Natural Marine Park and World Heritage Site, Komodo has been also rated as a "New 7 Wonders of the World". Komodo Liveaboard diving is all about diversity! Located in between the Indian and the Pacific Oceans together with the Flores Sea, Komodo National Park features two completely different marine environments. From large pelagics to tiny macro creatures underwater, these islands also represent high interest with their endemic land inhabitants.
North Komodo Diving
Best time to go: April - NovemberWhy this one
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- Northern Part of Komodo National Park is all about rocks, pinnacles and walls covered by hard and soft corals, sponges and filled by rich marine life.
- Northern dive sites is the right place to encounter big game with Turtles, Dolphins, Reef Sharks, Giant Trevallies, and Napoleon Wrasses other pelagics!
- Northern hills of main Komodo Island has the most comfortable diving conditions throughout the year with water temperatures around 27-28°C/80-82°F and visibility 25-35m.
Manta Ray Season
The best time to dive with Manta Rays in Komodo National Park are the months from December through February. Southern waters are full of massive planktonic foods that attract these majestic creatures and other filter feeders.Search for offers
Big Travel Plans
Special selection of liveaboard diving tours to Komodo National Park with different departure and return ports. Plan to dive Komodo while traveling from/to Bali / Bima / Maumere.Search for offers
South Komodo Diving
Best time to go: November - AprilWhy this one
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- Southern waters of Padar and Rinca Islands are true heaven for macro fans. Diving is rich with all types of tiny creatures and invertebrates like pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, holythurians and frog fish.
- Due to continuous upwelling the masses of plankton result in spirited marine life. Those are absolute perfect conditions that attract Manta Rays and other filter feeders.
- If you are interested in underwater photography, do not even hesitate to visit Southern sites. You will definitely come up from the water with some best shots from your liveaboard diving trip!
Komodo Low Budget Travel
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Short Komodo Trips
Special selection of Liveaboards offering short diving trips to Komodo National Park. Join a liveaboard for a 3-4 day trip.Search for offers
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Why go diving on liveaboard in Komodo
The Komodo National Park is one of the richest and most diverse marine environments not just in Indonesia, but in the whole world. It encompasses over a thousand species of fish and 250 species of corals. The park is divided by divers into its northern and southern parts due to the distinctly different marine environments and their inhabitants. The north is famous for more luxury liveaboard Komodo itineraries due to the warmer water and better visibility, while the south is the home for large pelagic creatures, such as whales sharks, dugongs, and Manta rays.
Most itineraries here are regularly of 7 nights (8 days) long, yet many offers also come for 12 nights (11 days) tours. Shorter trips 3-4 nights (4-5 days) are also popular in Komodo. On average you can make 3-4 dives per day, however Aggressor fleet offers a possibility of up to 5 dives per day.
Best itineraries and Diving Season
All offers for both luxury Komodo liveaboard and low budget Komodo liveaboard are based on two itineraries, namely North Komodo and South Komodo. Depending on the season, you may also find routes created for closer encounters with whales, sharks, the Sun fish, and Manta rays.
If you love warm water, then North Komodo itineraries are just what you wanted! The average water temperature here is between 27-28℃ (80-82℉), so a short-sleeved 3 mm suit would be absolutely enough here. The visibility is also better in the north than in the south and reaches 25-35 m (82-115 ft). The sea life is typical here for most tropical seas: colorful combinations of hard and soft corals, large schools of Anthias, the amazing Angel Fish, reef sharks and Giant Trevally.
South Komodo is well-known for its cooler waters; the average temperature here is between 22-24℃ (71-75℉). For itineraries in this region full length suits with hoods are recommended. The visibility here is between 7-18 m (23-60 ft). The waters in the south are rich with plankton coming from the depth of the Indian Ocean. Due to the currents and plankton the underwater life is flourishing here at all times. You can find soft corals, large branching corals, and fans in plenty. The South is famous for its Makassar Reef & Manta Alley where Manta rays and Mola Mola can be spotted with the highest probability. Rinca Island is the best place to meet with the Komodo Dragons.
Komodo liveaboards: read before you go
Upon arrival to Indonesia you will receive a free visa for 30 days, in case you plan to stay for longer time, make sure to get a Visa upon Arrival which costs $35 per month and can be extended later. In case you get a regular visa and stay longer than 30 days in Komodo, you’ll have to pay the fine of around $74. There is also an airport tax applicable for all passengers at check in. It must be paid in local currency, so make sure you have some. The Bali Airport Domestic Tax (DPS) is 40,000 Rupiahs (around $3); Bali Airport International Tax is 200,000 Rupiahs (around $15).
Remember to include special diving-related fees into your Komodo liveaboard budget: every guest must pay a park or a port fee which equals $150 for Komodo National Park, $180 for Forgotten Islands, and $180 Wakatobi. Besides the fees, take some extra money for crew tips that are paid at the end of your tour.
In terms of scuba gear, underwater computers are mandatory for each guest. Locals also advise taking reef hooks for some dive spots and signaling buoys for personal safety. The suit can be up to 5 mm, however 3 mm (full suit for south itineraries and short sleeve for north itineraries) is a recommended option.