I came to Wicked Diving for my dive master course, and it did not disappoint to say the least! My instructor was very experienced and had a ton of interesting stories, knowledge and connections to give me a head start in the diving community. Also the community involvement and ethical and sustainable operations for which I chose Wicked are not just a marketing thing, but rather a basis principle in the operation. During our course we for example got to take locals on discover scubadiving trips, free of charge for them, and we did multiple cleanups on beaches and in the harbour.
Over the course of 6 weeks my two fellows and I did almost 70 dives in and around the Komodo National Park, meaning we saw amazing wildlife such as many sharks, huge manta rays and schools of fish reaching further than the eye can see, even with the crystal clear waters! The course even included two 4D/3N live aboards with a Komodo Dragon tour!
Throughout the course Wicked organized accommodation in hostel La Boheme Bajo, which is great too! The food is really delicious and diverse, the manager very friendly and willing to help us out with many things over the 9 weeks, and from the hostel different activities are organized, as well as transportation services. The only thing is that it's situated between two mosks, which in itself is not an issue, except the fact that the calls to prayer are very loud and from 4:30 in the morning, 5 times as day... However the town is home to many mosks so except if you're staying way up on the hills and out of town, this will be similar wherever you sleep.
The town of Labuan Bajo is still very much developing, but it has all the amenities for a long term stay. There are plenty of food options for both local and western cuisine, and souvenir shops and supermarkets are never far away.
All in all I had an amazing experience and I would definitely recommend Wicked Diving for anyone a bit adventurous and serious about turning their passion into a carreer!
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