Dive Sites - Central

The centre of the Komodo National Park has an incredibly diverse range of dive sites. There are macro sites that rival the famous Lembeh straits - frogfish, rhinopia, wonderpus, flamboyant cuttlefish - a photographer's dream!

Then there are dive sites with majestic Manta Rays, where you can spend a whole dive watching them clean, feed or even mate! Keep your eyes peeled however, as some of the manta sites also have incredible macro. Our eagle-eye guides have found blue ringed octopus as our customers have marvelled at the huge manta rays. It can be difficult to know where to look or even what to be looking for!

This area also boats some epic drift dives with stunning corals, incredible schools of fish and mesmerising colours. Your day diving in the Centre of the Komodo National Park will keep you guessing right up until the last minute of the last dive of the day. The centre of the Park is amazing all year round!! Aren't we lucky?!


Batu Balong

Otherwise known affectionately as 'Fish Soup,' this is surely one of the most spectacular dive sites in Komodo. An exposed pinnacle, this site is extremely subject to current and must be dived at a specific time. The side of which we dive it depends completely on the tide. Clouds of fish surround the corals here, often making it hard to see your hand in front of you face - even though we have crystal clear conditions!

This site is truly mind-blowing. Descend down the pinnacle and be blown away by the stunning array of colours. It's easy enough to just stay in one spot for the whole dive and just watch the fish life surround you. If you can tear your eyes away from the mass of schooling fish, great macro can be spotted at this site too! From pygmy seahorses, to crazy nudibranchs; from huge moray eels to tiny orangutan crabs - you'll find it hard to bring yourself up from this dive without wanting to change tanks and drop straight back in again!

Tatawa Besar

This sloping coral reef is home to some of the most beautiful coral in the Komodo National Park. A dive that can be done with no current at all affords the luxury of searching the amazing coral bommies, tube sponges and sea fans for all manner of macro delights. Conversely, if dived on the correct tidal change, this site can be an exhilarating drift dive with white tip and black tip reef sharks common as you hurtle through crystal clear waters.

When the current dies down, the corner of the island welcomes you with a seemingly never-ending stretch of amazing hard corals, home to hawksbill turtle and thousands of schooling fish. As an added bonus, this reef has proved one of the best in the park for manta encounters.

Tatawa Kecil

This stunningly beautiful dive site has an impressive array of huge vibrant coral gardens, boulders, drop offs, caves and swim throughs; it's a place where divers can be treated to almost anything both big and small, which definitely adds to the excitement! The topography of the site is one of the most impressive and unique in the park.

We regularly see amazing schools of fish including blue fin trevally, fusiliers, bumphead parrotfish, sharks, turtles and wrasse. The odd Manta Ray and Dugong have also been spotted here. Along with soft coral and anemones, this site is a must see!

This dive site, like many in the park, is notorious for its strong currents so again take care and listen to your dive briefing carefully.

Mantapoint/Karang Makassar

This drift dive is one of Scuba Junkie's favorites as it's a fantastic place to dive throughout the year. You can even spot the mantas easily from the boat before you jump in, or see them breaching during the dive site briefings.

The reef has the feeling of being on the surface of the moon as it is quite rubbly and sparse on first glance with craters and dunes; but while you are hoping for a manta to pass by don't neglect to look around you as you can see some incredible nudibranches and other macro. This is actually one of our best dive sites for blue ring octopus! We often see bumphead parrotfish, eagle rays and the occasional black tip reef shark and if you are very lucky you may spot a dugong, though sightings are rare.

Up to 50 mantas can be seen here at one time displaying mating and feeding trains in the right season. It is a very humbling experience to witness this magnificent creature gliding and summersaulting their graceful dance above your head. The best approach is to quietly watch their incredible display from the bottom of the reef and not to chase after them; these inquisitive creatures are sure to come in for a closer look!

Mawan

This stunning site is one of our top Manta Ray dives. It is here that we can have hour long dives watching these majestic rays swoop, glide and play in the water. There's a large cleaning station area - that we must be careful of when we are diving - that Mantas Ray will hang out around.

It's not just Mantas that can be see here, this is a great site for cuttlefish, bamboo sharks, octopus, leaf scorpion fish and even hairy shrimp! So never fear, is the mantas don't turn up there is plenty to entertain all levels of divers!

Siaba Besar

One of the hidden gems in the Komodo National Park is this phenomenal muck dive. The horseshoe shaped bay houses an amazing coral reef rife with white tip reef sharks, broadclub cuttlefish, stingrays and turtles galore. Should you venture into the sand and focus your dive at around 14 metres, you are likely to stumble across seahorses, flamboyant cuttlefish, hairy frogfish, wonderpus, hairy shrimp and a whole host of weird and wonderful critters.

Siaba Kecil

The best time to dive this site is when the current is running! This is a real rollercoaster of a ride and will often be referred to as the 'Superman drift'. This gorgeous coral reef with a stunning overhang has a fast moving current - nothing scary just a great drift along. No need to kick! Towards the end of the dive site you drift towards and more sheltered area and the current eases off. Here you can relax (catch your breath!), and admire the stunning hard corals and thousands on anthias. This is also a great spot for seeing hawksbill turtles.

The strong currents of this dive site attract large fish including giant trevally, barracuda, tuna, sharks and the odd ray too! The overhangs provide a fascinating topography and if the current allows they are great to explore and hunt for nurse sharks, bamboo sharks and other bizarre creatures.

Polis Point

This wonderful wall dive has fairly unique topography for the dive sites located in the centre of the national park. A mixture of sloping reefs and flat bottomed dive sites singles out Polis Point for it's beautiful sheer wall which stretches down to around 35 metres. Beginning on the sloping coral reef, this site is best dived left shoulder at the end of a falling tide so as to avoid strong currents.

The reef gives way to the beautiful wall replete with huge whip corals and teeming with marine life, and towards the latter half of the dive the wall transforms into a stunning overhang where eagle eyed divers can tuck in and spend their time hunting for macro critters, from nudibranchs and leaf scorpionfish to xeno crabs and frogfish. In addition, it's always worth keeping one eye into blue as this dive site has proved an excellent spot for passing eagle rays, devil rays and the occasional Manta Rays.

Gindang

One of the great macro dive sites located in the Komodo National Park, this sloping soft coral garden is blessed with a whole host of peculiar critters. Generally unaffected by current, this is best dived at a nice slow relaxed pace to better locate the hidden treasures within!

Divers on this site have been fortunate to encounter blue ringed octopus, wonderpus and flamboyant cuttlefish and frequently encounter mushroom coral pipefish, seahorses and a whole host of ribbon eels. An absolute must for the macro enthusiasts!

Wainilu

Translated from the local dialect Mangarai, this dive site is named 'cold water,' but don't let that put you off! A sloping sand and soft coral reef that plateaus at around 25 metres, this is another of Komodo's critter-hunt dives.

Performing a zig-zag pattern up the reef, our eagle-eyed staff spot the elusive mandarin fish and picturesque dragonets with regularity here. A photographers dream, this calm dive site sees lucky divers frequently coming across coleman shrimp, zebra crabs, ornate ghost pipefish, mototi octopus and the rare rhinopia on this not-to-be-missed muck dive.

Sebayur Kecil

One of the most relaxed dive sites in the National Park, this beautiful island actually allows for two very distinct dives. If one were to head right shoulder from the mooring line you would quickly come across Mini Wall, which, as the name suggests, is a spectacular wall that meets a sandy bottom at around 35 metres. The wall itself is filled with schooling fish, with blue streak fusiliers and red tooth triggerfish regular guests. Nudibranchs, lionfish and cuttlefish can be seen working their way up and down this drop off, and you can often barely see the reef for schools of anthias in the hard-coral garden which comprises the shallows.

An expansive sandy slope separates Mini Wall from an amazing coral garden. Along the slope our guides spot garden eels, flamboyant cuttlefish and skeleton shrimp. If you continue left shoulder the sloping reef meets the sand at around 16-18 metres, and here we have a wonderful opportunity to photograph pygmy seahorse, leaf scorpionfish and a variety of frogfish. An excellent dive for both open water and advanced divers!

Pengah Kecil

TThis extraordinary seamount is the closest dive site to the resort, and boasts a stunning variety of schooling fish and macro. Awash with enormous whip corals rising from the depths of its steep sloping reef, a venture to the deeper sections of this site will prove fruitful with schools of bluefin trevally, blue and yellow fusiliers and white tips casually cruising by. Searching amongst the nooks and crannies of this reef will reward keen eyed divers with all manner of colourful nudibranchs and flatworms.


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