Diving in Flores

Set between the island of Komodo and Rinca to the west and Lomblen, Pantar, and Alor islands to the east, the island of Flores offers superb diving, spectacular scenery and a unique blend of cultures (after all it was named by Portuguese colonists). This once little-explored island is having a moment, tipped to be a tourism star for those looking to venture beyond Bali, and it’s easy to see why, it certainly has somme of the best diving in Indonesia.
There are two major dive sites on this island, Maumere and Labuan Bajo, and Flores is considered to be one of the most rugged islands in Nusa Tenggara with a collection of 14 active volcanoes. The island has become an exciting tourist attraction thanks to its stunning landscapes and fine ikat weavings. The dive sites in the island are spread wide apart along the long northern coastline and the best way to visit them all is with a liveaboard.
The best time for diving in Flores is the dry season from April to December, which is sunnier with better visibility. The west part of Flores is a more mountainous region and it gets more rain and consequently more run-off, while the south is particularly rough, which is why much of the diving on this island is done along the north coast.

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Wildlife in Flores

Flores is not just the gateway to Komodo National Park, it is also a treasure trove of underwater riches. Here you can enjoy muck dives revealing cuttlefish, octopus and scorpionfish, or take in the colorful coral just off the coast of the island’s capital Maumere, here you will see huge moray eels, as well as squat lobsters, with their oversized claws, and pretty pygmy seahorses. Dive here and you can also discover wreck populated with colorful lionfish as well as huge trevallies, while the island of Labuan Bajo also forms part of the Flores region and has glorious coral gardens and caves to explore.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Whales
Pilot Whale
Dolphins
Pilot Whale
Sharks
Oceanic Whitetip Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Oceanic Blacktip Shark
Rays
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Reptiles
Banded Sea Krait
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Pygmy Seahorse
Common Seahorse
Spiny Seahorse
Pipefish
Fishes
Ocean Sunfish
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Wolf Eel
Crevalle jack
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Frogfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Molluscs
Octopus
  Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec
Whales
Pilot Whale
Dolphins
Pilot Whale
Sharks
Oceanic Whitetip Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Oceanic Blacktip Shark
Rays
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Reptiles
Banded Sea Krait
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Pygmy Seahorse
Common Seahorse
Spiny Seahorse
Pipefish
Fishes
Ocean Sunfish
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Wolf Eel
Crevalle jack
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Frogfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Molluscs
Octopus

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