Our combination trips to the East of Flores, Sumbawa and Komodo never cease me to amaze me. During our recent trip we sailed almost 550 miles, heading first to the East until Alor, then back to the West until Komodo, with a detour around Sumbawa.
One never knows what chance sightings will arise on any given snorkel or dive so it’s a treasure hunt every time you jump in the water. A particularly memorable sighting is now emblazoned on my brain from a snorkel in August over “The Crack”.
Why are these combination trips so interesting for underwater photography and videography? The Seven Seas’ cruise director Alex del Olmo tells you.
Our stay at the Seven Seas Cruises was exceptional. We were blown away by how spacious and beautiful the boat was. Our cabin was gorgeous, super comfortable and the shower was awesome!
This past trip to the best dive sites west and east of Flores met all expectations and exceeded others. Corals apart, the snorkeling with six mantas was unforgettable. While we worked hard to keep position in the current, they glided effortlessly right up to and past us, including a newborn with the fold marks on its back still visible.
The experience of being closely checked out by a group of manta rays and their ancillary followers was a highlight for us all. They showed no fear, only apparent curiosity. This despite the fact that many continue to be hunted for their gills so valued in Chinese medicine.