Indonesia

Komodo

Komodo National Park has a constant stream of rich and well-fed water because of fast currents during tidal changes and upwellings of cold, nutrient rich water from the Indian Ocean. In the north you find clearer waters and pristine hard coral reefs, the south has cooler richer waters that favor the growth of soft corals and other invertebrates. Komodo is one of the richest marine environments in the world, and one of the most challenging diving destinations.

 

Sea Banda Sea
Number of Dive Site 50+
Experience Level Intermediate – Advanced
Depth 5 – 40 m
Visibility 5 – 30 m
Currents Can be strong
Surface Conditions Can be rough
Water Temperature 21 – 24 in south, 24 – 28  in the north
Good For Reef life, drift diving, pinnacles and walls
Number of Days 7 – 10 days
Available Resorts, Day Trips and Liveaboard
Best Time to Go Year Round

 

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat in Western Papua consists of 4 main islands (the Four Kings) surrounded by 1,500 smaller islands. It is the last frontier of diving: soft corals, sea fans, hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, drop offs, caves, black sand, white sand, pinnacles and wrecks are all to be explored. Over 1200 fish species are represented, from the smallest critter to the biggest predator. Being in the heart of the coral triangle its reefs just buzz with life.

 

Sea Banda Sea
Number of Dive Site Unknown
Experience Level Intermediate – Advanced
Depth 5 – 40 m
Visibility 10 – 30 m
Currents Usually moderate
Surface Conditions Usually calm
Water Temperature 27 – 30
Good For Reef life, small and big fishes, wrecks
Number of Days 10 – 15 days
Available Resorts, Day trips and liveaboards
Best Time to Go Year Round

 

Sulawesi

North Sulawesi is a diver’s paradise with two dive areas to choose from. The Bunaken National Marine Park teams with thousands of different fish species, and has huge sponges, beautiful hard corals, and some world-class wall diving. The second area is Lembeh Strait, known for the world’s best muck diving, as nowhere else do you have a better chance to see shy critters as the mimic octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, harlequin shrimps, and innumerable nudibranches. The remote Wakatobi archipelago in south Sulawesi has an abundant fish life and fossilized reefs offering visibility of up to 80 meters. Sulawesi truly offers the finest diving in the world and is a dream for every photographer.

 

Sea Celebes Sea (north) / Banda Sea (south)
Number of Dive Site 200+
Experience Level Beginner – Advanced
Depth 5 – 40 m
Visibility 10 – 80 m
Currents Usually gentle in the north, occasionally strong in the south
Surface Conditions Usually calm but can be choppy
Water Temperature 27 – 30
Good For Reef Life, walls, much diving, photography
Number of Days 7 – 10 days
Available Resorts, Day Trips and Liveaboard
Best Time to Go Year Round

 

Bali

Bali is a stop over on the way to destinations like Raja Ampat and Komodo, and caters to all sorts of divers. Experienced divers will enjoy the currents around Nusa Penida home of the famous Mola Mola (sunfish), beginners will like the gentle reefs around Amed and Padang Bai, and photographers will seek the muck diving sites of Tulamben with the famous USS Liberty wreck.

 

Sea Lombok Strait
Number of Dive Site 50
Experience Level Beginner – Advanced
Depth 5 – 40 m
Visibility 5 – 30 m
Currents Can be strong
Surface Conditions Can be rough
Water Temperature 20 – 27
Good For Muck diving, drift diving
Number of Days 7 – 10 days
Available Resorts and Day Trips
Best Time to Go Year Round