The Pascha. Cruise-dive in Komodo (Flores, Indonesia). July 2011.

My princess boat in Komodo

  Indonesia: Flores + Komodo + Bali - July 2011

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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.

The Pascha. Cruise-dive in Komodo (Flores, Indonesia). July 2011.

Private cruise

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. » 

The Pascha. Cruise-dive in Komodo (Flores, Indonesia). July 2011.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.

The Pascha. Cruise-dive in Komodo (Flores, Indonesia). July 2011.

Men of Pascha. Cruise-dive in Komodo (Flores, Indonesia). July 2011.

Jérôme Cordier, diving guide on the Pascha. Cruise-dive in Komodo (Flores, Indonesia). July 2011.

Captain Pascha. Cruise-dive in Komodo (Flores, Indonesia). July 2011.

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.

The Pascha. Cruise-dive in Komodo (Flores, Indonesia). July 2011.
The large family cabin of Pascha. (Cruise-dive at Komodo, Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)

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

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  1. To put you back in the bath, with grammar and accent.
    Selamat sore Misterrr Corinne ... you lucky boat for yourself, eh?
    Today go di-fing, go see small piss? 😯
    Ghoss fifefiss, I know where... ada zackfiss too... 😆

  2. @ Ludovic / Wet & Sea: Nonsense! 😆 Jérôme is a frenchie from our home, living in Indonesia. So I escaped the grammar and the Bahasa indonesia accent. And then, di sana ada big piss, tidak small piss... 😀

  3. Wow, crazy luck! It wouldn't happen to me (no, I'm rather entitled to 10 people in Mabul, you see... Very handy when you're taking pictures 😯 ...).
    I am looking forward to your photos !! I hope you did a lot, did you discover new nudies?

  4. A real stroke of luck for space and the feeling of freedom, but it is also good to meet people on board, otherwise the evenings are long right?

  5. @Nani: Yes, a crazy chance, you can't imagine how happy I was !!! 🙂 As far as photos are concerned, in fact, I did very little in macro, and I mostly did a lot of videos, because in Komodo, it's mostly the "fat" that is spectacular.
    See already the mini-video of mantas that I put online here:

    @Denis: Oh, no, the evenings were not too long. On the one hand, there was Jerome, we chatted to end no more at night. Then I had all my photos and videos to sort, enough to take care after the meal. And then, as the boats drop anchor in the evening in the same creeks, we invite each other on board, we went to drink a drink on the "Tidak Apa Apa" where I sympathized with Matthew and his family. See this thread on
    And also, as you know, after a day of diving, you quickly get tired, and the evenings finally seem rather short. Finally, to imagine that I can be bored in Indonesia, in such a sublime setting, is to know myself badly... 😀 I am very sociable and I like to meet people, but I am also of a rather contemplative temperament and I never find the time long when I am travelling, even in the evening on a boat where there is "nothing" to do.

  6. At each opening of your page it's a surprise, another destination crazy ... What is your secret, a sponsor, a uncle of America, or the French games ... I am curious to know the budget of such expeditions, history to know if I continue my diet sweet potatoes, rice, pasta. Or I stop dreaming.

  7. @ckorto: I eat a lot of pasta, too, because I don't have an uncle from America nor any sponsorship from the Française des Jeux... 😆

    Well, I don't have a family to raise either, so I can afford to devote my small savings to what I consider to be my priority: travel and diving. On the other hand, in my daily life, I'm rather thrifty for a whole bunch of things that don't seem vital to me (I don't have a TV for example, I don't buy a lot of clothes, etc.). And when I come back from my trip, I don't have a penny in front of me... 😯 All I have to do is put some money aside, keep eating pasta and dream of the next departure!

    For this trip, I admit, I broke my piggy bank to offer me this nice cruise (which still costs 800 €), taking advantage of having managed to toss a ticket Air Asia A / R at low cost ( 380 €):
    I did not calculate the total of my expenses for this month of travel in Asia, but I think I have exceeded 2200 €, including all dives (Flores + Bali) and transport.
    It's a sum, of course. And it's a rather high budget, compared to my previous trips of the same duration. This time, there was the rental car with driver in Flores and more, and then I was pleased: I did not cut corners on accommodation and allowed me a little more comfortable piaules (on average 30 € the night, I would say, instead of 10-20 € of my backpacker plans of yesteryear). I also dive as much as possible ...

    I think you can do the same trip or the equivalent for a lot less (or a lot more) than I did. Everything depends on the choice of activities, means of transport and accommodation. Otherwise, the food does not cost anything in Indonesia.

    Finally, to continue the reflection, all is question of point of view: me, it is when I see the sums that people can spend for a hiring in France or for a stay of winter sports that I hallucinate ...

    There you go. Hoping to have satisfied your curiosity... 😉

  8. So if I summarize:
    - the charting of a historic wooden schooner for his little person
    - his own dive guide, Caucasian, cultured, conversational, bag-carrying and French speaking
    - his own specialist in Thai pad, kopi bali and other delicacies
    - rooms at 30 € per night without breakfast
    - an air-conditioned car, 4 × 4, leather seat, with MP3 car radio and multilingual personal chauffeur ...
    She is not beautiful backpacker life ❓
    It is clear that in a while the "little bubbles elsewhere" will turn into "big nuggets well dchénou"

    PS: Put... de salo..... de couil.... de mer... how is it not possible to have a vein like that 😡
    I bet more than you saw MANTAS 8)
    😆 😆

  9. My dear Corinne,
    This last report is absolutely beautiful. You plunge us into a world so far from our daily life ...
    The discussions among the papi-mami of Anglet must seem to you very narrow.
    Congratulations and thank you. Big kisses. Guy

  10. @Guy: It's good to see you passing through here! 🙂 I must admit that there's nothing better than this magnificent boat and these six days spent at sea, in this archipelago at the end of the world, to clear your head and chase away any grey thoughts... Lots of kisses too, see you soon!

  11. @The Furry Troll: Yippee, here he comes again!!!! ZE Troll!!!! You know your word had ended up in the unwanted ones, right? 😆

    It's a good pleasure... So, yes, to celebrate your return, I'm going to give you some grain to grind: first of all, the spikes, it's always WITH breakfast, but for everything else, it's fine as you say (except the not so polyglot driver, but that's too bad, because I'm talking more and more about the bahasa indonesia... 😛 ).

    I confess: I am less and less backpacker 😡 and more and more a shooter of wheeled bag (and still, I always find someone to pull it or carry it for me, said bag, in Asia... 😀 ). I'm definitely getting a little bit bourgeois, that's for sure. But hey, what wouldn't we do to avoid the company of the ugly hairy trolls and frequent the graceful ones manta rays
    8) 🙄

  12. Thank you corinne for budget truth, I did not want to raise a controversy and then I find that diving and travel are a great way to spend your money. 2200 Euros is a budget, but it remains the solution of Egypt for beautiful diving discount ...
    But good Asia is also my thing, for culture and meetings.
    So I'm a fan of your adventures and your good plans.

  13. @ckorto: It's important to realize that diving is not the only thing in this budget. And then it represents a month of stay (if you multiply by 4 the price of a week in Egypt, it must be about the same or more). Me too, that's what I like in Asia: to be able to combine pleasant pleasures terrestrial and underwater.

  14. Last year we did my same cruise from Bali to Komodo on Mermaid 2.
    May be less glamorous for the boat, but my eyes are still shining with the evocation of diving spots.
    So in these conditions it is the box of Kleenex that I need.
    You should play Loto from time to time ...

  15. @Fabrice: Top, yes! But no cruising prince on the way ...

    @ Eric: I saw the Mermaid at Labuan Bajo. Less charm, certainly, but probably more modern for the comfort of divers. I have my box of Kleenex at hand (I'm still in the sort of underwater photos and videos) and I tried the Euromillions, since, to return ... in vain!

  16. It's just amazing !! The dream in its pure state and ... Komodos and more!

    I had something a little similar in passing my Rescue. I had engaged with a teacher, we had agreed to a low price ... and a few days later, he announced that he changed dive center and is now in partnership with a luxury hotel, but that he keeps the price we had previously fixed. As a result, I found myself benefiting from all the facilities of a five-star hotel, a boat and a caring crew for me (only client) and trained and pampered by two dive instructors, all for a derisory price. Woah!


  17. I only saw your answer today.
    Last year, I sorted my photos all winter long.
    A little because I'm not fast, and a little much to extend the trip, you keep your dreams. And what a foot when it's cold, it's raining, to look at pictures like that! no?
    The difference is that you change the reel of the movie more often!

    Continue to bring us such beautiful pictures, the winter will be long.


    PS: For the euro millions I do not live in calvados 🙁

  18. The world is small ... I come back from Flores and Komodo Park. I went for the 2nd time and the area is fabulous, amazing dives and great people.
    Looking forward to seeing your photos, we have big. We were at sea with Dive Komodo and the cruise was extra!

    Ciao and good bubbles


  19. @NowMadNow: Hey, hey... you're doing great too... 😀

    @Eric: Well, me neither, I do not live in Calvados ... To immerse yourself in the underwater atmosphere, you can go take a look at the video of the Batu Bolong site that I just put online:

    @Marine: Cargo or Pascha, I choose !!! 😆

    @Rod: Yes, Komodo deserves his reputation. As I said to Eric, I just posted a video of Batu Bolong. It should remind you of memories ...

  20. Oh, lucky me, it must have been great! Well, diving in Komodo was... great 🙂 We'll probably come back there one day, and with the currents having a guide for you, it must have changed your life !
    ++ 😀

  21. @Fab: the Prince is the boat itself 😀

    I can say that I am jealous, can I?
    A cruise alone or alone at 2 is "so romantic"

    Between nomadnow who is also entitled to luxury benefits, it's me or there are only girls to fall on this kind of thing ... me it is rather "Too bad sir (or worse, young man: P ), it will be for next time "

    Like titeuf, c'po fair!

  22. I missed this post, great this boat there is enough to feel like a princess indeed !!
    Continue to put posts to make us travel, the blue of your photos extends the summer that begins to escape home ... ..

  23. Hello,
    I know it's ridiculous, but ...
    I would like to leave end of November-December for 3 weeks in Asia.
    You who have gone everywhere, I allow you to ask: WHERE?
    Where will I find tropical fish at my feet? Heat of air and water?
    Style: lagoon, tropics, underwater life, fauna and flora ... PARADIS in summary !!!

    Thank you for this blog where I found some tracks! Who invites to travel and dreams!

    And thank you for your answer ...

  24. @Bruno: That yes, the guide appointed in these waters, it's the top of the top top ... I really was varnished on this one!

    @Piotr: Nananananèreuh ...

    @Agneslamexicaine: Not reassured? But why ? Because of what ? I do not really understand…

    @ Francis Go ahead. This is probably not the most luxurious boat, but it has a lot of charm, and having it for yourself, necessarily, it changes everything ... I loved it!

    @Laurence: I continue, I continue ... Komodo dragons and sharks are coming soon. I have a few days off, I'll be able to get going.

    @Wendy: Dear Wendy, it's not "ridiculous", but know that "paradise" does not exist. Lots of places I've been to would not necessarily be "heavenly" for a whole bunch of other people who need a minimum of comfort to feel in paradise. The lagoons, the tropics, the heat, all that is very good, but there are also mosquitoes, electricity that does not always work, comfort more or less rustic. I can not know for you how you like to travel, what standard of tourist comfort you prefer, etc. If this is your first trip to Asia, opt for an "easy" destination like Thailand or Bali, where I always return very willingly, without ever being jaded ... Good preparations !!!

  25. Beautiful blog, Small Bubbles elsewhere.
    I was in Flores last July (see blog held by my daughter), with my teens. We did the Flores-Lombok cruise on a small boat ... we loved it. Our boat was less "stylish" than yours which is really dreaming.
    I have been traveling for more than 25 years, at the beginning alone and now with my children, maybe we will meet once. We're going back to Indonesia, to the Mentawai, this summer.
    Jampai jumpat lagi

    1. @Fabienne: thank you for this nice little word!!!! The Mentawai this summer? We won't meet this time, I'll be on the other side of Indonesia... 😉
      Selamat Jalan !!!

  26. Hello,
    Back from Komodo (and a few days in Bali / Tulamben), where we have just spent 11 sublime days, with Safari Bali, on a beautiful traditional wooden schooner!
    I walk Asia to dive (and a little ground) since 2007 (Thailand, Bali several times, Philippines / Visayas, Raja Ampat), but there, frankly, what to say ... What a sensation to navigate the silence in the middle of all these islands "peeled" ... and as you say, to admire the landscapes, the sunsets, sometimes the games of dolphins, hinds, monkeys and lizards on a wild beach, the flight of an eagle fisherman ... and then, what dives (Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Batu Bolong, Golden Passage, Gun Shot, Karang Makassar, Manta Alley ...). Exceptional wildlife and life.
    Here we are, we are not completely back in the reality of our daily life. We dream again, with a desire: start again! There or elsewhere! The playgrounds, especially in Indonesia, are so numerous ...
    Thanks again to you for your travel diaries, your videos ... short, all your reminders to the dream!

  27. Hello Corinne

    I would like to book the same cruise, can you give me your contact.
    I found a provider named INDONESIA TROPIC CRUISE but I can not find information on their reliability?
    thank you

    1. @ Helen: I did this Komodo cruise in 2011 and I think that the operator I passed by has changed since. I do not know today if the Pascha always have the same name or the same owner, or if diving cruises are still marketed ... I do not know Indonesia Tropic Cruise, so I can not say anything about it ... Sorry. Try the dive and traveler forums, where people report on their trips. Good luck in your research.

    2. @ Helen: and I would like to add that if you do not find any info or comments from travelers on the internet, it's a bit weird, probably this intermediary is not a "real" operator ...