Makasser Reef (Manta Point)
Manta Point, on the east of Komodo
Island, is perhaps one of the most popular stops while
liveaboard diving in Komodo. Given its name, it's not hard to guess
that this dive site is renowned for manta ray sightings.
Sadly, despite being in a protected area (Komodo National Park),
the reef at Manta Point has sustained damage from the destructive
practice of cyanide fishing. However, most divers are drawn here
primarily for the experience of swimming with the rays, and there
are plenty of reefs in better condition nearby.
Batu Bolong is a truly world-class dive site and one of the best
on offer when liveaboard diving in Komodo. The site is an exposed
conical rock between Komodo Island and Tatawa Kecil Island and lies
in the centre of strong currents, which are subject to the
The thriving reef is in amazing condition, with hard corals near
the top that gradually transition to large sponges the deeper you
go. The coral garden is home to a plethora of colourful reef fish,
invertebrates and large pelagics.
Divers can spot everything under the sun here, from huge
napoleon wrasse and tiny orangutan crabs, to well-camouflaged pygmy
seahorses and ostentatious nudibranchs.
Crystal Rock, in the northern part of Komodo Island, is a
seamount with an exposed tip during low tide. Despite it being in
the midst of strong currents, the waters surrounding Crystal Rock
are renowned for their crystal clear visibility.
The site is teeming with sea life, from the colourful array of
soft corals to the large sea fans that sway in the current. It's
well known for pelagic species, such as tuna, grey, white tip and
black-tip reef sharks, and even the occasional dolphin.
There's no doubt that liveaboard diving in Komodo is a
once-in-a-lifetime experience. The combination of thriving reefs
and abundance of pelagic species is spectacular. If you are
considering a dive holiday in Komodo, our expert team can put
together a tailor-made
itinerary to suit your needs.