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Komodo National Park was established in 1980 and was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1991. The park was initially established to conserve the unique Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), first discovered by the scientific world in 1912 by J.K.H. Van Steyn. Since then conservation goals have expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both marine and terrestrial.

Komodo National Park is a World Heritage site situated in the straits between Sumba and Flores and consists of the three larger islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller ones. Because of its unique geology, the islands have developed equally unique wildlife. With dragons on land and a utopia underwater, you will find an array of dive sites and hiking trails to suit every level of experience.

Komodo sits on the boundary between two great Oceans, with the Flores Sea as part of the Pacific in the north and the Indian Ocean in the South. Two completely different marine environments, with greatly different habitats and rapidly changing species compositions over the North to South gradient. The Indonesian Flow Through results in a net current from North to South, but tidal currents bring Indian Ocean water up North on strong rising tides and offer a mix of species throughout Komodo. Basically the best of both worlds, and all within very short distances making it easy to cover a huge variety of sites with a minimal amount of steaming.

From pristine corals, mantas, sharks, turtles, dolphins, dugong and giant pelagics to tiny pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs and frog fish, you’ll find the diversity of marine life inspiring if not mind boggling. The islands feature a dramatic wild savannah landscape with patches of forest especially on the southern hills of Komodo and Rinca. White and red sand beaches, blue lagoons teeming with fish and some of the most spectacular underwater scenery in the world entice divers and guests from around the world.

The underwater topography is as varied as the marine life it homes. Dive sites vary from gentle coral slopes to sheer cliff walls, channels, flat bottoms, pinnacles, caves, swim-throughs and a host of hard and soft corals. From the Flores Sea in the north, the warm waters gradually become cooler as you travel southwards into the Indian Ocean.

Komodo boasts countless beautiful deserted beaches, hiking trails, great wildlife, shallow reefs for snorkeling and lagoons for water-skiing. Perfect for divers to take their family on a holiday, as there is something to be discovered for everyone.
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May through October
December through March
April and November
27 – 32°C
Generally ranging from 24 to 30°C. Warmest in the North and coolest in the South during the Southeast Monsoon season while patterns are reversed during the North West Monsoon season.
Year Round with best diving in the North during South East Monsoon and best diving in the South during North West Monsoon.
Dive conditions vary with the tides, throughout the day. Therefore it is important to dive with the tide tables to hit every site at the optimal time. This is where your Seven Seas crew and dive guides excel!
Southern waters: Generally provide better visibility from December through April. Lower visibility in the dry season – in the south – is due to oceanic up-welling and plankton richness, which makes this area very rich in marine life, especially invertebrates. An underwater photographers dream! Highest temperatures in the south are during the rainy season. Click here for our Deep South Komodo cruises.

Northern waters: Generally provide better visibility year round. Water temperature is usually higher. Fish are abundant everywhere but the rocks and reefs in ‘current’ areas provide the best chances for spotting the bigger fish, especially the sharks and pelagics.

Activities

Superb for diving and snorkeling
Hikes of 45 mins to 2.5 hrs to see the Komodo dragons, wild deer, horses and buffaloes
Deserted beaches and surrounding hills are ideal for your sunset drinks on the beach
Bays where the boat will anchor are perfect for afternoon water-skiing
Slow tours with one of the tenders or kayaks to explore the coastline from the water
Fishing is allowed in the pelagic fishing zone and outside the National Park
Near Sangean Island, troll for tuna, Spanish mackerel, sail fish and giant trevally

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