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Batu Bolong - Komodo National Park

Lots of Fish
An amazing mass of fish off Batu Bolong in Komodo National Park

Batu Bolong at a Glance

Depth: 3 - 30 m
Currents: Strong
Season: May - Oct.

I last dived this site on 31 August 2010

Also called: Current City

Batu Bolong is a small rock islet between Tatawa Besar and Komodo Island. There's a wide shelf around most of the island just under the surface, which is why this is also such a good snorkeling site, but then the drop-off from the shelf is relatively steep. However, a lot of the "good stuff" is under 20 meters. Currents can be strong, but it's generally easy to stay in the calm side of the rock, and still see plenty.

In fact, Batu Bolong is Komodo's deadliest dive site. The deaths have occured when divers strayed to far towards the edges of the rock and got caught in the currents, which either swept them far away, or dragged them down into the whirlpools that form at either side of the rock.

Watch the deeper ledges for resting whitetip reef sharks. I'm told that, if you're lucky and the time of year is right, you might see some mantas around this site. This is another site where you'll spot green turtles, as well as more sweetlips and triggerfish.