Critters & Nudi’s 2015


This is our annual critter and nudibranch expedition where we take critter & nudibranch lovers to some of our special sites with unique habitats where we find unusual, rare and unknown species.

Resort & Liveaboard Combo With Guest Expert Bernard Picton

For more about why we go in search of nudibranchs click here

Our Special Guest

Bernard Picton – The Nudibranch Guy
Bernard Picton is a leading Expert on nudibranchs of the British Isles, as well as an authority on sponges, hydroids, sea anemones, sea squirts and echinoderms. He has had a long and fascinating career, working at many of Britain and Irelands top educational and research establishments as well as leading the SCUBA diving surveying and species collections of several areas the British Isles. Bernard’s underwater photographs have illustrated numerous books and articles and he has written and co-authored several field guides. He is an extremely experienced diver and has been a BSAC national instructor since 1986. Establishments that Bernard has worked at in his career since graduating Bristol university in 1975 include Bristol Museum, Ulster Museum (Belfast) and Trinity College (Dublin). He has authored, co-authored and featured in several books and papers including “A Guide to Inshore Marine Life”, “A Field Guide to the Shallow water Echinoderms of the British Isles” and “A field Guide to Nudibranchs of the British Isles.

In more recent times, Bernard has been a guest expert at the hugely successful nudibranch safaris at the Gulen dive resort in Norway. He is now semi retired and we are lucky enough to be able to welcome him on as a guest expert on our Diving 4 Images Critters and nudibranch trip around Komodo 2015!

Lucky us!

Dates and logistics

1st to 12th September 2015 onboard Cheng Ho Beyond Komodo

12th to 23rd September 2015 staying at Villa Markisa for the best nudibranchs and critter action in the area.

Trip details

We will be arranging an overnight hotel at the Harris Tuban. This is very close to the airport and ideal for a good nights rest before heading out to Labuan Bajo early in the morning.

On arrival at Ngurah Rai airport back in Denpasar we will head directly to Villa Markisa on 12th September where we can rest and start a full diving day the

The diving
During this trip we will spend quality time on sites north of Rinca, west Sumbawa, Sangeang island and our hotspots in the area around Bima. We will then fly out of Labuan in the early afternoon on the 12th September.

The Boat

The Cheng Ho. Photo by Graham Abbott

Cheng Ho

In 2012 Cheng Ho was refitted with a much more comfortable interior, she now has a much better layout in the lounge and cabins throughout are now much brighter. The boat is very spacious with plenty of room for those with cameras and lots of areas for lounging between dives. There is a TV room and plenty of space on deck for enjoying the view. The boat is designed for 22 guests but we will only book a maximum of 16 divers to ensure plenty of room and means we can offer single rooms with no single supplement. NOTE: only a few single rooms are available!

We are very happy to announce that we have worked with Sea Safari dive cruises to help them employ a very professional and conscientious new dive operations manager. Onboard operations are more organised, cleaner and much more professional. We look forward to more trips onboard Sea Safari and wish Jace Green all the best in his new position…

The Resort

We will be staying at Villa Markisa which is owned and managed by nudibranch nutter Christiane Waldrich who will be joining this whole expedition. Christiane & Pedro have trained excellent guides who will be guiding us to show us the most unique marine life and rare creatures in this area. We will also be taking you to a few new sites and there is even a good chance will be exploring a few new places too!


Villa Markisa rates:

Bungalow 1, 2, 3 & Sonea 8&9 $3,297 per person
Deluxe Room 4 $2,989 per person
Room 5 $2,632 per person
Masterbedroom 6 $3,451 per person

Cheng Ho:

Upper staterooms $4,840.00 per person (boat trip price only)
Lower deck cabins and mid deck $4,400.00 per person (boat trip price only)

Included: Unlimited diving onboard Cheng Ho and unlimited shore non guided shore dives at Villa Markisa, all meals, snacks, tea, coffee & water.

Not Included: Nitrox, canned and alcoholic beverages, equipment rental, gratuities will not be included. Overnight hotel in Bali, flights to & from airport (these will be added to your final invoice).

Optional Extras:
If you are travelling through Bali before or after the trip why not add more diving in North East of the island? Contact us for more information and prices.

Diving 4 Images can look after every aspect of your trip including resorts and hotels before and after the trip. We can help you build a personalised itinerary to make sure that the trip runs like clock-work. If you would like us to arrange resorts or hotels, or any other aspect of your trip, just contact us!

If you are interested in joining this annual trip please contact us to hold a place or  inquire for more details…

Look forward to diving with you soon.

Your cruise director & dive guide,

Graham Abbott