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 luckyJerome announces me on the phone. You will be 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 client this week ... But you're not canceling that much? " 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.

So that ! ! ! ????

I can not believe it. What is coming for me, there is a private cruise! ! ! Totally. I jump for joy, euphoric.

Yes. No straining constraint: the foot for the underwater photographer that I am! And security question, it's ideal: I will be under water in pairs with Jerome, who will have to worry about me, instead of a whole group of divers. I am really polished.

We agree to meet in the evening, with Jerome, to eat together and for him to brief me on the cruise. We sympathize very quickly and we stop giving ourselves "you" to go to "you".

The next day, I discovered "my" boat, and four crewmen (a captain, a mechanic, a cook and a handyman who pilot including the schedule for our launch). They will be very caring for me, all along 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 lay out my little 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 on 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: N’importe quoi ! 😆 Jérôme est un frenchie bien de chez nous, installé en Indonésie. J’ai donc échappé à la grammaire et à l’accent bahasa indonesia. Et puis, di sana ada big piss, tidak small piss… 😀

  3. Ho là là, la chance de dingue ! Ça m’arriverait pas à moi (non, moi j’ai plutôt droit aux palanquées de 10 personnes à Mabul, tu vois… Très pratique quand tu fais de la photo 😯 …).
    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: Oui, une chance de dingue, tu n’imagines pas comme j’étais heureuse !!! 🙂 Question photos, en fait, j’ai fait très peu de chose en macro, et j’ai surtout fait énormément de vidéos, car à Komodo, c’est surtout le « gros » qui est spectaculaire.
    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
    Et aussi, comme tu sais, après une journée de plongée, on tombe vite de fatigue, et les soirées paraissent finalement plutôt courtes. Enfin, imaginer que je peux m’ennuyer en Indonésie, dans un cadre aussi sublime, c’est bien mal me connaître… 😀 Je suis très sociable et j’aime bien rencontrer du monde, mais je suis aussi d’un tempérament plutôt contemplatif et jamais je ne trouve le temps long quand je suis en voyage, même le soir sur un bateau où il n’y a « rien » à faire.

  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: Je mange beaucoup de pâtes, moi aussi, parce que je n’ai pas d’oncle d’Amérique ni de sponsoring de la Française des Jeux… 😆

    Bon, je n’ai pas de famille à élever non plus, si fait que je peux me permettre de consacrer mes petites économies à ce que je considère comme ma priorité : les voyages et la plongée. Par ailleurs, dans ma vie quotidienne, je suis plutôt économe pour tout un tas de choses qui ne me semblent pas vitales (je n’ai pas de télé par exemple, j’achète peu de fringues, etc.). Et quand je rentre de voyage, je n’ai plus un sou devant moi… 😯 Il ne me reste plus qu’à remettre de l’argent de côté, continuer à manger des pâtes et rêver du prochain départ !

    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 ...

    Voilà. En espérant avoir satisfait ta curiosité… 😉

  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.. comment c’est pas possible d’avoir une veine pareille 😡
    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: Ça fait plaisir de te voir passer par ici ! 🙂 J’avoue qu’il n’y a pas mieux que ce bateau magnifique et ces six jours passés en mer, dans cet archipel du bout du monde, pour bien se vider la tête et chasser les idées grises… Tout plein de bises aussi, à bientôt !

  11. @The Furry Troll: Youpi, le revoilà !!! ZE Troll !!! Tu sais que ton mot avait fini chez les indésirables ? 😆

    Ça fait bien plaisir… Alors, là, oui, pour fêter ton retour, je vais te donner du grain à moudre : d’abord les piaules, c’est toujours AVEC le petit-déj’, mais pour tout le reste, c’est bien comme tu dis (sauf le chauffeur pas si polyglotte que ça, mais c’est pô grâve, parce que moi je baragouine de mieux en mieux le bahasa indonesia… 😛 ).

    J’avoue : je suis de moins en moins backpackeuse 😡 et de plus en plus tireuse de wheeled bag (et encore, je trouve toujours quelqu’un pour le tirer ou le porter à ma place, ledit sac, en Asie… 😀 ). Je m’embourgeoise, c’est sûr. Mais bon, qu’est-ce qu’on ne ferait pas pour éviter la compagnie des vilains trolls velus et fréquenter de gracieuses 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: Pour l’euro millions je n’habites pas dans le 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: Hé, hé… toi aussi, tu assures grave… 😀

    @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 ou Pascha, moi j’ai choisi !!! 😆

    @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, la chance, ça devait être top ! Bon, la plongée à Komodo c’était… super 🙂 On y reviendra sûrement un jour, et avec les courants avoir un guide pour toi, ça a dû te changer la vie !
    ++ 😀

  21. @Fab : le Prince, c’est le bateau lui-même 😀

    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: merci de ce petit mot sympathique !!! Les Mentawai cet été ? Nous ne nous croiserons pas cette fois-ci, je serai pour ma part à l’autre bout de l’Indonésie… 😉
      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 ...