KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
Komodo National Park lies in the Wallacea Region of Indonesia, identified by WWF and Conservation International as a global conservation priority area, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and is located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores.
Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands creating a total surface area (marine and land) of more than 1,800 km2. As well as being home to the Komodo Dragon – the world’s largest living lizard and can reach 3 metres or more in length and weigh over 70kg – the park provides refuge for many other notable terrestrial species. Moreover, the Park includes one of the richest marine environments.
As far as the marine fauna is concerned, Komodo National Park includes one of the world’s richest marine environments. It consists of over 260 species of reef building coral, 70 different species of sponges, crustaceans, cartilaginous (incl. manta ray and sharks) and over a 1,000 different species of bony fishes (over 1,000 species), as well as marine reptiles (incl. sea turtles), and marine mammals (dolphins, whales, and dugongs).
ALEXA Charters in Komodo between March 2013 – October 2018 & April 2019 onwards
Located to the East of Flores, Alor archipelago is formed by 20 pristine islands and is becoming famous for its world class diving, scenic underwater rock formations, abundant fish life, virgin coral walls and slopes. The main attractions are seasonal passage of whales and diving with such unique underwater creatures as Mola Mola (Sunfish), Thresher shark, whale, giant Grouper and more.
Cruising the archipelago is pure bliss, most of this huge chain of islands enjoys calm seas and warm sunny weather throughout most of the year.
The cruise to Alor will not be complete without venturing deep into the country side and visiting some of the friendliest and most authentic tribes and traditional villages in Indonesia. Time seems to have stopped here centuries ago, a unique experience in our busy world.
ALEXA charters in Alor in October/November 2018 and March/April 2019
Marine biologists consider eastern Indonesia to be the world’s epicentre of marine life, and Raja Ampat harbours probably the greatest diversity of all – including at last count 1223 species of coral reef fish, 565 hard corals and some 700 molluscs.
The reefs have hundreds of brilliantly coloured soft and hard corals, the marine topography varies from vertical walls and pinnacles to reef flats and underwater ridges. You can get up close with huge manta rays and giant clams, watch schools of barracudas, peer at tiny pygmy seahorses and encounter a wobbegong or epaulette shark.
This group of 610 mostly inhabited islands offers some of the best diving in the world. Raja Ampat’s sheer number and variety of fish, it’s huge reef systems have divers in raptures. It is like swimming in a tropical aquarium.
ALEXA charters in Raja Ampat between November 2018 – March 2019
MOYO & SUMBAWA
The island of Sumbawa Besar is all volcanic ridges, jungle peninsulas and sheltered bays. The southwest coast is where Sumbawa is most spectacular, with pristine white beaches that see amazing surf. There are several less known diving spots along its coast, and probably more to be discovered.
The island of Moyo floats atop the gorgeous azure seas just north of Sumbawa Besar. Most of the island, and the rich coral reefs off-shore, form a nature reserve laced with hiking trails, dripping with waterfalls and offering some of the best diving west of Komodo National Park.