If you have never gone scuba diving in Komodo Island, you don’t know what you are missing. Herein are some of the most spectacular experiences that you can ever hope to have. The marine life is amazing with vast varieties of fishes from the smallest to gigantic ones.
Every dive site offers you a little more excitement than the last one. In addition to the marine life, you get to view the breathtaking coral reefs.
Dive with the Sharks!
Diving in Komodo Island gives you the enviable chance of diving with the sharks. You will be thrilled to see at close quarters sharks such as the following:
- Blacktip and whitetip reef sharks
- The Grey shark
- The Hammerhead shark
In addition, the elegant serene Manta ray may accord you the honor of diving with them as well. If you visit during the rainy season, you will observe schools of them swimming around in graceful tandem. If you are very lucky, you may catch a performance from the magnificent monsters!
Many visitors to the island prefer to stay in Labuan Bajo. This is a small fishing city that has become quite the tourist hub. There are excellent accommodation facilities such as the amazing AYANA Komodo Resort on Waecicu Beach.
You may also want to take a few days on the sea for a unique liveaboard Komodo diving experience.
Due to the strong currents, the Komodo dive sites are usually reserved for the experienced divers. You must be confident in drift diving to be able to conquer the Komodo currents.
However, if you are a rookie diver, do not despair. There are some quiet dive spots that you can try out. You may, however, not be in a position to observe the big fishes swimming with the expert divers into the current.
Getting an experienced guide to help you choose a good dive site is a very wise decision. The currents can be quite strong and you must be careful. The current is this strong due to the Komodo and Rinca islands bottlenecking between the Pacific and Indian oceans.
The strong currents are also the reason why the sea waters of Komodo are clear and filled with many fishes.
Your guide may decide to cancel a diving trip if they feel the conditions are unsafe. If you insist on diving in some very strong currents, you could be washed out to sea. The guides are experienced enough to know when it is unsafe to dive.
The Best Time to Dive
The climate in Indonesia is friendly all year round. Any season is a diving season. However, there are specific seasons that offer more advantages than others.
The best time to dive in Komodo Island is between March and October; pretty much most of the year. However, if you want to catch some Manta ray action, the best time is December to February season.
Many dive clubs avoid the monsoon season though. Therefore, you must hunt around for clubs that are available during the rainy season.
In addition, visibility during the rainy season may not be as good as during the dry one. The monsoon makes the sea a little rough.
There are myriads of dive sites in Labuan Bajo. Nevertheless, no site allows diving in the same place at the same time. If, for instance, you want to experience some remarkable macro diving, Cannibal Rock is the place to go.
There is also an incredible coral all around the National Park with some fascinating shallow coral gardens. These are perfect for snorkeling.
Safety regulations require divers to purchase insurance for scuba diving. You could take every precaution and an accident still happens. You should make inquiries to find a company that offers excellent insurance to cover you in case something happens.
Book your diving escapade now and enjoy the delights that the waters of Komodo have to offer. You could round up a few of your diving buddies and fly over for a unique diving experience.