SCUBA News 220
(ISSN 1476-8011)

SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011)
Issue 220 - October 2018

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Diving Komodo from the Duyung Baru
Diving news from around the World

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Diving Komodo from the Duyung Baru

Komodo has fabulous diving – from sharks to seahorses, walls, reefs and crazy drifts. The best way to dive around Komodo is by liveaboard, although you can take day boats from Labuan Bajo on Flores.

Duyung Baru Komodo liveaboard

Which liveaboard to choose? You can’t go wrong with the Duyung Baru. For a start this liveaboard takes just six divers in three cabins. With the co-owner and dive guide Vovo Korth taking a dim view of crowded dive sites, often the seven of you will be the only people in the water.

Manta Ray, Komodo

Vovo’s wife Yani is the captain and cook. Her food is delicious, created with care and love. She gets up at three in the morning to make fresh bread for breakfast – from loaves to croissants. Not only a great cook, she is most friendly and welcoming.

Yani Korth, Cook and Captain, Duyung Baru - food on the liveaboard
Yani Korth, Cook and Captain, Duyung Baru, Photo credit: Vovo Korth

Vovo bought his first boat in 1998 and called it the Duyung – Indonesian for mermaid. He has been sailing Indonesian waters ever since. When he and Yani started the liveaboard operation around Komodo only one other boat was operating, and Vovo made many exploratory dives. He has an intimate knowledge of the dive sites of Komodo with their wild currents, including a couple of “secret sites”.

The couple commissioned their current boat in 2011, calling it the Duyung Baru or New Mermaid.

Two double cabins and one twin cabin house the divers. There is plenty of storage space and ensuite shower and toilet. The beds are extremely comfortable. On the canopied deck are a sofa and chairs around a coffee table plus a sun terrace upstairs.

Big Hawksbill Turtle in Manta Alley, Photo credit: Vovo Korth

The boat is 27 m long with two masts – a beautiful looking craft. Nitrox is available.

Finally to the diving. This is world-class. Sharks and turtles on nearly every dive. Eagle and manta rays. Many huge shoals of fish. Corals in excellent condition. There are also dive sites for those liking the smaller stuff – seahorses and frog fish. The boat doesn’t have a set routine of dives – it depends on the type of dives that the divers on board want to do. If you really want to see that seahorse and not another manta ray, then you’ll have to sell it to your fellow divers.

Nudibranch Nembrotha Kubaryana Komodo
Nembrotha kubaryana nudibranch, Photo credit: Vovo Korth

The boat is only for experienced divers. Vovo likes you to have at least 75 dives. I would go further and say that you need to have experience of currents. The diving in many sites is not easy – the currents are fierce, especially at full and new moon (which is why there are so many large fish there). It is assumed you know what you are doing. At the beginning of the trip is an easy dive or two to practice using a SMB (surface marker buoy or “safety sausage”). Not until Vovo is satisfied that you can use the SMB will he take you on one of the the more challenging dives. That way if you should get separated from the group the tender will easily see you and pick you up.

Vovo is also a freediving instructor and there is an opportunity to take a freediving course if you wish. Although we dived with Vovo, on many trips one of his two experienced divemasters takes his place.

A wonderful trip which I highly recommend.

Further Reading

Book the Duyung Baru
The dive sites of Komodo

If you would like any more information on the Duyung Baru, diving Komodo, getting there, where to stay etc, please contact Jill

There have recently been two tragic events in Indonesia: the earthquake on Lombok and the earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi. Our thoughts go out to those affected. Indonesia is a huge country though, and the diving in Komodo and around other islands is untouched. If you would like to donate to the Indonesia Earthquake appeal you can do so via the Red Cross or Oxfam.

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Fewer divers in the Similans

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