Whether you’re a veteran of the waters looking for your next diving challenge, or a beginner who has yet to get their feet wet, here are six reasons why Indonesia scuba diving offers equal opportunity for every diver to experience outstanding marine adventure.
1. You Can Dive Just About Anywhere
Occupying an area of almost 2 million square kilometers between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, there’s no shortage of dive sites waiting to bring the waters of the world’s largest island nation to life. Renowned locations like North Sulawesi, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Bali, and Wakatobi offer such diverse scuba settings that the best diving in Indonesia may very well be wherever you happen to dip your fins.
2. You’ll Embrace the Concept of “Many, Yet One”
More than 3000 fish species, some of the best macro photography anywhere, and impressive pelagics from reef sharks to mantas make scuba diving Indonesia all about the incredible variety. In fact, with a national motto like Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (“Unity in Diversity”), you just know the creatures inhabiting Indonesia’s waters will be as varied as her 700 languages.
3. Diving Bali is Like One-Stop-Shopping
As the travel gateway to Indonesia, many visitors look no further than the island of Bali for some of the country’s best diving. In Bali, memorable underwater experiences include everything from drift diving at Nusa Penida, to exploring Amed’s muck and macro hot-spots, to wrecks like the USS Liberty – a site that divers of all levels can access right from the shore at Tulamben.
4. You Can be Among the Few to “Discover” Wakatobi
Stunning coral environments and natural biodiversity are the hallmark of Wakatobi’s four main islands in the Banda Sea. The dense, colorful fish populations of this protected marine park are just a 2.5 hour flight from the airport on Bali. The very best thing about diving Wakatobi is that the barrier, fringing, and atoll reefs here are not only unspoiled, they remain largely undiscovered.
5. You’ll Meet Real-Life Dragons
The island of Komodo is the only place you’ll find the famous Komodo dragon living in the wild. Komodo is a national park reserve, and its treasured underwater terrain ranges from warm shallow reefs, jam-packed with invertebrates, to current-swept seamounts that teem with pelagics like nurse sharks and eagle rays.
6. You’ll Find Bigger is Better in Indonesia
Indonesia doesn’t do anything by half: sprawled across nearly 18,000 tropical islands and atolls, the country boasts the world’s biggest, and smelliest, flower (the Rafflesia arnoldii), the planet’s largest volcanic lake (Danau Toba), and an exotic catalogue of jungle creatures that includes tigers, orangutans, and elephants. So, is it really any surprise that this land at the heart of the Coral Triangle also offers some of the biggest dive experiences you’re likely to find?
Whether you dream of shore diving in Bali, or prefer to drift across pristine coral fields from your liveaboard in Raja Ampat, Indonesia’s claim to a fifth of the world’s coral reefs means bigger biodiversity than just about anywhere.
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If these this sounds like your paradise, book an Indonesian liveaboard to experience the best diving in the country. Check out our great options for the “eat, sleep, dive” vacation of your dreams.
- Aggressor Fleet
- Blue Manta
- Dewi Nusantara
- Pelagian Dive Yacht
- Seven Seas Liveaboard
- Siren Fleet
For an exceptional land-based dive vacation in Indonesia check out these resorts for a variety of options.
- Alam Batu Dive Resort
- Black Sand Dive Resort
- Eco Divers Resort Lembeh
- Kima Bajo Resort & Spa
- Kungkungan Bay Resort
- Lembeh Resort
- Minahasa Lagoon
- Misool Eco Resort
- Murex Dive Resort, Bangka
- Murex Dive Resort, Manado
- Scuba Seraya Resort
- Tasik Ria Resort
- Villa Markisa Dive Resort
- Wakatobi Dive Resort