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That's the Pascha. Well named boat, on which I lived like a princess, during the six days of my dive cruise in Komodo, in July 2011. Six fantastic days out of time.
Small update of 2016 (five years after this trip) : the Pascha no longer exists, it seems that it has sunk ... Do not ask me how to book it or how much it costs ...
We sailed from island to island, in this archipelago located west of Flores, Indonesia. Komodo is a protected marine park, where I had dreamed for a long time to go diving.
Once arrived at Labuan Bajo, port located to the west of Flores, I contacted Jerome, responsible for the cruise and accompanying dives on the Pascha as agreed by e-mail with Komodo Adventure (update : the site and the operator no longer exist, as I indicated above.)
"Ah, well, you're in luck.Jerome announces me on the phone. You're gonna be all alone on the boat. »
I can not believe what I'm hearing. I repeat it to make sure I understand correctly.
"So, I'm the only customer this week... But you're not canceling, right? » But no. The boat leaves nevertheless, that there is one or nine people to embark. That is the policy of the owner of the case, explains me Jerome.
How about that?! 😮
I can't believe it. What's coming up for me right now is a private cruise!!! Definitely. I'm jumping for joy, euphoric.
Yeah. No constraint of palanque: the foot for the underwater photographer that I am! And as far as safety is concerned, it's ideal: I'll be underwater in pairs with Jérôme, who will only have to worry about me, instead of a whole group of divers. I'm really lucky.
We agree to meet in the evening, with Jérôme, to eat together and for him to brief me on the cruise. We get on very quickly and we stop giving each other the "you" and move on to the "you".
The next day, I discovered "my" boat, and the four crew members (a captain, an engineer, a cook and a handyman who, among other things, piloted the tender for our launches). They will be looking after me throughout the cruise.
Jerome will explain that they are a little surprised too, to see me land alone. They wonder if I rented the whole boat.
But no. I just had a monstrous bowl.
And I happily spread out my small things in the spacious "family" cabin in the back, which can accommodate up to five people. I feel like a real princess.
Discovering Komodo Park in these conditions is an incredible luxury. But the best is yet to come. And it's under water that it happens ...
I returned to Komodo for a diving cruise five years later, in July 2016 ... And I found a new little boat, really great, in the same kind as the Paschabut in a lot more comfortable, the Duyung Baru. The articles about this 2016 trip are here : → Indonesia: Komodo + Raja Ampat - July 2016