Komodo National Park and the surrounding islands have become a very popular destination among divers who come here for the challenging yet rewarding dives and to meet the infamous Komodo dragons native to this region. Despite the increasing popularity bringing crowds underwater and to the dragons, Komodo and Rinca remain two jewels in the Indonesian archipelago worth visiting.
On both islands, you can meet the dragons; make sure you do not get too close to them, even if the ranger is not around. The two islands present a similar landscape. You’ll find it is very green after the rainy season, while it is extremely dry at other times of the year. Buffaloes, deer and goats live on the island, waiting to be devoured by the dragons.
The best way to explore the region is definitely on a liveaboard boat as it provides the freedom to dive and swim as you wish, and choose the ideal itinerary according to weather conditions and the popularity of specific sites. Everywhere, you will find strong currents and beautiful reefs, with more tourists between Komodo and Rinca, while the lesser known, beautiful atolls in north Komodo and south Rinca. Underwater, you will be mesmerised by the changing colours of the corals, swimming through large gardens of feather stars and thousands of silver garden eels and white tip sharks at Batu Bolong. Macro photographers will appreciate the diversity of nudibranchs and pipefish especially. A trip to Komodo and Rinca will bring you in close contact with nature and a peculiar environment where you will feel at one with the elements and live by the rhythm of the sun and moon.