It is that time of the year when everyone is busy planning a holiday getaway to some exceptional destination.
If you are a diving or a snorkeling lover, read through this article as we take you through some of the best diving destinations in the world.
Indonesia has been named as one of the best countries in the world when it comes to diving experiences. The Komodo National Park to be precise is considered as one of the dive highlights in the Indonesian underwater paradise.
Some of the highlights that make Komodo National Park one of the best include:
- Millions of reef fish which come in different shapes, sizes and colors.
- The variety and amount of fish species found in the islands.
- Visibility of sharks hunting in the crystal clear waters.
- Plenty of massive pelagic fish.
- The massive presence of manta rays.
- The famous Komodo dragons trailing the Komodo and the Rinca islands.
The Komodo National Park experiences two seasons yearly; the dry and the wet seasons. This however should not alter your plans for that vacation since you can dive around the Komodo Islands all year round.
Generally, Komodo island diving can be done either via a liveaboard or by dive resort. The difference being that onboard a liveaboard, you get to explore all the Komodo Islands on a cruise ship.
Diving Komodo Islands via a dive resort gives you the opportunity to always come back to your hotel room after a long day of exploration.
Both options usually offer a great experience depending on your preference and budget.
Some of the best dive sites in Komodo Islands
Manta Point Komodo
The manta point komodo is definitely one of the most dived sites in the Komodo National Park. This is because, this spot gives you the opportunity to dive with the manta rays schooling in that particular area.
Although the mantas can be seen all year round, December through February is usually the best season for the manta rays. During this period, you can enjoy having around 20-30 manta ray giants circling around you as you take your dive.
Batu Bolong stands for a rock with a hole in it. This spot derived its name from the feeling one gets when diving in this site.
Descending in the crystal clear water right next to this rock gives you the feeling of being in an aquarium, literally.
This is because, from this dive spot, you can see massive schools of small fish that resembles the zebras.
Barracudas, blue spot trevally, giant trevally, colorful fish and a variety of pelagics are some of the wonderful species you can look out for while diving at this spot.
To catch a glimpse of a sea horse or even a blue ring octopus, then think diving in Wae Nilo. With a temperature of 27C, Wae Nilo is a diving spot close to the Rinca island.
It offers some classic muck diving sites with flat sandy bottoms. When diving in this site, you can be guaranteed to discover some very unique and awesome things.
Tatawa Besar offers an awesome drift drive. It is the home to the king of camouflage, the cuttlefish. Marine life can be very interesting.
Coupled with its beautiful hard and soft corals, Tatawa Besar is also home to huge Napoleon wrasses, bluefin trevallies, blue spotted stingrays, white tip reef sharks, leafy scorpion fish and so much more.
The dive spots in Komodo Islands are numerous. Some have strong currents while others have down currents. Varying experience is usually required when diving in these spots.
As a result, it is advisable to have a travel insurance that covers your trip, health and diving gear.
Also, it is good to always understand all the aspects that come with diving such as the boats you are going to use, the dive leaders and their overall experience.