Diving in the Komodo National Park

The Komodo National Park with its amazing underwater landscapes and abundance of marine dwellers is one of the largest and most varied underwater ecosystems in the world. It occupies an immense territory of 603km²/232mi² of dry land and 1214km²/468mi² of marine waters. It is located between the islands of Indonesian archipelago – Sumbawa and Flores. The main sight of the reserve are the Komodo dragons. An incredible landscape consists mainly of volcanic mountains, peaks, walls, canyons, coastal reefs, coral gardens, mangrove harbors and sandy slopes. The peculiar feature of diving in the Komodo region are the strong currents that pass between the bays between the islands of Komodo, Padar and Rinka. Diving at numerous dive sites at the northern and southern parts of Komodo differ in marine dwellers and diving conditions. At the Estuary and Fuzzy Bottom dive sites there is a variety of small marine dwellers – a famous macro life of Komodo. Tatawa Island is a so called ‘capital of anthiases’ that inhabit bright coral gardens. Due to strong currents at Gili Lawa Laut drift diving is possible. At Batu Bolong there are practically all representatives of the Komodo. Another famous place in the National Park is the Manta Alley. Cannibal Rock – a dive site with abundance and variety of spineless, is one of the best dive sites in the world and in Komodo. Splendid night dives can be performed at Yellow Wall, where it is possible to meet the Spanish dancers. Check prices for Komodo liveaboards.

Location: to the south of Indonesian Archipelago,park includes three major islands – Komodo, Rinca and Padar and numerous smaller islands

What to see: On the island there are Komodo dragons, birds (white-breasted sea eagles, brahminy kites, Green imperial pigeons, yellow-breasted cockatoos, megapodes), cobras, pitons, snakes, hogs, deers, goats, buffalos etc. Under the water divers can admire micro world – gorgonarias with resting on them small seahorses, nudibranchs and octopuses of various species. It is also possible to spot bottlenose dolphins, black snappers, lutjanuses, sweetlips fish, whitetip reef sharks, tunas, mobula rays etc. In January and September divers can observe manta feeding.

Depth: 10-45m/32-147ft

Currents: 1-3knots

Visibility: 10-30m/32-98ft

Season for diving: All year round. From March to November the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean are washing the untouched coral gardens and underwater mountains in the north, while there is abundance of plankton in the cold waters of Indian Ocean in the south (due to so called upwelling).

From December to February the conditions change and it becomes colder. During the day the water temperature can range between 18-30C/64-86F, at 30m/98ft depth the temperature can fall to 10C/50F.

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