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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