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Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba, Komodo, Flores, Alor, Moluccas and Raja Ampat.
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 sq km. As well as being home to the Komodo Dragon – the world’s largest living lizard and can reach 3 metes or more in length and weigh over 70 kg – 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).
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.
The third largest marine park in Indonesia. Legendary underwater explorer and conservationist, Jacques Cousteau is said to have called the Wakatobi islands – then known as the Tukangbesi islands: an “Underwater Nirwana”.
Now a National Marine Park covering the entire Waktobi District, it comprises a total of 1.4 million hectares, of which 900,000 hectares are decorated with different, colorful species of tropical coral reefs.
Rising from the depths of the Banda Sea, south east of the mainland of Sulawesi, the main islands of Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomea, Binongki – WaKaToBi reefs are different from others in the region due to dry climate and uplifted limestone. The environment is exceptionally clean due to the lack of soil erosion. Wakatobi is widely recognized as having the highest number of reef and fish species in the world. The islands are also famous as the largest barrier reef in Indonesia, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. This is the habitat of large and small fish species, the playground of dolphins, turtles and even whales.
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-
Marine biologists consider eastern Indonesia to be the world’s epicenter of marine life, and Raja Ampat harbors probably the greatest diversity of all – including at last count 1223 species of coral reef fish, 565 hard corals and some 700 mollusks.
The reefs have hundreds of brilliantly colored 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 uninhabited islands offers some of the best diving in the world. Raja Ampat’s sheer number and variety of fish, its huge reef systems have divers in raptures. It is like swimming in a tropical aquarium.
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