6 – 22 August 2009
S8 27.213 E119 33.654 – achorage for Crystal & Castle Rock, North Komodo
S8 47.133 E119 40.207 Horseshoe Bay Cannibal Rock, South Rinca
S8 44.499 E119 25.217 Manta Alley, South Komodo
S8 41.020 E119 33.978 Padar Island
S8 26.339 E119 27.009 Batu Moncho, Beru Peninsula
S8 08.647 E119 01.660 Pulau Sangean Critter Creek
It was both Yogi and my first time to see the underwater world of the World Heritage Site Komodo National Park. About 15 years ago Yogi spent time here on land, photographing Komodo dragons. Not much was known about underwater Komodo, and there were few dive operators then as is the case now. But over the past decade, we heard and read much about this place —the mad currents, the amount of fish, the pristine underwater wilderness that it was—and still we never managed to get here, until now.
Komodo is special. Its geological location and exchange of tide currents from the Indian Ocean and the Pacific has made it so. It now ranks as one of our top and favourite tropical dive destinations.
The topside landscape is dry and barren – an open savannah or grassland ecosystem so like the Australian outback, and the underwater world is a totally mind-blowing contrast.
The intact coral reefs, the clear current and clean warm waters of north Komodo, the cold upwelling and nutrient-rich waters of south Komodo and of course the fish and critters kept us very busy doing four dives a day onboard the beautiful Indonesian phinisi schooner The Seven Seas. This entry is a case of say less but show more. This is our Komodo underwater photo gallery: