If you’re a diver, there’s no way you go to Komodo National Park without plunging yourself into the water! It is one of the most beautiful places to dive on earth!! Try and prove it yourself.. the underwater experience will blow your mind .
If you want to do land-based dive, there are 6 dive centers based in Labuan Bajo, West Flores. They are:
So, which one to choose?
Well, price wise, they all have the same rate. These dive centers do daily trip to the dive sites in Komodo National Park. The price is the same for all dive centers, which is Rp 800,000 for 2 dives includes dive gears (mask, BCD, regulator, wetsuit, fins, weight belt, oxygen tank) and lunch .
If you’re not a diver yet, you can also learn how to dive and get your diving certificate here. You’ll need to spend more time here if you want to do that, though.. at least 4 days. Or, if you don’t have plenty of time, you can also take the “Discover Scuba Dive” package, in which, the Dive Instructor will brief you on the principles and take you underwater. Don’t worry, he/she will keep an eye and take a good care of you!
CN Dive is famous among Indonesian divers. Pak Condo, the owner, has been in the industry for years. Most of my Indonesian friends who go to Komodo for scuba-diving, they know Pak Condo. CN Dive also does live-aboard trips.
For daily dive trips, I’ve only tried Dive Komodo, Reefseekers and Bajo Dive. Dive Komodo and Bajo Dive have both local and foreign dive masters. Reefseekers doesn’t have any local dive masters. In terms of quality, all of them are good. It really depends on your personal preferences. Dive Komodo’s staffs are all friendly and I really like Fabi, one of the local dive masters. He’s good at spotting nudibranch and funny, too. Sometimes, whenever he sees schools of fish, he would rub a stone with his stick, so that it makes a queeking sound. I’m not quite sure why he does that, but maybe it makes the fish stay in that spot. I remember my dive master in Similan Islands, Thailand, also did the same thing.
As for Reefseekers, what I like most is that they have a briefing session, in which, the dive master will tell you stories about a specific underwater species. For example: turtle, nudibranch, sea cucumber, manta ray, shark, cleaning shrimp, etc. During this session, the dive master will discuss interesting facts about the species, starting from the different types of the species, the reproduction, the way they behave, the predators, the diets, etc. I really like it! It’s the only dive center that I’ve encountered who does this thing. I think it’s very interesting, because the divers will not only have the fun and experience from the diving, but also will gain more knowledge about some particular species of fish.
If you have limited time and don’t know which dive center to choose, you can always ask them which sites they’re going the next day. Walk around and talk to them. You’ll find out which dive sites that you want to see afterwards and see who’s going to those sites.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s go diving and marvel the beauty of Komodo National Park.. underwater!