The Komodo National Park made it name to the world through the giant, merciless, carnivorous Komodo Dragons which happens to be the last remaining colony on earth. However, the preservation attempts to protect these rare and prehistoric beasts also make significance to the underwater world. The seabed which has been so rich due to the meeting of two currents and its location on the world’s coral triangle are further preserve the pristine corals and the whole marine ecosystem. Today, the Komodo National Park has been renown as one of Indonesia’s finest diving and snorkeling destination. Many divers and even light snorkelers left satisfied after marvelling around Komodo’s underwater splendour. And if you plan to do so, here are few essentials you would be happy to know.
Abundant Snorkeling Sites in Komodo National Park to Choose!
As expected from part of Coral Triangle region, the Komodo National Park has so many snorkeling spots to choose. Kanawa Island, Batu Bolong, Tatawa Besar, and China Shop are just to name a few. Manta Point is a must if you want to see squadrons of Manta Ray “flying” graciously on the blue sea. It’s very shallow and almost guarantee Manta sighting. Another a must-visit snorkeling spot is Turtle City which, just as the name suggest, is a popular hangout for turtles!
Warm Water Temperature
The average water temperature in Komodo is 27ºC – 28ºC (81ºF to 82ºF), which is quite warmer compared to other dive sites in Indonesia. A 3mm dive suites is enough. You can even snorkel in just swimsuits or a shortie dive suits if you want too.
…But the Sun is Almost Unforgiving!
Remember this if you get tempted to snorkel in just bikini or short swimming pants. Though the water is warm, you might want to keep your skin properly covered due to the strong, unforgiving sun. Getting severe sunburn is painful and absolutely no fun!
You Will Likely Get Snorkeling Gears from the Liveaboard
Snorkeling in Komodo National Park comes almost second in nature. That’s why many liveaboard operators provide snorkel gears on board. Most of them has include the rental fee on the package, but some need to be rented separately. Just check in with your Komodo liveaboard operator ti make sure.
But You Won’t Find Snorkeling Equipment for Kids
While snorkeling equipment is mostly readily available for adults, you can’t say the same for kids. They don’t have kids-sized stuffs here in the liveaboard. Kids-size lifesaver jacket is very rare, let alone snorkelling equipment. So if your child is into snorkeling, make sure you bring their own snorkel equipment to the boat.
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You Can Go Snorkeling in Komodo National Park as Family
Yes, you can. Some of the spots in Komodo, such as Kanawa and Pink Beach, are quite gentle for snorkeling. It’s safe for the kiddos provided that you keep a close eye to them. A family snorkeling trip in Komodo National Park could be very enriching and rewarding experience for both you and the kids!
Beware of the Strong Currents
Do you know that the strong currents is one of contributing factors to the health of corals and marine life in Komodo? Yep. Komodo is quite infamous for its strong and dangerous currents. That’s why most of the sites are reserved only for experienced divers with more than 30 dive logs under their belt. This might be great for drift snorkeling, but not so much for amateur snorkelers and kids. Always stick to your guide before and during the snorkel. Listen to their advice and respect the decision—whether it’s safe to snorkel or not. Only talk the kids where the currents is absolutely not dangerous and never leave them alone with themselves.