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Dive Komodo National Park – a traveler’s guide

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On this information to diving in Komodo Nationwide Park we talk about one of the best dive websites (we dived 10 totally different websites), the costs, operators, reside aboard diving or staying on the island and choices to dive from Flores, marine life within the park, greatest season for divers and Labuanbajo lodging, meals and issues to do. The park is accessed by most from Labuanbajo on Flores Island.

Diving at Komodo there’s quite a lot of fish an aquarium can by no means duplicate. Crystal Rock

Indonesia might be the perfect nation on the planet for diving and Komodo Nationwide Park is certainly one of many dive highlights on this underwater paradise. The quantity and number of fish is unreal, tens of millions of reef fish of all shapes, colours and sizes, loads of large pelagic fish and sharks searching in crystal clear water on the pristine coral reefs. The highlights for many that go to the park are the huge manta rays gliding round underwater and the Komodo Dragons strolling on Komodo and Rinca islands. Komodo is especially concerning the huge stuff, however don’t underestimate the macro life within the park, we noticed some superb issues; blue ringed octopus, sea horse, crocodile fish and extra.

Manta Ray coming our way at The Cauldron. dive KomodoManta Ray coming our method at The Cauldron.

Greatest time to dive Komodo Island

Komodo Nationwide Park experiences a moist season and a dry season. Studying about diving circumstances in Komodo doesn’t make it simpler with a lot contradicting info, I consider you’ll be able to dive all yr spherical.

  • Our private expertise, late November was actually good we had good diving daily and we have been surrounded by loads of mantas at Manta Level. In August we additionally had nice diving, the climate was good, viz was good, I noticed a blue ring octopus within the south, however we noticed only a few mantas, solely 2 in every week of diving.
  • Diving within the Moist Season
    • Moist season usually runs from December till March, Jan/ Feb there’s loads of rain, not  all the time nice.
    • January to March can have tough floor circumstances on the northern dive websites.
    • Moist season is Manta Season!! You’ll be able to see mantas all yr, however peak season to see mantas is December to February when you’ll be able to have greater than 10 mantas circling you
    • Visibility is greatest from November to January, late November we had loads of mantas and good diving circumstances.
  • Diving within the Dry Season
    • April to November interval is taken into account dry season when the climate is at its greatest.
    • Might/June & September/October is rated by many as one of the best diving circumstances.
    • July and August can have tough seas within the south and Rinca.

Liveaboard diving or dive from Labuanbajo

The Komodo Nationwide Park is situated inside the Lesser Sunda Islands and consists of Komodo, Rinca, Padar and 26 small islands. The websites within the park is pretty unfold out, making this an ideal space to discover by stay aboard.  You possibly can dive a lot of the sights you’ll dive by stay aboard on day journeys from Labuanbajo, this feature is cheaper. Diving can undoubtedly be carried out on a a lot decrease finances from shore than from a liveaboard. Liveaboards begin at about $180 per day in comparison with diving from shore beginning at $90, add finances dwelling prices will probably be about $120. The reside aboard expertise is simply one thing superb and I feel undoubtedly value the additional expense.

Learn the nice print! On most of those vessels Dive Gear, All Nationwide Park Charges & harbor charges (Komodo Nationwide Park approx. 100 USD pp) and an extended distance gasoline cost of round $150 shouldn’t be included

Why dive Komodo Nationwide Park from a liveaboard?

  • You may be on the dive websites first, whereas tons of of divers are heading to the dive websites on sluggish boats, you’re already within the water, earlier than different divers scare your fish away!
    • (diving is usually dictated by present and tides, thus typically being there first gained’t get you within the water first) nonetheless good to get up on the dive website and position into the water after breakfast!
  • Night time dives, all the things is totally different at night time and it’s superb to have the ability to dive these far off websites at night time
  • It’s superior, what could be higher than dwelling on a ship for a few days, waking up and  diving a few of the worlds greatest websites after breakfast after which all day…

komodoA reef shark coming in the direction of us via a cloud of fish at Crystal Rock.

Komodo Liveaboard Diving

There are liveaboards at an enormous number of budgets working round Komodo, earlier than you e-book do analysis and skim critiques on the boats. We didn’t dive from these boats, however did a bit little bit of homework for you that will help you decide.

Finances liveaboard diving Komodo

Dragon Dive, Indonesia

Need to get a style of a liveaboard, that is the bottom finances you are able to do it on with dormitory lodging or cabins out there on the boat and doing shorter journeys. Cannot even do day journeys with meals and lodging for this worth. For particulars or reserving Dragon Dive Komodo

  • from US$ 121 / day (3D/2N and longer)
  • sundeck has snug loungers and hammocks
  • all journeys go and see the dragons on Rinca Island
  • cabins options air-conditioning and personal en-suite loos

Empress II Liveaboard, Indonesia 

For particulars or reserving MV Empress II

  • $186/day (8D/7N)
  • Wonderful Dive evaluations
  • Nitrox out there
  • Wonderful boat evaluations
  • most of 9 divers,
  • there are twin cabbins with AC and portholes
  • loos/showers are shared.

Medium price range Komodo liveaboard

The Woman Denok Yacht

For particulars or reserving Woman Denok Liveaboard

  • from US$ 265 / day
  • Crusing to Komodo between June and August
  • as much as 12 divers
  • snug, air-conditioned, en-suite cabins
  • indoor salon with leisure system, or sundeck with snug outside lounge space
  • Recent meals are cooked by the on-board chef
  • free web
  • boat nicely fitted to photographers

Do it in Type

The Sea Safari 6 Liveaboard

For particulars or reserving Sea Safari VI

  • from US$ 342 / day
  •  luxurious Phinisi vessel, scheduling yr spherical journeys
  • air-conditioned restaurant and lounge space
  • beautiful outdoors bar space
  • Laundry service
  • Photographic station

Dive qualification and expertise wanted for diving in Komodo Nationwide Park

There are numerous websites with various expertise required. Some websites do have robust currents and down currents do typically happen. Expertise is important to dive right here. You’ll be able to dive some lovely spots and see unimaginable issues with an open water qualification (18m max), take a look at my dive log for Komodo under. Your dive operator ought to solely take you on dives suited on your expertise degree. They may take a look at this and place you in an appropriate dive group. Don’t be shy to debate points round this and group measurement with them earlier than you go on the dive.

Dive Insurance coverage

Considering of issues that may go flawed an excessive amount of can put a damper in your journey, however there are apparent dangers. Many dive places are distant with minimal medical amenities. Accidents do occur, be ready. Evacuation and decompression might be very costly. World Nomads journey insurance coverage covers vacationers from most nations all over the world and a coverage may even be purchased on-line while you’re touring. They concentrate on insurance coverage for journey actions like diving. Ensure you take out the suitable cowl. Get a on-line quote right here in seconds. Have your journey, your well being and your gear coated, learn the small print. World Nomads Diving Insurance coverage

Dive Facilities for Komodo Nationwide Park Scuba Diving

There are various dive operators in Labuanbajo, a number of well-known franchise operators additionally current elsewhere in South East Asia, e.g. Blue Marlin Dive Middle and Scuba Junkie.

I dived with the well-known Komodo Dive Middle throughout my first go to, the service was wonderful, dive leaders nice and I had a incredible time.

Upon my return to Labuanbajo I shopped round and located decrease pricing and a schedule that suited us higher with Divers Paradise Komodo. All points of diving; the boats, dive leaders and general expertise was just like what I had with Komodo Dive Middle. It was nice that Divers Paradise had a schedule that we might plan in line with. I do know circumstances change, nevertheless it was good that the day by day dive schedule was set out every week earlier than, circumstances relying and never dictated by which websites have been beforehand dived by divers within the group.

dive komodoWeekly dive schedule for Dive Paradise Komodo.

Costs for a full dive day (three dives) from Labuanbajo all inclusive (gear, lunch and so forth.)

  • Komodo Dive Middle              Rp. 1.500.000/ US$113
  • Blue Marlin Komodo               Rp. 2.000.000/ US$151
  • Divers Paradise Komodo        Rp. 1.100 000/ US$83

The costs above don’t embrace the park charges; week day IDR 175,000 Sunday and public holidays IDR 250,000. Komodo Dive Middle and Divers Paradise Komodo each used sluggish boats, I loved the lengthy dive days on the boat, we had limitless free espresso and tea and snacks, fruit and a really good lunch on a regular basis. Blue Marlin makes use of velocity boats with apparent benefits of attending to the dive websites first.

It was Alya’s first go to to the park and she or he opted to go to Rinca island and see the dragons on the final day changing one dive, further charge for the park information IDR 65 000.

komodoLarge Komodo Dragon, Rinca Island.

Komodo Nationwide Park Dive Websites (dive log)

BATU BOLONG (rock with a gap in it)

Max Depth 30m, Avg Depth 14m, viz 25m, temp 27C

This was our favorite dive in Komodo Nationwide Park. Descending within the crystal clear water subsequent to this rock it looks like you’re in an aquarium.

dive komodoDive Komodo Massive Moray Eel at Batu Bolong.

Large faculties of small zebra fish and quite a lot of colourful fish swims near the floor. We noticed large higher barracuda, big trevally, faculties of blue spot trevally, tuna and quite a lot of pelagics searching across the rock.

Dive KomodoDive Komodo Huge Moray Eel at Batu Bolong.

Wanting nearer to the rock there have been turtles, moray eels, stone fish and quite a lot of nudibranches. The rock drops right down to 70m in at about 30m when wanting down there have been reef sharks and quite a lot of huge wrasse, together with an enormous napoleon swimming round.

MANTA POINT

Max Depth 15m, Avg Depth 10m, viz 20m, temp 27C

Probably the most dived websites within the park. Your greatest probability to dive with manta rays, typically education within the space! We noticed two eagle rays majestically flying over the reef, for me probably the most sleek of all rays.

You possibly can see them right here all yr spherical, however one of the best season for mantas is from December to February when you’ll be able to have 20 or 30 of those giants circling you! It’s a very flat, shallow website with small rocks overlaying the underside. Present right here could be very robust and a few teams use reef hooks to stay in a single place, hovering within the present whereas wanting on the mantas. We have been very unfortunate, in August it was not season however many teams noticed four or 5 mantas. We had zero present and noticed just one manta for a short time.

CRYSTAL ROCK

Max Depth 28m, Avg Depth 17m, viz 20m, temp 28C

Our favourite website within the north. Giant see mound, lovely tender corals. Many black tip reef sharks. Large canine tooth tuna.

Website with probably the most large trevallies, got here very shut. Huge Napoleon wrasse, many sweetlips, batfish, butterfly fish and blue spot trevallies.

WAE NILO

Max Depth 19m, Avg Depth 14m, viZ 8m, temp 27C

Near Rinca Island, often dived as an alternative choice to the Rinca dragon hike. Basic muck diving website, flat sandy backside some superior distinctive issues to find, an excellent information helps. We noticed a sea horse and my first blue ring octopus!

komodoDive Komodo Blue Ringed Octopus, Wae Nilo, Komodo Nationwide Park

CASTLE ROCK

Max Depth 27m, Avg Depth 13.9m, viz 20m, temp 27C

Sea mound, good viz, plenty of fish, massive trevallies

THE CAULDRON

Max Depth 29m, Avg Depth 11.2m, viz 20m, temp 27C

Superb Dive! Greeted by giant manta ray! Sloping reef, sand patch adopted by good drift dive by way of a channel. Good fish life, Big Trevallies, sweetlips, faculties of batfish, giant groupers, one or two turtles

komodoA really pleasant manta swimming round us at The Cauldron.

TATAWA BESAR

Max Depth 19m, Avg Depth 11.2m, viz 20m, temp 28C

Superior drift dive, lovely exhausting and tender corals. Superb reef coated in fish at 10-20m depth, Nice dive, Massive GT’s, large Napoleon wrasse, snappers, breams, Bluefin trevallies, many damsel fish, sweetlips, white tip reef sharks, giant cuttlefish, blue noticed stingray, leafy scorpion fish.

komodoCuttlefish, the king of camouflage displaying off at Tatawa Besar.

GOLDEN PASSAGE

Max Depth 16m, Avg Depth 9m, viz 20m, temp 28C

Drift dive within the channel Gili Lawa Darat and Komodo Island. Good chilled out drift dive in sluggish present. Lovely corals. Huge turtle, many sweetlips, a white and a inexperienced leafy scorpion fish, blue noticed stingrays. Many small reef fish.

A turtle passing through a cloud of small fish, Tatawa Besar.A turtle passing via a cloud of small fish, The Goden Passage.

SIYABA KECIL

Max Depth 22m, Avg Depth 13m, viz 20m, temp 28C

Good reef, sluggish present. Good macro stuff; frogfish, leafy scorpionfish, nudis, scorpionfish. Some blue noticed trevallies, blue noticed stingray, small reef fish.

There are many reside aboard boats that function in Komodo Nationwide Park and that is an superior approach of exploring the dive websites within the park, take a look at this Stay Aboard Information for Diving in Komodo.

Attending to Labuanbajo

Flying

Getting from Lombok to Labuanbajo flying in is the simplest, Wings Air (Lionair) and another finances airways fly from Bali (Denpasar) to Labuan Bajo (Komodo Airport), every day, costing round $80 one-way or $150 return for a one hour flight. Jakarta to Komodo – Garuda flies every day from Jakarta to Labuan Bajo (2.5 hours) about $175 one-way and $350 return, PT Nam flies with a cease over in Bali

By Bus

You’ll be able to take a bus-ferry mixture from Lombok or Gili Trawangan and prices about $40, we got here by bus and ferry reserving every thing ourselves, that is the most cost effective approach at $23/IDR310 000. See our detailed information learn how to get from Bali to Flores

By Boat

Taking a three day boat journey is fashionable, that is actually finances with the boat cruising alongside for three days, you purchase your personal beer and snacks earlier than and take it alongside, meals just isn’t in abundance on the price range journey, so I might advocate plenty of snacks. You cease on lovely islands, swim with mantas and swim in phosphorescence at night time I did this three years in the past it was plenty of enjoyable and actually lovely and prices about IDR 1 500 000/$115.

Lodging in Labuanbajo

On a finances – One Tree Hill Hostel Good location out of the primary city,  air-conditioned rooms, free WiFi. Good cope with dorm beds beginning at $7.

Ciao Hostel – favourite underneath backpackers,  little outdoors the primary metropolis, good with breathtaking views, superb meals, and a fleet of fantastic employees and fellow travellers. The higher deck is gorgeous. Film nights a lot of actions, from snorkeling and diving journeys, to laundry and shuttle bus.

Medium finances Flores XPirates Komodo– Need to do one thing totally different? “that is the “decrease price range” paradise island resort any traveller, and particularly diver simply might think about.- quote from a really joyful German visitor. 1 minute stroll from the seashore. Providing a backyard and solar terrace, Flores Xpirates Dive Camp is about in Sebayur Island, close to Komodo Nationwide Park. Island is situated near outstanding dive websites within the park, home reef for diving. Good place to do your Padi openwater course. Verify the pictures it seems to be superb!

Deal with your self  – Puri Sari Seashore Lodge Pretty snug rooms with big mattress for a terrific nights sleep, in lovely grounds. Your room comes with a pleasant patio or balcony. Gorgeously pleasant employees and implausible meals menu.

Non-diving actions round Labuanbajo and Komodo

Diving was our important purpose for touring right here, however there are numerous different issues to do round this lovely space.

  • See the Komodo dragons on Komodo and Rinca island
  • Go for a day journey to the gorgeous Padar island and deal with a steep hike to the superb viewpoints
  • Go island hopping, spend a day on Kanawa island
  • Lease a scooter and drive round Flores, there are some superb waterfalls to see
  • Go to Sano Nggoang Lake
  • Hike Kelimutu Volcano
  • See hundreds of bats migrating from Kalong Island
  • See our Full information to visiting Flores and Komodo

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