DIVING IN KOMODO
Famous for his famous dragon, Komodo is full of underwater treasures. The national park has more than 69 diving sites. It is undoubtedly the ideal place for lovers of macrofauna, it possesses one of the richest biotopes of the planet. Located between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, the area is subject to very strong currents that converge in all directions. Diving is therefore reserved for experienced divers only, the majority of dive sites being under currents.
There can be a large difference in water temperature between the North and the South of the archipelago (24°C to 29°)
This site is a good place to test diving in Komodo. It begins on a gentle slope, to continue towards on a ridge. The current will become stronger and stronger. The coral blocks contain a beautiful macrofauna, so you can see cleaner shrimp, anemones and porcelain crabs. Fusiliers and humpback parrots are also very present on the area.
Gili Lawa Laut Passage
Located on Komodo Island’s north side, the place is renowned for the violence of the currents. Depending on the tides, diving can be difficult. It is a pass in the form of a cauldron which leads to 2 sites. On one side canyons where manta rays twirl, and on the other, it is a superb wall covered with soft corals. There is a very dense fauna: groupers, balistes, trevallies, mobula, tuna, or white lagoon's sharks.
It is a large underwater mount located on the west side of the island of Komodo. Some rocks point to the surface. As the name suggests, the currents are violent. Hard corals and sponges cover the walls, attracting a multitude of reef fish. There are also napoleons, hawksbill turtles, surgeons, tunas, giant trevallies, and sharks. This is one of the finest dive sites in the park and even recognized as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world.
Located in the northeast of Gili Banta, this site is a "must" for diving cruises, often considered as the best site in the area. The fauna is incredibly varied and dense. You can see dog-toothed tuna, huge barracudas, moray eels, nudibranchs, hammerhead sharks, napoleons, nurse sharks, white-tipped sharks ... in short, a dive you will remember!
It is an island located in the center of the national park. The site is subject to very strong currents. This drift dive will allow you to observe a beautiful collection of soft orange corals, turtles, white-tipped sharks, manta rays, barracudas or humpback parrots.
Batu Toko or Castle Rock
It is a large underwater mountain where you will find a long plateau of 20 m which descends gently, with blocks of coral. Again, the fauna is very present with white-tipped sharks, giant trevallies, tunas, snappers, and large shoals of fusiliers. This site is very popular.
Close to Castle Rock, this rock is covered at high tide. The site is subject to very strong currents. Again the schools of fish are very numerous and the corals are magnificent.
As the name suggests, it is the most beautiful spot to see mantas. It is a small rock whose summit touches the surface. Depending on the tides, currents swirl with giant trevallies, manta rays, sharks, humped parrots or large barracudas. Guaranteed show on one of the most popular sites of Komodo.
This rock is on the south side of the island of Rinca. It is renowned for the diversity of underwater fauna. More deeply, the green and blue anemones swing in the currents. The stingrays inhabit the site and wander among the snappers. Further north, it is the purple gorgonians that attract the eye, do not hesitate to approach it, some pygmy seahorses hide there. Green turtles sometimes snatch coral.