Komodo is that slice of rare paradise you’ll find nowhere else on earth. Dragon-inhabited, rocky lands with craggy mountains and dry savannah in the islands above were teemed with pristine beaches, clear turquoise water, and vibrant marine life underneath. Diving in Komodo is one of the best in Indonesia, if not the world. Combined with surreal landscape and unrealistic richness of the life underwater, it only take shorts time for people to start visiting this incredible destination. However, there’s still the classic questions for divers and marine enthusiasts upon coming to Komodo; should they stay at dive resort or should they embark on liveaboard?
Diving in Komodo: General Condition
We think that knowing the diving condition in Komodo would play major factor in deciding the type of accommodation you’ll choose. First, you need to know that the Komodo National Park is a small archipelago. It comprises more than twenty islands within the national park. Dive sites are spread from the northern part to southern part of Komodo. There are dive sites to discover in almost every islands in the national park.
The dive conditions itself is quite varied from the relatively calm water to strong currents that dominates most dive sites in Komodo. Some sites with (manageable) strong currents are renown for drift diving. Currents were coming from both Indian and Pacific ocean, bringing rich-nutrient planktons which feeds the marine life. Water temperature are generally warm, ranging from 21ºC in the southern part to 23ºC and up in northern part.
Finding Resorts Around Komodo
The seaside village of Labuan Bajo is the enclave of dive resorts. Lining up the beach, these resorts give spectacular ocean view right from the balconies. Sitting near the piers of Labuan Bajo gives these resort easy access to their private dive boats, where they were tethered. However, a handful of dive resorts could be found outside Labuan Bajo. There are a single dive resort each in Le Pirate Island, Kanawa Island, and in the bay of Sebayur Besar.
Finding Diving Liveaboard in Komodo
Given Komodo’s archipelagic structure, liveaboard is actually the most popular travel mode to explore the area! Finding a diving liveaboard there is very easy. You could either come to Labuan Bajo first and go to agencies along the Soekarno-Hatta road or research the boats and book through their websites. Just like resort, you can choose liveaboard by budget; the backpacker, the middle-class, or the luxurious one.
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Why You’ll Want to Stay at Dive Resort
If you agree to this, a Komodo diving holiday at dive resort would be perfect for you:
- You don’t really want to explore dive sites too far from your area
- You want ultimate relaxation above everything
- Despite being a diver, longer time in boat gives you seasickness
- You are travelling with kids or non-diver companions
- You love having freshwater pools and land-based recreational activities in-between the dives
Why You’ll Want to Stay at Diving Liveaboard
If you’re loving these ideas, then going to Komodo diving trip with liveaboard would be totally perfect:
- You are an ambitious divers and would love to explore every nook and crannies of Komodo’s underwater
- You love being the first to get into dive sites before the day trips start coming
- Sailing in liveaboard for few days don’t get you seasick
- Being “confined” in a boat for few days is not a problem for you
- Having almost nothing to do after darks is totally fine
- You want to experience an authentic live by the sea
So, which one will you choose for your dive trip to Komodo?