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The sea around Komodo Island offers vibrant colors and exotic marine
life which will enchant divers and snorkelers alike as endless schools
of fish ride the waterways rushing up from deep sea vents, below them
the seabed is covered with a thick carpet of florescent corals and
marine invertebrates, an underwater photographers paradise.
The waters that surround the island are turbulent and teeming with
unparalled marine life. A marine reserve has recently been established
and this reserve is largely undocumented and remains unexplored. Komodo
National Park was established in 1980. It was declared as a Man and
Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site in 1986. KNP includes three
major islands – Komodo, Rinca and Padar and numerous smaller islands
together totaling 41,000 ha of land contains 132,000 ha of marine
The corals in Komodo National park are pristine, with Mantas, sharks,
turtles, dolphins, dugong, many pelagics, to the tiny pygmy seahorses,
nudibranchs, frog fish, you name it we’ve got it. The sites vary from
gentle easy coral slopes to heart pounding adrenalin rides, from the
warm waters of the Flores Sea in the north to the chillier waters down
south in the Indian Ocean, the underwater terrain is so varied with
sheer cliff walls, pinnacles, sandy flat bottoms, underwater plateaus,
slopes, caves, swim-throughs, channels, all with varying colours, sizes
and types of coral both hard and soft.
By daily flights from: Bali – Labuan Bajo/Komodo Airport – Bali (each
Angel Steps, huge towers of stone, encrusted with hard and soft
corals, covered in nudibranchs, small caves and overhangs make this a
very interesting and beautiful site, Dusky sharks, humphead parrot fish
are among the bigger creatures we see here. Cathedral Coral, a gentle
slope covered with table corals of every colour and schooling fish, a
towering spire of coral with a small cave at it’s base is the home to
some huge lobsters.
Sabolon kecil a slope on the east side of this tiny island, with two
underwater mounds at the southern end with fields of garden eels and sea
pens, schools of round bat fish are often seen coming quite close for
some nice photography.
Sabolon Besar steep slopes off the southern and western sides of the
bigger island, fabulous coral coverage and a good chance of spotting
Scorpion leaf fish.
Sebayur kecil walls and slopes of every kind of coral you can
imagine, wide variety of marine life to be seen at this site, mantas
Tatawa Besar slope with soft coral garden changing to hard coral
along the slope, lots of shoaling fish, rainbow runners, fuseliers and
often turtles and black tip sharks.
Tatawa Kecil (current city) as the name implies, this site is washed
by very strong currents, which is why this site is among the many world
class sites in the Komodo National Park, schools of pelagic fish patrol
the waters, best dived at slack tide.
A little further west from current city a small rock outcrop with a
hole through it is the surface mark of another world class site, only to
be dived at slack tide or with a current not long from stopping or
starting to run, these giant slabs of rock which disappear into the
depths are an amazing sight to see, covered with every form of marine
life and patrolled by giant trevally, Napoleon Wrasse, sharks and
turtles with schools of barracuda sweeping in to check out the divers.
Diving the Komodo National Park provides some fantastic
* WATER TEMPERATURE: 20 – 28 Degrees Celsius (68-85 F) , cooler water is
experienced on the southern sites. Full 3mm wetsuit & hood is
recommended. More active people will prefer a sports suit in northern
* VISIBILITY: 10 – 50M year round. Traditionally clearer water on
northern sites.CURRENT: Komodo experiences a strong tidal flow. Not all
sites are affected by current. Drift diving is excellent, however during
spring tides some sites are impossible to dive. Particular attention is
placed on diving the correct sites at the most suitable time to ensure
optimum conditions, in accordance with the preferences of the group.
* NIGHT DIVING: The night diving in Komodo is breathtaking. The sheer
beauty, color and diversity of life makes it a must see for all divers.
* WALLS: There are numerous walls to choose from. Both drift and static
wall dives are offered.
* CANYONS: Huge chasms drop thousands of meters, fringed by
extraordinary coral gardens.
* CRITTERS: Found in all locations, however we do offer special sites
for encountering unusual marine species.
* OTHERS: Seamounts, fringing reefs, gutters, muck, and sandy locations
are also found in the archipelago.
For more information on diving around Kodomo Island, you can check
the related information on www.floreskomodo.com
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