Apart from the gigantic, ancient dragon lizards that roam the lands, the Komodo National Park offers over thousands of fish species, all kinds of corals, and impressive big fishes like the Manta Rays, dolphins, and sharks. The Komodo lies in the heart of world’s coral triangle, receiving steady streams of rich-nutrients currents which contributes to the healthy bloom of the marine life. Moreover, the government’s strict protection to the national park allow the underwater world to flourish undisturbedly. Diving in Komodo National Park is anything less than impressive and this is why this remote destination should be in your dive list.
The World-Sized Aquarium You’d Find on Komodo National Park Diving
You might have thought that people are exaggerating Komodo’s waters for the sake of tourism before seeing it by yourself. Pristine reef system, crystal-clear waters, and sheer amount of marine biota feature almost every site in Komodo. It’s like jumping in a world-size living aquarium. From every hard coral you have seen documentaries to soft and almost transparent coral in bright colour. The teeming fishes from reef fishes to bigger one like humphead wrasses and barracuda. The appearance of bigger creature like hawksbill turtles and occasionally patrolling sharks. And the small critters like nudies and shrimps that gets busy unnoticed in the ocean floor. This is the general illustration of diving sites in Komodo National Park. Every site is varied, of course, but are just as rich as the others.
The Gentle Giants of the Ocean, Manta Rays
A rare chance to swim with Manta Ray is one of the main reasons why divers and snorkelers alike flock to Komodo. It’s not every day you could meet with these gentle giants yet in Komodo they are plenty! They even frequently ‘fly’ in squadron! You probably has never seen once in during your dive career and yet you’ll probably see as much as five mantas on just a single dive! The Komodo has this spot that serves as Manta Rays’ favourite cleaning station—the Manta Point near Taka Makassar. Sighting is not granted, but the Mantas almost always graced the sites daily.
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The Amazing Macro Critters to Be Found on Komodo National Park Diving
One dive to Komodo and macro lovers will get high for weeks. Seriously, diving in Komodo National Park rewards you with all kind of macro critters imaginable. From the usual nudibranchs, shrimps, and tiger crabs to the endemics of Komodo like sea apples and fire urchins. Some sites even have rarer creatures like “Pokemon” nudis, “Shaun the Sheep” nudis, and pygmy pink seahorses.