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The Cauldron Dive Site in Komodo National Park

An adrenaline-pumping dive with breathtaking marine life

Information about The Cauldron

Located in the narrow passage between Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat, The Cauldron in Komodo is not for the faint-hearted. This dive site is renowned for its exhilarating currents that spiral through faults in the reef, creating an adrenaline-pumping experience. The dive site features a large sinkhole, aptly named The Cauldron, reaching depths of 22 meters. Divers can expect to see an array of marine life including reef sharks, giant trevally, schooling jacks, and even manta rays.

The site’s unique topography, with walled edges, overhangs, and crevices covered in both soft and hard corals, makes for a visually stunning dive. Divers can cross the channel to a rubble plateau at 12 meters and observe the vibrant marine activity. The Shot Gun and Sling Shot sections of the site provide an exhilarating ride through strong currents, ending in the calm, shallow waters of Gili Lawa Laut.

For non-divers, the surrounding islands offer spectacular viewpoints, pristine beaches, and opportunities for snorkeling, making The Cauldron a perfect destination for adventurers and nature lovers alike.

Interesting facts about The Cauldron

Getting there: The best way to explore The Cauldron is by liveaboard, ensuring easy access to this thrilling dive site. Alternatively, you can fly into Komodo Airport and take a boat from there.

Best time to visit The Cauldron: The ideal time to visit is during the dry season from April to November, when water temperatures range from 27°C to 30°C (81°F to 86°F) and visibility is excellent.

Diving Conditions: The Cauldron offers depths up to 22 meters with strong currents that vary with the tide. It’s a site suited for experienced divers comfortable with challenging conditions.

Our liveaboard trips: Many of our liveaboard vessels frequent this area, offering trips that typically last 7-10 days and often include visits to other iconic Komodo dive sites like Batu Bolong and Castle Rock.

A little known fact: The name "The Cauldron" comes from the site's sinkhole and the swirling currents that resemble a boiling pot, adding to the thrill and mystery of this exceptional dive site.

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