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Komodo to East of Flores - a 3 week Adventure on the Seven Seas
Trip Report by Lida Pet
The area that we would explore lies within the center of the Coral Triangle, a world-renowned marine biodiversity hotspot encompassing 1.6 billion acres (approximately half the size of the United States) at the confluence of the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. The Coral Triangle region is a global conservation priority, providing habitat for 76 percent of known coral species, over 3,000 fish species, and numerous species of marine turtles, cetaceans, and sharks. The area's vast marine resources are critical for both economic- and food security; they sustain the lives of more than 130 million coastal residents and supply global markets, providing a range of goods and services that include wild-catch fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, coastal protection, and transport.
Our journey starting in Komodo and going east aligns with a string of large and often active volcanoes - part of a true Ring of Fire. Komodo is famous for its stunning dive sites, the large island of Flores is known for its excellent coffee, and the lesser known remote islands of Lembata and Alor host small human settlements who still sustain their remarkable traditional cultures and artwork. Some of the smaller islands are just inhabited by seabirds.
The natural exchange of waters in this part of Indonesia brings a wealth of nutrients, drawing whales, dolphins, rays and sharks. It is also a spawning area, nursery ground, and migratory pathway for valuable commercial species such as tuna, groupers and snappers. The large variety of coastal and marine habitats around all the islands, has allowed biodiversity to explode over hundreds of years and the number of coral species and fish species has been recorded by scientists as extremely high.
(More than a) Testimonial
One charter left for East of Flores 2015
There is only one full charter for East of Flores left in all of 2015.
Komodo & East of Flores - The trip video by Linda Johnston
Check Linda Johnston's video above with all new material from our recent Komodo/East of Flores trip. Can a liveaboard cruise get any better?
The Seven Seas - Grahalia Tiying Gading 18, Suite 1 - Jl Tukad Pancoran
Panjer Denpasar 80225 - Bali - Indonesia