The Batu Bolong Reef
Hi travelers, do you like to dive or snorkeling? Do you wonder, where is the place or best spot to enjoy diving and snorkeling that will give you a best impression? There is one diving spot for you to try, which located in the East Nusa Tenggara. This place is part of the Komodo National Park. Have you heard about Batu Bolong Reef before?
Batu Bolong or hollow rock, is a place as cited in it’s name. Located in the northern of Komodo island, is a rock pinnacle that lies in 75 metres of water. It is situated between Tatawa Island to the east and Komodo main island to the west. The dives site is one of the signature place to be recommended by people here. You will find tons of beautiful fish and coral reefs here. A trus gem for people who like dive.
The one that can be compared to Batu Bolong Reef is a diving site in Raja Ampat. The coral reefs is very tight, colourful, and still well preserved. It is one of the best spot to find many kind fishes species. Here you will forget of your time, since the beauty of the nature can’t be compare to anything.
There are two diving spots here that can be accesed. First one is in the northern of the rock, which the current is quite fierce. Here you can swim along with fishes like tuna, mackerels, trevallies, anthias, rainbow runners, clown fish and many more. While the southern of the rock have a less fierce current. It is easier to dive with rather large area, and protected from the strong current when the tides come.
Best Time to Visit Batu Bolong Reef
Since Batu Bolong Reef is a diving spot, therefore you need to calculate about when will be the best time to visit this place. Batu Bolong Reef is best to visit during March to December.
But from that range of time, i would like to suggest you in visiting this place during October. Since at this month the climate is sunny, calm, and cool. It will be a perfect to dive during this time. Entering the month of December the weather will be increasingly difficult to predict and likely will often rain during night. You will rarely find the fishes that surfaced.
But if you want to combine it with other activities such as visiting the Komodo dragon, July to September will be the best time. You can see the Komodo dragon entering their mating season. They will be easily to find.
How To Get Here
Batu Bolong Reef can be accesed through cruise or speedboat. You can take a sailing trip if you want to visit this place. The cruise or speedboat usually will sail from Labuan Bajo.
The package trip is usually called by Komodo Liveboard, you can choose one for many of operator that available in East Nusa Tenggara. You can either to pick the budget trip liveboard or luxury one, according to your needs. The less expensive one can be under USD 275 a day that can bring 15 – 18 guests, with 8 – 10 days of sailings.
The package trip will including food, room, board on trip, transportation, dive guides, tanks and weighs, and so forth. Aside from liveboards cruises, there is also a daily trip that usually available for you who’d like to take a budget trip. The daily trip available in two options, which are private trip and open trip. The private trip is suitable for you who went on a tour with a group (family, friends, and office).
The price will be available at Rp 750K per day, using a private ship (but with a record number of participants in accordance with the capacity of the ship). While the open trip is suitable for individual travellers, with the price available at Rp 600K per day. For a full day diving package will be charge for around Rp 1.600K/person.
There are some travel tips that you need to know, before going to the Batu Bolong Reef :
- Since the diving spot is not for a beginner level, we suggest you to at least achieve an advance level. The sea current and waves here is quite strong, even there is a spot that save enough for you to dive but we did not recommend a beginner to dive here.
- It is better to join the sailing trip or take any diving package, especially if you have never experienced here.
- Take a dive guide, and follow their instructions carefully. As mentioned before the sea current here is tricky even for an advanced level diver.
- Prepare your stamina strenght, because it will definitely be needed.
Batu Bolong Reef is considered as one of the best diving site in the world. It will be a great experience for you to try once in your lifetime. But remember, safety first, so you need to prepare enough for your physic. And that’s what you need to know about Batu Bolong Reef. Grab your phone and book for a great trip now!