This trip begins on Flores Island on the Eastern end of Komodo National Park. After a couple days to explore this unique island and de-jetlag, the liveaboard portion of the trip begins. For the next nine days trip members live on a boat travelling around the many islands of Komodo National Park. With some of the richest biodiversity of the planet, and legendary bucket list dive sites, you’ll scuba dive up to four times a day while learning about the habitat and species you encounter. The trip includes a day on Komodo Island where you can get beautiful pics of ugly dragons. Trip leaders will instruct all trip members in relaxation and breathing techniques of freediving and your final day living on the boat will be spend practicing your new freedive skills in the water. Trips conclude back on Flores where you’ll hike to waterfalls, and explore the island before heading home.
Bali & Komodo Island
June 26th-July 9th 2024
4 Trip Leaders
Max 8:1 Student/Adult
*not including airfare
THE TRIP AT A GLANCE
This trip's main project is in partnership with North Bali Reef Conservation outside the rural fishing village of Tianyar. One of Padma’s most immediately fulfilling projects, trip members make and deploy structures in the ocean to restore a section of destroyed reef. Each year, the biodiversity of the targeted section of reef has nearly doubled thanks to our efforts. It’s hard to imagine a project that provides such directly and quickly visible benefits to our friends in the sea.
Trips begin in the cultural and spiritual hub of Ubud. Abounding with ancient temples, forests, rivers, terraced rice fields, and intriguing people of all kinds, Ubud is an ideal spot to learn, experiment, and capture creative shots while enjoying true Balinese culture.
Gentle and graceful giants of the ocean, trip members learn about and participate in ongoing manta ray research by getting into the water off the shores of Nusa Penida Island. Many trip members and trip leaders report their time with these manta rays as a highlight of their lives.
Spending your days living on a sailboat in the ocean, floating across crystal clear blue waters is an incredible experience. Add to this, daily scuba diving amidst astounding biodiversity while learning about the habitats you’re visiting, and you have the trip of a lifetime.
A protected area with no permanent residents, this island has other worldly forests and is home to Komodo Dragons. This phase of the trip focuses on nature photography and of course, capturing images of the giant dragons. At this point on the trip, there will be instructional reviews of trip members' work to this point, consisting of one on one consultation workshops.
Science Based Scuba
For students certified in scuba diving and passionate about the ocean, this trip provides the chance to dive to your heart's content while learning marine ecology and conservation methodology. For those interested in pursuing careers focused on marine life, nature, and conservation, this trip affords the opportunity to take science out of the classroom and into crystal clear waters of Indonesia, brimming with life.