La Galigo is a premier diving Liveaboard that operates in Indonesia at some of the most popular diving locations in the world, Komodo, Raja Ampat and Wakatobi are among some of these fantastic diving destinations. Indonesia has some of the highest Biodiversity on the planet and is home to The Coral Triangle.
La Galigo was conceived back in 2014 when two avid divers wanted to explore some of the pristine reefs in Indonesia but found existing Indonesian liveaboard choices were often out of budget. Nowadays liveaboard diving is very much friends and family affair, and they identified a niche in the market to provide a fun, comfortable, affordable, liveaboard adventure.
La Galigo was acquired in Bali, a beautiful purpose built ‘Phinisi’ style dive Liveaboard, handcrafted by the Bugis people of Southern Sulawesi.
We pride ourselves on our Indonesian crew, who have collectively spent many years sailing and diving around a significant number of the 18,000+ stunning islands that make up Indonesia.
Our schedule is primarily split between Raja Ampat and Komodo, though we offer the opportunity to dive, Wakatobi, Banda, Ambon, Maumere, Alor and beyond. We are predominantly a dive liveaboard but enjoy tailoring bespoke charters that our guests desire.
We often include land excursions as part of our trips, so our guests get to experience the beauty of the islands as well as marvel at the underwater world.
We offer two liveaboard trips to Komodo.
Jurassic Komodo - Our Jurassic Komodo trip takes in the highlights of the UNESCO world heritage site, both above and below the surface. Dive with schools of jacks on the world-class Batu Bolong, and drift along with the community of Manta Rays on the unique dive site of Karang Makassar.
Ultimate Komodo - Our Ultimate Komodo trip takes in all the wonders that Komodo National Park has to offer, in one sitting. No other liveaboard covers the nautical miles that La Galigo does through this trip. From the Stunning Diving to the scenic views of Padar.
This package includes:
6 Days / 5 Nights aboard the La Galigo Liveaboard
Dives at multiple dive sites in Komodo
Departs / Returns: Labuan Bajo / Labuan Bajo
DAY 1: Labuan Bajo / Flores to Central Komodo - We will collect you from your hotel or Labuan Bajo airport between 8:00 – 9:00 on the day of departure to welcome you on-board La Galigo. After a refreshing welcome drink, a quick breakfast and a safety briefing of our ship, we aim to anchor up around 10:00am from Labuan Bajo.
After around 2 hours sailing we will arrive at our first destination, the islands of Sebayor Kecil and Sebayor Besar, where we will conduct 2 dives after lunch. We have selected this area for our first day as it is relatively protected from the currents renowned in the area, a provides a great opportunity to practice with your reef hook, or just get back into the swing of things after a lengthy lay off from diving. After an calm night dive, we relax for our first Dinner together and pop over to see our friends at Komodo Island resort to watch the stars and get to know each other.
DAY 2: West Komodo National Park - After a morning dive at Tatawa Kecil, we go in search of Manta Rays at the world class dive site we call Karang Makassar. After lunch, we will head to one of the highlights of Komodo diving, Batu Bolong, with a chance to see some large pelagic species such as Giant Trevally and Barracuda, as well as sharks and Napoleon Maori Wrasse. Later that afternoon we set sail for the northwest part of Komodo, for a small trek to witness the ever amazing Komodo sunset, dipping behind the nearby active volcano called Sangeang. For the night dive, we will stay in the bay close to the trekking area, and dive the site Stranger Things, for a chance to get your first glimpse of the macro in the national park.
DAY 3: North West Komodo - Day three is our personal favorite in terms of diving, and all 3 of the dives normally conducted on this day are what we would consider unforgettable. The morning is spent on both Crystal Rock and Castle Rock, two submerged pinnacles that are home to an abundance of marine life. Teams of hunting Trevally and Big-Eye Jacks patrol the blue waters of the reefs, chasing large schools of smaller fish. Eagle Rays glide effortlessly in the currents whilst the reef sharks hunt their next meal. In the afternoon we visit the fast becoming famous Cauldron / Shotgun. This dive site is the equivalent of an underwater roller coaster, words alone do not do the site justice. Back in June 2017, the worlds fist non captive Mega-mouth shark was recorded on this site, and the video went viral through national Geographic. The night dive will be spent on China Shop, or Gili Lawa Darat Bay, dependent on mooring conditions.
DAY 4: South West Komodo - Awake early in the morning to complete our diving at a wonderful site called the Golden Passage in the northern most part of western Komodo, a drift dive where you can encounter schools Sweet-lips and Snappers, as well as Mantas and Sharks.
During breakfast we head slightly south in the national park, on the way, repeating either Karang Makassar or Batu Bolong, (dependent on conditions and the group), or visit a new site Mauan, for another chance to catch some Manta Rays. After the days morning dives, we end up at the island of Siaba. Siaba provides you with the opportunity to spot the elusive Dugong during the day, and dependent on conditions, can also be home to eagle rays. At night, Siaba has a great muck dive site we call Dunia Kecil (Small world), a place with a variety of macro possibilities, including flamboyant cuttlefish and many varieties of ghost pipe fish. We have on occasion here been lucky enough to spot different species of octopus, including the Wunderpuss, and the famous Blue Ring Octopus.
DAY 5: Rinca - 2 dives in the morning of the penultimate day of your trip, the first at Pengah Kecil, a small island that is easily to circle on a single tank dive. Sharks, turtles and a variety of rays can be spotted cruising the walls and the shallow stag-horn coral of the site. The final dive of your trip will be at a place the locals have named Wainilu, which translates as ‘cold water’. Here we go in search of Ribbon Eels, Ambonese Scorpion-fish or even Rhinopias. After lunch we go on a simple trek, searching to the Komodo Dragons on the island of Rinca, before heading out to Pulau Kalong, to watch the delay migration of thousands of fruit bats, as they leave their daily island of residence around sunset, in search of fruit.
Day 6: Disembark La Galigo at Labuan Bajo - La Galigo will be anchored up in the morning around 2:00am in Labuan Bajo, in preparation for you to catch your flight, or check in to your hotel. Guests are welcome to stay on-board until 11:00am, where upon we will assist you with transportation to your desired location.
Please note: La Galigo will not guarantee an itinerary, this is meant for illustrative purposes only.
The summa strait and the weather conditions in the area are highly unpredictable. We will not risk our vessel, or our passengers’ safety if our captain and chief officer feel that conditions will not allow us to travel to certain areas.