and then we head North
17:30 Sunset trekking at Gili Lawa Darat
20:00 Dinner

Day 3

6:30 Wakey wakey & small breakfast
7:00 Briefing Castle Rock
9:00 Big breakfast
10:30 Briefing Crystal Rock
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Briefing The Cauldron

Day 4

6:30 Wakey wakey & small breakfast

We have a choice of 3 dives in the North or head back to Central to try and find the Mantas again.

After diving we cruise back towards Labuan Bajo and relax on the comfy beanbags and complete log books.

Please note this is a proposed itinerary only and we will assess weather and sea conditions during the trip to determine our actual route.

Total 15 Dives

Day 1

Meet at Mikumba Dive Centre in Labuan Bajo, complete all paperwork and collect payment for park fees and fit equipment if required. (Park fees must be paid in cash)

We walk down to the harbour where our speedboat will pick us up at the jetty and take us to our home for the next few days.

We start the trip by serving you a welcome drink as our trip leader introduces the boat crew and dive guides on-board. You then get a boat briefing while heading out to Komodo National Park, and we’ll show you to your cabin and around the rest of the boat.

After the orientation we’ll set up your dive equipment, before gathering in the dining area again to continue with a safety briefing, then we brief you about the dive site where we’ll do our check dive.  We normally go to a protected area for this, like Siaba Besar.

We do a 2nd Dive in the Central of the Park, probably Pengah Kecil and then head to Kalong to watch the famous flying foxes before cruising to Wainilu for our night dive.

Day 2

6:00 Wakey wakey & small breakfast
6:45 Head to Rinca for early morning dragon tour to avoid the crowds
8:30 Big breakfast
3 Dives around Padar (maybe Bonsai, Secret Garden and Monkey Corner) and we moor up in Padar for the night
20:00 Dinner

Day 3

6:30 Wakey wakey & small breakfast then we will trek up Padar Island
9:00 Big breakfast
10:30 Briefing 3 Sisters
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Briefing Batu Bolong
16:30 Briefing Manta Point
20:00 Dinner

Day 4

6:30 Wakey wakey & small breakfast
7:00 Briefing Crystal Rock
9:00 Big breakfast
10:30 Briefing Castle Rock
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Briefing The Cauldron

Day 5

6:30 Wakey wakey & small breakfast

We have a choice of 3 dives in the North or head back to Central to try and find the Mantas again.

After diving we cruise back towards Labuan Bajo and relax on the comfy beanbags and complete log books.

Please note this is a proposed itinerary only and we will assess weather and sea conditions during the trip to determine our actual route.

Total 12 Dives

Day 1

Meet at Mikumba Dive Centre in Labuan Bajo, complete all paperwork and collect payment for park fees and fit equipment if required. (Park fees must be paid in cash)

We walk down to the harbour where our speedboat will pick us up at the jetty and take us to our home for the next few days.

We start the trip by serving you a welcome drink as our trip leader introduces the boat crew and dive guides on-board. You then get a boat briefing while heading out to Komodo National Park, and we’ll show you to your cabin and around the rest of the boat.

After the orientation we’ll set up your dive equipment, before gathering in the dining area again to continue with a safety briefing, then we brief you about the dive site where we’ll do our check dive.  We normally go to a protected area for this, like Horse Shoe Bay.

We do a 2nd dive around Nusa Kode and then a night dive.

We also take a speedboat trip to view the dragons on the beach.

Day 2

We plan 1 dive around Nusa Kode and weather permitting try and get over to Manta Alley for 2 more.  If we can’t then there are plenty of dive sites we can choose from in Nusa Kode.

Day 3

We will do a last dive around South Rinca and then head north again to Padar Island.

After 2 dives around Padar we then hike up Padar Island for sunset.

Day 4

We will do 1 dive around Padar and then head back to the centre of the park for 2 dives there.

After diving we cruise back towards Labuan Bajo and relax on the comfy beanbags and complete log books.

Nusantara 2021 Schedule

If our dates don’t match up with yours, just let us know and we can adjust our schedule to fit in with you if we don’t have any bookings.  Please note our South Komodo trips are dependent on weather conditions.

With all the uncertainty around covid-19 and the reopening of the Komodo National Park, we are offering 100% flexible deposits.  Just pick the dates you’d like to join us and if it’s not possible due to Indonesia not allowing tourists or restrictions on flights in your home country then you can move your booking to a future date at no extra cost.

Komodo National Park Fees

All prices are in Indonesian Rupiah per person, per day, and subject to change based on Government regulations.

Please contact us for special deals if you would like to charter the boat for a private trip.