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Established in 1986, formerly South East Asia Divers (how everything began) concentrated our efforts in producing quality scuba diving experience around Phuket Island in Thailand. Quickly we discovered that our guests became members of our big family and requested our advice when it came to plan their next trip. That was the time when we decided to expand our activities and South East Asia Dreams was born.

Quick, South East Asia Dreams became a small, online boutique travel consulting agency specialized in customizing holiday packages  within Southeast Asia and some other unique places around the world.  Our goal and commitment to our valued guests and their holiday dreams means that you will have one of us by your side. Looking after your interests, from the moment you contact us. The focus of our travel service relies more on quality, rather than quantity.  From the time the planning process (link to how to book with SEAD) begins until you return home safe from your dream holiday!

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Our Quality that sets South East Asia Dreams apart is our exclusive focus on our customers and to assure to provide them with a live time experience.  Our Partners in the region have one overriding message from our company – make sure our guests returning home completely satisfied with their experience. The South East Asia consultant and operation staff is constantly monitoring the day by day client services and will contact the clients regularly to make sure they are satisfied.

The South East Asia Dreams team have long term extensive experience of Thailand and other destinations in Southeast Asia. South East Asia Dreams is continue adding new destination to cover all parts of South-East Asia where our local knowledge helps us create unique programs for all interests and tastes.

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OTA’s COVID-19 Failure Highlights Value of Working With a Travel Advisor

Reference: Travelpulse Brian Major March 20, 2020

The COVID-19 related failure of prominent OTA Bookit.com illustrates the value of working with a travel advisor, as dozens if not hundreds of travelers have this week found themselves stranded in international destinations and facing unanswered queries of future booked travel representing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The OTA, whose proprietary software allowed travelers to select destinations and travel packages based on the traveler’s region of origin, shut down unexpectedly on March 17, devastated by cancellations generated by the spreading virus.

Travel agent handing tickets to clientsPHOTO: Travel agent handing tickets to clients. (Photo via Getty Images Plus / iStock / vadimguzhva)

A statement on the company’s website reads: “BookIt.com has paused normal operations, and the international destinations we service have closed their borders to arrivals. Due to the nature of this unprecedented pandemic, we have had to close our call centers in Florida, Jamaica, and El Salvador. This, effectively, means that we will be unable to provide agent assistance in canceling any upcoming trips.”

The statement continues: “BookIt is in the process of canceling all upcoming travel between now and June 30, 2020, for international travel. Your resort booking will be canceled automatically. As we are currently unable to process refunds to you, please contact your bank for options available to you as a cardholder. If you wish to reschedule your stay to a later date, please do so directly with your selected resort.”

In a March 17 letter to hotel partners, CEO Bud Finlaw said “Since Monday of last week, we have experienced a tsunami of cancellations. Over the weekend and through today, our cancellations have exceeded new sales, and dramatically so,” he said.

“Obviously, this is an untenable situation. Despite great efforts from our Exec Team [sic] to find a path to continue with business as usual, we have now determined that the best option is to suspend regular operations until this crisis passes.”

The company’s next decision is particularly damaging to travelers: “This cut will affect our ability to service your resort as we would normally do. And, as a result, we do not plan on making payments for arriving guests who do not cancel their stay.”

The move left hundreds if not thousands of travelers in untenable situations, as many guests found their Bookit.com resort payments were not made, with resorts demanding full payments from departing guests.

The last post on the OTA’s Instagram page is littered with appeals from travelers desperate to cancel upcoming bookings or resolve resort payments on current travel that were not made. A post from @meghanhays7 reads, “BookIt.com I have a trip in 5 days! With the outbreak I need to cancel and cannot get ahold of anyone. I have called 30 times. My ID is 50617917! Please help!!!”

Another poster, @nhmtnx, writes “Soo I’ve tried to call multiple times and all the different numbers available none of the numbers are working! I had no issues checking out of the hotel yesterday, but my friend and her husband are stuck! The hotel is telling them they can’t leave until BOTH rooms are paid in full at FULL PRICE!!!! Like can someone help!!!”

Travelers weren’t the only ones harmed by the OTA’s overnight shutdown. Workers at the company’s Florida office reported they were terminated without notice or warning.

In his letter to resort partners, Finlaw added, “As we ride out this storm, we understand that you, too, will be facing the same difficulties. We realize that you must make your own business decisions as to arriving guests.”

In a Facebook posting, Tom Varghese, owner of Travel Tom, posted screenshots of complaints from Bookit.com consumers left high and dry by the OTA’s failure, warning travelers and colleagues. “A major OTA is going under. And they are leaving all their clients high and dry,” he said.

Varghese warned followers to check any Bookit.com reservations and offered to assist re-booking clients. “The CEO basically told the hotel partners that they will not be paying the resorts and will be keeping the client’s money, so, clients will have to pay again when they arrive or will be turned away. Unbelievable!”

Varghese added, “Many folks book on online websites because there is a perception that it is cheaper or faster, which most of the time is no longer the case when you work with a qualified travel consultant that understands you and your requirements.

“We all go to our favorite barber or hairstylist, not because they are the cheapest but we know that we trust them and they will take care of us. Why would you do any differently for a multi-thousand dollar experience for you and your family?”

Nadia Sparkle, owner of Travel by Sparkle, also warned travelers and colleagues via Facebook: “They have tons of clients currently in destinations and are not able to leave the hotel/resort because Bookit.com failed to pay them,” she said.

“This is one of the reasons I am selective about who I work within the travel industry. I’ve heard so many people say, ‘Why use a travel agent when I can book online myself?’ Yes, you can, but who’s your advocate in a situation like this?”

 

Why you should work with a Travel Advisor

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How to cross the border from Ranong/Thailand to Kawthaung/ Myanmar

To cross the border in Ranong / Thailand to Kawthaung in Myanmar is quite easy and a great start into your Mergui Archipelago adventure. You must cross the border river which separating the two countries. For those who try to make this way by themselves we did a step by step guideline how to do and what you need 😊

Kawthaung in Myanmar

There are a few things you need to bring along with you on the journey. Bring your passport, a copy of your passport and the little white departure card, you received when you entered Thailand (TM6). For the Myanmar side, you need the printout E-Visa form or the visa which is already stamped in your passport from a Myanmar Embassy, as well as some new, nice, and crisp US$ Notes. The officers do not accept any other currency or old US$ notes. The amount payable depends on the length of stay in Myanmar. The Myanmar Authorities do not accept any other currency than US$.

Start point is the Saphan Pla Pier and Immigration Checkpoint in Ranong.

The Saphan Pla Pier in Ranong is a small pier hidden behind the PTT petrol station and the 7/11 convenience store.

Ranong Immigration Checkpoint   Immigration Ranong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google map: 9.948098, 98.594781

Here are the directions in Thai, in case you want to show them to your driver:

กรุณาไปส่งที่   ท่าเทียบเรือ
เทศบาลตำบลปากน้ำระนอง
ถนน เฉลิมพระเกียรติ

As soon you arrive many of tout will offer you a boat to cross over to Kawthaung, the gateway to the Mergui Archipelago. The prices are different and most of the time these guys are trying to fill up their long tail boat with more people, so maybe it can a little bit time to departure.  But you can also negotiate for a private boat.  The usual price is around 300-500 THB per longtail or if you join in the prices per person is between 50 – 100 THB.

Visit Immigration Office

But before you jump into one of the longtails, do not forget to visit the officer at the Thai Immigration Checkpoint as you must check out of Thailand.  The Immigration office are 2 small windows on your right side when you come in. Please make sure you have your passport ready.

The Officer will ask you where you are going and how long you are going to be away for, because they are looking for people who try to do multiply visa runs by crossing the border. By Thai Immigration Law, every foreigner can cross the Thai Border per land only two times per calendar year.  If you needed a visa to visit Thailand, please make sure to get a re-entry visa before leaving Thailand, if you are planning to return to Thailand after your trip to Myanmar and your adventure within the Mergui Archipelago.

After you got your passport with an exit stamp in it back, just walk to the Longtail boat pier. The small and somewhat adventurous looking boats there, are the only available transport option to Kawthaung.

A tip: Bring a copy of your passport as the little boats need a copy for the passing checkpoints.  Otherwise you can make a copy at the little shop next to the Pier in the little kind of supermarket, the longtail guys are also happy to make a copy for you the prices are usually between 5-10 THB.

Crossing the river

The Longtail boats have a cover, so you are protected from the sun. Please put one of the life Jackets before the boat departs.

On the way to Kawthaung, you will stop an Immigration points, where Thai passports were taken up to be stamped. There was a Customs checkpoint next to it. Sometimes they will ask you to show your passport, sometimes not. The process is always different, but you do not have to leave the boat as your captain and crew will take of this whole process, just hand them over your passport which you will get returned as soon as they back.

30 – 40 minutes later you will arrive in Kawthaung, the entry point to the Mergui Archipelago.

On the Way

 

 

 

 

 

After this quick stop at the Thai Immigration Checkpoint you will pass the Thai Customs before you get out to Ranong area to cross the river between Thailand and Myanmar. Enjoy the cruise along stilt houses on your way.

 

On the way you will pass on a tiny island the Thai Army station.

Before you reach the mainland of Myanmar you will stop or slow down at another tiny island with Myanmar Army present, also here you must show the passport by just holding it up, you do not have to get of the boat.

 

Sometimes the driver just must show the passport to the officers by collecting your passport, but you will get them back immediately as before.

Arriving in Kawthaung, Myanmar

In Kawthaung you will be welcome from many touts and men on motorbikes.  Just ignore them and make your way to Immigration.

After disembarkation, turn left along and walk along the road until you get to the. Walk along this road to get to the Immigration Office. It is located at the Myo Ma Jetty also called the Myanmar Immigration Pier, on your left-hand side.  Just have a look for the sight that says, “Warmly Welcome and Take Care of Tourist”.

Enter the pier area and turn behind the little building left to the small Immigration Building.

Get in and give the officer your passport, a copy of your passport and visa. They will stamp your passport and take a picture from you, same as they do in Thailand. If the camera is not working, what can be happen sometimes, have a passport picture ready.  After the Check in process you are ready to enjoy your time in Kawthaung.

Outside the Mya Ma Jetty English-speaking touts will await you to give directions and be waiting for you to exit the office to offer a taxi ride, hotel, guide or suggestions on things to do in Kawthaung.

Welcome to Kawthaung and the Mergui Archipelago!

 

Kawthaung Border Crossing Wrap-Up

Paperwork to bring:  Passport, 2 copies of your passport and proper. Myanmar and Thailand Visa, one Passport picture (just in case)

Price of boat: 300-500 THB for a boat or 50-100 THB to join in

Time on boat: 30-40 minutes including all the Immigration stops around 60-75 minutes

Time Zone:  Myanmar is a half hour behind Thailand time : 7:00 pm Myanmar is 07:30 in Thailand

The Myanmar Immigration Office is open from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm local time

 Explore the amazing Mergui Archipelago on one of our amazing Cruises or unique Resort. Combinations between them is also possible

How to cross the border from Kawthaung / Myanmar to Ranong / Thailand

Kind of the other way around.

  • Check out at the Myanmar Immigration office (Check your exit stamp)
  • Make your way back to the Myanmar Longtail pier and find a boat to bring you to Ranong
  • Arriving at the Longtail pier in Thailand, go to the immigration office and collect your TM 6 arrival form
  • Fill out the form and see the officer again to check you into Thailand (Check your entry stamp and expiration date)

If you need any transfer to or from Ranong within Thailand visit below link with many option of taxi, van, bus and train

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Major Events, Festivals, and Holiday within Thailand

Find below a little summary of the major events and festivals during Thailand’s calendar year. These events are often spectacular occasions and can be great fun to visit.

Hundreds of festivals and temple fairs are toast throughout Thailand. Thais are fun-loving, sentimental people, and annual festivals, both commemorative and celebrate, play important roles in Thai life.

Many Thai festivals are colorful and joyful events that invite visitors’ to join and participate. Others feature solemn, eminently photogenic ceremonial. Whatever their character, whether Buddhist devotion, dazzling processions, exotic ritual or uninhibited merriment, each affords the visitor pleasant memories and gives you an insight into the cultural heritage that makes Thailand  Asia’s most exotic and amazing country.

Most festivals are attached either with Buddhism, the annual rice-farming cycle or commemorations honoring Thai kings. Some occur on exact dates, others, particularly that related to Buddhism, are set on by the lunar calendar. And if one of these holidays falls onto a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday, will also a holiday and government offices and many commercial offices will be closed.

JANUARY

New Year’s Day – 2 January   (Public Holiday)
The beginning of the western New Year is a national holiday in Thailand, one of three “new year” holidays celebrated every year. more…

FEBRUARY / MARCH

Makha Bucha – February  (Public Holiday)
Makha Bucha celebrates the Buddha’s first sermon (around 2.500 years ago) in to his disciple and is one of the hoist Buddhist holy days, it Day marks the occasion when saint-disciples of the Buddha spontaneously gathered to hear his preaching.
The holiday may also known as Magha Puja or Lord Buddha Day and is mark Day of Love in Buddhism. Most Thai Buddhists will go on Makha Pucha Day to a temple to pay their respects to the Lord Buddha. Magha is a Pali and Sanskrit word meaning the third lunar month, and Puja is a word in the same language that means to venerate or honor and pronounced in Thai as Makha Bucha. The exact day of this second important Buddhist festival day depending on the Lunar cycle. more…

APRIL

Chakri Day – 6 April  (Public Holiday)

The Chakri Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty which has been ruling Thailand since 1782. This dynasty build by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (King Rama I) in 1782 who came to throne on that day. On this day people of Thailand recognize the contributions of all the kings in the dynasty and to pay respect and reverence to their former kings as well as the present King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradeba­yavarangkun (King Rama X). More …

Songkran Festival Day – 13-16 April (Public Holidays)
Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year, joyfully celebrated throughout the country with rituals of merit-making, honoring the elders, and parades of dancers, music troupes and water splashing.  The throwing or pouring of water during the annual Songkran Festival originally dates back to the spring cleaning of Thai houses and welcoming the rainy season. Devout Buddhists will particularly pour scented, blessed water over images of the Lord Buddha to pay respect, asking for a blessing, and washing away of bad omens. A fun festival for everybody to join in.

The country will be at an almost complete standstill during these days, joining fellow Thais and visitors in a refreshing escape from the humidity and heat.  More detail about Thailand’s most fun festival and its culture background

MAY

National Labor Day – 1 May (Public Holiday)
International Labor Day is also toast as a national holiday, even though there isn’t much ado about it. Some businesses may be off. more …

Coronation Day – 4 May  (Public Holiday)
The day when the reigning Maha Vajiralongkorn was crowed as the 10th king of the Chakri Dynaaty in 2019 over a three-day coronation. On the 4th of May he was to be anointed and crowed, on the 5th of May a royal procession took place and on the 6th of May the king grant an audience. more…

Wisakha (Visakha) Bucha Day – Full Moon Day in May (Public Holiday)
The holiest Buddhist holiday celebrates the three events of Budhda – the birth, enlightenment and his achievement of Nirvana.

Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. It is the most important festival of the Buddhists and is toast with great enthusiasm.

The exact date of Vesakha is toast on the full moon of the sixth lunar month or the first full moon in the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The date varies from year to year in the Gregorian calendar but is typically in May. More detail and background…..

Phuetcha Mongkhon or the Royal Ploughing Ceremony (May) – goverment holiday
This ceremony marks official commencement of the annual rice-planting cycle and takes place  in Bangkok’s Sanam Luang, an open field and public square in front of Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace to usher in the new planting season with good luck and hopes. As Royal Ploughing Day is a holiday for state employees, government offices will be closed.  more…

JUNE

 

H.M. The Queen Suthida’s Birthday – 3 June   (Public Holidays)
His Majesty the King named General Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya the new queen on May 1st 2019 and conferred upon Queen Suthida the formal title of Her Majesty the Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana on May 4th 2019.

The Queen Suthida’s Birthday is a national holiday in Thailand.

JULY

Asarnha Bucha Day (Substitution for Asarnha Bucha Day) – July   (Public Holidays)
Celebrating the Buddha’s first sermon in which he set out to his five former associates the doctrine that had come to him following his enlightenment.

Asahna Bucha is a national Holiday in Thailand. It replaced Buddhist Lent as a gazetted holiday in 2007.

The date in the western calendar depends on the Lunar cycle. Another name is Asalha Puja or Dhamma Day.

AUGUST


H.M. The Queen’s Birthday – 14 August 2017 (Public Holiday)
Mother’s Day was first introduced to Thailand on 15th April, 1950. In 1976, Mother’s Day was changed to 12th August to commemorate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit ,the Mother of all Thai people. 

The birthday of her Majesty Queen Dowager Sirikit  remains a holiday as National Mother’s Day

OCTOBER

  Festival in Thailand | Major Events in Thailand | The Passing of King Bhumibol – 13 October   (Public Holiday)
For decades, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the only king the people of Thailand knew, and became a symbol of stability and was much beloved by the people of his realm.

Born on 5 December, 1927, Bhumibol Adulyadej died on 13 October, 2016. He took the throne in 1946, reigned for 70 years, and came to be called “Father of the Nation”.  After a long struggle with illness, he finally passed away, at the age of 88. One year later, the king was cremated and transported on a restored, golden royal chariot in an elaborate procession to Phra Merumat, to be interred with many of his ancestors of the Chakri Dynasty. Shrines were erected in the king’s honor all over the nation, and the mourning over his death lasted a full year. more…

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day – 23 October   (Public Holiday)
The day commemorates King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) who passed away on October 23rd 1910. He was the fifth monarch of Siam from the House of Chakri and is considered one of the greatest kings of Siam (now Thailand). He is the one who introduced many social and political reforms that helped to modernize Siam including the abolishment of slavery. more…

DECEMBER

Festival in Thailand | Major Events in Thailand |
H.M. The King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday – 5 December  (Public Holiday)

The 5th of December commemorates the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It is also Thailand’s National Day and is the day when Father’s Day is tosat in Thailand.

Constitution Day (Substitution for Constitution Day) – 10 December  (Public Holiday)
Celebrates the date in 1932 when the country given its first constitution. more…

New Years’ Eve – 31 December  (Public Holiday)
The day before the Western New Year day is always a national holiday

Festival in Thailand | Major Events in Thailand | Festival in Thailand | Major Events in Thailand |

 

 

 

 

 

 

When are the exact dates for holidays in Thailand?  Just click here to get the update calendar

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Komodo Island Park is a national park in Indonesia between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. The park consists of Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and numerous smaller ones, with a total area of 1,733 km². Created in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the park is home to the world’s largest Lizard and also protecting other species, including marine animals. Since 1991 the national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Lohwenci Reef 

You’ll find a good variety of corals and plenty of fish life at this site in Komodo Island Park – Indonesia.  This is a pleasant and relatively current-free dive, just north of the ranger station on a small white sandy beach with black rocks. Because of this, you will enjoy longer dives here and also see more variety of marine life. Enter just off the small white beach and continue towards the ranger station with the reef at your left. 

Lohwenci Reef 

Langkoi Rock 

You will get a real adrenalin rush at the right time and also see many sharks such as Grey Reefs. Also Whitetip Reef Sharks and Hammerheads are coming together around this site from July to September. This is a potentially good place to encounter pelagic fish and a resident Potato Cod at the southern point in 30 meters of water. The pinnacle is not marked on most charts of the area, therefore a GPS position is recommended. Best diving entry is up current from the pinnacle, diving straight down, hanging on the wall and watching the show of fishes. Don’t attempt this dive if you are an inexperienced diver.

Langkoi Rock 

The Alley 

Marking this area are very large giant Trevally. Sharks and beautiful coral and a high diversity of other invertebrate life are also present. The waters are relatively shallow between 5-20m depth. Sometimes you’ll see lots of Manta Rays between September and January each year. The tiny rocky islands in this southern Komodo bay are great for snorkeling and diving. Enter this diving spot on the northeastern side of a rock, located near a coral mound that is submerged 3-5m below the surface. The temperature of the water can drop to the low 20°C range and this site tends to be current-prone. 

The Alley 

German Flag 

From September to January high densities of plankton attract many large Manta Rays in Komodo National Park – Indonesia. Encounter them whilst swimming on the surface along the shores and rocks along southern Komodo Island. The water near the shore is quite shallow (5 – 20m deep) and composed of large rocks and boulders. You’ll find huge Malabar Grouper, Potato Cod, Napoleon Wrasse, schools of Surgeon Fish and Red Snappers here. Cooler water from the upwellings off the south coast provides a nutrient-rich environment in this area. There is usually current at this site and you best drift here.

South Tala 

Find here abundant small fish life at shallower depths and also interesting invertebrate life on the walls and lots of larger fish somewhat deeper. Enormous schools of Surgeon Fish sometimes obscure views. Schools of large Red Snappers, Whitetip Reef Shark and huge Groupers further down amongst the boulders frequent the reef. The southern point of Tala island is characterized by steep rocky walls and occasional strong surge. 

Dive Site German Flag and South Tala 

Tanjung Loh Sera 

Large pelagic fish like Dogtooth Tuna can be watched circling off the point and around the pinnacles. Turtles and large fish such as monster- sized giant TrevalliesPotato Cod, Malabar Grouper, schools of Bumphead Parrotfish, Napoleon Wrasse, Manta Rays and much more are seeable along the wall. It is great to dive here all along the southern point of Loh Sera and off the point towards underwater pinnacles. Only experienced divers should attempt to swim to the pinnacles and beginner divers should stay along the wall. You can also enjoy great snorkeling along the northern shore of this cape.

Tanjung Loh Sera 

Indihiang 

Encounter many big fish and good coral diversity when drift-diving along the steep walls at this dive site in Komodo National Park – Indonesia. Top attractions include Potato Cod and large Napoleon Wrasse and schools of giant Trevallies and Snappers. This small island with steeply dropping walls is close to Loh Liang and also an ideal location for divers starting from Komodo Island. Plan this dive around slack tide and avoid excessive currents. Diving here is best at the end of falling tide. The current has slowed and an easy north to south drift dive along the eastern wall is also possible. 

Indihiang 

Loh Namu 

An excellent site for Groupers and Napoleon Wrasse. Most of the fish on this reef are found near the southern corner, because some large boulders spread out over the drop-off. A few caves also offer hiding places for interesting marine life. Some of the largest Coral Trout schools seen in the Park are here along with Malabar Groupers and huge Napoleon Wrasse, which may aggregate here to spawn. You may also find a giant Clam at 8 meters depth. Dive around the point of Loh Namu peninsula from south to north at a depth of about 28m, and always just before high tide. 

Loh Namu 

Pantai Merah/ Pink Beach

There as a great variety of fishes here. A good selection of critters such as Leaf Scorpionfish and Blue Ribbon Eels, Crocodile Fish and Nudibranch are also present too. Visibility varies, but is best during falling tide. Visit this site in the Park for snorkeling and diving. Snorkeling is excellent from the beach and there is a very good dive around a small area of reef. A steep rocky wall is visible from the surface of the water at low tide. This site is also a very good night dive, because it offers excellent macro-photography opportunities. Stationed in the area are several mooring buoys.

Pantai Merah/ Pink Beach

Darat Passage South 

Divers also find lots of Turtles on this pretty coral reef in Komodo National Park – Indonesia. At 20-25m depth you’ll see many small Coral Trout. Large schools of Anchovies and small Tuna and Trevallies come in to feed in the bay. Garden Eels sway and Whitetip Reef Sharks sleep on the sandy bottom near the point. Enter this dive site inside the bay along the eastern shore of the peninsula with the reef to the left side of the diver. The best time to dive is when the current is running from east to west through the narrow passage between Gililawa Darat and Komodo Island. 

Darat Passage North 

Because the reef slope is very rich in marine life and the sandy bottom at 15m depth is covered in Garden Eels, swimming with Turtles is possible here. Around the southwest corner of the island, the shallow reefs are extremely rich and full of fish life. Bumphead Parrotfish swim and gather here and spawn annually around the month of April. Also Sharks and schools of Batfish are moving swiftly in the passage. A large coral head about two thirds of the way through the dive, is teeming with life and activity. Diving from east to west and vise-versa is possible here, depending on the current. 

Darat Passage South and North Divesites

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