Komodo Diving Cruise | Dive Sites
Discover the several dive sites that the Komodo National Park offers
Our customers jump into the sea with a predefined itinerary, but the route can change according to the stream, to the desires of the passengers and to the advice of the captain or the dive master.
Open water dive sites in the Komodo National Park
The sites of Sabolan Kecil and Sabolan Besar both offer interesting dives and are close to Labuan Bajo. The two islands abound in large schools of reef fishes, sea turtles, cuttlefishes, giant gorgonians, and possess beautiful corals in its low-lying areas. In other words, it is the perfect place to start your diving adventures in Komodo. The most attentive ones will also be able to spot mantis shrimps, pygmy seahorses or nudibranchs.
The Northwest corner of Sebayur Kecil is one of the best dive sites close to Labuan Bajo. A small reef stretches toward the Northwest and covers higher depths, only a few meters away from the shore. You will find big rocks around which you can see groups of giant trevallies, silvertip sharks, pink salmons or orange roughies. The current can be strong in this area.
Mini Wall is located near Sebayur Kecil. It is an excellent site to check on your diving level or simply to have an easy and wonderful dive if you don’t want to follow the current. The entry point is the same than Sebayur, but the dive goes toward the left in order to give you the opportunity to discover a unique underwater topography. The plateau hosts about twenty species of reef fishes and leads to an impressive fall with a wall which is over 35 meters deep. You will be able to see spotted eagle rays or catch sight of platax or harlequin sweetlips swimming along the wall. The sand falls often host De Beaufort’s flat heads.
From the Northwest corner of the island of Tatawa, we can find an excellent drifting dive site on both East and West sides of the island, in water from 8 to 20 meters deep. The reef is full of life and offers an infinite range of soft corals. Manta rays can be spotted in this area as well. Usually, it is an easy drifting dive, but it can become really fast during the falling tide.
Batu Bolong is a small rocky island in the strait between the islands of Tatawa and Komodo. This rock is one of the best dive sites of the park, but it can only be visited during the slack tide, when the current is not too strong. This area is really well-preserved thanks to the current and the topography of the site (steep sides) which protect it. The dive starts close to the surface with colorful corals and other invertebrates as well as thousands of small multicolored fishes. In deeper waters, along the steep, we can find many bigger species such as sharks, humphead wrasses, giant trevallies or dogtooth tunas.
Karang Makassar / Manta Point
Makasar is a long and soft drifting dive. The area is renowned for its large gatherings of up to 100 manta rays. Mantas can be found on the site when good conditions are gathered and depending on the season. We can also find large schools of humphead parrotfishes, marble rays, bamboo sharks and many other species on rich rocky outcrops. Do not miss this spot if manta rays are there in large number.
Advanced Dive Sites in the Komodo Islands
Siaba Kecil offers one the the best drifting dives of the park. You will dive from the North of the island to the South and follow the edge of the reef at a depth of 8 to 20 meters. The current can be really strong on this reef. It is filled with small caves which shelter angelfishes, harlequin sweetlips or giant trevallies. At the end of the dive, you will be pushed upwards on an underwater plateau where you can find a garden of virgin corals which hosts many sea turtles and mandarin fishes.
Batu Tiga’s topography is very similar to Tatawa Kecil and is very affected by the current, because of the bottleneck which appears between Komodo and Rinca. It is crucial to get in the water at the perfect moment and this dive is only recommended for experimented divers. There are three rocky peaks which begin underwater at low diving depth and stretch to the surface. A striking characteristic of this dive site is the large canyon with huge rocks on each side. Sharks and large schools of barracudas, snappers, platax, trevallies or fusiliers all go through this way.
This seamount is one of the best dive sites in Komodo and usually offers an excellent visibility. Normally, the current circulates to the East and is much stronger on the surface than in deep waters. You will be able to spot friendly platax, schools of barraducas, trevallies and mackerels. At about 20 meters deep, numerous soft corals shelter the famous pygmy seahorse. The top of the rock is 3 or 4 meters deep and builds a shelter against the current, which gave its name, Castle Rock. It is the right place to look around you during the safety stop.
The top of Crystal Bommie is exposed at low tide. This site’s water is extremely clear and offers a great visibility. This dive is very colorful, with a superb seabed of soft corals, where the current can sometimes be a little bit strong. It generally circulates toward the East. The best moment to dive is at slack slow tide. Mudskippers, morays or scorpion fishes can frequently be observed on this site. Thousands of anthiinaes and schools of harlequin sweetlips are always there. You will find a small mound in the Northwest where many different species are living. Tunas and mackerels also often frequent this site. It is an excellent dive site and is usually worth being visited twice.
Tengah is an unsettled dive site. Because of its location in the park, it generally offers less visibility than the other sites. However, on a good day, Tengah can easily become the best site of the park. Jump and admire schools of giant trevallies and sharks play in the current. When you reach the plateau, rich gardens of hard and soft corals cover almost every inch of the coral reef. Schools of fishes are everywhere, the macro will even leave the most experienced divers excited. In the middle of the site, you will also find a large number of table corals hosting baby sharks. Because of the unpredictable conditions, Tengah is more suitable for experienced divers.
Wainilu is the small « Lembeh » of Komodo. If you are looking for some macro, this site is perfect. At first sight, we can see a shallow bottom of broken corals, but if we look closer, we can catch sight of some rare creatures of Komodo. Ribbon eels, demon stingers, mandarinfishes, mudskippers, harlequin sweetlips and numerous species of nudibranchs are also part of the fauna of Wainilu.
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