Diving Komodo

One of the main attractions

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What we say: 4.5 stars

There is no shortage of dive operators working Komodo National Park and given there is little difference in price we strongly recommend you make the time to visit a few shops and talk to a few people before settling on an operator that works for you.

We tried a Discover Diving trip with DiveKomodo (1,400,000 rupiah for two dives), and felt extremely safe and competently supervised during the experience. It's a great way for those curious about diving to see if they want to pursue certification.

DiveKomodo struck us as being a very professional and safety-oriented dive outfit providing scuba trips in Komodo National Park, as well as PADI dive courses from Discover Diving orientation trips all the way up to Divemaster. This outfit is owned by an Australian-Swiss couple, and advertises a diver to guide ratio of four-to-six to one, depending on diver experience. They've been here in Komodo for a long time, and know the park intimately – something you particularly want in an area known for its dangerous currents.

If you like what you see in the watery depths of Komodo -- and who wouldn't? -- PADI Open Water course start at 3,500,000 rupiah for three to four days of instruction.

Day trips are 800,000 rupiah for all points within Komodo National Park, and include water, food (lunch and snacks) and equipment rentals. There's a 5 percent discount if you bring your own equipment. This doesn't include park fees. Guided dragon tours and snorkelling are both 250,000 rupiah.

Liveaboard trips include a number of options, including three-day and five- to seven-day safari cruises. The popular three-day option costs 4,500,000 rupiah per person and visits a variety of Komodo dive sites -- check ahead for scheduling and what's specifically offered. Extended diving safaris start at 1,500,000 rupiah per day, and can be privately chartered for groups.

DiveKomodo T: (0385) 41 862 http://divekomodo.com/

As is the case with all Labuan Bajo dive shops, schedules change daily and is often posted outside on a whiteboard the day before -- check around in case you're after something specific. Other operators in Labuan Bajo include

Bajo Dive Club T: (0813) 3945 8706 http://www.komododiver.com
Wicked Diving Komodo T: (0812) 3961 6264 http://wickeddiving.com/komodo

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Last updated: 7th May, 2013

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