Let’s explore these 10 best diving spots in Indonesia you must visit on your holiday. Despite the fact that Indonesia is a bit unknown to foreign divers, Indonesia is actually one of the worlds best scuba diving destination with a lot of amazing diving spots.
Moreover, Indonesia has one of the longest coastlines in the world stretching from the Indian Ocean to the east and Pacific Ocean to the west. Being blessed as part of the Coral Triangle of the world, Indonesia has the richest marine life with total about 20% of the worlds coral reefs. You can discover more than 3000 fish species and 600 coral species. Consequently, the diving spots in Indonesia come in diverse types from coral, steep walls, deep water trenches, wrecks and underwater volcanic mountains.
The very best thing of all is that diving in Indonesia is relatively affordable. Accommodations are fairly cheap as well since there are a lot of tour agents offering interesting tour packages including hotels, transportation, and meals. In fact, almost everything is cheaper in Indonesia than other Asian countries.
Furthermore, the best time to dive in Indonesia to get the friendliest weather is during the dry season from April to December. Yet, it is normally fine to dive all year round in Indonesia.
Here are the 10 best diving spots in Indonesia you must visit:
1. Raja Ampat
Located just off the northwest tip of Papua (Irian Jaya), Raja Ampat becomes the most famous diving spot in Indonesia. Not until recently that Raja Ampat gets its popularity among divers worldwide. Becoming an archipelago with 1,500 small islands, the rich diversity of its marine life is so overwhelming with 1,200 fish species and a break world record was noted in a single diving spot, Kofiau Island. More importantly, Raja Ampat set itself far away from the rest of the worlds diving spots. Coined with the term Frontier Diving, you will experience diving in crystal clear seas, uninhibited islands with the horizon stretching out beyond your imagination. You can even get some luck to spot whale sharks while enjoying your diving moment.
2. Togian Islands
Diving in Togian Islands also becomes one of the topmost accomplishments in Indonesia that experienced divers already know besides Raja Ampat. Located just North of Sulawesi, Togian Islands are a group of islands claiming to keep hidden secrets of Indonesian treasures to amazing dives. Indeed, this place is still pristine and diving there will invoke amazing feelings of diving in unexplored places. Perhaps, Togian Islands keep some of the best diving spots in Indonesia or even maybe on earth. Thence, you will have to explore more than the 3 dive sites amidst the 56 islands scattered here. The two first class spots to stay on this island are Black Marlin Dive Resort and Kadidiri Paradise.
3. Komodo Islands
Komodo islands are also popular among many of the world class divers due to the fame of Komodo National Parks reservation offering the most of what every tropical diving paradise does. You can definitely enjoy the calm and colorful shallow reefs, mountains of marine life from reef fishes to sharks, and deep walls and pinnacles. Komodo Islands become the epitome of scuba diving in Indonesia for its rich marine life and coral reefs. Besides that, the land of Komodo Islands becomes the only home for the legendary Komodo dragon, the largest living lizard on earth.
4. Bunaken Islands
Next on the 10 best diving spots in Indonesia is Bunaken Island (Pulau Bunaken) that is unsurprisingly very popular among divers around the world. The Bunaken Marine Park, located at the north tip of Sulawesi, is not only rich with marine lives, but it is also mesmerizing for its crystal clear water as if it is truly transparent. The amazingly diverse marine life preserves 70 different corals, five species of sea turtles, many fish species and even white tip and black tip reef sharks, the almost extinct dugongs, barracuda and even saltwater crocodiles. Wow isnt it? Astonishingly, Bunaken island also features a world-class wall diving. Explore Bunaken Islands with diving board for more challenging adventures.
5. Bali Islands
No one will ever deny Balis popularity, not only is it one of the best places to surf in Indonesia, but it is also one of the best places to dive in the whole world. Diving lovers find this place with excellent shore-based diving surrounded with breathtaking views of magnificent volcanoes and lush paddy terraces. Scuba diving in Bali, you will find deep drop-offs, steep banks, coral ridges and famous wrecks from the world war, volcanic outcrops and sea grass beds. Available choices of diving spots here include Nusa Penida, Lembongan islands, Tulamben and Candi Dasa.
6. Lombok Islands
As Bali’s sister island, Lombok keeps its own secrets of Indonesian treasures to spectacular diving with intact coral reefs and pinnacles. If you are lucky, you may even spot Hammerhead sharks and other wild marine life deep down here. Being a peaceful holiday getaway, Lombok features a lot of adventurous diving spots to balance it with drop-offs, plateaus and slopes among fascinating corals and diverse marine lives.
7. Bangka and Belitung Islands
Just off Sumatra, Bangka and Belitung Islands proudly offer more than 25 diving spots promising reef slopes and pinnacles of soft corals and rich marine life. A drift diving is also possible here with a negative entry. Furthermore, descending pinnacles and giant granite rock formations are clinging with beautiful corals tempting any divers to go deeper.
8. Pulau Weh, Sumatra
Diving in Pulau Weh is very famous for its rich ecosystem and off the beaten track in oppose to its famous distant sister, Bali. A part of this island had been declared as wildlife protection by the Indonesian government due to its role as the home to many rare species on land. Additionally, wild coral reefs are bursting with large and diverse variety of Indo-Pacific marine life. The tranquility of this Island makes the open Banda Sea so much more fascinating to dive in. No doubt that this place is still bursting with vibrant and natural reef system and large variety of marine life that are not exploited.
9. Wakatobi Islands
Dotted in Banda Sea, Wakatobi Islands comprising Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomea and Binongki become another Indonesias treasure to world class diving. Very rich with reefs along barriers, corals and fishes, this national park has been well secured thus overflowing with healthy marine lives. If you dive here, you will also be able to contribute to the local community as well as support the marine park. Relatively new to Indonesias diving world, the place is essentially untouched.
10. Banda Islands
As one of the best-kept treasure of Indonesia, this little-known diving site of Indonesia, Banda Islands is bursting with healthy reefs of massive hard corals, sea fans, sponges and marine wildlife of pelagic and reef fishes. Diving Banda Islands will probably bring you into critter havens of Ambon and also other undiscovered treasures that only diving exploration can bring.
Those are the 10 best diving spots in Indonesia you must visit on your holiday in Indonesia. Indonesia is an archipelago forming one corner of the Coral Triangle, the epicenter of world marine biodiversity. Also, Indonesia houses 20% of the worlds total coral reefs so that no surprise that it can claim to have the most diverse waters in the world.