About Divine Diving
Want to know more about Divine Diving? In this section you can find out, who, what, where we are and why we love what we do. You can read about our environmental and conservation work, including local engagements and which communities we support and belong to. For latest news check our Blog and Facebook page.
Our Dive Centre
Office and lounge-terrace
Our dive center is close to the harbor on the main road (see map). We have a small check in office at the first floor and a big terrace on the second floor. The terrace is furnished with big comfortable lounge chairs and tables, light, airy and therefore the perfect place to fill your logbook, have a chat or post your latest dive pictures through our free WiFi access.
Our modern facilities provide you with free cold drinking water, coffee and tea. We would like to encourage you as well to refill your water bottle at our water dispenser for environmental reasons.
You can also find ID books about fishes, nudibranchs, corals, etc. in our library and information about restaurants/hotels in Labuan Bajo.
Our spacious terrace provides a great location for presentations, lectures and other activities, should you be interested to host any of the above please contact us.
For our students a quiet class room is available, where our experienced instructors teach and course videos are watched. We have a full library of PADI teaching materials and aids available for use at any time.
All our packages include basic dive equipment. So on our second floor, you will find the equipment room, where we store and maintain the gear and as well sizing you up, if you need dive gear. We use quality brands such as: Scubapro (regulator, BCD), Mares (BCD, fins, wetsuit, booties), DeepGear / Tusa (masks) and Suunto (computer). All of our equipment is serviced in house, where possible, by fully trained professionals. We maintain our environmental policy by fixing equipment, so long as it doesn’t compromise our reputation for safety and comfort. We also try to recycle and repurpose equipment that is no longer functioning.
Our photo gallery
Hello, my name is Marij. When I decided to live my dreams instead of dreaming my life, I left the Netherlands. And now, with my company Divine Diving, I offer you the possibility to share with me the wonderful underwater world. I’ve dived all over the world, but I fell in love with the beauty of the dive sites in and around Komodo National Park. My contagious enthusiasm and my pleasure in working with people will make your dive trip a relaxing experience. Besides this, I’ve worked for years in management positions, so you’ll be assured of a very well organized trip. Therefore the only thing you’ve got to do is: enjoy!
Safety is the keyword of our experienced and professional PADI Divemasters and Instructors. In addition to this, they love diving and service is their second nature. They are always there to answer your questions, to assist you and, should have any problems, search for solutions. No doubt they like to chit chat too!
Both our boats have a permanent employed crew: a very experienced captain, an engineer, a chef and an all-round assistant. On our liveaboard there are added another chef, a room boy/steward and a speedboat driver. In addition to their seamanship, they all are adept to work along with divers, diving equipment and of course with guests.
Here you’ll meet our helpful and competent office staff. They can offer you all kind of information about our company, the dives we do and about Labuan Bajo (e.g. transport and accommodation). Our office staff will also assist you in sorting equipment. Of course they’ll settle all administrative matters in a fluent and friendly way.
Our photo gallery
The only way to visit the dive sites in Komodo National Park is by boat. We offer you two possibilities, either with our comfortable daytrip boat ‘Naring’ or on our cozy liveaboard ‘Weta Molas’. Both of them are traditional wooden sailing boats but for efficiency and service they both are equipped with engines.
For the first time on our boat, our very experienced dive guides will give you a detailed boat briefing, so you will feel home straight away. During the boat ride to the dive sites, they will inform you about Komodo National Park, the way we handle the park and of course safety procedures. Before each dive, they will give you a detailed pre-dive briefing and explain the dive site and the marine life you can expect. To maximize safety and enjoyment we always dive in small groups with a maximum of 4 divers per dive guide.
On board is a digital tablet available with ID books about fishes, nudibranchs, corals, etc.. You can use this to identify species for your logbook and learn more about the underwater world. You can find the same books as paper version (for reference only) in our dive center. And don’t forget our experienced and passionate dive guides who are on hand to help ID marine life, just ask!
Our dive equipment is well maintained, and we use quality brands such as Scubapro, AquaLung, Mares, DeepGear, Tusa and Suunto.
Both our boats have emergency oxygen on board and comply with all safety regulations including speedboat (on liveaboard only), life jackets, life buoys, radio, GPS, hand phones and a first aid kit.
Naring’ is our spacious day trip boat. Her name means ‘respect’ in the local tribe language Manggarai and describes our attitude towards the Komodo National Park. She is 18 meters long and 4 meters wide. Equipped with a 6 cylinder engine, she can reach around 8 sea knots per hour and we can offer you 3 dives a day in Central or North Komodo. Crystal Rock, Cauldron, Castle Rock, Manta Point and Batu Bolong, just to name some of the highlights of Komodo, which we visit on a day trip. At your request we also combine 2 dives with trekking on Rinca Island to see the Komodo dragons.
Convenience and comfort for our guests are very important to us. ‘Naring’ is built with 2 passenger decks: a dive- and a sun deck. The dive deck offers in the bow benches and a dive setup area for a maximum of 16 guests and dive guides. In the stern is a rest room with western (marine) toilet, the kitchen for preparing our fresh lunch and the coffee/tea bar with drinking water, snacks and fruits. The sundeck is furnished with mattresses and bean bags. Both decks are covered with roofs for shadow. We provide towels and sufficient fresh water for cameras/equipment, and you can rinse yourself after diving.
Every morning we meet at 7:15 am at our office and transfer together to the boat, which departs around 7:30 am. Depending on our program we are back in town between 3 pm to 6 pm.
‘Weta Molas’ (meaning ‘beautiful sister’) is our liveaboard boat, which we use for all kind of ‘National Geographic tours’ into the wilderness of Komodo National Park. The length of ‘Weta Molas’ is 25 meters and her wide is 5 meters. She is equipped with a speedboat for diving, a 6 cylinder engine and a generator providing electricity 24 hours.
‘Weta Molas’ can accommodate up to 8 guests. She has 4 well ventilated cabins, all with double beds, 2 on deck bathrooms and a cozy lounge/diner room. She has a big covered forward deck and a sun deck well furnished with mattresses and bean bags. Our ‘Beautiful Sister’ is not top-end luxurious, but she has style and is comfortable and offers a unique opportunity for a multi-day trip at an affordable price. She will take you to places far beyond your imagination!
See ‘Liveaboard’ for a description of our programs.
2004 – 2007
In 2006 Marij Aben, the owner of Divine Diving, decided to live her dreams instead of dreaming her life and left the Netherlands to open a dive center in Labuan Bajo. After diving this beautiful environment of Komodo National Park already in 2004 and ’05, she fell in love with it and wished to share this amazing environment with everyone who likes to experience it too. After some investigation and administration processes 2006 the company was founded and 2007 Divine Diving was officially opened.
Divine Diving started off small: 1 dive guide: Marij herself, local crew on land and at sea with Somba, a wooden sail boat adapted for diving, to travel on a daily base to dive sites in Central and North Komodo.
Towards the end of 2007 Divine also became an official PADI dive center and started to offer all courses from Open Water up to Divemaster.
After 3 years, Marij decided to get a bigger boat and exchanged Somba with Naring, a wooden sailboat but slightly bigger. Over the years Naring has experienced modifications to improve performance and comfort. And we are still proud to have her as our daytrip boat.
In 2009 Divine certified its first local Divemaster, he was trained from the beginning Open Water course. And 2 years later he became Divine Diving’s first local PADI dive instructor. But! He was not the only one! Since than Divine trained more local people to divemaster and most of them are still employed and proud to be active member of the dive team.
This was the year that Weta Molas was introduced to Komodo National Park. She has taken countless visitors to dive in the south where the day boats cannot reach and afforded each guest an exclusive view of the park at night, where we can gaze at the stars, watch sunrises and sunsets. Weta Molas has been a fantastic addition to the team and continues to offer once in a life time experiences to those who have travelled with her. A great decision!
Divine Diving got his first homepage online and in December 2016, we launched the newest version, which you are enjoying right now.
Divine became an official PADI 5* dive center, an accolade given to dive centers that excel and achieve high standards. A reputation we still enjoy.
Our office got a makeover: the lounge-terrace if finished. Now our guests have a comfortable place to chill, write logbooks and/or just enjoy a chat with our team and friends. Come and see what you think!
Starting up as one of the first dive centers in Labuan Bajo, Divine Diving is proud to celebrate its 10-years anniversary. Thanks to all our guests, dive students, friends and employees, who made this happen! We are really proud of everybody, who supported us either with manpower or with joining Divine Diving to follow up our passion: diving!
… and the story continues …
Labuan Bajo has daily flight connection from/to Denpasar (Bali, Ngurah Rai International Airport), Ende (Flores) and Bajawa (Flores). Flight companies are Lion/Wings, Aviastar/Transnusa, Kalstar and Garuda Indonesia. Good website to book these flights are:
Transport in Labuan Bajo
Labuan Bajo has a transport system of bemo’s (cars) and ojeks (motorbikes). There is no taxi company but many private professional drivers. Most drivers know where our office is and if not: ask to be dropped off at ‘Pelita Jaya’. From the airport to our office it is a 10-minute ride with a car or motorbike. Upto 4 people a private car from the airport to our office cost 60.000 IDR.
An ojek cost around 5.000 – 10.000 IDR depending on distance and daytime.
Our Contributions & Conservation Engagements
Our Personal Contribution
In addition to safety, our boat and dive crew is also very committed to responsible diving. We have a deep respect for the splendid flora and fauna of Komodo National Park, both above and under water!
We do not throw anything into the sea, except ourselves and we are committed to responsible trash disposal. We work with ‘Trash Hero” by sending volunteers on beach and street clean ups and to assist in local education programs.
We anchor only in designated zones and use mooring lines where possible. We adhere and helped to write the guidelines on responsible diving practices as presented by the action group ‘Dive Operators Community Komodo’ (DOCK). As divers, we don’t touch any living creature, so you can leave your gloves in your bag.
We are members of, or have contributed to Manta Watch, Manta Matcher, Manta Ray of Hope, Manta Trust and Marine Megafauna Foundation to continue the preservation of manta rays and to cooperate in the highly necessary research of these animals.
The last 30 years the number of manta rays has decreased with 60% worldwide. So there’s no time to waste to protect these majestic creatures from extinction!
As a Shark Guardian dive center, we support this research group in data collection, raising funds for shark and marine conservation, education, awareness and research projects worldwide. Ultimately this data contributes to the UN decisions on shark preservation and helps to save our oceans from extinction.
We collect data from every dive and you can join in as well and be a citizen science researcher, ask your dive guide about information.
Separation of waste
Waste – and its digestion – is still a major problem throughout Indonesia. We try to contribute to reduce the Indonesian ‘mountain of trash’. We use mineral water from big gallons, to reduce plastic bottles, and we offer a free water refill station in our office to everyone, not just customers. We separate our waste as much as possible, so raw materials, like cans and plastics, can be re-used. We operate a battery collection deposit and dispose of them responsibly. In Divine we only use rechargeable batteries for our torches and other small equipment items and we are currently looking into renewable energy sources for all our power needs.
Whether it concerns our boats, diving equipment or office decor, Divine Diving tries to keep all in very good condition through excellent maintenance habits. We try to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible. Less disposable items and higher quality goods combined with mindful maintenance equals less waste. You can find some very creative uses for some of our waste!
Labuan Bajo has allowed us to open a business and do some great diving: in return we would like to contribute to the local population and nature!
Divine Diving is a foreign investment company in Indonesia. We’re very grateful that we’ve got the opportunity to operate in Labuan Bajo. We always can count on the support of the local population and the local authorities. We contribute to a better future of the families and relatives of our 23 local employees.
We support local tour operators through recommendations and regularly give business to the local hotel and restaurant owners. We do all our shopping at the local companies and use local craftsmen and engineers. We also train local people to divemaster and/or instructor level. This will hopefully offer them better and more opportunities for the future.
We also support several local healthcare projects (see below).
Shark Guardian Dive Center
Divine Diving is really proud to be one of only a few official shark guardian dive center in Indonesia and being an active participant in shark protection.
“The Shark Guardian Dive Center is a unique recognition only awarded to dive centers who play an active role in shark and marine conservation. Shark Guardian Dive Centers are partners of the Shark Guardian Uk Charity and are included in an extensive network of dive operations around the world. Shark Guardian Dive Centers specifically support Shark Guardian educational programs, conservation campaigns, research projects and expeditions worldwide. Only a limited number of dive centers in one particular area can be registered as a Shark Guardian Dive Center which is why we choose the dive centers that are fully committed and very active in conservation.” (www.sharkguardian.org)
PADI Green Star Award
“The PADI Green Star™ Dive Center Award is granted to PADI Dive Centers and Resorts that demonstrate a dedication to conservation across a wide range of business functions, including water conservation, energy use, environmentally friendly transportation practices, use of sustainable materials, conservation leadership and a donation to conservation through Project AWARE. The Green Star Award identifies dive businesses that care about the environment and are acting to protect it.” (www.padi.com)
Divine Diving is right now in the screening process to receive this award in the upcoming future.
100% AWARE Partner
“100% AWARE partners make a big difference by contributing vital funds to protect the ocean planet. Ongoing contributions supports are:
- Collecting data and remove devastating debris worldwide while tackling prevention and policy efforts addressing long-term solutions.
- Secure protection for the world’s most threatened shark species.
- Strengthen shark finning bans and closing loopholes.
- Engaging divers in education and conservation actions worldwide.”
Divine Diving is right now in the screening process to receive this award in the upcoming future.
Dive Operator Community Komodo
Since the foundation of the ‘Dive Operator Community Komodo’ (DOCK) Divine Diving is an active member.
” The Vision of DOCK
The Dive Operators Community Komodo (DOCK) is a cooperative of dive operators working in Komodo and West Flores, dedicated to working together on areas of mutual and common interest to the dive community.
Through joint efforts we will work towards the sustainable development of a vibrant dive tourism industry in the West Flores Komodo region, which delivers the best possible levels of environmental responsibility, professionalism, service, and diver safety through its members.
This includes working above and beyond our own interests and engaging the government and local community to work towards the protection and preservation of our extraordinary marine environment, and the welfare of the people in West Flores Komodo.
The dive operators community shall be governed by the following principles:
- Environmental and Social Responsibility.
- Sustainable dive tourism sector growth.
- Promoting service excellence amongst members.
- Common objectives above individual objectives
By choosing a DOCK dive operator you will be assured of enhanced levels of safety through the strict application of minimum safety standards for its members. You can also be assured that your operator respects an overriding environmental responsibility in operations here. ”