UNTOUCHED BLUES: Dive Sites in Komodo
If you have a bucket list of dive sites you need to visit, #KomodoIslands should be one of them. Colourful reefs, sharks, manta rays and plenty surprises are what you’ll find. The Islands will be closed for the public starting 2020.
If you have a bucket list of dive sites you need to visit, Komodo Islands should be one of them. Colourful reefs, sharks, manta rays and plenty of surprises are what you’ll find. Although you can jump into the water anywhere in and around the Komodo National Park, a lot of these dive sites are seasonal as they are affected by currents. Pick from this list of dive spots in Komodo Islands based on their speciality;
DARAT PASSAGE NORTH
Drift drive + Snorkelling
These shallow reefs are extremely rich in marine life. The dive is done from West to East as the channel becomes shallower and the current increases. The current gradually gets milder and drops you off closer to the island as the dive ends.
Bat Fish + Barracuda
This site has excellent visibility and the sight of 3-4 friendly bat fishes and Barracudas is guaranteed.
Yellow Ribbon Sweetlips
This site also has very clear visibility and different species of fishes are seen seasonally.
GILL LAWA LAUT
Pretty Coral Reef
Gill Lawa Laut is the north-eastern tip of the Komodo National Park and has several dive spots. This is also good for night diving.
DARAT PASSAGE SOUTH
Drift drive + Golden Passage
The Golden Passage is one of the top drift sites, where the current brings you closer to the corner as the dive ends.
Rocky Islands + Colourful Coral and fish
Batu Bolong is a tiny rocky island and one can only dive when there is not too much current.
Big fish dive + Groupers
Recommended for experienced divers, this dive site is accessible by boats.
PINK SAND BEACH
Pink Sand + Night Dive
Aptly named, the Pink Beach is one of the 7 beaches in the world and is a natural wonder. It is a famous tourist site and the water has striking colours.
Large Napoleon Wrasse
Some of the largest Grouper schools can be seen here and you can find interesting marine lives in hidden caves.
Underwater Pinnacles + Dogtooth Tuna
Dogtooth Tuna can be seen near the pinnacles, which is recommended only for experienced divers. Beginners should stay near the walls where one can spot turtles and other marine life.
Steep Rocky Walls + Schools of Surgeon Fish
This southern tip of the island is a must-visit dive side. There are huge schools of tiny fishes in shallow waters and larger fishes as you go deeper.
Shallow Water + Manta Rays
The high-density planktons attract Manta Rays that can be seen swimming near the surface.
Deep Water + Sharks
The corals are not very impressive but this is one of the most adventurous dives recommended for experienced divers. Best way to dive is to go straight down up current and witness the sharks.
Rocky Island + Manta Rays
As the name suggests, this tiny island has a lot of Manta Rays. Even when there are no Manta Rays, it is an excellent dive site as the corals have minimal damage.
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