Rugged, wild and packed with the promise of adventure, Komodo is one of Indonesia’s most famous diving destinations. Manta rays, sharks, immense schools of fish and colorful reefs are just few of the stars of Komodo. While Komodo is a popular liveaboard destination, staying on land in Labuan Bajo offers amazing sunsets night after night and increasing facilities for visitors. The area is well known for its strong currents and is often recommended for divers with experience. Komodo is relatively remote but if you want an adventure and incredible diving it should be at the top of your bucket list. Expect to find an array of dive sites perfectly suited for drift diving. Water temperature can be on the low side, sometimes dipping below 77°F (25°C), so bring extra layers of neoprene or a hood on top of a basic 3 mm suit to stay comfortable. It is possible to dive year-round due to the dry weather. The north area of Komodo National Park is a good place for shark spotting at underwater seamounts. Visibility is usually quite good at 66-100 ft (20-30 m) and if the current is strong enough, a reef hook will come in handy, allowing you to relax and take in the action. This is also an area for exhilarating drift dives as there are several channels in between the many islands, with swift currents. One of the most interesting dive sites is Makassar Reef. This is a 1.2 mile (2 km) channel with a unique seascape featuring craters and dunes of small rocks which have been shaped by currents. It is often said that it looks like the surface of the moon. Komodo National Park has plenty to offer macro-lovers too. Sheltered dive sites boast a myriad of critters hiding among the slopes and walls of healthy hard and soft corals.
Komodo might be most famous for its larger inhabitants – think manta rays, sharks, eagle rays, tuna, jacks, trevallies, bumphead parrotfish and Napoleon wrasse - but the abundance of smaller fish is phenomenal – prepare to be amazed.
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