DIVE. DRAGONS. EXPLORE.
As well as amazing sealife, the Komodo National Park is home to one of natures most fascinating animals, the Komodo Dragon.
KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
ESCAPE TO A WHOLE NEW WORLD
Komodo National Park is located within the Lesser Sunda Islands in the border region between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. The park includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones, with a total area of 1,733 km2 (603 km2 of it land). The area was made a National Park in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard. Later it was dedicated to protecting other species, including marine species and in 1991 the park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Komodo National Park has been selected as one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature”, and is part of the Coral Triangle, which contains some of the richest marine biodiversity on Earth. There are over 100 different dive sites, more than 1000 species of fish, 350 different types of coral and over 1000 individual mantas have been identified.
To get here you can fly direct to Labuan Bajo airport from either Bali or Jakarta. Mikumba Diving offers day trips and liveaboards in Komodo.
We travelled to Labuan Bajo to dive the Komodo Islands, and Mikumba Diving set us up with everything that we needed – gear, a VERY knowledgeable crew, and an excellent boat to take us to epic reefs.
If you’re considering diving with Mikumba, don’t hesitate. These guys are pros and they can take care of your liveaboard needs very well, from gear to reading currents to knowing exactly where to dive, where not to dive, and feeding you like a champ onboard. If I could give them 10 stars I would. No doubt.”
We can’t talk about the diving in Komodo without mentioning manta rays. There’s a few dive sites where mantas are seen almost every day and we regularly watch these majestic creatures at cleaning stations, doing barrel rolls and swimming just metres away.
Fish & Shark Life
Imagine diving among 6-7 schools of different fish, dancing around the dive site in big clouds that practically block out the sun! It’s fantastic to see how they try to avoid the other schools like a synchronized dance underwater. While this is happening, you look down and see reef sharks sleeping in the sand, then a huge school of bump head parrot fish swim by, curious about us divers blowing bubbles. It’s hard to describe all the action!
On the night dives in particular, the muck dive and macro is awesome. Here in Komodo you can find critters you’ve never seen before – crazy coloured nudibranchs, ribbon eels, bobtail squid, porcelain crabs and much, much more. The good thing about Komodo is that its so big, you can literally park the boat at any island, jump in, and be sure to see a ton of cool species.
We always try to mix up the dive sites to get more variety, including going North for the current at some of our favorite dive sites, Crystal Rock, Castle Rock, and The Cauldron. If we get requests for diving with mantas we usually go Central and dive Karang Makassar and Mawan, and visit Batu Bolong to get some of the best of the rest! Click here to read more about the different dive sites we visit.
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