Diving and Snorkelling Holidays in Indonesia
Ideal for: Solo travellers, groups, families, couples and divers and snorkelers of all levels
Indonesia is made up of 17,504 islands stretching into the Andaman Sea in the North West with the giant island of Sumatra, nearly touching the Philippines from its North Eastern islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi, curving like a scythe, encompassing Bali and Lombok through the Indian and Pacific Oceans to its most Southerly point in the Timor and Arafura Seas just north of Australia and to the West with Papua. This island nation is as diverse as its many islands with rich jungles hiding gems such as the Java rhino, birds of paradise, Orang-Utan and extremely rare Sumatran tiger. Its reefs are no less plentiful. Sitting in the middle of the “Coral Triangle” with the world’s highest marine diversity, there is a greater variety of marine life on a 100m stretch of Indonesian reef then in the entire Great Barrier Reef!
Diving in Indonesia is varied and spectacular. In fact there is so much on offer, it is difficult to decide where to visit first.
- Wall diving in Bunaken National Marine Park, in Northern Sulawesi, is possibly the best wall diving in Asia. There are dramatic drop-offs showcasing spectacular corals, reef life and, the occasional pelagic. You can dive at the base of a volcano or see courting Mandarinfish at twilight. You will come across groups of Bumphead Parrotfish or search for tiny Pygmy Seahorses. Turtles, Eagle Rays and reefsharks abound. Critter hunters won’t be disappointed either by this diverse reef system.
- Lembeh Straits, a short transfer from Bunaken and still in Northern Sulawest, was made famous for its unparalleled much diving, where critters such as the elusive Mimic Octopus, Wonderpus, Blue Ringed Octopus, Frogfish and Nudibranches of all varieties can be found alongside some of the weirdest and wonderful creatures you can imagine.
- The currents sweeping through the islands of the Komodo National Park bring with them some of the most diverse marine life and diving in the world, and are a great place for a liveaboard adventure. From watching mantas, turtles and sharks whizz past on adrenaline filled, negative entry, reef hook, or current dives to gentle sloping reefs with critters galore there is something for every diver with a bit of experience under their weight belt.
- Bali is known for its stunning beaches, surfing, parties and relaxing in the interior, but it also has some amazing diving. In the north you will find the USAT Liberty, which is one of the best wreck dives in the world. Bali also offers some, magnificently bright coral reefs and walls, set against the black volcanic sand backdrop, and some truly special muck diving.
- One of the world's most remote and luxurious dive resorts is Wakatobi Dive Resort in Southeast Sulawesi. It offers a whole new level of comfort and class not usually associated with a typical dive resort. Their villas and bungalows are spacious, tastefully decorated and offer all of the amenities you would expect in any fine resort. The resort even has its own private liveaboard, the Pelagian, accommodating up to 12 dives in luxury to explore the reefs further out.
- Raja Ampat in West Papua is relatively remote, and until recently, unexplored, but intersely rewarding. It has the number one ranking in the world in terms of underwater biodiversity- the record for most fish scientifically identified in an hour's dive is held in these waters. It is blessed with idyllic scenery and virtually untouched reefs.
- Time: GMT + 5-8hrs
- Flying Time: 15-19hrs (twin centre recommended)
- Language: Bahasa Indonesia
- Climate: Indonesia has a hot and humid, tropical climate. The dry season runs June-September and is the best time to visit Indonesia. The wet or ‘green’ season tends to be cloudy with more rain.
- Currency: Indonesian Rupiah £1 = IDR 15,000
- Visa Requirements: A 30-day holiday visa is granted on arrival for many EU passport holders at a charge of USD$25