Our guest Sophie from Fiji joined one of our liveaboard trips in Komodo National Park – this is what she had to say:
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 liveaboard you 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.
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 its 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.