Castle Rock

A dive site for experienced divers

Komodo Castle Rock
  • A huge underwater pinnacle

    Castle Rock is one of the best dive sites in Komodo National Park, located in the northern part of the park. It is a huge underwater pinnacle, in the middle of the sea, with its top at 4 meters under the surface, which stretches down to below 30 meters, covered in coral and reef fish. The current can be very strong at this site, but this doesn’t affect the visibility, which is excellent. Castle Rock is recommended for experienced divers.

    Castle Rock Pinnacle Komodo

    The experts of Komodo National Park

    Diving Cruise KOMODO

    | 6 Days / 5 Nights | 1926 € Full Board

    Cruise through Komodo archipelago, 
    Labuan Bajo to Labuan Bajo

    Next Departure:

    2024 July 20th to 25th

    321 per day

    Up to 4 dives/day

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    From the biggest pelagic to the tiniest species

    You can see pretty much everything in Castle Rock, there is a huge variety of fish species, and not only that, as the current is generally much stronger at the surface than in the deeper waters, you will see a splendid macro life as well. All this is very enjoyable thanks to the great visibility, caused by its currents and for being in open water. The fauna of Castle Rock is very characteristic of Komodo National Park and Indonesia: rich, dense and diverse... and always in motion.

    Some of the wonders that Castle Rock has to offer, once descending along the pinnacle, are the encounters with manta rays, reef sharks, eagle rays, schools of tuna and barracudas, giant trevallies, groupers, giant jacks attracted by huge schools of fusilier and surgeon, a variety of multi-colored wrasses, batfish, banner fishes, Spanish mackerels, unicorn fish all drifting with the current. You will meet other exceptional visitors, such as grey reef sharks, white tip and black tip sharks, wandering around, maybe looking for a good meal. And if you dive early in the morning, you may even see dolphins coming to play, which would add a high note to this already remarkable dive.

    School of Batfish in Castle Rock Komodo

    Paradise for Macro Lovers and playground for big fishes amateurs

    As we mentioned before, Castle Rock also hosts some great macro, due to the strong current only on the surface! It is famous for being a great photography spot and a highlight for macro lovers. During low tides or in sheltered places, is the perfect moment for those who look after the smaller things. Take your time looking around, inside little cracks, in the gorgonians fans, you can see pygmy seahorses hosting in soft corals, very diverse nudibranchs not to mention the shrimps, morays and more.

    Castle Rock, is like some other incredible dive sites in Komodo National Park, a playground where divers will see an abundance of big fish, as well tiny critters, Due the rich waters, location and the constant supply of food in the currents, divers love this site and most of them wish to come back here a few times more.

    Nudibranch Komodo Chromodoris

    A must dive

    This is definitely a must see in the North part of the park. You will see more boats on your trip to this site, but don’t worry, there's enough for everyone!

    You can dive Castle Rock all year around, being April to November the best months. The average water temperature ranges from 23°C to 28°C.

    Fish Drifting Komodo Castle Rock


    Whether you're looking for a private charter, or to live an adventure on the sea while discovering new landscapes & meeting new people, We can help you make your dream come true.


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    All boats, Cabins & on-board furniture's have an authentic and sophisticated design, made with quality materials.

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    shared space, Lounge, Sun Deck, Restaurant will grant you a maximum comfort.

    You will also enjoy free access to kayaks and stand-up paddles (SUP) if you wish to explore the surrounding.
    Then it's up to you to chose if you want to enjoy a stunning sunset from the lounge with a fresh drink or from the SUP in the middle of pristine water.

    One of the most, if not the most important part of your cruise, The Crew. They all are experienced, they know when to be discreet and how to treat you well.

    Another important part of your journey, the Food., you will enjoy some great dishes cooked with love by some skilled chef. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, you will be delighted all day long. 

    You can refer to the label on the boat description to have a quick overview about the class of the cruise.
     All cabins are equipped with Air conditioning and Private bathroom (ensuite). 
    Comfort: All cabins are equipped with Air conditioning and some cabins may have shared bathroom (Max 2 cabins).

    You should definitely consider the full charter option especially if you are planning this cruise with your family or friends. It will make the experience even more exceptional. As we offer a large choice of boat, no matter if you are 6, 10 or more than 12 we will find the best vessel according the standing you are expecting. From 1000$ per night in adventure standing, 2000$ per night in Comfort standing and from 3000$ in Luxury standing. Contact us for more informations.

    Not at all, beginners can do discover scuba diving during the cruise (let us know to arrange it)

    Open water certified divers or equivalent will have access to most of the dive sites, but to make the best of the cruise Advanced level and experience in drift dive is recommended. You can spend a few days with us in Bali before starting your cruise, by joining our Safari tour or to get your Advanced certification in one of our four dive centers, it will allow you to dive up to 30m depth, to join night dives and be more confident and comfortable while drift diving.

    For an even better training we recommend you to join the drift specialty in Nusa Lembongan.

    If you are more into Leisure, Yoga or Surfing, we can offer you some great cruise experience while practicing some of your favourite activities. Contact us for more informations.

    Indonesia spread over its more than 5000 km along the Equator which offers a tropical climate with only two season, dry & wet.

    Dry season is mainly from May to October Wet season from November to April.
    Keep in mind that Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, so you can visit year-round as wet season won’t start in the same time in different places.

    Landscapes are also pretty different due to Tropical rainforest climate and Tropical savannah climate.

    Komodo: All year around
    North Komodo: April to December
    South Komodo: January to march
    Raja Ampat: October to May
    Banda Island: September to November
    Alor: May to November

    We do recommend you to bring your own gears if you already own it. If not it’s not a big deal, you can rent the full set onboard, some of our partners provide rental equipment for free, maximum you can expect another 60$ per day.
    As a reminder, every scuba diver should be equipped with: Wetsuite/BCD/Regulator set/Fins/Weight system/Dive computer/SMB/Torchlight/Compass.

    Nitrox tanks are available on most of the boats, please refer to the boat description.

    Included: Transportation between airport & boat (return)/ Accommodation/ Meals and snacks/ non alcoholic beverage/ 12L tanks and weight system for divers

    Not Included:
    Marine park and Port authority fees / International and domestic flights/ Traveling - Diving Insurance / alcoholic beverage & espresso/ massage/ 15L tanks and dive gears rental for scuba divers

    Most of the time €, Us$ are accepted onboard, but we do recommend you to bring enough cash in local currency IDR. Payement by card are available on some boats, please refer to the boat description.
    Most of electric outlets on board are European type.

    Tipping from 5 to 10% of the cruise amount are expected, it express your satisfaction level. Tips are also an important income part for crew members.