Komodo Island is known as one of the best dive sites in the world and it definitely deserves its reputation. The island itself is easily reached from Bali and the main island of Komodo along with a group of smaller islands which make the Komodo National Park. This park was set up primarily to conserve the famous Komodo dragon, the largest lizard in the world. As a result, the waters off the island have also been protected from fishing and shipping, so remain mostly in pristine condition.
Divers will find a staggering amount of fish in these islands, and the diversity is unique, with over one thousand species of recorded fish and a coral-species count of 250. The sites themselves are equally varied and on the same dive trip, you can swim through caves, descend large walls of coral, investigate rock formations, or float over pinnacles.
Explore below more details about scuba diving in Komodo.
Table of Content
- Underwater pictures
- Dive type overview
- Best dive season
- Temperature and visibility
- Dive sites map
- Dive centre or liveaboard?
- Travel tips
- Best dive destinations
- Komodo Liveaboards
- Dive advices and reviews
Underwater Pictures of Komodo
Dive Types Overviews
Given the variety of dive sites, the area offers opportunities for all divers and has something for all levels. The high numbers of tiny and unique species also makes the Komodo Islands a macro diver’s paradise.
From liveaboards to day trips, currents for drift diving, still calm coral reefs, and with over 50 different sites for diving, the national park offers most types of diving.
- Some of the most famous places to go to in the Komodo islands include:
- Manta Alley, home to vast numbers of Manta Rays
- GPS Point where you can find hordes of dogtooth tuna
- Castle rock for great current diving
- Crystal Rock North, famous for soft corals
- Lighthouse with its large pinnacles (drift dive)
With such a variety of sites, it is common to come away from a visit having seen dolphins, manta rays, eagle rays, snappers, reef sharks, sea horses, tuna fish, and of course a huge diversity of coral.
Best Season to Dive in Komodo
Whilst diving is possible throughout the year, rain mainly falls from November until March, with high season being after the rainy season.
Temperature and visibility
The water temperature rarely falls below 22°C and the average remains between 23°C and 28°C. The air temperature is just as pleasant ranging from 22°C to 34°C.
The best visibility is between November and January where the visibility can get as high as 40 meters. It rarely falls below 20 meters with the low being around 10 meters.
Dive Map of Komodo
Dive Centre or Liveaboard?
Feeling inspired and raring to go? Check out our Komodo travel guide and start planning your next diving trip!