What to say about Batu Bolong, it is one of the most famous dive spots in Komodo National Park
Batu Bolong is that dive spot that all divers who come to Komodo don’t mind if they have to repeat it
It’s formed by a pinnacle whose upper part comes to the surface looking like a small rocky island in the middle of the park. But this little island is just the tip of the iceberg. The pinnacle descends to almost 100m depth and depending on the area the wall can be a completely vertical or in some cases it goes down in a slope. There are in some points, like west of the pinnacle, other secondary pinnacles but much smaller in size.
The entire surface of the wall is covered with hard coral, soft coral, sponges and it’s really colorful.
Batu Bolong is located in the middle of the main channel of Komodo National Park which is really exposed to the current. When the tide is falling the current flows from north to south and when it’s rising from south to north. The current hits the pinnacle dividing into two current lines on both sides of the pinnacle and creating a protected area on the opposite side.
Because of this we will always dive in the protected area of the current. We will descend to our maximum depth depending on the level and we will make a zigzag between both lines of current, so it is very important that you never go forward your guide and always stay close to the reef.
The strength of the current will depend a lot on the moment of the tide and moon cycles, which always affect. When the tides are going to change we can even have a moment of absolute calm and you could take a full turn around the pinnacle. But this is something that doesn’t happen very often.
In question marine life with Batu Bolong we can write a book. Batu Bolong is one of those places that always surprise you!! You never know what to expect!!
It is easy to see white tip reef sharks, giant trevaly, tuna, barracudas, moray eels of all sizes, scorpion fish, lionfish, triggerfish, turtles and much more.
In Batu Bolong there is not only place for big life. The pinnacle is covered with an endless number of small fish, which often delight us with a dance going out and entering the reef looking for protection from predators. And for small life, there are always space for nudibranch, prawns, crabs, flat worms.
But as we say you never know what to expect. One day our beloved Mantas Rayas, gray reef sharks and even dolphins can appear. But don’t think that this happens every day.
From Ihasia we encourage you to come and enjoy this dive on your own!!