INDONESIA’S eastern islands, known collectively as Nusa Tenggara, stretch from the western island of Lombok to Timor in the east. Here the region is markedly different from the rest of the country. The climate is drier and more evocative of Australia than of tropical Bali. Komodo, hilly and desolate, is sandwiched between Flores and Sumbawa islands and has only one village, Kampung Komodo, a Bugis fishing settlement on its eastern shore.
Dolphins are a common sight in the seas between Komodo and Flores and the area is also on a Whale migration route. The reefs offer good snorkelling and some of the best diving in Indonesia, especially with Manta Rays. Buffalo, Deer, Wild Pigs and Birdlife are all plentiful on land but the most remarkable attraction is its endangered monitor lizards, Varanus Komodoensis.
Located in the strait of the same name at the confluence of the Indian Ocean and the Banda Sea, The Komodo National Park features one of the world’s richest and most diverse marine environments—thanks to the overflowing currents in the area. Also renowned as the home of the famous Komodo Dragon, it is certainly one of the best scuba diving destinations that you can find on the planet.
In the north, you can find a collection of the world’s most beautiful varieties of reefs, boasting a rich combination of hard and soft corals, shoals of antheas, wrasses, angelfishes, and also predators— reef sharks, tunas, and giant kingfishes. In the south, you will see more soft corals with an amazing profusion of colors, and even more macro (and manta rays too!). The water is rather cold and the temperature can drop down to 23 ° C in July and August.
Komodo offers a wide variety of dives: pelagic dives with sharks in strong currents, gentle drift dives, wall dives (colorful drop-offs, monumental boulders, seamounts, pinnacles and sandy slopes) and macro dives. You can also find manta rays, turtles and if you are lucky enough, some whale sharks!
Diving at Moyo Island will be in warm and clear water with plenty of reef fish. Along the sandy slope of Sumbawa, a true muck diving paradise, we may see critters such as mimic octopus, wonderpus, variety of nudibranchs, seahorse, sawblade shrimp, zebra crabs, ghost pipefish, just to name a few!
Welcome to the black sand diving of Sangeang Volcano, where rainbow dives await you with colourful anemones, sponges, crinoids, black coral bushes, long whip corals, and bright encrusting soft coral and sea fans in different colours surrounded by fine volcanic black sand and teeming with bright colourful reef fish. Today is one of the beautiful scenery days when you just want to be in the water all day long.
The real Komodo diving starts here where, like the name suggests, the currents play a big role in this part of the cruise. When you are in the water at the right place and time, the reefs spring to life! Fish are abundant everywhere but the rocks and reefs in 'current' areas provide the best chances for spotting the bigger fish, especially sharks and other pelagics.
This is the place that makes Komodo stand out as a destination that represents the variety od diving in Indonesia. Oposite to the critter hunt at Nusa Kode, here you will dive with manta rays, lots of them! With the rich nutrients from the Indian Ocean, this place is thick with plankton therefore do not expect great visibility but who cares, mantas are just everywhere and sometimes, if you're lucky even mola-mola, the famous giant sun fish, show up especially when the water is becoming a near bone-chilling 18 to 22 degrees…
An amazing walk in Rinca’s “savannah” searching for this unique creature, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). Only 3 places in the world are there Komodo dragons, in Padar, Rinca and Komodo. Avoiding the heat we start just after dawn. Our walk will start from the little jetty of Rinca Island where you will walk to the national park office, where the park rangers will give you instructions and guide your trek looking for Komodo dragons in the wild. The walk will take you up to the high grounds overlooking the bay of Rinca, it might take up to 1:30-2:00 hrs., depending on where we find the dragons. During the walk we may spot megapode birds, flying lizards, and of course Komodo Dragons. The crew always loves to walk along and pick up some fruit or be the guide themselves. After the walk, we will head back for breakfast on SMY WAOW and get ready for the first dive of the day.
Komodo National can be dived almost all year long.....although conditions are not optimal from December to March.
The best time to visit Komodo is between October and April, with the best conditions towards the end of the year. It’s pretty much bang on the equator with average highs of 31 Celsius and lows of 25. June and July are the wettest months, but in tropical paradise you get used to seeing storm clouds most days.