Dive sites

You can dive at about 40 different dive sites in the Komodo National Park. Below you will find a brief description of some of those we visit during our daily excursions. For more information on sites you can visit on a dive safari or liveaboard you may refer to the Komodo National Park official website: www.komodonationalpark.org. Remember however that this is just the tip of the iceberg since there are many more dive sites yet to be discovered. The adventure goes on!

1. SIABA KECIL
siaba kecil pic

Distance from Labuan Bajo: 28 km

Max depth: 30 m

Outline: drift dive running through amazing canyons between 15-30 m with beautiful coral gardens at the end of the drift.

Highlights: big pelagic fish, sharks, barracudas, schools of giant trevally and sweet lips. Many turtles and critters can be spotted here as well as the rare mandarin fish. The coral gardens are a paradise for macro lovers.

Tips: the current can be quite strong at times and, depending on it, the dive can start from the east or west cape of the little island.

2. SIABA BESAR
sebayour kecil pic

Distance from Labuan Bajo: 27 km

Max depth: 25 m

Outline: another amazing dive site with a beautiful coral garden along the western side of the island. With falling tide we enter the water at the north western tip of Siaba Besar and drift along the slope to a depth of 18 to 25 m.

Highlights: black tip sharks, barracudas, snappers, trevally, wrasses and turtles are usually spotted during this dive.

Tips: this site can be dived both with rising and falling tide but the falling tide is the best, with currents pushing southward.

3. TATAWA BESAR
sobolon pic

Distance from Labuan Bajo: 25 km

Max depth: 28 m

Outline: one of the most amazing coral gardens in Komodo, this dive site can be an alternative to Tatawa Kecil when the current is too strong.

Highlights: amazing spot for macro-photography as critters and invertebrates are the most interesting here. However you can also see napoleon wrasses, turtles and black tip shark.

Tips: usually with no current you return to the starting point at the end of the dive, while in stronger current conditions the boat will be waiting in the bay at the southern tip of the island.

4. TATAWA KECIL
pink beach pic

Distance from Labuan Bajo: 27 km

Max depth: 26 m

Outline: fantastic dive site where currents can be strong. White-tip and grey reef sharks, giant trevally and tuna are commonly seen here.

Highlights: impressive variety of species. On the southern side at about 24 m, a small cave hosts a colony of pygmy seahorses. On the northern side at about 22 m two big coral outcrops are a cleaning station mostly used by sweetlips.

Tips: usually excellent visibility. Wonderful snorkelling too.

5. SEBAYUR
tatawa besar pic

Distance from Labuan Bajo: 20 km

Max depth: 30 m

Outline: another easy wall dive with a beautiful coral garden.

Highlights: a macro site but you can also see bigger stuff here, such as sting rays, snappers, groupers, barracuda and turtles.

Tips: if you follow the reef further to the north-west you will reach a headland where the slope gets deeper and steeper.

6. BATU BOLONG
batu pic
Distance from Labuan Bajo: 30 km

Max depth: 40 m

Outline: a wall dive recommended for experienced divers only.

Highlights: big groupers, sweetlips, angel fish, parrotfish, moray eels, crabs and plenty of nudibranchs in the shallows. Deeper down you will see grey and white-tip sharks, large napoleon wrasses, giant trevally, manta rays, dogtooth tuna and big schools of rainbow runners.

Tips: better dive here during slack tide when there is no much current and conditions are easier.

7. MANTA POINT
manta point pic

Distance from Labuan Bajo: 30 km

Max depth: 30 m

Outline: fantastic drift dive on a huge reef shoal.

Highlights: manta rays and reef fish.

Tips: excellent site also for snorkelers.

8. MAWAN
manta

Distance from Labuan Bajo: 28 km

Max depth: 26 m

Outline: this is the lovely housereef of Mawan island that also hosts a manta ‘cleaning station’ about 8-9 m deep. We usually enter the water in front of the beach and go right or left depending on the current, zig-zaging our way up to the cleaning station to spot the mantas.

Highlights: excellent place for all sorts of critters with plenty of reef fish and occasional pelagics, stingrays and eagle rays. If mantas are present this is an awesome place to see them as they tend to hover above the cleaning station for hours while divers sit on the sandy slope enjoying the show!

Tips: mantas can get very ‘friendly’ and close-up to divers here so any attempt to chase or touch them must be avoided at all costs. Excellent also for snorkellers.

9. WAINILU
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Distance from Labuan Bajo: 27 km

Max depth: 18 m

Outline: at the entrance of Loh Buaya bay, this site offers something different from all the others in Komodo. We usually enter the water right in front of the beach to the west side of the bay.

Highlights: it may just look like a sandy slope with broken coral and rubble and you may think you ended in the wrong spot but no, this is the best muck dive in Komodo! Carefully exploring the bottom between 8 and 15 m you will find a collection of critters like no other site can offer. A real paradise for macro-photographers with frog fish, sea horses, many species of pipe fish, dragonets, mandarin fish and much more.

Tips: a strange and different dive site but not to be missed if you think that ‘small is nice’.

10. CASTLE ROCK
castle rock pic

Distance from Labuan Bajo: 35 km

Max depth: 40 m

Outline: submerged mound covered in hard coral. For experienced divers only.

Highlights: pelagic fish, grey reef sharks, black- and white-tip reef sharks, eagle rays, and giant trevally.

Tips: you start the dive with a negative entry and descend quickly. Prior experience of diving with current is recommended.

11. CRYSTAL ROCK
cristal rock pic

Distance from Labuan Bajo: 35 km

Max depth: 30 m

Outline: submerged mound covered in hard coral. For experienced divers only.

Highlights: pelagic fish, eagle rays, crocodile fish and bamboo sharks. Excellent for macro life too.

Tips: you start the dive with a negative entry and descend quickly. Prior experience of diving with current is recommended.

12. CAULDRON
sebollon kecil pic

Distance from Labuan Bajo: 35 km

Max depth: 28 m

Outline: another great drift dive along the channel between Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat. We usually start from the western tip of Gili Lawa Laut and swim along the northern edge of the cauldron before we enter the channel drifting through the narrow passage and ending the dive on the eastern side of the island.

Highlights: sharks, big pelagics and whirling schools of fish inside the cauldron. Beautiful coral gardens at the end of the drift.

Tips: prior experience of diving with current is recommended. Excellent snorkelling site but only suitable for expert swimmers due to the strong currents.