Dive Site: The Cauldron Komodo National Park, Indonesia

A coral topped bommie diving The Cauldron at Komodo National Park Indonesia Credit Moana

Site Overview

Site Type: Scenic drift dive ending in a steep walled cauldron
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 20MBottom: 25M
Location: The western end of the channel between Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat

Description

The Cauldron is one of those dives that gives you a great variety of terrain – a great reason to be diving Komodo. As well as the actual Cauldron area where you’ll see the big stuff, there is also a channel with lots of coral bommies.

The dive is usually done as a drift dive starting on the eastern side of the channel between Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat and ending in the Cauldron.

A large barrel sponge diving The Cauldron at Komodo National Park Indonesia Credit Moana

 

Drifting through the channel there are corals and schools of fish.

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Inside the Cauldron proper the big stuff will be waiting for you.

A snapper diving The Cauldron at Komodo National Park Indonesia Credit Moana

 

There are usually reef sharks around.

White tipped reef shark departs diving The Cauldron at Komodo National Park Indonesia Credit Moana

And you may see rays, like this cow-tail, resting on the sand. Don’t get to close or you’ll spook them!

Cow tail ray looks startled diving The Cauldron at Komodo National Park Indonesia Credit Moana

Back in the shallows, there is more coral and pretty little reef fish.

Headband humbugs in the staghorn coral diving The Cauldron at Komodo National Park Indonesia Credit Moana

Images courtesy of Moana Cruising.