Did you know that the Coral Triangle is one of the richest and most diverse locations on earth? The Komodo National Park in West Flores and its surrounding waters as well as Raja Ampat are all part of the Coral Triangle, as well as the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste.
Marine Life Diversity in The Coral Triangle
According to the WWF, the Coral Triangle is home to an astounding number of corals (nearly 600 different species of reef-building corals alone), six of the world’s seven marine turtle species, more than 2000 species of reef fish and a large population of commercial tuna. It is also an important source of food and livelihood for millions of people who rely on the region’s rich marine resources.
For divers, marine explorers, marine biologists and others, the Coral Triangle is a gold mine. As it is home to the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world, and is one of the few places on earth where one could witness a wide range of marine life in their natural habitat. In fact, the Nature Conservancy says that around 75 percent of the world’s species live here!
Divers and snorkelers coming to explore the Coral Triangle can look forward to favourable underwater conditions and high sea temperatures throughout the year. There are high chances that you’ll encounter some of the world’s most coveted marine species such as colourful tropical fish, sharks, turtles, octopi, and other marine creatures who live amongst the area’s vibrant coral reefs.
Komodo National Park
If you’re wondering where and how you could get to the Coral Triangle to dive and snorkel, you will be pleased to know that some of the most popular dive sites within the Coral Triangle are in Komodo National Park in West Flores, Indonesia. It’s easy to get to and there are plenty of modern-day facilities and amenities to accommodate any type of traveller.
The park encompasses 1,800 square kilometres and 29 islands including Komodo Island, Rinca Island and Padar Island, which are all home to a wide range of animals both above and underwater. On land, the most famous creature that attracts explorers from around the world is the Komodo dragon, an incredible animal that can grow up to 3 metres in length!
Underwater, the park is home to a vast array of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves. Those who love diving and snorkelling will be able to encounter manta rays, turtles, sharks, and a variety of reef fish, octopuses and even dolphins. It’s really easy to get to Komodo National Park too, all you need to do is book a flight to Komodo International Airport and from there, you’re all set for your diving adventure in the Komodo National Park with Mikumba Diving..
Cruising The Coral Triangle with Mikumba Liveaboard
As part of the Coral Triangle, the Komodo National Park is made up of 29 islands and over 1000 square kilometres of water, so the best way to explore the park and the marine creatures that live under its waves would be to join or charter a liveaboard. It’s the most convenient and efficient way to reach as many dive sites, coves and hidden beaches as possible without incurring extra costs and fees such as hotels.
Here are some great reasons why you should charter a liveaboard with one of Mikumba Diving’s boats, in the Komodo National Park:
- Access to remote dive sites: Komodo National Park has numerous dive sites that are only accessible by boat, and a liveaboard provides a convenient and comfortable way to explore these remote locations.
- More dive time: You can maximise 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.
- Comfort and convenience: You’ll have a comfortable and convenient home base throughout your diving trip, with meals, accommodations, and gear storage all in one place.
- Unique experiences: A liveaboard trip offers unique experiences that cannot be replicated on a day trip, such as sunrise or sunset dives, night dives, and the opportunity to witness marine life in their natural habitats.
- Flexibility: Chartering a liveaboard provides greater flexibility in terms of trip length, itinerary, and dive sites, allowing you to tailor your trip to your preferences and interests.
With some of the top dive masters and crew in the area, you can be confident that when you charter or join a liveaboard with Mikumba Diving, you will have the best diving experience possible. The Jelajahi Laut liveaboard is the ideal option for a luxurious journey across the Coral Triangle. There are sea view cabins with double beds on the top deck, private balconies, and breathtaking views, as well as en-suite bathrooms with hot water and AC, with a capacity up to 14 people. There are also regular cabins with 2 single beds and a shared bathroom with hot water and AC, as well as deluxe cabins with 1 double bed and the option of a single bed (so 2 friends can share) and en-suite bathrooms with hot water and AC.
For a budget friendly option, the Nusantara Liveaboard can be your choice. Fully equipped with a sizable dining area, a sun deck, and a covered upper deck where you may unwind while the boat cruises. This boat is made for twelve guests in total, eight guests who can sleep in a dorm cabin below deck that has privacy curtains, a fan, light, and power outlets, as well as lots of storage space or if you prefer, there’s space on our covered top deck where you can see the stars and enjoy the sea breeze, mattresses and sleeping bags are provided. There are also two bathrooms with western-style toilets and showers.
For both liveaboard boats, you don’t have to worry about budgeting for extras as meals and dive equipment are already included. All you need to pay for are national park fees. We’ll take you to see not only the most popular dive sites but hidden gems for exciting new encounters and experiences. Read more about what to expect when you dive with Mikumba Diving in the Komodo National Park.
Now that we know all about the Coral Triangle, it’s time to book a diving trip to Komodo National Park with one of our Mikumba Diving Liveaboards. You can cruise through the park with our boats, Jelajahi Laut and Nusantara, and explore the magnificent underwater world at your own pace and create unforgettable memories.