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Welcome on board the luxury liveaboard Indo Aggressor (formerly Komodo Dancer) for a trip of a lifetime to a place of of dazzling coral reefs, spectacular marine life, fierce Komodo dragons and smoking volcanoes,a real life "Jurassic Park" above and below the surface of the seas. The Indo Aggressor is the Bali based vessel of the Aggressor Fleet, the world renowned liveaboard group is at the very forefront of luxury and provides high quality dive trips to the Komodo national park, Alor and Maumere in Indonesia's spectacular Nusa Tenggara area.
The Indo Aggressor is a traditionally crafted, two masted wooden motor sailor, stretching 30 metres long, 9 metres wide and accommodating 16 adventurous divers. Following the standards of the Dancer Fleet, the Indo Aggressor replicates Peter Hughes Diving service, amenities and the highest standards of safety in the industry.
The Indo Aggressor offers different itineraries to 6 different areas over 7, 10 and 11 night cruises featuring enhanced itineraries that allows guests more time diving and more time in the signature areas.
Check out this video of Indo Aggressor to see more.
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Prices are per person and in USD based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.
A typical cruise includes the following :
- All meals & non‐alcoholic beverages on board the vessel.
- Free local beer on board the vessel, while stocks last.
- Free 1 glass of wine at dinner on board the vessel.
- Land transfers between airport, hotel & vessel (3 transfers in total are 1 in Bali and 2 in Labuanbajo/Maumere). ( transfer in Bali only for guests stay around Kuta / Sanur / Denpasar area)
- Usually 3‐ 4 dives a day, depending on weather.
- Shore excursion during the cruise.
- Standard Indo Aggressor amenities.
- Diving equipment rentals.
- Diving courses & nitrox ﬁlls.
- Return internal ﬂights (DPS‐LBJ‐DPS) / (DPS‐MOF‐DPS).
- One night compulsory accomodaDon for transit in Bali.
- Compulsory park fees.
- Wine, Liquor, Spirits and other alcoholic beverages except for local beer and 1 glass of wine for dinner.
- Fuel surcharge, if any.
- Airport tax.
Nitrox fills, instruction and all other services and purchases made aboard the vessels are subject to local taxes
Deposit and payment:
- 40% (of total amount) deposit upon reservation to confirm the booking
- 60% (of total amount) remaining balance to be made 90 days prior to departure
Cancellation Refund Policy:
- Prior to 90 days before departure date: Deposit lost
- Less than 90 days before departure date: No refund
Dive Equipment rental
|Equipment type||10 N||7 N||5 N|
|Complete set of Rental (BCD, Regulator, Computer, Night Dive Light, Mask, Fins, Snorkel)||260.00||220.00||175.00|
|Scuba Package (BCD, Regulator, Computer)||225.00||190.00||150.00|
|Dive Alert (Surface air horn)||24.00||25.00||25.00||Compulsory safety item.|
|Dive Light (Per day)||8.00||8.00||8.00||Per night.|
|Mask / Fin / Snorkel||75.00||63.00||50.00|
|Mini Strobe||10.00||10.00||10.00||Compulsory safety item.|
|Safety Sausage||10.00||10.00||10.00||Compulsory safety item.|
|10 & 15 Litres / or 62 & 100 C/feet Tank||100.00||70.00||50.00|
|Safety Equipment Package (Safety sausage, Dive Alert, Mini Strobe)||40.00||35.00||30.00|
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The top deck is where you will find our expansive sun deck, right in front of the wheelhouse. Moving backwards from here you can find the captains cabin as well as two luxury guest cabins.
From bow to stern, the main deck is where you’ll find the dive deck, comfortable lounge, galley, crew cabins, workshop and tender deck.
Eight guest and dive crew cabins are located on this deck, four on the port side and four on the starboard. Finished in wood and fine linen they are a great place to relax and rest after a fun day’s diving.
The Indo Aggressor crew
The Indo Aggressor crew are from all over the Indonesian archipelago - always ready to help you out with a smile.
- Captain: Pak Daeng
- 1st Officer: Mucuk Wiriwan
- 2nd Officer: Petrovik Salindehu
- Steering Mates/Tender Crew: Raswan Bin Kosim, Komang Murdiana, Silfinus Hardim
- Engineering: Sanusi, Andi Syarifuddin, Nono Suparno, Safruddin (International Manof Mystery)
- Head Chef : Eben Sunarko
- Galley Slaves: Basory, Hendrik Nurcahyo
- Room Boy: Panca
- Purser: Sebastianus Petrus
Indo Aggressor - itineraryInquiry
Komodo diving can be hungry work so on a Indo Aggressor dive cruise there is always plenty of great food to be enjoyed on our cool decks or air conditioned lounge. After an early morning beverage, delivered to your cabin, breakfast is cooked to order and is always accompanied by fresh fruit and cereals. Lunch is buffet style and is generally varied and interesting Indonesian cuisine with other additions. In between times snacks are provided throughout the day to keep your diving strength up. When the diving day is over it’s time to sit down for dinner around the main deck table to recount your underwater adventures and enjoy our head chefs range of international dishes and maybe have a glass or two of wine - all fully inclusive of course.
Photo and video
Komodo diving provides a myriad of photo oportunities and the Indo Aggressor is comprehensively set up for the underwater imagemakers with dual voltage charging stations, large camera set-up and storage areas, digital download and burn facilities and even film-making capabilities.
Large tables in the lounge make working on cameras and housings a breeze and we have a large tool kit if things start to get serious. Laptop power points are situated at these tables too for easy dowloading and editing.
Transporting your imaging equipment to the dive sites is worry free too, our tenders are camera safe with sprung rubber flooring for protection.
When the diving is over there is a huge wide-screen TV in the lounge for video and image viewing or presentation and our on-board experts are always on hand to give you advice and guidance to help you capture your own exciting pictures.
Want to try your hand at underwater imaging? Diving in Komodo gives our guests such a huge range of subjects, large and small, that it is a great place to learn to get pictures of your own.
The Indo Aggressor has on board underwater camera and video rental equipment to get you started. High quality digital and still video can be shot, downloaded and edited, with the guidance of our experienced dive crew, so that when you get back home you can enjoy your Komodo experience with family and friends. Also available is a Nikonos V film still system with a wide range of lenses.
- Digital Still: Nikon Coolpix with Nikon housings
- Digital Video: Sony PC110 and PC120 with Sea&Sea and Light & Motion housings
- Film Still: Nikonos V with various lenses
Diving with nitrox has become the rule rather than the exception these days on Komodo liveaboards. When submerging up to five times a day to depths of 20 metres or more the elevated levels of oxygen in our mix keeps us safe and out of the dreaded decompression zone.
The Indo Aggressor was the first vessel in the region to offer nitrox and runs a Nitrox Technologies membrane system to produce EANx. This is the latest method of production and is very safe and accurate. We have five separate O2 analysers on board to enable our divers to analyse and log their own cylinder (32%) with every new fill.
The NT system differs from other production methods in that we subtract nitrogen from the mix rather than adding oxygen - so no heavy cylinders on board. Production limit is 40% for SCUBA or rebreather use.
Tenders (Dingies / Zodiacs / RIBS)
Our two twin tenders were made in Bali by Bali Fibreglass close to our home port of Benoa to our own design. They are 6 metres long and 2.5 metres wide and are each powered by two 40 hp Yamaha outboards. They have electric starters and are driven from the front leaving most of the interior free for divers. Each craft has its own Oxygen Unit, VHF Radio, Camera Area, Shot Line, Stern Line and Electric Bilge Pumps. They are each crewed by at least one Divemaster as well as a driver and an assistant.
Our divers sit either facing forwards or backwards with their scuba units secured in special slots in the seats. This enables us to re-fill your cylinders in position so there is no need to carrying your equipment up and down the tender entry staircase.
Dive safety equipment
Diving in Komodo can sometimes mean diving in currents and there are certain pieces of equipment that are needed for safe operations. The Indo Aggressor carries SMB’s (safety sausages) and Dive Alerts for our guests use though it is recommended that they bring their own.
Guests will be also issued with an EPIRB (Electronic Positioning Device), if desired, and shown it’s correct method of operation.
Oxygen Units and First Aid:
The main vessel and both tenders carry O2 units. If there are guests on board who have training in O2 administration they are shown the location and correct operation of these units. The Indo Aggressor also carries a comprehensive first aid kit for any cuts, scrapes and headaches.
Indo Aggressor - specsInquiry
- Port of Registry/Flag:
- South Sulawesi, Indonesia 2000/2001
- Wooden schooner
- 30 metres LOD, 35 metres LOA
- 8 metres
- 2.5 metres
- Number of Passengers:
- 7 Double Occupancy Staterooms
- Total Displacement:
- 350 tons Propulsion:</dt>
- 1 Mitsubishi/Hyundai 450 Hp
- Fuel capacity:
- 12,000 liters
- Fresh Water Capacity:
- 11,000 liters
- Desalinator Production:
- 6200 liters per day
- Cruising Speed:
- 8 - 10 knots
- 1100 Nm
- Navigation Aids:
- VHF, SSB, Furuno 36 mile radar, GPS x 2
- 1 x Mitsubishi 63 KVA gensets, 220v, 50 cycle plus 1 x Mitsubishi 50 KVA
- To all interior areas Communications:</dt>
- Satellite Phone, USB and VHF Radio.
Indo Aggressor - divingInquiry
Diving in Komodo is not a new idea but recently it’s being recognised as a premier destination due to the awesome variety of diving to be had. Crystal clear water and dive sites where you never see another diver provide a little something for everyone whether it’s macro or massive you love. One day you can be crawling along the bottom looking at pygmy seahorses, frogfish and unusual nudibranch and the next you are in the big blue on an open water pinnacle as the mantas fly by, the sharks circle and the dolphins hunt and the next day diving a live volcano!! For sheer variety there is no better place on earth.
Komodo is one of the few places left in the world where sharks are not rare and down south is one of the places where manta rays have their legendary aggregations, meaning they are here in the area in their hundreds!!!
One of the highlights of these trips is the rare opportunity to walk with the lengendary Komodo dragons. These truly awesome beasts can reach 3 metres plus and can reportedly run at 20km an hour chasing their prey. It’s the icing on the cake, Stunning diving and one of the world’s last surviving dinosaur descendants all one amazing package.
Covering the best of both worlds, from up close and personal with aggragating mantas to shy pygmy seahorses and rare nudibranches Komodo diving has it all. The beauty of Komodo liveaboard diving is in the balance between the large and small animals. One day you will be in the blue swimming with mantas and sharks and the next swimming along a bubbling volcanic reef covered with venting submerged fumeroles blowing bubbles into the water and hiding one of the worlds best kept secret macro dive sites.
These are some of the top sites that most liveaboards visit.
Angel reef, Moyo, Sumbawa diving
We start our Komodo liveaboard with the first dive of the trip and the check out dive. This dive site doesn’t disappoint. A beautiful wall stretching down to 50 metres covered in hard and soft corals very reminiscent of Bunaken in North Sulawesi. Schools of bannerfish and trevally patrol the walls with the occasional reef sharks making an appearance. Ribbon eels hide in crevices and many different nudibranchs crawl over the vast elephant ear sponges that hang from the beautiful soft coral infested wall.
Satonda island bay
A protected bay on Satonda island north of Sumbawa hosts a treasure trove of macro critters, the more we dive here the more we find. The rare Denise pygmy seahorse lives in fans here, frogfish hang out in big barrel sponges and ghost pipefish hide amongst the featherstars that cover the reef slope. In the sandy bottom you can find jawfish with their mouths full of eggs, myriads of anemonefish, mushroom coral pipefish and spearer mantis shrimps.
Sangeang island diving
Sangieng island is a perfectly round volcanic island jutting up from the sea bed. Still active and last blowing in 1996 this well kept secret is one of the world’s finest macro dive areas. With diving available all around the island there is not one specific spot but always new ones to be discovered. Bubbles of volcanic gas seep through the sand creating a surreal atmosphere and a warm black sand bottom hosting rare and unusual nudibranch. Pygmy seahorses, frogfish, Pegasus sea moths and carnivorous shells and all common here, this is my personal favourite dive site as every time we dive here there is a surprise in store of something new that is often not in the books - this site is why you go Komodo liveaboard diving.
Gps point - Gili Banta diving
Gps point is an open sea mount prone to strong currents at certain times of the day. This provides prolific hard and soft coral growth that is home to hundreds of different types of reef fish. Loved by sharks, white tip sharks cruise around the whole dive in amongst the hunting giant trevallies and schooling jacks and surgeon fish, an exciting dive.
Takat Toko, Gili Lawalaut diving
This is one of my favourite sites on the Komodo liveaboard itinerary and is very similar to Gps point this site takes it to the next level. Grey reef shark, white tip sharks, occassional dolphins and a literal fish soup created by jacks, surgeonfish, giant trevallies and bannerfish surround this large sea mount as you hang on to the reef edge and watch the action. Again this site is prone to strong currents but we time our dives to hit around slack tide and a little current brings in the big fish. Great pelagic action, my favourite blue water dive.
Lighthouse reef, Gili Lawalaut diving
An adrenalin pounding drift dive along the wall and around the corner under the lighthouse. Sharks, mantas, dolphins are all frequent visitors on the dive with some of the best coral reef top in the area around the corner out of the current at the end of the dive you can hunt for porcelain crabs, cuttlefish and unusual seahorses whilst waiting for the adrenalin to funnel out of your system and your heart rate to return to normal-this is what Komodo liveaboard diving is all about!.
Crystal rock, Gili Lawalaut diving
A stunning soft coral and sea fan covered pinnacle with crystal water clarity this is a great site for those magazine cover wide angle shots. With at least 5 different types of angelfish, 4 types of trigger and butterflyfish everywhere it is a excellent reef fish dive with frequent visits from eagle and manta rays and the resident sleepy hawksbill turtle.
Pink beach, Komodo diving
Colder water and lower vis here due to the huge amounts of organic matter in the water due to the southern currents but this is more than made up for by the astounding life available to see here due to this phenomenon. Normally done as a night dive it also makes a good day dive with everything from white tip sharks to pygmy seahorses; zebra crabs, Coleman shrimp, many coloured frogfish, xeno crabs, Spanish dancers, and unusual nudibranchs are hidden amongst the dense coral growth.
Cannibal rock, Rinca island diving
Colder water than the north but touted by many as one of the worlds best 10 sites, yes I know there seems to be way more than 10 “top 10 sites” but this one really is one if you like macro. Everything is here even the rarest of the rare, the Rhinopias scorpionfish. It’s nudi heaven with only the special and the rare getting to appear here, more species than I care to mention along with large and different frogfish mixed in with schools of fish and the resident dopy turtle we do 2 dives here and it’s still not enough!! You will love it, I personally adore this dive site.
Torpedo alley, Rinca island diving
Just next to cannibal rock and where the boat moors is a beach that has wild pigs, monkeys and Komodo dragons in the daytime and hosts a myriad of critters in the waters in front if it at night. Named for the large amount of torpedo rays found here, a member of the electric ray family- no touching! They cover the sandy bottom along with loads of nudis obvious on the black sand bottom along with bizarre crabs and octopus.
Manta alley, Komodo diving
In the cooler waters in the south of Komodo there is a bay in which there are a series of pinnacles that seem to be a magnet for aggregating mantas. They are here in their tens, often we come up having seen over 20 different individuals. Often a little shy, their evasive spins and pirouettes makes the watching of them that much more enjoyable.
Takat Makassar, Komodo diving
This is our other manta site. A little bit more of a risk to see them as it is a huge area and we drift along the bottom in about 10 metres but along the way we always run into loads of turtles, napoleon and humphead wrasse, white tip sharks and very very occasionally you will be incredibly lucky and run into the resident dugong that inhabits this area along with scores of mantas as they migrate north.
3 sisters, Padar island diving
A series of underwater pinnacles reaching nearly to the the surface off the coast of Padar island next to Komodo this site constantly springs surprises on you from silvertip sharks and mobular ray schools to marbled rays and rare nudibranchs.
Indo Aggressor - faqsInquiry
WHERE IS THE KOMODO NATIONAL PARK IN INDONESIA?
The Komodo National Park is part of the Republic of Indonesia and is located 8 to 9 degrees south of the equator between Java on the West and Lombok and the rest of the Lesser Sunda Islands(Sumbawa, Flores, Sumba and Timor) on the East.
Flying time to your embarkation point in Bali from Jakarta is about 1.5 hours, from Singapore 2.5 hours, from Perth (Australia) 3 hours, from Hong Kong about 4.5 hours, and from Sydney / Melbourne about 5.5 to 6 hours.
WHAT KIND OF DIVING IS FOUND IN THE KOMODO NATIONAL PARK?
Indo Aggressor visits dive sites between Bali and The Komodo National Park, part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Any time of the year this area of Indonesiaoffers good diving. Visibility may vary from season to season but 10 to 30 meters (35 to 100 ft.) can be expected at most dive sites.
In 2009 and 2010 Indo Aggressor will offer 10 night cruises featuring an enhanced itinerary that allows guests more time diving, more time in the signature area of the Komodo National Park and an opportunity to explore the newly discovered area of the Sangeang Islands. To achieve this, each sailing of the Indo Aggressor will be a one way cruise that will either begin in Bali and end in Komodo National Park or will begin in Komodo National Park and return to Bali. Guests will fly one way to either return to Bali or reach the vessel to begin their voyage on a domestic air carrier.
The description below is based on a Bali- Komodo itinerary. (The return direction will bejust the opposite itinerary.) The first day of your cruise is used to set up gear and perform the cruise briefing. After lunch, most guests are up on decks enjoying the vistas found along the beautiful coast of Bali and Lombok on this full day of sailing (approx. 20 hours), The first stop is Satonda, just off of the northern coast of Sumbawa, for your check-out dive.
A MANDATORY”check-out”dive will be required for EVERY diver on the first day of the charter, regardless of previous diving experience or certification. You’ll enjoy maximum bottom time on virgin reefs that have experienced minimum human impact as you dive the islands east of Bali . There are sandy slopeswith big coral heads on the southern part of the island and on the northwestern tip a fantastic wall. Currents are moderate. Water temperature is usually around 83°F (28°C).
Our next stop is at Banta Island. We are now much closer to Komodo so you will be able to experience the diving conditions that characterize this region. A dive at GPS point will show what you are in for once you start diving in Komodo National Park.
Shark sightings on this current blown pinnacle are common. The other Banta dive sites closer to the island are extremely rich in soft and hard coral with a wide variety of reef fish. The sites closer toBanta Island are a macro photographers dream. From here on in, it is excitement all the way as we move into the Komodo National Park. You will spend the central part of your dive experience here exploring the stunning dive sites inside the park.Incredible marine diversity, spectacular marine life and exciting dive and land adventures are your reward.
Many of our guests are avid photographers who like nothing more than hunting out weird and wonderful critters on the reef, sand or silt. As part of the newly expanded Komodo Itinerary we have added two locations to the west of the Komodo National Park - Sangeang, an island volcano to the north of East Sumbawa and Bima Bay, an inlet that meanders down toBima town on Sumbawa. There are two specific sites in both of these areas that are producing a dazzling array of rare creepy crawlies on a regular basis - “Estuary” on Sangeang and “Fuzzy Bottom” at the entrance to Bima Bay. Both are similar in that they are slightly current swept, as is Lembeh and while not entirely muck, they do share similar bottom compositions - fine to coarse sand.
At the conclusion of your cruise you will make your way to Flores Island and Labuhanbajo Airport (LBJ) where you will board a domestic flight which will return you to Bali (DPS).
IN WHAT TIME ZONE IS BALI LOCATED?
The Indonesian archipelago is spread over three time zones. Bali and Nusa Tenggara, and is 8 hours ahead of GMT. Bali GMT +8
WHAT LANGUAGES ARE SPOKEN ON BOARD?
There are about 583 languages and dialects spoken in the archipelago. Bahasa Indonesia is the national language. In all tourist destination areas English is the number one foreign language. Our crew will converse in English with the guests.
WHAT WEATHER CONDITIONS CAN I EXPECT IN KOMODO
The Komodo National Park is a destination that offers great diving year round. The area is much drier than Bali (shown in the table) and lies within one of the driest regions of Indonesia with an annual rainfall of between 800m and 1000m. For 8 months of the year, there is little to no rainfall and almost savanna like conditions. Once the rains do come, everything turns green for a few short months.
April , May, October, November, and December are some of the best times for dive travelers to visit Komodo National Park.
April and May are very good because it is just after the “wet season” so everything in the Komodo Park is alive and green. The diving on the south and the north sides of the park are blessed with good visibility and hardly any waves.
October, November, and December are also very good for the same reasons, except that it is right before the start of the rainy season. During these months the south of the Park is at it’s peak and we are able to reach some of the best dive sites of Indonesia such as Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Manta Alley, and W-reef. Although, January and February have the heaviest rainfalls, even then, it hardly ever rains all day and still offers great diving.
Water temperatures vary by location in Komodo National Park, rather than seasons. Northern Areas 77 / 84 f 25 / 259 c Middle Areas 75 / 82 f 24 / 28 c Southern Areas 72 / 82 f 22 / 28 c
WHAT CURRENCY IS USED?
Rupiah (IDR) is the official currency and is divided into 100 sen. Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, hotels and money changers in major tourist destinations; US dollars is the most accepted currency. Cash often yields a better exchange rate than travelers checks, which are not always accepted.
It is recommended that travelers checks also be in US dollars. Also, be aware that both banks and money changers can be very picky about the cash notes that they will accept; they often refuse notes that are anything less than near-mint condition and new. Most major credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and stores catering to the tourist trade. ATMs are available in main centers. Small change is often unavailable so keep small denomination notes and coins for items like bus fares, temple donations and cool drinks. It is recommended that you exchange approx. $100.00 USD to the local currency for island tipping and small pocket change.
WHAT DOES MY Indo Aggressor PACKAGE INCLUDE?
All staterooms are airconditioned and fitted with private toilets, showers and sinks. Breakfast (cooked to order), buffet lunch and an elegant meal at dinner with table side service are served daily in addition to fresh midmorning and mid-afternoon snacks.
Bathrobes and some toiletries are available for your use onboard. The Komodo Dancer is equipped with hairdryers in each stateroom. Linens are changed midweek and fresh towels are placed in each stateroom daily as needed. Guests have the opportunity to dive three or four times a day including a night dive on most days. Filled tanks, weights and weight belts are included. Three ground transfers are also included and vary slightly based on the direction of your itinerary. On our one way voyages (Bali to Komodo or Komodo to Bali) one way flights on a domestic airline with a 99lb (45kg) luggage allowance are included as well.
FOR WHAT ADDITIONAL EXPENSES WILL I BE RESPONSIBLE? No international air transportation is included in the Indo Aggressor package. There is a departure tax on passengers for international travel of IDR100,000 (Approx. $10.00USD) payable at the airport. One hotel night in Bali is required prior to boarding Indo Aggressor. One hotel night in Bali is be required upon disembarking Komodo for guests on the Bali-Komodo itinerary. Dive instruction, dive and photo equipment rentals and “Boatique” purchases must be settled onboard prior to departure. Depending on your travel plans, additional ground transfers may be required. Excess baggage charges are applicable on domestic flights for weights over 99lbs (45kg).
Acceptable methods of payment include:
US Dollars, IDR (Indonesian Rupiah), Traveler’s Checks, or Credit Cards (Visa or MasterCard). NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. No additional meals or beverages on shore are included. Alcoholic beverages and Crew gratuities are not included.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF INDONESIA
The name Indonesia has its roots in two Greek words: “Indos” meaning Indian and “Nesos” which means islands. It is an appropriate description of the archipelago as there are estimated to be a total of 17,508 islands, of which only about 6,000 are inhabited, stretching for 5,150 km between the Australian and Asian continental mainland and dividing the Pacific and Indian Oceans at the Equator.
The islands and people of Indonesia constitute the fourth most populated nation in the world. As a democratic republic, Indonesia is divided into 27 provinces and special territories and classified geographically into four groups. Bali is part of the Lesser Sundas, a chain of small islands stretching eastward.
A rich history of kingdoms, conquests, colonialism, trade and natural disasters has bequeathed it with an exhilarating kaleidoscope of cultures and traditions, people, languages and religions, aspirations and problems, and the dramatic scenery of changing landscapes. It is the combination of the friendly people, the natural attractions, the great variety of things to see and do, and the year-round pleasant climate that make this such a desirable vacation destination. And then there is Bali’s special “magic”, which is difficult to explain.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
Komodo National Park was established in 1980 and was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1986. The park was initially established to conserve the unique Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), first discovered by the scientific world in 1911 by J.K.H. Van Steyn. Since then conservation goals have expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both marine and terrestrial.
The majority of the people in and around the Park are fishermen originally from Bima (Sumbawa), Manggarai, South Flores, and South Sulawesi. Those from South Sulawesi are from the Suku Bajau or Bugis ethnic groups. The Suku Bajau were originally nomadic and moved from location to location in the region of Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara and Maluku, to make their livelihoods. Descendents of the original people of Komodo, the Ata Modo, still live in Komodo, but there are no pure blood people left and their culture and language is slowly being integrated with the recent migrants.
Little is known of the early history of the Komodo islanders. They were subjects of the Sultanate of Bima, although the island’s remoteness from Bima meant its affairs were probably little troubled by the Sultanate other than by occasional demand for tribute.
HOW DO I GET TO THE KOMODO NATIONAL PARK? All passengers arrive into Bali by air. Bali’s International Airport, Ngurah Rai, (airport code DPS) in Denpasar will be your final destination. Commercial airlines with service to Bali, Indonesia include Cathay Pacific, Continental Airlines, China Air, Singapore Air, Garuda Indonesia , and Thai Airlines among others.
Indo Aggressor departs and/or returns to Benoa Harbor near Denpasar. If you are traveling on one of our one way journeys (Bali to Komodo or Komodo to Bali), a one way domestic air flights with 45kg of luggage allowance will need to be purchased no matter which itinerary you are on, we will arrange this for you and include it on your invoice. The price is about $150 dependant on the currency exchange at the time.
You will need to arrive in Bali and overnight in a hotel the night before embarkation as boarding and or domestic flights out occur in the morning. A second hotel overnight is recommended at the end of your cruise prior to departing on your international flight home. This is a required overnight on the Bali-Komodo oneway itinerary as domestic flight times back to Bali do vary.
WHAT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS WILL I NEED? YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO POSESS A PASSPORT VALID FOR AT LEAST SIX MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF ARRIVAL AND HAVE PROOF OF ONWARD PASSAGE.
The Free Visa Facility (length of stay max 30 days) will be issued to citizens of the following countries: Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macao, Morocco, Chile, and Peru.
The Visa-on-Arrival Facility (length of stay max. 30 days) will be issued to citizens of the following countries: Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and the United States. The fee varies between $10USD and $25USD depending on the length of stay.
Citizens of countries not stated above are required to apply for a visa at the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate in their country of domicile.