Komodo set to get new diving resort


THE 50-villa Sudamala Komodo Villas & Dive Resort will be the first locally owned and operated luxury resort on Indonesia’s Sebayur Island when it opens in 2017.

Located on the edge of the Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara, Sebayur Island is a prime jumping off point to diving sites in and around the UNESCO Heritage Site.

“We expect around 80 per cent of our guests will be divers,” said Sudamala’s resorts director, Emily Subrata.

“We are talking about very pristine and protected dive sites that offer sightings of marine life such as sea turtles, manta rays and sharks. We have established our dive centres at Sanur and Lombok and this will be the extension of that as well as the jewel in our crown,” added Subrata.

Sebayur Island, which is about 30 minutes by boat from the nearest domestic airport of Labuan Bajo, is still remote, with the biggest resort on the same island having only about 25 rooms.

The new property will feature owner Sudamala group’s signature touches of art and craftsmanship highlighted in its other two properties, the Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sanur, Bali as well as the Sudamala Suites & Villas, Senggigi, Lombok.

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