Have you ever thought about traveling to a primitive land, to live off the earth, to sleep under a canopy of stars, to dance in an underwater ballet with a tribe of manta rays?
We love the Komodo National Park for its abundant marine life and challenging dive sites. Here is our satirical slant on the dangers posed when diving in Komodo…
Situated 20 km to the west of Flores, accessed via a sleepy port town named Labuan Bajo, is the Komodo National Park. Home to the largest living lizard – the Komodo Dragon – carnivorous beasts that can grow up to 3 meters in length, who govern the ecosystem around them. The surrounding ocean is home to a variety of aquatic life, from dolphins to dugongs, manta rays to mandarin fish.
With rapid tourism growth underway, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is quickly becoming a hot spot both above and below the water, with scuba divers flocking from all corners of the globe to dive komodo in order witness a phenomenal glimpse into the aquatic world.
The surrounding atolls, all 26 of them, are barren, where virgin white and pink sand beaches lay undisturbed. Eagles roam the skies and herds of goats, precariously balance on a mountain edge, taking cover from the hungry free-roaming dragons.
According to PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, there are around 1.2 million divers worldwide, with an average age of 29 years old. Dive travel will experience massive growth in 2015 and beyond. Perhaps you are planning a dive vacation this year and are perplexed by the endless options available to you – the ocean is, after all, 71% of the world’s surface.
Listed below are the reasons why, you should explore the waters of Komodo in your next diving vacation:
- The extremely clear underwater visibility can cause you to lose track of the depth you are diving.
- Lavishly multi coloured coral reefs that stretch as far as the eye can see may cause severe disorientation.
- An abundance of exotic and rare aquatic creatures force you to strain your eyes to get a closer look.
- Numerous manta rays, dugongs, and whalesharks may cause you to drop your jaw thus posing a threat to drowning.
- The underwater heritage is so vivid, the multitude of colours may cause a hallucinogenic effect potentially effecting your buoyancy.
- Indonesian boat crews are so helpful and friendly you are reduced to a spoilt amateur, twiddling your thumbs.
- Reasons 1 – 6 force you to overstay your visit to Indonesia, causing flight delays and awkward conversations with your bank manager.