Komodo

Komodo National Park is an exciting, rewarding, and sometimes very challenging place to dive. From Bali and almost 1,000 miles east to Alor, there is a chain of islands that were formed by undersea volcanoes, which over millions of years created a natural land barrier that divides the cooler Indian Ocean on the southern coasts from the warmer Banda Sea on the Northern coasts. Komodo sits directly in the middle of this chain. As the tides change, great amounts of water are exchanged and funneled through the narrow straits between these islands where nutrient rich waters are brought up from the depths, providing a constant supply of food for the reefs and fishes here. Huge schools of plankton feeders like Anthias, Fusiliers, and Surgeonfish are patrolled by larger hunters like Jacks, Mackerels, Tunas, and Sharks. Of course Mantas can be found here in large numbers too, playing, being cleaned, or feeding on the surface in many places.

And all this action can bring in more agile hunters like pods of Dolphins or the occasional Orcas and Whales. This ‘flow’ of water also functions as a temperature regulator, ensuring that corals are pristine and un-affected by ‘bleaching’ caused by above normal sea temperatures in other areas of the world.
Komodo National Park is home to not only the famous Komodo Dragons, but also to one of most diverse and rich marine environments in the world, where over 1,000 species of fish and 250 different types of reef-building corals can be found. Komodo offers a wide range of diving experiences: high-voltage current dives, gentle drift dives, cliff dives along walls of color, dives around monumental boulders, cave dives and swim-throughs, colorful reefs, seamounts and pinnacles, and sandy slopes composed of both black and white sand.

The reefs in the North of the park tend to have more varieties and larger numbers of hard corals and sponges than in the South, where you will find more colorful varieties of soft and branching corals. The South tends to be cooler during the dry season, between May and October, with better visibility in the north. While in the opposite season, January to March, the northern areas get cooler with lower visibility and the south warms up with good visibility. Because Komodo sits in an arid micro-climate region compared to the surrounding islands, rainfall here is much less than other areas in the tropics. Therefore, Komodo can make a great diving destination year round.

Recommended Diving Liveaboards

Adelaar

From 360 USD/Day
Adelaar is a beautiful old Dutch Schooner which has been sailing the Komodo Archipelago for the past 17 years . It's a luxurious five star boat, to accommodate the modern traveler in Komodo (...)

Ambai

From 266 USD/Day
MV Ambai, built in Sulawesi, started operation in May 2012. It can receive up to 16 divers in absolute comfort. Its design is however especially conceived as a dive cruise boat. He will bring you (...)

Duyung Baru

From 235 USD/Day
Duyung Baru is a traditional Indonesian Phinisi liveaboard offering dive trips between Komodo National Park, South Sulawesi and Wakatobi in Indonesia. It can host 4 - 6 guests on board. ### (...)

Ari Jaya

From 180 USD/Day
Ari Jaya is a budget free-style dive liveaboard with professional management, it offers dive liveaboard trip in Komodo National Park all year, perfect for small group of 4 to 6 people to charter. (...)

Aurora

From 275 USD/Day
Aurora is a beautiful middle budget traditional and schooner, It offers liveaboard trips in Alor, Maluku, Banda Sea, Komodo, Raja Ampat area, it can accommodates only 15 guests on board. ### The (...)

Hatiku

From 260 USD/Day
The Hatiku is a traditional Phinisi liveaboard offering dive trips to Komodo and Raja ampat according to the season. It can host up to 12 divers. ### Liveaboard **The Hatiku** is a classic (...)

Juliette

From 124 USD/Day
Juliette is a budget liveaboard with flexible schedule, it offers dive liveaboard trip in Komodo National Park all year, perfect for small group of 5 to 8 people to charter. ### Liveaboard (...)

Mangguana

From 306 USD/Day
Mangguana is a traditional wooden Phinisi Schooner, it sails non-stop in Komodo National Park with the most flexible dive shcedule, it can hosts max. 8 guests on board. ### Liveaboard (...)

Other Choices

Lalunia

From 210 USD/Day
Lalunia is a ideal dive liveaboard for group of friends and dive clubs, it offers dive liveaboard trip in Komodo National Park all year round, it can host max. 10 guests. ### Liveaboard (...)

Moana

From 287 USD/Day
The Moana is one of the rare dive liveaboard operating in Komodo area all year long and that allow a flexible schedule for Diving and Non-Diving cruises. Perfect solution for Family and small (...)

Mona Lisa

From 280 USD/Day
Mona Lisa is a traditional wooden Phinisi Schooner, it sails non-stop in Komodo National Park with the most flexible dive schedule, it can hosts max. 12 guests on board. ### Liveaboard **Mona (...)

Nusa Tara

From 201 USD/Day
Nusa Tara is a budget dive liveaboard running by Grand Komodo, it offers dive liveaboard trip in Komodo National Park all year for a regular 8D/7N trip, perfect for small group up to 6 people to (...)

Pratiwi

From 223 USD/Day
Pratiwi is a nice cozy small liveaboard that offers dive liveaboard trip in Komodo National Park all year round, perfect for small group of 4 to 6 people to charter. At 22 meters long, with a (...)

Tarata

From 227 USD/Day
Tarata is a budget dive liveaboard running by Grand Komodo, it offers dive liveaboard trip in Komodo National Park all year for a regular 8D/7N trip, it can accommodates only 12 guests on board. (...)

Raja Manta Explorer

From 224 USD/Day
Raja Manta Explorer is a professional dive vessel running by a trusted diving company, it offers dive liveaboard trips in Indonesia, Tioman, as well as Anambas Island. It can host up to 24 or 28 (...)

Mermaid 1

From 270 USD/Day
Mermaid I is a professional dive yacht running by Mermaid Fleet, it offers deluxe dive liveaboard trips in Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea area, it can accommodates only 15 guests on board. .This (...)