Diving in Komodo
The Komodo National Park lies in the Wallacea Region of Indonesia. It's identified by WWF and Conservation International as a global conservation priority area, and is located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores.
Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands creating a total surface area (marine and land) of more than 1,800 km². As well as being home to the Komodo Dragon, or Ora, as it is known to Indonesians, the park provides refuge for many other terrestrial species such as wild pigs, Timor deer, water Buffalo, monkeys and horses.
What to see
An opportunity to view the legendary Komodo dragons during your trip should definitely not be missed, but don't forget to give the underwater world a go as well.
Komodo National Park has one of the world's richest marine environments. It consists of over 260 species of reef-building coral, 70 different species of sponges, crustaceans, cartilaginous fishes (including manta ray and sharks), over a 1,000 different species of bony fishes, as well as marine reptiles and marine mammals such as dolphins, whales, and dugongs.
If you return to port at night, you can also see legions of hunting bats flying in the twilight sky. At night on the Flores Sea, you also have a magnificent view of the stars.
Best times to visit
Although Komodo can be visited all year round, the best time to dive is during the dry season (April to November). Water temperatures North of the Park range between 25 and 29°C. Around the central areas, the temperatures range between 24 and 28°C. The temperatures are lowest in the South, ranging from 22 – 28°C. Waters around Komodo are quite clear (10-30m visibility), although closer to the islands conditions are relatively more turbid.
There are 3 flights leaving from Denpasar in Bali which will take you to the Labuan Bajo Airport (Flores). The car ride to the pier lasts about 10 minutes. Flights fares range from 650,000 to over 2,000,000 Rupiah depending on when your bookings are made.
- Lion Air – can book and pay online fly every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
- Bali - Labuan Bajo Depart 1335 hour Arrive 1500 hr
- Labuan Bajo – Bali Depart 0830 hour Arrive 1000 hour
- TransNusa Air (Book with Bali Agents – firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Merpati Air (Book with Bali Agents – email@example.com)
2 flights daily from Bali to Labuan Bajo around 1100 hr Price about US$220 round trip
Denpasar - Labuan Bajo
( 7 x A Week )
Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat
|Tue, Fri||MV 912||07.00||08.05|
|Labuan Bajo – Denpasar
( 7 x A Week )
|Mon, Wed, Sat||MV 837||16.30||17.35|
|Tue, Fri, Sun||MV 913||08.35||09.40|