We are a family of four, boys are almost 10 and almost 13. They are both quite fit and good swimmers. We did the three day liveaboard snorkelling trip around Komodo National Park. What an amazing adventure we had. From the moment we contacted Wicked Dive (based on the reviews in Trip Advisor) everything went smoothly. We organised dates via email and paid via Paypal. We used the dive shop equipment and it was all perfectly good. The boat was a real experience. It is definitely not a luxury vessel, sleeping is on mattresses on the floor downstairs, the crew sleep all over the deck (5 crew and 2 dive guides). It was a bit stuffy sometimes but Captain Rudi always tried to put the boat where there was little rocking and a bit of a breeze. The food was endless, not grand, but good and wholesome. There is no seafood as the company is very focused on their responsibility for maintaining the biodiversity of the area. The snorkelling was fabulous, day one we were blown away, but little did we know they were seeing how competent at swimming we were, and the next morning we were taken to a trickier site that revealed the most amazing underwater scenes. We tried really hard to see Manta Rays but during our trip they were somewhere else, the crew the guides everyone kept apologising but we really didn't mind, the reef sharks, the turtles, the sea snakes, the endless species of fish, the corals, the clams, the octopus, made up for it 100 times over. Both nights we put in at secluded beaches where the kids swam, we lit small fires, had a beer and climbed the hills for even more amazing views (the photos are spectacular). The second night we watched the fruit bats fly overhead to Flores, an unexpected surprise. Our trip to Rinca to see the Komodo Dragons was a highlight, we saw plenty (and they looked a bit hungry). Our guide there was a delight. We bought a couple of wooden dragon souvenirs from a fisherman who popped up from nowhere during the evening. On our final day we swam around an entire island, the boys were stoked about that. The crew were a joy, the boys were even a bit overwhelmed at how much of a fuss they made of them (I do wonder whether some if them may have been missing their families, they really did love our boys a lot). We are not a fussy family, we just like adventures, and this trip met our every expectation, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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