Scuba Diving in Komodo
Manta Point is one of the most dived spots in the whole Komodo National Park. The starts of the show are the resident manta rays which you can spot here year-round. However, for the best chances of spotting them in greater numbers, it’s best to visit between December and February. It is then that divers get to observe dozens of schooling manta rays passing by. But even if there aren’t that many mantas around, divers can still spot reef sharks, schools of trevallies, and wrasses. However, the currents can get strong here.
Batu Bolong is a beautiful coral garden that consists of a giant rock that drops to a depth of 70 meters (230 feet). The rock is adorned with beautiful gorgonians, soft corals, and sea sponges. The reef is not only home to usual species of reef fish but also the big stuff like whitetip sharks, dogtooth tunas, and wrasses. This spot is also known for its large and dense schools of fish. It’s one of the most popular dive sites in Komodo, but as many of the spots here, it’s not for novices.
Castle Rock, also off Komodo Island, is a large seamount with diverse and abundant marine life. It received its name because of a pinnacle that – with a bit of imagination – you could say resembles a castle. The site is teeming with whitetip sharks, blacktip sharks, gray reef sharks, giant groupers, manta rays, and tunas. One may even spot a dolphin here! Since this site is prone to strong currents, it is recommended for advanced divers.
Three Sisters is located off Padar Island and is usually visited by liveaboard because of the distance. The three pinnacles are just a few meters apart from each other. A fourth pinnacle is located further to the west but it sits in deeper water. The pinnacles are covered in coral growth that’s home to creatures like nudibranchs, starfish, and sea cucumbers. Three Sisters is visited by numerous species of fish and in the deeper parts, you can spot the whitetip sharks.
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