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02-26-2009, 20:00
Komodo island is home to some of the world's most amazing creatures. From island to sea and underwater. Komodo Dragons to Mantas Rays. Divers and snorkellers will be delighted by the spectacular coral reefs teeming with fish of every colour, patrolled by squadrons of manta rays. Diving in Komodo is world class. Thrilling drift dives, Manta Ray aggregations, and some of the worlds richest and most beautiful coral reefs. Diving Sea Safari (http://www.divingseasafari.com) offer you the best diving komodo and liveaboard on the Phinisi cruises (http://www.seasafaricruises.com), safely and professionally.

Komodo island lies between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. These islands run east west and each are over 300 km wide. As a result the 80 Km wide passage and island between them experience a huge tidal flow.

This constant tidal flow combined with upwellings of cold, nutrient rich water from the Indian Ocean, delivers a constant stream of food for the coral polyps, and the reef fish. It has laos lead to two distinctly different marine environments. In the north we have clearer waters and pristine hard coral reefs typical of tropical areas. But in the south the cooler richer waters favour the growth of soft corals and other invertebrates.

These gentle animals showed no fear, just slowly swam north. A wonderful sight, and a first for most of us on the boat. We were also greeted by lots of Bottlenose Dolphins and a pod of Pilot Whales. As I said, a lucky trip, and I haven't even started with the underwater stuff yet. Both Crystal Rock and Takat Toko were at their best, with several Dolphins, lots of sharks and walls of fish.

This is the basis for a food chain that litterally has the marine life exploding out of the water. Whilst not all sites are the same some of the coral reefs, are so dense with life there is not a quare centimeter does that does not have corals growing on top of each other. On others, the fish life is so dense, you have trouble seeing the reef. And yet on others, you find some of the most amazing and unusual animals in the marine kingdom, and has developed some of the most beautiful, and rich coral reefs, to be found anywhere in the world.

Not to forget the Manta Rays, and other large filter feeders (Whale Sharks and Whales.) The mantas are a delight with squadrons, of up to 100 individuals frequenting various sites in the park, placidly feeding in the plankton rich waters.

Mind you! The waters that surround the islands are turbulent and current prone. It is an exciting place to dive, but it is also a very challenging place to dive. An experienced operator and dive guide is essential for safe and comfortable diving in Komodo.

There are over 50 dive sites that we like to visit encompassing a huge range of environments. Fringing reefs, rock pinnacles, walls, canyons, sea mount, channels, sea grass beds, to extraordinary critters in muck. We have comprehensive knowledge of the dive sites, conditions, and the ecology of komodo's marine environments.

Critter-loving guests got a mouthful at Pink Beach and Cannibal Rock. Nudibranchs everywhere, many Frogfish, Mushroom Coral Pipefish and an Indian Walkman. Just to mention a few. Best nightdive this trip was at Torpedo Alley, with the highlight beeing a super-rare Bobbit Worm.
Last day we dived at Moyo Island, with Pelagic Triggerfish, loads of Longfin Bannerfish, a Turtle, Mantis Shrimps and two BIG Banded Seasnakes.
Water temperatures range from 18- 28 Degrees Celcius.

Usually 21 to 24 degrees C in the south and 24-28 Degrees Celcius in the north. We reccomend a full length 3mm Suit for most sites but for liveaboards visiting the south a 5mm and Hood are sometimes required.
Visibility extends from 15 to 40 metres. Usually clearer in the warmer northern waters.

Sea Conditions are usually very favourable. The Archipelago offers great protection from open ocean swells and many safe calm anchorages.

Weather is also very favourable for most of the year. Jan February do experience the north western monsoon. With wind and Rain. But we also have some of the clearest and warmest water on the southern sites at this time of the year.