Indonesia is part of the famous world’s coral triangle and that means this country offers amazing marine biodiversity under its waves. The Komodo National Park is definitely part of this marine paradise. It’s among the top best of marine life in the country—aside of Raja Ampat, Spice Island, and Bunaken. Diving in Komodo is one of the highlight of many travellers who wander to this archipelago. The Komodo’s underwater burst with life; hard and soft corals of all shapes and kinds, millions of fishes in every colours and species, massive pelagic fishes patrolling round and about, and mesmerizing critters living in the midst of everything. Here’s what you need to notice if you have Komodo’s underwater in your wish list.
Consider the Best Season for Diving in Komodo
There’s basically two best time to have diving trip in Komodo based on your interest. If diving with manta ray is in your top priorities, you better schedule your Komodo trip around December to January. It’s the time nearing the wet season (which fall around January to March) but the sky is still clear and the sea calm. You can have up to ten Manta Rays circling around you during the season!
However, if you don’t mind having fewer Mantas and aim for general best diving experience, you better sail on May to June or September to October. The weather is the best and the sea is at the calmest. These times is rated by many divers for having the best conditions in Komodo.
Consider Embarking in Komodo Diving Liveaboard
You cannot simply come to Komodo, dive in one spot, and go home. The Komodo National Park is comprised by more than 20 small islands spread on the Flores Sea. This means all the diving sites are spread out and you need to hop on a boat to reach them! You have two options; going with a day trip speed boat (which is cheaper) or go on full sailing with diving liveaboard. While it’s obviously pricier, diving liveaboard actually gives a more fulfilling experiences for divers. One, you can reach more remote dive sites earlier than day trip boats. Two, you have everything you need—dive gears, equipment, storage, and special designed space for divers. Three, you get amazing experience of being in the heart of this Jurassic-looking landscape and see everything up close. Diving in Komodo never feel so rewarding in liveaboard trip as you live by the sea during all the time.
Most Diving Sites in Komodo is Affected by Currents
Here’s the best and worst thing that happen on Komodo’s water; the currents. Strong flows of currents bring in rich nutrients for the marine life which results in high and healthy biodiversity that makes Komodo so special in the first place. However, it also means that the diving condition is heavily dictates by the strength of currents. Stronger tides and currents usually happen during new and full moons, but it also greatly varied by the weather of the day. Diving operators in Komodo know this situation the best. The usually know when is the best time to do certain diving according to the lunar calendar and assessment of the sea.
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Have Your Dive Insurance Ready
One thing that you need to prepare if you plan for some underwater adventures in Komodo is diving insurance. There are obvious risks of diving, and thinking about what can go wrong on the diving holiday could kill the fun. Protect yourself with a trusted and reliable diving insurance that covers you on most countries all around the world. Take the appropriate cover for diving and have everything—health, gears, and trip—covered.
Have a good time in Komodo’s breathtaking underwater world!