Komodo National Park isn’t only known for Komodo dragons and its staggering terrestrial wildlife; it’s also among a sought-after diving site in the world. But before we delve into some of the most well-known Komodo dive sites in Flores, let’s talk a bit about the condition of scuba diving. The currents in most dive sites are generally very strong. This is why many people have said that diving in Komodo is generally not for beginners. Whatever Komodo diving season you’re going, the water temperature is generally the same (approximately 26 degree Celsius to 29 degrees).
Avid divers would usually explore the area with a liveaboard to get the most out of their diving experiences. This is the most convenient method for those whose primary concern is getting as much diving as possible in their Flores travel.
Komodo dive sites
The Komodo National Park has limitless options that would greatly spoil any divers out there. The choices are abundant and it could be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start! We’re going to list some of the most well-known sites that you could check out before you decide whether you’re going on a Komodo liveaboard or settle for a dive resort.
Here are some of the known Komodo dive sites:
- Sebayur diving
- Jimmy’s Rock
- Yellow Wall
- Castle Rock
- Black Forest / Hot Rocks
- Manta Alley
- Gili Lawa Laut Passage
- Apple Orchard
- Swallow Hole
And that’s not even a fragment of the diving spots that you can experience in Komodo. The national park is an absolute pleasure and diving Komodo would certainly be one of the best experiences you could have in Indonesia.
Manta alley Komodo
Just like its namesake suggest, the Manta Alley Komodo is a place where you’re almost guaranteed to spot a manta. Also known as the Manta Point, this Komodo dive sites is located at the southernmost parts. Of Komodo island and is marked with a group of small islets.
It’s a perfect spot on your Komodo diving as the mantas come here regularly for their cleaning ritual or a meet during their mating season. If you’re lucky, you can even spot dozens of manta rays dancing and simply floating around you. Schools of fishes are abundant here as well. The Manta Alley is certainly one of the best spots for Scuba diving Komodo Indonesia.
Diving Batu Bolong
Batu Bolong is undoubtedly a signature dive spot nearly all divers rave about once they had a visit here but what’s so special about this Komodo dive site? Batu Bolong meant “hollow rock” and from the surface it looks small – nothing remarkable. But once you ge deep, you’ll see that the small rock is akin to a tip of an iceberg; below, there’s a huge coral extending deep into the ocean and it’s home to millions of organism.
The reef boasts incredible coral life and it supports the highly diverse ecosystem of Batu Bolong dive site. Incredible schools of fishes are among the favorite of divers here. You can fine white tip sharks, Napoleon wrasse, among other fishes here.
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Castle Rock dive site
Offering everything the Komodo national park diving is famous for, you can see pretty much most creatures you can name in this dive site. The Castle Rock Komodo has everything from manta rays to black tip sharks. Spot Snappers, Groupers, and Grey Reef Sharks as well. Visibility is usually excellent, but just like any Komodo diving sites be prepared for the strong currents most diving spots are known for.