What are the Best places to go Scuba Diving in Indonesia?
This question depend who you talk to. There some amazing locations to visit for sure though. Indonesia is home to some of the most diverse and beautiful marine life in the world, making it a popular destination for scuba diving. Here are some of the best places to go scuba diving in Indonesia:
No matter where you go in Indonesia, you're sure to find amazing scuba diving opportunities. The country's crystal clear waters and abundant marine life make it a true paradise for divers of all levels. If you would like to go scuba diving in Komodo, or are interesting in a Komodo Tour, please contact Maika Komodo Tour and our experienced staff will help you plan the perfect trip for your group.
Komodo Tour Options
For anyone visiting Komodo National Park, there are a few different options to enjoy what the National Park has to offer. First of all, in order to get to the park, you come by way of boat from Labuan Bajo. Most people fly to Labaun Bajo airport from Bali or Jakarta. Labuan Bajo is also known as the "Gateway to Komodo" because it only take about one to two hours to reach the park, depending on the boat speed. Depending on how long you want to stay in the National Park and what you would like to see, is what will decide which option you choose. You can choose a Komodo Day Trip on a local wooden boat or a speed boat. With the speed boat you will get to see more places because as the name says, they are faster than the local wooden boats. A standard Komodo speed boat tour will take you to six different locations. If you choose to private charter, it will allow you to be more flexible on where you want to go and what you would like to do. As far as the local wooden boats, typically they only visit four locations because the boats are slower than the speed boats.
Another popular options is a Komodo Liveaboard trip. They usually range from 2 day/1 night to 4 days/3 nights. You can even find longer trips such as Queenesia II Liveaboard which generally goes out for 6 Days/5 Nights. The Most common of these is a Komodo Liveaboard 3 days/2 nights. This is a good amount of time to see many of the highlights that the National park has to offer. You can also choose to go scuba diving Komodo. Most dive companies offer 3 dives per day and some offer a leisure/diving combination if you don't want to dive that many times. It all depends on what you are looking for and what you would like to do while you there.
As far as trekking, the most popular places are Padar Island, Kelor, Gila Lawa, Rinca Island, and Komodo Island. Of these the most difficult would be Padar Island and Gili lawa. Komodo Island can be more difficult as well, if you choose the long trek, but most eveyone chooses the medium or short trek. You are almost always guaranteed to see Komodo Dragons on all of the trekking options. As far as beaches, the most populars beaches are Pink Beach Komodo, Long Beach, Taka Makkasar, & Kanawa Island. Obviously there are many beautiful beaches all over the National park, but those are just the most visited and famous ones.
Why choose a Liveaboard over a Komodo day trip? Well, that completely depends on what you would like to do, but by taking a longer liveaboard like Queenesia II for example. That give you much more time to experience all that Komodo Has to offer. You can take more time to see Komodo Dragons, you can take more time on top of Padar Island. You can take more time to relax on the beaches of Pink Beach or Kanawa Island. It also allows for you to get away from the city life or away from many people, and more many of the visitors and can be a great time to decompress from the normal things that stress people out. So basically, you get more time to relax. If you are a scuba diver, that is a great reason to take a liveaboard trip. That way you have more time to visit the north as well, and dive locations such as Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, and more. The favourites among divers are usually Batu Bolong and Castle Rock. You can also get up to Gila Lawa and do a sunset hike.
It is preffered to have a good Komodo tour guide that knows the area and can answer all of your questions you may have. It is very hard to find Komodo tours from Bali, but much easer to find all the trips that go out of Labuan Bajo.
If you have any questions on Komodo tours, please contact Maika Komodo tour, and our experinced staff would be happy to help you book the perfect getaway for you and your group!.
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At Maika Komodo Tour, we offer our guests many options for the complete liveaboard experience while visiting Komodo National Park. Whether it is a standard liveaboard, deluxe or superior, we can offer different options for our guests personal requests and personal preference.
Of the largest of these is Queenesia II. This ship in now available for booking for sailing and scuba diving Komodo National Park. Our normal trip length is 6 days/5 Nights and operates with 4 to 1 guest / dive guide ratio. This way, each guests gets a more personal and safe dive experience while diving amazing locations in Komodo National Park. Queenesia II was built in 2016 and just had a full renovation in 2022. This beautiful Phinisi is 105 ft (32 meters) and made of ironwood, which makes it extremely durable and sturdy.
Queenesia II offer many unique features, including; Family cabins, Seaview Cabins, En-suite bathrooms, Rooms with a Balcony, Leisure Deck, Observation Deck, Sun Deck, air conditioned cabins, air conditioned saloon, Bar, Charging Stations, Camera Station, and nearly a 1:1 crew/guest ratio. The ship is also great for non diving groups as well as built for scuba diving.
Queenesia II can comfortably accommodate up to 16 guests in 7 different cabins. On top, sits a beautiful master cabin with a full view through the surrounding windows. There is also 1 main deck double cabin, 3 double cabins, and 2 triple cabins.
Our standard 6 Day/ 5 Night itinerary is as follows;
Bidadari Island (check dive)
Kalong (Famous for Flying Foxes)
Wanilu - (Night Dive)
Padar Island (trekking for sunrise)
Three Sisters (diving)
Secret garden (diving)
Small Pardar (diving)
Pink Beach (Great for relaxing and snorkeling)
Komodo Island (To see Komodo Dragons)
Shotgun - (Famous current dive in Komodo)
Golden Passage - (Night Dive)
Crystal Rock - (Diving)
Castle Rock - (Diving)
Shot Gun (Diving)
Gili Lawa (Night Dive)
Manta point (Famous Diving location to see Mantas)
Taka Makassar (crescent shaped beach for relaxing and kayaking)
Batu Bolong (Diving) famous Dive location in the center of the National Park
Siaba Besar (Diving)
Siaba Kecil (Diving)
Mawan (Diving) Very common to see Mantas here.
Return Labuan Bajo harbor
(Above is our standard 6 day/ 5 night itinerary. Locations are subject to change depending on weather and tide changes.)
Below is a description of many of the dive sites listed above.
Dive site location in the north of Komodo National Park. Divers can see Fusiiers, Schools of Barracudas, Trevallies, Oriental Sweet Lips, Surgeon Mackerels, and sharks.
Dive Site located in the center of the National park. Divers can see Eagles Rays, Clown Triggerfish, and usually many Manta Rays. This is a famous dive location because Manta gather in this particular area at cleaning stations. Current is usually light and makes for a nice light drift dive. Depending on tide changes, the current can become strong as well.
Batu Bolong is located in the center of the National Park. Batu Bolong mean “hole in the rock” in local language. It can be seen from the surface as a big rock with a large hole in it, creating an arch that is viewable from the surface. Underneath the water is a plethora of aquatic life and many of our guests say it is like viewing an underwater aquarium. Divers can see many different fish including; Giant Trevallies, Rainbow Runners, Napoleons Wrasses, Sharks, and many different kinds of corals. The currents at Batu Bolong can become strong on each side of the rock, so it is highly recommended to always follow your dive guide.
Crystal Rock is located in the North part of the National Park, and can offer great visibility in the deeper blue. Divers can sometime see larger fish such as Tuna, Mackerel, Ribbon Sweet lips, Moray Eels, Scorpion fish, Basslets, Hias fish, sharks, eagle rays, manta rays, and more.
For Booking Queenesia II Liveaboard, please contact Maika Komodo Tour at firstname.lastname@example.org or WA +62 812 3855 3678
Scuba Diving with Manta Rays in Komodo National Park.
Have you ever been snorkelling or scuba diving with Manta Rays? If so, you would remember the experience for sure. Many people say that being in the water with Manta Rays if one of the best experiences they have ever had while in the ocean.
Komodo National Park is well known for spotting Manta Rays while snorkelling or diving. They are some of the most graceful creatures in the world and if you are lucky, you will find them gliding elegantly around you why you are in the ocean. Reef Mantas average a width of about 5 meters and can measure up to 7 meters wide. This can be intimidating for some people, but have no fear, Manta Rays are harmless. They are usually extremely curious and love to swim around scuba divers and snorkelers.
What is a Manta Ray?
Manta Rays are closely related to stingrays and are the largest rays in the world. There are two types of Manta Rays, which are called Reef Mantas and Giant Mantas. In Komodo National Park, you will find Reef Mantas. They have a large wingspan, a diamond shaped body, extremely wide mouths, and laterally placed eyes. In a recent study, they identified 1,085 different reef manta rays in Komodo National park, so there is a very good chance you will see them while in the National park.
Are Manta Rays Dangerous?
Not at all. They can not harm divers in water and are actually very curious creatures. They have no poisonous sting and are not aggressive at all. They can very big, so yes, they can be intimidating for some people at first, but soon you will see why they are amazing creature to witness in the ocean. Mantas actually have the largest brains of all fish in the world, which helps with communicating, problem solving, and learning. Each one has different patterns on their underside which can be used to identify them and also study them as well. Some people even call their under markings, their finger prints, because each one is unique in its own way.
Why come to Komodo to swim or dive with Manta Rays?
Considering that Komodo National Park is a UNESCO heritage site and the Indonesian government put a ban on exporting and fishing of Manta Rays, if is a great place to spot them in the wild. This makes the area the largest sanctuary for manta rays and can be seen quite often, especially during rainy season.
Is there a Manta Ray season in Komodo?
Fortunately the area has an abundance of food, so you can see Manta Rays all year around in the National park. You can see them all year around, but it is more common to see them in much higher numbers during the rainy season, which is between about Dec - Feb.
What are the best dive site in Komodo to see Mantas?
The most popular spots to see Mantas are Makassar Reef, (which is well known as Manta Point) Manta Alley, as well as an island called Mawan Island. The mantas enjoy these areas because there is usually a light current where they can feed on zooplankton. They also tend to stay in these areas because there are cleaning stations that help to remove parasites.
The area of Komodo National Park consist of 29 islands. The largest and most popular of these islands is Komodo Island, Rinca Island, and Padar Island. In 1986 UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site because of the Komodo Dragons, which are on Komodo and Rinca Islands, and as well as the diverse marine life in the park. In 2012, Komodo National Park was also selected as one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the world. There are many beautiful places in the world to visit, scuba dive, and snorkel, but rest assured Komodo is famous for a reason. If you visit this area, you are guaranteed to see amazing natural wonders of the underwater world. If you are interested in Scuba diving Komodo or a Komodo Island Tour package, please contact Maika Komodo Tour.
The Benefits of a Komodo Tour and Scuba Diving Combination.
Many visitors come to Komodo National Park looking for the best Komodo Tour Package. What if we told you, the best Tour Package is a personalised itinerary that fits exactly what you and your family/group are looking for.
At Maika Komodo Tour, we understand that many families come to the National Park and may have an idea of different things they want while on their boat trip. For example, if you are a family of 4 and Dad and daughter are certified scuba diver but Mom and Son are not. Have no worries, we can customize your Komodo trip to tailor to what you would like. Also, you may be a certified Scuba Diver but you are not interested in diving 3 times a day for 3 or 4 days. Instead, we can offer you a trip, where maybe you only dive once or twice per day and you can still do trekking, snorkelling, or just taking some time to lay on the beach. If only half of your group is certified divers, we can make an itinerary where half of the group can go snorkelling in the same places that you would like to scuba dive. Fortunately, many of the locations in Komodo are excellent for snorkelling and scuba diving. With a few exceptions, (like currents and tides) we can work out locations that you would be happy with for all the members of your family or group.
There are many great locations to scuba dive as well as Snorkelling including; Siaba Besar, Pink Beach Komodo, Manta Point, Sebayur Island, and many more…depending on the season and tides. This offers our customers much more flexibility on their boat trip. If you would like to spend more time in locations such as Padar Island, Komodo Island, Rinca Island, or any other location in the Park, we can work with you to make sure everyone gets the most fulfilling experience out of the their time in the National Park.
We offer Day trips, 2 days/ 1 Night, 3 days/ 2 Nights, and 4 days/ 3 night Live-aboard boat trips. We have many options for different size boats, including standard, superior, or a deluxe Pinisi. We also offer private charter trips, shared trips. On the shared trips, we also have options for private rooms or shared rooms.
At Maika Komodo Tour, we strive to make sure each and every guest has a trip of their lifetime. We recognize that for many people, traveling to Komodo National Park in the South Pacific is a once in a lifetime experience that they may have been planned out for many years. Combining that knowledge with the passion that our crew has for showing their home to the world, creates what we call the Maika Komodo Tour experience. All of our guides has years and years of experience and our chefs are some of the best in the business. You’ll find that our crew is always happy and willing to go our of their way to make sure your group has a wonderful time at each and every location you visit.
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Komodo Island Questions and Answers
How far is Komodo Island From Bali?
It is 468km to Komodo Island From Bali.
You can not take a Flight from Bali directly to Komodo Island because there is not an airport on Komodo Island. You need to take a flight from Bali to Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores, and then take a boat trip to Komodo Island. For a flight it takes a little longer than an hour to fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo. Once you get to Labuan Bajo, you can take a taxi or walk into town and book a Boat trips to Komodo. For Komodo Island Tours, it is recommended to book online before you come.
You can take a Ferry from Bali to Labuan Bajo, but you may have many stops along the way, including, Lombok and Bima. These ferry can be very uncomfortable for many travellers and take multiple days.
How to Travel to Komodo?
Getting to Komodo Island can be done quite easily. Most people fly to Labuan Bajo from Bali or Jakarta by Plane. You can also take a slow ferry from Bali or Lombok. We also offer Komodo tours from Lombok. After you get to Labuan bajo, you can take a boat trip to Komodo Island. Typically a boat local boat takes about 2 hours to get to Komodo and a speed boat takes about 1 hour to reach Komodo Island.
How to Visit Komodo National Park?
Getting to Komodo National Park can only be done by a Boat trip to Komodo. Komodo National Park consists of 29 different Islands and by taking a Komodo Boat trip, you can visit many of the islands including Komodo Island, Rinca Island, Padar Island, Taka Makassar, Siaba Besar, Pink Beach, and more. There are many options depending on What Komodo Tour Package you choose.
How to get to Komodo Island from Bali?
You can choose between 2 different ways to get from Bali to Komodo National Park. You can choose to go to Komodo National Park by plane or Ferry. You can fly from Nguah Rai (DPS) in Denpasar to Labuan Bajo (LBJ). The second way is to take the ferry from Labuan Bajo to Komodo National Park. If you take the Ferry, it will take multiple days and have multiple stops along the way.
Komodo Tour from Lombok
We also offer a Komodo tour From Lombok if you would like to leave from Lombok. This is a four day trips and offers many stops along the way, including in Komodo National park. You can choose from a Private cabin or shared cabin.
Why is Komodo Popular?
The Komodo National Park Islands are popular locations for activities like snorkelling and scuba diving. Many people scuba diving Komodo to see a unique array of aquatic life. It can be great to Scuba dive Komodo because there can be strong currents and a large amount of different kinds of Coral and aquatic life. The water is also extremely clear in many of the dive locations. As well, Komodo Tour are extremely popular because Komodo National Park is the only place in the world where you can see Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat.
If you have any questions about Komodo Tour Packages, please contact or office via WhatsApp at +6281238553678 . You can also stop by our Tour office in Labuan Bajo. If you have any questions, our professional staff would be happy to help you can we can help to personalize a trip for you or your group. If you would like learn more about the difference between Komodo, Rinca, and Padar island, taking a tour is the best way!
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Adult Komodo dragons can usually weigh around (150lb) 70kg, although some can weigh much more. On average, a female adult weighs about 68km to 73km and measure about 2.29m (7.5ft). The male adult can weigh 79-91kg and measure around 2.59 meters (8.5ft). One of the largest ever measured was 3.04 meters (10ft) and the heaviest was a 81.5kg (180lb).
A Komodo dragon’s skin is extremely scaly. They are completely covered by tiny bones called osteoderms, which function as a sort of natural protection. The dragons have a tail as long as their body. In their months they have about 60 serrated teeth can be measured up to 2.5 cm in length. They have long, yellowish, forked tongued that can be seen if close up to a dragon.
The famous Komodo Dragon was first documented around 1910 by Europeans. They got widespread notoriety after 1912 when the director of Zoological Museum of Bogor in Java published a paper about the Dragons. The first two Komodo dragons to arrive in Europe were exhibited at the London Zoo at the Reptile house around 1927. The movie King Kong (1933) was inspired by the Komodo Dragons as well. There are also 3 specimens that are stuffed and on display in the American Museum of Natural History. Around 1950-60, the Dutch island administrations outlawed sport hunting and limited the number of dragon that could be taken for scientific research.
The Dragons prefer hot and dry areas and can be found around the beach, grassland, tropical forest, savanna, and mostly at low elevations. They are solitary creatures but they can be found coming together for eating and breeding. At first glance they can look like lazy and slow moving creature but they actually can run quite rabidly in brief sprints up to 20km/h (12 mph) and they can also dive down to 4.5 meters (15 ft). If you are on a Komodo Island Tour and do trekking, if you look closely, you may find some smaller Komodo dragons up in trees. They do this to stay out of reach of prey. The dragons like to hunt in the afternoon but considering their environment can be very hot, they are found in more shady areas during the hottest part of the day. If you take a Komodo Tour Package or Komodo Boat Tour, you may find that you see them right when you get off the boat. Sometime they enjoy staying close to the beach for hunting and to enjoy the cooling temperature from the wind. The Komodo find resting places which are also good places for attempting to ambush deer and wild boar. If you are tracking the locations of the Komodos, you can find these areas by looking for dropping and vegetation that has been cleared.
Komodo dragons are apex predators and truly dominate the areas in which they live in. They feed on animals such as birds, deer, invertebrates, and mammals. They have a venomous bite because there are two glands in the lower jaw they can secrete different toxic proteins. They have been a few reports of the creature acutely attacking humans. This is why it is imperative they you follow all the instructions from your Ranger when taking a Komodo Island Tour.
As far as Mating season, that happens between May and August. In September the Komodo lays their eggs in an abandoned nest or self dug netting hole, also known as a megapode. The incubations period for the eggs is about seven to eight months. It take about 8 to 9 years for a Komodo to become fully grown. We offer many different Komodo Tour Packages while visiting the National park. If you have any questions or would like to book Komodo Day trip or Multi-day trip, please contact us and we can accommodate you group.
What is so unique about visiting Komodo National Park?
Komodo National Park is starting to get more popular are search engines and conversations had from back packers all the way to luxury travellers. This is because Komodo is becoming a much for visited destination and people are realising how unique it is to visit.
So why is Komodo Unique?
We first of all, the National park is the only place in the entire world where you can see Komodo Dragons in their natural habit. They were first documented in 1910 by Europeans. Also known as the Komodo monitor, they are members of the monitor lizard family and can be found on Komodo and Rinca Islands. They can grow to a maximum of 3 meters (10ft) in length and weigh up to almost 70 kilograms. They have long tails that are as long as the body. As well they have about 60 serrated teeth that can measure up to 1in in length. They are also covered in Scales. Seeing a Komodo dragon in the wild is a unique experience to anyone and can be extremely exciting. They hunt prey by ambushing them and have a venomous bite as well. When visiting the islands, it is advised to always follow the guide and do as instructed. Their have been a few tourists who have been bitten by the Komodo Dragons in the past.
A few other things that make Komodo National Park unique is a Beach called Pink Beach, a beautiful large island in the center called Padar Island, Amazing snorkelling and scuba diving, and many other beautiful island to see.
Probably another of the most popular locations to visit is called Padar Island. This island is located in the center of the national Park. When you do Komodo Island Tour, Padar is usually also included as well. You can get there by doing a Komodo Day trip or a 2 day Komodo Trip. Many boat get their early and do a sunrise hike to the top to get a beautiful sunrise view early in the morning. The view from the top is spectacular and you can see four different beach bays. There is a trail and steps going got the top of the island.
If you take a 3 day Komodo Trip you may even go to some other locations in the north or south. Eitherway, you will probably go to Pink Beach. Pink beach is names for its color. The sand has small bits of coral that are reddish pink and in the current light, the beach an appear to be pink. This is another great thing about Komodo National Park.
If you are doing a full Komodo Tour Package you may go to many other locations in the park as well, included Taka Makassar, Manta Point, Kanawa, Kelor, and more.
Another unique place on if you purchase a Komodo Tour Package is Manta Point. Also known as Makassar reef. This is where it is possible to see Manta rays while they are feeding against the current. If you can get lucky and Scuba Dive or Snorkel with Mantas…if is a wonderful experience that you may remember for the rest of your life. They can swim gracefully above you in groups and stay for a very long time.
If you are interested in a Komodo Island Tour or Komodo Tour Package, please contact Maika Komodo Tour.
There are many things to do in Komodo National park. For any more information please contact us today.
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Komodo Tour Packages are a great way to see and experience the National Park when you have a small or large group. When you have a group tour, making sure everyone is taken care of and can all experience the same great things is imperative to experience a great tour. As well, having a specific itinerary to fit your requests and trained tour guides are equally as important.
We can put together many different Komodo Tour packages for whatever you are looking for. For example, if you have a group size of about 20, and only want to do a Komodo Island Day Tour, we can offer a few different options. Options such as a private speed boat which could go to up to 6 different locations including; Padar Island, Komodo Island, Pink Beach, Taka Makassar, Manta Point, and Kanawa Island. For a group day package, another option would be for a Large Wooden boat, which would be a more leisure pace and could visit 3 or 4 locations in the National Park. For the Group tour, we can personalise the itinerary for your group.
Other options for Komodo Tour Package would be to do Komodo Tour 2 days 1 night or Komodo Island 3 day tour. By choosing these options, Maika Komodo Tour could also personalise the itinerary to plan wherever the group would like to go to see and do. We can offer snorkeling/ trekking/ scuba diving packages. As well, we could combine the 2 or 3 day tour with Flores Overland Tour packages. Depending on what the group would like. Some of the locations to choose from in the National Park would be; Komodo Island, Rinca Island, Pink Beach, Manta Point, Taka Makassar, Kanawa, Siaba Besar, Bidadari, Sebayur, Seraya, Kelor, Menjerite, Kalong, and more. If some individuals in the group chooses to scuba dive, there are also other good locations such as; Batu Bolong, Karang Makassar, Mawan, Batu Tiga, Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Pilaarsteen, Payung, Yellow Wall, and more. All dives locations will depend on the Divers experience and weather conditions.
If you are looking for a Flores tour Package, we can offer that as well with options for going to Wae Rebo Traditional Village, Rangko Cave, Cunca Wulang, Cancar Spiderweb Rice Field, Kelimutu, and more. There is so much to see on the mainland of Flores and putting a tour package of Komodo and Flores together can make for a great vacation to experience all the options that are available for your group. We can arrange multiple cars, vans, or even busses for larger group tours.
When booking for a Komodo Tour Package, you can trust that you are choosing a good quality company with Maika Komodo Tours. We have many professional locals guides with many years of experience. Each one is passionate about showing the local area to guests from all around the world. The guides are trained to work with all kinds of guests and make sure to be on time, and professional with all our guests requests.
For contacting Maika Komodo Tour, you can send a WhatsApp message to Tis @ 0812 3855 3678, email at email@example.com, or also visit our local office located in Labuan Bajo Center area.
Below are some positive reviews our guests have left us about their Komodo Tour Package Experience.
“ We had a great time in Komodo National Park. Tis organised the trip and itinerary extremely well. We had a family reunion for 12 people and 5 of us are vegetarians. Some of us are scuba divers and some only did snorkelling. The itinerary and food matched perfectly for what we needed. Highly recommend! “
“ I just wanted to recommend Maika Komodo Tour for their services. We had a private boat day trip and everything we perfect. We had a large group and the company took care of everything and we had no stress at all. Everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you very much. “ - Aaron
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Is Komodo Good For Diving?
If are a scuba diver and know about Indonesian dive locations, that is a question that you would obviously want to know, if you don’t already. Komodo National Park is one of the most famous scuba diving areas in the world. It is known for its diverse aquatic life, strong currents, and manta rays. As some would say, it is a wild, rugged, and full of different adventures. Komodo National Park is one of Indonesia’s most famous diving destinations for travellers from all over the world. You can see Manta Rays, sharks, colourful reefs and and so many different aquatic life.
Two of the most popular Scuba Dive Spots in the Central of the Park. Manta Point and Batu Bolong. Scuba Diving Komodo is worth is for any diver visiting.
The most popular areas to dive are in the Central. Some would consider these the best areas as well, but they are the most visited because they are closer to Labuan Bajo then going to the North or South part of the park. Manta Alley, also goes by the name Manta Point, or Makassar Reef is an extremely popular dive location in Komodo National Park. This is because as it name says, a very popular place to spot Manta Rays. This is one of the largest scuba diving area in all of Komodo National Park. It is most a flat ares with a slight variation in sand mounts with bits of coral scattered sparingly throughout the entire area. The mantas enjoy swimming against the light current because it is good for feeding, as well there are meaning cleaning station in that area where the manta’s may stay for a time longer. These are great locations to relax on the sand bottom and hopefully get lucky and have at the manta rays swim all around you. The mantas can be seem all year round, but it is much less likely to see them during the dry season. If you want to see manta rays in Komodo National Park, the best months are usually November thru February.
Another extremely popular dive locations in the park is called Batu Bolong. In the local language this means “hole in the rock” Batu Bolong is a giant rock peak coming up from the ocean and as the name says, there is a big hole in the rock that create a small archway. This dive location is more for advanced divers because there can be some extreme current from a falling or rising tide. The location is in the central park of the park. On a rare occasion when there is no current you can dive all around the island, but that is very rare. Usually the is a current coming from the north and the place to dive on the south of the rock. Below the water line the Rock widens and you can go back and forth as you go up or down on the rock wall. By doing this, you can see a wide range of aquatic life. With this location, it is extremely important to follow the dive guide and stay behind them because on each side of the rock, there can be a strong down current which can be dangerous so, follow instructions is extremely important.
If you have any question about Komodo Island Tour of Scuba Diving in Komodo, please contact us at Maika Komodo Tour.
Diving in Komodo offers a truly exceptional experience that combines breathtaking marine biodiversity, stunning underwater landscapes, and the chance to encounter unique and awe-inspiring marine creatures. Situated in the heart of the Coral Triangle, Komodo National Park boasts crystal-clear waters teeming with vibrant coral reefs and a vast array of marine species. From colorful coral gardens to dramatic drop-offs and thrilling drift dives, the underwater topography of Komodo is diverse and captivating. Explorers can immerse themselves in a kaleidoscope of marine life, including over 1,000 species of fish, manta rays, sharks, dolphins, and even the legendary Komodo dragons that roam the nearby islands. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced diver, the rich marine ecosystem and the exhilarating encounters make diving in Komodo an unforgettable adventure.
One of the main reasons why Komodo diving is so highly regarded is the presence of the world-famous dive site, "The Cauldron." This remarkable site is renowned for its incredible underwater volcanic landscape and strong currents, attracting advanced divers seeking adrenaline-pumping drift dives. Additionally, the chance to witness majestic manta rays gliding through the water is a highlight of diving in Komodo. Manta Point, a popular dive spot, offers an extraordinary opportunity to observe these gentle giants up close as they gracefully feed and interact with divers. Moreover, Komodo's rich biodiversity extends beyond the large marine creatures. The park is home to an astonishing variety of macro life, with opportunities to spot fascinating critters such as pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, and ghost pipefish. The combination of thrilling dives, extraordinary marine life, and stunning underwater landscapes makes Komodo an unparalleled diving destination for enthusiasts seeking both adventure and natural wonders.
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