Komodo Island is a dream come true for scuba diving enthusiasts from all around the world. The are offers’ great variety of fish, colorful and untouched coral reefs, big fish in hunting actions, and as well, a wide range of pelagic fishes at every dive site. Komodo is a must for lover of scuba diving and because it offers an unforgettable diving experience each and every dive. The National Park is also home to numerous whitetip and blacktip reef sharks, and if you're lucky, you might spot bigger sharks like the Grey Shark and many Manta Rays as well.
Taking a Komodo Liveaboard is a great way to get the most our of your diving experience. You can take a multi day trip or take a Komodo daily dive trip. Both are great way to see the park. Komodo diving is even better when you can do it day after day. As well, another famous thing about Komodo is the chance to dive with the Manta rays. Sometimes you can even release your air and sit on the sandy bottom of Manta Point and just enjoy the dance the Manta will put on for you. The best time to see manta rays is during the rainy season when you can sometimes literally have a chance to see schools of Manta rays.
What is the best time to dive Komodo?
When it comes to the best time to dive in Komodo Island, scuba diving in the Komodo marine reserve is possible all year round. Many people think the best diving conditions run from March to October, with the best season to see a lot of Manta rays being during the rainy season from December to February. This is a pretty popular opinion for anyone who dives a lot in the National park. Typically Visibility is best from November to January, and the sea can be a bit choppy from January to March, but usually nothing too bad, unless there is a big storm.
Komodo is also famous amoung divers for the strong currents you may find. It is important to note that currents can be very strong on many of the dive sites, and diving in Komodo is mostly reserved for experienced divers with confidence in drift diving. There are, however, some quieter dive spots for beginners, but they may miss the incredible action of big fishes swimming into the current. The current can sometimes reach 8 knots in some places, driven by tides, so it is essential to choose your dive site carefully, which you can plan depending on the conditions. It is always recommended to listen and follow your dive guide for every dive.
The Komodo waters are incredibly rich in marine life, including pelagic fishes such as Dogtooth Tuna, Giant trevally, Barracuda, and Manta rays. Sharks such as Blacktip, Whitetip, Grey, and some people have even spotted the rare Hammerhead sharks or whale shark. As well, you can spot all kinds of rare nudibranchs, pygmy sea horse, frog fish for macro diving.
The coral all around the park is just amazing, some of the best around the world, and there are many shallow coral gardens offering wonderful snorkeling opportunities. It is important to note that scuba diving can be risky, and it is advisable to invest in travel insurance for scuba diving when planning an upcoming dive trip or traveling to Komodo Island. This insurance offers worldwide coverage and focuses on providing scuba divers with quality insurance and medical assistance services. Finally, it is crucial to trust the decision of your guide and follow their advice, as these waters can be a real roller coaster with the risk of being washed away in the open sea, and these guides are professionals.
If you have any questions on Scuba diving in Komodo National park and would like to to a Komodo liveaboard experience, please contact Maika Komodo tour and our staff would be happy to help you plan the perfect diving trip in Komodo.
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