Through our partnership with Wicked Diving Komodo we are now able to offer one of the world’s premier diving destinations. Komodo National Park!
Komodo National Park offers the intrepid diver just about every type of tropical diving imaginable – from the warm, psychedelic shallow reefs alive with hundreds of brilliantly colored fishes and brimming with invertebrates, all the way to current-swept deep cool water sea mounts, walls and pinnacles patrolled by sharks, tuna and other big fish. Komodo Diving offers everything from muck and macro diving to pelagic parties. As part of Coral Triangle – the highest concentration of marine life on earth – we experience that you just won’t see anywhere else in the world.
From the dozens of Manta Rays to the plentiful pygmy seahorses, or the schools of eagle rays vs. the brilliantly colored sea squirts, or the dolphins passing overhead while we examine the bizarre clownfish species. Komodo Diving is simply one of the must-experience macro sites in Indonesia.
The main islands of the park, Komodo Island and Rinca, are technically part of Flores, separated from the large island of Sumbawa to the west by the Sape Strait. In the middle of this strait, the bottom drops to almost 1000feet (300+m). The relatively shallow seas between Flores and Komodo’s west coast are scattered with many small islands and seamounts – which can mean very fast currents at tidal changes, especially when the higher tidal waters of the Pacific Ocean in the north flow through into the Indian Ocean to the south in a transition called the Indonesian throughflow. The upwellings from the deep surrounding seas bring nutrients and plankton to keep these waters rich and well-fed, which makes perfect conditions for some spectacular scuba diving.
Komodo Island is also famous for its Komodo dragon monitor lizard, the largest lizard in the world. These can be visited during day tours from Labuan Bajo or as part of diving tours.
While the diving itself is stunning year-round, during January and February it’s quite rough and large storms pass through. April-May are the calmest seas of the year and also some of the best marine life migrations. The Komodo Liveaboard operates from March through December.
Normally the water is cooler (average 20 to 25°C) in the south and warmer and clearer in the north (average 25 to 28°C), but this can change. Due to the vast transitions of water and temperature changes, visibility is never perfect. Expect 15-20m visibility and you will be very happy.