Land of the Dragons 2018

KOMODO July 27 through August 4, 2018 – FULL

Join Tim Rock for a special trip on Dive Damai 1 to the Komodo Islands, Rinca and Sangeang including a visit to Dragon Bay, home of the Komodo Dragons!!


All Photo on this page and site © Tim Rock

Diving in the Komodo National Park World Heritage Site is an amazing experience . The abundance and variery of large and small animals, reef creatures and pelagics, invertebrates and vertebrates, shallow reefs, drop-offs and drift dives produces exceptional diving, widely regarded as some of the best in the world.


Komodo liveaboard trips offers divers the chance to visit all the iconic dive sites like Batu Bolong and Castle Rock as well as a chance to enjoy some lesser known beauties in both the north and the south of the area.


Fly into Labuanbajo July 26, overnight and board the Damai 1 July 27 early morning and head straight into the national park for some world class diving in both the north and the south. Don’t forget to trek with the famous Komodo Dragons.

Sample Itinerary:

This World Heritage Site has action packed diving, prehistoric Komodo dragons and spectacular scenery.

Day 1 – Arrival into Labuanbajo

Guests will arrive in Labuanbajo the night before on the 26th and board early and have time to get comfortable on the boat. After a short journey there will be the opportunity to do a check out dive and other dives on the sloping reef at Sebolah Kecil in the middle of Komodo National Park.


Day 2 and 3 – Gili Lawa Laut

For some of the best schooling fish action in Komodo we will head to the north of the park and dive on two seamounts called Crystal Rock and Castle Rock. Keep you eyes open for cruising sharks amongst the clouds of schooling fish.

Day 4 – Central Komodo and Wainilu

Back to the middle of the channel to dive the Signature site of Batu Bolong; the Rock with the Hole. This is a beautiful reef dive with plenty of fish, turtles and passing pelagics. Just beside on the current rich Karang Makassar is an excellent drift dive with manta cleaning action.


For a macro afternoon head to the small island of Wainilu on the north coast of Rinca. Diving along the sand slope in front of the beach should prove an excellent opportunity for critter hunting and some unusual nudibranchs.

This is the gateway to enjoy a walk in the park to view the prehistoric Komodo dragon. You may also see monkeys, water buffalo and wild boar or just enjoy the panoramic views over the park.


Day 5 – Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay has a variety of Signature sites; the world famous pinnacle of Cannibal Rock has excellent schooling fish action but certainly plenty of macro to discover; The black sand slope of Torpedo Alley has some interesting macro opportunities especially for the night dive; and Yellow Wall is a vertical wall covered in yellow softcorals and yellow crinoids.

Even the anchorage is exciting with Komodo dragons prowling up and down the beach; wild boars feeding from the shoreline; flying Brahminy Kites and White Bellied Sea Eagles; deer swimming in the sea; monkeys climbing the trees.


Day 6 –Langkoi

On the southern tip of the island of Komodo the Signature site of Manta Alley has some of the best schooling fish in the south. Although the water may be chilly the potential for manta action is closely followed by sharks, napolean wrasse, humphead parrotfish, sweetlips and turtles.

Day 7 – Tatawa

Back to central Komodo for more fish action in our very last day of diving.

Day 8 – Departure

Guests will be escorted to the airport in Labuanbajo and assisted with check-in procedures no doubt full of talk about the wonders of dragons in this far away place.



Currently this trip is FULL

MSY Damai

MSY Damai

The trip inclusions are :

a.    Return transfers to/from the airport to the vessel or from/to any hotel and the airport the day of embarkation or disembarkation, within a distance of 20km
b.    Accommodation with A/C in twin or double /twin bed cabin with en-suite showers and toilet.
c.    All meals and drinks, soft drinks and beer while on board and one glass of wine with dinner (excluding additional wine and Spirits).


d.    Air Tanks, weight belt and weights.
e.    Cruise director
f.     Experienced Dive Guides, with a maximum of 4 customers per guide
g.    Unlimited daytime diving and night dives (schedule permitting)

h.    Government taxes
i.     Land tours and group activities organized by Dive Damai
j.     First 45 minutes spa treatment for each person on board

k.    All vessel port and harbor fees are covered on this trip


a.    Fuel surcharge for long distance crossings of over 500 miles. (not applicable for this trip)

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b.    Nitrox 32%. USD $10 per day. FOC for repeat guests.
c.   Dive/snorkel gear.  USD $10 per day for whole gear or USD $3 per item. FOC for repeat guests.

d.    National Park/maritime areas entrances fee .
e.    Dive insurance: compulsory (and travel insurance is strongly recommended)
f.     Laundry: USD$1 per item
g.     Spa treatments after the complimentary first one: USD$10 per treatment

h.    Travel insurance
i.     Crew gratuities
j.   International and domestic air, land, sea transportation, and excess baggage
k.    Visa, hotels and food ashore before and after the cruise

l.  VIP service at the airport



Trip Costs:

Twin/Double Cabins – Repeat Guests – US$4,074  including harbor fees, Nitrox, gear, massages and laundry.

Master Cabins – Repeat Guests – US$4,424  including harbor fees, Nitrox, gear, massages and laundry.

Master Cabins – New Guests – US$4,515  including harbor fees, Nitrox, gear, massages and laundry.

Not included: National Park fees which will be paid on board at whatever the 2018 rate is.


Need help with travel within Indonesia, hotels, etc.? The Dive Damai office can assist you after you sign up. Garuda flies to Labuanbajo on a regular basis in a good-sized jet. We can make all arrangements or aid you in making them yourself.

Or contact :



Your Host: During the trip Tim Rock will be available to answer diving queries, give photo and editing advice, talk about other dive destinations and play Scrabble too.

Author/Photojournalist Tim Rock

Tim Rock is an internationally published photojournalist. He is a Lonely Planet author and Getty Images Lonely Planet Collection photographer who has made many trips to Komodo as well as many other Indonesian destinations. Tim is the author/photographer of more than 50 books about diving and the marine world and lives in Micronesia on the island of Guam. His recent books include A Diving & Snorkeling Guide to Raja Ampat and NE Indonesia (with Simon Pridmore), A Diving & Snorkeling Guide to Bali with Simon Pridmore and the book INDO, available in e-book form from Blurb:









Bali Diviing Guide Here




Contact Tim at:

timrock [at] doubleblue [dot] com

Contact Tim at:

timrock [at] doubleblue [dot] com




Personal travel insurance is not included in the expedition cost and is a pre-requisite for participation. We recommend you purchase a policy that covers airfare, trip cancellation owing to any unforeseen circumstances and medical coverage. (DAN is the most used diving and medivac insurance)


The booking is binding and all payments are non-refundable. TIM ROCK/DAMAI TRIPS will not be liable for cancellation of an expedition due to change of circumstances, adverse weather conditions or acts of God (e.g. cyclone, earthquake, tsunami etc.), delayed land, sea or air transfers; political or cultural considerations; government restrictions; or any other causes beyond the control of the trip expediters.

It is possible that route or itinerary changes and/or delays may become necessary for reasons of safety or enhancing the quality of the expedition. These changes and/or delays could be due to adverse weather, acts of God, delayed land, sea or air transfers, political or cultural considerations, government restrictions, participants’ limitations, unavailability of contracted services or any other cause. In the event that a scheduled activity is cancelled for any reason TIM ROCK/DAMAI TRIPS will, where possible, arrange alternative activities. Any changes and/or delays to the route or expedition itinerary is at the discretion of TIM ROCK/DAMAI TRIPS and no refund will be available. Any additional expenses incurred by an expedition participant such as prepaid airline tickets, fees for visas, etc. in connection with changes and/or delays to a route or itinerary shall be borne by the expedition participant.

Air fares, Visa and passport fees, Personal travel insurance, Airport departure taxes, Excess baggage charges, Airport transfers not included in the itinerary, accommodation not included in the itinerary, Ferry fees, Beverages and meals not included in the itinerary, clothing, liquor, postage, medical expenses, expenses of a personal nature, expenses incurred as a result of delays due to inclement weather, delays of scheduled aircraft, logistical delays, and resultant changes to the itinerary, Emergency evacuation charges, Gratuities to guides or travel insurance.

As of  August 10, 2016, direct bank transfer or online Damai Divesite link credit card payment of 10% deposit will confirm a reservation. This is a first come – first served situation. We cannot guarantee your dates and space on the without the initial deposit.

40% balance is also due October 10, 2017 and Final Balance March 10, 2018 .

You will receive an invoice via email from DIVE DAMAI upon receipt of our required forms. This will allow you to send the deposit or full payment. Payment in full (balance payment) is required 150 days prior to your TIM ROCK/DAMAI TRIP expedition.


All tours are quoted in US dollars but converted to rupiah per Indonesian law. Please see our forms (will be e-mailed to you) for information and details regarding RE-SCHEDULING, CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS. Prices may change due to currency fluctuations, schedule, content changes or circumstances beyond the control of TIM ROCK/DAMAI TRIPS, however, once a deposit is received and the itinerary confirmed, your expedition cost will be fixed.

For your convenience, you may pay all or part of your trip by credit card Dive Damai. If you prefer TT, you may pay directly to Dive Damai. Again details will be provided upon sign up.

Getting to Indonesia – Bali:

We can provide full travel suggestions, airport transfer options and currency needs once you have signed up and made a deposit.


Tim of the Deep