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Scuba Diving around the Komodo islands is just a dream come true! Great variety of  fishes, superb and untouched coral reefs, big fishes hunting actions, and pelagic fishes at every dive site will make your dives unforgettable.

manta ray in Komodo during a diving liveaboard cruise

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonhanson/2784353743/

You will also see numerous whitetip and blacktip reef sharks. If you are lucky you can spot bigger sharks like the Grey Shark and even the Hammerhead Shark! Komodo Liveaboard diving is also terrific liveaboard destination. I usually use this website to book in advance my Liveaboards in Indonesia as they usually have the lowest rates I find. I like it because they have an easy booking system.

You can also visit my guide about Komodo Liveaboard Diving.

You might have the chance to dive with the magnificent peaceful Manta ray. You can spot them all year round but the best time to see them in ballet is during the rainy season when you can sometimes literally speak of schooling Manta rays ;-). You can watch this great video to see how it is underwater!

In this page you will find more detailed information about scuba diving in Komodo Island.

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Where to stay?

I usually use this website to book in advance my hotels in Komodo Island as they usually have the lowest rates I find. I like it because it's free to cancel and change the dates.

Best time to dive in Komodo Island

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Scuba Diving in the Komodo marine reserve is possible all year round.

  • Best diving conditions run from March to October (March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October).
  • Best season to see a lot of Manta rays is during the rainy season from December to February (December, January, February).  Enquire to dive clubs about availability as not all clubs go out at sea during the rainy season.
  • Visibility is best from November to January
  • From January to March the sea can be a bit choppy but nothing bad.

Top liveaboards in Komodo Island according to divers reviews

Scuba Diving conditions

Currents are usually very strong on every dive site and diving in Komodo is mostly reserved to experienced divers with confidence in drift diving!

There are however some quieter dive spots for those beginners but you may miss the incredible action of big fishes swimming into the current.

The current can sometimes reach 8 knots in some places. It is driven by tides so choose your dive site carefully which you can plan depending on the conditions. This current is due to the Komodo and Rinca island acting like a bottleneck between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. This current is why Komodo waters are so full of fishes and so clear.

Never question the decision of your guide if they decide to cancel a trip for safety reasons; these waters can be a real roller coaster with the risk of being washed away in the open sea and these guys are professionals.

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Pristine Reefs around Komodo Islands National Park (Photo Credit)

One of the best things about diving Komodo is that you will often feel as you are the only ones underwater as there are just so many dive sites. Also the local dive centres agree on not diving the same site at the same time.
Average Price of a dive: 30 US Dollars or 20 euros.

Best dive centers in Labuan Bajo

You can pick from the following dive centers in Labuan bajo to dive around the Komodo Islands.

  • Reefseekers
  • Dive Komodo
  • Orca Dive Club
  • Wicked Diving Center

Fishes and Coral

Fishes

The Komodo waters are incredibly rich in marine life.

Pelagic fishes: Dogtooth Tuna, Giant trevally, Barracuda, Manta rays

Sharks: Blacktip, Whitetip, Grey, Hammerhead sharks

Macro: All kinds and rare nudibranchs, pygmy sea horse, frog fish

The best place for macro diving is Cannibal Rock located in the south of the marine reserve.

There is also a teeming reef life with myriads of fishes. Be careful not to lose your buddy because of the “walls of fishes” ;-)

Coral

The coral all around the park is just amazing, some of the best around the world. There are many shallow coral gardens offering wonderful snorkelling opportunities.

 

Diving Safety

If you are planning an upcoming dive trip or travelling to Komodo Island, it is a really good idea to invest in travel insurance for scuba diving, because you never know what could happen and when you might need it (because accidents do happen!). I recommend this diving insurance as they offer worldwide coverage and focus on providing scuba divers a quality insurance and medical assistance service.

 

 

Travel Guide

Now that you know all about the underwater world, you might want to start planning your scuba holiday! Check out our Komodo Island Travel Review for information about how to get there, activities and excursions, where to stay, and more.

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Lighthouse is a great dive site! Located in the North of Komodo Island National Park not far from castle rock and crysta...
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Tatawa Kecil is a small island and is a magical world class dive site for a drifting! Be careful the current there can b...
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This is one of the best dive sites in Komodo national park. It is the best place to dive with manta rays. From September...
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This is one of the best dive spot of Komodo Islands national park! Not to be missed! This seabanks is full of fish with ...
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Batu bolong is a world class dive site! At the surface, we can just see a small rock with hole in it, but underwater it ...
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This dive site is maybe the most extreme of the Komodo National Park! It is a submerged pinnacle located southeast of La...
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End of the World dive site in Komodo Islands is a big wall of rocks with small caves and overhangs. The wall is going de...

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  1. I have been diving with Reef Seekers Dive center in Labuan Bajo in 2010.

    The diving was fantastic. I saw my first Manta Ray! Really good visibility, from 20m to 30m. We saw many whitetip reef sharks, turtles, schools of barracudas, Dogtooth Tuna and Giant trevallies! Awsome ;-).

    The current was really strong on most of the dive sites and it can sometimes be quite impressive.
    The Reef Seeker equipment was OK however there boat was quite slow and it took from 2 to 3 hours to reach the spots.

    For the hotel, I stayed in the Gardena Hotel in Labuan Bajo, very basic bungalows but very cheap. Don’t forget to go to the sunset bar to share a beer with your buddies and watch the amazing sunset! They also have live bands sometimes.

    I hope to come back soon to Komodo Islands!

    Dieter, Open Water Advanced, 130 dives.

  2. Hi,

    Is it possible to dive Komodo during the January/February period due to it being the rainy season? I have tried a few organistions but they do not operate because of the rain. Mnay thanks

    • Hello Pete,

      I know it is possible to dive in December even if it is the rainy season. I think it might be the same in January / February. It is even recommended as it is the Manta Ray season ;-). Did you try to contact Reefseekers dive center in Labuan Bajo? They have been operating around Komodo for 20 years so they can for sure tell you.

    • Pete! The diving in Jan/ Feb is GREAT!! Your best bet is to go with an operator who is deeply familiar with the region and the sites. Please check out our website as we are offering two back to back trips at that time!

  3. Hi there, did you see the Komodo dragons while there? Am thinking of a trip there to dive and to check out the dragons at the same time!

    • Yes I saw the Komodo Dragons! It was awsome, they are so impressive. You can easily go to the see the Dragons between 2 dives during your surface interval on Rinca Island.

  4. I will be with a group of non diver friends in Bali from 8/19-9/1.From 8/25-8/30 I will break away from them in search of the best possible diving, as I’ve been diving since ’83, but never in this part of the world (I’m from NYC). Initially, Lombok and Flores were recommended, but Komono might be calling!
    Is this idea reasonable and doable given the short time allotted? Would a short flight or ferry, followed by modest accommodations be out of the question?
    Thank you.

    • Hello Paul! I really think Komodo has the best Diving in Indonesia. You need at least one week to go to Komodo to enjoy the place. You can easily take a flight from Bali to Labuan Bajo. There is a ferry but it takes 2 or 3 days and comfort is really basic. You will easily find cheap basic rooms in Labuan Bajo. Don’t hesitate to ask if you need further details ;-). Julien

      • Hi julien

        U seem to know komodo diving very well. I am planning to go there and wonder best time of year with good viz and high possibility of manta.

        1) how will early september be ?
        2) I plan to spend 4-5days at komodo (after bali holiday). Will it be better on liveaboard or diving thru hotel ?
        3) cheapest flight option from Dps –> L bajo

        Rgds,
        gautam (mr)
        AOWD, 25 logged dives

  5. Hi – I have questions about diving in Komodo. My girlfriend and I have 50-75 dives each so we are inexperienced, but we have dived in varied conditions (eg Galapagos).

    We are thinking of visiting in December and doing 1-3 days diving.
    How are the conditions then? Are the seas rough?
    Is that a good time to see pelagic species?
    Is it necessary to do a liveaboard, or is it feasible to do a couple of days diving from Labaunbajo?

    Thanks!
    Tom

  6. Komodo is the best diving site. The marinelife is various from small colorfull critters such as pygmy seahorse, nudibranch, frogfish, ghost pipefish to giant such as sea turtle, manta ray even whales and dolphins. Strong and fierce current are usually common so you need to dive with experienced and safety first based dive operator. CN Dive is one of local most experienced dive operator in this area. Enjoy your dive!

  7. I dove at Komodo National Park at Christmas this year. I stayed at Angel Island Resort and dove with Reef Seekers. The dive master, Stan, is local and very knowledgeable about the sites and the area. I had two standout diving days. At Batu Bolong we saw reef sharks, tuna, moray eels, lion fish, octopus, napoleon wrasse, turtle, clown triggerfish and countless other fish. It was hard to take it all in. The next day we went diving with the Mantas. I just augured myself into the bottom and watched the show. The current was very strong and a reef hook is essential equipment here. The boat rides were about an hour but the weather was so fine and the scenery is stunningly beautiful so I didn’t mind. Diving here pushed me out of my comfort zone because of the strong currents but Reef Seekers and Stan made sure that I was looked after.

    • Hey Kathy, It was very interesting and informative to read your write up. My son and I are leaving for Komodo on Friday, July 4th. We will be there for 6 days and are staying at Angel Island. Neither of us has ever dived but I will check out Reefseekers and Stan on your recommendation! We will also do some of the other stuff…going to look for the dragons, visiting the volcano and maybe also a day long cruise on our own boat! SO excited!! :-)) Any other advice you can offer would be great. Thanks.

  8. Hi, I ended up doing the 9 night 10 day liveaboard with wicked diving and had such a brilliant time! The boat is basic, but the crew and diving was first class! Marine fee’s were included in the price and land excursions were also included i.e visiting the komodo dragons. I am looking at diving Raja Ampat next also with the wicked diving crew as they are having a 3 week expedition!

  9. Hi there, I’d like to learn scuba diving @ Komodo as a beginner, as am attracted to see the dragons there. Knowing that this place is more suitable for experience divers, may I get recommendations here of the best dive club & best season for a beginner? Thanks!

    • Wicked diving is a very good diving organisation. I have done day diving and liveaboard with them and was very happy! I think best time to start is from April onwards after the rainy season, not sure when the rainy season starts.

  10. I consider the Komodo World Heritage area among the best dive regions in the world; the combination of huge life (mantas, sharks, tuna, trevally) with the small life (nudibranch, pigmy seahorses etc.) go together to create a truly wonderful experience for divers. We dived with Divine Diving from Labuan Bajo and they were terrific. Sites dived in three days included The Cauldron (a raging current funnelled between two islands); Batu Bolong, which lived up to its nickname “Current City”, Crystal Rock, Castle Rock and two really easy dives (virtually no current) on Sebalon Kecil (small) and Sebalon Besar (large) islands, which are fairly close to Labuan Bajo.
    Loved it all and we will return to dive with Divine Diving, run by Dutch woman Marij and wonderful divemaster named Hila.

  11. Komodo island is the trip of a lifetime… You are going back with the giants dinosaurs who survived since then. Komodo is a place to be enjoyed, the diving is magnificent!

    • nih selain pulau komodo ane juga punya info wisata bahari min di jakarta yaitu pulau tidung kepulauan seribu jakarta cek aja di ebhepulautidung.com

  12. saya belum pernah snorkeling atau diving di pulau komodo dan saya ingin mencobanya jika ada waktu dan kesempatan

  13. Although I have not been to the Komodo island, after reading this article, my next scuba diving trip must be Komodo island to make my dream come true. Wow, the scenery is just magnificent. Thanks for this great article.

  14. I did a liveaboard there, with Divine Divers . The owner and the boat were a complete joke, completely unorganised for the events that happened.
    However the diving was spectacular. Superb coral huge fish, mantas sharks. Strong currents. Not for beginners as most of the people were on the trip i was on. Best diving i have done. I’ve dived the great barrier reef, Sipadan, Andaman sea Similans,Gulf of Thailand, the red sea and the mediterranean sea. Komodo was the best.

  15. Hello, I would like to dive Komodo over Christmas/New Year 2014. I am a very experienced diver. Can you recommend a land based location which is not expensive, for good diving or perhaps a live aboard which is safe and not expensive Thank you?

  16. Spent 5 days diving with Blue Marlin in last August out of Labuan Bajo and was the best diving that I have done. Great service with a fast dive boat so you have a 8.30 am start instead of 7.30 am. Boat has 3x200hp outboard motors for the fast trip to everywhere.
    Every dive was a different experience from micro crabs to schools of GTs to Eagle Rays and of coarse Manta Rays. Highly recommend Blue Marlin and their staff. Jayakata Suites is a great place to stay if you want a little luxury. 8 mins from town. Hire a bike in town to get around cheap as chips. There are 3 Italian restaurants which are pretty good and heaps of local food. Labuan Bajo is a little off the beaten track but a great place to experience.

  17. Hi
    I am interested in doing a 3 or 4 night liveaboard around Komodo starting around the 28th April

    Thanks
    Fran

  18. how long should one spend in komodo for diving and what is the best option for tight-budget backpackers who still want to go to the best dive sites (usually unreachable on day trips). thanks. Farzana790@hotmail.com Baby diver 40 dives but have AOW :)

  19. Komodo is a very special place for diving, with pristine coral reefs, spectacular underwater topography and tons of stuff to see – from manta rays to several shark species, to amazing muck dives. It’s true that the currents can be strong and challenging but there are easier dive sites suitable for beginner divers that are still interesting to check out. It is crucial to dive with a reputable dive center.

    I did my Advanced, EFR and Rescue Course with Divine Diving and couldn’t have been happier. Their liveaboard is lovely and excellent value (not luxory but perfectly comfortable with great food and a super friendly and attentive crew) and their dive guides and instructors are safety oriented, incredibly professional and have a profound knowledge of the area (local guides with 1000+ dives in komodo) so they understand currents and conditions perfectly and will spot all the interesting marine life. They really care about the protection of the park and they are a lot of fun ;-)

    I also treated myself to a liveaboard trip to South Komodo with Wunderpus liveaboard which is more on the luxory side and that was absolutely stunning as well! Beautiful boat, amazing food and the diving in the South was spectacular (50+ manta rays!!!) although we had bad visibility and the water was veeeery cold.

    The town itself, Labuan Bajo, isn’t for everyone, it’s dusty and a lot of trash everywhere, don’t expect a beach town vibe – but if you give it a chance and interact with locals you will meet the kindest and friendliest people. Plus, you have quite spectacular sunsets every day!

  20. Hi there!
    Me and my gf learned to dive at Gili air (Manta dive center). Tis was the perfect place to get your open water and advanced! Now we want to check out komodo. Is it a good place to be when you only have like 10 dives? We are a bit afraid that we don’t have enough experience with these currents. What do you guys recommend please.
    Thanks dries, advanced 10 dives

    • Komodo has powerful currents in or surrounding several of the major dive sights. I would strongly suggest that you do some drift dives at spectacular and unknown/underrated Nusa Lembongan. There are fantastic drift dives there, as well as a high likelihood of seeing Manta Rays. I’ve dived with several shops there, my favorite by far is World Diving Lembongan. Best boat (two decks, toilet, great lunch, excellent service, short walk to boat, all equipment handled for you). After this, you will know if you’ve got the confidence necessary to tackle what can be found around Komodo.

  21. Me and seven of my friends are planning to visit Komodo this December for diving. Few of us have dived only once at Goa(India) last year. Not much of an experience. Is Komodo suitable for us, if not then what options do we have at this time of the year. Whats your recommendations?

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  24. Hey Julien,
    Love your site!!
    Just wondering which company you recommend to do an Open Water PADI with on Komodo?
    We are hoping to book in on 27th, in a few days!! :D
    Cheers!
    Mara

  25. Hi,
    Me and the wife are confused between Egypt and Indonesia for diving trip. We are Advanced Open Water Divers.
    Dates : 20/05/2016 to 02/06/2016

    Help would be appreciated!

    Which place should we choose given its may end.

  26. Hi Shray,

    Both offer great diving. Depending which area you want to dive? How long are you going for? How confident are you in the water? Any budget? How many dives do you want to do? Day diving or liveaboard?

  27. Hi Julien,
    My husband and have dived in many different locations. We are thinking of going on a liveaboard (private so just us on the boat) for 6 days. The reason for this is we have 4 kids – all under 12 of which only 2 have their PADI and v inexperienced. We were therefore thinking that most of what we would do is snorkelling. Someone told me the snorkelling wasn’t that great – quite deep and dark. Can that really be true??? We’ve snorkelled with the kids in the Maldives which was amazing…..I was expecting Komodo National Park to be a similar standard. Any thoughts?
    Regards, Jenny

  28. Allthough the visibility wasnt the best in april, i was totally amazed by the diving in komodo. The Corals are all healthy and cover the place completely. I never saw so many fishes in my entire life. Clouds of reef fish, many big pelagic fish and loads of whitetips and grey reefsharks. And we were surrounded by mantas at Mawan and Manta point. If you go for the small stuff, you will have your pleasure as well. Be careful with the currents, i thought i was used to currents. But i knew shit. on Chrystal Rock and Castle Rock you really should be equipped with a reefhook. It was literally blowing us away. Awesome!!!

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