Prone to current, this site offers excellent visibility. Usually the current flows to the east and is much stronger at the surface than in the deeper water . If you enter in the blue water approximately 100 metres up currents from the shallowest point and down to 30, 40 meters, you may receive a friendly welcome by some Batfish, and schooling Barracudas, Jacks, and Mackerels may do a swim-by as well. In approximately 20 meters deep, there are excellent soft coral growth and numerous fans that are host to Pigmy Seahorses. The top of the rock is in approximately 3 to 4 meters deep and offers shelter from the current, hence the name, castle rock. This shallow area is a good place to look around during your safety stop. Most people ask for encore dives.
Dive site Gililawa Laut:
The northeast tip of Gililawa Laut is always a great site to dive if you are into fish but not corals. Other small invertebrates are there of course, but the fish usually steal the show. On the corner of the reef sits rests a very large rock, behind which a drop off covered with boulders with many holes in between is found. Excellent grouper country - and if you are there at the right time, especially in October and November, you can see many groupers aggregate to spawn; then there are many golden trevallies, snappers and sometimes huge napoleon wrasses. The best time to dive this site is in slight current before or after slack-tide.
Dive Sites - Tatawa Kecil
A small island South of Tatawa Besar island offers fantastic snorkeling when the current is not to strong. It is best to dive the Western side of the island with rocks, caves and beautiful coral gardens in the shallows. Many coral reef fishes, including large Groupers, Snappers, Sweetlips, Jacks and Sharks swim around. Tatawa Kecil is probably the Anthias (small colorful Serranide fish) capital of the world! What's more, Dugongs have been spotted here. Manta rays are often seen on the southern side, so keep your eyes open during safety stops. This is Valerie Taylor's favourite dive site.
Dive Sites - Tatawa Besar
Starting at the Northwestern tip of Tatawa, there is a great drift dive down the western side at about 15 to 20 meters deep on a very beautiful fringing reef. Excellent reef fish life and an endless field of orange Softcorals, Barrel Sponges, and small boulders harbouring a wide range of fish life awaits you. Mantas are often seen in this area, too. It is also possible to drift up the North coast or Tatawa from the same entry point, offering a similar dive.
Dive Site Sebayur Kecil:
The North western corner of Sebayor Kecil is one of the great dive sites in close proximity to Labuan Bajo. A fringing reef extends North West where it drops of to 30-40 metres. We can dive this wall to the East or to the West depending on the current. There are some large boulders around which schools of Giant Trevallies, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Coral Trouts, Snappers and Emperors can be seen. There are good opportunities for both macro and wide-angle photography, though current can be quite strong in this.
Dive Site Batu Bolong:
Batu Bolong is a tiny rock island in the strait between Tatawa and Komodo, definitely one of the very best Komodo has to offer. This area is undamaged because the current and topography (steep walls) makes it impossible for local fishermen to use their dynamite and cyanide fishing techniques. It also means it can only be dived around slack-tide. The dive starts right at the surface with colorful corals along with other invertebrates and thousands of small colorful fish. In deeper water along the steep walls, many large fish including sharks, mantas, napoleon wrasses, giant trevallies, dogtooth tunas, and large schools of rainbow runners will greet you.
Dive Site Batu Tiga:
Batu Tiga, situated southeast of Tanjung Kuning in Linta straitis, is, without a doubt, one of the most current affected sites in Komodo. An excellent big fish dive, best place to enter is at the nortwestern side of the three rocks. A rocky reef extends below the surface out towards Komodo. Down in the deeper water to the west and below the reef, big boulders offer excellent habitat for groupers and other creatures. Mantas, giant trevallies and other pelagics are frequently seen here, butmost of the coral growth is stunted as a result of the strong currents.
Dive Site Pink Beach/Pantai Merah:
This is the most frequently visited site in the park. Snorkelling is excellent from the beach and there is an amazing dive site in a small area around a rock that breaks the surface only at low tide. There as a great variety of tame marine life here with a good selection of critters such as Leaf Scorpionfishes, Blueribbon Eels, Crocodile fishes, nudibranchs and more. This site is also excellent for nightdives. Visibility varies and is best during ebbing tide.
Dive Sites Three Sisters:
Three Sisters consist of three quite large submerged pinnacles within easy swimming distance of each other at about 10 meters apart. They are about five meters below the surface, making them a bit hard to find, and bottoms out at about maximum 30 meters onto rubble and sand. The rocks run to the East in line at about 100 meters from a small reef that sticks out on the Eastern side of an island. It is not too affected by current and can usually be dived. If you are adventurous, there is actually a fourth sister located further to the West that starts at about 20meters deep and drops down to 40 metres with some impressive fans and good marine life on it. The walls of the pinnacles are covered in soft corals, Tubastrea, and Crinoids. The tops of the pinnacles offer stunning hard and soft coral gardens and make for a great safety stop!
Dive Site Tala:
The Southern point of Tala Island is characterized by steep rocky walls and an occasional strong surge. The dive is more than worth it however; with lots of small fish on top, interesting invertebrate life on the walls, and lots of larger fish somewhat deeper. Enormous schools of Surgeonfish sometimes make it difficult to see anything else since they cover the entire view. If you manage to look away from these creatures, you’ll see plenty of large angry-looking Bohar Snappers, Whitetip Reefsharks, as well as other type of sharks and huge groupers further down amongst the boulders.
Komodo National Park is one of the richest marine environments in the world. Divers and snorkelers will be delighted by the spectacular coral reefs teeming with fish of every colour, patrolled by squadrons of manta rays. On our live-aboard, doing 3-4 dives a day, or our day dive trips, you will experience something to write home about. We OFFER you the best diving komodo has to offer, safely and professionally. Your best diving adventures is waiting!
Indonesia is the apex of the world’s marine biodiversity. There are more species of fish and corals in Indonesia than any other region of the world. The Komodo archipelago is one of the richest marine environments in Indonesia.
The Komodo Marine park lies between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. These islands run east west and each are over 300 km wide. As a result the 80 Km wide passage and island between them experience a huge tidal flow.
This constant tidal flow combined with upwelling’s of cold, nutrient rich water from the Indian Ocean, delivers a constant stream of food for the coral polyps, and the reef fish. It has laos lead to two distinctly different marine environments. In the north we have clearer waters and pristine hard coral reefs typical of tropical areas. But in the south the cooler richer waters favour the growth of soft corals and other invertebrates.
This is the basis for a food CHAIN that literally has the marine life exploding out of the water. Whilst not all sites are the same some of the coral reefs, are so dense with life there is not a quare centimetre does that does not have corals growing on top of each other. On others, the fish life is so dense, you have trouble seeing the reef. And yet on others, you find some of the most amazing and unusual animals in the marine kingdom, and has developed some of the most beautiful, and rich coral reefs, to be found anywhere in the world.
Not to forget the Manta Rays, and other large filter feeders (Whale Sharks and Whales.) The mantas are a delight with squadrons, of up to 100 individuals frequenting various sites in the park, placidly feeding in the plankton rich waters.
Mind you! The waters that surround the islands are turbulent and current prone. It is an exciting place to dive, but it is also a very challenging place to dive. An experienced operator and dive guide is essential for safe and comfortable diving in Komodo.
There are over 50 dive sites that we like to visit encompassing a huge range of environments. Fringing reefs, rock pinnacles, walls, canyons, sea mount, channels, sea grass beds, to extraordinary critters in muck. We have comprehensive knowledge of the dive sites, conditions, and the ecology of komodo's marine environments.
Water temperatures range from 18- 28 Degrees Celcius.
Usually 21 to 24 degrees C in the south and 24-28 Degrees Celcius in the north. We reccomend a full length 3mm SUIT for most sites but for liveaboards visiting the south a 5mm and Hood are sometimes required.
Visibility extends from 15 to 40 metres. Usually clearer in the warmer northern waters.
Sea Conditions are usually very favourable. The Archipelago OFFERS great protection from open ocean swells and many safe calm anchorages.
Weather is also very favourable for most of the year. Jan February do experience the north western monsoon. With wind and Rain. But we also have some of the clearest and warmest water on the southern sites at this time of the year.