In Central Komodo, ensure you take a visit to one of Komodo’s most acclaimed dive sites, Batu Bolong. With a name that translates from Bahasa Indonesian to ‘hole in the rock’ the top of the island features, you guessed it, a hole in the rock. Descending down into this 40-metre wall dive you will be surrounded by thousands of anthias flitting about the rocky surface and hawksbill turtles searching for their next crustacean meal. The currents here can be tricky, with up and down currents coming out of nowhere, reserving this dive site for the more experienced. Carpeted with soft corals, spot vivid nudibranch attached to the wall as scorpionfish hide in the rocks many crevices. Looking out in the blue, expect sharks, dogtooth tuna and even a potential manta ray as giant trevallies mark the current lines above to keep you safe.
Located in the strong currents of the Lintah Strait lies Tatawa Kecil. In this fantastic dive site find yourself drift diving at high speeds along the west coast of Little Tatawa. Even with strong currents it is possible to explore the large caves, drops offs and brilliant swim-throughs that the island has to offer. Explore vibrant shallow coral gardens full of anthias while large grouper and pygmy seahorse harbour in the depths of rocky caves. While you are pushed along by the ocean’s force giant trevallies, bumphead parrotfish and reef sharks will all join you for the ride.
For the best macro diving in Komodo National Park head to Cannibal Rock, located in the south region of the marine reserve. If you have come to Komodo with the hope of seeing unusual marine life, you won’t be disappointed here. The seamount is home to frogfish, pygmy seahorse and coleman shrimp. If you are an underwater photographer or you simply want a break from the strong current, the sheltered dive site will give you a well-earned break. Descend onto the south of the seamount where sea apples are abundant or make your way to the east where you’ll be astounded by the size of pink gorgonian sea fans which are home to knobbled pygmy seahorse. Frequent visitors to this dive site are giant sea turtles and the endemic yellow-ribbon sweetlips, all adding colour to this stunning sea mount.
Located in the South-West of Komodo National Park, you’ll find one of the parks main locations to spot manta rays, Manta Alley. This dive site is one the most requested sites for liveaboards to visit with the possibility of spotting as many as twenty mantas on one dive. Drop down into the sites eastern slope and follow the slope down to where giant trevally, white-tip and black-tip reef sharks roam in search for food. After watching the hunt, make your way to the north of the site where you’ll arrive at a series of underwater channels where mantas circle in squadrons. Make your way through these channels and then make your safety stop while watching manta rays dance in the shallow waters - you’re sure to leave this dive site enchanted.
While visiting Komodo on a liveaboard delve into the waters at GPS Point. Located off the north east point of Gili Banta, only visiting liveaboards and guests staying on the resorts of Sumbawa will have access to this remote dive site. The seamount houses snowflake moray eels, cowries, spider and hermit crabs, nudibranchs, scorpion fish and cuttlefish. Almost entirely covered with soft corals, GPS Point attracts a lot of fish from huge schools of dogtooth tuna and barracudas to tiny gold anthias. In deeper waters, you have the opportunity to encounter hammerhead sharks, napoleon wrasse and the more common snappers, white-tip and grey reef sharks.