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Kanawa Reef, Komodo

Kanawa Reef Dive Site in Komodo National Park

Explore vibrant coral gardens and marine life

Information about Kanawa Reef

Kanawa Reef, located near the island of Kanawa in the Komodo National Park, is a spectacular dive site known for its vibrant coral gardens and diverse marine life. The reef's shallow waters make it an excellent spot for divers of all levels, offering stunning underwater scenery and abundant marine biodiversity. With crystal-clear visibility and calm conditions, Kanawa Reef promises an unforgettable diving experience.

The reef is teeming with colorful soft and hard corals, creating a mesmerizing underwater landscape. Divers can expect to encounter a wide variety of reef fish, including parrotfish, butterflyfish, and angelfish. The site is also home to an array of macro life, such as nudibranchs, shrimp, and pygmy seahorses, making it a paradise for underwater photographers. The sandy patches between the coral formations are often frequented by rays and turtles, adding to the site's allure.

Kanawa Reef is not only a haven for marine life but also offers breathtaking views of the surrounding islands and pristine beaches. Non-divers can enjoy snorkeling in the clear, shallow waters or relaxing on the island's beautiful sandy shores. The combination of stunning underwater vistas and serene topside scenery makes Kanawa Reef a must-visit destination for any trip to the Komodo National Park.

Interesting facts about Kanawa Reef

Getting there: The best way to reach Kanawa Reef is by liveaboard, providing direct access to this and other dive sites in the Komodo National Park. Alternatively, you can take a boat trip from Labuan Bajo.

Best time to visit Kanawa Reef: The ideal time for diving Kanawa Reef is from April to November, when the water conditions are calm and visibility is at its best. Water temperatures range from 27°C to 30°C (81°F to 86°F).

Diving Conditions: Kanawa Reef offers depths ranging from 5 to 20 meters (16 to 65 feet), making it suitable for divers of all experience levels. The calm waters and excellent visibility provide perfect conditions for both diving and snorkeling.

Our liveaboard trips: We offer several liveaboard options that visit Kanawa Reef, typically lasting 7-10 days. These trips often include other top dive sites in the Komodo National Park, such as Batu Bolong and Manta Point.

A little known fact: Kanawa Island, near the reef, is known for its bioluminescent plankton. On calm nights, the waters around the island glow with bioluminescence, creating a magical nighttime spectacle.

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Kanawa Reef, Komodo

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