It’s Komodo time again! When the weather here in Bali dries out it means we can take the umbrella out of the car and get our dive gear ready fro Komodo season. This year we headed to Komodo for back-to-back trips aboard the Indo Siren, our platform for our spring trips to Raja Ampat.
Komodo is bordered on the north by the Pacific Ocean and the south by the Indian Ocean. This means that we spent time diving both oceans which vary significantly in their visibility, temperature, and species diversity.
In north Komodo the majority of the dives focus on reefs and pinnacles that are alive with fish and amazing soft corals as well as sharks and turtles.
At Sangean volcano north of the park awesome macro mixes with underwater hot gas vents.
Southern Komodo with such iconic dive sites as Cannibal Rock, Torpedo Alley & Yellow Wall of Texas. Normally the south is associated with awesome muck diving due to its black sand and a pretty good supply of critters. In truth Cannibal and Yellow Wall are some of the most colorful and fishy dive sites in the park but due to the average visibility they are not really renowned as wide-angle dive sites.
Across the way on the main island of Komodo is Manta Alley, a rather imposing site when the swell is up it can be carnival ride filled with mantas and anthias. The mantas will usually alternate between a fairly protected and calm cleaning station which sits at 90+ feet and hanging in the ripping current of a small channel feeding on plankton.
No Komodo trip is complete without a stop at Batu Bolong in current city. This small rock has some of the fishiest and healthier hard coral reefs around.
Komodo’s diverse cross section of dive sites and the added bonuses of Komodo dragons and it’s relative closeness to Bali make it one of our favorite places to dive. Every time we come to Komodo we are reminded of what makes Indonesia one of the greatest dive destinations on the planet and why we call it home.
A special thanks to the excellent crew of the Indo Siren and our awesome guests!