May 18, 2020 3 min read

Slyde believes in expanding your reach beyond handboarding to all watersports.

In this article we dive (literally) into an epic spot in Indonesia.

The Komodo National Park is a global heritage site as per UNESCO, and it has been approved to join the new `seven wonders of the world’. Komodo Island is bordered by waters that have rich marine biodiversity. Komodo is part of the coral triangle stemming from its rich marine biodiversity.

This Island has a host of beautiful panoramic views of sandy beaches, crystal blue seas, breathtaking corals, and rain forests as well. Diving in Komodo island is, therefore breathtaking. But you need to employ the services of a diving instructor to go diving, and there are plenty of them in Komodo.

For instance, one place to look is the Komodo Diving Center or the Divers Paradise Komodo, which relatively has reasonable prices. This review will look at the dive sites available in Komodo National Park.

Diving Sites in Komodo National Park

Batu Balong

Also known as the hollow rock, this is a diving site with a maximum depth of 30 meters and temperatures of 25 Degrees Celsius. This site has been rated a favorite to many because the crystal clear waters with the surrounding big rocks.

A wide variety of fish swims close to the surface including barracudas, tuna, giant trevally, blue spot trevally, pelagics that hunt close to the rocks, and plenty more besides. You can also spot turtles and nudibranchs as well. The rock drops to 70 meters, but diving is restricted to 30 meters due to the massive water pressure as you go deeper.

Manta Point

This diving site has a maximum depth of 15 meters and temperatures of 27 Degrees Celsius. It is one of the best diving spots because it presents the chance of seeing manta rays swimming hence its name.

In this spot, you can observe the manta rays all year long. But the ideal time is between December and February when you can have more than 20 of these giant creatures circling around you. Currents in Manta Point can be dominant at times, and some people will use reef hooks to stay glued in one position.

Crystal Rock

Crystal Rock has a maximum depth of 28 meters and temperatures of 28 Degrees Celsius. This site has low tide suitable for fish swimming in shallow waters, including damselfish, cuttlefish, and butterflyfish. The reef here features golden sponges and soft tree corals.

On the northern side, you can see blacktip reef sharks and huge dogtooth tuna, among other creatures as well. The best time to dive is at slack tide since currents can get too intense.

Castle Rock

Castle Rock has a maximum depth of 27 meters and temperatures of 27 Degrees Celsius. Castle Rock is located just off the northern side of the small island of Gili Lawa Laut, which leans towards the north of Komodo Island.

Here the currents can be powerful. You can spot large schools of surgeonfish and fusiliers and smaller fish like the barracuda and mackerel as well. Probably the most exciting thing is being able to locate and swim with dolphins underwater.

Tatawa Besar

Tatawa Besar has a maximum depth of 19 meters and temperatures of 28 Degrees Celsius. This diving site is located 8 kilometers north of Komodo Island and 10 kilometers north of Rinca Island. There is quite the current in this diving site.

More often than not, a dive here begins with a drift; a site that needs some know-how as there can be the presence of vertical currents. If you make it past the primary current, you will find a vertical wall of soft corals that stretches across the western part of the island. This island is also an excellent place to spot turtles.

To sum it all up, Komodo National Park is an exciting travel destination. As we have seen above, there are multiple diving destinations in Komodo if that’s your thing. If not, there is so much more to perceive and do there.


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