• The stunning scenery
    of the Komodo National Park
  • The perfect backdrop
    to these majestic Lizards
  • Breathtaking views
    credit: Christian Loader
  • Above and below the water
    credit: Bent Christensen

Komodo National Park

The Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Indonesia, located between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. It is made up of three larger islands - Komodo itself, Rinca and Padar. There are then a collection of small islands, seamounts and pinnacles that form the rest the park.

Komodo National Park has been selected as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

The park is 1733 km2, with 603 km2 of that being land. It was originally a terrestrial park, protected because of the famous Komodo Dragons. Later all species became protected, making it a massive marine park. It was in 1991 that it was declared a UNESCO World heritage site.

There are only around 2000 Komodo dragons left in the world, with the National Park being the last place you can see them in the wild. It is these impressive beasts that draw many people to this area. On your last day with us we will take you over to Rinca island, where you can see these huge lizards basking in the sunshine. But don't let this apparent laziness deceive you; they move fast and are an aggressive predator. They live amongst some of the most stunning scenery in the world. Enormous mountains and valleys dominate the landscape, alongside dense woodlands and beaches that fringe the islands with either white, black or even pink sand! The visit to the dragons allows you to experience this impressive backdrop and showcases the beautiful views in Komodo.

There is an incredible amount of diversity in the marine flora and fauna within the Komodo National Park. The many islands, volcanic in origin, sit between two huge bodies of water. In the north of the park sits the Flores sea, fed by the Pacific Ocean, and in the South is the Sumba sea which is fed by the Indian Ocean. These two huge bodies of water move through the park, spreading nutrients and creating a rich and wonderful marine world.

The currents

There's no doubt about it, if you've looked into diving in the Komodo National Park then you will have heard about it's currents. We love the currents, and not just because they provide a fun ride for when we are diving. The currents are part of the reason that the marine life here is so incredible. The currents keep the water nutrient rich, which is part of the reason we have such a healthy Manta Ray population. The constant water movement also means that the coral reefs here are some of the healthiest in the world!

The location of the Komodo National Park is key - sitting between two oceans whose temperatures compliment each other. For 6 months the Pacific Ocean feeds the Flores sea with warm clear water, whist the Indian Ocean feeds the Sumva sea with cold, nutrient rich water. These differences in conditions means that the Mantas get their fill of nutrients, whilst the water temperature is maintained at a healthy level for corals to flourish. These conditions then swap - the South of the park will have warm clear water and the North will be cooler.

Am I too inexperienced to dive Komodo?

The diving in Komodo can be a challenge, that's for sure! However, our dive crew and boat crew are experienced in these waters and they know them well. The idea of diving in current is not to be fighting it, but to enjoy it - use it to your advantage. We have divers of all experience levels come and dive with us, and we pride ourselves on our excellent safety record. Certain dive sites are better at certain times and we understand this and schedule our day trips to give you guys the best experience possible. We will not take you to a dive site that we do not feel you are capable of diving, or that will put anyone on the boat in any danger.

Komodo National Park Fees

Diving & Snorkelling Price [IDR] Notes
Komodo Park Fee (Mon-Sat) 275,000 Per person per day
Komodo Park Fee (Sun and Public Holidays) 350,000 Per person per day
Dragon Tour on Rinca Island
Rinca Park Fee (Mon-Sat) 265,000 Per person per day
Rinca Park Fee (Sun and Public Holidays) 340,000 Per person per day
Additional charge for camera use on land 50,000 Per person per day
Ranger guide fee (group of max 4) 80,000 Up to 4 people
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