Diving in Komodo

Komodo is well-recognized as one of the world’s top dive destinations,
with its coastal waters having a wealth of superb
dive sites hidden within.

Marine Life Highlights in Komodo

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White Tip Reef Shark
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Black Tip Reef Shark

Dive Sites In Komodo

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Cannibal Rock

Located in Loh Dasami bay, Cannibal Rock is a seamount known as a macro site and well-known for its invertebrates. Not only is it advisable for day dives but is even more enchanting during night dives. Giant Frogfish, Pygmy Seahorse, Coleman Shrimp, Fire Urchins and Miamira Nudis decorate the scene underwater with splendid soft coral formation, Sea Apples, and other variety of Holothurians are aplenty making it a dive full of colors. Fish life in this site is also fine with Black Snappers, Surgeonfish, Gold-striped Fusiliers, Yellow-Ribbon Sweetlips, and species of Scorpion Fishes. Access to Cannibal Rock is by a boat, with depths ranging from 20 to 40 metres and visibility of 5 to 20 metres, free of strong currents.

Access: By boat
Average Depth: 20m
Maximum Depth: 40m
Average Visibility: 5m to 20m

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Tatawa Kecil

Tatawa Kecil is a small island northeast of Komodo which is a fusion of rock formation, eye catching reef, and small caves. As it is a drift dive, currents can be very strong in the area thus only suitable for Experienced divers. Average visibility is 21 metres with depths of 20 to 40 metres and the island is accessible by a boat.
Common sightings in Tatawa Kecil are usually Manta Rays, Nudibranchs, Sea Snakes, Turtles, and coral reef fishes including Bumphead Parrotfish, Giant Trevally, Jacks, Sharks, Sweetlips, Snappers, Barracudas, and Large Groupers. Overflowing in the site are Anthias, and sometimes, when lady luck dives along, divers might even spot a Dugong.

Average Depth: 20m
Maximum Depth: 40m
Average Visibility: 21m

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Batu Bolong

With the top disguised as a small rock at the surface, Batu Bolong is a massive pinnacle that goes deep to 75 metres thus the name Batu Bolong or Hollow Rock. It lies in the strait between Tatawa and Komodo, and upon descend, you will be greeted with a sight of hard and soft corals with invertebrates like Nembrotha Purpureolineata and colourful fishes. In deeper waters along its steep walls, large fish roam in the area such as Giant Trevallies, Napoleons, White-tip Reef Sharks, Dogtooth Tuna, and schooling Rainbow Runners. Batu Bolong has mild to strong currents but can only be dived at slack tide. Average visibility is 20 metres with diveable depths of 20 to 40 metres and can be reached by boat or Liveaboard.

Access: By Boat or Liveaboard
Average Depth: 20m
Maximum Depth: 40m
Average Visibility: 20m

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Castle Rock

Castle Rock is a seamount that lies in the waters between Gili Lawa Laut and Toko Toko. Named Castle Rock, the topmost part offers shelter from the current which can be found within 3 to 4 metres and is generally a safety stop. Divers can pretty much see everything in this site as it has excellent visibility and abundant sea life, from schools of Tuna, Barracuda, Jacks, Fusilier, Snapper, Bannerfish, and Mackerel, to Mantas, Gray and White-tip Reef Sharks, Morays and Turtles, sometimes dolphins on early dives. The site also has a scenic background of soft coral growth, Crinoids and Seafans that hosts Pygmy Seahorses. Average depth is 20 metres and maximum is at 25 metres with average visibility of 20 metres.

Access: –
Average Depth: 20m
Maximum Depth: 25m
Average Visibility: 20m

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The Cauldron

At the northern tip of Komodo Islands is a passage between Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat known as The Cauldron. Earning the name from its running current with the top that looks like a boiling pot, it is an exhilarating drift dive that is advisable only for the more experienced divers. Once the current decreases, it is the best time to enter The Cauldron where you will swim through passages, go over rocky ridges and to a sandy bottom.
There are Garden Eels at 15 metres, the walls are covered by corals and Crinoids, and inside The Cauldron, regular sightings are schooling Sweetlips, Batfish, and Midnight Snapper, Reef Sharks, Manta, Giant Trevally, and Turtles. Having mild to strong currents, visibility can reach up to 25 metres with maximum depth of 30 metres and is accessible by a boat.

Access: –
Average Depth: –
Maximum Depth: 30m
Average Visibility: 25m

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Pantai Merah/Pink Beach

Famous for being known as one of the 10 pink beaches in the world, Pantai Merah or Pink Beach is a frequently visited site in Komodo National Park. A slope with a sandy bottom located at the eastern side of Komodo Island, large coral outcrops can be found at 25 metres where lots of Glassfish crowd in the cracks. Snorkelling is also recommended in this site as well as night dives for its teeming macro life such as Leaf Scorpionfish, Frogfish, Crocodile fish, Blue-ribbon Eels, and species of Nudibranchs including Cannibal Nudibranch. Small Yellow Sea Cucumbers and Feather Stars can be spotted, along with schooling Striped Fusiliers. Pantai Merah’s depth ranges from 18 to 30 metres and average visibility is at 20 metres.

Access: –
Average Depth: 18
Maximum Depth: 30m
Average Visibility: 20m

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End of the World

Located at the southern tip of Komodo is this dive site that got its name due to its deep waters and big wall of rocks with small caves, overhangs and sandy shelves. The wall with unspoiled corals and spectacular marine life goes down to 40 metres on a flat black plain. Flat areas of the wall are covered with fields of Marigold Cup Corals, and schooling Surgeonfish, Large Grouper, White-tip reef Sharks, Moray Eels, and Manta Rays are regular sightings at the End of the World. As currents can be very strong, this site is only feasible for Experienced divers. Visibility is good from 10 to 30 metres and is accessible by boat.

Access: By Boat
Average Depth: –
Maximum Depth: 40m
Average Visibility: 10m – 30m

Diving in Komodo

Komodo Island, as it is widely known for, is home to the largest lizard on Earth, the Komodo dragon. Situated in between the islands of Flores and Sumbawa, it is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia and is part of the Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which covers the entire island. Komodo consists of forests, volcanic hills and savannahs while its waters are blessed with mangroves, sea grass beds, and amazing coral reefs that made it a popular destination for diving.

Climate in Komodo is tropical and is in fact one of the driest regions with a temperature of 20 to 40 degrees Celsius. The wet season is from December to March but have more rainfall during January and February, while dry season is from April to November with July and August being the coolest months therefore making it the best time for diving. Currents are usually strong with a visibility of 7 to 35 metres depending on where you dive, north or south of Komodo National Park.

Aside from its dragons, Komodo is also famous for its Pink Beach that contains pink sand, a result of white sand and red sand combined, that is frequently visited by tourist and divers. The Komodo National Park has one of the most diverse in marine environments in the world having over 250 species of reef building corals. Colorful walls, caves and swim-throughs, vibrant reefs, boulders, seamounts and pinnacles, make up most of its dive sites with some slopes and muck dives too. The north of Komodo National Park has a mixture of hard and soft corals whereas the south is filled with soft coral life, large branching corals, and fans.

The marine life does not pale in comparison either having over 1000 species of fish. Large pelagic, Mantas, variety of Cetaceans, Whale Shark, and Turtles are common sightings in these waters. While the north have its residents such as Giant Trevallies, Reef Sharks, schooling Wrasses, Anthias, and Angelfish, the south has colourful macro life like Nudibranchs, Holothurians, Pygmy Seahorse, Frogfish, with Torpedo and Manta Rays.

Best Diving Season: April to November
Weather: December to March (Wet Season) April to November (Dry Season)
Water Temperature: 20-40°C
Marine Animal Highlights: White & Black Tipped Reef Shark, Humphead Parrot Fish, Dolphins, Sea snakes and also Komodo Dragon
Recommended Thermal Protection: –
Water Visibility: 7 to 35 m
Tipping: –
Transportation: –

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