Dive Site: Siaba Besar Komodo National Park, Flores

Fifth turtle close up at Siaba Besar Komodo diving Flores Indonesia by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Macro and Mega fauna site: coral reefs and flat sandy bottom
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 16MBottom: 18M
Location: In the easily accessible north of the National Park at Siaba Island

Description

The Siaba Besar dive site, is not surprisingly, at the island of Siaba, again in the north of the Komodo National Park. This is a dive site you can dive more than once, as it has two quite different parts: a sandy bottom and a large staghorn and coral reef.

Welcome turtle at Siaba Besar Komodo diving Flores Indonesia by Diveplanit

It should also be known as ‘Turtle City’ as we encounter half a dozen turtles, that we weren’t specifically looking for. The first ‘Welcome Turtle’ was sitting on the sand just waiting for us. We took about 10 minutes for everyone to get their picture with her. She didn’t budge.

Second turtle at Siaba Besar Komodo diving Flores Indonesia by Diveplanit

The other turtles we encountered were all tucked into the reef – presumably so they could get some rest without floating away.

Fourth turtle at Siaba Besar Komodo diving Flores Indonesia by Diveplanit

Not one of the turtles budged – no matter how close we got for pictures. We did not, of course touch any of the turtles – that may have produced a different result.

Fourth turtle close up at Siaba Besar Komodo diving Flores Indonesia by Diveplanit

All their shells were pretty barnacle and algae free so there was no need to give them a good old scratching.

Dark clarks anemone in staghorn at Siaba Besar Komodo diving Flores Indonesia by Diveplanit

Also amongst the staghorn was the occasional anemone, and a few swarms of sergeants or other small fish.

Fifth turtle at Siaba Besar Komodo diving Flores Indonesia by Diveplanit

I’m always amazed how turtles can rest on coral without damaging any, in precisely the same way as a diver can’t.

Our other dive group had headed out onto the sand to find some critters. Amongst the most easily spotted were the painted frogfish, that would be hiding amongst any cover that was out there on the sand.

Painted frogfish at Siaba Besar Komodo diving Flores Indonesia by Diveplanit

Whereas this common lionfish was just cruising around, looking for any that weren’t hiding amongst any cover that was out there.

Common lionfish in open at Siaba Besar Komodo diving Flores Indonesia by Diveplanit

Just before we decided to head back up, after a nice long dive – it’s pretty shallow afterall so plan for one, was turtle number six – our ‘Farewell Turtle’ just making sure we all made it out safely.

Sixth turtle at Siaba Besar Komodo diving Flores Indonesia by Diveplanit