Crystal Rock Dive Site

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Crystal Rock dive site gets its name from the incredibly clear, crystal waters and is in the top ten dive sites in the Komodo National Park. The top of the dive site is exposed at low tide and there are often strong currents including whirlpools. The best time to visit this site is therefore at slack tide when the seas will be calmer and not as difficult to navigate.

Regardless of when you visit, it is important to stay near the reef for protection. This allows divers to have a better vantage point as well to take in everything that is going on around them.

Clownfish, Komodo

Clownfish – Photo Credit: Kaelyn Lynch

The site is also famous for the soft corals and amazing diversity of marine life. Moray eels, frogfish, reef sharks, scorpion fish, and turtles are often seen on this dive. Sweetlip schools are also very common. On one part of the dive site, tuna and mackerel school seasonally.

This dive site is also famous as it hosts a large variety of smaller fish and nudibranchs meaning that from large sharks to pygmy seahorses, this site has it all. Due to the sheer variety of marine life found on this one site, it is recommended to dive the site more than once.

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Kaelyn Lynch November 21, 2017

Like it’s neighbor Castle Rock, Crystal Rock is known for attracting big schools of fish, and hunting pelagics to go with them. With a good drop in the split, we’d essentially spend the entire dive in one place—hanging on and watching as sharks, tuna, and Spanish mackerel circled around us. We’d end the dive on the lee side, relaxing in the beautiful shallows.

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