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PimpeIsland is one of the most idyllic of the Komodo archipelago, fringed by a small butinteresting reef and rich of fish but hard to reach. You can only visit as partof a cruise or of a snorkeling tour as the island is uninhabited.

Pimpe Nusa Island, Komodo
Pimpe Nusa Island, Komodo.

How to get to Pimpe Nusa snorkeling spot?

Because there are no facilities on the island, the best way to visit this location is by joining a snorkeling tour from Labuan Bajo in the nearby bigger Flores Island. Alternatively, you may visit this spot as part of the multiple-day cruises that explore the Komodo National Park or along the way on the cruise that links Labuan Bajo with Lombok.

In these instances, you may not be able to request this specific spot as you will have to follow your captain’s schedule. If you rather be free you may consider renting a chartered yacht. Because there are no facilities on the island, there is no lifeguard and some of the cruises will not look after you while in the water hence you should always take all safety precautions.

Pimpe Nusa snorkeling map, Komodo
Pimpe Nusa snorkeling map, Komodo.

Water entrance for snorkeling Pimpe Nusa

The boat would generally anchor where the water is about 16 feet/5 meters deep and from there you may swim towards the island until you reach the drop-off.

Pimpe Nusa snorkeling exploration tips

This location is generally well sheltered from strong winds and waves thanks to the hilly nature of the small island hence you will generally be able to enjoy your snorkeling in very good conditions. We recommend swimming right on top of it as the coral is generally very healthy here and the depth ranges between 12 to 6 feet/4 to 2 meters.

Damselfish and wrasse at Pimpe Nusa
The coral reef at Pimpe Nusa.

The reef is almost exclusively built out of staghorn corals which may not sound so beautiful. However, the interesting part is that the sea is calm, the hard corals are very healthy, and the fish is extremely abundant.

Among the most common fish to spot at this location are damselfish (swimming by thousands above the corals), sergeants, wrasse, and parrotfish. If you explore further away you may notice that after the gentle staghorn drop off, the seabed is almost empty but the visibility is very good and generally above 10 meters.

Soft coral Pimpe Nusa
The reef also supports some soft corals.

You may encounter turtles or the very occasional manta if you are lucky enough. On the other hand, the seabed closer to the shore is made of dead corals and is of very little interest. If you decide to swim towards the beach extra care should be taken to prevent stepping on stingrays or stonefish.

Branching coral reef at Pimpe Nusa
At some places, hundreds of damselfish are swimming above the coral.

Restaurants and accommodations nearby

The island has no amenities. If you participate in a snorkeling tour, lunch may be included – Check when you inquire.


  • Level required Intermediate
  • Protected areaKomodo National Park
  • Maximum depth26 ft/8 m
  • Water entranceFrom a boat or a sandy beach
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersLow
  • Access costsCost of a snorkeling tour
  • Restaurants nearbyNo
  • Public toilets & showersNo

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These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.