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Tour Highlights

  • Join a pioneering SwimTrek adventure in the heart of Indonesia's stunning 'Coral Triangle'

  • Discover the awe-inspiring marine life that exists in this area, including the highest rates of both coral and coral fish diversity anywhere on the planet

  • Visit Komodo Island and come face-to-face with one of the world's most fascinating animals; the Komodo Dragon

  • Complete a series of unforgettable swims, many of which have never been swum before

  • Relax on board the recently renovated SMY Oceanic yacht, including comfortable rooms, large deck areas and our very own on board chef

Join us on this brand new SwimTrek adventure in 2018 as we explore the breathtaking waters and abundant marine life in and around Komodo National Park. This unique liveaboard swimming holiday in Indonesia represents SwimTrek at its pioneering best as we discover unforgettable swimming routes which have never been completed before.

This trip is set in the heart of the Coral Triangle, which is home to six of the world’s seven marine turtles species, as well as 76% of the world’s coral reef species and 37% of the world’s coral fish species. This gives the Coral Triangle both the highest coral diversity and the highest coral fish diversity anywhere in the world. With much of this stunning reef and marine life sitting within metres of the surface, as swimming holiday really is the perfect way to explore this part of the world.

Using the recently refurbished SMY Oceanic liveaboard yacht as both our accommodation and escort boat allows us to travel to some of the most remote locations amongst this picturesque archipelago. It also gives us the chance to make changes to our itinerary when required in order to complete a truly stunning selection of swim over the course of the week.

On top of the organised swims which are included in the trip itinerary, there is also plenty of time to take part in additional activities throughout the trip. These include snorkeling sessions before breakfast or after lunch, or guided scuba dives, which can be paid for locally during your trip.

Who is this trip for?

This trip is for experienced open water swimmers who want to explore the reefs and islands that surround and make up the Komodo National Park in Indonesia. Some of the swims may be challenging due to local weather conditions and currents, so it is important that swimmers are comfortable in this situation. Swimmers should be capable of completing the average daily swim distance of around 5 km (split over a minimum of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.

What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday in Komodo National Park, Indonesia
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Six nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches
  • All dinners
  • All national park fees, port taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Airport/Hotel transfer to our boat on Day 1
  • Transfer back to the airport on Day 7

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Alcoholic drinks which can be purchased on board our boat
  • Optional tipping for on board crew

Daily Itineraries

Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.

Trip Dates: 30 JUNE - 6 JULY 2018

Day 1

Upon arrival at Bima International Airport, our SwimTrek representative will meet you at the airport. From here, there is a short boat transfer to our liveaboard vessel; the SMY Oceanic. Once you have had a chance to relax, the SwimTrek guides and ship’s captain will host a welcome drink and briefing on the ship’s aft deck where we will cover the plan for the week in more detail.

We weigh anchor and head for the Bima Strait which is the site for our first and only swim along the beautiful coastline of Sumbawa Island. It’s a coastal swim along this picturesque and mountainous island, finishing at the traditional fishing village of Wera, where wooden fishing boats are still built by hand. Back on board, we enjoy the first of our dinners, a blend of modern Indonesian cuisine with a Western touch.

Day 2

Today we swim along the west coast of Sangeang, one of Indonesia’s most active and exciting volcanoes. On the first swim, hot vents spew out heated water and gas bubbles which attract a diverse range of sea life, some of which are unique to this area. It makes for truly spectacular swimming within the coral gardens that surround this island.

After lunch on our liveaboard, its back into the water, this time in the island’s southwest, where the coastline is more craggy and there is even more opportunity to explore. At the end of our two swims here, we weigh anchor and head across the sea into Komodo National Park.

Day 3

Before breakfast, you’ll have the chance to snorkel in the waters just off Gili Banta, which is an ancient, uninhabited and slightly submerged volcano. The first swim of the day is along the rim of Gili Banta crater, which is home to a wide variety of sea life including devilfish, lionfish and turtles. The swimming here is varied and the dropoff below us is an impressive site. In the afternoon, we use the currents to our benefit as we get pushed along the coast, allowing us to cover a greater distance around Gilli Banta.

Day 4

This morning the imposing figure of Komodo Island looms large in front of us. Before reaching the island, we explore the Gili Lawa Islands, which lie just north of Komodo. Here, we attempt a crossing between the two islands of Laut and Darat.

After lunch on board, we head to Darat’s west coast and swim along the dive site of Crystal Bommie which has colourful soft corals and schools of various fish. Sheer walls are a feature here as well as rocks and islets with varied sea life, which make for superb swimming. Later in the afternoon, we walk up the hill at Gili Lawa Darat which offers stunning views of the day’s swims and also the Komodo Strait.

Day 5

We take an early morning walk on Komodo where we have an opportunity to come face to face with the legendary Komodo dragons. The islands’ interiors consist mostly of dry forests, where you can also encounter other animals such as water buffaloes, birds, pigs, and deer.

After visiting the island, we set off on our first swim for the day along Komodo’s southeastern coastline, where visibility is excellent. After a break for lunch, we take the boat across for a swim along Pantai Mera Island, where Manta rays are often spotted. The swimming here is fantastic due to the protected location and the wonderful marine life that exists in this area.

Day 6

Today we visit the smallest of the archipelago’s main islands, Padar. Padar Island features the natural phenomenon of a pink beach which is a delight to swim over. This peculiar beach gets its colour from red coral fragments. First up we swim between 3 islets in southern Padar. The swimming here is potentially challenging as we use the tide to cover greater distances across the bay that the islets are in.

After lunch on board our vessel, we hike up to the hills of Padar and look at our upcoming afternoon swim, which is a stunning coastal swim along the island’s southern coastline. There is a good mix of reef swimming on this last swim of the day. There is then time to travel on the boat through the archipelago of islands located to the west of Flores as we travel to Labuan Bajo where we will spend our last night.

Day 7

There is time for a short early morning swim before our last breakfast together and a debrief about the trip before we depart our vessel.

Trip Dates: 6 JULY - 12 July 2018

Day 1

Upon arrival at Labuan Bajo Airport, our SwimTrek representative will meet you at the airport. From here, there is a short transfer ride to our liveaboard vessel; the SMY Oceanic. Once you have had a chance to relax, the SwimTrek guides and ship’s captain will host a welcome drink and briefing on the ship’s aft deck where we will cover the plan for the week in more detail.

We weigh anchor and head for Sabayor island, which lies off Flores’s west coast. The reef here fringes right next to the island and can be within a few metres of the surface which makes it excellent for swimming over. During the swim we encounter a number of different islets and bays which makes for an ideal opening swim. Back on board, we enjoy the first of our dinners, a blend of modern Indonesian cuisine with a Western touch.

Day 2

Today we visit the smallest of the archipelago’s main islands, Padar. Padar Island features the natural phenomenon of a pink beach which is a delight to swim over. This peculiar beach gets its colour from red coral fragments. First up we swim between 3 islets in southern Padar. The swimming here is potentially challenging as we use the tide to cover greater distances across the bay that the islets are in.

After lunch on board our vessel, we hike up to the hills of Padar and look at our upcoming afternoon swim, which is a stunning coastal swim along the island’s southern coastline. There is a good mix of reef swimming here.

Day 3

This morning the imposing figure of Komodo Island looms large in front of us. We take an early morning walk on the island where we have an opportunity to come face to face with the legendary Komodo dragons. The island’s interiors consist mostly of dry forests, where you can also encounter other animals such as water buffaloes, birds, pigs, and deer.

After visiting the Komodo Island, we set off on our first swim for the day along its southeastern coastline, where visibility is excellent. After a break for lunch, we take the boat across for a swim along Pantai Mera Island, where Manta rays are often spotted. The swimming here is fantastic due to the protected location and the wonderful marine life that exists in this area.

Day 4

From Komodo Island we head north to the Gili Lawa Islands, which lie just off Komodo. Here, we attempt a crossing between the two islands of Laut and Darat.

After lunch on board, we head to Darat’s west coast and swim along the dive site of Crystal Bommie which has colourful soft corals and schools of various fish. Sheer walls are a feature here as well as rocks and islets with varied sea life, which make for superb swimming. Later in the afternoon, we walk up the hill at Gili Lawa Darat which offers stunning views of the day’s swims and also the Komodo Strait.

Day 5

Before breakfast, you’ll have the chance to snorkel in the waters just off Gili Banta, which is an ancient, uninhabited and slightly submerged volcano. The first swim of the day is along the rim of Gili Banta crater, which is home to a wide variety of sea life including devilfish, lionfish and turtles. The swimming here is varied and the dropoff below us is an impressive site. In the afternoon, we use the currents in this area to our benefit as we get pushed along the coast, allowing us to cover a greater distance around Gili Banta.

Day 6

Today we swim along the west coast of Sangeang, one of Indonesia’s most active and exciting volcanoes. On the first swim, hot vents spew out heated water and gas bubbles which attract a diverse range of sea life, some of which are unique to this area. It makes for truly spectacular swimming within the coral gardens that surround this island.

After lunch on our liveaboard, its back into the water, this time in the island’s southwest, where the coastline is more craggy and there is even more opportunity to explore. At the end of our two swims here, we weigh anchor and head towards this island of Sumbawa and our final destination in the port city of Bima.

Day 7

There is time for a short early morning swim before our last breakfast together and a debrief about the trip before we depart our vessel.

Trip Schedule

Trip Dates: 30 JUNE - 6 JULY 2018

Start Point: Bima Airport, Indonesia

Start Time: 12:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Labuan Bajo, Indonesia

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 7

Vessel: SMY Oceanic, Indonesia

Trip Dates: 6 JULY - 12 JULY 2018

Start Point: Labuan Bajo Airport, Indonesia

Start Time: 12:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Bima, Indonesia

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 7

Vessel: SMY Oceanic, Indonesia

Trip Information

Equipment Checklist

In addition to your daily non-swimming clothes, we also recommend that you bring the following items:

Item Item
Swimming Costume (x2) Sweater / Fleece
Swimming Goggles* (x2) Walking Shoes / Sandals
Sunhat and Sunglasses Aqua Shoes / Sandals
Waterproof Sun Cream (Factor 30+ Light Clothing for Shore Excursions
Small Daypack Insect Repellent
Towel** Scanned copy of photo page of passport***
Rash Vest

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

**A towel will be provided on board, however, please feel free to bring your own along, if preferred.

***A scanned copy of the photo page of your passport will be required by local authorities

Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats and provide water and electrolyte drinks in shared water bottles on your safety boat. If you prefer to use your own drink bottle, please feel free to bring one along. If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.

Suncare

Please ensure you take the necessary steps to ensure you are well protected. High factor, waterproof sun cream, cover ups, long sleeved rash vests and leggings and a good sun hat are all strongly recommended.

Swimming Distances

Swim Distance
Wera / Sabayor 2km
Sangeang Coastal 1 3km
Sangeang Coastal 2 4km
Gili Banta Crater Rim 1 2½km
Gili Banta Crater Rim 2 2km
Gili Lawa Laut - Gili Lawa Darat 3½km
Crystal Bommie (Darat) 2½km
Komodo Coastal 2km
Pantai Mera Coastal 3km
3 Islets of Padar 4km
Padar Southern Coastal 2km
Labuan Bajo / Bima 1km

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience but you need to be aware that marine life is abundant in the coral waters of the Indonesian archipelago. Swimming in the Coral Triangle will be a memorable and fantastic experience, however, you should be aware that certain marine life such as stonefish, scorpionfish, rays, jellyfish, sharks, sea urchins and coral could be present during the swims. In the areas that we swim, there is a long history of snorkelling/swimming, so sea life is used to human interaction. In all cases we will work on reducing your contact with these creatures, however, if you suffer from anaphylaxis please consult the office prior to booking.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
July 25-26˚C / 76-79˚F 24-30˚C / 75-86˚F

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only. Water temperature can get up to 28ºC but in some areas, such as south Komodo, the temperature can drop to as low as 22-24ºC.

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when carrying out our swims. As a consequence, open water swimming holidays require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek guides as quickly as possible.

Scuba Diving

During our time on board SMY Oceanic, we have a qualified dive guide travelling with us at all times. For non-qualified divers wishing to dive during the trip, there is a charge of €20 per person per dive, plus equipment hire, and is payable locally in cash. Prices for dives and equipment hire for qualified divers are available on request. A medical form and liability waiver will need to be signed prior to diving.

Group Size and Boat Support

This trip has a maximum group size of 12. The trip will be split into a maximum of two groups based on speed, each of which is accompanied by own safety support vessel/escort. Boat support on this trip includes two inflatable boats piloted by your crew and SwimTrek guides. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Getting There

Depending on your trip dates, your liveaboard boat will sail from the port in either Bima (30 June - 6 July 2018 departure) or Labuan Bajo (6 July - 12 July 2018 departure).

The easiest option for getting to both of these destinations is to fly into Denpasar International Airport and then catch a connecting flight to Bima or Labuan Bajo.

While we have outlined various travel options below, they are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. We suggest that you use Skyscanner to search for alternative flight options for this trip. Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your flights and other travel arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

Flights to Denpasar

To search for available flights into Denpasar International Airport on the Indonesian island of Bali, please visit Skyscanner.
Please note that, due to long journey times to Denpasar and connecting flight schedules to Bima and Labuan Bajo, we recommend that guests book at least one night’s accommodation in Denpasar.

Flights from Denpasar to Bima Airport and Labuan Bajo Airport

From Denpasar, there are a number of airlines which fly to and from Bima Airport (BMU) and Labuan Bajo Airport (LBJ), including Lion Air (also known as Wings Air) and Garuda Indonesia. Please note that luggage allowances on these airlines is often limited, so please ensure that you book an adequate amount for your trip.

To search for available flights Denpasar to Bima or Labuan Bajo, please visit Skyscanner.

Transfer from Airport/Hotel to SMY Oceanic

Transfers from the airport or a local hotel to our liveaboard vessel on Day 1 of the trip are included in the trip price for all guests. For guests who arrive on Day 1 of the trip, you will be met in the arrival area by one of our local representatives and transferred directly to your home for the week on board the SMY Oceanic. If you arrive prior to the trip start time of 12:00, you will be able to leave your bags on board the boat while you spend some time exploring the local area prior to meeting your guides and fellow guests.

For guests who arrive prior to Day 1, you will be collected from your accommodation and transferred to the liveaboard SMY Oceanic on the first morning of your trip. The exact time of your transfer will be available from your hotel reception the day prior to pick-up.

IMPORTANT: All guests must provide the SwimTrek office with their arrival details, including flight number and arrival time, as well as any pre-trip accommodation plans, at least two weeks prior to the start of their trip, so that we can arrange the necessary transfers.

Return Transfers

Return transfers from SMY Oceanic to the airport or local hotel are also included in the trip price. Please note that these transfers are available on the morning of Day 7 or your trip and will be arranged in location in order to group guests together, where applicable.

Practical Information

Accommodation

Our accommodation over the course of your trip is aboard the recently renovated MY Oceanic yacht. This beautiful vessel features six guest cabins with en suite facilities and air conditioning, as well as ample deck space to relax between swims or enjoy the meals that are prepared by our very own on board chef. The crew on board also includes our captain and a qualified dive instructor at all times.

All guest cabins feature a double bed and a single bunk bed and are sold on a twin or double basis. Unfortunately, no single supplements are available on this trip. Please also note that bed preferences cannot be guaranteed and will be finalised upon arrival on the yacht at the start of your trip.

Meals

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on your trip are included as part of your package and are prepared on the M/Y Oceanic by our very own onboard chef.

Mineral water, juice, tea and coffee are also included in the price of your holiday. Beer and soft drinks are available to be purchased on board and are charged locally at the end of your trip.

All other alcoholic drinks, including wine and spirits, can be bought at Duty Free and brought on board at the start of your trip.

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as meals, drinks, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. whilst ashore prior to and after your liveaboard SwimTrek. The local currency is Indonesian Rupiah, however, Euros and US dollars are also widely accepted. Please note that onboard extras can be paid in cash ONLY.

For optional tipping of crew members, we suggest that you budget an additional €35-50 per guest.

Passports and Visas

Non-residents of Indonesia require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. They must also have proof (tickets) of onward travel or return passage.

Visitors from the vast majority of countries, including all E.U. member states, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, are automatically granted a free tourist visa upon arrival in Indonesia which is valid for up to 30 days and cannot be extended or transferred into any other type of stay permit.

For further information and a full list of countries which are eligible for visa-free travel to Indonesia, please visit the Indonesian Immigration website.

Please note that all visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Health Information and Recommended Vaccinations

For comprehensive health information for people travelling to Indonesia, including all recommended and required vaccinations, please visit Travel Health Pro. Please note that this information is subject to change and you should re-check this site regularly prior to your trip.

Travel Plugs & Electricity

Please note that electricity on board the SMY Oceanic is 220v and all sockets and plugs are two round pins (i.e. EU standard). For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit ElectricalOutlet.org.

  • The 'Komodo National Park - Indonesia' trip is new for 2018. As soon as we have run our first trip, we will share some customer reviews here.