Komodo national park reserve is endowed with all the beautiful features that a scuba diver would ask for. From the deep sea water, colourful walls and pinnacles, bright and colourful coral reefs to the hundreds of sea fishes and sharks. The island’s vibrant marine life is second to none.
This is a guide for divers seeking to have an unforgettable diving experience in Komodo Island.
3 Dynamic diving sites in Komodo
Here is a rundown of the most dynamic diving sites in Komodo
This dive site is on the west of Komodo Island. The route to this dive site is characterized by a rocky topography, which has helped keep it safe from fishermen. As such, it has maintained its natural and undisturbed condition. With very few disturbances, aqua life in this dive site is voluminous; the reef fish are always on a full festival mode.
A dive here is an opportunity to witness ‘fishy’ activities such as mating, hunting and hiding, feeding, laying and guarding eggs and so on.
The Gili Lawa is another breathtaking diving site in Komodo. The site’s trees and coral reefs are multicoloured with bronze and rust. There are plenty of sea species such as cuttlefish, turtles, octopus, and damselfish to view even at the shallow waters.
The deeper level of this diving site exposes the powerful komodo currents which can be thrilling for a seasoned diver but risky for a beginner.
This site lies to the south of Rinca Island, the home to Komodo Dragons. Like the other diving sites, the Cannibal Rock is also booming with diverse marine life which gives you a world-class diving experience.
You will glimpse on the large anemones that beautifully sway back and forth creating a beautiful scenery with their magnificent blue and green shades. Towards the east and north of this site, you will lay your eyes on the enormous gorgonian fans and the green and white coral ferns. You may also see a few turtles making their way here to feast on the corals.
Other diving sites around Komodo Island include;
- Yellow wall of Texas- along the southern part of Komodo island
- Manta Alley- located on the south coast of Komodo island
- Tatatawa Island- on the east of Komodo
- White angels – sits on the northeast of Komodo
- Pillarsteen- located between Komodo and Rinca island
Other things to do in Komodo
While diving in Komodo Island is one of the most thrilling activities during a visit to the national park, there are several exciting activities to engage in. This can be after the diving sessions or in-between visits to the diving sites.
These activities include;
- Seeing the Komodo dragon monitor lizards
Who would visit the home of the world’s largest monitor lizard and leave without seeing it? Certainly, not you. Rinca Island is home to this exotic reptile. Your ranger or guide will take you to Loh Buaya campsite which is an ideal place to spot the fierce dragons.
These lizard-like reptiles hunt for their prey on land and water. They run very fast and launch very fierce attacks. You must follow the instructions of your ranger about conduct and keeping distance. Expect instructions such as not leaving other members of your team, not looking directly into the eyes of the dragon and so on.
- Go snorkelling on Kanawa Island
Kanawa Island is home to sites that are ideal for relaxing and snorkelling. The surrounding coral reefs keep the strong sea waves and tides at bay, giving snorkelers sufficient adventure time. The crystal clear panoramic view is not only appealing to the eye but also gives visitors a breathtaking background to capture memorable moments of their visit.
- A variety of flora and fauna
Apart from the Komodo lizard-like dragon, this island is home to other magnificent land and sea fauna. You don’t need to break a bone to see different animals roaming freely within the islands.
Land creatures that you will see include snakes, frogs, deers, birds, water buffalos, rats and many others. All these in multiple species and sizes.
Komodo island is a prime destination for both seasoned and newbie divers. The island’s diving sites are captivating and full of life. If you are an aqua-phobic, the terrestrial terrain has much more in store. Either way, your visit here will be worth every coin.