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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