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The Komodo Islands with Josh Burkinshaw

Apr 5, 2025 - Apr 10, 2025

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From $1,475pp AUD


The Komodo Islands with Josh Burkinshaw

Apr 5, 2025 - Apr 10, 2025

From $1,475pp  AUD


Adventure and content creator heaven awaits on this thrilling liveaboard odyssey to the mesmerizing Komodo Islands hosted by renowned Australian photographer Josh Burkinshaw, where rugged landscapes, pristine waters, and unparalleled marine biodiversity await. We’ll begin with a night in Labuan Bajo, before we board our luxurious Indonesian Phinisi vessel Papiton Duwa and set sail into the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its legendary Komodo Dragons and vibrant underwater ecosystems.

Over the course of five unforgettable days on Papiton Duwa, you will immerse yourself in a world of wonder as you explore snorkel sites teeming with kaleidoscopic coral reefs, glide with majestic manta rays, and swim with sea turtles. Each day brings new opportunities both above and below the water amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Komodo National Park, with sunrise and sunset hikes to mesmerising viewpoints like Gili Lawa and Padar Island sure to leave you spellbound. As this trip happens right after the wet season has finished, it’s highly likely that the stunning island landscapes will be bathed in lush green. On Komodo Island, we’ll encounter the impressive Komodo dragons, a modern-day dinosaur and a highlight of the trip.

As the sun sets over the horizon each day, relax on deck with your fellow adventurers, recounting the day’s adventures and marveling at the star-studded sky above. Indulge in delicious meals prepared by your skilled onboard chef, showcasing the freshest local ingredients and flavors of the Indonesian archipelago. For those wanting to level up their photography and videography game, host Josh will provide you with a dedicated tuition session on how to capture this paradise perfectly.

Limited spaces available – don’t miss out!

*The cabins on the boat need to be booked as entire cabins – there are 2 cabins with 3-person capacity (queen bed + single), and 2 with 2-person capacity (queen bed). Note that the boat itinerary is subject to change based on weather and conditions. Josh and the crew will decide on itinerary that will provide the best experience for guests based on the conditions at the time.

Saturday April 5th 2025

Thursday April 10th 2025

6 Days, 5 Nights

1 Night Hotel, 5 Nights Liveaboard Phinisi Boat

Welcome Dinner, All Meals on Liveaboard Boat

Max 10 Guests


Accommodation - 1 Night Hotel, 5 Nights Liveaboard Phinisi Boat

Meals - Welcome Dinner, All Meals on Liveaboard Boat

Snorkelling Equipment - Mask, Snorkel, Fins

Free-flow Mineral Water, Tea/Coffee on Boat

Bedding, Towels on Boat

English Speaking Guide

Labuan Bajo Airport/Hotel Transfer to Boat

Padar Island

Komodo Island - Komodo Dragons

Pink Beach

Taka Makassar Sandbar

Manta Point

Siaba Island/Turtle Point

Flying Fox/Kalong Island

Gili Lawa

Sebayur Island

Kelor Island

Le-Pirate Island

Manjarite Island

1-on-1 Photo Tuition with Josh

Group Post-processing / Editing Workshops



Travel Insurance (Required)

Komodo Islands NP Fee

Padar Island Drone Fee

Alcohol & Soft Drink

Tips for Guide & Crew

Your host

Josh Burkinshaw

Photography is not just a hobby for me, it’s a Passion. My name is Josh Burkinshaw and my passion is capturing moments in time that seem surreal. I specialize in shooting epic landscapes and stunning tourism-style images that transport the viewer to another world. I’m stoked to offer you the opportunity to explore amazing places with me, share unforgettable experiences together, and help you to take home photo and video content that you are incredibly proud of.


Day 1 Labuan Bajo - Gateway to the Komodos

Welcome to Labuan Bajo, the gateway to the Komodo Islands! Labuan Bajo is a small port town with a beautiful harbour, easily accessible via short 1hr flight from Denpasar (Bali).

We’ll be leaving for our liveaboard adventure early tomorrow, so we’ll spend a night at a hotel near the harbour to settle in, enjoy a delicious welcome dinner together, and prepare for an unforgettable 5 days exploring one of the most wild and stunning locations in the world.


Hotel (exact property TBC)

Meals Included:

Welcome Dinner

Day 2 Le Pirate Island - Sebayur Island - Siaba Island/Turtle Point

Welcome aboard the beautiful Phinisi liveaboard boat Papiton Duwa! We’ll leave at approximately 9am, and you can settle into your cabins as we cruise to our first stop for the day. If we’ve got glassy conditions, you might find it hard to work out where the sky starts and the water begins – everything is such a beautiful azure blue.

Our first stop is a small white sand island known as Le Pirate Island, where we can chill in the shallows, have a snorkel, or relax on the beach. It’s also a great spot to get the drone up if you have one. Next stop is Sebayur Island, a snorkel spot where we will drift along in the current and enjoy bright fish, colourful coral and turtles.

We’ll then head towards Siaba Island (also known as Turtle Point) as the day draws to a close. We’ll have plenty of time for a swim and snorkel (hopefully with turtles) in beautifully coloured water with a rugged island landscape backdrop, before enjoying our first stunning sunset on the boat together.

Important Information:

All meals on the boat are included, along with snacks, free-flow mineral water, and tea/coffee. We have an on-board chef, and you will be VERY well fed! It’s highly recommended that you bring:

  • A refillable water bottle
  • Sea-sickness tablets if required
  • Plenty of sunscreen
  • Closed shoes for walking/hiking

The following is provided on the boat:

  • Bathroom towel and beach towel
  • Bedding
  • Snorkelling gear (if required)

There is WiFi on the boat, however it relies on mobile data signal, and there are plenty of places out in the islands where the signal isn’t great. Prepare to spend a little bit of time disconnected from the net, and fully connected with your surroundings.

Day 3 Siaba Island - Manta Point - Gili Lawa

Siaba Island is a haven for turtles and other marine life with a stunning island backdrop, great for underwater and split over/under photography (check out the gallery). We’ll start the day here with a sunrise (if you’re up) and a snorkel.

From there, we’ll head to one of the absolute highlights of the trip, Manta Point. Here we have the chance to witness an awe-inspiring spectacle as Mantas gracefully soar through the water, their wings spanning majestically beneath the surface. We’ll endeavour to spend as much time with the Mantas as we can, and the crew will know how to pick the right tides and currents, as these will impact our chances of seeing them.

We’ll end the day at a beautiful island called Gili Lawa, where a sunset hike promises views that will leave you speechless.

Day 4 Taka Makassar - Pink Beach - Padar Island

Start the day with another Gili Lawa hike for sunrise. Trust us, it’s absolutely worth the early start. The 360 degree view you have here is absolutely incredible, and it’s possible that we’ll have the place mostly to ourselves.

Depending on tides and currents, we may have another chance to swim with the Manta Rays again before heading to Taka Makassar – an exposed sandbar island in the middle of the stunning turquoise water.

Our next destination is Padar Island – one of the most recognisable spots in the Komodos. We’ll visit Pink Beach, with vibrant blush coloured sand and crystal clear waters, before anchoring up for a sunset hike to the island’s summit for breathtaking views of the surrounding archipelago.

Important Information:

If you wish to fly a drone at Padar Island, there is a permit required – this fee will need to be paid in local currency (IDR) prior to boarding at Labuan Bajo, but you will need to advise us at least 7 days prior to boarding if you require it. The fee is subject to change, so we will confirm the exact amount when the time comes (likely around $1M IDR or $100 AUD).

Day 5 Padar Island - Komodo Island - Penga Island - Kalong Island

Sunrise at Padar Island is a stunning spectacle, and there are a number of different viewpoints that you can check out to take it all in. Watching the sun hit Padar’s jagged peaks is an experience you won’t forget, and an opportunity to get photos and videos to make EVERYBODY jealous.

After a hearty post-hike breakfast, it’s on to the legendary Komodo Island, home of the iconic Komodo Dragons! We’ll take a guided tour of the island’s village, say hello to the friendly locals, and then head outside of town to encounter these ancient creatures in their natural habitat.

We’ll stop past Penga Island to swim amongst the mangroves with some baby reef sharks, before cruising to Kalong Island for sunset. Kalong Island, also known as Flying Fox Island, is home to thousands of flying foxes that roost in the mangroves during the day. At dusk, they all leave their roosts and fill the sky above you, with dramatic sunset colours creating the perfect backdrop.

Day 6 Kelor Island - Manjarite Island - Farewell

Our final day starts at Kelor Island – a tiny island with a nice little sunrise hike as well as snorkelling with baby reef sharks. Our final stop is Manjarite Island, where you’ll find beautiful coral and turtles, before we begin our cruise back to Labuan Bajo.

The cruise back is a perfect time to reflect on what will have no doubt been an unforgettable trip, and share your photos and memories with your new-found adventure buddies. We’ll be back in port by around midday, which leaves plenty of time for the afternoon flight back to Denpasar.

Trip Photos

Important Notes

This trip features a lot of time in the water, so you will need to have some swimming ability in order to be able to enjoy it as much as possible. There are often reasonably strong currents in the Komodo Islands, so whilst you won’t have to swim against them, you should be aware of them. All swimming/snorkelling activities are conducted in safe environment under the guidance of our crew. The trip itinerary features hikes that have some fairly steep inclines, so it’s recommended that you have a moderate level of fitness if you want to partake in these optional activities. If you have any questions about the physical requirements of the trip please contact either us or Josh directly.

The trip begins in Labuan Bajo, which is a 1hr flight from Denpasar (Bali). There are limited lights to Labuan Bajo each day, and it’s a good idea to arrive in Bali at least a day early. More information on this will be provided once the trip is confirmed, to help you coordinate your travel plans.

Be sure to check entry requirements based on the passport that you will be travelling with.

Being aware of local drone flying laws are your responsibility. If you wish to fly a drone at Padar Island, there is a permit required – this fee will need to be paid in local currency (IDR) prior to boarding at Labuan Bajo, but you will need to advise us at least 7 days prior to boarding if you require it. The fee is subject to change, so we will confirm the exact amount when the time comes (likely around $1M IDR or $100 AUD).

The Komodo Islands NP fee is not included in the price. It needs to be paid in local currency (IDR) at the harbour when boarding the boat. We will advise guests of the exact cost 7 days prior to the trip (likely around $1M IDR or $100 AUD).

A trip is listed as PENDING until the minimum guest numbers are reached, at which point the trip becomes CONFIRMED. Guests will be notified when a trip becomes CONFIRMED.

Travel insurance is required, and this will need to organised independently. There are a number of travel insurance comparison websites available. We do not recommend organising this until your trip is CONFIRMED. TIP: If you have a credit card there may be travel insurance included as part of your benefits, so check with your bank.

We do not recommend booking flights until your trip is CONFIRMED.

We recommend you familiarise yourself with ourΒ Booking Terms & ConditionsΒ for more information about our booking, deposit and cancellation policies.

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