This October I was leading a two weeks snorkeling trip all around Komodo and including a quick visit to Sumbawa. As many of our trips are dive trips or mixed trips (snorkeling-diving), this pure snorkeling trip was a new experience: I loved it.
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.
Why are these combination trips so interesting for underwater photography and videography? The Seven Seas’ cruise director Alex del Olmo tells you.
Us few snorkelers had our own reward in a bittersweet way. Seeing a small manta (1.5-2 m) with a strange series of white lines marking its back, I free dived down and noticed deep cuts in the left wing. The second dive down I found a long monofilament fishing line trailing behind it.
From laying on the ocean floor and looking up to see giant trevallies passing by at fish bowl, to snorkeling with manta rays up close, to going on my first night dive – these are memories I’ll cherish forever.
The diving in Komodo is beyond amazing. Each time you enter the water, it is a new experience, however my favourite underwater experience was snorkelling with the mantas.