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Komodo National Park was officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 and is one of the largest protected zones on the planet.

The park consists of three major islands; Komodo, Rinca and Padar as well as a number of smaller ones. Only on these legendary islands do Komodo dragons, survivors of the prehistoric carnivores that thrived in tropical Asia some 100 million years ago, still live and roam freely. The best way to experience diving in this area is on a liveaboard during the peak diving season from mid-April until the end of October. 

The waters offer an incredible diversity or marine life including critters, sharks, manta rays, dolphin, napoleon wrasse, whales and turtles. There are over 50 dive sites to explore, varying from colourful shallow coral gardens to fast flowing drift dives along the walls, pinnacles rising from the deep and calm conditions in the bays where macro life is prolific in the volcanic sands. A full 5mm wetsuit is recommended for some of the colder dive sites on these itineraries. 

Whilst each liveaboard itinerary may be different, all boats will visit the top dive sites in the park as well as Moyo Island (massive elephant and barrel sponges) and Sangeang (famous for its critters).

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: grey reef shark, reef manta ray, bronze whaler shark, pygmy seahorse, dugong

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Komodo Liveaboard

One of Indonesia's most iconic and exciting diving areas, the vast Komodo National Park is best dived by liveaboard to fully appreciate the area's riches, which include critters, sharks, manta rays, napoleon wrasse and turtles.

  • When to go: Apr-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,895 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Kalimaya Dive Resort

Located on the shores of Sumbawa, overlooking the western side of the Komodo National Park, Kalimaya Dive Resort offers quality accommodation, exquisite diving and plenty of opportunity to relax and recharge.

Suggested liveaboards are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Dewi Nusantara

This 57 metre long, three masted topsail schooner moves with grace and stability through the waters of eastern Indonesia, concentrating on exploring Raja Ampat, Ambon, East Flores and Komodo.

M/V Mermaid II

A spacious 33 metre yacht, the M/V Mermaid II offers comprehensive itineraries covering Raja Ampat or Komodo, and is suitable for divers of all certification levels. Nitrox is available on board.

Calico Jack

Built for adventure, this classic phinisi cruises some of the most ecologically abundant areas of the planet including Komodo and Raja Ampat. With five cabins and an attentive crew, divers can expect an exceptional experience.

Indo Aggressor

This traditionally crafted two masted wooden phinisi, offers seven and ten night cruises to Komodo National Park. Accommodating 16 guests in comfort, you can enjoy being pampered by a crew of 17!

M/V Mermaid I

This 28 metre steel motor yacht offers comprehensive nine night itineraries to Raja Ampat and Komodo. She accommodates 15 guests in a variety of cabins, with a large dive platform, equipment rental and Nitrox.

MS Aurora

The MS Aurora is a luxurious double masted traditional phinisi, designed for a discerning clientele. Cruising Indonesia year round, there are a variety of itineraries to choose from, all showcasing marine biodiversity at its best.

MSV Amira

This 52 metre luxury phinisi first set sail in 2010 and was built with locally grown timber by indigenous craftsmen using ancient traditional methods. Enjoy up to four dives per day on itineraries throughout Indonesia.


The Pindito is a traditional Indonesian liveaboard, accommodating 16 guests in spacious cabins. Depending on the season, she cruises Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat, visiting dive sites of unparalleled excellence.

S/Y Indo Siren

A traditional phinisi, handcrafted from ironwood and teak, this luxury Siren fleet boat cruises the Indonesian archipelago throughout the year visiting world-class locations in Raja Ampat and Komodo.