Wicked Diving has been running liveaboard trips in Thailand for over a decade, and in Indonesia since 2011. In that time they have earned a reputation for high standards of safety and customer service, as well as a commitment to the environment. From their base in Labuan Bajo, Wicked Diving now run laidback and relaxing trips onboard the Salakanagara, a beautiful phinisi-style schooner that explores the north and centre of the Komodo National Park. These trips are perfect for guests who want to dive with a reputable company without spending a fortune, and the Salakanagara is the perfect platform to explore Komodo’s exhilarating diving.

WICKED DIVING HIGHLIGHTS
  • Dive the best sites of the north and central areas of the national park
  • Visit the islands in search of Komodo dragons
  • Stay onboard a phinisi schooner that caters for just 14 guests
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Overview

Wicked Divers first opened its doors in 2006 and has been running liveaboards trips to the Surin and Similan Islands from their base in Khao Lak, Thailand, every since. In 2011, Wicked ran its first expedition to Komodo and after falling in love with the area and its extraordinary diving, opened a Wicked dive centre in Labuan Bajo. From here the company now runs liveaboard trips in the national park, adventure tours on land and its own environmental organisation - Wicked Good - based in Labuan Bajo.

Wicked Diving has always worked on the premise that safety and service can work hand-in-hand with responsible tourism. In their own words, “Wicked Diving is not your ordinary dive centre. We fiercely believe in making a positive impact each day - from the ecologically friendly products used on our boats & shops to the community based training programs we undertake.” The company was the first in Thailand to employ a responsible tourism policy and the first Sea Shepherd dive centre in Thailand and Indonesia. They strive to maintain a ‘no impact’ dive ethic and maintain the highest possible standards of safety - vital in an area such as Komodo with its famously-strong and unpredictable currents.

Destinations

KOMODO NATIONAL PARK

The Komodo National Park lie close to Flores to the east, and separated from Sumbawa to the west by the Sape Strait. Covering over 1,730 square kilometres, the park includes the three large islands of Komodo, Padar and Rinca, along with 26 smaller islands. On dry land, Komodo is justifiably famous for its incredible landscapes. The park’s rugged terrain is dominated by jagged peaks, mountain slopes covered in dry savannah and dense stands of deciduous forests that cling to life in the sheltered valleys - a testament to the park’s dry conditions. Erosion has carved the the coastlines of the islands into deep bays, inlets, channels and isolated beaches, creating some of Indonesia’s most spectacular scenery. Locations such as Komodo’s ‘Pink Beach’ and the incredible view from Padar looking across back-to-back, circular bays, are worth the trip alone!

The national park was founded in 1980 to protect its infamous resident - the Komodo dragon. This extraordinary species is the world’s largest land-dwelling reptile and can still be observed in the wild on both Komodo and Rinca islands. Komodo dragons can grow to over 70kg in weight and are thought to have evolved from giant monitor lizards that once roamed across Australia and Southeast Asia - before the arrival of man drove the lizards to extinction in all but the most remote corners of Indonesia’s archipelago.

Komodo’s dramatic landscape continues beneath the waves, and the diversity of different habitats is matched by the park’s incredible species biodiversity. In fact Komodo is one of the richest marine environments in the world, and the reefs, channels, seagrass beds and mangroves are home to over 1000 species of fish and 250 species of corals. The islands of the park lie within a channel that funnels a huge volume of water between the Flores Sea and the Indian Ocean - part of the famous Indonesian Throughflow. The result is nutrient-rich upwellings from the deep surrounding waters, and dramatic currents that sweep past the islands with every tidal change - perfect conditions for the an incredible diversity of marine life, as well as superb diving.

Vessels

SALAKANAGARA

The Salakanagara is a 24m, sturdy phinisi-style schooner that has been operating as a liveaboard in Indonesia since 2015, and refurbished at the start of 2018. The Salakanagara is not a luxury liveaboard nor does it offer luxury trips, but the boat is a very capable and has an excellent and knowledgable crew onboard - making this fantastic phinisi a very affordable and safe platform to explore the diving of the Komodo National Park. 

The Salakanagara has two main living areas, both with plenty of shade and seating and perfect for relaxing between dives. Meals are served on both the upper or main deck and following dinner, guests can climb up to the cabin roof for some star gazing. The boat has four cabins with bunkbeds on the main deck and one cabin with 6 berths down below, catering for a maximum of 14 guests. Each bed is designed as a ‘pod’ with power outlet, LED reading lamp, personal fan and privacy curtain and the cabins have secure storage for personal gear. The rooms are shared between males and females and there are a total of 3 shared bathrooms on board. There are also fresh water showers on the dive deck and separate crew and guide quarters. All of the cabins have aircon and soundproofed walls. The purpose-built dive deck at the stern has plenty of room for equipment and cameras, a filling station, a shower and direct access to the tenders. To support dive operations, the Salakanagara has two dive tenders and is fitted with all necessary safety equipment suitable for operating a boat in a remote location.

Itineraries

NORTH AND CENTRAL KOMODO

The Salakanagara focuses on the north and central areas of the national park, visiting the best sites and searching for those amazing encounters that the park is so well known for. The exact itinerary and dive sites are chosen depending on the currents, weather, experience level of guests onboard and lunar cycle - as the currents in the park can be particularly strong around the new and full moons. Safety is paramount and given the challenging nature of some of the sites in Komodo, the Wicked Diving guides use their experience to carefully select the best location at the best time.

Guests can join the Salakanagara for trips of different lengths and focusing on different areas of the park. The full trip - 7 days and 6 nights from Saturday to Friday - explores both the north and central areas, and includes a trip to visit the Komodo Dragons on land. This trip is split into two sections and guests can join for 4 days and 3 nights from Saturday onwards, exploring northern sites such as Cauldron, Castle Rock and Batu Moncho, or for 4 days and 3 nights from Tuesday diving Manta Point, Batu Bolong, Tatawa and visiting the Komodo dragons. Once a month, the Salakanagara also runs a 5 day, 4 night trip exploring the best of the north and central areas. See the package descriptions for more information.

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FEATURED PACKAGES

7 days and 6 nights from Saturday to Friday, exploring the best dive sites in both the northern and central areas of the park, as well as a visit to the famous Komodo Dragons. The package includes 19 dives, accommodation in a 6 bunk dorm and all meals. Upgrades to a 2 bunk room are available. Rental equipment is also available.

  • Transport to the pier in Labuan Bajo and back
  • All meals onboard
  • Tea, coffee, water and electrolytes
  • Tanks, weights and dive guides
  • Good times, great memories and lots of fun on the Komodo Liveaboards
  • Rental dive equipment
  • Soft drinks and beers
  • Park Fees, payable onboard

Komodo Explorer

at Wicked Diving

Dive the best of Komodo’s northern and central sites onboard the Salakanagara

Duration
7 Days
6 Nights
Starts At US$1125
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More options
STANDARD PACKAGES

Northern Explorer

at Wicked Diving

Explore Komodo’s incredible northern sites onboard the Salakanagara

Trips from 01/04/2018 until 02/01/2019

Duration
4 Days
3 Nights
Starts At US$685

This 4 day, 3 night trip runs from Saturday to Tuesday, and includes 10 dives exploring the sites in the north of the park, accommodation in a 6 bunk dorm and all meals. Upgrades to a 2 bunk room are available. Rental equipment is also available.

  • Transport to the pier in Labuan Bajo and back
  • All meals onboard
  • Tea, coffee, water and electrolytes
  • Tanks, weights and dive guides
  • Good times, great memories and lots of fun on the Komodo Liveaboards
  • Rental dive equipment
  • Soft drinks and beers
  • Park Fees, payable onboard
Diving

Central Explorer

at Wicked Diving

Dive Komodo’s central sites in search of manta rays onboard the Salakanagara

Duration
4 Days
3 Nights
Starts At US$685

This 4 day, 3 night trip runs from Tuesday to Friday, and includes 9 dives exploring the sites in the centre of the park, a visit to the famous Komodo Dragons, accommodation in a 6 bunk dorm and all meals. Upgrades to a 2 bunk room are available. Rental equipment is also available.

  • Transport to the pier in Labuan Bajo and back
  • All meals onboard
  • Tea, coffee, water and electrolytes
  • Tanks, weights and dive guides
  • Good times, great memories and lots of fun on the Komodo Liveaboards
  • Rental dive equipment
  • Soft drinks and beers
  • Park Fees, payable onboard
Diving

Komodo Special

at Wicked Diving

Dive the best of Komodo’s northern and central sites onboard the Salakanagara

Duration
5 Days
4 Nights
Starts At US$890

This 5 day, 4 night special trip runs just once a month from Saturday to Wednesday, and includes 14 dives exploring the best dive sites of both the northern and central areas of the park, a visit to the famous Komodo Dragons, accommodation in a 6 bunk dorm and all meals. Upgrades to a 2 bunk room are available. Rental equipment is also available.

  • Transport to the pier in Labuan Bajo and back
  • All meals onboard
  • Tea, coffee, water and electrolytes
  • Tanks, weights and dive guides
  • Good times, great memories and lots of fun on the Komodo Liveaboards
  • Rental dive equipment
  • Soft drinks and beers
  • Park Fees, payable onboard
Diving