At this destination we propose dives with air and/or .
Initially created as a National Park in 1980, with the objective of protecting the Komodo dragon, the islands of Rinca, Padar, Komodo and Gili Motong, and the surrounding islets in turn had their waters protected in 1984. This immense natural reserve of 220 000 hectares is home to one of the most beautiful concentrations of marine fauna within the archipelago of Indonesia. Since 1991, the park has been classified as "World Heritage" by UNESCO.
Originally as volcanic islands, the influence of the warm waters from the Banda Sea and the cool currents from the Indian Ocean provide an ideal refuge for a large number of species found in this zone. The underwater topography and the nutrients swept in by the currents provide both the small and large animals with everything they require. We encounter the spectacle of the food chain illustrated by visible hunting on many dives.Diving in Komodo provides average visibility, yet with an incredible density of life: the fringing reefs and drop offs are colonised by uncountable species of hard and soft coral, anthozoans (such as sea anemones) and multicoloured sponges. The macro fauna found includes a multitude of invertebrates, pygmy seahorses and crustaceans of beautiful colours. In addition, leaf fishes, frog fishes and scorpion fishes share their territory with ribbon eels, turtles, spotted rays... The schools of snapper, glassfish, bat fish, fusiliers and also sweetlips serve as a pantry for the larger predators such as tuna, barracuda, sharks and jacks. Finally the large squadrons of manta and eagle rays ,may be observed during the entire year.
A small pierced rock is our exterior reference point for this renowned site. The coral covered slopes descend beyond our view. Exploring while ascending and zigzagging along the edge of the slopes and pushed by the currents, this zone is excellent for encountering large numbers of giant trevallas. From deeper water, the fusiliers, jacks, barracudas, sharks and Napoleons observe the divers scrutinising the reef in search of nudibranches, turtles, shrimps and other crabs.
This site is a dream come true for lovers of macro fauna, being home to a large quantity of invertebres and magnificent bouquets of soft coral. Also present are ghost pipe fishes, octopus, frog fishes, turtles and blue spotted stingrays. The description would not be complete without mentioning the incredible sea cucumbers of unbelievable colours. We also find the coldest currents of the Indian Ocean.
This underwater islet rising to be just above the surface is a well known site for the diversity of the underwater fauna and the density of activity. Protected by two bommies at 24 meters, facing the current, the divers are able to take in the spectacle. Giant schools of fusiliers are in constant movement surrounded by blue spotted jack fishes and other giant trevally, while sharks circle at depth. While ascending, large bouquets of black coral serve as reference for the schools of sweetlips. In the shallows, we can encounter turtles, giant wrasses, scorpion fishes, jacks and the occasional eagle ray.
In contrast to Castle Rock, this islet is completely submerged. However, the topography of the site is similar and Full Moon may be dived in the same way, in other words, against the current on the slope. White tip, black tip and grey reef sharks cruise along the reef accompanied by jacks, tunas and barracudas, chasing the schools of fusiliers. Other than these predators, napoleons, turtles and batfishes frequent this site. On the reef top itself, nurse sharks, white tips, crocodile fishes, blue spotted rays, scorpion fishes and nudibranches hide amongst the coral formations.
To the South of the island of Komodo, a small bay welcomes a large concentration of manta rays during the humid season, from September to January. An encounter with these magnificent giants of the ocean is almost guaranteed also during the rest of the year. Other than the mantas, giant jack fishes and schools of fusiliers are frequently present, as are the snappers, turtles or other white tip sharks. The currents bring with them cold nutritious waters.
At the base of a small islet swept by strong currents, this site is covered in life. Schools of snapper, sweetlip and batfish play with the currents between the bommies covered in soft corals and gorgonian fans. Amongst the multiple cracks and crevasses, we can encounter bamboo sharks, nurse sharks or barramundi cods. Giant napoleons and turtles are equally at the party. The shallow zone of this site is also very rich, with massive hard corals, which sometimes hide baby sharks.
As its name indicates, this large crater can look like, depending on the strength of the current, a gigantic boiling cauldron. Massive tables of acropora, sometimes serving as hiding space for bamboo sharks, adorn the outer surface of the crater. The current takes us to the base of the cauldron, on sand, at 24 meters. Here we find white and black tip reef sharks, big eyed jacks and giant trevallas. At the exterior of the crater, at a shallower depth, we can encounter turtles, manta rays, but also large bommies covered in glassfishes, and with some chance, their predators, leaf scorpion fishes and frog fishes.
|Minimum diving level required:||PADI Advanced, Level 2 or equivalent|
|Mininum number of logged dives required:||50 dives minimum|
|Documents required:||Certification card, log book and valid dive medical within last 12 months. Repatriation and cancellation insurance is highly recommended. (i.e. www.diversalertnetwork.com)|
|Number of dives included:||A minimum of 24 dives including 2 or 3 night dives|
|Diving boat(s):||inflatables with outboards and indonesian traditional vessels|
|Type of tanks:||12 litre aluminium - single exit international style tank valves (Note: not European DIN fittings)|
|Mandatory equipment :||Safety sausage, mirror, dive computer|
|Recommended diving equipment:||5 mm wetsuit with or without hood. Dive light|
|Closest recompression chamber :||Denpasar|