Komodo - Flores.
Who doesn't want to see the dragons of Komodo Island? Visit Flores via Labuan Bajo, hop on a liveaboard, and dive with sharks, manta rays, and turtles, while also visiting the dragons!
Getting to Komodo.
You can get to Komodo via Bali or Labuan Bajo. The latter is the more obvious choice because most liveaboards depart from here.
You can fly to Labuan Bajo quite easily via Bali and accommodation is widely available since this town is dedicated to Komodo. Labuan Bajo will provide all you need so you might want to book a few nights here before and/ or after because there is plenty to do above the water as well.
Go inland for culture and visit the night market to have a delicious meal. And relax at one of the many sunset rooftop bars in town.
An impression of the diving scene in Komodo.
Labuan Bajo is the central hub from which most day trips and liveaboards depart to and from Komodo.
Day trips usually leave early since it's more than an hour by boat to the better dive sites. Some offer 2, others 3 dives per day before returning to port.
The best way by far to experience diving in Komodo is, however, by liveaboard. These are widely available throughout the whole town, but it is recommended to book in advance since a LOT of people want to visit Komodo, and for good reason.
Diving in Komodo is diving in currents. This might frighten some, but others know, this brings the good stuff! The more current, the more fish is a widely accepted rule in diving.
The staff and guides are extremely experienced with diving and guiding divers in currents, so they will keep you safe at all times!
Komodo Island is a small island located in the park famous for its Komodo dragons.
You can book a day trip or just join a liveaboard and they will usually include a half-day trip to the island.
The relatively short walk (2 hours or so) will include some massive dragons and a beautiful vista at the end overlooking the islands surrounding it.
As stated before, liveaboards are by far the best way to explore Komodo as a diver.
Liveaboards usually have 2 trips available:
4 days/ 3 nights
7 days/ 6 nights
If you decide to book the "long" version, the boat will usually pick up the next batch of people somewhere in the middle of your trip. Don't worry, they will make sure the dive sites will be changed, to give you the best possible experience.
Food and accommodation come in all shapes and sizes, so pick your comfort level and get ready for some amazing diving!