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5 Tips for Diving in Komodo

All you need to know for your next diving trip!

Here are some quick tips for your next diving trip. Whether you are a seasoned diver to a new diver or if you are considering diving, these are some of the important things to take note of that has really helped us during our diving trip in Komodo.

Komodo is known to be one of the famous dive spots amongst divers and swimmers alike. The waters are clear and you’ll leave your diving or snorkel trip without being disappointed. There are so many diving spots which you can head to spot different things. 

If you are looking to see some Manta rays, you should head to Manta Alley and Manta Point (Makassar Reef). To see the best corals, we would recommend Sebayur Kecil for beginner divers and Batu Bolong, Crystal Rock and End of the world for seasoned divers as the currents are pretty strong at these spots. The last spot that you should definitely check out is the Yellow Wall (of Texas). It is indeed yellow due to the sea cucumbers and feather stars. Best to visit when there’s a ton of sunlight. 

 

1. Keep your hair out of your face

Fixing your hair underwater is the last thing you’ll want to take care of while you are several meters down. You should be focusing on your breathing and witnessing some of the most beautiful sea creatures. 

So before you jump into the water, tie your hair and push your baby hair out of your face mask. The last thing you would want to be focused on is fixing your hair and missing a manta ray. 

2. Find a dive operator that you’re comfortable with

If you are diving for the first time or undergoing a “try-scuba” activity, chances are; you’ll be assigned to a diving instructor before you can dive on your own. While you are several metres down in the water, the only way to communicate with your instructor is through simple sign language, which will be taught to you before the actual dive. 

Caleb and I did not hold any diving license, so we did a one-day “Try Scuba” with iDIVE. The crew at iDIVE were really enthusiastic, friendly and most importantly patient. From the gearing up process to the actual diving, they took their time to ensure that everything wore on perfectly like a glove. 

Our instructor, Oddy was really patient and attentive to our needs both onboard the boat to underwater. On our second dive, Caleb and I were having issues with the air pressure underwater and it took me a while to stabilize the pressure before going down deeper. During this time, Oddy was very calm and brought me to a safe spot and just stayed with me until I managed to stabilize the pressure again.  

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3. GoPro + Red filter = Extra crisp footages 

The red filter will make so much of a difference to your footages. The filter helps to wash out any blue or green in your footage and helps it to pop with more accurate colours. 

Pro tip: Instead of buying a red filter, you can actually DIY and create your own. There are many videos on that. 

4. Avoid Diving in December

While diving underwaters during the rainy season in December can be quite an experience and adventure, it could cause a lot of safety hazards. We would recommend diving between April to September as these are the months where the sky is clear and sunny. 

 

5. Be comfortable swimming in the ocean or deep pool.

If you are hoping and praying with all of your might to see a manta ray, chances are the waves will be pretty strong and choppy as manta rays love to play with the currents and choppy waters. Swimming in a deep pool is so different from swimming the ocean because you’ll be faced with the varying currents underwater. We recommend having some practice beforehand by swimming or snorkelling in the ocean to allow yourself to get used to the currents.

 

Last bonus tip for travellers 

Do remember to schedule your flight back at least 18 hours after your dive. This is to give your ears enough time to stabilise the air pressure before boarding the plane. 

 

Afterword: This article was written by Michelle, who has a heart for adventure and learning more about the various cultures around the world. She’s always curious about learning and is a self-proclaimed student-on-the-go wherever she goes.