The Komodo National Park is one of the best dive destination in South East Asia, if not in the world. Located in the southern east of Indonesia, the region acts as a bottleneck between the Indian and Pacific Ocean, getting fed by the constant stream form the two ocean. The result is nutrient-rich water and the bloom of marine life. Komodo water is brimming with all kind of marine creatures; from the wonderful micro life such as nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, variety species of crabs and shrimps, to the ocean giants like reef sharks and Manta Ray. Komodo is also home for more than 250 species of hard and soft corals and more than 1,000 species of tropical fishes which make the underwater bursts with color! Having a scuba diving trip to Komodo is such a dream for many ocean enthusiasts—and here are things you should think of before going there.
Get to Know with the Surrounding of Scuba Diving Komodo
If you have dive trip experiences in your travel journey before, you would know that each dive sites has their own characteristics. Diving in the Great Barrier Reef Australia, let’s say, will not be the same as diving in the Red Sea Egypt. This is the importance of knowing the surrounding of Komodo before you go scuba diving there. It would give you real expectation of the situation and give you better chance to come prepared.
Packing Preparation Based on Komodo’s Surrounding
The Komodo is a set of island spread in Indonesia’ driest region, receiving the fewest rainfall from the rest of the country. This is why most of the islands in Komodo is barren and mostly covered in savannah vegetation. Likewise, the weather could be very hot and humid—sometimes even hotter than Bali. The water is warm, ranging from 22ºC in the south Komodo to 29ºC in the northern region. Common dive suit is the 3mm one, but you can just wear the shortie if you want! Life would be hotter in the diving liveaboard, so we suggest to stock up on swim wears and thin summer t-shirt. Sunscreen is a must, preferably SPF 50 and reef friendly.
Take Sometime for Sightseeing Aside the Diving
Once you set foot on Komodo, you’ll never be able to take off your eyes from it. There’s certain rustic and prehistoric charm to the (seemingly) barren island. Don’t miss your chance to explore these beautiful islands and get spectacular panoramic view from some of the peaks. Set some time on your scuba diving Komodo trip to pay a visit to these incredible islands and see the Komdoo Dragon itself. It’s going to be one of the highlight of your trip.
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Prepare Your Health Document
The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has taught us that, above everything, health is number one. The pandemic changes the rules of travel; one can no longer take pleasure of travelling on a whim. To be able to dive in Komodo, you should apply an eHAC, Indonesia Health Alert Card issued by the Health Ministry of Indonesia. Prepare this alongside your passport and visa.
Book A Scuba Diving Komodo Liveaboard
The easiest way to have an epic scuba diving adventure in Komodo is by hopping on liveaboard. There are countless diving liveaboard docked in Labuan Bajo! Of course, you can always opt to stay at dive resorts that spreads in Labuan Bajo, Komodo Island, Sebayur Island, or other small island within the National Park. However, liveaboard give you the flexibility of dive site options and the privilege to reach dive sites earlier than resorts’ boats. Embarking on liveaboard also give you a unique experience of sailing in remote frontier, which is a trip on itself!