Why you should choose Moana:
Large deck and relaxation area for only 10 guests, experienced crew, great service, 5:1 guide to guest ration, Stand up paddle boards available on board.

Moana the boat is a classic 30m Phinisi Schooner, able to take up to 10 passengers.
All cabins have air-conditioning and en suite bathrooms.
Built in the traditional style during 2003 and 2004 but equipped with all the comforts of a new boat, she is entirely made from teak and ironwood, which lends a warm and comfortable atmosphere to the boat.

She is perfectly equipped for cruising, snorkeling and diving Komodo.

The upper deck offers a huge amount of space and there is an air-conditioned indoor salon and a lot of areas to relax.
On deck you will find a big spacious dining table with romantic indirect lightning and for outdoor lovers they offer blankets to sleep on deck under the stars.

Since the launch in 2004 Moana & Crew have pampered all her guests and they will always do their best to fulfill all your requests to make your trip a memorable experience.
Read the guest reviews

Some of the most frequently asked questions about Komodo.
When is the best time to Dive Komodo - How to get to Komodo - The top 10 reasons to join a Liveaboard in Komodo - Komodo Diving and the Dive sites - What are the advantage of a Liveaboard over Shore diving - Information about Komodo - Are these trips suitable for non-divers / snorkellers - The Latest Indonesian Travel Information - Other general FAQs

Moana - schedule

Moana - prices and what's included

Prices are per person per trip and based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

Trip price includes:
• Full board (5 x meals / day) with International and Indonesian food, 2 x breakfast, served 2-course lunch and served 3- course-dinner.
• Shared accommodation in double / two-bed cabin with ensuite bathroom and AC
• Up to 4 dives / day including dive guide, tanks, weight belt and weight (subject to itinerary and for diving trip price only)
• Coke, Sprite, standard drinking water
• Tea and coffee
• Towels, bedsheets and covers
• Land-excursions and beach stays (subject to itinerary)
• Use of waters ports equipment (e.g.sea kayaks, snorkel equipment)
• Transfers in LabuanBajo: Airport-Moana-Airport

Trip price does not include:
• Airfares (domestic flights Bali - Moana – Bali)
• National Park Entrance & Harbor Fees (at the moment 115 Euros / person)
• Alcoholic beverages and some soft drinks in cans
• Accommodation before / after the trip
Dive insurance is mandatory as is your own personal dive computer (You can rent one for the trip if you do not have your own).
As well as the Mandatory Dive Insurance we highly recommend Trip and Travel Insurance on the off chance of missed or cancelled flights / lost baggage, documents, money or passport / Covid issues or any other unforeseen problems that could possibly occur.
Dive Assure Insurance offers cover for all these eventualities as well as complete Dive Insurance all in one package.
• Domestic Flights, Bali - Komodo - Bali
• Crew tip suggestion E15 / night / guest
• Anything else not under “INCLUSIVE” section

Booking and Cancellation Terms and Conditions.
Booking deposit: 30% of your invoice total is required within 7 days of booking to confirm your booking.
Final payment of 70% is due to 90 days prior to the departure date to complete your invoice payment.
Individual bookings made less than 90 days before the departure date will be payable in full upon booking to confirm your booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.
Payment can be made via Credit or Debit card (Visa, AMEX, Mastercard), Revolut pay, Wise, Bank transfer or Apple and Google pay at no extra charge.

Diving Equipment Rentals (USD) Per trip
Full Set (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins, dive computer) E 200
Regulator with octopus E 55
Computer E 55
BCD E 55
Wetsuit (long 5mm) E 55
Mask FOC
Fins (+ booties as required) FOC
Torch E 20

Booking and Cancellation Terms and Conditions.
Booking deposit: 30% of your invoice total is required within 7 days of booking to confirm your booking.
Final payment of 70% is due to 90 days prior to the departure date to complete your invoice payment.
Individual bookings made less than 90 days before the departure date will be payable in full upon booking to confirm your booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.
Payment can be made via Credit or Debit card (Visa, AMEX, Mastercard), Revolut pay, Wise, Bank transfer or Apple and Google pay at no extra charge.

Moana - Video

Moana - cabins

Moana the boat is a classic 30m Phinisi Schooner, able to take up to 10 passengers in 5 cabins.

  • Moana

    Cabin 1
    1x double bed (possible to have child sleeping with parents)

  • Moana

    Cabin 2 and 3
    Cabin 2 and 3: 1x double bed

  • Moana

    Cabin 4 and 5
    Cabin 4 and 5: 2x single beds

  • Moana

    Lounge

Cabin 1
1x double bed (possible to have child sleeping with parents)

Cabin 2
Cabin 2 and 3: 1x double bed

Cabin 3
Cabin 2 and 3: 1x double bed

Cabin 4
Cabin 4 and 5: 2x single beds

Cabin 5
Cabin 4 and 5: 2x single beds

Moana - diving

Komodo diving

Diving in Komodo is not a new idea but recently it's being recognised as a premier destination due to the awesome variety of diving to be had.
Crystal clear water and dive sites where you never see another diver provide a little something for everyone whether it's macro or massive you love.
One day you can be crawling along the bottom looking at pygmy seahorses, frogfish and unusual nudibranch and the next you are in the big blue on an open water pinnacle as the mantas fly by, the sharks circle and the dolphins hunt and the next day diving a live volcano!!
For sheer variety there is no better place on earth.

Komodo is one of the few places left in the world where sharks are not rare and down south is one of the places where manta rays have their legendary aggregations, meaning they are here in the area in their hundreds!!!

One of the highlights of these trips is the rare opportunity to walk with the lengendary Komodo dragons.
These truly awesome beasts can reach 3 metres plus and can reportedly run at 20km an hour chasing their prey. It's the icing on the cake, Stunning diving and one of the world's last surviving dinosaur descendants all one amazing package.

Covering the best of both worlds, from up close and personal with aggragating mantas to shy pygmy seahorses and rare nudibranches Komodo diving has it all. The beauty of Komodo liveaboard diving is in the balance between the large and small animals. One day you will be in the blue swimming with mantas and sharks and the next swimming along a bubbling volcanic reef covered with venting submerged fumeroles blowing bubbles into the water and hiding one of the worlds best kept secret macro dive sites.

In North Komodo the water temperature is normally 27-29°C. Around Southern Komodo and Rinca Islands the water temperature drops can drop a bit to 22-26°C. A 5mm long suit is advised and hood and booties are strongly recommended for the southern area.

These are some of the top sites that most liveaboards visit.

Angel reef, Moyo, Sumbawa diving

We start our Komodo liveaboard with the first dive of the trip and the check out dive. This dive site doesn't disappoint. A beautiful wall stretching down to 50 metres covered in hard and soft corals very reminiscent of Bunaken in North Sulawesi. Schools of bannerfish and trevally patrol the walls with the occasional reef sharks making an appearance. Ribbon eels hide in crevices and many different nudibranchs crawl over the vast elephant ear sponges that hang from the beautiful soft coral infested wall.

Satonda island bay

A protected bay on Satonda island north of Sumbawa hosts a treasure trove of macro critters, the more we dive here the more we find. The rare Denise pygmy seahorse lives in fans here, frogfish hang out in big barrel sponges and ghost pipefish hide amongst the featherstars that cover the reef slope. In the sandy bottom you can find jawfish with their mouths full of eggs, myriads of anemonefish, mushroom coral pipefish and spearer mantis shrimps.

Sangeang island diving

Sangieng island is a perfectly round volcanic island jutting up from the sea bed. Still active and last blowing in 1996 this well kept secret is one of the world's finest macro dive areas. With diving available all around the island there is not one specific spot but always new ones to be discovered. Bubbles of volcanic gas seep through the sand creating a surreal atmosphere and a warm black sand bottom hosting rare and unusual nudibranch. Pygmy seahorses, frogfish, Pegasus sea moths and carnivorous shells and all common here, this is my personal favourite dive site as every time we dive here there is a surprise in store of something new that is often not in the books - this site is why you go Komodo liveaboard diving.

Gps point - Gili Banta diving

Gps point is an open sea mount prone to strong currents at certain times of the day. This provides prolific hard and soft coral growth that is home to hundreds of different types of reef fish. Loved by sharks, white tip sharks cruise around the whole dive in amongst the hunting giant trevallies and schooling jacks and surgeon fish, an exciting dive.

Takat Toko, Gili Lawalaut diving

This is one of my favourite sites on the Komodo liveaboard itinerary and is very similar to Gps point this site takes it to the next level. Grey reef shark, white tip sharks, occassional dolphins and a literal fish soup created by jacks, surgeonfish, giant trevallies and bannerfish surround this large sea mount as you hang on to the reef edge and watch the action. Again this site is prone to strong currents but we time our dives to hit around slack tide and a little current brings in the big fish. Great pelagic action, my favourite blue water dive.

Lighthouse reef, Gili Lawalaut diving

An adrenalin pounding drift dive along the wall and around the corner under the lighthouse. Sharks, mantas, dolphins are all frequent visitors on the dive with some of the best coral reef top in the area around the corner out of the current at the end of the dive you can hunt for porcelain crabs, cuttlefish and unusual seahorses whilst waiting for the adrenalin to funnel out of your system and your heart rate to return to normal-this is what Komodo liveaboard diving is all about!.

Crystal rock, Gili Lawalaut diving

A stunning soft coral and sea fan covered pinnacle with crystal water clarity this is a great site for those magazine cover wide angle shots. With at least 5 different types of angelfish, 4 types of trigger and butterflyfish everywhere it is a excellent reef fish dive with frequent visits from eagle and manta rays and the resident sleepy hawksbill turtle.

Pink beach, Komodo diving

Colder water and lower vis here due to the huge amounts of organic matter in the water due to the southern currents but this is more than made up for by the astounding life available to see here due to this phenomenon. Normally done as a night dive it also makes a good day dive with everything from white tip sharks to pygmy seahorses; zebra crabs, Coleman shrimp, many coloured frogfish, xeno crabs, Spanish dancers, and unusual nudibranchs are hidden amongst the dense coral growth.

Cannibal rock, Rinca island diving

Colder water than the north but touted by many as one of the worlds best 10 sites, yes I know there seems to be way more than 10 "top 10 sites" but this one really is one if you like macro. Everything is here even the rarest of the rare, the Rhinopias scorpionfish. It's nudi heaven with only the special and the rare getting to appear here, more species than I care to mention along with large and different frogfish mixed in with schools of fish and the resident dopy turtle we do 2 dives here and it's still not enough!! You will love it, I personally adore this dive site.

Torpedo alley, Rinca island diving

Just next to cannibal rock and where the boat moors is a beach that has wild pigs, monkeys and Komodo dragons in the daytime and hosts a myriad of critters in the waters in front if it at night. Named for the large amount of torpedo rays found here, a member of the electric ray family- no touching! They cover the sandy bottom along with loads of nudis obvious on the black sand bottom along with bizarre crabs and octopus.

Manta alley, Komodo diving

In the cooler waters in the south of Komodo there is a bay in which there are a series of pinnacles that seem to be a magnet for aggregating mantas. They are here in their tens, often we come up having seen over 20 different individuals. Often a little shy, their evasive spins and pirouettes makes the watching of them that much more enjoyable.

Takat Makassar, Komodo diving

This is our other manta site. A little bit more of a risk to see them as it is a huge area and we drift along the bottom in about 10 metres but along the way we always run into loads of turtles, napoleon and humphead wrasse, white tip sharks and very very occasionally you will be incredibly lucky and run into the resident dugong that inhabits this area along with scores of mantas as they migrate north.

3 sisters, Padar island diving

A series of underwater pinnacles reaching nearly to the the surface off the coast of Padar island next to Komodo this site constantly springs surprises on you from silvertip sharks and mobular ray schools to marbled rays and rare nudibranchs.

Moana - itineraries

Below is a typical schedule for your trip onboard Moana. Your actual schedule may vary as all our trips are based around sea conditions, tides, currents and moon cycles.

Moana is leaving from Labuan Bajo, Flores every trip at 11:00am and returning to Labuan Bajo, Flores also at 11:00am in the morning.
The boat recommends these flights from Garuda: (the other airlines are as we speak changing schedules due to high season…please lawyas check the times as they change constantly)
from Bali to Labuan Bajo: 7:30am or day before and stay in a hotel
from Labuan Bajo to Bali: 12:55am or later
** return flight to Bali is normally at 12:55pm

Komodo 5 Day sample itinerary

Day 1: Labuan Bajo (Flores)
Welcome aboard MOANA, we will be waiting for you in the harbour of Labuhan Bajo/Flores. After a refreshing welcome drink, the journey begins at 11 o’clock in the morning. Now it’s time for a short introduction to the facilities of our vessel, the diving operation and the tour program.
Check-out dive: 1 SABALON or SEBAYUR.
2 SEBAYUR for night dive. Enjoy your first dinner and night on Moana.

Day 2: North Komodo
Small breakfast.
Morning dive: 3 CRYSTAL ROCK. After second breakfast depart for dive nr.
4 CASTLE ROCK. The rock is packed with bronze and rust colored sponges and soft tree corals. You can see black snappers, large cuttlefish, pyramid butterfly fish, and red octopuses. Later in the afternoon we climb the local summit and enjoy a splendid panorama over the moon-shape islands of the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores.
Afternoon dive at 5 LIGHT HOUSE in the north of Komodo.
6 GILI LAWA DARAT BAY as night dive.

Day 3: Central Komodo
Morning dive: 7 TATAWA KECIL.
11 o’clock dive: 8 TATAWA BESAR. Thousands of fish of every colour and shape are here including regal angelfish, checkerboard wrasse and masked unicorn fish, against a beautiful backdrop of acripora corals, gorgonian fans and sponges.
In the afternoon we dive: 9 MOANA‘s MANTA POINT and 
10 SIABA BESAR as night dive.

Day 4: Komodo - Rinca
This morning we dive at our favorite spot: 11 CURRENT CITY (Batu Bolong). While enjoying a wonderful breakfast, we sail towards Rinca, relax and enjoy great views, let our crew pampering you while spotting dolphins, reading or sun bathing. 
12 PULAU TENGAH (Little Batu Bolong) our new secret hot spot! In the afternoon you are able to enjoy the 1 hour “Dragon walk” to see the last representatives of the Jurassic Park on earth, the infamous Komodo Dragon.

Day 5: Labuan Bajo
After breakfast we have time to move Moana back to Labuhan Bajo. At 11 o’clock in the morning you will be transferred to your hotel or the airport where your airplane to Bali is waiting for you.
On request extension possible: for example round trip Flores.

What time is the embarkation and departure?

Time of embarkation on the first day of the trip is at 11 am.
Moana is leaving from Labuan Bajo, Flores every trip at 11:00 and returning to Labuan Bajo, Flores also at 11:00 in the morning.
Prior to the sailing trip our passengers usually stay in a hotel. Please let us know where we can reach you at least 10 days before departure. This enables us to give you last details concerning the cruise. In order to avoid misunderstandings concerning transfers we would also like to know about your plans after the sailing trip.

What is the difference between diving trip and cruising trip?

This only relates to diving activities. All other services are the same. Diving Trip means that you booked incl. all diving according to itinerary. Cruising Trip means that you don’t have a diving package. You can pay per dive aboard if you want. This is good for guests who don’t dive at all or who occasionally want to dive.

Some of the most frequently asked questions about Komodo.
When is the best time to Dive Komodo - How to get to Komodo - The top 10 reasons to join a Liveaboard in Komodo - Komodo Diving and the Dive sites - What are the advantage of a Liveaboard over Shore diving - Information about Komodo - Are these trips suitable for non-divers / snorkellers - The Latest Indonesian Travel Information - Other general FAQs