One of the best diving sites out of the 100+ dives I’ve done to date has to be in Komodo Island. I’ve seen some amazing dive sites – the Maldives will probably always rate as one of my favourites (see the full list here), but just 3 dives in Komodo has shot it right to the top of my list and I am planning another trip back very soon to hopefully do a live on board where I’ll eat, sleep and dive for a week straight.
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.
I really wish I had my camera with me – luckily @theblondeabroad was all equipped and made this AMAZING video of our Komodo dive adventure. Seriously some of the best diving, coral reefs and fish diversity i’ve ever seen! Definitely want to return for an LOB in future… We may not have seen any Mantas at Manta Point, but the experience at Pink Beach, Manta Point and Batu Bolong was absolutely top notch. Look out for me waving in the video! #skyscannerindonesia #wonderfulindonesia #divingkomodo
Why you need to scuba dive in Komodo:
- Clarity – the water is so, so clear. Well at our first dive site it was a bit murky at first but
- Diversity – we hit 3 different spots and they each had such different landscapes so we were never bored
- 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!
Here’s 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!
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.