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Scuba Junkie Komodo and Geko Dive Bali trip report

Discussion in 'Indonesia' started by Rob669, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Luko

    Luko Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Paris, France
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    Komodo is better visited october-november period since all sites can be accessed north and south, june to september time will only allow north and central diving. Bali is fine from april to november (although I was in Bali this Xmas and that was perfect but also deemed lucky for the period).
    May can also allow you divig South but do not extend to June, ths period would also be OK for Bali though Molamola season would not be open yet (July to november).

    So, I would say a week liveaboard for Komodo coupled with 10days in Bali would allow you to dive the most interesting sites.
    Depending on what you're looking for i would suggest you to find a liveaboard which itinerary also plies east of Sumbawa / NW Komodo before diving central
    and south Komodo NP.
    Bali's mot interesting sites are around Tulamben for black sand macro, Padang bai for molamola hunting, as well as Nusa Penida for blue water coral dives (that you can dive from Padang Bai). You cannot miss staying inland for cultural sightings, 2 dive places in Bali + 2 days sightseeing are well worth 10 days in Bali for a first trip.
    All in all and door to door, you should consider 3 weeks.
     
  2. Laval

    Laval Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Toronto, Canada
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    Luko, many thanks for valuable recommendations. It looks like October - November is the best time. I am looking mostly for land-based resorts as my wife is not a diver, but snorkeler.
    Thank you again.
     
  3. Luko

    Luko Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Paris, France
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    1,670
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    Then if you don't go on a liveaboard, Southern parts of Komodo NP won't be (or hardly be) accessible from land based resorts, hence you're carried back to your initial schedule and may to june won't make any difference diving central or north Komodo.
     
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  4. Rob669

    Rob669 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: South Wales, UK
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    Thanks. Nice to get that feedback. It was my first time to Komodo and easy to get there, and for not much money. I see that Luko has already answered you, he has a wealth of knowledge so I don't have much else to add. I would though spend more time in Komodo than in Bali. This is because: I have been to Bali three times, I don't do many muck dives as I've not got great vision and I don't like temples. In Bali I enjoy Nusa Penida and you can stay in Padang Bai and dive with Geko, that's a good choice in my view.

    For my next visit though in mid April I'm really struggling to find a liveaboard for Komodo for a reasonable cost. Scuba Junkie Komodo are full otherwise that's where I would be going. I won't stay in Labuan Bajo in Flores so I might instead be going to Nusa Penida or even Lombok next door for a change.
     
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  5. Laval

    Laval Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Toronto, Canada
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    Thank you, Luko. In this case I will work on my initial plan.
     
  6. Laval

    Laval Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Toronto, Canada
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    79
    18
    Thank you, Rob669. I will try to do an advanced booking for Komodo, and with respect to Bali, in addition to diving (and hopefully coral planting), I would like to treat my wife with some sightseeing and beaches.
     
  7. jale

    jale Barracuda

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    Hi
    Regarding Komodo South, it is accessible from the land based Scuba Junkie.
    I was there at the end of December and went South a few times.
    By the way, SJ is a great operator :)
    And anyway, where ever you go, it will be nice :)
    Have a good day.
     
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  8. Laval

    Laval Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Toronto, Canada
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  9. charlier

    charlier Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Seattle/Singapore/Indonesia
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    Richard, Great question. Comfort level depends on location, remoteness, and ability to deal with simple/harmless delays or mis-communication. English ‘only’ works in many locations in Indonesia, in particular resorts that cater to westerners. Consider a visit!
     
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  10. xtraspicy

    xtraspicy Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Malaysia
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    Hi Jale, I have dived with Scuba Junkie and really really liked them (Dived three times with them over the past 3 years and did my DMT with them but always in September and October) but I dont think they go South Komodo to around the Manta Alley area. Three Sisters and Pillarstein which is the furthest south they go is still considerably Central Komodo haha.
     

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