Scuba Diving

What are the different between PADI and SSI a question which is asked many many time. Read the article from Sarah B about PADI vs SSI:

PADI vs SSI: Differences, benefits and drawbacks

If you’re interested in getting your scuba diving certification, you’ve probably come across with two of the most recognized SCUBA certification agencies around the world today: PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and SSI (Scuba Schools International).

 

There are tons of diver certification organizations in the world but for now we will stick to these two.

COST OF CERTIFICATIONS

SSI is often slightly cheaper, as they don’t usually insist that the student purchases a manual for the course. You can borrow during the course and give it back at the end of it. SSI books are available for sale should you want one though.

PADI, however, do insist on purchasing the materials – no matter if you are traveling around the world or learning at home. They feel that post-course review of materials is important to maintain knowledge-levels.  They offer an e-book in case you are worried about cramming everything into your backpack.

Dive Materials As a diver, care for your environment should be very close to heart so consider whether you really do need a paper version no matter which you choose.

ONLINE LEARNING

Both SSI and PADI offer their students to start the practical portion of the scuba lessons via  online learning which will save time and gives divers more time to just dive. The difference here is both cash and longevity: SSI’s online learning is free, whereas with PADI you will pay US$189 (as of 2016). PADI offer you access to their system for one year from when you sign up, whereas with SSI it’s there for you all the time, even after the course. If you choose not to buy the book, you can simply log in and use the site as a review when you want a refresher later on.

COURSE WORK

In terms of actual coursework involved, both the PADI and SSI certification programs will give you all of the skills and knowledge you need to be a successful and safe diver. In fact, many people will tell you that the dive instructor, rather than the course itself, is the most important factor in terms of how much you learn and how well you learn the skills you need to be a scuba diver.

TEACHING METHODOLOGY

The science, skills and techniques don’t change with whatever agency you choose but the methodology can be a little different. As an example, a PADI course runs in a set order, meaning the student must complete skill A before moving to skill B. Skills performed in rigid sequence. If you do change, you break standards. Whereas, an SSI course flow can be altered to suit the student. If you were having trouble mastering a skill with SSI, then your instructor is allowed to move on, get you comfortable and build your confidence with something else, and then return to that challenging technique. SSI teaches with an 80/20 approach. The instructor can adapt 20% of the course to fit the pace of learning, ensuring a student focused training program.

CERTIFICATION CARDS

With PADI, centers have to either send off certification details or process them online to submit them to PADI. You can still dive straight away though and you do get a temporary card that is valid for 90 days. Your real card will be sent to the address you choose. If you are travelling then it’s best to send it home. If you are traveling for longer than 90 days, you can still have you certification checked on the PADI website.

CCard

SSI processes certification cards locally, so in most instances, you will receive your original certification card right at the end of your course. This means you will be registered straight away and you don’t need to wait for your original card to be sent home. No waiting months for your certification cards. With your card you may now dive anywhere else your travels take you. Although, printing your c-card is optional, I recommend to have it printed in case you go somewhere with unreliable internet connection just like when we went to Raja Ampat.

COURSE NAMES

The actual names of the courses may be different between the two schools. For instance, the PADI Advanced Open Water is not the same level as the SSI Advanced Open Water.  In actual fact, the PADI AOW equates to the SSI Advanced Adventurer qualification.  The SSI Advanced Open Water qualification instead equates to the PADI Master Scuba Diver level.

Just be careful when signing up for the courses, especially if you’re taking certain courses from one school and other courses from the other.

RECOGNITION

Because both schools adhere to the guidelines set forth by the WRSTC or World Recreational Scuba Training Council, you can rest assured that certifications from both SSI and PADI schools will be recognized wherever you go in the world.

CAREER PATH

If you are thinking about a having a career in the diving industry as an Instructor, you should take into consideration if you plan to work on remote areas where there is no established dive center. PADI offers more freedom for its instructors to work independently while SSI requires that you work at a dive center. But, being forced to work at a center comes with one advantage, no annual fees for the instructor. PADI Instructor renewals starts from $195.

CONCLUSIONS

Overall, the courses teach the same information because they adhere to the standards set forth by the WRSTC. After all, no matter which organization you take a course with, you will use the same kind of equipment and see the same marine life under water.

A lot of experienced divers in the industry will tell you that it does not really matter whether you choose SSI or PADI. At the end of the day, you get a scuba certification card and you can dive anywhere in the world.

Scuba Diving Bubbles

Now, go get certified and blow some bubbles!

Do you want to get certified? Or, are you certified? Which do you think is a better certification agency?
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Komodo Park – Indonesia is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of islands and forms part of the Komodo National Park. It lies between the substantially larger neighboring islands Sumbawa to the west and Flores to the east. The island’s surface area covers 390 square kilometers. Komodo Island is home to the Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard on earth.

Pillaarsteen 

Find large schools of Fusiliers along the reef slope, which is also covered in an interesting variety of soft corals. Encounter Sharks and the odd Turtle here.  Pillaarsteen is a rock pinnacle located on the shore of a small island east of Padar Besar. Enter just off the point below the rock, where there is a nice wall. Continue swimming to the west towards interesting caves and swim-throughs at different depths. Diving is particularly good at around 30-40m depth. This site is a good choice when other sites have too much current. This area may also be affected by surge, when there are swells from the southwest. 

Pillaarsteen 

Nusa Kode 

The south western tip of Kode island is characterized by large, coral-encrusted boulders and huge Groupers. Amongst the boulders are some of the largest reef fishes residing in the Park, such as gigantic Potato Cod and Malabar Grouper. Schools of large Red Snapper are normally prevalent. Diving entry is west of a small island at this site in Komodo Park – Indonesia. Swim down to a depth of about 10m and follow the ridge, which juts out in a southerly direction. Swim along the crest of the ridge and continue down to a max of 50m depth. 

Dive Site Nusa Kode 

Crinoid Canyon 

You can see many kinds of small invertebrate life on very colorful walls, carpeted in Feather Stars. This site is located in a small cove, just outside the southern entrance of Loh Dasami, on the island of Nusa Kode, almost directly opposite Yellow Wall. Enter the dive site just south of the cove, then continue along the wall in a counter-clockwise direction. Best to start the dive at 25m depth and then continue swimming back and forth up along the wall to the surface. This is an easy dive location with no current and is also good in the early morning as it catches the morning sun here in Komodo Park – Indonesia. 

Crinoid Canyon 

Boulders 

The dive begins with forests of soft coral at 30-35m depth. Along the way to the boulders is the best place to find Fire Urchins with Coleman Shrimp. The boulders themselves have good coral, invertebrate and fish life. You can see quite often Manta Rays in this area as well. This site is located on Nusa Kode where the bay widens just northwest of Crinoid Canyon. Directly below this point there are several big boulders laying on the bottom. The best point of entry is 100m south of the point where the reef slopes down to soft coral forests. Continue the dive to the boulders by ascending to 20m with the reef to the left. 

Boulders  Komodo Dive Sites

Yellow Wall 

A very good place to see invertebrate diversity, especially during a night dive. Walls are packed with a mind-boggling array of marine life and colors including colorful Sea Urchins, bright red Sea Apples, beautiful soft corals, Spanish Dancer Nudibranchs and a great variety of Tunicates. Crevices in the wall reveal sleeping fishes, Spiny and Slipper Lobsters, Cleaner Shrimps, and Decorator Crabs. Yellow Wall is an excellent day or night dive spot just inside the southeastern corner of Loh Dasami Bay. The current is usually flowing south to north, so the best entry point is just around the western-most tip of the headland. The dive should then continue into the bay along with the current. 

Yellow Wall 

Cannibal Rock/ Batu Buas 

This site is famous for its varied and colorful invertebrate life. Rich soft corals abound as well as Sea Apples and other Sea Cucumber species. Amongst many surprises are flamboyantly colored Nudibranch, and Fire Urchins with Coleman Shrimp. The fish life can also be quite good at times with an array of Scorpion Fish, schools of Red Snappers and Surgeon Fish. Unusual fish such as Pygmy Seahorse and Frogfish may also be seen. Cannibal Rock is a small seamount in well protected Loh Dasami Bay, between Rinca and Nusa Kode, which allows for easy diving with little current. Night dives are excellent, especially on the sandy slope of the northern side of the island starting at about 25m depth. 

Sunset at Cannibal Rock/ Batu Buas 

Torpedo Point 

An excellent place to find unusual critters such as Torpedo Rays and Bobbit Worms, Flying Gurnards, Frogfish, and Ghost Pipefish. Located north of Cannibal Rock, critters can also be found on a patchy rocky reef at a depth of 15m. A great low environmental-impact dive for photographers, because most of the rocky habitats are surrounded by sand. 

Toro Sie 

On the south west coast of Rinca you will find a point marked Toro Sie. Adjacent to the point is a rock awash. This rock has a ridge that extends to the west that is covered in Crynoids and soft corals. You can find lots of interesting critters on the seabed around the rock. If you swim out over the sand southwest of the rock there is a patch reef that usually has excellent fish life on it and quite often also a few big Grouper. This dive is usually has better visibility during the NW monsoon along with most of the Parks other southern sites. 

Torpedo Point and Toro Sie

Sebayor Kecil 

Large boulders shelter groups of giant TrevallyWhitetip Reef Sharks, Coral Trout, Snappers and Emperors.  The northwestern corner of Sebayor Kecil is one of the better dive sites near Labuanbajo. A small reef extends northwest from the island, where it drops off to greater depths along the northern coast of the island. A few hundred meters from the shore are some large boulders with notable fish life. Currents can be quite strong at this site in Komodo Park – Indonesia. 

Mini Wall 

The whole north face of this island is good diving. You’ll find Garden Eels on the sandy slopes, and Shrimp Gobies and Sweetlips are also common. Occasionally, Mandarin Fish have been spotted in shallow water. This site also features beautiful coral gardens, with a high abundance of both hard and soft corals. Enter just on the eastern side of the point and swim counter-clockwise around the point at 20-25m depth. Once around the point the reef slope will turn into a wall that drops to about 35m depth. The wall continues to a sandy slope in front of the beach, which marks the end of the dive. 

Sabolan Kecil 

This is another good site and also within easy reach of Labuanbajo. On the west side of the island there is a small white sandy beach. You best enter at the northern most point of the beach, where the sand meets the rocks. The reef slopes down to sand and there is a patch reef a little apart from the islands fringing reef. The Water clarity is usually good and so is the dive. Once you have seen the patch reef, you can return to the fringing reef slope to finish your dive.    

Divesites Sebayor Kecil, Mini Wall  and Sabolan Kecil 

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Komodo National Park is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. The waters around Komodo island contain a rich marine biodiversity. In 1980, Komodo National Park was created, with the main purpose to conserve the unique Komodo dragon and its habitat. However, over the years, the goals for the Park have expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine.

Crystal Rock 

A very colorful dive with excellent soft coral coverage. Encounter clouds of Anthias and schools of Yellow-ribbon Sweetlips, while Frog Fish and Moray Eels and Scorpion Fish are commonly seen. There is a small mound northwest of the rock, where different species of fish school seasonally, including Tuna and Mackerel. An excellent dive usually worth doing twice here in Komodo National Park. The name of this site comes from the very clear water surrounding it. This site is prone to currents, which usually flow eastwards. You best dive here during slack tide. 

 

Castle Rock 

Curious Batfish school here as well as Barracuda, Trevally and Mackerel that swim at 30- 40m depth. At approximately 20m depth there is excellent soft coral growth and numerous Sea Fans that host Pygmy Seahorses. The top of the rock is a good, calm place to explore during safety stops. This site usually has excellent visibility, but is prone to strong currents. The current usually flows eastwards and is much stronger at the surface than in the deeper water. However, the top of the rock also offers shelter from the current, hence the name “Castle Rock. Recommended dive entry point is in blue water, approximately 50m up-current from the shallowest point of the reef. 

Castle Rock 

Gililawa Laut 

A great dive site to see fish, but it does not have much to show in terms of hard corals. Behind a very large rock is a drop-off with many holes and hidden animals. Excellent Grouper sightings, especially in October and November during spawning gatherings. There are usually many Golden TrevalliesSnappers and sometimes huge Napoleon Wrasse. The site is located on the northeastern tip of Gililawa Laut. The diving here at this site is best, when there is a slight current just before or after slack-tide. 

Gililawa Laut Dive sites Komodo

Tatawa Besar 

Good reef fish life and an endless field of orange soft corals. You’ll often see Mantas in this area in the Komodo Island Park – Indonesia. Start the drift dive at the northwest tip of the island and runs along the western side in about 15- 20 m of water. A similar drift dive is also possible along the north coast of the Tatawa Besar from the same entry point. This site is a good dive option if the current is too strong at Tatawa Kecil or Batu Bolong. 

Tatawa Besar 

Tatawa Kecil 

Rocks, caves and beautiful coral gardens grace the reef on the western side of the island. You can see many coral reef fish, including large Groupers, Snappers, SweetlipsTrevally and Sharks. Amazing numbers of Anthias swim amongst colorful fields of branching corals. Dugongs have been spotted here and Manta Rays are often seen on the southern side of the island. This small rocky islet southwest of Tatawa Besar Island is an egret nesting site and a fantastic snorkel and dive site when the current is not too fast. Large or inexperienced groups should only attempt this site around slack tide. 

Tatawa Kecil 

Karang Makasar 

This site is for snorkeling only, please don’t dive here as it will disturb the Manta Rays. The reef at this island does not have much in the way of coral or fish life, however this location is the Manta Ray gathering site. The best way to find the Mantas is to cruise along the eastern face of the reef until you see them on the surface. The best time is during rising tide and there can be between 40 to 50 mantas.    

Batu Bolong 

Covering the top of the reef are colorful corals, invertebrate life and thousands of brilliant reef fish. Along the steep walls in deeper water are many large fishes, including Sharks and Napoleon Wrasse and also Giant Trevally and Dogtooth Tuna. Large schools of Rainbow Runners can also be observed on almost every occasion here in Komodo. Batu Bolong is a tiny rocky outcropping in the strait between Tatawa Kecil and Komodo Island. This site is one of the top diving locations in the Park, but it can only be dived around slack tide when the current is not too strong. 

Divesite Karang Makasar and Batu Bolong 

Batu Tiga 

An excellent “big fish” dive in Komodo Island Park – Indonesia. Large boulders in deeper water to the west offer excellent habitats for Groupers. Mantas, Giant Trevally and other pelagic fishes are frequently seen here. Batu Tiga is without a doubt one of the most current-effected sites in Komodo and is tricky to dive. A rocky reef is situated southeast of Tanjung Kuning in Linta Strait and extends below the surface up towards Komodo Island. You best enter at the northeastern side of the three rocks. Swim counter-clockwise until reaching some big boulders at 33m depth. After exploring the area around these boulders turn around and swim back, keeping the reef to your right. 

Batu Tiga 

Payung Island 

There are many canyons and crevices to explore at this spot in the Komodo Island Park – Indonesia. Fish and invertebrate life is diverse and abundant. There are big schools of Surgeons and smaller Yellow Snappers. Rocky reefs are covered with Soft Coral, Gorgonians and Feather Stars. Visibility is relatively low (5-10 m) and the water is cooler (low to mid 20°C range). Dive this site at slack-tide, preferably during slack of low tide. Two dives are possible: The first dive descends at the northwest tip of the island and continues south at 15-30m depth, then turns at the southern-most end of the island and ascends to 10m depth. The second dive starts at the southeastern side of the island and proceeds around the southern tip of the island at 20-35m depth, then ascends to 5-15m depth. 

Payung Island 

Three Sisters/ Tiga Dara 

A pristine reef with excellent coral coverage and also rich fish life. Located north of Pillaarsteen, there are three very large submerged rocks about 10m apart and within easy swimming distance of each other. The rocks run in a line about 100m east of a small reef that juts out on the eastern side of the island. The rocks sit on a sandy bottom in about 20-25m of water and rise to 3-5m from the surface of the water. For the adventurous there is actually a fourth sister located further to the west that starts in about 20m of water and then drops down to 40m with some impressive Sea Fans and good marine life around it. 

Three Sisters/ Tiga Dara 

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Komodo Island Park is a national park in Indonesia between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. The park consists of Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and numerous smaller ones, with a total area of 1,733 km². Created in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the park is home to the world’s largest Lizard and also protecting other species, including marine animals. Since 1991 the national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Lohwenci Reef 

You’ll find a good variety of corals and plenty of fish life at this site in Komodo Island Park – Indonesia.  This is a pleasant and relatively current-free dive, just north of the ranger station on a small white sandy beach with black rocks. Because of this, you will enjoy longer dives here and also see more variety of marine life. Enter just off the small white beach and continue towards the ranger station with the reef at your left. 

Lohwenci Reef 

Langkoi Rock 

You will get a real adrenalin rush at the right time and also see many sharks such as Grey Reefs. Also Whitetip Reef Sharks and Hammerheads are coming together around this site from July to September. This is a potentially good place to encounter pelagic fish and a resident Potato Cod at the southern point in 30 meters of water. The pinnacle is not marked on most charts of the area, therefore a GPS position is recommended. Best diving entry is up current from the pinnacle, diving straight down, hanging on the wall and watching the show of fishes. Don’t attempt this dive if you are an inexperienced diver.

Langkoi Rock 

The Alley 

Marking this area are very large giant Trevally. Sharks and beautiful coral and a high diversity of other invertebrate life are also present. The waters are relatively shallow between 5-20m depth. Sometimes you’ll see lots of Manta Rays between September and January each year. The tiny rocky islands in this southern Komodo bay are great for snorkeling and diving. Enter this diving spot on the northeastern side of a rock, located near a coral mound that is submerged 3-5m below the surface. The temperature of the water can drop to the low 20°C range and this site tends to be current-prone. 

The Alley 

German Flag 

From September to January high densities of plankton attract many large Manta Rays in Komodo National Park – Indonesia. Encounter them whilst swimming on the surface along the shores and rocks along southern Komodo Island. The water near the shore is quite shallow (5 – 20m deep) and composed of large rocks and boulders. You’ll find huge Malabar Grouper, Potato Cod, Napoleon Wrasse, schools of Surgeon Fish and Red Snappers here. Cooler water from the upwellings off the south coast provides a nutrient-rich environment in this area. There is usually current at this site and you best drift here.

South Tala 

Find here abundant small fish life at shallower depths and also interesting invertebrate life on the walls and lots of larger fish somewhat deeper. Enormous schools of Surgeon Fish sometimes obscure views. Schools of large Red Snappers, Whitetip Reef Shark and huge Groupers further down amongst the boulders frequent the reef. The southern point of Tala island is characterized by steep rocky walls and occasional strong surge. 

Dive Site German Flag and South Tala 

Tanjung Loh Sera 

Large pelagic fish like Dogtooth Tuna can be watched circling off the point and around the pinnacles. Turtles and large fish such as monster- sized giant TrevalliesPotato Cod, Malabar Grouper, schools of Bumphead Parrotfish, Napoleon Wrasse, Manta Rays and much more are seeable along the wall. It is great to dive here all along the southern point of Loh Sera and off the point towards underwater pinnacles. Only experienced divers should attempt to swim to the pinnacles and beginner divers should stay along the wall. You can also enjoy great snorkeling along the northern shore of this cape.

Tanjung Loh Sera 

Indihiang 

Encounter many big fish and good coral diversity when drift-diving along the steep walls at this dive site in Komodo National Park – Indonesia. Top attractions include Potato Cod and large Napoleon Wrasse and schools of giant Trevallies and Snappers. This small island with steeply dropping walls is close to Loh Liang and also an ideal location for divers starting from Komodo Island. Plan this dive around slack tide and avoid excessive currents. Diving here is best at the end of falling tide. The current has slowed and an easy north to south drift dive along the eastern wall is also possible. 

Indihiang 

Loh Namu 

An excellent site for Groupers and Napoleon Wrasse. Most of the fish on this reef are found near the southern corner, because some large boulders spread out over the drop-off. A few caves also offer hiding places for interesting marine life. Some of the largest Coral Trout schools seen in the Park are here along with Malabar Groupers and huge Napoleon Wrasse, which may aggregate here to spawn. You may also find a giant Clam at 8 meters depth. Dive around the point of Loh Namu peninsula from south to north at a depth of about 28m, and always just before high tide. 

Loh Namu 

Pantai Merah/ Pink Beach

There as a great variety of fishes here. A good selection of critters such as Leaf Scorpionfish and Blue Ribbon Eels, Crocodile Fish and Nudibranch are also present too. Visibility varies, but is best during falling tide. Visit this site in the Park for snorkeling and diving. Snorkeling is excellent from the beach and there is a very good dive around a small area of reef. A steep rocky wall is visible from the surface of the water at low tide. This site is also a very good night dive, because it offers excellent macro-photography opportunities. Stationed in the area are several mooring buoys.

Pantai Merah/ Pink Beach

Darat Passage South 

Divers also find lots of Turtles on this pretty coral reef in Komodo National Park – Indonesia. At 20-25m depth you’ll see many small Coral Trout. Large schools of Anchovies and small Tuna and Trevallies come in to feed in the bay. Garden Eels sway and Whitetip Reef Sharks sleep on the sandy bottom near the point. Enter this dive site inside the bay along the eastern shore of the peninsula with the reef to the left side of the diver. The best time to dive is when the current is running from east to west through the narrow passage between Gililawa Darat and Komodo Island. 

Darat Passage North 

Because the reef slope is very rich in marine life and the sandy bottom at 15m depth is covered in Garden Eels, swimming with Turtles is possible here. Around the southwest corner of the island, the shallow reefs are extremely rich and full of fish life. Bumphead Parrotfish swim and gather here and spawn annually around the month of April. Also Sharks and schools of Batfish are moving swiftly in the passage. A large coral head about two thirds of the way through the dive, is teeming with life and activity. Diving from east to west and vise-versa is possible here, depending on the current. 

Darat Passage South and North Divesites

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There are more than one hundred dive sites in the Komodo Island Archipelago in Indonesia and many are still unspoiled. The Park offers excellent dive conditions and dive sites for beginners and experienced divers as well as snorkelers. The water temperature ranges from 24C to 30C, depending on the season and location. At several dive sites the temperature drops as low as 18C. The visibility is mostly good, often reaching 50m during April to October. Currents can be very strong in some areas. Most dive sites are accessible in 25 – 70 minutes by speedboat from Labuan Bajo. To enjoy this amazing area at its best, we recommend one of the dive safaris in the Island Archipelago.

Tanjung Rusa – Banta Island

You will find a variety of small invertebrates and fish here, including Sharks and Giant Trevally. Dive deeper and find many Coral Trout and large Groupers, schools of Giant Trevally and massive Dogtooth Tuna. Enter this dive site approximately 100m south of the bay’s western point. Go around the point and continue diving westwards. The shallow reef at the end of the dive is an excellent coral garden in this part of the Komodo Island Archipelago. You might experience strong currents and sometimes down-currents on the point, therefore the recommended time to dive is during slack-tide. 

Tanjung Rusa - Banta Island - Komodo Island Dive Site

GPS Point – Banta Island

You can find abundant fish life, including large missile-like Spanish Mackerel. On the northwestern corner of this seamount you can swim with Grey Reef Sharks at 30m depth. Encounter Dogtooth Tuna along the deeper slopes. This seamount in the Komodo Island Archipelago in Indonesia was once rated amongst the best dive sites in this area. Observe up to 7 species of sharks and schooling Hammerhead Sharks in the month of September. Unfortunately, hard coral was severely damaged by dynamite fishing in 1997 and 1998 and sharks were extensively fished out by shark finning. Large patches of coral rubble intersperse stretches of live coral, which are evidence of what a great site this once was. 

GPS Point - Banta Island  - Komodo Island Dive Site

Letuhoh Reef 

This reef extends south from Tanjung Letuhoh and consists of big boulders and pinnacles, offering some of the best big-fish diving in the Komodo Archipelago. Dive here during falling tide, because a counter-current then flows northwards. You best enter on the southern-most rock that breaks the surface. Hang out on the reef face and watch the show, which is particularly good at around 30m depth. Swim clockwise around the rock where you will encounter some big pinnacles encrusted with corals. The site is affected by surge and can look quite frightening from the surface, therefore when there is a big swell running, conditions are less terrifying underwater. 

Letuhoh Reef  - Komodo Island Dive Site

Toroletuhoh 

There is a nice wall as you approach a point with plenty of Sharks and big fish, including Giant Trevally and schools of Snapper. You will find an excellent variety of coral reef fish. The coral-encrusted growths are very similar to those found on southern Komodo reefs. You best visit this site during rising tide, because of a counter-current flowing southwards. The entry point is on the northeastern side the point. The dive drifts counter-clockwise along the boulders to the western most tip of the point. The water here is usually clear but can be quite cool. Also the site might be affected by a strong surge when there are large swells. 

Toroletuhoh  - Komodo Island Dive Site

Nisaleme Island 

You will find this an excellent site for pelagic fish such as Rainbow Runners, giant TrevallyDogtooth Tuna, and Sharks. Because Nisaleme is a very exposed, small rocky island, sometimes it can be difficult to dive. You best enter the water at the northern or the southern tip of the island, depending on current direction. The rock itself plummets very steeply into deep water, therefore be cautious when attempting this dive, because there can be strong down-currents during rapid tidal flow. 

Toro Oi – Banta Island

Experience an excellent hard coral garden and Frogfish are also at home on sponges on the reef slope. At this dive site in the Komodo Archipelago you might find Nudibranch and other unusual creatures in this area. Entry point is at the northern tip of the headland, therefore it is best to swim along the reef heading into the bay with the reef to the left. This is one of the better dive sites in the Komodo Island Archipelago – Indonesia.

Nisaleme and Toro Oi - Banta Island - Komodo Island Dive Site

Batu Saloka 

Because the terrain in this part of the Komodo Island Archipelago in Indonesia is very dramatic, the fish life is prolific. You can encounter Napoleon Wrasse, big Groupers, schooling Snappers, Turtles, big Sharks and giant Trevallies here. This site is part of a cluster of uncharted rocky islets and reefs off the point of Tanjung Saloka. The western-most islet is an excellent dive site, therefore it is very prone to currents and swell. There is also a rocky reef just below the surface, fifty meters south of this island. Best time to dive is during slack water when you can even circumnavigate the rock.

Batu Saloka  - Komodo Island Dive Site

Banana Split 

On this dive site in the Komodo Island Archipelago in Indonesia you will spot a variety of Sweetlips species and they sometimes also school together. There is a lot of activity amongst the smaller reef fish and thousands of Anthia and Wrasse can often be seen spawning. You’ll see that the top of the reef is shaped like a banana and runs north to south in about only 2m of water. The western side of the reef drops down to boulders in approximately 30m of water and bigger fish live here. On the eastern side of the reef, boulders start in 10m of water and slope down. Swim at the southern end of the reef and find a pinnacle detached from the main reef. 

Banana Split

Tukohserikaya Island 

This dive site in the Komodo Island Archipelago has a lot of good corals and plenty of small fish. You find lots of Whitetip Reef Sharks patrolling the area. This site is one of the better small Island dives in the western Komodo Archipelago. On the eastern side of Tukohserikaya is a rocky reef that breaks the surface. You can still dive on the lee side of the reef, even when the current is otherwise quite strong. On the southern side are some big boulders, forming an interesting terrain.  Because of the strong current, the growth of Corals on the northern side is still very good, but stunted in places.

Tukohserikaya Island - Dive Site

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