Pengah is one of our favourite sites to dive in conjunction with a trip to see the dragons as it is located to the North of Rinca on route from the Loh Buaya rangers station to the sites in Central Komodo. This steep sided, rocky seamount is surrounded by nutrient rich waters teeming with marine life and below the surface the seamount is covered with healthy Hard/soft Coral and Sponges. Midday to afternoon the sunlight illuminates the reef creating views that are hard to beat, add to this the abundance of marine life of all shapes and sizes and you have one amazing divesite !! Species to be found here include Turtles, Banded Seasnakes, Schools of fusiliers being chased by Bluefin/Giant Trevally, Bumphead Parrotfish as well as a a wide variety of Nudibranch, Flatworms, Orangutang Crabs amongst the Bubble Coral and much much more…Please be aware though that this site is prone to strong currents and can experience strong rips and down currents at the edges of the rock where the current splits. At slack tides and in low current the site is suitable for all but in strong current this site is only suitable for experienced divers and can occasionally be rendered impossible to dive.
One of the top divespots in komodo sites purely for the diversity of marine life and the stunning coral garden, this site can be tricky to dive when the currents are running fast. We try to dive this site at the end of a falling tide approaching slack when we can drop in to the north of the island onto a plateau at around 14m which has several beautiful table corals and an abundance of fish. From here we drop down to between 18 to 25m to explore the boulders and overhangs to be found on the western side of the island before ascending to the shallows where what we feel is one of the most beautiful coral gardens in Komodo can be found. It is hard to list the marine life that can be found here as you can encounter almost anything !! From Manta to Pygmy Seahorse, solitary Reef/Leopard Sharks to huge schools of Snapper and Rainbow Runners this site rarely fails to amaze our guests.
This large island offers two great drift dives starting from the same point on the northern tip of the island. This site has one of the most amazing reef systems in Komodo, huge beds of hard coral interspersed with sponges, hydroids and soft coral teeming with marine life. Definitely a site for turtle lovers this site is home to many Hawksbill Turtles as well as Cuttlefish, Sweetlips and Grouper along the reef. Out in the blue schools of Fusiliers and Blue Fin Trevally can be seen, also keep an eye out above as Manta are regular visitors here cruising along the top of the reef. The current here can be fast but relax and enjoy the ride as towards the end of the dive it slows and sheltered areas can be found for your safety stop.
This tiny rock located in a passage between Komodo and Tatawa is widely regarded as one of the best sites in Central Komodo. The coral cover is abundant and the whole rock is teeming marine life with something to suit everybody! The keen eyed will spot an abundance of beautiful Nudibranchs , Coral Shrimp and Crabs amongst the coral, swarms of Anthias , Butterfly Fish and Sergeant Majors make the whole reef seem alive with color whilst at depth Reef Sharks, Turtles and big Napoleon Wrasse can be seen. The current in this passage can be very strong at times, which attracts a lot of large fish to the seamount including Giant Trevally, Tuna and Surgeon Fish. This site is best dived around slack tide, diving either the North or South side depending on the tide. Many people dive here twice to experience the very different topography of the North and South sites.
As the name suggests these three large Reef Shoals that run North to South along the East coast of Komodo Island is the place for spotting the beautiful Manta Rays. Manta gather here for large part of the year to feed and frequent the cleaning stations dotted along the reef. Whilst not as beautiful as many of the reef systems here there are still treasures to be found amongst the occasional coral patches if you take the time to look. Mantis Shrimp and Nudibranchs amongst the coral rubble, Reef and Leopard Sharks, Marble Rays and Turtles are also regularly seen. Dependent on tide this site is dived from North to South or vice versa and in strong current you can cover upto 1km with the boat collecting you at the end of the dive.
A great muck dive and a real favourite with macro fans and photographers, this often ignored divesite to the west of a small island near the entrance to Loh Buaya has some real gems to offer. The top of the slope is covered with coral rubble and deeper down the gentle slope the sand is littered with soft coral. An unusually tranquil dive by Komodo standards this is a divesite where spending a little time looking carefully can reward you with many critters not normally found on other sites. Regular finds include Frogfish, Seahorses, Stonefish, Scorpionfish, various Ghost Pipefish, Dragonets, Mandarin Fish as well as a host of juveniles of all varieties. If you like your critters then this is a must dive for you !!
An exciting and spectacular dive in the right conditions, suited to experienced divers as the current can be very strong and a fast negative entry is often required. On descent to 20-25 metres we frequently encounter Whitetip Reef Sharks immediately, Giant Trevally and Napoleons. A little deeper and Grey Reef Sharks can also be found occasionally, here we find a clear patch of rock to hold onto or use a reef hook and sit in the current enjoying the show. Huge schools of Black Surgeonfish, Trevally, Barracuda and fusiliers can be seen. From here we head to the seamount itself to look for sleeping Reef Sharks, Crocodile Fish, Hawksbill Turtles, Eels and Scorpionfish. The dive ends with the safety stop at the top of the seamount often in strong current but there is plenty still to see for the 3 minutes you spend there including beautiful Moorish Idols and often yet more Blue and Giant Trevally.
An amazing divesite that rarely fails to please but once again due to strong currents at times is suitable mainly for more experienced divers. Named for the crystal clear waters surrounding the site for many months of the year and consists of 2 seamounts with a saddle between. The tip of the eastern seamount is just visible, the western seamount reaches 15m below the surface and the saddle between is a great place to hide from the current and see all the action….As mentioned before this divesite is prone to strong currents with occasional whirlpools and down currents at the northern and southern points of the eastern seamount. At slack tide you can explore the whole divesite but there is much more fish action here when the current is stronger. We generally descend to the west of the eastern seamount, make a crossing over the saddle to the eastern seamount then back again to make the safety stop in the shelter behind the main rock. There is so much to see here with something to suit everybody, an abundance of macro life amongst the hard/soft coral that encrust the pinnacles as well as Moray Eels, Scorpionfish and Lionfish. Off the rock you can see Eagle Rays, Reef Sharks, Trevally, Napoleon and many more…including the occasional Dolphin if you are very lucky !!
This passage between Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat on the northern tip of Komodo Island provides one of the most exhilarating and exciting dives in the park when dived on a fast tide!! Definitely a site only for the more experienced diver this site takes you through passages, flying over rocky ridges and down into sandy bottom cauldrons with churning waters overhead before exiting from a beautiful reef in a sheltered back eddy to the north. Regular sightings here include Reef Sharks, Giant Trevally, Manta, Turtle, schools of Midnight Snapper and Sweetlips. Best dived on a falling tide this site is not to be missed on any trip to Komodo.
This passage to the south of the Cauldron between Komodo Island and Gili Lawa Darat is a more sedate drift dive than the Cauldron but has a lot to offer. Dived generally on a rising tide you drift from a sheltered bay on Gili Lawa Darat, around the point which has a beautiful reef generally frequented by Turtles and schools of fish. From here you can descend to around 20m where schools of Anchovy gather and Tuna and Trevally come to feed. As we descend further even more fish life can be seen with resting Reef Sharks and Garden Eels peeking above the sandy bottom.