Diving in Komodo
Known to the world for its namesake inhabitant Komodo dragons, Komodo is also home to amazing and diverse underwater life, making it a favourite among divers. Komodo National Park was designated to protect a variety of species which exist only on these islands, like Komodo dragons, Rinca rat, and Komodo cross frogs, and aquatic diversity of pristine spectacular coral reefs, sharks floating in the seas eyeing their prey, or even manta rays elegantly swimming through the waters, making them an extremely unique choice for liveaboard diving. Along with all the wonders of flora and fauna, abundant corals and marine life that these islands have to offer, other popular attractions of Komodo are its “pink beach” where the sand is of a pinkish colour, and volcanic formations which make it a heaven for the tourists with an exclusive and unique experience.
Most of the diving sites in these islands are not visited frequently as compared to other islands, and the utterly pristine and untouched coral reefs, deep walls, and creeks and caves in these islands offer plentiful and vibrant pelagic life like Manta Rays, dolphins, eagle rays and dogtooth tuna drifting around in the strong current of Plankton-rich water. There is always a great probability of coming across almost all kinds of sharks like Hammerheads, Bronze whaler, White tips, Silvertips and Blacktips. Divers can also find strikingly coloured nudibranchs, and tiny and delicate pygmy seahorses shrimps and frogfish attached to the stunningly vibrant coral reefs. All of these above land and underwater versatile availability of life make Komodo a heaven for the photographers to get some brilliant and dazzling shots to cherish for a lifetime.
If you are diving to see the manta rays, you can dive around in Komodo basically any time of the year because mantas are seen round-the-year but the best time would be December to February, in the rainy season, when the visibility is at its best although the seas might not be very friendly.
After the rainy season has passed, the month of April offers the best pelagic feat and aquatic conditions. April to November, being the dry season is generally the most popular time to go diving in the Komodo when the sea is calm.
Normally, the temperature of the water is generally cooler.
How to get to Komodo
When you decide to go diving on a Komodo liveaboard, the best thing is to see where they depart from. Some liveaboards leave from Bali in that case you can get an international flight to Densapar. When the liveaboard departures in Komodo you can get domestic flights to Labuan Bajo or Bima. It is best to contact Asia liveaboard to select the best route to optimize your liveaboard diving experience.