Komodo National park is blessed with breathtaking landscape, wildlife and underwater biodiversity.
The underwater of Komodo National Park is a world-class dive spot, one of the most diverse and richest marine biodiversity in the world. More than 1,000 species of tropical fish, 260 species of coral, and rare marine mammals such as the dugong, various species of sharks and rays, including manta rays live within Komodo National Park.
The underwater topography as varied as its marine life. From gentle slopes to walls, channels, flat bottoms, pinnacles, caves, swim-through and home to hard and soft corals.
The dive sites are geologically divided into north and south side, both sides offer a totally different marine environments.
On the north, water is warmer and great visibility affected by water that flow from Flores sea and Pacific ocean. You will encounter nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, rare invertebrates, pipefish, and tiny frogfish. Hard coral reefs are extensive and largely in pristine condition.
The south side of the park, on the other hand, you will experience cooler waters affected by Indian Ocean. The corals tend to be more vibrant and colorful, lots of critters, rocky canyons and pinnacles are heavily encrusted with marine invertebrate life.
You can dive in Komodo all year round. But the best diving condition are during April to October on all sites. The best diving condition on the northern sites is from April to October while December to March is for Southern sites as it’s the prime time to see Manta Rays – though they are seen all year round-. However, December – March is rainy season. You will experience strong wind and the sea is choppy.
Strong current can be experienced on all sites. But the fast moving waters brings huge variety of fishes and clear visibility. The current on the north tend to be more powerful. Beginner is not advisable to dive here.
Regardless of the strong current there are some sites safe to dive for beginner. Which site to dive will depend on your experience level.
Sea condition could change in the matter of minutes.
These are safety tips if strong currents occur:
Good physical condition
This is very important. Before you sign up for a diving trip make sure you are physically and mentally fit, well rested and well hydrated several days before dive.
No matter you are an experienced diver or newbie, pay a good attention at the detailed pre-dive briefings. The dive guide will explain the dive site condition, dive plan, entry and exit procedure.
Pre-dive safety check
Before every dive, equipment and buddy check will be done. At some dive sites, where the current is stronger, the dive guide will assist you to hook yourself to a rock.
Stay close to your dive guide during dive. There might be upward and downward currents. Your guide will give you hand signal what to do, follow the instruction.