We are thrilled to announce this spectacular resort based snorkeling trip opportunity to both Alor and the Komodo Islands, in the Coral Triangle of Indonesia, which is the epicenter of marine biodiversity in the world.
This trip is being run by our new partner and friend Ben and his team. Based in the U.K., they are experts in the Coral Triangle, run amazing excursions, and have a great appreciation for the underwater world.
This small group trip (12 snorkelers + guide) is an exceptional value for a 15 day remote adventure filled with fantastic reefs, beautiful landscapes and some interesting top side attractions, like Komodo Dragons!
First we fly into Bali for a short visit. We then start the remote island snorkel safari by flying to two distinct regions, starting with Alor, then Komodo. There you will access the best shallow reef sites from two fabulous exclusive seaside resorts, Alami Alor and Komodo Resort. Both offer extraordinary and varied landscapes, and rich and healthy reefs with abundant marine life.
Alor and Komodo have some of the finest snorkeling to be found anywhere, with everything from manta rays, reef sharks, and mola mola to rare critter life and brightly colored coral reefs. We will explore a vast variety of underwater terrain, from volcanic caves, anemone fields, and fringing reefs to black sandy sites.
Alor is one of Indonesia’s last frontiers. Previously difficult to access because of a lack of infrastructure, this archipelago is largely unspoiled. Now several airlines offer flights from major Indonesian cities, via Kupang.
The main islands are Alor and Pantar, and between them is a strait of world class reefs. Locals have never used destructive fishing practices and as a result the reef remains in its virgin condition.
Snorkeling around Alor is characterized by clear waters, untouched reef systems consisting of fields of corals, sponges and anemones of all colors, and marine biodiversity second to none. With schooling jacks and tuna, giant groupers and Napoleon Wrasse, common sightings of eagle rays, thresher sharks, and an occasional mola mola or whale, the snorkeling is exciting. It is not unreasonable to expect to see a variety of life ranging from seahorses, nudibranchs and frogfish, to schools of barracuda and rainbow runners. There is literally something for everyone.
We will have seven days to snorkel from the Alami Alor Resort. Each day we will have one or two guided snorkel boat trips to the best reefs in the area, with highlights like mandarinfish, aneome fields, arches, caves, and maybe even dugongs. There is also a house reef that is full of life to explore.
The Alami Alor is an intimate resort situated on a remote and quiet bay
which combines luxury accommodation and delicious locally inspired food. Your bungalow sits on the waterfront. The bedroom is air-conditioned, and there is an open air garden bathroom. There is plenty of outdoor seating, with hammocks and loungers.
Guests can enjoy a full breakfast, lunch and dinner served in the dining room at the communal dining table. We serve an assortment of dishes influenced mostly by tropical Indonesian and Asian style, but also international cuisines.
Alami Alor is easily able to accommodate special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and so on.
Komodo is a national park of 26 islands which lie to the east of Bali. Taking a trip to this remote corner of Asia feels like stepping back in time.
The islands are volcanic in origin with striking rugged hillsides of dry savanna and green thorny vegetation surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches.
Below the surface you can expect truly world class snorkeling. It is after all the heart of the Coral Triangle. Manta cleaning stations are scattered throughout the park. It isn’t uncommon to have encounters with large numbers of these majestic creatures. Schooling pelagics and reef sharks also make frequent appearances. Below the surface topography ranges from diverse coral gardens to craggy pinnacles and walls. This makes the snorkeling suited to a variety of preferences. Topside, there’s the chance to trek on Rinca Island and see the legendary Komodo Dragons lazing in the warm sunshine.
We will have six nights at Komodo Resort which is set on its own private island in a secluded area of eastern Indonesia. Not only is it within range of some of Komodo's finest snorkeling sites, it has a spectacular and pristine house reef, powder white sand beaches for afternoon relaxation and accommodation finely in tune with its surroundings. The abundance of pristine reefs, islands, islets and sandy bays found within range of Komodo Resort would take a lifetime to explore.
The 16 seafront bungalows are made of teak wood, have private bathrooms, and are surrounded by the nature of a desert island.
All the rooms have air conditioning, fans, hot water and 24 hours electric power.
The open air bamboo restaurant serves international and Italian cuisine with fresh produce and fish straight from the sea. You can enjoy daily homemade bread, pasta at dinner and pastries and cakes at breakfast. They also accommodate dietary restrictions. Feel the breeze and enjoy the view of the ocean sipping a glass of wine.
The resort also has a small spa offering traditional Javanese massage, relaxation massage, masks and scrubs. There is also a small gym, if you need a workout after all the snorkeling and island hiking.
This is a small group trip and we expect it to fill quickly. Your spot is reserved with your deposit. Contact Ben below for deposit instructions.
Galen & Nicole will be going only on the June 1-15, 2019 trip. There will be a guide from Ben's team on each trip.
June 1-15 with Galen & Nicole - Trip full, but you can be on a waitlist. June 8-22 - Trip full, but you can be on a waitlist. June 15-29 - Trip full, but you can be on a waitlist. June 22 - July 6 - Trip full, but you can be on a waitlist. September 7-21 - Trip full, but you can be on a waitlist. October 26 - November 9 - Trip full, but you can be on a waitlist.
June 6-20 - Trip full, but you can be on a waitlist. June 27 - July 11 - Trip full, but you can be on a waitlist. July 4-18 - Trip full, but you can be on a waitlist.
$4,585 US per person (Twin/Double Share)
Individual travelers - Ben will happily find someone of the same sex for you to share a room with. If he cannot find you someone, no single supplement surcharge will apply.
Ben and his U.K. based team are the organizers and leaders of this trip (more about them below). Galen & Nicole from Tropicalsnorkeling.com are promoting this trip, but all signups, trip organization and payments are made to and managed by Ben's team. TropicalSnorkeling.com does receive a referral fee in exchange for promoting the trip, at no extra cost to attendees.
How to Sign Up or Learn More?
Use the contact form below to contact Ben and his team to request more information about them and express your interest in signing up. They will get back to you shortly with full details.
Ben contacted us about his upcoming new snorkeling trips, and we were very excited to go on them and share them with you. We have spent a lot of time emailing and video conferencing with Ben (his company is in the U.K.) to work out the details of what is being offered, and to get a good feel for how we get along, which is very well indeed!
He and his team have around twenty years of experience guiding and diving in Asia and beyond, and eight years running his own business (which gets great reviews). He started offering snorkeling specific trips because he was aware that snorkelers often get the short end of the stick when thrown in with divers. He and his team love the freedom and low stress of snorkeling, and are very aware of the different needs of snorkelers versus divers, in terms of the reef depth, and calm surface conditions needed.
All of his trips are small groups of 12-18 guests, or with a similar ratio of snorkelers to guides. And for where they visit, and how packed they are with experiences, they are very affordable.
His company is licensed and insured. They have never cancelled a trip, and all funds are held in a trust until the trip is completed giving you 100% financial security if they or any of their suppliers go out of business before the trip happens.