The Cauldron

Definitely one of the best dive site in Komodo: for expert divers

Komodo Dive Site The Cauldron
  • Watch the predator/prey action

    The Cauldron is a very popular drift dive, with changing topography, in Komodo National Park. It is located in the channel between Gili Lawa Darat and Gili lawa Laut in the northern part of the park. This site offers a great opportunity to watch the predator/prey action: as schools of smaller fish are threatened by reefs sharks and other larger pelagic species. It is another dive suitable for expert divers, due to the strong currents.

    Cauldron 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 June 29th to 04th

    321 per day

    Up to 4 dives/day

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    Drift dive along the channel

    The dive is usually done as a drift dive along the channel and going through the Cauldron. This dive is mostly only made on a falling tide. The dive can be done one way or the other depending on the current direction, but it is usually done when the current flows from west to east. The dive starts on the reef slope west of Gili Lawa Laut island about 100 meters north of the channel, where there is almost no current. Then the reef slopes down to a sandy bottom at 22 meters. As you go down, the current picks up, since there is a constantly increasing current.

    Colorful and Healthy corals in Komodo Cauldron

    Topography of the dive site & dive plan

    In the initial part of this site you will see a gorgeous coral garden densely populated by giant sweetlips, large red snappers and yellow tip snappers, nudibranchs and occasionally octopuses. You will also discover garden eels, sleeping white tips reef sharks and resting rays. You can find turtles and the occasional manta rays.

    The current will pull you along the channel towards “the cauldron”, a bowl shaped hollow, 30 meters deep and 40 meters wide, with a sandy bed surrounded on both sides by walls covered with soft corals, colorful sponges and gorgonian fans that are home to a few pygmy seahorses.

    The exit from the cauldron is done through a small gap on the wall, and as you get close to it, the current will pull you through the channel and you will be out on the other side. This is called the “Komodo shotgun”. After this ride, you will arrive in a wonderful hard coral garden, with mild currents. It is a perfect environment for beginner divers and / or divers who don’t drift dives. This part is also an excellent snorkelling site but better suitable for expert swimmers. You can admire on the way the view of sharks and big pelagic fishes whirling around, as well as giant trevallies and eagle rays. You will encounter midnight snappers in the current. Bumphead parrotfish are very common and gather in large groups around April.

    Drift Diving The Cauldron Komodo

    The ultimate diving destination

    The Cauldron is the ultimate diving destination for divers who want a lot of variety during their diving experiences. This is an unforgettable dive site, best dived with strong current, with an average depth of 16 meters, although the maximum depth is around 30 meters.

    The Cauldron Dive Site Komodo


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