Komodo – The Area

CJ_KOMODO-DIVE-SITEEstablished in 1980, Komodo National Park was designated a Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO Man & Biosphere Program and became a World Heritage Site in 1991 and offers stunning dive opportunities…

The Komodo National Park is composed by the two larger islands, Komodo and Rinca and about 80 smaller islets… The park hosts one of the richest marine environments including coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, seamounds and semi enclosed bays where there has been registered more than 1,000 species of fish, 260 species of reef building coral and 70 species of sponge… Sea turtles and marine mammals live in the waters of Komodo, and passing whales are also spotted… If Komodo’s underwater delights were not enough, there is also the 3 meters long lizard walking around Rinca, Kode and Komodo, looking like something coming straight from the age of the dinosaurs… For many divers Komodo offers the best diving in Indonesia and right up there with the leading dive destinations in the world…

Komodo boast stunning scenery both above and below water due to its unique volcanic geology… The Komodo archipelago is a dramatic hilly landscape of wild Savannah and some patches of forest, blue lagoons, and white, pink and red sandy beaches that host some of the most spectacular underwater scenery in the world…

DIVING THE ACHIPELAGO

Komodo has a reputation, many dive sites sometimes strong and unpredictable currents… Water temperatures change often and are sometimes far below the usual 28°C you will find in other parts of the Indonesian archipelago… In the southern area of Komodo National Park water temperatures may be as low as 19°C

The Southern waters generally provide better visibility from December through April… Lower visibility occurs in the South during the dry season when oceanic up welling and plankton blooms, attracts a wealth of marine life to Komodo, especially invertebrates… Highest temperatures in the south are during the rainy season.

DIVE TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Swept by fierce currents rich in nutrients, the waters of Komodo are a unique sanctuary of marine life offering fantastic underwater experiences for divers… There is nearly a guarantee to see big pelagic species (manta rays, sharks and more)… Komodo offers world class diving with an amazing variety of sites that include pinnacles, caves, wall diving, coral gardens, and quiet bays ideals for macro photographers looking for rare marine life…

The islands host a large amount of wild animals including buffalo, deer, wild pigs, flying lizards, tropical birds, sea eagles and of course the world famous Komodo dragon (Varanus Komodoensis), the biggest existing lizard on the planet, reaching a staggering 3 meters in length and 200 kilos in weight and looking just like it has just walked straight from the age of the dinosaurs… It is a true sign of the remoteness of Komodo National Park that the Komodo dragon only became known to the western world in 1912… All cruises include a short trek inland to spot the dragons…

Another must is flying fox spectacle that occurs at the sunset. You will see thousands of Kalong, the giant bat of the fruit, emerging from the mangrove island of Kalong in Flores before flying towards the island of Rinca in the Komodo Archipelago.