Two may be the reasons you have heard about Komodo: as the home of the famous dragons and as one of the world’s best diving destinations. Let’s leave the dragons roaming peacefully in their natural habitat and talk about the second reason: the underwater wonders of the Komodo National Park.
It is undoubtedly the unsurpassed bio-diversity of these waters that makes Komodo one of the most praised diving destinations on the planet. The reason? The merging of the Pacific and Indian Oceans creates plankton-rich currents that attract almost every imaginable form of marine life!
The Park is a sanctuary for both pelagic and reef fish, as well as benthic dwellers, critters and coral species. So you will be diving at Manta Point trying to divide your attention among 20+ mantas, white and black tip sharks, grey reef and nurse sharks, turtles, dolphins, tuna, jackfish and, with a bit of luck, even whale sharks! And if you love the macro stuff this is the place for you too: here you will spot pigmy sea horses, frog and mandarin fish, many colourful nudibranchs and sponges, a multitude of soft and hard corals and all sorts of critters!
From Labuan Bajo we can reach a variety of dive sites, according to your experience, preferences, weather and sea conditions. Padar, Rinca and Komodo are the three main islands in the Park but many smaller islands dotting these waters have gorgeous reefs just waiting to be explored. Our divemasters and instructors are all super keen on marine biology and will be happy to talk about the day sightings for hours on end (perhaps with a cold beer or a fruit juice to ease the conversation), find the name of that particular nudibranch you never saw before or talk about the habits of manta rays.
The average water temperature in Komodo is 24-30 °C year round (depending on the season you will only need a 1.5 to 3 mm wetsuit) and the visibility usually ranges from 25 to 35 metres.