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Diving Indonesia's Komodo National Park
The Big Picture
After a hot sweaty hike up the hill on the island of Loh Buaya, in Komodo National Park, one is rewarded with this beautiful view. Loh Buaya is one of two Komodo dragon sanctuaries in the park where tourists can safely view these fearsome animals, with the other being located on Komodo Island.
Komodo National Park, deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, is comprised of three significant islands – Komodo, Rinca and Padar, and some of the coastal area of the large island of Flores (where the airport of Labuan Bajo is located – the embarkation point of many live-aboard boats). It also includes 26 smaller islands, and the waters that surround this entire area. It is approximately 220,000 hectares in size (land and water combined), is sparsely populated, and is legendarily beautiful, with epic marine biodiversity.
There is some land-based diving available out of the town of Labuan Bajo on Flores, but to really see Komodo at its best, it is recommended to dive it from a live-aboard platform. There are numerous boats, for all budgets, that do seasonal itineraries in Komodo.
Starkly beautiful islands, dragons, volcanoes, azure waters, luscious reefs, and a huge and healthy biodiversity of underwater critters make diving the Komodo area of Indonesia a truly unforgettable experience.
Judy is an avid underwater photographer and traveler whose work has appeared in several dive publications. Judy also shares a comprehensive dive travel and photo blog.