Komodo, Indonesia is one of the worlds most famous dive destinations – mostly known for its population of manta rays, it earns its reputation not only for the majestic rays, but also of it’s abundance of marine life and huge populations of corals. The best way to hit all of these top dive spots in Komodo is to go in a liveaboard for at least 3 days (but preferably 7) so you can reach the further out dive spots that aren’t accessible on the main land Labuan Bajo.
BREAMING with corals as far as the eye can see, we doubt you would have ever seen this much colour – or this many turtles on a dive before. Another great thing about Batubalong is the current is minimal and the depth is shallow, and when there is great light it’s an underwater heaven for photographers. Expect sharks, turtles, rays, and pretty much just anything at any time.
Here’s where you want to head if you are looking for the illusive (well, not so in Komodo) manta rays! The dive sites of all dive sites; expect mantas swooping by, turtles chasing them, and corals peacefully swaying underneath. Then you’ve got the chance of sharks, eagle rays, morays and clown-fish all up in the mix. Basically, you’re going to want to put Taka Makassar right up there on your bucket list!
Not seen enough manta’s? Or worse still, not been able to spot them yet? Let’s try Manta Alley then! Enjoy this shallow dive with a huge possibilities of mantas and turtles, maybe even a shark. Maybe even free dive this one? It’s feeling like no other when a manta comes to say hi.
One of Komodo’s most famous dive spots – and rightly so! It’s like a fish and coral explosion down there! Pinnacles rising from a shelf 20-24 meters deep and reaching almost the surface up to 4 meters deep, offer an unforgettable view. White and black tip sharks patrol the area, which is also visited by eagle and manta rays in the right season. But be careful, the currents can be strong here.
Current City (Tatawa Kecil)
You’ve got the Southern area at about 24 meters depth which is home to a small cave where a colony of pygmy seahorses live! Then you can expect the white tip sharks, grey sharks, giant trevallies and tuna fishes here too. In the Northern side, around 22 meters are two big rocks that give shelter to a cleaning station, mostly used by sweet-lips. Current here can be STRONG (hence the name) so come prepared
3 sisters get its name by the 3 big rocks dominating the dive site sitting on a 30 m deep sandy bottom with the top parts being only 3m deeps. Lots of light, life and love will be going on the minute you dive in. Keep your eye out for many species of nudibranchs all over the rocks. For the adventurous there is actually a fourth sister located further to the West that starts in about 20m of water and then drops down to 40m with some impressive sea Fans and good marine life around it. As always the current can be unpredictable.
Gili Lawa (night dive)
No trip to Komodo is complete without a night dive! Head over to Gili Lawa and experience the bio luminescence in full glory with even the slightest of touches. You may even bump into squids, octopus, sharks and rays. Grab your dive torch, you’re in for a spectacle! The sea in Komodo is warm enough to swim in throughout the year: the water temperature ranges from 27 °C between July and September to 29 °C between November and May.