Komodo Island - Divesite Description - Part 2
Most of the dive sites around the Komodo Archipelago has the Komodo Island. There are great dive sites to be found in our Komodo Island Dive Site Description Part 2
Dive Site Lohwenci Reef - Loh Liang (Komodo) Island
A good variety of hard and soft corals, plenty of fish life and other marine creatures can be found at this site. This site is a pleasant, relatively current-free dive just north of the ranger station where there is a small white sandy beach and a group of low, black rocks sitting on the reef. The entry point is just off the small white beach. The dive continues towards the ranger station with the reef at left.
Dive Site Langkoi Rock
This site can be a real adrenalin rush at the right time. Many sharks such as Grey reefs, Whitetip reef sharks, hammerheads and bronze whalers aggregate around this site from July to September. Also a potentially good place to see pelagic fish as well as resident potato cods at the southern point in 30 meters of water. This submerged pinnacle dive is located southeast of Langkoi Island. The site is very exposed to current and sometimes to big surge. Usually a swell banks up against the pinnacle but on a calm day the site can be difficult to find. A GPS position is recommended as the pinnacle is not marked on most charts of the area. The rock rapidly plummets into very deep water . Best diving entry is to jump in upcurrent from the pinnacle, dive straight down, hang on the wall and watch the show of fishes. This dive should not be attempted by inexperienced divers.
Dive Site The Alley - Loh Liang (Komodo) Island
This area is marked with very large giant trevally, sharks, beautiful coral and a high diversity of other invertebrate life in relatively shallow water between 5-20m depth. Sometimes lots of manta rays may be seen feeding between September and January each year. The tiny rocky islands in this southern Komodo bay are great for snorkeling and diving, with even if there are no mantas. Only little damage has been done to the corals in this area and the damaged corals seem to be recovering rapidly. The best diving entry point is on the northeastern side of a rock located near a coral mound that is submerged 3-5m below the surface The temperature of the water can drop to the low 20°C range and this site tends to be current-prone.
Dive Site German Flag - Loh Liang (Komodo) Island
From September to January high densities of plankton attract many large manta rays that can normally be seen swimming on the surface along the shores and rocks along southern Komodo Island. The nearshore water is quite shallow (5 - 20m deep) and is composed of large rocks and boulders that shelter huge malabar grouper, potato cod, napoleon wrasse, schools of surgeon fishes and red snappers. Cooler water from the upwellings off the south coast provide a nutrient-rich environment in this area. There is usually current at this site and a drift dive is usually the best way to go.
Dive Site South Tala
Abundant small fish life at shallower depths, interesting invertebrate life on the walls and lots of larger fish somewhat deeper. Enormous schools of surgeon fish sometimes obscure views. Schools of large red snappers, whitetip reef shark and huge groupers further down amongst the boulders frequent the reef. The southern point of Tala island is characterized by steep rocky walls and occasional strong surge.
Dive Site Tanjung Loh Sera - Loh Liang (Komodo) Island
Large pelagic fish like dogtooth tuna can be seen circling off the point and around the pinnacles. Turtles and large fish such as monster- sized giant trevallies, potato cod, malabar grouper, schools of bumphead parrotfish, napoleon wrasse, manta rays and much more can be seen along the wall. Superb diving all along the southern point of Loh Sera, or off the point towards underwater pinnacles. Due to potentially strong currents only experienced divers should attempt to swim to the pinnacles. Beginner divers should stay along the wall. Great snorkeling along the northern shore of this cape.
Dive Site Indihiang - Loh Liang (Komodo) Island
Many big fish and good coral diversity can be seen when drift-diving along the steep walls. Top attractions include potato cod, large Napoleon wrasse and schools of giant trevallies and snappers. This small island with steeply dropping walls is close to Loh Liang and an ideal location for divers starting from Komodo Island. This dive has to be planned around slack tide to avoid excessive currents. The best time to dive here is at the end of falling tide when the current has slowed down and allows an easy north to south drift dive along the eastern wall.
Dive Site Loh Namu - Loh Liang (Komodo) Island
An excellent site for groupers and Napoleon wrasse. Most of the fish on this reef are found near the southern corner where some large boulders spread out over the drop-off. A few caves also offer hiding places for interesting marine life. Some of the largest coral trout schools seen in the Park are here along with malabar groupers and huge Napoleon wrasse, which may aggregate here to spawn. You may also find a giant T. gigas clam at 8 meters depth.Dive around the point of Loh Namu peninsula from south to north at a depth of about 28 m, and always just before high tide.
Dive Site Pantai Merah - Loh Liang (Komodo) Island
There as a great variety of fishes here and also a good selection of critters such as leaf scorpionfish, blue ribbon eels, crocodile fish, nudibranchs, and more. Visibility varies but is best during falling tide. This is the most frequently visited site in the Park for snorkeling and diving. Snorkeling is excellent from the beach and there is a very good dive around a small area of reef around a steep rocky wall which is visible from the surface of the water at low tide. This site is also a very good night dive and offers excellent macro-photography opportunities. Several mooring buoys are stationed at this site.
Dive Site Darat Passage South - Loh Liang (Komodo) Island
Turtles can be seen on this pretty coral reef. At 20-25m depth to the south of the point, many small coral trout, large schools of anchovies and small tuna and trevallies come in to feed in the bay. Deeper along the bottom of the slope fish life increases; garden eels sway and whitetip reef sharks sleep on the sandy bottom near the point. Good snorkeling here although a lot of damage has been done by fish bombing and reef gleaning (meting).The entry point for this dive site is inside the bay along the eastern shore of the peninsula with the reef to the left side of the diver. The best time to dive is when the current is running from east to west through the narrow passage between Gililawa Darat and Komodo Island. The dive ends when the current brings you around the point. The best place to see many fish while snorkeling is at the tip of the point.Gililawa Bay is a good anchorage for boats.
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