Your safety is tantamount to us so we meticulously plan our dives according to the conditions at sea and tides. We offer a different itinerary every day with highlight dive sites such as Batu Bolong or Manta Point recurring every week. Whatever your dreams of diving Komodo may be, we can make them a reality.
If you’re interested in more than just diving, twice per week we organise a Jurassic day: 2 dives with a Komodo dragon tour. Scroll down for more information. For additional safety, all our guides dive with a submersible Radio/GPS Nautilus Lifeline.
Our boat Yolande is of a traditional Indonesian build that is comfortable and spacious to fit all your diving needs. It’s designed for relaxation with a large sundeck furnished with mattresses and beanbags. You can sit back and enjoy the views of the islands between the dives.
The lounge provides a shaded area to protect you from the harsh Indonesia sun. Yolande is equipped with a Western toilet and shower for your comfort. Additionally, our dive deck is built for ease of entry and exit from the water. You are sure to enjoy your Komodo diving experience aboard Yolande
On the boat, we serve a big breakfast that consists of omelette on toast, doughnuts, bread, fruits, orange juice, coffee and tea. Our cook on the boat prepares a freshly cooked meal and also caters for guests with dietary constrictions. On the way back we treat you with cake and our signature Belgian Waffles!
Komodo island has many sites from north to south to dive with these gentle giants. Basically we have 2 main manta dive sites: Manta Alley in South Komodo and Manta Point in North Komodo. While South Komodo is only accessible with a liveaboard, you can dive Manta Point in North Komodo with daily dive trip boats.
Welcome to the island of the mighty Komodo dragon. They are a national treasure for Indonesia and reigned as king of their island for hundreds of years. Many people have watched documentaries about these mystical creatures. But are they really that dangerous and scary to visit them in the park?
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In the morning, while the boat is sailing through the park you sit back and enjoy the view of the islands. We start the day with 2 scuba dives in the park. We always try to put in one highlight dive site such as Batu Bolong, Manta Point, Mawan or Tatawa Besar. In between the dives we serve snacks and fruits. After our second dive we serve our homemade lunch and head down South to visit the Komodo dragons on Rinca island.
Arriving in the bay of Loh Buaya you’ll be greeted by the local park ranger that will guide you on the Komodo dragon tour. The park ranger will tell you everything you want to know about these legendary creatures. During the walk, we visit the Komodo dragon’s nest, walk through the forest and hike up a hill to have a magnificent view over the park. This walk takes less than an hour and is suited for all levels of fitness, just don’t forget to bring your walking shoes!
People who do not wish to see the Komodo dragons and can’t get enough of the diving can do a third dive. The third dive is at Wainilu, close to Loh Buaya and is called a ‘muck dive’, meaning we are hunting small sea critters through Xeno soft coral and seagrass such as pygmy cuttlefish, colourful nudibranchs, mandarin fish, ghost pipefish, juvenile ribbon eels and many other camouflaged sea critters that we usually cannot find on a reef.
We offer this dive trip twice a week. Please contact us at [email protected] to check availability. We also offer this trip for snorkelers.
On our Shark Day trip we dive in the North of Komodo, most known for its drift dives, seamounts with pelagic schools of fish and of course sharky waters. The most common sharks we can see in Komodo are the white tip reef sharks, black tip reef sharks and grey reef sharks. because we meticulously plan out our day and select our dive sites according to the tide and sea conditions so that everybody can enjoy the dives on their own level. Here’s a summary of some of the most famous sites in this area of the park.
Castle Rock is situated in the north close to the island of Gili Lawa Laut and is one of the most exhilarating dives in Komodo National Park due to the currents that often flow through and around the dive site. The dive site is a seamount that offers a spectacular variety of fish. Witness schooling fusiliers in the blue being hunted by a team of trevallies looking for easy prey. While white tip reef sharks and grey reef sharks patrolling the depths. At slack tide, it’s easy to swim around the seamount where you can find grazing turtles and moray eels peeking out of their hole.
Crystal Rock is Castle Rock’s big brother that peaks just above the sea level on low tide. The site consists of 2 pinnacles that are covered in soft corals and table corals. It is a stunning dive site that got its name from the crystal clear water surrounding it. Expect to see the patrolling reef sharks, schooling fusiliers, snappers and tunas. Also Napoleon wrasse and Eagle rays can often be spotted here. Finishing the dive on the main pinnacle gives you the best protection from the current and allows you to hunt through the coral looking for scorpionfish, octopus and crocodilefish.
The Cauldron is by far the most known drift dive in the park and is often called ‘The Shotgun’. it’s a narrow passage between the islands Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat. You start in the shallows over a white sandy area decorated by colourful soft corals, barrel sponges and whip corals until you reach the cauldron itself. On the norths side you look up from a mini-cave to see giant trevally and snappers hanging in the current. On the south side of the cauldron is a huge wall decorated with fans, soft coral and sponges. Getting shot out of the cauldron onto a shallow plateau is the most thrilling thing you will experience under water. Further drifting on the plateau you can encounter manta rays, eagles rays, sharks and humphead parrotfish. You finish the dive on a beautiful soft coral garden scattered with gorgonian fans and and sometimes sleeping white tip reef sharks on the white sand.
While diving, expect a big variety of healthy hard and soft corals with tropical fish painting a colourful palette against the blue waters of Komodo. On this day we venture to the center of the park with sometimes dolphins chasing the boat when we’re sailing through these islands. Here are some of the sites we visit on our Aquarium day. For enquiries send an email to [email protected]
Batu Bolong is perhaps the smallest dive site we have in Komodo. It sits in the middle of channel between Komodo island on one side and the smaller islands on the other. You can dive this site on either the North or South side, depending on the tides. Swim past steep rocks, canyons and coral blocks in clouds of damsels, surgeonfish and triggerfish. Many different nudibranch, lion fish and moray eels use the corals as protection. Bigger fish swim around this rock as well: giant sweetlips, napoleon wrasse, blue fin trevallies and sometimes white tip reef sharks. While hawksbill turtles swim up for a breath of fresh air or having a snooze on the reef.
A lot of divers call this site ‘Turtle City’ and it definitely didn’t steal its nickname. This protected bay surrounded by mangroves is a massive hard coral garden converted into a beauty salon for turtles. Everywhere you will see green turtles lounging and waiting for to the cleaner wrasses and surgeon fish to scrape the algae off their shells. In between the corals you can spot pufferfish, lionfish and crocodilefish. On some sandy parts we can even encounter a sleeping white tip reef shark.
Tatawa Besar is one of the larger sites in the park and a mild drift dive where you dive the whole East side of the island. Let the current gently take you over the massive barrel sponges and hard corals. Watch out for the schools of sweetlips, fusiliers and black tip reef sharks swimming in the shallows. Very often manta rays and eagle rays like to come here and hang in the current.
It’s true, the manta rays have put Komodo island on the map for the dive community. But a lot of divers leave this place in awe because of its abundance of marine life and vast gardens of healthy coral reef.
Komodo island is situated in the Coral Triangle: the area between Malaysia, Papua and the Philippines. This area has the highest diversity in fish species and coral reef in the world. But what makes Komodo stand out are the currents from the Savu sea and Flores sea that bring in an explosion of nutrients that give an extra boost to its rich biodiversity.
Read our blog post summarising the most common marine life you can find in Komodo National Park. Dive in!
No problem! Our Discover Scuba Dive course lets you try your first Komodo diving experience for a day on our daily dive boat without the need of a certification. You will learn all the basics about scuba diving from our experienced PADI dive instructors and will help you navigate the wonders below. You can find more information here. In case you’re not keen on diving, you can always join our boat to explore Komodo snorkeling and see the Komodo dragons on our Jurassic days. More info you can find here.
Unfortunately we can never guarantee that you’ll see a manta ray during your scuba dive here in Komodo. We cannot force mother nature for them to show up every day. Luckily Komodo is one of the few dive spots in the world where we see manta rays all year round. From the months of September until May we have a ‘manta season’ that would be the best time to dive with these gentle giants and see them in bigger numbers. Also certain dive sites have a better chance the see the manta rays than others. Such dive sites are Manta Point, Mawan, Tatawa Besar, Cauldron and Golden Passage. The best thing you can do to increase your chances to see a manta ray is diving a couple of days. It would be a shame coming all the way here and have missed them!
Absolutely. Komodo is more than just diving in current. The national park has many sites that are suitable for all level of divers. We meticulously plan our dives according to the tides and sea conditions. The dive groups on the daily boat are divided according to our guests dive certification and experience level with no more than 4 guests per Dive Master. With this we can ensure you to have fun, safe dives during your diving trip in Komodo. We have laid out all you need to know in our blog post here. And if you’re still hesitating, consider doing the PADI Advanced course to expand you skills and experience under the guidance of one of our experienced PADI dive instructors.
We get this question often, even from advanced divers. When divers start researching komodo diving experiences on the internet the first thing that pops up are the currents in Komodo. We take people of all dive levels on our daily dive boat and liveaboard so we never go looking for strong currents in particular.
Most of the times we start with dive sites that have no current at all, such as Siaba Besar or Sebayur Kecil. It’s a piece of mind for our guests not to worry about currents on the first dive and just get back in the water and find your dive rhythm again. With our planning of the day we also plan sites that we consider ‘intro drift dives’ such as Tatawa Besar or Manta Point. These sites have current but they are shallow are not as intense as the others. As a lot of dive sites are very close to each other within the park. We always have an alternative site in our plan if conditions are not as expected.
Taking people into a drift dives are our dive professionals fortée. Everything starts with a thorough dive briefing that covers all the aspects of the dive site, details on current behaviour and do’s and don’ts during a drift dive. Diving in groups not bigger than four divers gives our dive guide the oversight to lead the dive safely and and be able to anticipate.
Don’t hesitate to ask us which dives would fit you when sending an e-mail or walking into our shop. We always help and suggest which dives are adequate for you and make sure you have the best time blowing bubbles here in Komodo with us.
Yes, recently installed in SILOAM Hospital which is a private hospital with modern facilities. Use of the Decompression chamber is not included in the package, however if guests have dive insurance it is usually covered. At Manta Rhei you can always opt to purchase a daily DAN Insurance in case your personal travel insurance does not cover diving.