Labuan Bajo Diving
Labuan Bajo Diving is one of the main reasons for this tourism and the very best diving is inside the Komodo National Park. Our town of Labuan Bajo is located right on the far Western tip of Flores. You can come via Komodo airport with several daily flights from Bali, via Ferry and by buses form further inland. Flores and Labuan Bajo are in the first stages of tourism development and were not even notable 10 years ago.
There are literally hundreds of dive sites inside Komodo Park. Many of them un-named and dived only a few times. Outside of the park there are also hundreds of dive sites. From ones just outside the town, to those bordering the park and many more all along the coastline of Flores.
These sites also range from muck diving, shore dives, gentle reefs to sites with ripping currents and massive predators. While Komodo is generally famous – diving around Labuan Bajo is slowly gaining fame as well and new sites are being explored nearly every week. Encounters with Manta Rays, Sharks, Turtles, Huge schools of Wrasse and Bumphead Parrotfish are all normal here. In addition, the macro specis are amazing – with Pygmy Seahorses in abundance!
There are now some four-star resorts, several very good restaurants and one incredible Italian restaurant (Made in Italy). The days of wooden huts and street vendors are gone. The new airport and the expansion of the ferry terminal there is more and more foot traffic.
Diving from Labuan Bajo offers many varieties of diving. Day trips, multiday trips, overnight tours and liveaboards. There are also local non-diving tours to volcanic lakes, caves, waterfalls and much more.
Labuan Bajo diving conditions
Diving around here is rated amongst the best in Indonesia – With Komodo just a few minutes away. But the dive sites closer to Labuan Bajo are often overlooked – which means less divers, easier days and great fun! These sites are especially good for macro opportunities – like pygmy seahorses, frogfish and some spectacular Nudibranchs.
The only time of year where diving conditions can be tricky is January and February. This is rainy season and it’s hard work to get in and out of the harbor, sometimes impossible. The other 10 months of the year…diving, diving and more diving!
Out in the main Channels the currents can be strong and intimidating. Labuan Bajo diving is not so difficult. With shore dives, nearby islands and pinnacles – we have a much easier time and still get the huge numbers of fish in the water! As these dives sites are closer to shore and less choppy, you can enjoy Labuan Bajo diving almost year-round If you want a real treat and go to some of the least dived sites around Labuan Bajo - visit the local Muck diving sites. Only a few Dive centers actually even visit these sites – so choose wisely, you surely won’t be disappointed.
Average water temperature: 27-28°C with an average visibility of 25-35 meters. The marine life here is vibrant and very exemplary of the location. We find colorful reefs, diverse species, colorful corals and many great small species like Reef Sharks and giant Trevallies.
Day trips to Komodo National Park vary from ½hour to 2 hours to the furthest islands. Local dive sties range from 5 minutes to 45 minutes.
Come see enjoy all that Labuan Bajo Diving has to offer!