Still largely undiscovered by the mainstream scuba diving community, Komodo National Park offers a fantastic display of marine diversity and an impressive array of different diving conditions and environments. High-speed currents or gentle drift dives; colourful walls with monumental boulders or endless valleys of coral gardens; seamounts and pinnacles or lunar-like seascapes; Komodo boasts it all. With frequent sightings of turtles, manta rays, and sharks along with macro life galore – beginners and experienced divers alike will find something amazing during their time in the water.
Komodo is one of the world’s top diving destinations, primely situated in the famed Coral Triangle. The Indonesian Throughflow, where the currents drag the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and colder waters of the Indian Ocean together, means that we enjoy the largest variety of marine life on the planet. While there are certain animals we often see, always expect the unexpected when diving in Komodo.
Komodo National Park is renowned for its spectacular diversity of life underwater as well as its famous currents. We strongly suggest that you plan your trip according to the lunar cycle depending on whether you are anticipating an adrenaline-filled trip or would prefer lesser currents. If you are looking to experience strong currents, choose dates that fall around new or full moons. Calmer waters are present in the middle of the cycles.
Temperature is dependent on the season, but the waters are usually quite warm. It’s an average of 27-29 degrees celsius in the warmer season of May through September and cools down a few degrees the other half of the year.
Our 15-20 most common dive sites are usually about a 40-minute ride from Labuan Bajo. Toby, our speedboat, gets to the further away sites faster than any other boats, but it still makes for a full day of diving reefs and walls with nearly all the sites being drift dives. Find our full list of sites here.
Visibility depends on the season, but ranges from 10-40 metres. December through March brings more plankton, reducing the visibility, but increasing the number of pelagics. The best visibility can be found April to November averaging 20-30 metres.
You’ll Most Likely See: Dogtooth tuna, giant trevally, barracuda, manta rays, turtles, blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, bamboo sharks, nurse sharks, plenty of coral
Keep Your Eyes Peeled For: nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, ghost pipefish, mandarin fish, frogfish, cuttlefish
Lucky You: Dugongs, whale sharks, dolphins, silvertip sharks, weedy scorpionfish, blue ringed octopus, wonderpuss, and much more!