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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