Discover some of Indonesia’s most bio-diverse and healthy reef systems; submerged pinnacles and stunning fringing coral reefs, big fish, adrenaline pumping currents, sharks, mantas, & dolphins all in crystal clear waters, provide a sensory over load for first time visitors. Amazing macro discoveries such as pygmy seahorses, frogfish and nudibranch galore provide secret delights for photography enthusiasts. Komodo really does have something for everyone, including stunning scenery above and below the waves and a walk on the wild side with the world’s largest Lizard; the infamous Komodo Dragon.
Airport: Labuan Bajo (LBJ)
Trip Duration: 7/8/9/10 Days Trip
Intermediate to Advanced Diver
More than 1,000 species of tropical fish, 260 species of coral, and rare marine mammals such as the dugong live within Komodo National Park. Strong daily tidal flows combine with nutrient-rich water upwelling from the depths of the Indian Ocean to create ideal conditions for thousands of species of corals and tropical fish to flourish. Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 divers travel from all over the globe to experience the spectacular biodiversity of more than 50 world-class dive sites ranging from challenging blue water current dives with a chance of glimpsing large pelagic species to discovering rare invertebrates on a ‘muck’ dive closer to shore.
What to see
An opportunity to view the legendary Komodo dragons during your trip should definitely not be missed, but don’t forget to give the underwater world a go as well.
Komodo National Park has one of the world’s richest marine environments. It consists of over 260 species of reef-building coral, 70 different species of sponges, crustaceans, cartilaginous fishes (including manta ray and sharks), over a 1,000 different species of bony fishes, as well as marine reptiles and marine mammals such as dolphins, whales, and dugongs.
If you return to port at night, you can also see legions of hunting bats flying in the twilight sky. At night on the Flores Sea, you also have a magnificent view of the stars.
Day 1. Arrival to Komodo Airport or local hotel and transfer to Hotel or Liveaboard. Depending on arrival time, check dive.
Day 2. (4 dives) South Komodo; Manta Alley to fly with mantas, Cannibal Rock, Torpedo Alley at Nusa Kode.
Day 3. (4 dives) North Komodo; Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, & Shot Gun at Gili Lawa Laut. Pinnacles, drift dives full of action with hunting fish; jacks & sharks!
Day 4. (4 dives) North Komodo; Tatawa Besar & Kecil, Siaba Kecil, & Wainilu. Tons of Anthias, Napoleon wrasse, sharks, & excellent night dive.
Day 5. (4 dives) North Komodo; Batu Balong & Mantas on the Moon (Makassar Reef)
Day 6. (2 dives) North Komodo; Siaba Bay plus Mawan or Pengah. This followed by a walk on the wide side in search of Komodo Dragons, and trekking on one of the local Islands.
Day 7. (0 dives) 5am-12pm; Check out after light breakfast, we transfer to local hotel or airport in time for Check-in & flight.
Dive Site Information
- Best time to visit: May till October.
- Water Temp: South 22-22°C, North & Central 26-28°C,
- Air Temp: 25-30°C
- Visibility: 20-30 meters
- Current: medium to strong
Health & Insurance
- Dive Insurance compulsory for this trip. We also strongly advise you get adequate travel insurance. Please check your travel insurance policy for your diving needs. If not covered then we recommend DiveAssure for single trip policy cover.
- Dive Computer compulsoryon this trip.
- Follow Safe Diving Practices at ALL times plus No Deco Diving and No Solo Diving.
- Exposure Suit recommended to bring your own 5mm long semi-dry, rash-vest & hood for Southern Komodo cooler waters (between 22-26°C)
Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands creating a total surface area (marine and land) of more than 1,800 km². As well as being home to the Komodo Dragon, or Ora, as it is known to Indonesians, the park provides refuge for many other terrestrial species such as wild pigs, Timor deer, water Buffalo, monkeys and horses.
Medical facilities on the island are basic. There is a hospital here which can handle the basics however for more serious injuries and/or conditions evacuation to Bali or further may be required.
All Divers are required to have medical insurance, whose advice will be followed in the event of any emergency. We can sign you up for instant DAN Short Term insurance, valid for either 10 or 30 days