Dive Site: Crystal Rock Komodo National Park, Indonesia

Bunch of diagonal banded sweetlips diving Crystal Rock at Komodo National Park Indonesia Credit Moana

Site Overview

Site Type: Sea mount with megafauna
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 22MBottom: 30M
Location: North of Gili Lawa

Description

Crystal Rock, just 300m from Castle Rock, has a tip which is exposed at low tide. Like Castle Rock, Crystal Rock can be subject to strong currents which attract big marine life, like grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks and giant trevallies. But this is why we like diving Komodo! (Note: named for its usually crystal clear water).

Reef scene with silhouetted fish diving Crystal Rock at Komodo National Park Indonesia Credit Moana

When diving in strong currents, divers usually use a reef hook and face themselves up-current. Now it’s often just a matter of “wait and see”.

Humphead wrasse diving Crystal Rock at Komodo National Park Indonesia Credit Moana

Even in current, there is shelter to be found in the lee of the rock.

Bunch of diagonal banded sweetlips diving Crystal Rock at Komodo National Park Indonesia Credit Moana

When diving with no current, you can explore the saddle connecting the main rock to a big pinnacle covered by fan corals.

Two divers above the coral and sponges diving Crystal Rock at Komodo National Park Indonesia Credit Moana

From there you can dive down to 27-30m to look for pygmy sea horses on the fan corals.

 

The dive continues back up the main pinnacle and there’s still plenty to see on the way back up.

Moorish Idol above a sponge barrel diving Crystal Rock at Komodo National Park Indonesia Credit Moana

Images courtesy of Moana Cruising.