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Why you need to go scuba diving in Komodo

I’ve scuba dived more than a hundred times to date, and been to some amazing places, but scuba diving in Komodo was an unparalleled experience. The Maldives will probably always rate as one of my favourites places to scuba dive in, but just 3 dives in Komodo and I am already dreaming of heading back soon to do a live on board where I’ll eat, sleep and dive for a week straight at least.

If you are planning a trip to Komodo and you are an avid scuba diver, make sure you take at least a day out to do some dives, I promise you it is worth it.

Why you need to scuba dive in Komodo

  1. Clarity – the water is so, so clear. Well at our first dive site it was a bit murky at first but
  2. Diversity – we hit 3 different spots and they each had such different landscapes so we were never bored
  3. Marine life – really healthy colourful coral and fish everywhere! This is the kind of diving scene that they use to showcase the pixel abilities of new TVs in hardware stores!

Where I Dived

  • Pink Beach – there are several spots around here, we started quite near the shore and then drifted along. It was depressingly murky at the beginning but cleared up as we descended and drifted along.
  • Manta Point – the famous Manta cleaning station, but sadly we didn’t see any mantas that afternoon (My friend Alyssa did the following day though! At least I did get up close with them in Maldives…). Lots of large, and I mean really quite huge, fish in this area, and the ground was mostly covered with undulating broken white coral bits, so it felt really dramatic swimming along these ridges.
  • Batu Bolong – with a bit of extra air left, our dive instructor let us check out this spot and it was like jumping into an aquarium! It felt like a zillion orange fish swimming all around us. This is like a pillar of sorts with a tiny island sticking out on the surface right on top. Listen to the instructors as the current is really strong in certain areas!
Komodo Manta Point

The mantas I didn’t see… photo by Yuxuan Wang via Flickr CC

A full day of diving typically encompasses 3 dives to various locations around the area. Some dive centres offer diving and Komodo Dragon visits as a day trip package as well, so you could combine that together if you want to spend more time exploring other places. Check out my other posts for more things to do in Komodo and Flores.

Thanks to Skyscanner who sponsored my trip to Flores and scuba diving. We dived with ORA Dive from Labuan Bajo – check in with them if you are interested in finding out more!


Tuesday 26th of December 2017

Hi, thanks for the review! Just want to ask how did you manage to arrange a tour where divers get to do scuba diving while non diver do snorkeling? This is because I have an upcoming trip and half of the group does not dive but we wanted to explore these places together, is it easy to look for a tour at Labuan Bajo's main street that can be customised such that 3 will do scuba diving awhile the other 3 will do snorkeling?

Jaclynn Seah

Tuesday 26th of December 2017

Hi Ben,

It was a private tour so it was pretty much up to us to customise, but basically while we went diving, the non-diving group went to a nearby pink beach to snorkel instead. With 6 pax I think you might be able to organise something. Reach our to the ORA dive people who organised our trip for us, they might be able to better help you out!

Brittany Wittig

Tuesday 28th of March 2017

Wow!! We are adding this to our must-do list!

Jaclynn Seah

Tuesday 28th of March 2017

definitely a must do in Komodo if you love diving!