Komodo has amazing dive sites but can also be challenging with strong currents at many sites, but don’t let this worry you… Our guides have lots of experience and know when the best and safest times to dive these sites are and these currents and conditions mean healthy coral and an abundance of marine life.
We take safety very seriously so every diver is issued with a safety light, surface marker and signalling device. Before every dive you will get a thorough briefing about the site, conditions and marine life.
Let us know if it has been a while since your last dive and we will schedule a more sedate dive with your instructor for your first dive so you can regain your confidence, refresh your skills and get any help or advice you need.
On the surface just a rock sticking 2 metres out of the water surrounded by whilrpools and waves caused by current, but below the surface Batu Bolong has to be one of the most diverse and spectacular divesites on the planet! This rock pinnacle sits in 75 metres of water and because of its location and topography is hard to fish so it’s covered in beautiful coral and home to so many species of fish and critters, its impossible to list them here. It is actually 2 different divesites depending on the direction of the tide, the north side is mostly a coral covered wall with cracks, crevices and plateaus. The south side is a sloping reef with a small wall also covered in coral and both sides have very similar marine life. In the current at the edges of the site you can find Tuna, schools of Rainbow runners, Giant Trevally and schools of fusiliers, snapper and many more. Often you see Reef Sharks patrolling the current as well as occasional passing Manta, Dolphins and even Whaleshark!! Along the reef and amongst the coral are thousand of brightly coloured Anthias, Napoleon Wrasse, Groupers, Moray Eels and macro critters such as Nudibranchs, Orangutan Crabs, Shrimps, Flatworms and Mantis Shrimp. It really is like diving into a packed aquarium and everybody who dives here wants to dive it again ! You enter the dive on the sheltered side of the rock and descend to your maximum depth and then zig zag between the current lines gradually getting shallower. Because of this sites location and topography there are strong downwards currents at the edges during strong tides so stay behind your guide at all times.
Castle Rock is a seamount off the north coast of Komodo which rises from the depths of 75 metres with the top reaching 3 to 4 metrers below the surface. One of the most famous dives in Komodo for sharks and pelagics this divesite usually needs a fast descent and negative entry. As you swim down to 25 or 30 metres on the current side of the seamount you are surrounded by schools of fusiliers with Giant Trevally patrolling the current looking for a meal. Once you reach the bottom you often have to find a rock to hold onto so you can get comfortable and enjoy the show taking place in front of you. Many Whitetips sharks cruising in the current, Grey Reef sharks also, Tuna, Barracuda, Napoleon Wrasse, Schools of Batfish and sweetlips and so much more ! When you let go of the rocks and drift back with the current you pass coral bommies surrounded by more reef fish, seafans that are home to pygmy seahorses and finish the dive on the sheltered side of the rock.
Or Crystal Bommie as its sometimes called is similar to Castle Rock, is also very close but is a much larger divesite. The top of this pinnacle breaks the surface at low tide and the name Crystal Rock was given as the visibility here is often amazing!! Also usually dived in current with negative entry, a fast descent and hold on…..this divesite has great hard and soft coral cover as well as lots of marine life. Giant Trevally, Reef sharks, Napoleon Wrasse, Jacks and occasioanlly Eagle Ray call this divesite home. Sometimes also schools of Tuna, Mackerel, snapper, fusiliers and sometimes Dolphins can be found here. On the west side are 2 pinnacles reaching up to 15 metres below the surface, with great coral cover and loads of brightly coloured reef fish. Between these pinnacles and the main reef can be found seafans with Pygmy Sea horses as well as young sharks resting under table corals. Another amazing dive that you might want to repeat if the tides are right.
The Lighthouse is an often overlooked site that can produce spectacular dives at times for divers experienced enough to handle the currents. The site consists of 2 pinnacles off a sloping a reef to the east of the “lighthouse” on Gili Lawa Laut island in northern Komodo. Large table corals and whip corals cover the reef and reef regulars here are sBumphead Parrotfish, schools of Red Toot Triggerfish, White Tip Reef Sharks, Sweetlips and Giant Trevally. Ont eh first pinnacle you can also find some amazing macro critter like Nudibranch’s, Leaf Scorpionfish, Painted Frogfish and Flatoworms. As you make your way with the current to the second pinnacle you are often surrounded by schools of Batfish, see Manta passing by as well as Whitetip Reefs sharks, sometimes Grey Reef Sharks and occasionally even dolphins.
Kanawa House Reef
Kanawa House Reef is a sloping reef on the southern side of Kanawa Island, home to the Kanawa Island bungalows resort. This is a really easy and relaxing dive with rarely any current ands great sandy areas for courses and refreshing skills for divers who have been out of the water for a while. Usually this dives starts at a large sandy patch around 3 metres deep, surrounded by beautiful hard coral formations, then you head a little deeper and towards the east along a sloping reef. Regulars on this reef include Pinnate Batfish, Sweetlips, Lionfish,Octopus, Cuttlefish, Hawksbill turtles and some macro critters like Nudibranch, shrimps and Flatworms. This site can be dived at anytime and at night often you see beautiful bobtail squid in the sandy shallows.
Also on the edge of Kanawa Island but to the east is a wall dive called Deadmans Reef. This dive has some current at times but rarely so much that you cant find shelter and explore. Starting in the shallows to the south you first reach a sandy bowl where blue spotted stingrays, garden eels and some large hard coral formations can be found. From there you go out onto the wall which slopes down sharply from 4 metres to 45 metres and is covered with seafans ans sponges. Here you can find Nudibranch, flatworms, Lionfish and out in the blue water often Eagle Rays pass by. At the end of the dive you spend time in the shallow coral garden amongst beautiful bommies looking for Turtles and Leaf Scorpion fish.
It seems we are the only people to dive this site and was named by us but I don’t know why as its one of the most beautiful sites in Komodo!! Wunderland is the reef on the south side of a small island off the coast of Padar Island in south/central Komodo. From the surface the current can look a little crazy with whirlpools and waves at the edges of the island but once you jump in the current is not so strong in the diving area. The reef is very healthy as it is not dived or snorkeled by many people, with table corals, large sponges and some interesting boulders to explore. At the edges of the divesite you can see Giant Trevally, White Tip sharks, Napoleon Wrasse, Giant Sweetlips and schools of Pickhandle Barracuda. Along the reef itself are schools of Snapper, Batfish, Sweetlips and some great macro critters if you take the time to look. At the end of the dive in the shallows are schools of brightly covered Anthias, more Nudibranchs and on one of my dives there even a Dugong passed by!!!
The Cauldron is sometimes called the “the shotgun” by local divemasters in Komodo because of the strong current at the middle part of the dive that shoots you out of the large sandy bowl with steep walled reef sides ( like a cauldron ) that gives the divesite its name. But this dive is not all about the current, there is something for everyone at this site from Macro to Manta ! The divesite is the passge between 2 islands and you start on the north west side in a calm, shallow coral garden before descending down to around 20 metres where white sand shelters stingrays of many different types and where white tip reef sharks rest. As you head east there are coral bommies covered in hard corals and surrounded by schools of glassfish. Here we see Giant Sweetlips, Batfish. Large Grouper and more Whitetip sharks ! this si where the current starts to get stronger and you find the entrance to “The Cauldron” which in good visibility is an amazing site to behold, the current pushes you east and shoots you out past patrolling sharks, Giant Trevally, schools of fusiliers and sometimes Manta ! As the current drops you can explore more coral bommies with many Leaf Scorpionfish and finish the dive in a soft coral garden so beautiful that has to be seen to be believed ! Finsih your dive here watching Green Turtles feed and many different species of reef fish.
Sebayur Kecil is definitely one of the easier sites in Komodo and rarely has any current. Located on the west side of Sebayur Kecil Island you usually enter near the moorings and dive along the reef heading south. But just because its easy that doesn’t mean there is not much to see….regulars on this shallow sloping reef are Moray Eel, Cuttlefish, Leaf Scorpionfish, Stonefish and schools of Bumphead Parrotfish. For divers that venture a little deeper there is a pinnacle at 25 metres where you can often find schools of Snapper, Giant Trevally and Whitetip Reef sharks. This site is often used for check dives, refresher dives and for teaching courses as its very easy and can be dived anytime, even at night.
Mini Wall is the sister site to Sebayur Kecil, the entry point is the same but you head north along a beautiful wall covered in sea fans and large sponges. Along the wall you can encounter Snapper, Trevally, Sweetlips and Eagle Rays. Look carefully in the cracks and crevices along the wall for Crabs, Nudibranchs, Scorpionfish and flatworms. On top of the wall is a shallow coral garden where a host of reef fish can be found like Angelfish, Triggerfish, Batfish etc as well as Blue Spotted Stingrays and Crocodile Fish.
Tatawa Besar is an amazing drift dive and has some of the most pristine, healthy coral in Komodo. Often described by the divemasters as a kilometer of National Geographic you enter in the shallow coral garden to the north and drift with the current to the exit point in the south. As you drift along you will be amazed at the variety of textures and colours of hard and soft corals but also at the population of reef fish. Along the reef you will see schools of Batfish, Sweetlips, Grouper, Snapper, Fusiliers as well as lots of Hawksbill Turtles. Keep an eye in the blue water though as White tip and Black tip reef sharks patrol this reef, Manta are regularly spotted here and even pods of Dolphin on occasion !! Towards the end of the dive is a sheltered area out of the current where you can search for Nudibranch’s, Mantis Shrimp, Seahorses and other macro critters. The current can be strong at times but with good timing the drift is never too fast to enjoy the scenery, maximum depth is usually 18 metres so this site is suitable for all levels of diver.
One of our favourite divesites in central Komodo this site is not often dived as there needs to be very specific conditions to dive it safely and is for experienced divers only because of the down currents often found here. The topography is varied and amazing with caves, swim throughs, huge boulder and all of these covered in hard and soft coral growth. The marine life is varied and abundant with larger species like Giant Trevally, schools of Snapper, schools of Jacks, Napoleon Wrasse and Reef Sharks patrolling the current off the reef. Large Groupers and different species of Sweetlips can be found around the boulders and some amazing macro life for the sharp eyed divers amongst the coral. Best time to dive is slack to rising tide and if you can time it right this divesite can be one of the most amazing sites in Komodo.
This site is a treasure trove of macro critters that was until recently not dived by many people. The dive starts by a group of moorings in a sheltered bay to the south of Siaba Besar Island with a sandy bottom at around 10 metres. Around the edge of the sand is a healthy reef where many different species of reef fish can be found and that keeps this site sheltered from current, but amongst the sand and small bommies is where the critters can be found. Different types of Ornate Ghost Pipefishcuttlefish, flamboyant cuttlefish, Rhinopia, Tawny Seahorse and even wunderpus have been seen here by sharp eyed divers. This site also has some larger creatures a little deeper towards the exit to the bay….lots of Green and Hawksbill turtles gather here, Blue Spotted Stingrays, Eagle Rays, White tip reefsharks and even Dugong can be spotted!! This is another easy site anybody can enjoy and also a favourite nightdive of the divemasters in Komodo.
One of the highlights of Komodo but not a point at all!! This divesite is a drift dive along a 2km shallow reef to the east of Komodo island that well deserves its reputation for being one of the best places in the world to see Manta Rays. Here there is not so much beautiful coral, the bottom is mostly coral rubble with small reefs of hard and soft corals where Fusiliers, Sweetlips and other reef fish gather. But of course the highlight of the dive is the Manta that come here to clean, feed and mate with sometimes upto 50 individuals can be seen on a single dive!! Current here can be strong but it’s a shallow dive and great fun as fly along in the current occasionally stopping to watch Manta, Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Marble Rays and schools of Bumphead Parrotfish. The entry point and exit points for this dive depend on the current and direction of tide as well as the strength of the current. This site can be dived by beginners as well as advanced divers, its just important to dive it at the right time with a Divemaster who knows the currents well.
Mawan is for sure one of the most beautiful islands in Komodo above the surface and just as beautiful below. Sometimes described as “the other Manta spot” in Komodo this sloping reef produces some amazing Manta encounters in very shallow water which is great for photography/video.You enter on the north west side of the island, descend into a shallow bowl where sleeping whitetips can be found and also sometimes Manta on a cleaning station at just 5 metres depth. From here you follow the reef at around 10-12 metres, along the way are beautiful hard and soft corals, hawksbill turtles, more reef sharks and many colourful reef fish. Then you arrive at a white sandy slope dropping down from 3 metres to 30 metres with an amazing coral bommie at 5 metres which is a cleaning station for Manta! If Manta are present you kneel in the sand and watch these graceful creatures perform an underwater dance above you. On one dive here in 2015 I saw 23 individual manta and didn’t dive deeper than 6 metres. Also around this bommie you can find Orangutan Crab, Nudibranchs and Leaf Scorpionfish. Another amazing dive that can be enjoyed by divers of all experience levels.
This rocky island has some of the most amazing coral cover in Komodo, is bursting with colourful marine life and amazing macro critters. However due to its location in the National Park it is often a little colder than other divesites and has less visibility. Regulars on this divesite are schools of Giant Trevally, Bluefin Trevally, Snapper, Pinnate Batfish and Fusiliers. You can also see Hawksbill Turtles, Banded Sea Kraits, Octopus and various types of Nudibranchs in amongst the colourful corals and sponges that cover almost every inch of the reef. A highlight for a lot of divers is a huge table coral on the south west side that hides upto 6 baby reef sharks underneath. Usually you dive this site by entering on the sheltered side of the island and making a zig zag profile between the lines of current at the edges of the island. But if the current is not so strong you can jump in at the split of the current and sometimes encounter larger reef sharks and schools of barracuda.
Wainilu is a macro lovers dream !! Here amongst the sandy slope and coral rubble you can find all sorts of amazing creatures from Nudibranchs to Wunderpus !!! This divesite is close to Rinca island and generally has quite poor visibility but very little current, with so much to see you might want to dive this site in the daytime but also at night. You generally start the dive in shallow water on the north west side opposite a small beach and slowly make your way along the slope heading east. Along the way you can see Ribbon Eels, Cuttlefish, various Nudibranchs and Flatworms, Rhinopia, Frogfish and many species of crabs and shrimps. Mandarin fish can also be seen here in the shallows around sunset so keep your eyes open and your cameras ready. This divesite has little current and can be enjoyed by any level of diver, but be careful with your buoyancy as the sandy bottom where the creatures live is easily disturbed by careless fins.
Often this site is the fastest drift dive in Komodo and is the perfect place to practice drift diving in stronger currents as there are rarely up or down currents to deal with. Negative entry and a fast descent are usually needed to get down to the sloping reef then stay close to the reef and let the current take you! As you drift along there are many caves and crevices at various depths that shelter sweetlips, batfish and angel fish. Out in the blue you can see Giant Trevally, Longnose Emperors and schools of snapper as well as passing reef sharks and Eagle Rays. At the end of the dive is a shallow plateau where the current gets weaker with pristine hard coral, many turtles and sometimes even Mandarin Fish. This dive site is more advanced but once you relax and enjoy the ride it’s great fun!
Three Sisters should technically be called 4 Sisters because as well as the 3 main pinnacles sat 10 metres apart on a sandy bottom at 20 metres depth there is actually a smaller 4th pinnacle further away and deeper that is rarely dived. This site often has current but because of the shelter offered by the pinnacles its almost always possible to dive here and see some of the most pristine coral in Komodo. Regular finds here are Giant Frogfish, lots of different Nudibranchs and Flatworms, Leaf Scorpionfish and a huge variety of brightly coloured reef fish. This site is definitely worth visiting and worth the energy you use kicking between the pinnacles across the current.