The Best Dive Sites in Komodo Marine Park

July 14, 2011 No Comments » – Komodo Marine Park (Castle Rock & Cannibal Rock) is The Best Dive Sites in The World by Scuba Travel UK and 2011 Top 100 Gold List by Scuba Diving.

Here are The Best Dive Sites in Komodo Marine Park:

Castle Rock
Curious batfish as well as schooling barracuda, trevally and mackerels swim at 30- 40m depth. At approximately 20m depth there is excellent soft coral growth and numerous seafans that host pygmy seahorses. The top of the rock is a good, calm place to explore during safety stops.

Note to diver, this site usually has excellent visibility but is prone to strong currents. The current usually flows eastwards and is much stronger at the surface than in the deeper water. However, the top of the rock, which is approximately 3 to 4m deep, also offers shelter from the current; hence the name “Castle Rock”. Recommended dive entry point is in blue water approximately 50m up-current from the shallowest point of the reef.

Cannibal Rock
This site is famous for its varied and colorful invertebrate life. Rich soft corals abound as well as sea apples and other sea cucumber species. Amongst many surprises are flamboyantly colored nudibranchs, and fire urchins with Coleman shrimp. The fish life can also be quite good at times with an array of scorpion fishes, schools of red snappers and surgeon fishes. Unusual fishes such as pygmy seahorses, and frogfishes may also be seen.

You will be amazed at the amount of life to be discovered at this site, frog fish, nudibranchs, sea pens, sea apples, leaf fish, rays, ghost pipe fish, seahorses, your camera battery will run out before you end the dive.

Note to diver, Cannibal Rock is a small seamount in well protected Loh Dasami Bay, between Rinca and Nusa Kode, which allows for easy diving with little current. Night dives are excellent, especially on the sandy slope of the northern side of the island starting at about 25 m depth.

The season is year round with November to January seeing the best conditions as far as visibility is concerned. The seas can kick up a little in different areas, such as the northern sites during January to March and the southern sites during July and August.

Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 5 – 30m
Currents: Can be very strong – up to 8 knots
Water Temperature: 20 – 27°C
Experience Level: Intermediate – advanced
Not so great for: Wrecks and beginner divers
Great for: Large animals, small animals, wall dives, underwater photography, drift diving, reef life and health, and advanced divers

Komodo National Park: The Real Wonder of The World. One of the last frontiers of the underwater world – Diving in Komodo is like nothing on earth. Amazing!

Let’s explore Komodo Marine Park and Happy Green Dives!

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