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The Best Komodo Liveaboards

INTRO

“So many Indonesia liveaboards, so many destinations, and so little time,” may be your first thought when you glance at the 80+ different liveaboards that ply the pristine waters of Indonesia.

Fear not! Diving squad is here to organise and present all the information you need in order to pick the very best Indonesia diving holiday to suit your style and interests.

First of all, Indonesia covers a vast swath of ocean that is impossible to do justice to in a single article.

We’ve therefore elected to focus solely on liveaboards that visit the world famous Komodo National Park in this article and provide all the necessary information for an unforgettable diving trip to this area.

We’ve pulled diving information, weather patterns, and, of course, the best Indonesia liveaboards to cover everything from budget to luxury trips for novice or veteran divers.

Plus so much more, to make sure you have all the information you need right here!

If you’re on a tight schedule, go ahead and skip down to the table below for a quick glimpse at all the forthcoming information. But if you prefer to read in detail, then continue, by all means!

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QUICK LOOK - The Best Komodo Liveaboards

Best ForLiveaboard Daily Cost (Euros)Max Guest Capacity MAIN Itinerary Length (Nights)No. Of Logged Dives RequiredMonths of OperationDestinations Check Best Price  
OverallTanaka€ 298164 – 7 Days50 Feb – OctKomodo National Park,
Rinca Island
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BudgetKomodo Shalon€ 162164 – 7 Days50All YearKomodo National ParkGET BEST PRICE
LuxuryAdeelar€ 360811 Days, 10 Nights60Mar – JanKomodo National Park,
Sumbawa Island
Rinca Island,
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BeginnersIndo Aggressor€ 351168 – 12 DaysNo Logged Dives RequiredJul – MayKomodo National Park,
Sumbawa Island
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Advanced DiversCheng Ho€ 294246 Days, 5 Nights60Sep – JulKomodo National Park,
Rinca Island
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Short TripsRatu Pelangi€ 175143 Days / 2 Nights
4 Dyas / 3 Nights
10Feb – OctKomodo National ParkGET BEST PRICE
Longer Trips Oceanic€ 272128 – 12 Days50All YearKomodo National ParkGET BEST PRICE
Groups W. Non DiversMoana€ 276106 Days, 5 NightsNo Logged Dives RequiredMar – DecKomodo National ParkGET BEST PRICE
Scuba PhotographyDuyung Baru€ 31267 Days, 6 Nights
9 Days, 8 Nights
70Mar – DecKomodo National Park,
Rinca Island
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Komodo Liveaboard Reviews

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Diving Squad Presents:

Best Komodo Liveaboard Overall

Tanaka

  • Visits world famous Komodo and Rinca islands, full of corals, pelagic, and macro life

     

  • €300/day

     

  • 4-7 day trips

     

  • 50 LOGGED dives recommended

     

  • Operates February-October

Of the many Indonesia liveaboard dive boats that ply the seas around Komodo National Park, the Tanaka consistently scores high marks for every one of our criteria, making it our recommendation for the best overall liveaboard experience in Indonesia!

From cabin and ship life to diving, you’ll love every aspect of your trip and will undoubtedly feel a pang of sadness at its conclusion.

Of the five cabins onboard, you’ll have your choice between a standard double or a family friendly room that includes a double bed plus two singles.

All rooms feature private bathrooms, individually controlled air-conditioning, and plenty of storage and floor space to sprawl out in!

What’s more, the family master suite includes its very own family sized table and benches, and even an outdoor balcony to enjoy the majesty of the ocean from the privacy of your private cabin!  

You can enjoy both indoor and outdoor dining as you sample a mix of local and western style foods, as well as a drink or two from the well-stocked bar. The crew will try to work a beach BBQ into the schedule as a bonus! A sundeck offers the perfect spot to soak in the splendor of the Indonesian ocean.

The diving onboard the Tanaka liveaboard is no less stunning than the ship itself, as you plunge into the beautiful waters of Komodo National Park and experience the endless corals and sea life for which the area is famous.

Within the spectacular sponges, corals, and gorgonian fans, you’ll spot entire schools of anthias adding dazzling splashes of color, along with many frogfish and angelfish.

But the bigger pelagic fish will also be in close attendance, as you see many whitetip reef sharks, yellowfin tuna, and plenty of turtles! Manta rays also flock to this region in droves, especially nearby Rinca Island, where you’ll see plenty of mantas coming in from the Indian ocean to feed and get cleaned by the waiting cleaner wrasse.

From incredibly comfortable and spacious cabins that give you plenty of room to enjoy your three to ten-night trip without a case of cabin fever, to remarkable diving and shipboard hospitality, it’s no surprise that we’ve selected the Tanka liveaboard as the best Komodo liveaboard overall. Simply book your trip, arrive onboard, and leave the rest in the crew’s capable hands

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Diving Squad Presents:

Best Komodo Liveaboard for Budget

Komodo Shalom

  • Visits Komodo National Park, famous for mantas, sharks, and vibrant corals

  • €165/day

  • 4-7 day trips

  • 50 previous dives recommended

  • Operates year round

If a budget Komodo liveaboard is your target for scuba diving Indonesia, then look no further than the Komodo Shalon liveaboard! This ship consistently offers more affordable excursions that nevertheless deliver stunning diving opportunities revealing the very best of Komodo national park.

These diving opportunities will take you to subsea sights to give your epic diving stories content for years to come! You’ll see whitetip reef sharks aplenty plying through the waters around Batu Bolong, along with plenty of Napoleon wrasse and dogtooth tuna – not to mention the majestic sea turtles in the area!

If mantas are on your list, however, you’ll get your fill at Manta Point, where you’ll likely see dozens of these graceful creatures swooping in to feed on the dense plankton in the area or line up to get cleaned by the attendant small fish in the area!  

The shipboard living does an excellent job of combining a no-frills approach for a budget Komodo liveaboard experience with very comfortable and relaxing rooms and amenities.

You can choose between an 8-berth dorm room that features twin bunks, air conditioning, and individual power sockets for each bunk; or a twin cabin that includes just two twin beds in bunk form.

Topside from your rooms, you’ll find a very comfortable sundeck, where you can lie back and relax after diving. Or you can head over to the shaded lounge area to chat with your fellow divers. Your meals will be served buffet style and feature primarily western food to give you a little taste of home while on the far side of the world!

A budget Indonesia diving experience is easily within your grasp on the Komodo Shalon liveaboard! The economical yet comfortable accommodation and amenities, combined with remarkable diving in the Komodo region, easily make it our top choice for exploring the area without breaking the bank!

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Diving Squad Presents:

Best Komodo Liveaboard for Luxury

Adelaar

  • Visits the majestic pelagic life of Rinca and Sumbawa islands, and the vibrant corals of Komodo

  • €365/day

  • 11 day/10 night trips

  • 60 previous dives recommended  

  • Operates March-January

A Komodo liveaboard experience certainly doesn’t need to be synonymous with cramped quarters and hastily prepared food, especially where the Adelaar liveaboard is concerned. The beautifully furnished staterooms, quality cuisine, and comfortable lounging areas make this a fantastic Luxury Indonesia liveaboard experience.

You’ll have your choice between three different cabin styles, where the suites and staterooms all feature an incredibly spacious interior with a desk/vanity area in addition to your very own couch, en-suite bathroom, and a double bed.

The standard room also features a spacious double bed along with an en-suite bathroom; the Javanese teak-wood interior will make you think you’re in a 5-star seaside resort rather than actually at sea!

The resort-like feel continues topside, where the sundeck and indoor saloon both offer ideal locations to relax and enjoy the incredible Indonesian sea views. The onboard bar is fully stocked with a wide array of libations to give a helping hand to this relaxing process.

Furthermore, the onboard chefs go above and beyond the call of duty daily to create meals that border on perfection and will easily give you the energy to enjoy every second of your diving escapades.

Your diving adventures will take place in both the Sumbawa and Komodo regions; between the two of them, you will have ample opportunity to spot everything from smaller coral dwellers to larger pelagic animals.

You’ll see majestic mantas and white tip reef sharks aplenty as you explore the vivid corals that accompany the best dives sights, from Satonda in Sumbawa all the way over to the Three Sisters within Komodo National Park.

Within these beautiful corals, you’ll find more traffic than the busiest New York street, as frogfish, angelfish, wrasse, and triggerfish all dart around above the slower moving nudibranchs – all of which are continually adding their colour and personality to the region’s sea life!

Exquisite shipboard facilities and cooking, combined with diverse and exciting diving opportunities, easily propel the Adelaar liveaboard to the position of the best luxury Indonesia liveaboard in our book.

From the moment you’re greeted onboard to the second of departure, you will feel the crew’s attention to guest comfort and satisfaction, and experience an Indonesia liveaboard where every single aspect of the trip is finely tuned to perfection.

  • Visits the majestic pelagic life of Rinca and Sumbawa islands, and the vibrant corals of Komodo

     

  • €365/day

     

  • 11 day/10 night trips

     

  • 60 previous dives recommended  

  • Operates March-January

A Komodo liveaboard experience certainly doesn’t need to be synonymous with cramped quarters and hastily prepared food, especially where the Adelaar liveaboard is concerned. The beautifully furnished staterooms, quality cuisine, and comfortable lounging areas make this a fantastic Luxury Indonesia liveaboard experience.

You’ll have your choice between three different cabin styles, where the suites and staterooms all feature an incredibly spacious interior with a desk/vanity area in addition to your very own couch, en-suite bathroom, and a double bed.

The standard room also features a spacious double bed along with an en-suite bathroom; the Javanese teak-wood interior will make you think you’re in a 5-star seaside resort rather than actually at sea!

The resort-like feel continues topside, where the sundeck and indoor saloon both offer ideal locations to relax and enjoy the incredible Indonesian sea views. The onboard bar is fully stocked with a wide array of libations to give a helping hand to this relaxing process.

Furthermore, the onboard chefs go above and beyond the call of duty daily to create meals that border on perfection and will easily give you the energy to enjoy every second of your diving escapades.

Your diving adventures will take place in both the Sumbawa and Komodo regions; between the two of them, you will have ample opportunity to spot everything from smaller coral dwellers to larger pelagic animals.

You’ll see majestic mantas and white tip reef sharks aplenty as you explore the vivid corals that accompany the best dives sights, from Satonda in Sumbawa all the way over to the Three Sisters within Komodo National Park.

Within these beautiful corals, you’ll find more traffic than the busiest New York street, as frogfish, angelfish, wrasse, and triggerfish all dart around above the slower moving nudibranchs – all of which are continually adding their color and personality to the region’s sea life!

Exquisite shipboard facilities and cooking, combined with diverse and exciting diving opportunities, easily propel the Adelaar liveaboard to the position of the best luxury Indonesia liveaboard in our book.

From the moment you’re greeted onboard to the second of departure, you will feel the crew’s attention to guest comfort and satisfaction, and experience an Indonesia liveaboard where every single aspect of the trip is finely tuned to perfection.

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Diving Squad Presents:

Best Komodo Liveaboard for Advanced Divers

Cheng Ho

  • Visits the vibrant corals and marine life of the Komodo and Rinca Islands

  • €295/day

  • 6 day/5 night trips

  • 60 previous dives recommended

  • Operates September-July

For those of you that have your fair share of dives under your belt, and would prefer an Indonesia diving experience to match your skills, we wholeheartedly recommend the Cheng Ho Liveaboard! This ship visits many of the most stunning locations near Komodo National Park, and isn’t afraid to get technical when the time comes!

Those stunning sights will include Komodo National Park and its famously stunning Cannibal Rock, where you’ll find a seamount swathed in a blanket of colorful corals. These corals hide innumerable secrets that you will perhaps get a glimpse into, as you spot pygmy seahorses, scorpion fish, and frogfish.

If you’re lucky, you may spot the master of secrets and hide-and-seek in an octopus that can occasionally be seen here too. Your diving escapades within Komodo may also include the Three Sisters dive site, where Indonesia’s famous coral is on full display, and their resident nudibranchs are continually flaunting their bright colors.  

Above water, you’ll find the cabins very comfortably furnished in either double or twin configurations, along with air-conditioning and private bathrooms.

If you prefer to spend your free time topside taking in the views, then the sundeck is the place for you! The nearby bar will also add to your relaxation on the top deck, and the delicious fare produced by the kitchen is given just as much attention as your diving adventures!

For an unforgettable and fast-paced diving experience that will leave even you veterans out there slack-jawed, the Cheng Ho liveaboard is for you! Remarkable diving, comfortable quarters, plentiful and delicious food, and ideal facilities for relaxation are all designed to make this one of the best Indonesia liveaboards in the Komodo region!

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Diving Squad Presents:

Best Komodo Liveaboard for Short Trips

Ratu Pelangi

  • Visits Komodo National Park for unforgettable corals, macro sea life, and pelagic animals

  • €175/day

  • 3-4 day trips

  • 10 previous dives recommended

  • Operates February-October

If you, unfortunately, must plan on a shorter Komodo liveaboard experience, you, first of all, have our deepest sympathies, but you also have the perfect option to accommodate that tight schedule!

The Ratu Pelangi liveaboard offers short and sweet trips to Komodo National Park for a significant chunk of the year, where you’ll find that scuba diving Indonesia doesn’t necessarily need a huge time commitment.

With itineraries beginning at just three days and two nights, you’re almost guaranteed to find a time where you can squeeze in your trip and be back to the airport before anyone misses you!

For the duration of your trip, you’ll have your choice between a dorm-style room with six single bunks – if you’re looking to save money as well as time – or a private room featuring two twin beds. Both cabin styles are comfortably air-conditioned and have ample room to store all your gear.

Topside, you’ll find a comfortable sundeck to while away your free time in a lounger or bean bag, or you can opt for the air-conditioned saloon to spend some relaxing time. The meals will generally be traditional Indonesian food served buffet style in the covered, open-air, dining area, to make sure you have all the energy you need for the whirlwind of diving that awaits you.

That whirlwind of diving may be as quick as a three days Komodo liveaboard experience, but no less jaw-dropping, as you experience the awe-inspiring majesty of manta rays at the famous Manta Point to the west of Komodo National Park.

This will be quickly followed by the impressive coral formations at the Three Sisters and Cannibal Rock, where you’ll spot scorpion fish, angelfish, and perhaps pygmy seahorses; all of which may be dwarfed by the whitetip reef sharks that are typically close at hand!

Even with your shorter itinerary, you may be lucky enough to have an octopus encounter near Cannibal Rock, if luck is on your side!

The shorter itineraries, going all the way down to a three day Komodo liveaboard trip, combined with the phenomenal diving and relaxing atmosphere aboard, make the Rau Pelangi liveaboard our top recommendation for shorter Indonesia diving holidays.

With just a few days in the water, you will still easily understand the region’s reputation for some of the best diving in the world. Your entire trip to Indonesia can potentially be squeezed into just a week if that’s what your schedule dictates!

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Diving Squad Presents:

Best Komodo Liveaboard for Longer Trips

Oceanic

  • Visits the stunning corals and sea life of Komodo National Park

  • €275/day

  • 8-12 day trips

  • 50 previous dives recommended

  • Operates year round

If you are lucky enough not to have a timer ticking down in your head for when you have to leave, then a more extended Komodo liveaboard experience may well be in order! For that eventuality, we put forth the Oceanic as one of the best Indonesia liveaboard dive boats out there for extended itineraries!

With many itineraries featuring 10-day trips and more, the oceanic will take you on a scuba diving adventure that will hold nothing back; you’ll experience the very best diving that Indonesia has to offer!

For these longer trips, you’ll be grateful to learn that the cabins are very comfortably furnished, with plenty of storage and floor space, private bathrooms, and air-conditioning.

You’ll have your choice between two twin beds, or a single double; the double bedroom can be fitted for a third single bed if you’re traveling with three people!

For your down time in-between diving escapades, the padded loungers, and couches on the sundeck offer an ideal spot to lay back and relax with a book, chat with your fellow guests, or simply take in the sights.

The air-conditioned lounge is also an option, where you can sip on a drink from the bar and make you game-plan for the next dive. This lounge will be used as the dining area during mealtimes when you can sample some local Indonesian food alongside western style favorites.

But the main focus on these longer Indonesia diving holidays is, of course, the diving itself! The Oceanic liveaboard will certainly not leave you wanting in this department, as you explore everything that Komodo National Park has to offer.

This will include the spectacular coral formations clinging to the rocks at the Three Sisters, with their accompanying entourage of wrasse, angelfish, seahorses, and frogfish; not to mention the majestic mantas and whitetip reef sharks that are usually nearby.

You will also catch sight of these whitetips near Batu Bolong as you explore further and further down on the pinnacle, with trevallies and napoleon wrasse darting around you!

We wholeheartedly recommend the Oceanic liveaboard for those longer trips where you can explore the undersea world of Indonesia at leisure! The onboard amenities and comfortable accommodations make your extended cruise all the more enjoyable – you’ll never have so much fun diving Indonesia!

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Diving Squad Presents:

Best Komodo Liveaboard for Groups W Non-Divers

Moana

  • Visits world famous Komodo National Park for spectacular corals, mantas, and sharks

  • €280/day

  • 6 day/5 night trips

  • No minimum number of dives

  • Operates March-December

While it may be difficult, we at diving squad acknowledge that not everyone in your group may be as excited about diving as you. Thankfully, there are several Indonesia dive boats that offer plenty of adventures and relaxation facilities for non-divers; the Moana liveaboard is our favorite!

Onboard, you’ll find the sundeck, and air-conditioned saloon are the perfect places to enjoy the cruise and take in the beautiful sights that you’ll have from dawn to dusk every single day.

But, if the non-divers out there would still prefer to have their own adventures on the ocean surface, the Moana liveaboard is fully equipped for that too! The onboard kayaks are always available for rent, as is all the snorkeling gear you’d need to get a glimpse of the subsea world just beyond the Moana’s hull!

What’s more, the crew will often try to include land excursions in the itinerary so you can explore the fascinating island scenes in the area – and hopefully catch a glimpse of a Komodo dragon!

For those of you who are still looking to dive, you certainly won’t be disappointed as the Moana jumps from one prime dive site to the next within Komodo National Park.

You’ll see your fair share of bigger pelagic fish around Batu Bolong, as you spot sea turtles and whitetip reef sharks in the open water around the massive pinnacle rock, along with smaller wrasse, trevallies, and dogtooth tuna.

You’ll also have ample opportunity to examine the stunning coral for which Indonesia scuba diving is famous, and its accompanying anthia, frogfish, and scorpion fish that are often found darting to and fro.

As far as your accommodation goes, you’ll have your choice between the five available rooms, where three are doubles, and two are twins. They all feature a private bathroom, individually controlled air conditioning, and plenty of storage space!

The crew will also happily accommodate you with blankets if you’d prefer to sleep out on the sundeck under the stars! The low number of cabins also means that the Moana liveaboard features a very personal experience, with only a maximum of 10 guests on any trip!

With your choice between kayaking, snorkeling, land trips, or simply relaxing onboard, we highly recommend the Moana liveaboard to groups that include non-divers. You’ll find this adventure caters to each one of their guests perfectly, regardless of their interests, and makes sure that your entire crew has an unforgettable trip!

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Diving Squad Presents:

Best Komodo Liveaboard for Scuba Photography

Duyung Baru

  • Visits the stunning corals and sea life that surround Komodo and Rinca islands

  • €315/day

  • 7- or 9 day trips

  • 70 previous dives recommended

  • Operates March to December

For you camera and photo aficionados out there who plan on snapping some prize-winning shots while scuba diving Indonesia, the Duyung Baru liveaboard is for you! With dedicated underwater camera rinsing stations, individual camera stations, and even complimentary internet to share your pictures dive by dive, this ship stands apart from standard Indonesia liveaboard dive boats and gives your photography the boost it needs!

Apart from the specific camera amenities above, you will also enjoy the outdoor sundeck – complete with loungers – where you can soak up the sun and unwind after your many diving adventures.

Or head over to the lounge/dining area to relax with one of the many snacks that are prepared all day long, or enjoy one of the delicious meals that feature Indonesian cuisine and the occasional western dish.

Below deck, you’ll find the three cabins – one twin and two doubles – to be very comfortably furnished, with plenty of storage space for your belongings. The private bathrooms and individual air conditioning that comes with each cabin also add to the attraction of your private refuge.

What’s more, the small number of cabins means that the Duyung Baru liveaboard only accommodates a maximum of six guests on each trip, meaning that you will have the added benefit of a very personal trip without rubbing elbows with dozens of guests.

The Duyung Baru liveaboard gives you plenty of opportunities to put that photography equipment to use! If you love capturing large animals, Manta Point will be perfect; the majestic creatures flock to the area to feed and be cleaned by the many waiting wrasse.

If macro life is more your forte, then Rinca Island will provide the perfect backdrop of stunning corals for your photos, along with the attendant anthia, frogfish, and nudibranchs. You may even be lucky to document the interaction of a lifetime if you’re lucky enough to come across an octopus!

The dedicated cleaning areas and stations for your underwater cameras certainly make the Duyung Baru liveaboard stand out, and the complimentary internet only adds to the bargain as we recommend this ship to our photography-minded squad mates.

Enjoy all the benefits of a personal and comfortable shipboard trip, and document every second of your subsea escapades to show others why the diving in Indonesia is world famous!

Komodo Liveaboards - What You Need to Know

Diving Insurance – It’s absolutely essential that you’re covered by proper diving insurance before you start your liveaboard adventure.  Find out more. 

Scuba Gear – You’ll need to either bring along your own scuba gear or rent it from the liveaboard for an additional fee. 

Find out more. 

Komodo Liveaboard Packing List – To ensure an enjoyable and comfortable trip, there are several must bring items. Find out more. 

Komodo Diving Season –

May-October: Primary diving season. 

November – April: Monsoon season. This marks the rainy and volatile weather period for much of Indonesia. 

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Weather in Komodo –During the dry months, the air temperature can be stiflingly hot, especially near Komodo Island! While this suits the Komodo dragons just fine, the highs around 100°F can certainly make diving into the crystal-clear water all the more appealing.

The temperature does diminish slightly during the monsoon season to around 80 degrees, which is much more comfortable – just be aware of the increased possibility of rain!  

Komodo Diving Conditions –You’ll find the water throughout most of Indonesia to fall comfortably into the 80-86°F range – perfect tropical diving conditions! Be wary around the most exposed or the Indian Ocean facing diving sites around Komodo and Rinca Island, however!

These more exposed sites may also be prone to more turbulent and unpredictable currents, so remember to stay close to your divemasters and follow all their safety procedures!

Water Visibility in Komodo –The water visibility in Indonesia, and especially Komodo National Park, varies significantly from season to season. During the dry months, you can safely bank on around 150ft visibility.

During the rainy season, however, this can potentially shrink to as low as 30ft depending on your exact location. But look closely, and you’re likely to spot one of the many mantas that flock to the area during the rainy months!

Diving Insurance in Komodo

SPLASH! It’s important to remember that scuba diving is an extreme sport. Accidents can happen. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble.

What’s more, because diving can take you all around the world, it’s absolutely essential you make sure you are properly covered by the best scuba diving insurance before leaving your home country.

We recommend going with Dive Assure. Why?

  • Unbeatable prices.

     

  • They offer both short term and long term insurance.

     

  • Cover loss of diving equipment, emergency medical and evacuation expenses and flight/accommodation costs following injury.

Squad Inventory - Scuba Gear

Ok Squad! Here’s the deal. Scuba Diving requires a ton of gear. This should come as no real surprise, considering that the very nature of this sport is to breathe underwater – the exact opposite of what us humans are evolved to do! 

When you go on your liveaboard adventure, you have two options on the gear front:

  1. You can either rent the gear, at an additional cost, per piece. This generally costs around $25 for a full equipment rental per day (exact prices provided in the liveaboard links).

  2. Or you can buy and bring along some or all of your own scuba gear. This comes with two distinct advantages:
  • You get scuba gear that perfectly fits you and suits your tastes, budget and style. And hasn’t been peed in.

     

  • You will never again have to pay to rent scuba equipment! Think about all the diving you have ahead of you. Ultimately this can save a lot of money.

     

Below is a full listing and description of the entire inventory required to scuba dive. Let’s jump right in:

Diving Mask – Full Face Snorkel Masks are taking the world by storm but they can’t withstand pressure beyond several meters depth.  For diving you need an old school dive mask.

BCD – A BCD is the jacket divers wear to maintain optimum buoyancy, which they can adjust by operating the inflate and deflate buttons. This makes sure they neither sink to the bottom nor rise to the top of the water! As well as this, the BCD holds the divers regulator(s), dive gauge and air tank.

Regulator / Octopus – The regulator reduces pressurised breathing oxygen to ambient pressure and delivers it to the diver through a mouth piece. Remember, you need two – one for you and a spare for a buddy in case of emergencies!

Diving Torch – Absolutely essential for Deep Dives and Night Dives. So you can…you know – see. Bioluminescent plankton anyone? 

Scuba Tank – This contains the pressurised breathing gas – i.e. oxygen, that you will be breathing underwater (after it’s been reduced to ambient pressure by the regulator). Pretty essential right? 

Scuba Weight Belt – A diving weight belt assists with maintaining optimum buoyancy, by stopping divers from floating to the top of the water. How much weight you take will depend on your build, weight and diving ability.

Dive Computer – The Dive Computer is used to measure the time and depth of a dive. In doing so, it calculates a safe ascent profile, vital for avoiding decompression sickness. 

Dive Gauge – Essential for keeping track of your air consumption and the depth at which you are diving. The best ones also feature compasses and can read the water temperature (useful for bragging rights when you go on extremely cold dives!).

Scuba Fins – Fins greatly reduce water resistance when swimming and thus help to conserve energy and swim faster / against currents. They also allow you to unleash your inner mermaid/man. 

Dive Boots Designed to be worn under your fins, dive boots prevent rubbing and skin irritation from said fins – whilst also keeping your feet toasty and warm. 

Wetsuit – Crucial for keeping you warm. Even in hot countries, when you dive deep, it gets cold. Which one you pick will depend on the climate of where you’re diving. 

Ultimate Combo Package Whew! That’s a lot of gear we’ve covered. If you don’t yet have any scuba gear and want to bulk buy at great quality and value, this is the number one scuba starter pack out there.  

Komodo Liveaboard Packing List

Whether you decide to rent scuba gear or buy  your own, there are some essential items that won’t be provided for you. You would not want to go on your liveaboard adventure without: 

Reef Safe Sunscreen It’s a little known fact that some sunscreens contain products that are highly toxic to coral reefs. Dive responsibly, avoid burning to a crisp and use eco friendly sunscreen. 

Reef Safe Body Wash and Shampoo – Many brands of body wash and shampoo also contain chemicals that are toxic to coral reef and fish. Dive responsibility whilst still not smelling like a Dead Whale.

Diving Camera –  Any normal camera will break if taken diving – even if it’s waterproof it won’t be able to withstand high depth pressure and the focus will not be designed for underwater photography. To share your diving adventures with the world, make sure you have a proper scuba diving camera.   

Full Face Snorkel Mask – In between dives, you’ll get countless snorkelling opportunities on your liveaboard trip. For snorkelling, it’s much better to utilise a full face snorkel mask for maximum comfort and 180 viewing! The best ones have an attachment mount for GoPros. 

Reusable Water Bottle Having a durable, reusable and recyclable water bottle that’ll keep liquids cold is essential for both eco awareness and hydration = scuba success! We love the TankH2O – It is all of those things and looks like a scuba tank!

Microfibre Towel Essential for getting all those bits of ocean off you. Microfibre towels are compact, dry quickly and lightweight. To look like a ninja of the sea, wrap around face. 

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Backpack of Choice

After trying and testing an ocean of backpacks, we’ve come to the coralusion that the Dometool Waterproof Dry Backpack is the number one backpack for divers! Why? Well:

  • It’s completely waterproof and also floats.

  • Front zip pocket for easy access, waterproof storage of your phone, wallet, etc. 

  • Equipment ring at one side, water bottle bag at the other. 

  • PVC tarpaulin materials = resistent to tearing, corrosion and aging.

Diving Season in Komodo

May-October: Primary diving season. This is generally the driest and hottest portion of the year for a sizeable chunk of Indonesia, including Komodo National Park, and is, therefore, one of the best times to dive as the weather is very clear and calm. This time frame also marks the high season for many of our favorite animals in the Komodo region, including sharks, turtles, and seahorses, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!


November – April: Monsoon season. This marks the rainy and volatile weather period for much of Indonesia. The increase in rain can definitely have a detrimental effect on diving visibility, but that doesn’t stop many divers from visiting during this time! Just be prepared for slightly more unpredictable weather. Additionally, the rainy season also tends to be the high season for mantas in the area if you want to spot a few during your trip!  

Komodo Liveaboard Destinations

Komodo National Park

Healthy corals grow just under the surface near Komodo, Indonesia. This tropical region, part of the Coral Triangle, is home to an amazing variety of marine biodiversity.

This is one of the primary destinations for Indonesia liveaboard dive boats and is packed with fantastic diving opportunities. Massive seamounts and shallow reefs abound in every direction and are bustling centers for wildlife; you can often see large pelagic animals such as manta rays, white tip reef sharks, dolphins, and turtles. Schooling reef fish – such as anthia – add a colorful dash to the water!

Expect to see countless Manta Rays cruising over the vibrant coral around Komodo National park

Batu Bolong –This is a massive pinnacle/rock diving site within Komodo national park which provides an excellent balance between macro and pelagic life. As you descend next to the rock, you’ll find its coral layer and population of anthia, frogfish, and angelfish to be enthralling.

The surrounding waters are also full of whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, dogtooth tuna, and perhaps even manta rays for your viewing enjoyment.

White Tip Shark crusing through the waters near Batu Bolong

Three Sisters – So named because of the three large boulders resting on the sandy bottom, the Three Sisters offers a beautiful dive where you can view the healthy coral cover on these rocks and the accompanying pelagic fish nearby.

The vibrant corals are home to a large nudibranch population that adds a splash of color as they move ponderously about their business. If you swivel your eyes out towards the big ocean surrounding the rocks, you’re almost sure to spot white-tip reef sharks, and perhaps a graceful manta or two!

Komodo National Park is home to the Komodo Dragon, the World's largest Extant Lizard at 2.6m long! Most Komodo Liveaboards offer on land tours to witness these mighty giants.

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Get inspired, learn something brand new and prepare for your next diving adventure.

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Sumbawa

One of many beach in Moyo Island, Sumbawa, Indonesia

This is yet another beautiful diving area directly to the west of Komodo island. Like its neighbor, it is full of extraordinary diving opportunities! Yellow Tail tuna can often be seen above the many reefs in the region, and the sheltered bays and corals are generally host to beautiful clown frogfish, pygmy seahorses, and nudibranchs. You may even be lucky enough to spot a yellow blue-ringed octopus, but you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled!  

Soft Coral around Moyo Island

Moyo – This is one of the islands In the Sumbawa region that offers some phenomenal diving! There are several beautiful reefs near this island where you can often catch sight of redtooth triggerfish and long-fin bannerfish.

The corals themselves are also stunning, as large coral trees can be spotted; if you look very closely, maybe you’ll see a yellow blue-ringed octopus! But be sure to keep your distance as they carry some of the most toxic venoms in the ocean.

Unfortunately, you may also see evidence of destructive dynamite fishing in the area, distinguishable by the black pock-marked rock walls.

Scuba Diver with one of the many Green turtles around Sumbawa

Satonda –This is another prime diving island in the Sumbawa region that includes a beautifully sheltered bay perfect for some night diving! You’ll see your fair share of arrow crabs, nudibranchs, and perhaps the rare clown frogfish hiding amongst the colorful corals.

Furthermore, if you look closely at these corals under a flashlight, you’ll notice that they have a strangely alien glow to them, thanks to the ultraviolet light that they emit. What’s more, the sandy bottom in the sheltered bay is the ideal location to try your hand at muck diving if you’re interested!

How to Give up Plastic - A Crucial Guide

“It is one world. And it’s in our care. For the first time in the history of humanity, for the first time in 500 million years, one species has the future in the palm of its hands. I just hope he realises that that is the case.”
Sir David Attenborough
Broadcaster, Natural Historian and Knight.

Some 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enters the ocean every year, devastating the marine ecosystem by killing countless fish, seabirds, turtles, marine mammals and other creatures. 

How to Give Up Plastic is the definitive guide to learning what you can do in your home, commune and workplace to start bringing about the end of our plastic dependent age.

It covers everything from easy wins such as using a reusable keep cup for your morning coffee, to lesser-known hacks like fixing a filter to your washing machine to catch some of the microfibres released from your clothes (microfibres are responsible for up to 30% of plastic in the ocean).

This is an essential overview of why we should all be working together no matter where we are in the world to reduce the amount of plastic being produce. Diving Squad is thoroughly committed to ending plastic pollution and marine conservation. 

Rinca Island

Manta Rays abound around Rinca Island!

This is a smaller island very near to Komodo that is famous for breathtaking reef formations, macro and pelagic life, and towering pinnacles. You’ll see fantastic coral formations, along with their attendant sponges, gorgonian fans, and resident anthias, nudibranchs, and trevallies.

But don’t forget to look seaward, where you’ll find whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, and manta rays coming in from the Indian ocean to feed. Be aware that the sea facing dive sites also tend to be the coldest!  

You'll witness all sorts of weird and wonderful micro critters, when diving around Rinca Island, such as this cute and colourful Nudibranch!

Cannibal Rock – This is yet another dive site near Komodo that is a must-see location for those of you that are spellbound by the little marine critters out there. The seamount is covered by beautiful soft coral, which in turn is home to a plethora of smaller, but no less fascinating, creatures.

When you drift in for a closer look, you’ll find scorpion fish, pygmy seahorses, frogfish, and maybe even an elusive octopus! Take note that the water here can often be on the colder side, so make sure you’re prepared for that eventuality!

Prepare yourself to witness some of the healthiest Coral Reef you've ever seen around Rinca and Komodo!

Diving Squad Debriefing

There you go, folks! We’ve covered the very best Indonesia liveaboards in the Komodo area – from luxury to budget, longer to shorter itineraries, veteran to novice divers, and beyond!

On top of this, we’ve also gone over the essential diving and weather information for this part of the world to make sure you are fully prepared for a once-in-a-lifetime diving adventure with your squad mates. Now go forth and get your Indonesia diving adventure rolling!   

Have fun and stay safe, eh?  

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