Komodo Liveaboard

Komodo Liveaboard – Cheng Ho

November 11 – 16, 2018

Due to the success of our previous Komodo adventures we are going back again! Join us for an exciting Komodo liveaboard on the luxury Cheng Ho. Explore some of Indonesia’s best dive sites, see the incredible Komodo Dragons and experience the trip of a lifetime!


Komodo liveaboard Cheng Ho

Imagine 6 days and 5 nights of exhilarating dives, manta rays, sharks, schools of fish and stunning reefs in the Komodo National Park with Bali’s premier dive center.

You’ll be diving and travelling in style with us on board the Cheng Ho liveaboard which offers a range of single, twin and double luxury cabins all with hot water, air-conditioning and en-suit bathrooms.


Cheng Ho Komodo liveaboard

Just as Bali Scuba are the industry leaders here in Bali, Cheng Ho and her crew have years of experience exploring the Komodo National Park and its epic dive sites. You’ll be in safe hands and you count on the level of service and quality which you associate with Bali Scuba and our dive team.

Our commitment to safety: You know that when you dive with Bali Scuba safety is our number one priority, that’s why every dive we make during the expedition will be with Nitrox (if you are not already certified we can assist you to take PADI elearning from home before the trip), all divers will be supplied with GPS tracking devices, all dives will be computer dives and you’ll be diving with some of the most experienced Divemasters in the area.

What could be better than diving some of Indonesia’s best dive sites with two of Indonesia’s best dive operators?

We are looking forward to welcoming you on board for the trip of a lifetime. Places are extremely limited so to be part of this pioneering adventure, book your Komodo liveaboard cabins now on letsdive@baliscuba.com


Travel Itinerary:

This promises to be the Komodo liveaboard trip of a lifetime! With Bali Scuba and Cheng Ho you’ll be diving Komodo’s best dive spots to ensure sightings of the best marine life and most pristine reefs. Here’s our planned itinerary which includes all of Komodo’s most iconic dive sites such as Cannibal Rock, Manta Alley, Tatawa, Castle Rock, Crystal Bommie and of course Batu Bolong. If you want to see big fish then this is the ultimate liveaboard trip. Are you ready to join the adventure? letsdive@baliscuba.com or use our contact form here.

Day 1 – Sunday, November 11
Labuhan Bajo – Sabolan

Your Komodo liveaboard adventure starts from Labuan Bajo airport. You will be transferred to the harbor to meet the luxury Cheng Ho liveaboard boat which will be your home away from home for the next 5 nights. After welcome drinks there will be cabin allocation and a full ship orientation. You’ll be given a full safety briefing, introduced to the crew and complete the necessary paperwork. Once you are settled in we’ll depart to Sebayor for your check dive. The adventure begins!
Meals : Lunch, Dinner 
Dive: 1-2 dives (depending on arrival time)

Komodo manta rays

Day 2 – Monday, November 12
Cannibal Rock – Banana Island – Yellow Wall – Torpedo Alley

Day 2 is packed with colour, coral and critters! Unbelievable amounts of rare nudibranch fight for space on the reef along with the thousands of multi colored feather stars and unusual sea apples. Look out for hiding juvenile painted frogfish and ghost pipefish – they are all there! Adult frogfish swim around the rock that hosts such surprises as pygmy seahorses, pregnant zebra crabs, Rhinopias, dopy hawksbill turtles, blue ringed octopus and some of the most prolific and colorful corals on display in the Komodo National Park.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dive: 4 dives

Day 3  – Tuesday, November 13
Manta Alley – Lohok Sera Bay – Komodo Island

Just before the shores of Komodo Island we will start our dive to the east of the rocks where a submerged sea mound rises to just a few meters below the surface. In the lee area between this mound and the rocky islet there are almost always a couple of juvenile mantas playing around – on good days there are mantas everywhere – swooping, gliding, cartwheeling and giving the show of a lifetime. This is one of Komodo’s most famous sites for good reason!

Lohok Sera Bay is home to small wreck and incredible macro life and critters!

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dive: 4 dives

Day 4 – Wednesday, November 14
Castle Rock – Gili Lawa Laut – Crystal Bommie

Day 4 is another big fish day with the famous Castle Rock and Crystal Bommie on the schedule. These two submerged sea mounts are well known for their shark sightings and currents which bring in hordes of predators ready to hunt. Sightings usually include tuna, mackerel, white tips and trevally with other shark species also known to come and join the action!  These sites are also well known for their abundant and vibrant soft corals.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dive: 4 dives

Manta ray in Komodo

Day 5 – Thursday, November 15  
Batu Bolong – Tatawa Kecil – Rinca

Corals, colour, iconic sites, swim throughs, caves, big fish, small fish, schooling fish and everything in between! With dives at these world-class sites everything is possible – and usually a reality. Expect to see patrolling sharks, napoleon wrasse, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna, large schools of rainbow runners and fusiliers, clouds of glass fish and a host of critters. We’ll also take a trip on the Rinca Island to see the Komodo dragons which reside there – the world’s largest monitor lizard!

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dive: 2 dives

Day 6 – Friday, November 16 
Labuhan Bajo

We’ll return to Labuan Bajo early in the morning where breakfast will be served on board prior to disembarkation and return transfers to the airport. You’ll be leaving your Komodo liveaboard adventure with new friends, a sense of exhilaration and memories which will last a lifetime.

Meals : Breakfast
Non-diving day

We will endeavour to follow the above itinerary but changes may be made due to sea and dive site conditions
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Komodo dragon


Want to know more about this incredible opportunity? Read on!

Our Komodo liveaboard on Cheng Ho gives divers the choice of three cabin types (single, twin or double), all have AC, hot water ensuite bathrooms, plenty of storage space and comfortable beds:

Type of cabin: 

14 guest cabins as follows:

–  6 double bed cabins on the lower and upper deck
–  4 twin bed cabins on the lower deck
–  4 single bed cabins on the middle deck (No single supplement)


Deck plan Chen ho


What’s Included: 

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A lot of fun, epic dives and the trip of a lifetime! 


Cheng Ho Restaurant

Komodo Liveaboard Rates


Air Diving Rates

Lower deck cabin:                                                          USD $2000
Middle and upper deck cabin:                                     USD $2200
Single cabin surcharge:                                                 USD $1000 (lower and upper deck only)

Nitrox Diving Rates

Lower deck cabin:                                                          USD $2100
Middle and upper deck cabin:                                     USD $2300
Single cabin surcharge:                                                 USD $1000 (lower and upper deck only)

Non-Diving Rates

Lower deck cabin:                                                          USD $1750
Middle and upper deck cabin:                                     USD $1950
Single cabin surcharge:                                                 USD $875 (lower and upper deck only)

Cabin allocation is based on a “first come, first served basis” and prices are based on two guests sharing a cabin (unless paying single cabin surcharge or staying in a single middle deck cabin).


Twin cabin on Cheng Ho

Additional Fees: 

Marine Park Fee: $105 US per person, these are payable in advance and will be added on to the price of your trip.

Camera Fee: There is an additional fee for those bringing cameras or video equipment. 2018 prices are not yet confirmed. Expect to pay $6 – $15 US per camera.

Equipment Rental: Equipment rental is available at the following daily rates:

Mask USD 5.00
Fins USD 5.00
Booties USD 5.00
Wet Suit 3 mm USD 7.00
Regulator USD 7.00
BCD USD 7.00
Dive light with battery USD 8.00
Battery USD 3.00
Dive computer USD 10.00
Complete Set of Equipment USD 35.00

Rinca Tour Guides: The fee for the local tour guides who take us to see the Komodo Dragons are included in the price, however a small tip is appreciated. We recommend IDR 20,000 (less than $2 US)

Cheng Ho Crew: Whilst tips are not obligatory and are entirely at your discretion, we suggest tips in the region of $20 US per day to be shared between all crew members and guides.

Booking conditions:

  • SMB, whistle, computer are required
  • Minimum 50 dives experience
  • All divers to have dive accident insurance (including evacuation)
  • All non-divers need accident insurance (including evacuation)
  • Divers opting for Nitrox must be Nitrox certified (elearning can be taken in advance and we will complete the practical component for free at the beginning of the trip)

Payment conditions:

  • Specific cabin bookings will be held for 14 days while waiting for deposit payment
  • Deposit at time of booking: 20%
  • 6 months or more before trip: 30%
  • 2 months or more before trip: 50%
  • Late payment penalty is 5% of outstanding amount

Short Notice Booking:

Full payment must be made at the time of booking if the reservation is made less than 60 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy:

  • 180 or more days before: full refund
  • 91 – 179 days before : cancellation penalty 35% of the total price
  • 46 – 90 days before: cancellation penalty 50% of the total price
  • 0 – 45 days : no refund (but the place can be taken by another diver))
For more information and to book your place please contact us at letsdive@baliscuba.com
We are extremely excited about our Komodo liveaboard expedition and are looking forwards to having you on board with us!
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Komodo turtle