Located off the north east point of Gili Banta Island, 10km north east of Komodo, the famous GPS Point is a must on any liveaboard cruise here and is often considered the best northern site in Komodo scuba diving. It attracts lots and lots of fish and is often swarming with dogtooth tuna, and big schools of barracudas and surgeonfish.
The top of this small sea mount rises to just 5 metres of the surface and hosts snowflake morays, cowries, spider and hermit crabs, nudibranchs, scorpionfish and cuttlefish.
The soft coral growth at GPS Point in particular is excellent, and the entire surface of the sea mound is richly overgrown with invertebrates. In some areas there are dense fields of staghorn corals overflowing with gold and orange anthias.
The deep waters provide the opportunity for encounters with hammerhead sharks and Napoleon wrasse as well as the more common snappers, batfish, white-tips, grey reef sharks and nurse sharks.
Strong currents often to 3 knots can sweep the top of the mount making safety stops a little problematic. Things settle down at around 25 metres deep or so, but this is not really a beginners dive. Visibility here is variable, and can drop below 10 metres due to plankton, but it is usually clearer at depth.
GPS Point Reef Basics: Very healthy sea mount with excellent pelagic action
Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 10 - 25m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface conditions: Can be rough
Water temperature: 24 - 28°C
Experience level: Intermediate - advanced
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: March to December
Distance: ~450 km east of Bali (23 hours)
Access: Dive Komodo liveaboards
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