...Highlights: shark action, dolphins, manta rays, turtles, schooling fish & big pelagics, great macro life/ marine diversity, non-diving activities...
...Diving environment: healthy reefs, wall diving, drift diving, advanced divers, very popular...
The national park reserve of Komodo Island offers the liveaboard diver just about every type of tropical scuba diving imaginable - from warm, calm and colourful shallow reefs alive with hundreds of colourful reef fishes and crammed with invertebrates, to current-swept deep cool water sea mounts, walls and pinnacles patrolled by sharks, tuna and other big fish.
The variety of marine life that you can see in Komodo rivals the world's best dive destinations. This is close to the world's epicentre for marine diversity and you'll see loads of stuff here on a liveaboard diving cruise that you just won't see anywhere else in the world. Show more
Batu Bolong - 'Hollow Rock' is a pinnacle that lies in 75 metres of water between Tatawa to the east and Komodo main island to the west. It is one of northern region's signature dive sites as the fish life here is always a full-on festival. Due to the rock's topography and exposure to strong currents the reef has not been targeted by fishermen and is in superb condition. Show more
Although there are now a few resorts beginning to pop up around the area, the dive sites are well spaced out and the only way to truly see all that Komodo Island has to offer and get a good picture of the surrounding area is by liveaboard safari. There are plenty of trips and you should be able to find something for every budget.
Komodo Island is also famous for its Komodo dragon monitor lizards, the largest lizard in the world. An alert and agile predator and scavenger that can reach 2.5 metres in length and 125 kg, they are known locally as 'Ora' and now about 1,100 inhabit the island and about half that live on nearby Rinca Island. Most cruises include a visit to see the dragons.
For more information on the tour routes and durations, and all the other travel information you might need to visit Indonesia, check out our Komodo liveaboard section. For those without time to join a cruise, you can visit Komodo on a dive day trip from Labuan Bajo in Flores.
You can go liveaboard diving in Komodo all year round. The charters here do not close for an off-season because every month of the year promises top quality action. Some boats operate here every month, others visit for a few months. Availability peaks with the highest number of tours in Komodo being between April and August, while some visiting liveaboards stay as late as November.
The April to November period is considered dry season when the weather is at its best. November to March is rainy season. April, just after rainy season, is often considered the best month.
Normally the water is cooler (average 20 to 25°C) in the south and warmer and clearer in the north (average 25 to 28°C), but this can change. The absolute best time for good visibility in Komodo is from November to January when 30+m is common. July and August, having cooler seas and being more nutrient-rich, have lower visibility but have blooming marine life.
January to March can have rough surface conditions at the northern dive sites. July and August can have rough seas in the south and Rinca. But these conditions rarely interfere with the liveaboard schedules to any great extent.
As far as seasonal patterns for big marine life go, the best time for manta sightings is December to February (though they are seen all year round), and for Mola Mola the best month is generally August.
Review our maps below of Komodo and its host country Indonesia. Here, you will find information on how to get to the various departure points for Komodo.
Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 5 - 30m
Currents: Can be very strong
Surface conditions: Can be rough
Water temperature: 20 - 28°C
Experience level: Intermediate - advanced
Number of dive sites: >35
Distance: ~490 km east of Bali (24 hours), 20 km west of Labuan Bajo (Flores, 2 hours), 90 km east southeast of Bima (Sumbawa, 8 hours)
Recommended length of stay: 6 - 11 days