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    Komodo National Park

      Komodo National Park Dive Sites

      Diving Komodo Islands offer a scuba diver just about every type of tropical scuba diving imaginable – from warm, calm and colorful shallow reefs teeming with hundreds of colorful reef fishes and crammed with Nudibranchs, Lion Fish, Scorpion Fish, Frog Fish and so much more, to current-swept deep cool water seamounts, walls and pinnacles patrolled by sharks, tuna and other big fish.

      The diversity of marine life that you can see while diving Komodo rivals some of the best diving destinations in the world. Komodo is close to the world’s epicenter for marine diversity and you’ll see so much, that your underwater camera will be working overtime, just to keep up.

      Diving komodo

      Sabayur Kecil

      Slope / Wall / Coral Garden
      Soft and hard coral fringing reef
      30 Meters
      Medium to Strong
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      Located just outside the boundaries of Komodo National Park, the sheltered sandy bar of Sebayur Island runs east-west, and provides perfect location for check-out dives, or as a current-free zone for less experienced divers and snorkelers. The mooring buoys are the ideal location to start the dive, and we can follow the anchor line down to around 10m.

      Heading west with the reef on your left, the shallow plateau drops off to form a steep slopes of hard and soft coral bommies. Here hiding scorpion fish, crocodile fish, lionfish, and occasional lobster poking its antennae out from a hole. Going down to 18m you can see sandy bottom with garden eel, rays and flounders lie buried in the sand. Further dive to the west will be a fantastic place for night dive option.

      As the sun sets the reef creatures come out to play: mantis shrimp, octopus, large crabs, or if lucky you can see spanish dancer, flamboyant cuttlefish and other small beautiful creatures. Another option of diving site here is head east from the mooring for a very different dive.The shallow coral plateau extends out around the corner of the bay and drops-off forming a steep wall. At 20m a finger of reef extends to the north, dropping steeply on either side.

      Search the large gorgonian fans carefully for pygmy seahorses and the reef for ghost pipefish. But keep being aware for the currents that can pick up in this area.

      Police Corner

      Wall Overhang Boulder
      Hard Coral Fringing Reef
      30 Meters
      Medium to Strong
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      This site located in northwest of Siaba Besar island. Really good for easy morning dives with mild to none current. Follow the steep reef sloping down to 20-24m, you will mildly drift past strikingly colorful soft corals, delicate black corals, sponges and a huge diversity of hard corals. Batfish, grouper, snapper and sweetlips hide in and around the overhangs, while hawksbill turtles and green turtles, whitetip reef sharks, and barracuda are regular visitors to this site.

      On the mid of your diving you will find huge overhang cave with a lot of treasures inside. You can find stonefish, pygmy seahorse on gorgonian fan, big pink lobsters on the caves along the wall. Small beautiful creatures like nudis and flatworm also easily found here.

      Batu Bolong

      Wall
      Hard and soft coral encrusted rocky walls
      30 Meters
      Medium to Strong
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      Widely considered to be one of Komodo’s best dive sites, Batu Bolong is also one of its most challenging. Powerful tidal currents and the plunging slopes of this tiny rock outcrop located between Tatawa Kecil and Komodo Island has made it a fish market down there. The current can flow through this passage at more than 3 knots, and the site is extremely affected by the current.

      The more current you experience, the more fishes you can see. Sharks, napoleon wrasse, giant trevally, turtle, manta, or even small cute creatures like nudibranch are all over the place! Batu Bolong is best dived at slack, when the conditions are easiest. The northern side of the rock is a wall that descends directly to more than 40m. To the east lie some large pinnacles, separated from the main seamount in 20-30m of water.

      The southern side is a steep slope, covered in encrusting and tabulate corals. This site is excellent for both divers and snorkelers, and the shallows are filled with intense colors of corals and fish life. Batu Bolong is a very popular but quite compact site, and during peak season many boats can be seen converging on the site at the same time to dive between the tides.

      Control your buoyancy carefully and watch your fins to help look after this beautiful site. The strong currents are not ideal for beginner divers. Do follow the advice of a local guide, as it is essential to continually read the conditions throughout the dive on this very dynamic site.

      Manta Point

      Drift
      Coral rubble reef shoal
      30 Meters
      Medium to Strong
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      Karang Makassar is actually three large reef shoals that run north-south along the east coast of Komodo, forming a barrier reef. It is a famous and popular site for watching manta rays, which gathering here for large part of the year and are responsible for a section of the site being named Manta Point.

      There are several locations where mantas may aggregate, and it is worth scouting from the surface before jumping in. Look for a glimpse of wing tips breaking the surface, or the shadowy form of a manta gliding under the boat. At first sight the reef here doesn’t appear very exciting, with large expanses of coral rubble and desert like dunes. But look more carefully and a huge diversity of creatures large and small will be revealed. A typical dive begins at the southern end of the reef, and drifts with the rising tide to the north. From 10-20m many small critters like nudibranch, mantis shrimp, jawfish, emperor shrimp live amongst the rubble and sea urchins.

      The highlight of this site of course manta, when you spot them, drop down onto a clear patch of rubble and sit still. It is important to note that divers can disrupt their natural behaviour. We can help to minimize any negative impacts by staying close to seafloor, not chasing, touching, or crowding the mantas, and being aware that your exhaled bubbles can startle mantas flying overhead. On this site, be aware of the currents, the drift may easily carry you 400 to 1,000 m. It is essential to carry surface marker to signalling the boat.

      Castle Rock

      Large Pelagics
      Hard coral seamount
      30 Meters
      Medium to Strong
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      Located just north of Gili Lawa Laut, the top of this submerged seamount lies at depth 5m. This site forms large boulders and rocky outcrops on surroundings, that have given the site its name. At 20-25m descending divers are frequently met by whitetip reef sharks and massive trevally. Hawksbill turtles are regular visitors, but resident Napoleon wrasse, porcupine fish and scorpion fish may steal all the attention.

      The clear water is filled with big schools of black surgeonfish, many different species of trevally, tuna, and fusiliers, all conspiring to interrupt the great visibility. You can find whitetip, blacktip reef sharks, bamboo sharks. The parapets at the top of the castle will be a natural place to make a safety stop sheltered from the current. Castle Rock is one of Komodo’s more advanced dive sites. Prior experience of diving in currents is recommended for maximum enjoyment and to avoid damaging the fragile environment.

      Tatawa Besar

      Drift
      Hard coral fringing reef
      30 Meters
      Medium to Strong
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      Tatawa Besar is a large island in central Komodo that offers two great drift dives. The currents here almost always run south, irrespective of the tides. The entry point for both dives is at the northern tip of the island, where the current splits. The east side is most commonly dived, and here the reef boasts some of the best coral cover in the park. The reef drops away steeply to about 25m, but is best at 8-15m.

      You can meet group of sweetlips and groupers. It is difficult to dive this site without encountering one of the many resident hawksbill turtles, and keep an eye out of cuttlefish that are also often seen. When we dive west coast, we can follow along the reef slope, or up in the shallows. Lots of good coral cover there hiding angelfish, triggerfish, lionfish, and scorpionfish.

      We can also find occasionally manta or eagle rays, reef sharks. Whether following the east or west shores, the drift on Tatawa Besar can become quite fast. But don’t worry about that, stay close to the reef and enjoy the current, because it slows towards the end.

      Drift
      Hard and soft coral fringing reef, including canyons
      30 Meters
      Medium to Strong
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      This small passage between the islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat in North Komodo has churning waters on fast tide. This site is also often to be called Cauldron. Best attempted on a falling tide, the dive starts on a reef wall that drops down to 25 m with scattered coral boomies on the sandy ocean floor. As you slowly drift with the current into the passage, the bottom becomes more rocky, with stunning coral boomies covered in branching gorgonian fans and table corals.

      The bottom gradually shallows to 14 m before suddenly dropping to 22m as you enter The Cauldron – a large depression about 30 m across carved out of the centre of the passage. When the current is strong, you can experience super fast and fun drift dive in half minutes. After pass through the Cauldron, you should swim closer to the reef on the left and use reef hook against the current to enjoy the scenery of fishes swimming against the current on the passage.

      Occasionally manta will be seen here, somersaulting gracefully as they feed in the current. Head left to swim out of the main current flow and into a back eddy that will gently carry you up onto the reef near Gili Lawa Laut for a safety stop amongst a vibrant coral garden.

      Crystal Rock

      Large Pelagics and Macro
      Hard coral seamount
      30 Meters
      Medium to Strong
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      Crystal Rock is another one of Komodo’s most popular dive sites. The site is named after the crystal clear waters that envelope it, and consists of two seamounts with a saddle between. The eastern seamount breaks the surface, and the top of western seamount lies at around 10 m depth. The valley between drops to 22m, this is great sheltered location to see all surrounding sea life.

      On a rising tide the current runs east-west, reversing on falling tide to run west-east. To explore the whole site, we need to dive at slack, however there is more fishes when the current is strong. Colorful soft and hard corals cover both pinnacles, with numerous table corals. There is an abundance of macro life, as well as scorpion fish, moray eels, frogfish, and many more. The site is suitable for less experienced divers when the currents are low. However stronger currents require negative entry and quick descent.

      Drift
      Hard coral slope and Coral garden
      20 Meters
      None to Mild
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      Toko toko is an imposing rocky island at the most north of Komodo Island. With its exposed location, the currents here can be very strong. Conditions must be checked very carefully before deciding to dive this site. Depending on the currents, the dive begins either to the northeast or northwest of the island.

      Descend and drift with the current along the steep slope, keep an eye out for bumphead parrotfish, turtles, ribbon eels, sea snakes, and the occasional eagle ray. End the dive by returning to the shallows near to the island, where the reef flats are an interesting place to explore during your safety stop. Even this area could be a cleaning station for manta rays which can be perfect 3 minutes of enjoying manta dancings.

      Drift
      Hard Coral Fringing Reef
      20 Meters
      Medium to Strong
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      Mawan is a small part of islet to the north of Padar island, ringed by white sandy beaches and shallow coral gardens. The dive begins close to the beach on the southwest side of the island. Descend to around 15m and swim southwest, following a wide coral-covered slope. The variety of coral and fish life here is immense, and it is worth taking time to look closely.

      It is also macro lovers paradise. Keep your eyes peeled towards the end of the dive, as mantas can sometimes be seen hovering just about the white sandy seafloor. Head back in towards the shallows to finish the dive, where the coral gardens offer a wealth treasures to discover during your safety stop. Mawan does experience strong currents, and this dive can only be attempted on a rising tide.

      Secret Garden

      Slope sandy bottom
      Hard and soft coral fringing reef
      30 Meters
      Medium to Strong
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      This site is in front of the Padar Kecil island located in south Padar. Begin the dive on the southern part and we will slightly drifted to northeast with the sceneries of steep slope and you will find sandy slope where the black coral is. This is heaven for small critters and you can found the amazing beauty of them such as flamboyant cuttlefish, wonderpus, ghost pipefish, nudibranch, seahorse, and many more.

      As usual southern dive sites, the water temperature here around 24-27 degrees and the visibility could be variable and most of time not really visible near surface but will be clearer at depth. To end the dive you can go shallower to miraculous dreamy colored of coral garden, with little muddy shades of visibility.

      Three Sisters

      Macro and wall
      Submerged rock pinnacles
      40 Meters
      Medium to Strong
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      The Three Sisters is an unusual underwater rock formation just east of Padar island that makes the name of this site. The sisters are three large, submerged rocks that rise straight up from the flat sand and rubble bottom. They are within easy swimming distance of each other, where the closest inshore sister lies in about 12-15m of water, while the eastern end of the third sister drops to about 30m. The site can be difficult to find, as these rocks are not marked on any charts and lie just below the surface.

      The reef is pristine and covered with hard and soft coral life. The site is mildly affected by the currents, but can always be dived. Begin the dive by dropping in just up current or in the lee of one of the rocks, and swim around the pinnacles in a figure of eight. Be aware of the current condition as it is best to swim between the rocks. Visibility here can be highly variable, and often quite poor on the surface but is usually better at depth. The water temperature can range from 24-27 Celcius.

      Drift
      Macro
      25 Meters
      Medium to Strong
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      Wainilu lacks the colorful corals of other Komodo dive sites, but it is a great muck dive and a macro photographers dream. Situated on the west side of a small island in the mouth of Loh Buaya, the dive follows a gentle sand and slit slope. The crest of the slope is strewn with broken coral and rubble, while deeper down soft corals litter the sandy slope.

      Look closely amongst these habitats to find a host of unusual critters not normally found in other dive sites in Komodo. Wonderpus, frogfish, seahorse, ornate ghostpipefish, robust ghostpipefish, banded pipefish, stonefish, mandarinfish, dragonete, you name it. There are numerous juveniles of every kind of fish, including zebra batfish, baramundi cod, swetlips, etc. Drop in infront of the sign on the white sandy beach on the land and you will be sure to find many exciting critters.

      The site is better dived slowly, take your time to really explore the small things. Be aware that the silty bottom can be easily disturbed ruining visibility, maintain your bouyancy and take care on how you move your fins.

      Pengah Kecil

      Seamount and wall
      Hard and soft coral fringing reef
      40 Meters
      None to Mild
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      Pengah Kecil is a steep-sided seamount that rises above the waves to form a small island to the north of Rinca. This location makes it a popular stop of itineraries that also include a trek with the dragons. Hawksbill turtles are regularly found climbing on the staghorn corals, alongside banded sea snakes and bumphead parrotfish are common.

      Keep an eye on the blue, as large rays often fly past. Pengah is a current swept site, and the tide splits around the rock creating very strong rips. When the current is weakest, it is possible to jump in up-current and drift around the rock. But even with a weak current, strong down currents can form at the corners, and divers should be experienced in these conditions.

      This site is usually dived in the lee, forming zig zag route between the current flowing around either side of the rock. The site is very dynamic, and it is essential to seek advice from an experienced guide who is able to read the conditions above and below the water.

      Pink Beach

      Wall
      Hard and soft coral encrusted rocky wall
      28 Meters
      Medium to Strong
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      Pink Beach is a delightful dive and one of the most popular spots in the park. The pristine pink beach gets its color from red coral fragments, and it is located near to the trekking area on Komodo Island. Colorful stands of hard coral patterned on brilliant patches of white sand, and form a heaven for fish of all shapes and sizes.

      The life here is more typical of the southern sites, and water temperature is usually around 25 degrees. When you swim to the west and keep the reef on your right, you will find the wall with the background of schooling sweetlips, fusiliers, some tame groupers, snappers, and many lionfish and scorpionfish can be found engulfing the headland. If you lucky, mating octopus usually can be found hiding on the caves of the wall. To finish the dive, you can follow the reef slope up into the shallows, and explore the lively coral garden between the rocky outcrop and the beach.

      Golden Passage

      Wall and Drift
      Hard and soft coral fringing reef
      25 Meters
      Strong
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      The South Passage separates Gili Lawa Darat from Komodo Island and is best dived on rising tide, when the current runs east to west creating a gentle drift out from Gili Lawa Bay. The eastern shore of the peninsula, just inside the bay, is an ideal starting point for the dive.

      Follow the current with the reef on your right hand side, you will pass the both island passage and enjoy the mild current also the scenery of tunnel with coral trout , large schools of anchovies and small tuna and trevally come in to feed in the bay. Deeper still, along the bottom of the slope, fish life increases; garden eels sway and whitetip reef sharks sleep on the sandy bottom.

      Siaba Besar

      Slope and Mild Drift
      Hard coral fringing reef and sandy slope
      30 Meters
      None to Mild
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      Siaba Besar is located to the north of Rinca Island. Best dived on a falling tide, when the currents will carry you mildly to south towards a beautiful coral garden. Begin the dive at the northern tip of the island. Follow the reef slope down to 20-24m, where a series of dynamic overhangs wait to be explored. Moving on with the reef on your left, you will swim past strikingly colorful soft corals, delicate black corals, sponges and a huge diversity of hard coral.

      Batfish, grouper, snapper, sweetlips hide in and around the overhangs, while hawksbill turtles and green turtles, white tip reef sharks, and barracuda are regular visitors to this site. The coral garden is particularly vibrant at the southern end of the island, and is an ideal spot to explore during your safety stop. On early morning or sunset dive you might get lucky to spot Mandarinfish. Be warned, these little gobies are difficult to spot despite their bright colors, but patience rewards with the incredible sight of these vivid, multi-colored fish.

      Bombastic Forest

      Slope and Coral Garden
      Soft and hard coral fringing reef
      25 Meters
      None to Mild
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      This site is in front of the Gili Lawa Darat bay where the boats park for staying overnight. It has really calm current and will be perfect for easy sunset or night dive since its hidden in a small cove on Gili Lawa Darat. Begin the dive just to the east if the cave and descend to around 25m. Follow the slope to the west before turning around and zig-zagging up the slope into shallower water. Small critters are waiting to be discovered but sometimes do have a look around from time to time, as nurse shark of whitetip shark can do sweep in from the blue.

      Dinda Point

      Slope
      Soft and hard coral fringing reef
      25 Meters
      None to Mild
      Ultimate Komodo 8D/7N
      Jurassic Komodo 6D/5N

      This site is in front of the Gili Lawa Darat bay where the boats park for staying overnight. It has really calm current and will be perfect for easy sunset or night dive since its hidden in a small cove on Gili Lawa Darat. Begin the dive just to the east if the cave and descend to around 25m. Follow the slope to the west before turning around and zig-zagging up the slope into shallower water. Small critters are waiting to be discovered but sometimes do have a look around from time to time, as nurse shark of whitetip shark can do sweep in from the blue.