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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 luckyJerome announces me on the phone. You will be 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 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.
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.
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