Siaba Islands is home to fascinating snorkeling spots spread among two main islands known as Siaba Besar and Siaba Kecil in the local language. Both Siaba Islands guarantee superlative snorkeling among sea turtles, which gave it a nickname – Turtle City. Besides vibrant marine life and coral reefs, the Siaba Islands duo is a pretty stop among dozens of nearby islands within Komodo National Park. You will admire idyllic, sheltered bays with calm waters along the coastal reefs. The reef around Siaba Island is 4-6 meters deep with healthy corals and sand patches around. Siaba is one of the best places to start diving in Komodo Park and will suit everyone. You’ll witness a ton of colorful fish schooling around corals, including the captivating sea turtles.
Siaba Besar is a snorkeling haven for beginner snorkelers. A great place to start is on the north-west side of Siaba Besar, where snorkelers can experience the beauty of a magnificent lettuce coral garden. Residents include harmless whitetip sharks, eagle rays, and blue-spotted stingrays. Further down, another attraction known as the Turtle City emerges where a large population of green turtles can be found. Snorkelers will be left amused by the gentle creatures going about their daily lives in this spot. Away from the Turtle City, there is a vast sandy area, promising terrific muck dives. Some of the rarest creatures are residents, including the leafy scorpionfish, spiny devilfish, and the less-sighted flamboyant cuttlefish.
Siaba Kecil, on the contrary, is where currents can prove to be stronger, but its topography is sure to amaze with sloping reefs rich in corals and sponges make up the tiny island. The focal part of the exploration of Siaba Kecil is encountering small invertebrates and nudibranchs alongside bigger fish such as sharks and huge schools of trevallies and snappers. Sea turtles are in abundance there, too. The end of the drift full of beautiful coral gardens – both snorkelers and macro divers alike will be equally happy on Siaba Islands.