dive sites

Sebayor Kecil The North western corner of Sebayor Kecil is one of the better dive sites at closer distance to Labuan Bajo. A small reef is extending towards the north west and around the edges where it drops of to greater depths, at a few hundred meters from the shore, there are some large boulders around which we can usually see groups of giants trevally, whitetip reef shark, coral trout, snappers and emperors. The edges of the drop along the north coast of the island. Current can be quite strong in this area.

Tatawa Besar East and West Starting at the northwestern tip of tatawa there is a good drift dive down the east and western sides of Tatawa in about 8 to 20 meters of water. There is good reef fish life and an endless field of orange soft corals. Manta's are sometimes seem in this area also. Normally it is an easy drift dive but can become quite fast on a strong falling tide.

Tatawa Kecil A small island south of Tatawa Besar island with fantastic snorkeling when the current is not to fast. With a large and unexperienced group this is only possible around slack tide. Its best to dive the westernside of the island, rocks, caves and beautifulcoral gardens in the shallows Many coral reef fishes, including large groupers, snappers, sweetlips, jacks and sharks. Tatawa Kecil is probably the anthias (small colorful serranide fish) capitol of the world! Dugongs have been spotted here.and manta rays are often seen on the southern side.

Batu BolongBatu Bolong is a tiny rocky island in the strait between Tatawa and Komodo. This rock is one of the top diving locations in the park but it can only be dived around slack tide, when there is not too much current. This area is undamaged because the current and topography (steep walls) make it impossible for local fishermen to use their dynamite and cyanide fishing techniques. The dive starts right at the surface with colorful corals and other invertebrate life and thousands of small colorful fish. In deeper water, along the steep walls many large fish, including sharks, napoleon wrasse, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna, and large schools of rainbow runners can be observed on almost every occasion.

Siaba Kecil Siaba Kecil offers one of the best drift dives in the park. Start at the north of the island and heading south, you follow the reef edge at about 8 and 20 meters. The current can be very strong on this reef. The reef face is filled with small caves harbouring angel fish and sweetlips. Giant Trevalli cruise past curiously. At the end of the dive you are pushed up onto a shallow reef plateau with a pristine hard coral garden, which hosts numerous turtles and Mandarin Fish!

Karang Makassar / Manta Point Famous for its agreggations of up to 100 manta rays. Makasar is a long gentle drift dive. Mantas can be found through the site under the right conditons and season, as well as schools of humphead parrot fish, bamboo sharks, marble rays, and other rich fish life on the rock outcrops. Not to be missed if the Manta's are there in good numbers!

Castle Rock Prone to current, this site is a sea mound. It usually has excellent visibility. Usually the current is flowing to the east and is much stronger at the surface than in the deeper water . If you enter in the blue water approximately 100 metres up currents from the shallowest point and swim down 30 to 40 meters divers are usually met by 3 or 4 very friendly batfish, schooling barracuda, jacks, and mackerels are often encountered. In approximately 20 meters of water thre is execellent soft corals growth and numerous fans that are host to pigmy seahorses. The top of the rock is approximately 3 to 4 meters of water and offers shelter from the current, hence castle rock. This is a good place to look around during your safety stop.

Crystal Bommie The top of crystal bommie is exposed at low tide. This site also experiences very clear water, hence crystal bomie. A very colorfull dive with excellent softcoral coverage which is also prone to current. The current usually flows to the east. Best time to dive is during slack-tide. Frogfish, morays, scorpionfish are quite common on this site. Thousands of anthias and schools of yellow-ribbon sweetlips are always encountered. There is a small mound north west of the rock where different species of fish school seasonally. Tuna and mackerel frequently buzz this site. This is an execellent dive and usually worth doing twice.

Three Sisters Three Sisters is a site north of pillarstien . There are 3,quite large submerged rocks within easy swimming distance of each other, each rock is only about 10 meters apart. They are sitting on the sand in about 20 meters of water and rise 3 to 5meters from the surface.It is a very prestine site covered in coral growth and rich in fishlife .They can be hard to find as its not marked on any charts and the rocks lay just below the surface. The rocks run in a line towads the eastst about 100 meters from a small reef that juts out on the eastern side of the island.It is often current affected but ususlly always diveable if you are one of few divers in this world that still don't mind having to swim.If you are adventurous there is actually a fourth sister located further to the west that starts in about 20meters of water and drops down to 40 with some impressive fans and good life on it.