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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 


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. 


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


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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