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Pantai Merah/ The Pink Beach
The most-visited scuba diving site within the Komodo National Park, the Pantai Merah or ‘Pink Beach’ is located on the eastern side of Komodo Island.
Popular with snorkelers and divers alike, this beach is known for macro photography subjects such as the Leaf scorpion fish, blue-ribbon eel, crocodile fish, and many species of nudibranch.
Also known as a world-class night dive, this dive site has several mooring buoys situated strategically to prevent anchor damage to delicate corals from dive boats.
Widely considered to be one of Komodo’s best dive sites, Batu Bolong is also one of its most challenging. Powerful tidal currents and the plunging slopes of this tiny rock outcrop located between Tatawa Kecil and Komodo Island has made it nearly impossible for local fishermen to use illegal dynamite or cyanide fishing methods.
But the ripping currents which protect this area also make this dive spot suitable for experienced divers only. Highlights of this dive include sightings of sharks, mantas, Napoleon wrasse, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna, and shimmering schools of rainbow runners.
One of Komodo’s best drift dives, the Tatawa Besar dive site traverses the coral reef which fringes the island. A dazzling array of tropical fish species inhabit a coral garden of orange soft corals.
Mantas are often seen here as well. Many Komodo dive guides will choose Tatawa Besar if the current is too strong at Tatawa Kecil or Batu Bolong.
Scuba divers visiting Castle Rock within Komodo National Park often make a blue water entry approximately 100 meters away from the shallower section of the reef.
Known for its excellent visibility, divers often see schools of barracuda glittering in the sunlight like a rack of polished knives, jacks, and mackerel. Underwater macro photographers also prize chance of catching sight of a pygmy seahorse at Castle Rock.
Extending south from Tanjung Letuhoh, the Letuhoh Reef offers scuba divers visiting Komodo National Park one of their best chances for catching a glimpse of large pelagic fish species such as giant trevally and dogtooth tuna.
During periods of significant ocean swell, the Letuhoh Reef can be a frightening sight from the surface, but conditions are much safer underwater. Lucky divers have also spotted sea turtles, eagle rays, and gray reef sharks here.
Manta birostris Giant manta Mantas are harmless and often curious. They sometimes congregate near reef passages where plankton concentrations are richest