Scuba diving in Batu Bolong
Batu Bolong dive site is situated between Komodo Island to the west and small Tatawa Island to the east and features a rocky pinnacle that lies in 75m/246ft of water. Due to its exposure to strong currents, the site has been avoided by fishermen and, therefore, the volume of fish in surrounding waters is phenomenal. From the shallow waters with thousands of colorful small reef fish, to deeper water levels with big pelagic species, divers will be amazed with the quantity of fish in Batu Bolong. This dive site is a great place to observe the diversity of marine life. Strong currents at this site can sometimes make diving extremely challenging, and diving can be only possible in the cover of the pinnacle, either on the northern or southern side of the rock, depending on the direction of the current.
When to go
Diving is possible throughout the year as the annual water temperature ranges from 23C/71F to 26C/75F.
What to see
The walls and crevices of the pinnacle are covered with beautiful coral growth which attracts vast shoals of small reef fish. Also, there is an unbelievable population of big pelagic fish, including tuna, barracuda, giant trevallies, Napoleon wrasse and whitetip reef sharks. Hawksbill turtles are also seen frequently as they feed on the sponges and tunicates of the rock.
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