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Nestled between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, the Komodo National Park is comprised of three large islands including, Rinca, Padar and its namesake atoll, Komodo, as well as 26 smaller islands; in all covering a total area of 1,733 square kilometers. Thanks in part to its unique biodiversity, the park is marked by UNESCO as a registered World Heritage Site and is, of course, home to the legendary Komodo dragon (Varanus Komodoensis).
The Komodo National Park offers SCUBA enthusiasts and underwater photographers and filmmakers’ one of the world’s richest diving experiences. Komodo National Park offers a spectacular array of environments to experience with coral forests, calm bays and a plethora of other settings hosting some of the world’s most diverse marine life specimens.
With respects to diving, Komodo National Park is generally divided into two: sites to the north of the park, e.g. Gili Lawa Laut, Gili Lawa Darat and Tatawa, are renowned for their seamounts and hard coral gardens. During the south-east monsoon, clear, warm waters flow from the Banda and Flores Seas creating pristine hard coral gardens and endless visibility.
Pelagic species such as sharks, manta ray, Napoleon wrasses, tunas and schooling slender unicorn fish are also often encountered, thus making the seas to Komodo’s north a truly remarkable spot for wide angle filming & photography.
Colder water from the Indian Ocean infiltrates the seas to the south of the park. Deep, cool ocean currents collide with the continental shelf causing an upwelling that produces a vast plankton banquet. Colorful drop-offs covered with soft corals and seamount like Cannibal Rock and Yellow Wall offer some of the world’s most famous diving spots in term of colors and marine life diversity at Horseshoe Bay - Southern Rinca. Horseshoe bay also features excellent muck diving, perfect for macro filming & photography.