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GILI LAWA LAUT. 8°27.105S, 119°33.667E

This anchorage is directly to the west of the middle of island Gili Lawa Laut. It’s a wonderfully scenic location and good to use if there is no strong E or NE swell.

It has closer access to the beautiful bay on the north of Gili Lawa Laut and the two superb dive sites of Castle & Crystal Rocks

[J2] GILI LAWA DARAT. 8° 28.746S, 119° 32.900E

This anchorage is better suited if there is some E or NE swell entering the bay. It ‘s located as you go past the passage between Gili Lawa Darat and northern tip of Komodo island itself.

Same approaches as anchorage [J], except go further south into the main jaw of the unnamed bay where you can find 20-30 metres in sand to put the anchor

The bay and beach on the north face of the island is highlighted by all year round azure blue water with water visibility often over 40 metres. The snorkelling in this bay is outstanding, with sea turtle and mantas common. Like all beaches in the area, this stunning white sand beach has only high tide access.

An adventure activity whilst in this area is the swim through between Gili Lawa Laut to the North and Gili Lawa Darat. When the tide is running there are often mantas feeding in the gap between these islands.

WARNING: Snorkelling swim-through activity here should always include a crewed support tender close by as currents are fast and unpredictable.

The scuba dives at Castle and Crystal Rocks are amazing signature dives for the area but, again, should be planned only with support tender and great caution due to the fast drift and current flows. Medium level to advanced experienced divers only – unless beginners are supervised by qualified dive guides.

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