Diving in Pulau Komodo – Facts Sheet
Destination: Pulau Komodo (Komodo Islands)
Temperature: 20 – 28°C (68 – 82°F)
Typical Visibility: 15 – 25m (49 – 82ft)
Diving Season: Year round
Pulau Komodo, or Komodo Islands is itself a world-class heritage site and an amazing island eco-system. It’s also one of the best kept diving secrets as this group of small islands is also right in the center of world marine diversity. The rugged environment soon makes way for an underwater paradise which whilst unforgiving, is also unforgettably serene, untouched and beautiful.
Pulau Komodo and its nearby islands are home to so much marine life that many live-aboard boats making the trek to Komodo really end up staying here for the whole trip! With hundreds of dive sites, you’ll be able to do things that you’ve been dreaming of for years.
Whether that’s a drift dive watching tuna, barracuda and other large fish swarm around you, or alternatively a relaxing dive amongst what can only be described as the most magnificent coral garden, diving in Pulau Komodo is not just an unforgettable experience, it is the unforgettable experience.
Marine life at Pulau Komodo is diverse and it’s possible to see everything from Hammerheads to sweetlips as well as trevallies, tuna and plenty of barracuda. With over 1200 distinct marine species, there really is too much to describe, but turtles, dolphins and sharks are all regularly snapped by excited divers.
While the dives of Pulau Komodo are most certainly challenging thanks to rapid and unpredictable currents, it makes for an exhilarating experience that larger fishes absolutely love.
This part of the world is truly exceptional, as while the diving is not for beginners, the huge underwater vistas with channels, caves, sea walls and submerged pinnacles are unforgettable and truly spectacular.
With hundreds of dive sites, it’s too difficult to name them all, but some of the best are:
- Batu Samsia is best described as a series of underwater channels where one can hang out with all sorts of marine life such as mackerel, turtles, sharks and a huge variety of marine life.
- Batu Toko Toko is a castle like rock at around 7 meters deep. Experience swarms of ghostly batfish and silvery trevally as they swim around. Look out for mantas and then enjoy the fascinating gorgonian sea fans and countless macro opportunities.
- Crystal Rock is a place where one can see a whole range of big fishes. This is a place where one can see sweetlips, barramundi cod, parrotfish, frog fish, groupers and even the occasional eagle ray. It’s a truly spectacular dive site.
Diving Pulau Komodo is an adventurous and exciting expedition. This is without a doubt one of the best locations in the world thanks to the sheer variety of marine life that can be seen here.
Many an experienced diver who thinks they’ve seen it all have come to Komodo only to find themselves in awe of the wondrous and amazing environments that are unique to this part of the world.