A Complete Guide to Snorkeling at Komodo National Park
I have been snorkeling all over the world, but Komodo National Park has some of the healthiest reef systems I have ever seen. With stunning reef structures filled with colorful fish, make sure to put snorkeling at Komodo National Park on the top of your bucket list.
In this guide, I will show you some of my favorite snorkeling spots we visited, as well as some photos to inspire your journey.
HOW TO GET TO KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
Komodo National Park is a large group of islands to the East of Bali, Indonesia. While Bali sits in the spotlight, Komodo National Park has my vote for the top destination in Indonesia. With that being said, it is a fair bit more expensive to get to, it is worth every penny.
First things first, you have to take a flight to Labuan Bajo airport. This is the main airport in Flores and this is where the boats to Komodo National Park leave from.
I always book using SKYSCANNER as I have never found cheaper flights elsewhere. Sometimes you may save money booking directly through the local companies such as AirAsia but I never really do.
Our flight from Bali to Labuan Bajo was roughly $100 USD round trip.
I have attached a map below in case you are not quite familiar with Komodo National Park.
BOOKING A TOUR IN KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
Depending on your travel style you can either book a boat tour once you arrive in Labuan Bajo, or you can prebook your trip through a company such as LE PIRATE.
Thomas and I booked our trip through LE PIRATE EXPLORER three months in advance as we knew for sure it was something we wanted to do in Indonesia. LE PIRATE is a trendy company that offers everything from beach cottages to liveaboards, that take you through the Komodo Islands. Check out the link for the current pricing and details of the trip.
If you are a last minute kind of person, fear not, as there are SO many boats leaving every day, you will have no problem booking a tour.
There are several different trips you can take it just depends on your travel style and budget. Thomas and I did the 4 days and 3-night trip and I think this was the perfect amount of time. I mean I could live on one of those boats in Komodo National Park but that’s not the point HA!
WHERE TO STAY IN LABUAN BAJO
If you are going to arrive a day before your tour you will need somewhere to stay! I booked in at WORLD BNB, it is a bit far from town, but they do offer a free shuttle a few times a day. If you would rather stay in town, I would stay with LE PIRATE, they are very affordable and have some great food! You can rent a motorbike in town for 75,000 Rupiah per day to go off and explore. Keep in mind that the motorbike rentals on Labuan Bajo are not 24 hours as they are in Bali, you pick them up in the morning and drop them off at night.
By the way, I am not being paid by Le Pirate nor are they sponsoring this, I just really enjoyed my time out with them and I highly recommend them!
HOT TIP- I would highly recommend arriving one day early and giving yourself one day after your trip. Labuan Bajo itself is really neat and a great place to explore!
SNORKELING IN KOMODO NATIONAL PARK- WHAT TO EXPECT
The reef here is absolutely stunning, oh and did I mention there are manta rays! Yes, you read that right, manta rays. In addition to the gorgeous reef and the wide array of colorful fish, Manta Point in Komodo National Park has a high probability of manta ray sightings. We saw four on our trip. It was a good day.
If you are a certified diver you also have the option of booking a diving liveaboard, but these can get pretty pricey. One day of diving in Komodo National Park will run you around 1,500,000 Rupiah, or $150 USD. That is more expensive than Hawaii! I opted out of diving HA!
Manta Point is a very famous spot for snorkeling in Komodo National Park, and almost all liveaboards are going to take you there at least once. Make sure if you do see these beautiful, and harmless gentle giants, you keep your distance, and for the love, DON’T TOUCH THEM. Thanks! The harmful chemicals from the sunscreen you wear or even the natural oils on your skin can wipe away the protective layer of mucus coating and leave them open to disease and parasites.
I do not mean to preach, but when traveling to places, it is very important to be conscious of the environment. If you do decide to go snorkeling at Komodo National Park, I beg you to find a sunscreen that is mineral based, zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Sunscreen with oxybenzone are definitely ones to avoid because when you begin snorkeling the product goes off into the water. This will be very harmful to the corals. I highly recommend trying out TROPIC SPORT. Let’s keep this beautiful reef safe, healthy and thriving!
SNORKELING AT BATU BALONG- KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
Speaking of a thriving reef, snorkeling at Batu Balong in Komodo National Park was incredible! A little peninsula in the middle of the ocean with the most stunning variety of fish. As you swim around the structure you will see clownfish and beautiful tang, and if you’re lucky there is said to be turtles visiting this location!
I hope this inspires you to go snorkeling at Komodo National Park! It truly is some of the most amazing snorkeling I have ever seen!
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