Komodo has many spectacular places to see, both above and below the water – Cannibal Rock is one of my favourites
13 January 2013, 2 Years Ago: Scuba diving is the fundamental reason I’ve travelled over the last 12 years. From a semi-disastrous start learning to dive in the UK (enough to put anyone off diving for life) to tentative steps trying it out again in Egypt and then Australia, diving became my passion. It’s led me to places I had no idea existed when I left the UK in 2002, many of which are documented on Travelhappy’s sister site Divehappy.
Indonesia’s Komodo National Park remains my favourite place to dive – I’ve dived there four times (for details and more photos, see Komodo 2009, Komodo 2008 and Komodo 2006). Spending 10 days on a boat sailing from south to north takes you through impossibly grand Jurassic-style topside scenery, an endless variety of different environments underwater and, of course, coming face to face with the Komodo Dragons themselves.
Cannibal Rock (pictured above) is a huge dome-shaped rock just under the surface at Horseshoe Bay on Rinca Island, where the Komodo Dragons roam the desolate beach. The rock was so christened thanks to the divers who first discovered it witnessing one Komodo Dragon attack, kill and devour another on the sand – thankfully while they all were safely on the boat!
The Rock itself is like an underwater mountain with its own rhythms and cycles of life. Besides being festooned in endless hard and soft corals, legions of fish continually skittering around and between the Rock’s fissures and canyons. The sheer amount of activity and aquatic eye candy makes you forget the often-cold water – it’s an endlessly rewarding dive site whatever the temperature.
What Is 12 Years Of Travel?I'm publishing a photo each week during 2015 that was taken in the same week sometime in the previous 12 years on my travels. Join me in my journey to combat early senility by trying to remember what the hell I was doing over the last decade.
- Week 1: Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Melbourne
- Week 2: Cannibal Rock, Komodo, Indonesia
- Week 3: Ocean Reflection, Ari Atoll, Maldives
- Week 4: Vertigo Bar Sunset, Banyan Tree Hotel, Bangkok
- Week 5: Talc Alf Sculptures, Flinders Ranges, Australia
- Week 6: After The Tsunami, Khao Lak, Thailand
- Week 7: Drugs Warning, Jakarta Airport, Indonesia
- Week 8: Beng Mealea Temple, Angkor, Cambodia
- Week 9: Failing To Climb Mount Kinabalu, Borneo
- Week 10: Night Diving At Maaya Thila, Maldives
- Week 11: Schwezigon Paya Temple, Bagan, Myanmar
- Week 12: Octopus, Hin Daeng, Thailand
- Week 13: A View With A Room, Bangkok Tree House
- Week 14: Koh Haa, Thailand
- Week 15: Angry Whopper, Singapore
- Week 16: Kuda Gili Shipwreck, Maldives
- Week 17: Model Shoot, Bangkok
- Week 18: Banda Islands, Indonesia
- Week 19: Port Eliot, Cornwall
- Week 20: Exmouth, Australia
- Week 21: Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall