Komodo Islands – Indonesia
There are two worlds that exist at the Komodo National Park, some 29 islands off Flores in East Indonesia. On first impressions, you have the rough, rugged, dry hilly mounds that make up the islands, surrounded by clear calm turquoise blue sea. But underneath the placid ocean surface is where the real action lies.
The Komodo Islands are located inside the Coral Triangle, ‘the planet’s richest centre of marine life and coral diversity, with over 6,000 species of fish, 76% of the world’s coral species, and an awe-inspiring array of wildlife’ (WWF).
During our diving trip, the most beautiful creature of them all had to be the magnificent manta rays. They would elegantly glide and almost dance for us onlookers while at the ‘cleaning station’, where they have their version of a scrub down thanks to the small cleaner fish.
Known as the ‘Amazon of the Oceans’, we met giant trevally fish, lion fish, manta shrimps, cuttle fish, barracuda as we white tip reed sharks to name a few.
Hawksbill turtles that were camouflaged against the reef would slowly paddle out through schools of fish and up towards the light blue surface (see video below).
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Need to Know:
- Getting here: We flew from Denpasar (Bali) Labuan Bajo on the 8am flight on Saturday morning with Wings Air. The flight takes 1.5 hours.
Accommodation: Along with 5 friends, we hired the Mimic boat with liveaboard company Wunderpus (which I highly recommend).
- Diving: You need to already have an open water diving qualification before you go on the trip. The live aboard organise all your equipment and instructors.
- Duration: We did a 4 day, 3 night trip. You can’t dive the day that you fly so a 4 day trip gives you 3 days of diving.
- When to go: We went in August and the conditions and weather were great. The diving season runs from March – October.