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What types of fish can be found in the sea around Komodo Island? You probably already know that Komodo Island – home to the fascinating and fearsome Komodo Dragons – and the Komodo National Park are all part of the Coral Triangle, one of the richest and most diverse marine ecosystems on earth.

More than 1,000 species of tropical fish in Komodo Island, 260 species of coral, and rare marine mammals such as the dugong live here. Thanks to its nutrient-rich waters, you can be sure of an incredible underwater spectacle with abundant and colorful coral reefs and coral gardens when you snorkel and dive around Komodo Island.

Get ready to meet parrotfish, gobies, sweet lips, giant trevallies, barracuda, triggerfish, clownfish, damselfish, angelfish, and a variety of anemone fishes and other fish when you dive and snorkel at Komodo Island with Mikumba Diving.

 

Species Fishes Around Komodo Island

 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Komodo Island and the surrounding waters of Komodo National Park shelter acres of healthy and colourful coral gardens and reefs, home to thousands of incredible fish species in all shapes in Komodo Island, colours and sizes. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular and beloved fish species you’ll see when you snorkel and dive at Komodo Island with Mikumba Diving.

 

Clownfish

Clownfish

 

One of the smallest fish species living in the anemones in Komodo Island, the Clownfish is a mix of yellow, red, orange and black and can grow anywhere from 7-17 cm long. Its diet consists of small invertebrates and algae, and food scraps that the anemones leave behind. All Clownfish are born male and once they become female, they cannot become male again.

 

Napoleon Wrasse

Napoleon Wrasse

 

This enormous reef fish is also known as the Humphead Wrasse. It can grow to over six feet long and live up to 30 years or more. With a bulge on its forehead and fleshy lips, it roams through coral reefs alone or in pairs in search of molluscs, starfish, or crustaceans. Males are light green or aqua and females are grey, red or brown.

 

Giant Trevally

Giant Trevally

 

A powerful predator, the Giant Trevally is a common fish that can be spotted in the reefs around Komodo Island. It can grow up to 6 feet in length and can weigh up to 80 kg or more. It’s silvery and strong, often seen prowling and darting about the reefs catching smaller fish to enjoy as a tasty treat.

 

Sweetlips

Sweetlips

 

One of the most commonly found reef fish found in the waters around Komodo Island has a fascinating defining feature – its large puffy lips. There are over 30 Sweetlips species including the Yellow Ribbon with yellow and white stripes and neon yellowfins and the Oriental Sweetlips with black and white lines and bright yellow fins.

 

Angelfish

Angelfish

 

Beautiful and graceful, the Angelfish is popular with divers thanks to its pretty colours and unique shape with an elongated dorsal, ventral and anal fins. It’s called Angelfish because of its silhouette, which closely resembles the head, wings and dress of an angel. 

 

Butterflyfish

Butterflyfish

 

There are over 114 species of Butterflyfish, with captivating colours and intricate patterns. This fish grows up to only 8 inches with a thin, disk-shaped body much like the Angelfish, and spends its days pecking at coral and rock formations with their long, thin snouts in search of coral polyps, worms, and other small invertebrates.

 

Parrotfish

Parrotfish

 

The close relative of the Napoleon Wrasse can grow up to 1.6 metres long, dazzling divers in colours of blue, pink and green. It has a thousand teeth lined up in a row of 15 that are fused together to form a beak-like mouth which it uses to tear down chunks of coral to get to the algae inside. It spends all day eating and at night, sleeps in a cocoon of its own mucus.

 

Titan Trigger fish

Titan Trigger fish

 

This fish is apparently extremely ill-tempered and aggressive especially when protecting its young. It can grow up to 75 centimetres with dark scales and yellow spots over the eyes. The “worker of the reef” spends its days turning over rocks, stirring up the sand and biting off pieces of branching coral.

 

Spot The Unique Animals Of Komodo Island 

 

In addition to the tropical fish species above, you can also come face-to-face with the more exotic marine animals when you join Mikumba Diving’s Komodo Liveaboard Trip. Get ready to meet manta rays, mola-molas, reef sharks, dolphins, sea turtles and more! 

On our liveaboard, we’ll take you to the most popular dive sites and locations that are only accessible by boat including Crystal Rock, Castle Rock, and The Cauldron, Karang Makassar and Mawan, Manta Point, Batu Bolong and more. You can also maximize your dive time as you will be based directly on the water allowing for multiple dives per day and the ability to dive at different times of the day or night.

Ready to meet all of the wonderful fish residents and creatures in Komodo Island? Book Mikumba Diving’s Komodo Liveaboard Trip today for your next adventure through the park with our boat, Nusantara, and explore the magnificent underwater world at your own pace and create unforgettable memories. Contact us for more information to book your diving trip with Mikumba!