Did you know that diving Komodo is basically divided into 2 seasons and 2 places? The place is in the waters of the north and south. The season, the season of the west wind and southeast wind. The southeast wind season is June-September, the peak is in August, the weather is sunny. Komodo dive sites in northern waters such as Gili Lawa, Batu Bolong, and Taka Makassar. The southeastern wind that blows from Australia is blocked by Rinca Island and the southern part of Komodo Island. The waves caused by the southeast wind do not reach the northern waters and are a favorite time for scuba diving Komodo. The bonus is the view of the islands with brownish savanna, orange, red to the purple sky after sunset is an amazing sight.
Diving Komodo in Northern waters
In the northern waters, divers can find big fish and strong seawater. The northern waters are not recommended for scuba diving beginners. The easy diving spot Komodo is Sebayur Island, which has healthy walls and corals. Divers can dive in Batu Bolong, Castle Rock, Taka Makassar when the current is not too strong. If you do a dive when the current is strong, the risk of the number of fish is not too much.
March – October is the west season. The wind from the west that was blowing hard brought rain clouds that could pour down at any time. The westerly wind has a pause and when it blows hard it will make it difficult for ships to sail because of waves and storms.
Diving in southern waters
If you want to dive during the west wind season, you can choose a diving Komodo spot in the southern waters. The water temperature in the south is colder, around 19 degrees Celsius, and in the west wind season, the water temperature is quite warm, ranging from 25-28 degrees Celsius. There are many interesting dive spots in the southern waters such as Cannibal Rock where you can find colorful corals. You can also find Rhinophias and various nudibranchs. Manta Alley is also a favorite place to dive with mantas.
The west wind season is perfect for seeing manta rays in Taka Makassar with a total of 8-15 individuals. In February – March you can find hundreds of mantas in Taka Makassar. In terms of characteristics, Komodo National Park offers an extraordinary diving experience. Komodo diving spots such as slope, wall, pinnacle, seamount are advantages so that divers will not get bored of diving many times.
The most popular option for reaching many of the Komodo dive spots is liveaboard. Staying on the boat will save you more time to get to dive sites with a wider range.