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Scuba junkie Komodo house reef

The house reef is perfect for your intro dive before we take you on the boat trips all over the national park, an option not available if you were staying in Labuan Bajo. Although a free 'try' dive this dive is an amazing house reef in its own right and throws up all manner of wish list subjects from pipe fish, nudi branchs, frog fish, mandarin fish and the occasional once in a life time treat such as dugong which have been spotted several times while diving this reef.

The site is situated in the bay directly in front of the beach restaurant so vizability is usually around 8 to 10m but that is more than enough to see all it has to offer and Scuba Junkie Komodo is the only center to dive here! The site starts shallow about 20m out from shore where we descend the reef descends onto soft coral gardens and coral bommies where bat fish, yellow ribbon sweetlips, mandarin fish and ribbon eels can all be found. The reef plateaus out to around 12m to 14m where the reef drops again to another plateau with a rubbly soft coral bottom and again at around 18m. This area can be susceptible to current so is best dived on a slack tide and is where cuttle fish, robust ghost pipe fish, nudis, many many sting rays and more can all be found while hunting around the bottom. Keep an eye out for bigger stuff such as the sail fin snapper, groupers and as mentioned, you never know what else can swim by!!! This site is also perfect for night dives from the resort.

Crystal Rock (North)

This is one of the parks most famous dive sites named after the incredible visibility that you can get here. It has a maximum depth of 35 m and is covered with stunningly colorful soft coral and numerous hard corals.

There can be strong currents here with whirl pools and down currents so divers need to stay behind the guide and close to the reef where you can find many places to shelter and watch the show!

This site is a fantastic place to see pelagic fish, turtles, white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, schools of sweetlips, surgeon fish and the occasional eagle ray. It is also a macro lovers haven with tons of nudibranches and pygmy seahorse, frog fish and scorpion fish to be seen.

This dive site always provides the goods and can be dived numerous times with each dive being different from the last.

Castle Rock (North)

A close neighbor to Crystal Rock this dive site also has strong currents and is best dived at slack tide. Again it is a must see here in the park. The site drops down to 75 m and normally divers have to do a negative entry and head down to about 20-25 m where you can find a rock to gently hook your fingers on to and enjoy the show.

Here you can see hoards of trevally, mackerel, tuna and giant trevally. Along with sharks and turtles. This site is also a fantastic place to find pygmy seahorse.

Then work your way back to the top and shelter in the large boulders and rocky castles that give this spectacular dive site its name and become part of a school of welcoming bannerfish or midnight snapper or spend your time searching for ribbon eels, crocodile fish and leaf scorpion fish just to name a few!

The Cauldron or The Shotgun (North)

One of the most exhilarating dive sites in Komodo, this site starts off with a drift over beautiful coral garden with large gorgonian fans and coral bommies covered in glass fish. Be sure to investigate these bommies as you can usually find many types of shrimps and pipe fish hiding inside. Also wherever there is glass fish you can guarantee that a few scorpion fish or even frog fish will be nearby too feed off them!

As the current picks up the bottom drops from 14 m to 22 m and you find yourself in the 'cauldron', which is a huge crater with many nooks and crannies to explore. You can spot large schools of trevally, midnight snapper, sharks, an occasional turtle. Often manta rays are spotted here enjoying the currents!

For you more adventurous divers this dive site can be done when there is a strong current and it will roller coaster you along and shotgun you out of the cauldron at the end before slowing down to a gentle drift yet again (your dive computer is sure to complain on this dive site!). Be sure to stick close to your guide as its easy to get separated in the current if you are not careful.

Golden Passage (North)

An incredible dive site that takes you on a ride through a kaleidoscope of as many different colors and landscapes as you can imagine. From golden coral reefs to sandy slopes were the White tip reef sharks rest, to large coral formations and rocky outcrops. Usually there is a strong current here so just go with the flow and enjoy the ride.

On this site you can usually see turtles and white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks and black tips. Keep your eyes open though as you may see Devil rays, eagle rays or Mantas making their way through the passage to get to North Komodo!

Mantapoint/Karang Makassar (central)

This drift dive is one of Scuba Junkie's favorites as its a fantastic place to dive with Mantas if the currents and season are right. You can even spot the mantas easily from the boat before you jump in!

The reef has the feeling of being on the surface of the moon as it is quite rubbly and sparse on first glance with craters and dunes; but while you are hoping for a manta to pass by don't neglect to look around you as you can see some incredible nudibranches and other macro. Also we often see bumphead parrotfish, eagle rays and the occasional black tip reef shark and if you are very lucky you may spot a dugong, though sitings are rare.

Up to 50 Manta's can be seen here at one time displaying mating and feeding trains in the right season. It is a very humbling experience to witness this magnificent creature gliding and summersaulting their graceful dance above your head. The best approach is to quietly watch their incredible display from the bottom of the reef and not to chase after them, they will be back as they are also very inquisitive!

Wainilu (Central)

Just a short distance from Scuba Junkies Komodo beach resort and one of our favorite sites; its a macro divers heaven! Very reminiscent of some of the dive sites in Lembeh or Scuba Junkies house reef in Mabul (Sabah) it is a sandy, silty slope with broken coral and rubble but is full of life such as frogfish, ornate ghost pipe fish, mandarin fish, indian walkman, seahorses to name just a few! If you love photography make sure you bring your camera on this dive.

Be aware of your buoyancy though as so many of the fragile creatures can easily be harmed with a fin kick, also the silty bottom can ruin the visibility if kicked up.

Batu Balong (Central)

One of the top sites in the park, this is a small island in the passage between Tatawa and Komodo that is swept by strong currents going north and South. This is a truly awesome dive site that can show you the full power of the currents at the KNP! From the surface you can often see whirl pools and it is best to dive at slack tide as there can be very strong down currents that even the fish can get carried off in! All of this water movement not only makes for an exhilarating dive site but means that the fish activity here is immense with hordes of antheas, butterfly fish and sergeant majors to name just a few. We are sure that the expression diving in fish soup must have been coined here!

The landscape on this site is varied, from steep walls on one side to a slope on the other. There are large crevices and nooks and crannies to explore. You can often find giant grouper and sweetlips inside these crevices and especially when the currents are at their strongest and we ourselves have taken shelter inside you will find a whole load of different species of fish hiding in there with you! Just watch as your bubbles come out of the cave then shoot down below! It is yet again very important that you stay behind your guide and close to the reef here as the currents are very changeable.

Things to see include Napolean wrasse, schools of rainbow runners, giant trevally, dog tooth tuna, sharks and turtles. The macro here is also stunning; we have seen leaf fish, frog fish, many different types of nudi's and shrimps and lots, lots more.

Mini's Wall (Central)

Running along North Eastern side of Sebayor Kecil this dive is great on a falling tide and is mainly a drift dive due to the passage of water between Sebayor Besar and Sebayor Kecil. This drift dives boasts beautiful topography in the form of caves and over hangs.

There are crustaceans and Nudi's to be found as well as sleepy sweetlips hiding from the current, snappers and fusiliers that swim by and as you drift by, keep and eye into the blue as you may be lucky to spot rays, both Manta and Devil rays cruising through the passage to the North.

Tatawa Kecil (Central)

This stunningly beautiful dive site has an impressive array of huge vibrant coral gardens, boulders, drop offs, caves and swim throughs; is a place where divers can be treated to almost anything, which definitely adds to the excitement!

We regularly see amazing schools of fish including blue fin trevally, fusiliers, bumphead parrotfish, sharks, turtles, wrasse and now and then a manta or two. Along with soft coral and anemones, this site is a must see!

This dive site, like many in the park, is notorious for its whirlpools and strong currents so again take care and listen to your dive briefing carefully.

Tatawa Besar (Central)

This drift dive is probably where you will experience the best coral cover in the KNP. With its amazing colours and plenty of batfish, hawksbill turtles, cuttlefish, red tooth trigger fish (one of our favorites!), lion fish, scorpion fish to name just a few species, this dive site will definitely keep you entertained!

We have been lucky enough to sometimes see a school of devil rays passing by so don't forget to keep one eye on the blue!

Manta Alley (South)

In the south of Komodo the upwellings of the Indian ocean brings waters full of nutrients and a drop in the water temperature. You will soon forget about the cold though once you see whats waiting for you in the water! South Komodo and Rinca are almost a different eco system all together to the North.

This outstanding dive site is often too far or too difficult to reach from Labuan Bajo for most dive centers offering day trips, but Scuba Junkie Komodo beach resort is perfectly located to visit this site as a day trip all year round as it is the closest dive centre to dive sites in the south of the park.

From September to January this site lives up to its name! As you slowly descend you realize that the undulating water beneath you is actually hordes of manta rays, both Reef Mantas (Alfredi) and the massive Oceanic (birostris), swimming around the boulders, feeding and taking it in turns to be cleaned. When you finally get bored of watching the mantas (as if!), your eyes begin to open to the amount of other life there that you have looked over. The sandy bottom can be alive with patrolling or sleeping sharks and the shallows are full of macro life that are all here year round. If you are lucky, you may also spot a few of the black morph mantas too!

German Flag (South)

This is another perfect place to see manta rays feeding, you almost don't need to get in the water as they are so shallow that their wingtips break the surface! Enjoy the privilege of diving with these majestic creatures and watch them carry on with there business without a care in the world that you are there watching them.

This site is a great place to spot turtles, groupers and Napoleon wrasse also.

Twins (South)

This dive site is a great one for you more experienced thrill seekers out there as there can be strong currents and big surge. It is at its best in the low season when the visibility is clearer and the water warmer.

The topography is diverse offering channels, canyons and walls to explore. This site is a great place to see mantas, white tip, black tip and grey reef sharks. Also look out for the huge schools of trevally here.

Cannibal rock (South)

This sheltered site is absolutely magnificent and a definite must see and as you descend down on this site you quickly realize why its so popular. There is so much colorful coral cover here that is full of macro life such as frogfish, ornate ghost pipe fish, coleman's shrimp and zebra crabs. Also, look out for the unusual sea apples (sea cucumber). But don't forget to look up out of the coral now and again as we often see Eagle rays, black-blotched rays, black tip reef sharks and much more.

This site can get a little crowded in the high season but come and dive it with us in the low season and you can reap the benefits of getting the dive site to yourself and having clearer visibility!

Many dive centers based in Labuan Bajo close during the rainy season December to March because of the rough crossings from the town to the dive sites. Luckily for Scuba Junkie we are perfectly located in Warloka which avoids the open sea crossings so we can dive all year around!

During the rainy season (it usually rains for an hour or so in the afternoons starting in January, but not every day. Sometimes we have weeks of no rain at all or a nice cooling downpour in the nighttime) the diving becomes even better in the South of the park with clear visibility and warmer water and can usually be only reached by live-aboard.again we have much easier access to the South of the park and so can do day trips during this time.

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