Jerry and Debbie Arriaga: Komodo - Home of the Dragons
Komodo National Park is a New7Wonder of Nature and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to the World’s largest lizard - making the land excursion to see the Komodo Dragon a highlight of any trip to Komodo. The diving is brilliant and the opportunities for underwater photography are endless. What makes Komodo such a special destination is the variety of dive sites and marine life.
There’s pinnacles and seamounts; healthy hard coral reefs; exhilarating drift dives; world-class manta ray dives; excellent muck dives; big fish, small fish; all found in warm water and cold water with good visibility and sometimes not so good visibility!
Just about every sought after critter can be seen in Komodo, including some very rare ones. Leopard anemone shrimps, dragon shrimps, paddle-flap and weedy Rhinopias to name a few. See the bright and colorful sea apples in the south of the park, alongside the tiny ladybugs whom cover the soft corals, feather stars and ascidians. In the north dive in the aquariums of Castle and Crystal Rock where the schooling fish zoom around the dive sites chased by giant trevallies, sharks and napoleon wrasses.
We both love diving in Komodo. Having spent the last 10 high seasons there we know it so well and going back each year is like seeing a good friend again.
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