Komodo Liveaboard Diving
Getting around Komodo
The Komodo National park covers 1817 km² that consists of 29 volcanic islands with a rich marine environment that has 260 species of corals, 70 species of sponges, and more than 1000 species of fish.
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Komodo Liveaboard Routes
The Northern region has some of the strongest drift dives in the Komodo National park. What makes it a great place for reef sharks, pelagic fish, and rays such as the manta ray and mobula ray. A reef hook might be handy to stay at the cleaning stations or to see sharks pass by in the current.
The underwater topography is characterized by pinnacles that are covered by hard corals, sponges, and a place where you can see fusiliers and bannerfish amongst countless of other reef fish.
The central region has the most variation in Komodo dive sites. Here you can have a gentle wall dive in the morning followed by some adrenaline seeking drift dives and then calming down on a muck dive or exploring some reef gardens and pinnacles. For underwater photographers, you should bring your full gear to get shots from the beautiful reef gardens, turtles, reef sharks, and lots of special critters such as the pygmy seahorse and countless nudibranchs.
During the monsoon season, South Komodo is most likely on the liveaboard routes. The visibility is not always at its best due to the blooming plankton in the water that brings in the manta rays and whale sharks. The Mola Mola is most likely to be seen here around August.
The reefs in the South are unlike the North and Central regions covered in soft coral what gives you some amazing colors on your dives.
Komodo Marine Life
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, Whitetips, Silvertips, and Blacktips. Divers can also find strikingly colored 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.
Top Komodo Dive sites
Diving Season Komodo
Komodo liveaboards departure every month of the year but every season offers a different experience.
May – September: With calm and clear waters this time of year is the prime liveaboard season in Komodo. The North and Central regions are typically the best for a diving cruise as the Southern part can be choppy and visibility is less. In August many divers come over to have a chance to see the Mola Mola (Sunfish).
November – April: This is the monsoon season that can bring rainy periods and unstable weather in the North and Central regions. The Southern part is actually at its best this time of the year. Liveaboard operators adjust there Komodo itineraries according to the weather conditions each day.
December – February: Because of the plankton visibility is not always at its best but this brings an abundance of manta rays and whale sharks to the Komodo National Park.
How to get To Komodo
Ports that are used for Komodo liveaboard cruises are Bali, Binta, Labuan Bajo, Lombok, and Maumere. Depending on the routes and itinerary of the liveaboards you will know what port to fly to. The easiest way to find out is by looking at the individual trip page or to contact us and we will help you to find the best trip for you.
All ports have an airport nearby where the liveaboard crew can pick you up and transfer you to the liveaboard. If you want to stay in a hotel before or after your cruise transfers can be arranged for that as well.
After you have booked your diving holiday we will provide you with all the information you need what will make it a hassle-free experience.