Divesite around Komodo National Park

Divesite :
Pulau Sarang – Bidadari – Sabolon – Seraya – Sebayur Kecil – Mini Wall
Tatawa Besar – Tatawa Kecil – Siaba Besar – Siaba Kecil – Batu Bolong – Pulau Mawan – Pulau Pengah – Wainilu – Bonsai – Karang Makassar – Light House – Castle Rock – Crystal Rock – Shotgun – Golden Passage
Cannibal Rock – Terpedo Point – Yellow Wall – Loh Belanda (Manta Alley) – Loh Sera (wreck) – Indi Hiyang – Three Sister – Pillar Stain – Pantai Merah (Pink Beach)

1. Toro Oi

Execellent hardcoral garden, at entry point which is at the northern tip of the headland then swim with reef left into the bay . This is a good site to find frogfish on the sponges on the reefslope, also nudibranch and other unusual creatures are often found in this area.

2. GPS Point

The seamount off the north-eastern tip once ranged among the best dive sites in this area boasting up to 7 species of sharks in one dive. Schooling hammerheads have also been seen here during the month of September. Unfortunately this site was severely damaged by dynamite fishing in 1997 and 1998. It was also extensively fished by sharks finners. The hard corals suffered from the blast fishing and large patches of rubble are found in between stretched of good coral which still show what a great site this once has been. On the north western corner down at 30 meters you have a good chance of running into a pack of grey reef sharks. Good fish life is still abundant at the side which is exposed to the current and large spanish mackerel can usually be seen moving like missiles overhead. Dogtooth tunas can sometimes be seen along the deeper slopes.

3. Tanjung Rusa

The North western tip of Gili Banta island. Fantastic diving and snorkelling. Snorkeling along the steep rocky wall we can see lots of small things, fish and some sharks and giant trevally. Diving deep (40 m) at the very tip we are getting into big-fish-country. Many coral trout, large groupers, schools of giant trivially, massive dogtooth tuna. The best place for entry is approximately 100 metres south of the point in the bay. Once you have rounded the point countinue to the west way and you will find an execellent coral garden in the shallows to do the safety stop. Strong currents and even down-currents can be experienced on the point. It’s best to dive at slack-tide if possible.

4. Castle Rock

Prone to current, this site usually has excellent visibility. Usually the current is flowing to the east and is much stronger at the surface than in the deeper water . If you enter in the blue water approximately 50 metres up current from the shallowest point and swim down 30 to 40 meters divers are usually met by 3 or 4 very friendly batfish, schooling barracuda, jacks, and mackerels are often encountered. In approximately 20 meters of water thre is execellent soft corals growth and numerous fans that are host to pigmy seahorses. The top of the rock is approximately 3 to 4 meters of water and offers shelter from the current, hence castle rock. This is a good place to look around during your safety stop.

5. Crystal Rock

The top of crystal rock dries at low tide. This site also experiences very clear water, hence crystal rock. A very colorfull dive with excellent soft coral coverage which is also prone to current. The current usually flows to the east. Best time to dive is during slack-tide. Frogfish, morays, scorpionfish are quite common on this site. Thousands of anthias and schools of yellow-ribbon sweetlips are always encountered. There is a small mound north west of the rock where different species of fish school seasonally. Tuna and mackerel frequently buzz this site. This is an execellent dive and usually worth doing twice.

6. Gililawa Laut

The northeast tip of Gililawa Laut is always a great site to dive if you are into fish but it does not have much to show in terms of hard corals. Other small invertebrates are there but the fish usually still the show. On the corner of the reef sits a very large rock, behind which we find a drop off covered with boulders with many holes in between. Excellent grouper country and if you are there at the right time, especially in November and October, you can see many groupers aggregate to spawn. There are usually also many golden trevallies, snappers and sometimes huge napoleon wrasses. The best time to dive this site is during at slight current before or after slack-tide.

7. Darat Passage South

Good snorkeling here although a lot of damage has been done by fish bombing and reef gleaning (meting). The best place for snorkeling is right at the tip of the peninsula where lots of fish. Turtles can be seen on a very pretty coral reef. A dive can be made starting inside the bay along the eastern shore of the peninsula. The best time is when the current is running from east to west through the narrow strait between Gililawa Darat and Komodo island. Swimming towards the point at about 20 to 25m, along the bottom of the drop off we can see many small coral trout, large schools of anchovies and small tuna and trevallies coming in to feed. More and more fish come in sight closer to the point, with whitecap reefshark sleeping on the sandy bottom and garden eels doing their hypnotizing dance. The dive ends when the current brings you around the corner. Gililawa Bay is a good anchoring place.

8. Darat Passage North

An excellent drift dive and good snorkelling can be found on the northern face of the passage. The dive can be done from east to west or visa versa depending on the current. Its best to wait until just before or after slack water when the flow is not to strong. The visibility is usually better if diving from west to east. The entry point is on the reef slope west of the island about 100 meters north of the channel. Then swim reef left . The reef slopes down to a sandy bottom at 15 meters covered in garden eels. The reef slopt itself is quite rich . The current is usually very gentle in this area. As you approach the channel keep an eye out for turtles and a family of giant sweetlip that live in a grotto near the surface.The sandy bottom then drops away to about 35 meters as you round the corner and enter the passage. Keep the reef left and get ready to go as it gets shallower and the current increases. Its best to stay left in the shallows as the deeper section of the channel has rubble, boat traffic and a down current at the end of it. The shallows are extremely rich and full of fishlife. Bumphead Parrots are common and aggregate here to spawn every year around April. Sharks and schools of Batfish also reside in the passage. Try to fly by the large coral head about two thirds of the way through as its teeming with life and activity. Keep left and you will gradually get closer to the island towards the end of the dive. The current will eventually drop of as you approach the end of the dive.

9. Batu Bolong

Batu Bolong is a tiny rocky island in the strait between Tatawa and Komodo. This rock is one of the top diving locations in the park but it can only be dived around slack tide, when there is not too much current. This area is undamaged because the current and topography (steep walls) make it impossible for local fishermen to use their dynamite and cyanide fishing techniques. The dive starts right at the surface with colourful corals and other invertebrate life and thousands of small colourful fish. In deeper water, along the steep walls many large fish, including sharks, napoleon wrasse, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna, and large schools of rainbow runners can be observed on almost every occasion.

10. Tatawa Kecil

A small island southwest of Tatawa Besar island with fantastic snorkelling when the current is not to fast. With a large and unexperienced group this is only possible around slack tide. Its best to dive the western side of the island, rocks, caves and beautiful coral gardens in the shallows Many coral reef fishes, including large groupers, snappers, sweetlips, jacks and sharks. Tatawa Kecil is probably the anthias (small colourful serranide fish) capitol of the world! Dugongs have been spotted here and manta rays are often seen on the southern side of the island.

11. Tatawa Besar

Starting at the northwestern tip of tatawa there is a good drift dive down the western side of Tatawa in about 15 to 20 meters of water. Good reef fish life and an endless field of orange soft corals. Mantas are often seen in this area also. It is also possible to drift down the north coast of Tatawa from the same entry point.This is a similar dive. Tatawa Besar is a good option if the current is to strong to dive Tatawa Kecil or Batu Belong

12. Batu Tiga

Batu tiga is without a doubt one of the most current affected sites in Komodo. Situated southeast of Tanjung Kuning in Linta strait. Batu Tiga is an excellent big fish dive when you can get on it . The best place to enter is at the northwestern side of the tree rocks A rocky reef extends below the surface out towards Komodo. Down in the deeper water to the west and below the reef Big Boulders offer excellent habitat for grouper and other creatures. Large grouper, mantas, giant trevally and other pelagics are frequently seen here…most of the coral growth is stunted as a result of the strong currents that prevail.

13. Pantai Merah / Pink Beach

This is the most frequently visited site in the park Snorkeling is excellent from the beach and there is a very good dive in a small area around a rock that breaks the surface but is completely covered at high tide There as a great variety of tame fish life here and also a good selection of critters such as leaf scorpionfish, Blue ribbon eels, crocodile fish, nudibranchs and more. This site is also a very good night dive. visibility varies and is best during a ebbing tide

14. Loh Namu

The Peninsula of Loh Namu offers an interesting dive for those who are into large groupers and napoleon wrasse. Dive around this point from south to north, at a depth of some 28 m and always just before high tide. Almost guaranteed to see some big ones! Most of the fish are found near the southern corner where some large boulders are spread out over the drop-off and a few caves offer additional hiding places. We have seen some of the largest coral trout here, hanging out side by side with malabar groupers and huge male Napoleon wrasse which may be aggregating here to spawn. You may also find a giant gigas clam at 8 meters depth.

15. Indihiang

Close to Loh Liang this small island with steeply dropping walls is an ideal location for divers starting from Komodo Island. Many big fish and good corals can be seen when drift-diving along the steep walls. The best time to dive here is at the end of the falling tide when the current has slowed down and we can easily drift along the eastern wall from north to south. Top attractions include potato cod, large napoleon wrasse and schools of giant trevallies and snappers. This dive has to be planned around slack tide to avoid excessive currents.

16. Pilaarsteen

Pilaarsteen is a pinacle rock on the shore of a small island east of Padar Besar. Its best to enter just off the point below the rock where there is a nice wall then swim to the west where you will find an interesting dive through lots of caves and swim throughs at different depths.It is particularly good at around 30-40 metersThis Dive is still quite good when other places have too much current.It can be affected by surge when a swell is running from the southwest. Large schools of fusiliers can be found here along a slope which is covered by an interesting variety of soft and leather corals. The landscape is really interesting and its not unusual to encounter sharks and the odd turtle.

17. Three Sisters / Tiga Dara

Three Sisters is a site north of pillarstien . There are 3,quite large submerged rocks within easy swimming distance of each other, each rock is only about 10 meters apart. They are sitting on the sand in about 20 meters of water and rise 3 to 5 meters from the surface.It is a very prestine site covered in coral growth and rich in fish life .The site can be hard to find as its not marked on any charts and the rocks lay just below the surface. The rocks run in a line towards the easts about 100 meters from a small reef that juts out on the eastern side of the island.It is often current affected but usually always diveable if you are one of few divers in this world that still don’t mind having to swim.If you are adventurous there is actually a fourth sister located further to the west that starts in about 20meters of water and drops down to 40 with some impressive fans and good life on it.

18. Payung

The southern and western side side of Payung island (east of padar) offers a very interesting underwater landscape, with huge rocks that almost give the impression of a wreck dive. At the southern tip, at 5 m depth, you will find a rock in the shape of a cannon. There are lots of canyons and crevices to explore, and the fish and invertebrate life is diverse and abundant. There are big schools of surgeons and smaller yellow snappers (Lutjanus kasmira) and L. quinquelineatus). Typical for dive sites in the southern part of the park visibility is not very good (5-10 meters), the water is cooler, and the rocks are covered with soft coral, gorgonians, and feather stars. This site should be dived at slack-tide, preferably a slack of low tide. Two dives possible, one descending at the northwestern tip (near the rocks that almost break the surface) then dive with the slope on your left (15-30 meters), turn around at the southern most end of the island and work your way back at 10 m depth. The second dive starts at the southeastern side, around the southern tip of the island (20-35 meters depth), then back at 5-15 meters depth.

19. Nusa Kode

The south western tip of Kode island is characterized by large encrusted borders with little corals and huge groupers. Very large fish are never really plentiful, but among the boulders you have a chance of seeing some of the largest fish on the reef such as the giant grouper, the potato cod and the malabar grouper. Schools of bohar snapper may keep you happy when you do not encounter the groupers

20. Canibal Rock / Batu Buas

Canibal Rock is a small seamount in Loh Dasami bay, between Rinca and Nusa Kode island, is famous for it’s invertebrate life and it is a very easy dive with little current. You can find many different species of invertebrates here as well as pigmy seahorses and frogfish. The fish life can also be quite good at times, with schools of bohar snappers, surgeon fishes and quite a few species scorpion fishes. Softcoral life is excellent and very colourful .Sea apples and many other species of holothurians are abundant. Unusual nubibranchs, fire urchins host to colemanshrimp and much more.

21. Yellow Wall

Invertibrate Wall is an excellent day or night dive just inside the south eastern corner of Loh Dasami bay,It is also one of the best areas in Loh Dasami for snorkelling. A very good place place to see invertebrate diversity, especially during a night dive. The numbers of species and colours simply boggles the and you cannot put your finger on the wall without touching yet some other creature. Crevices in the wall hold sleeping fish spiny and slipper lobster and a variety of other crustaceans such as cleaner shrimp, reef crabs and decorator crabs. There are colourful poisonous sea urchins, bright red sea apples, beautiful soft corals. Spanish dancers and a great variety of tunicates. Apart from sleeping coral trout and turtles you can see cat sharks, all kinds of cardinal fishes, and parrotfishes dreaming away in their cocoons. 9 times out of 10 the current will be flowing to the north so the best entry point is just around the western most tip of the headland then swim reef right into the bay with the current.

22. Crynoid Canyon

Crynoid corner is a good dive to do early in the morning as it catched the morning sun. Located in a small cove just outside the southern entrance to Loh Dasami on the island of Nusa Kode, almost directly opposite Invertebrate Wall. Entry point is just south of the cove then swim along the wall with the reef at your left. It’s usually best to start at about 25 m then work your way back and forth up the wall to the surface. A lot of small invertebrate life can be found here and the wall is very colourful. It’s a nice easy dive with no current.

23. Boulders / Batu Batu

If you travel from Crynoid Corner north along the coast of Nusa Kode towards the bay of Loh Dasami you will come to a point where the coastline turns to the west and the bay opens up. Directly below this point there are several big boulders laying on the bottom. The deepest rock is in about 30 m of water and the shallowest rock is about 8 meters of water. The best point of entry is 100 meters south of the point. The reefs slopes down to a dark sand bottom in 30 to 35meters of water. Here you will find a forest of softcoral growing on the sand . Then swim reef left up to 20 meters or so until you hit the boulders. Along the way check out all the fire urchins for the illusive Coleman Shrimp. A torch helps. This is the best location to find the shrimp in Loh Dasami as there are usually lots of fire urchins in the area. The Boulders themselves have good coral, invertebrate and fish life. Quite often Mobular Mantas can be seen in this area. Also a good night dive.

24. Loh Sera

Tanjung Loh Sera. Great snorkeling along the nothern shore of this cape. Superb diving all along the corner or off the corner towards some underwater pinnacles. Large pelagics like dogtooth tuna can be seen circling off the corner and around the pinnacles. Only experienced divers should go off to the pinnacle, beginners should stay along the wall. Plenty of large fish and turtles along the wall. Be ready for some close encounters of the large kind! Tanjung Loh Sera has some monster giant trevallies, potato cod, malabar grouper, schools of bumphead parrotfish, napoleon wrasse, dogtooth tuna, manta rays and much more .

25. South Tala

The southern point of Tala island is characterized by steep rocky walls and sometimes quite a strong surge. The dive is more than worth it though, with lots of small fish on top, interesting invertebrate life on the walls and lots of larger fish somewhat deeper. Enormus schools of surgeon fish sometimes make it difficult to see anything else since they cover the entire view. If you manage to look away from these creatures you’ll see plenty of large angry-looking bohar, snappers, whitetip reefshark and sometimes other sharks and huge groupers further down among the bolders.

26. German Flag

The South Komodo shoreline. Cooler water from the upwellings of the south coast provide a nutrient rich environment in this area. The high densities of plankton attract many large filter feeding manta rays, which can normally be seen swimming right at the surface along the shores and rocks of South Komodo from September to January. The water near shore is quite shallow (5 – 20m) and there are many large rocks and boulders in between which we can find huge malabar grouper, potato cod, napoleon wrasse and schools of surgeon fishes and boyar snappers. There is usually current at this site and a drift dive is usually the best way to go .

27. The Alley

The tiny rocky islands in the South Komodo bay are great for snorkelling and diving, with sometimes lots of manta rays (September to January), even if there are no mantas it is very good diving, very large giant trevally, sharks, beautiful coral and a very high diversity of other invertebrate life in relatively shallow water (5 to 20 m). The water can be cool in this area but never too cold to dive. Only little damage has been done to the corals in this area and the damaged corals here seem to be reviving naturally and rapidly. This site is also current affected. The best entry point is at the northeast side of the rock near a coral mound 3-5 meters below the surface.

28. Langkoi Rock

This dive is a pinnacle located southeast of Langkoi Island just below the surface. It is very exposed to current and can have a big surge on it . Usually one can see the swell banking up on it but on a calm day can be difficult to find. Its best to use a GPS position as it is not marked on most charts of the area. The rock drops down into very deep water very quickly. Coral growth is stunted however the dive can be a real adrenalin rush at the right time. Lots of sharks aggregate around this site during July, August and September. Grey Reef , Whitetips,Hammerheads and Bronze Whalers. It is also good for pelagic fish and has some resident Potato Cod at the Southern point in 30 meters of water. Best way to dive the Pinnacle is to jump in upcurrent, go straight down, Hang on and watch the show. This dive should not be attempted by unexperienced divers.

29. Sebayor Kecil

The North western corner of Sebayor Kecil is one of the better dive sites at closer distance to Labuan Bajo. A small reef is extending towards the north west and around the edges where it drops of to greater depths, at a few hundred meters from the shore, there are some large boulders around which we can usually see groups of giants trevally, whitetip reef shark, coral trout, snappers and emperors. The edges of the drop along the north coast of the island. Current can be quite strong on this site.

30. Mini Wall

Mini Wall is also located on north coast of Sebayor Kecil. This dive is an excellent check out dive or just a nice easy dive if you don’t wish to deal with current. The entry point marked by a long low rocky point east of the beach that is in the middle of the islands north coast. Enter just on the eastern side of the point and swim reef left around the point at 20-25 meters . Once around the point the reef slope will turn into a wall that drops to about 35 meters. Follow the wall until you get to a sandy slope in front of the beach. This marks the end of the dive. If you wish to do a second dive you can start at the sandy slope and continue reef left across the front face of the beach to where the reef turns north and runs out to another point. The whole north face of this island is good diving and usually has good visibility and calm conditions.

31. Toroletuhoh

A good dive can be found on the north face of Toroletuhoh. The best time to dive is on the rising tide when the area is affected by a counter current that flows to the south. The entry point is on the northeastern side the point then drift reef left along the boulders to the western most tip of the point. There is a nice wall as you approach your point and plenty of sharks and big fish action, giant trivially and schools of snappers. There is also an exellent variety of coral reef fish. The coral growth itself is very similar to the site in South Komodo ie. coral encrusted rocks. The water here is usually clear but can be quite cool. Also the site maybe affected by a stronge surge when there is a big swell running.

32. Nisaleme Island

Nisaleme is very exposed a small rocky island that can be difficult to dive. The entry point is usually at the northern or the southern tip of the island depending of current direction. The rock itself drop very steeply down into deep water. It is an excellent site for pelagic fish such as rainbow runners, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna, and sharks. Caution should be taken when attempting this dive as there can be strong down current during rapid tide flow.

33. Batu Saloka

Although not marked on the chart there is some rocky islands and reef off the point at Tanjung Saloka. The western most island is an excellent dive however very exposed to the current and swell. There is also a rocky reef just below the surface fifty meters south of this island. Best time to dive is during slack water when the rock can be circumnavigated. The terrain is very dramatic and the fish life is prolific, napoleon wrasse, big groupers, schooling snappers, turtles, big sharks, giant trevallies and much more.

34. Banana Split

The top of the reef runs north to south in about 2 meters of the water and is shaped like a banana. The rock drops down on the western side to boulders in approximately 30 m this is where the bigger fish hang out. On the eastern side the boulders start in approximately 10 meters of water and slope down. At the southern end of the rock there is a pinnacle detach from the main reef. A lots of different species of sweetlips live on this site and sometimes school together. Groupers, sharks and pelagic fishes can also be found. There is a lot of activity among the small reef fish around the top of the reef. Thousands of anthers and wrasses can be seen spawning quite often.

35. Lohwenci

Just north of ranger station there is a small white sandy beach with a group of low, black rocks sitting on the reef. Here a plesant, relatively current free dive can be found. The entry point is just of the small white beach then swim reef left towards the ranger station. There is a good selection of hard and soft corals sloping down to a sandy bottom. Plenty of fish life and other marine creatures.

36. Tukohserikaya

On the eastern side of Tukohserikaya there is a rocky reef that break the surface. Although this site is very exposed to the current, it is still possible to dive on the lee side of the reef even when the current is still running quite strong. The best time to dive this area would be during slack-water. The Coral is in very good condition and fish life is also very good. Lots of a good sized whitetip reef sharks patrol the area surrounded in clouds of anthias. This dive is one of the better small islands in west Komodo.

37. Tukohlehokgebah

There is good diving on the northern and southern points of the island. The diving environment is very similar to Tukohserikaya. On the southern side of the island there are some big boulders that make an interesting terrain . Coral growth on the northern side is also very good but stunted due the force of the current that hits the island. Lots of small fish and sharks are found on both locations.

38. Letuhoh Reef

Extending south from tanjung Letuhoh there is a reef consisting of big boulders and pinnacles that offer some of the best big fish diving in Komodo. The best time to do this dive is on the falling tide when the rocks are affected by a counter current that flows to the north. The best place to enter is on the southern most rock that breaks the surface. Then hang out on the front face and watch the show. Its very good deep at around 30 meters. Big potato cod, grey reef sharks, eagle rays turtles, schools of rainbow runners, dogtooth tuna, giant trevally and snapper. Then swim reef right around the rock where you will encounter some big pinnacles encrusting with corals. This site is affected by surge and can look quite frightening from the surface especially when there is a big swell running however once in the water all is forgotten.

39. Torpedo Point.

Located south of Canibal Rock this site is an excellent place to find unusual critters. At a depth of 15 meteres one can find a patchy rocky reef on sand that boasts cretters such as Torpedo Rays, Bobbit worms, Flying Gurnards, Frogfish, and Ghost pipefish. Most of the rocks are surrounded by sand wich makes it a great low impact dive for photographers.

40. Sabolan Kecil.

This is another good site within easy reach of Labuanbajo. On the west side of the island there is a small white sandy beach. At the northern most point of the beach where the sand meets the rocks is the best point to enter. The feef slopes down to sand and there is a patch reef isolated from the islands fringing reef . The Water clarity is usually good and so is the dive. Once you have seen the patch reef you can return to the fringing reef slope to finish your dive.

41. Toro Sie

On the south west coast of Rinca you will find a point marked Toro Sie. Adjacent to the point is a rock awash. This rock has a ridge that extends to the west that is covered in crynoids and softcorals. On the seabed arond the rock lots of interesting critters can be found. If you swim out over the sand southwest of the rock there is a patch reef that usually has excellent fishlife on it and quite often a few big grouper. This dive is usually has better vis during the NW monsoon along with most of the parks other southern sites.

42. Karang Makasar

This site is for snorkling only, please don’t dive here as it will disturb the manta rays. The reef does not have much in the way of coral or fish life however this location is manta ray aggregation site. The best way to find the mantas is to cruise along the eastern face of the reef until you see them on the surface. The best time is during rising tide. Sometimes there can be between 40 to 50 mantas.

*NOTE : based on tidal and weather condition

* copyright: Balai Taman Nasional Komodo; The Nature Conservancy (TNC); Mark Heighes; Andreas H. Muljadi; Jos S. Pet; Peter J Mous.