The South of the Komodo National Park is famous for its unique topography. This area has epic walls, stunning swim-through's and fascinating structures.
The dive sites here boast some of the longest and most impressive whip corals, huge gorgonian seafans and is the best area in the Komodo National Park to spot stunning schools of Devil Rays. The marine life in this area differs to that in the centre and north, with sea apples, varieties of nudibranchs and coral species unique to the South. Due to the seasons, this area is best dived from November through to February.
Located towards the south of the National Park near Padar Island, this hidden gem offers a fantastic variety for both macro enthusiasts and those looking for larger species alike. A gentle sloping reef, in the shallows this site boasts a rich variety of coral bommies and soft corals that serves as host for huge schools of reef fish. The slope itself is home to a vast bed of xenia soft corals smothering the sea floor, and this proves an excellent place for macro enthusiasts.
Ghostpipefish, cuttlefish and nudibranchs are common here, in addition to rarer species such as rhinopia and blue ring octopus. Divers at this site have also been treated to frequent encounters with mobula rays, with some groups lucky enough to swim with around 60 devil rays at a time! Always worth keeping a keen eye out in the blue.
Three submerged pinnacles located near Padar Island, this beautiful site rivals Komodo's best for sheer volume of fish. Each pinnacle is covered in pristine coral, and the topography of the site allows for it to be dived under a number of conditions. Best dived on slack tide, this allows divers to easily navigate their way between each pinnacle, the tops of which are located at around 5, 7 and 12 metres deep. With little to no current this dive site can offer multiple species of eels, scorpionfish and nudibranchs.
More experienced divers can attempt this site on a mild rising or falling tide, which increases the chances of encountering big schooling fish and feeding behaviour around the pinnacles. Look out for hunting giant trevally, great barracuda and eagle rays working their way around these magnificent underwater peaks.
This sites boasts some of the most staggering topography in the whole of the national park. There are dramatic walls, stunning swim though and huge whip corals. Often nick named 'surge city' due to the fact is has no shelter from the swell from the Indian Ocean, this dive can be quite the ride! There is fantastic macro that can be spotted - when the swell is calm - from sea apples to whip coral partnership. Be sure to keep an eye in the blue and this site often has devil rays cruising past, or maybe even something bigger!