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Cozumel is one of the most amazing places in the world. This is a spectacular diving site according to oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. When he declared that this is a wonderful place, people from every corner of the world started visiting it in order to explore the underwater Caribbean treasure. It doesn’t matter you are a newbie or a professional diver, this island will meet every diver’s needs. The clear water, diversity of species of fish as well as coral species will leave you speechless. So if you are going to visit Cozumel then Scuba Diving in Cozumel should be in your bucket list. This can be a totally great experience for you and you will always want to go back for more. Cozumel is a stunning island, a blend of Mexican and Caribbean vibes. It is a year-round destination and the best time for Scuba Diving in Cozumel is considered to be December to April. 

Oman is another great destination for tourists. If you are interested in the Best Places to Visit in Oman then hurry up to visit The Sassy Pilgrim and know more details about the incredible places. No matter that you visit Oman for a weekend, there are places you should never miss out to visit. One of these places is Wadi Shab which is a valley with a river or stream flowing through. Visiting Daymaniyat Island for scuba diving is also a must. This place will also allow you to enjoy the sightings of whale sharks, dolphins and whales. The Best Places to Visit in Oman also include visiting the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat. This mosque is known for having the world largest chandeliers made up of 600,000 Swarovski crystal and 24 karat gold plating. There are many more things to do and visit, so hurry up to visit The Sassy Pilgrim and know a lot more information.

Komodo National Park Boat Trip is also a perfect experience for all travelers. If you are Bali then going to Komodo is as easy as pie. Just into Labuan Bajo a day prior because all boat trips start in the early morning, like 5 am and 7 am. You can opt for either a private boat or join a group. Don’t expect luxury services and comfortable beds from Komodo National Park Boat Trip but believe it that stepping out of your comfort zone in a while is a brilliant idea. In order to know more about Komodo and booking your boat trip, you should just visit The Sassy Pilgrim and the whole information will be at your disposal.

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Diving the Best Dive sites in Komodo

One of the most common questions we get asked is “what is the best dive site in Komodo”

At Mikumba Diving we operate daily dive trips in Komodo and also liveaboards in komodo as well as dragon tours at Rinca Island so we are in a good position to answer this question.

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Most people who visit Labuan Bajo for diving have done some research and want to dive Batu Bolong.  This is one of our favourite dive sites in the Komodo National Park as it’s like diving in an aquarium.  You will be amazed here – schools of giant trevallies hunting, massive sweetlips hanging out, humphead napoleon wrasse cruising around not to mention the turtles, sharks and tonnes of brightly coloured reef fish.  We go here several times a week and never get bored.

Another favourite for both our Komodo daily diving trips and our Komodo liveaboard are the manta dive sites.  Here we have two main places where there’s an excellent chance of seeing them - Manta Point which is a 2.5km drift dive along Komodo Island and Mawan where there’s a beautiful sloping reef and several manta cleaning stations.  Our guests love hanging out with these gentle giants, watching them being cleaned as they hover over the cleaning stations or swooping by with their mouths wide open feeding on plankton, if you’re very lucky you may even see them doing their mating rituals and barrel rolling along.

With so many different dive sites to chose from it’s hard to pick favourites but Tatawa Besar is another popular one.  It has some of the best soft corals in the Komodo National Park and is another great place to see turtles, cuttlefish and much much more.  We have even had dolphins and devil rays cruising by!

Our Komodo liveaboards are typically 2 nights and 3 days or 3 nights and 4 days but for some people this is too long so we have decided to operate it as a floating hostel which stays out in the Komodo National Park and you can book just 1 night.  Or if you’re having so much fun you can also extend you trip by as many nights as you like.

Whether you chose to join our Komodo day trip boat or our Komodo liveaboard you will not be disappointed, and we hope you will agree after diving with us that we are indeed the best dive centre in Komodo!

Stay tuned for our next blog where we talk about the best dive sites you can visit on our budget liveaboard in Raja Ampat!

 

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Best Deals for Day Diving in Komodo

Having found the best dive shop in Komodo and doing a couple of day trips with Mikumba Diving, I decided to sign up for their “Best of Central & North” liveaboard.  I’ve been on a few different liveaboards in South East Asia, but yet again, these guys made me enjoy my trip so much, that I really think they are the best Komodo liveaboardyou can book.

Our trip was 4 days and 3 nights, and at the end of it, I really didn’t want to leave!  From the moment we joined the boat, we were made to feel like part of the family – everyone was introduced to us before we even left the harbour, even though they were busy trying to take us out to the Komodo National Park, they had time to meet the guests and welcome us to our home for the next few days, “Ratu Pelangi” – which we found out means Rainbow Queen.

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We set off from the harbour, eager to get to our first dive – some of the others on the boat hadn’t been diving for a while, but that wasn’t a problem, we were going to a nice easy site for our first dive – or check dive, so we could start our Komodo diving trip.

Each day we did 3 or 4 dives, even managing to get in 2 night dives on our trip – don’t worry too much if you’ve never done one before though, there’s always an instructor on the boat to teach the less experienced people, and they have things set up so you can even take a PADI course, like Nitrox or the Advanced course as a couple of people managed to get certified on our trip.  It’s definitely worth doing the PADI course in Komodo as it’s famous for it’s currents

You don’t just dive Komodo on the liveaboard, there’s plenty of other things to do too.  Whether you want to trek up to one of the amazing viewpoints at Padar Island or in the North, visit the Komodo dragons the area is famous for, or see the amazing sight of hundreds of “flying foxes” at Kalong Island setting off as the sun goes down, it’s not just Komodo dragon and diving trips that you’ll experience.

And then we get to the food, wherever I’ve travelled in the world, whenever I’ve been on liveaboards, the one thing that is constant is that there is always plenty of food.  Some boats the food is just alright, and some it’s excellent, for me, Mikumba Diving are in the second group – both local and Western food was provided for us, with delicious snacks, and even a popcorn machine on the boat!  For certain nobody went hungry, and they catered to all tastes, even providing vegan pancakes made with coconut milk – they really did make an effort for everyone which is quite surprising seeing they are one of the cheapest liveaboards in Komodo.

If you want the best Komodo liveaboard, choose Mikumba Diving, you’ll have an amazing trip, see some fantastic things, and enjoy the best dive shop in Komodo.

 

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Top 5 things to do around Komodo, Flores

Even though Komodo is known for having some of the best diving in Indonesia, there are many things to do while you’re here!

One of the most iconic and scenic places in Indonesia is definitely Komodo! I've had the pleasure of staying in Labuan Bajo and exploring the surrounding here a little bit more. Both the Komodo National Park and the west side of Flores has a lot of nature experiences to offer.

Because I found it a bit difficult to find information about the most visit worthy activities around here I decided to make my guide to the top 5 best activities you can do from Labuan Bajo. So let’s start on number 5 and let the countdown begin!

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  1. Cunca Wulang. This is a cool waterfall about an hour drive with scooter from Labuan Bajo. It’s a bit of a drive but I enjoyed to discover some of the country side here, instead of just doing a boat trip in Komodo. When you get to the parking area you need a guide to take you to the waterfall. we paid 140k for the three of us.

  1. Rangko cave. We drove our scooters 40 minute from Labuan Bajo to Rangko village and went by boat from there to the cave. Some trip arrangers include this cave in their boat trip in komodo so that’s possible. The cave has a wonderful pool inside where you can swim and admire the beauty.

  1. Padar and Pink beach is located close to Komodo island and can be reached by a boat ride from labuan bajo. This is really worth it because the view from the top is breath taking!

  1. Komodo dragons is definitely a must while in labuan bajo, flores. Most operators includes it in their budget liveaboard in Komodo. On these trip you can both see the Dragons and enjoy the diving in Komodo.

  1. Komodo Diving! Komodo national park has some of the best coral reefs in the world and because the moving waters through the park it attracts a lot of amazing marine life. Here you can choose to dive on a day trip boat or on a budget liveaboard in Komodo. I recommend: mikumbadiving.com

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Finding the Best diving in Indonesia

Indonesia consists of 13,000 islands and lies on top of the equator . Because of the movement of the sea and the volcanic activity it has become the home of the most bio-diverse ocean regions in the world. 3 There are plenty of destinations around this country which are superb for diving! Some of the best  diving in Indonesia is in Komodo & Raja Ampat. The diving in Raja Ampat has been considered the best in the world with the most species recorded on a single dive. Raja Ampat is located in the far east and quite remote and therefore the prices also are accordingly high. The National Park is also huge and it is hard to reach all the best dive  spots from any town or island. Hence,  a liveaboard is the preferred way to explore the wonders of Raja Ampat. That’s why we offer a budget liveaboard in Raja Ampat, made for passionate divers looking for real adventures and not expecting full-blown luxury. On our traditional phinisi boat Ratu Pelangi, we will show you the best diving in Indonesia at an affordable price and let you experience the real last paradise, Raja Ampat. Our favorite months here are between December and April, a time when the ocean is still and the visibility is great. A huge bonus in these months is the frequent appearance of the legendary Oceanic Manta Ray.

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The diving in between Raja Ampat and Komodo is also superb, you can find remote islands in the Banda Sea, where sightings of hammerheads and whales are not uncommon. Along our expedition of ‘the ring of fire’, we visit places like Misool and the Banda islands where we explore the islands and learn about the history as well as dive the volcanic sloping reefs. Further south, we go to islands like Gili Manuk & the Forgotten islands. 1 This is a 20 day expedition and one of the coolest budget liveaboard experiences you can get. In the very south of Indonesia we find Alor, another hidden divers’ paradise where we have spotted mola molas, dolphins, thresher sharks and loads of rare macro life. Join us on this unbelievable trip! Get more information on www.mikumbadiving.com

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Finding the Best diving in Indonesia

Indonesia consists of 13,000 islands and lies on top of the equator . Because of the movement of the sea and the volcanic activity it has become the home of the most bio-diverse ocean regions in the world. 3 There are plenty of destinations around this country which are superb for diving! Some of the best  diving in Indonesia is in Komodo & Raja Ampat. The diving in Raja Ampat has been considered the best in the world with the most species recorded on a single dive. Raja Ampat is located in the far east and quite remote and therefore the prices also are accordingly high. The National Park is also huge and it is hard to reach all the best dive  spots from any town or island. Hence,  a liveaboard is the preferred way to explore the wonders of Raja Ampat. That’s why we offer a budget liveaboard in Raja Ampat, made for passionate divers looking for real adventures and not expecting full-blown luxury. On our traditional phinisi boat Ratu Pelangi, we will show you the best diving in Indonesia at an affordable price and let you experience the real last paradise, Raja Ampat. Our favorite months here are between December and April, a time when the ocean is still and the visibility is great. A huge bonus in these months is the frequent appearance of the legendary Oceanic Manta Ray.

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The diving in between Raja Ampat and Komodo is also superb, you can find remote islands in the Banda Sea, where sightings of hammerheads and whales are not uncommon. Along our expedition of ‘the ring of fire’, we visit places like Misool and the Banda islands where we explore the islands and learn about the history as well as dive the volcanic sloping reefs. Further south, we go to islands like Gili Manuk & the Forgotten islands. 1 This is a 20 day expedition and one of the coolest budget liveaboard experiences you can get. In the very south of Indonesia we find Alor, another hidden divers’ paradise where we have spotted mola molas, dolphins, thresher sharks and loads of rare macro life. Join us on this unbelievable trip! Get more information on www.mikumbadiving.com

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At Mikumba Diving we are working hard to give you the best experience possible! One key factor to be able to do that is our beloved crew, the heart of the company. They work hard every day diving  in Komodo and our budget liveaboard in Raja Ampat. In our dive center in Labuan Bajo we have friendly staff to provide you with all information, you’re welcome to drop by whenever to enjoy the air  in the office and popcorn fresh from the machine. On our daily boat we have five people in the crew and on our liveaboard there are ten sailors to manage and take care of the boat. If you want more information about our boats have a look at our website www.mikumbadiving.com.

3.0The crew have extensive knowledge of working on boats and knows the areas very well. This is important when we are diving in Komodo & Raja Ampat because there can be strong currents and it’s the crew’s responsibility to care for the safety onboard. The captain is the most important employee onboard the boat and he is usually the one who is in charge of making sure everything is ready before a trip along with a dedicated cruise director. During the trip he will make sure we arrive safely to the dive sites and together with the cruise director, plan and navigates our route. The Cruise director is also one of the most important people on the boat. He or she has the responsibility to organise the trip and will be the one who plan the itinerary and make sure you will get to experience the best diving in indonesia. During the trip the cruise director is always available for any assistance for the guests. Our cruise directors know a lot about diving in Raja Ampat and Komodo with years of experience. Another key person on the boat is of course our chef. The food is very important for us, and we believe it is a big part of the experience, that is why we focus on preparing the most delicious meals with both local and western style.

3.2Apart from these key people we need to have engineers to maintain our engines and to fill up scuba tanks and dinghy drivers for our smaller speed boats that will take us out and back from the dives. Last but not least we have our dive guides that takes care of our guests while diving under water. They are all certified PADI dive masters or instructors that will take best care of you under water and will conduct the dives in a safe and fun way. Get to know our team on www.mikumbadiving.com

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Why To Choose Liveaboard Diving Over Day Trip

If talking about a liveaboard scuba diving then it is the decisive vacation for the enthusiasts of diving. On this type of vacation, all the arrangement and difficulty is eliminated from the experience of diving, since as early as you complete your dive, you get again on the boat and calm down in comfort, eat delicious fresh seafood and relax on the boat. You not need to travel a lot to get out to the dive spots as the Komodo Liveaboard takes you near to the site, and after that you just move on a short route in the Komodo National Park Day Trip.

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For the time of your Best Komodo Liveaboard trip, the liveaboard turns into your own home, and the whole thing you want is available on the boat. There are proper levels of air conditioning, attentive crews and hot water showers to confirm you have the whole thing that you want. In case you do not feel like diving one particular day, you can pass the hours on the tanning deck and once you experience the requirement to cool off, dive into waters and pleasure in the stimulating ocean. Possibly, you will also snorkel all over the boat.

The Best Liveboard Raja Ampat is one of premier diving destinations of the whole world. Lots of different dive places await the enthusiast of scuba; few of them can be liked all through the year.

Get up to the tranquil seas as the water takes on the humid pinkish tint of the increasing sun. Fresh cup of coffee as the boat sails to the very first dive sight of the day. If you are going for this type of trip then you will get stimulated in a very refreshing manner.

Live-aboard diving holidays

You should understand that scuba diving on a live-aboard generally indicates lots and lots of diving. Normal days keep of 3 or 4 dives for each day though this completely depends upon the trip. As per on how several days you go, you can except to come up with 25 or 35 dives more in your schedule.

Once you dive on a Budget Liveaboard Raja Amat you are predicted to be a knowledgeable diver, indicating that you must feel sure underwater. Obviously there are liveaboards where also inexpert divers are greeting. It is crucial to feel that, in case you are making more than three dives for a day, you must keep a proper track of all your dives and if possible dive with a diving computer. If talking about nitrox then it is one best solution to keep the level of nitrogen in your body comparatively low, making it secure for you to dive.

Usually, live-aboard diving indicates the best experience of diving with the big size fish and the excellent coral reefs. As you have the chance to go more from seashore, you will feel that the dive sites which are the most stunning. Expect much more of dives, too much of sun bathing, and enough amount of sleep.

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