Dive sites in the Komodo National Park


The islands of Komodo - Padar - Rinca

On the page of Sumbawa to Komodo you can already find some descriptions of dive sites in the Komodo National Park. This page is a little further in detail with an update of information concerning the sites that I visited in January 2008.

Komodo Nationaal Park met van links naar rechts de eilanden Komodo - Padar - Rinca

Komodo National Park, from left to right, the islands of Komodo - Padar - Rinca



This island is just south of 'Gili Lawa laut' area. We explored the north bay of Komodo which looked quite nice. Beautiful coral garden with large amounts of reef fish. In shallow or limited damage to the reef noticeable. We found there to our surprise also mandarin fish. The passage between Komodo and Gili Lawa Darat is a narrow passage, and there are beautiful bays formed from both sides. The panorama is breathtaking. Underwater, however, I was totally surprised. The eastern bay is totally destroyed and one finds difficulty with a piece of upright coral. Fields sea urchins group on the coral rubble and in the shallow end I found a sand area with a very large colony kaakvissen.Hoewel the reef was in poor condition, I found at the end of the coral strip a sandy area with there two kraboog gobies ( Signigobius biocellatus).

The very first time I could see them yourself. In nature

By Batu Bolong

The islands of Komodo, Padar and Rinca are separated by vast sea channels that form the connection between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. The tides provide a massive displacement that is clearly visible here. Tornadoes swirling water, banked water bodies make the surface look like a boiling whole look.

In the midst of this great flow is Batu Bolong. A dive for 'nerve' and one that is definitely not suitable for novice divers. A small island only a few tens of meters in circumference is at the center of the flow and diving should be carefully planned. The guidelines of the dive leader should be. Strictly followed

It is important to dive the sheltered side of the rock, and not too far to venture outside in order to be. Not dragged into the flow The site is beautiful.

Beautiful unspoiled coral in crystal clear water. When one looks at the corners it looks mantas in the flow just go backwards in an attempt to swim forward. Napoleon wrasse and several shark species feel there are in their element.

Kareng Macassar

When the Komodo National Park inland from north to south in the west one sees a large shallow water area with a few small islands. Near these islands is one of the best manta diving spots in the world, Kareng Macassar. The flow can also be quite to extremely strong. This is the playground of the manta's where they gather their food in the strong current. The shallow area here is quite large and the best way to be sure to see mantas is run over by the dinghy slowly the area. Once manta rays observed from the surface will be there to water. The ground is sparsely covered, due to the prevailing currents, and therefore makes it possible for divers to look to behold. Manta spectacle it a place on the bottom

THE SLUGS divespot

On the north side of Kareng Macassar hiding behind the islets is a very quiet bay with beautiful coral growth alternating with areas of heavy algae growth.

Here we discovered a true paradise slugs. Nembrotha's Elisidae's Chromodoris there were many to be found. Among the various beautiful species of algae Polyclad flatworms. Likewise many juvenile cuttlefish.

Fully protected for flow, this is a great dive site for those who want to see a lot of slugs and / or photographs. The reef slope starts at 3m depth and bodemt out at about depth. 15m

Duikstekken in de nabijheid van Komodo baai en het nationaal park office

Dive sites in the vicinity of Komodo bay and the national park office

PANTAH Merah (Pink Beach)

Before one inland bay, near Komodo, where the office of the national park is located one passes Pantah Merah. It is one of the most famous dive sites of Komodo: Pink Beach (pink beach). Indeed, the short stretches of sand has a pink appearance from which the name of the dive site. Again, the current can be quite strong. Usually, this dive started on the northeast side and then southwest to drift. Along with the flow At the start there is a sandy area with beautiful hard corals. After a while you will reach the peak of this dive. A large rock formation brimming with life. Frogfish, beautiful nudibranchs, schools of snappers and sweetlips.

It's all there. If you feel the flow leaves drift leads after some time back on a sandy area. As is usually the dive ended. I had the pleasure to explore. Further part in an extremely strong current dive Again beautiful hard corals in good condition with masses smaller rifvisjes.Een not so known part is the other side of 'Pink Beach' which is done as a night dive. By some boats The night diving is not as spectacular as the soil is predominantly covered with one type of soft coral. It is not easy to find anything.

During the day, this is also not a high dive, but the place is known for frequent sighting of blue-ringed octopus. Also, I was there myself, for the 2nd time ever, come across a copy. In a sea squirt there was one on lookout.

The next day I returned to that same rock and true. ... the blue-ringed octopus was still around.

Blauw geringde octopus - Komodo Nationaal Park Foto: Danny Van Belle - Duikstek: Pantah Merah - 01/02/2008

Blue-ringed octopus - Komodo National Park Photo: Danny Van Belle - Dive site: Pantah Merah - 01/02/2008


Not known as a dive site but discovered through their own exploration is one of the best muck diving sites in Komodo. During one dive I came ambon scorpion against several beautiful nudibranchs, a hunting 'broadclub' sepia, boosting egg shells and a crab attacked verorberden. In this part of the bay is almost never dived before and so here we were exploring. There is a fairly shallow not as spectacular area on the north side of the bay. In the north-east (near the big rock as a large wall near the beach state) we were pleasantly surprised. This is a dive site for experienced divers, photographers and filmmakers looking for the extremely rare! An absolute must.


When visiting Komodo is everyone ashore to the Komodo dragon to go and see.
When the boats anchored in Komodo Bay they see the pier where rubber boats moor to bring people. Ashore Links from this pier are within a few hundred meters to the beach two large boulders together. This is the landmark for this dive site. Here too, never dived before and we ourselves were exploring off. In the shallow end, the reef heavily damaged but once the deeper part (5m +) people go, one is surprised by big beautiful hard corals and numerous fish.
Different types of cardinalfish, butterfly fish and goat fish. But juvenile batfish and angelfish in various stages of development.
We were also hidden under a block coral coral kathaai (Atelomycterus marmoratus).
The dive site is fully protected and flow is almost nonexistent. It is an easy and relaxing dive with many beautiful things.

Koraal kathaai - Komodo nationaal park Foto: Danny Van Belle - 12/02/2008

Coral kathaai - Komodo National Park Photo: Danny Van Belle - 12/02/2008


To the left of the pier, we have the whole beach strip explored and had one of the most disappointing diving. Much damage to the coral. Plus point is that it is clearly noticeable that the protection of the reef and entered into force on the old rubble stabbing numerous small coral branches on the head. A reef in full repair phase.


Padar is the smaller island in the group of three islands that form the Komodo National Park. It is located between Komodo and Rinca. It is a beautiful island with an impressive mountain relief. Near Padar were also some very interesting places to find.

Duikstekken rond Padar

Dive sites around Padar


A dive site that is exposed to swell and currents. Impressive rock formations are both above and below water, a spectacle of canyons and ravines. It is also quite deep and one can consider this as a medication. To escape flow one seeks protection in the deep-cut gorges that separate the rock formations. It is a place to see, such as sharks and manta rays. Larger marine life Even with the lower animals there are interesting discoveries to do. So I saw here for the first time the slug 'Rostanga halgerda. Due to difficult circumstances, this dive site rarely visited by many 'liveaboards.


This is a small island located on the south side of the bay of Padar. The exploration dive we made was rather disappointing and was characterized by poor visibility and little interesting marine life. It is a protected area that is exempt from current and swell.


The beach area of ​​the bay is lined with a bright blue line, characteristic of a shallow area. Again we went to investigate. This section is mainly a sandy bottom with coral sparse vegetation. Quite unexpectedly swam a manta over. The visibility was not exceptional and limited underwater life earlier. In the very shallow part to the presence of huge numbers of Picasso trigger fish was very striking.


This is the top dive site of Padar in my opinion. Near the eastern tip of the bay are two small islands. The dive site is located on the southwest side of the islands. It is a vast field of coral that juts into the abyss to a sandy area. There is also an impressive ridge that begins at about 10m depth, and that leads to the depths. There are wonderful range and other soft corals can be found back. We found there also beautiful nudibranchs, many species of reef fish and a manta swam slowly past. For the first time I saw here a juvenile 'velvet angelfish "(Chaetodontoplus dimidiatus).

This place is suitable for all diving levels. You can deep (30m +) go and search around in the shallow end. Beautiful dive site.


On the north side of Rinca, the easternmost island of the Komodo group are still several smaller islands. Some of them also have beautiful dive sites.


A beautiful dive site, this reef formed by huge boulders covered with coral formations. The sand is white and the beautiful colors of the vast quantities of small reef fish that frolic above the coral reef are a breathtaking spectacle.

It is also a very easy dive site where the reef starts at 5m depth and then slowly glide up to 30 meters. Beautiful reef slope off at an angle of 45 °

Under the white sand I found there to everyone's surprise a telescope.

Sterrenkijker - Komodo nationaal park Foto: Danny Van Belle - 27/01/2008

Stargazer - Komodo National Park Photo: Danny Van Belle - 27/01/2008


Sebayor Besar is slightly larger island located east of Sebayor Kecil. Again back a reef slope that we explored. Here, however, there is significantly less coral growth and will dive more over a sandy area with very sparse vegetation coral.


Also on Rinca can ashore to the Komodo dragon to go and see. Guided tours are organized on both Komodo and Rinca on. However, the rangers to Rinca get in my opinion less visit the park rangers on Komodo. When visiting Rinca, the boat stops near a buoy at the height of the island Wainilu. This island is located on the north side of the small bay that provides access to the national park office. We made near Wainilu different dives. Increasing flow and poor visibility were typical. There is also damage to the coral reef and the great hordes of sea urchins that inhabit the reef are also proof of this. In the bay itself near the pier, we also took a dive. This exploration dive was a different experience. Visibility was with difficulty one meter. There were, however, here masses juvenile zesstrepen emperor fish present. There were also several slugs but not rare.

SOUTH RINCA - Horseshoe Bay

The most outstanding dive sites 'horseshoe bay' on the south side of Rinca are already described on the pages of Sumbawa to Komodo.

However, during this trip in January 2008, we explored some places never dived in 'horseshoe bay.


On the northwest side of Nusa Kode, the island south of Rinca, is a dive site that is formed by a smaller island which a channel is formed between Nusa code and Nusa Kode Kecil. The flow can be pretty but the supply of nutrient-rich water results in a very healthy piece of coral reef with numerous reef fish.

The bottom of the channel is a maximum of about 20m deep. One can, however, do not hide from the flow and the dive should also be created with the necessary planning.


A very wide anticipation beach is seen in the north-western side of the bay.

Like on all the beaches of Rinca regular one looks Komodo dragons wander around looking for potential prey. Underwater, this stretch of sand is also too barren.

It is a stretched expanse of sand at about 5m depth that extends fairly flat across a large area. We found there are large number of naked snails belonging to the species and Gymnodoris chelidonura. An absolute highlight was the sighting of two mimic octopus who stayed at about 5m apart in a hole in the sand.


This dive site I visited before and found there when ghost moray eels, nudibranchs and pygmy zeenaaldpaardje. Now back no different. There were back to see ghost. Morays

The variety of nudibranchs is huge and we found there is a bubble shell.
This dive site is situated on the other side of the rock that forms the northeast side of the dive site 'Torpedo alley'.Op recommend I visited South Rinca while allegedly season in January.
By the predominantly westerly winds south Rinca is more protected. The circumstances around their boating are generally rough and boisterous. This was no different now.
Underwater visibility was compared to the month of August, however, very different.
Cannibal rock, torpedo alley showed their best side with a visibility of about 25 to 30m under water. In August, this is usually limited to 10 to 15m. A big difference.
However, another major difference is the presence of strange critters. In August Cannibal rock and Torpedo alley were real treasures rooms to small weird critters. However, in January of them no trace. The large amounts of torpedo rays (torpedo) also no trace. We saw exactly one only!

During the months of the high season (May to October) the sea is usually very rough and small boats can not reach the bay. Now, in January of this was possible, however, and they were therefore always present. It is really sad to see that dive sites posted by some magazines in the top ten best dive sites in the world still may be fished by locals.

Duikstekken in horseshoe bay

Dive sites in horseshoe bay


On the way back to Labuan Bajo on Flores we took the route along the east side of Rinca. A small island and there would be a separate fauna and flora variation and that I wanted to also let's see. We caught our dive on a sandy reef slope. There was also a reasonable flow. Several beautiful nudibranchs and mantis lobsters we saw but really exceptional animals, we do not have observed. It was only at the end of the dive when we came in a rather secluded Reef zone that the flora and fauna there began to look. Quite apart However, insufficient time to thoroughly delve around. Hopefully I get the chance to do so at the next opportunity.

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