5 Best Dive Sites of Komodo National Park
The Komodo National Park is the most popular yacht charter and scuba diving destination in Indonesia. The “Galapagos of the East” are famed for its carnivorous giant lizard – the Komodo Dragon – and the incredible variety of coral reef diving. As well as being able to find all your mega fauna – manta rays, a large variety of sharks, sun fish and dolphins – Komodo is also a macro photographer’s paradise.
Komodo’s Top 5 Dive Sites
There are a great number of beautiful pristine diving locations around the Komodo Island, many of which would be the jewel in the crown of lesser dive destinations. The following are just 5 of the top dive spots we can recommend :
1. Komodo Dive Sites: Crystal Rock
Crystal Rock named after the surrounding clear waters just break the surface and is home to large schools of fusiliers. Crystal Rock is a pinnacle that just breaks the surface off the northern side of the two small islets to the north of Komodo. The shallows host thousands of damselfish, large cuttlefish, pyramid Butterfly fish, hawksbill turtles and several red octopus.
On the north west side of the pinnacle is a submerged mound that rises to 14 metres, with 20 metres deep curve between the two. Here there are schools of Sweetlips, Black Snappers, Bluefin and Bigeye Trevally, and Whitetip reef sharks.
2. Komodo Dive Site: Castle Rock
Castle Rock, further north from Crystal Rock is another submerged mound. Soft corals and sea fans are prolific at around 20 metres. Currents are strong, usually flowing east and are stronger at the surface but it is possible to find cover in the lee of rocks where conditions are calmer. Sharks and rays can be spotted here.
In recent times a pod of bottlenose dolphins have made this spot one of their favourite hunting grounds, and you can sometimes see them on a dive.
3. Komodo Dive Site: Cannibal Rock
Cannibal Rock can be dived from sunrise to night time. Located one kilometer from nearby Nusa Kode. There is just so much going on around this sea mount: purple gorgonian, anemones, yellow and white spiral corals and sea apples that together create a riot of colour.
Dive down to the south to find the deepest diving section and where you will find enormous green and blue splendid anemones swaying back and forth. Making your way east and north you will find large purple gorgonian fans. These fans are home to pygmy seahorses.
4. Komodo Dive Site: Yellow Wall of Texas
This wall dive has numbered of crevices, arches and small caverns to explore during the dive. Aside from the yellow tube corals, there are lots of hard corals and colorful soft corals. The shallows are very rich in fish life, particularly plankton feeders. Fork-tailed fairy Basslets swarm around the drop-offs in great orange and purple schools. Brace of colorful Butterfly fish forage in the reef crannies for small crustaceans or coral polyps.
Schools of jacks, snappers, Red-Toothed Triggerfish, Anthias and yellow Pyramid Butterflyfish can be found along the edge of the reef. Sharks, tuna and other large pelagic fish can be seen. The reef shelf has Sweetlips, Emperors, wrasse, groupers and eels. Keep alert for turtles here too.
5. Komodo Dive Site: Boulders
If you sail from Crinoid’s Corner north along the coast of Nose Code into the bay of Loch Dismay you will come to a point where the coastline turns to the west and the bay opens up. There are a number of big boulders lying on the bottom. The deepest rock is in about 30 metres of water and the shallowest rock is about eight metres of water.
Here the reefs slope down to dark sand bottom. Escalating on the sand, you will find a forest of soft coral. Along the way, check out all the fire urchins for the illusive Coleman Shrimp. This is the best location to find the shrimp in Loh Dasami as there are usually lots of fire urchins in the area. The Boulders themselves have good coral invertebrate and fish life. Mantas can be seen in this area too.