Indonesia has the most diving destination than any country has to offer. This is due to her location at the heart of the world’s greatest marine biodiversity. There are many great dive sites for both the experience and novice diver. Bali and Manado are well-known for their crystal water and diversity of marine life while Komodo and Raja Ampat are better known as one of the world’s best liveaboard destinations.
Forming one corner of the ‘Coral Triangle’, the epicentre of world marine biodiversity, and containing 20% of the world’s coral reefs, it will come as no surprise that this region boasts the most diverse waters in the world. Surprisingly, Indonesia is the least well-known of the world’s best scuba destinations.
With over 3,000 fish species and 600 species of coral, steep walls, deep water trenches, underwater volcanic mountains, World War II wrecks and an endless variety of macro life, scuba diving Indonesia is truly excellent. With over 13,500 tropical islands straddling the equator, the Indian Ocean to the east and Pacific Ocean to the west, Indonesia has the longest coastline of any country in the world and is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The Banda Sea, Sulawesi (Celebes) Sea, Bali Sea and Flores Sea hold some of the best diving opportunities in this expansive underwater wonderland.
Dive sites such as Raja Ampat in Irian Jaya, the Banda Islands and Sulawesi are all excellent destinations for a scuba adventure holiday. Our liveaboard cruises take you further afield to such magical places as Komodo and the Banda Sea. Komodo is an island famed throughout the world for its legendary dragons, and all liveaboard trips include going ashore to see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. But it’s not all about monitor lizards. Diving around Komodo means world-class reefs full of colour and life with pinnacles and walls, manta rays and maybe even dolphins and dugongs!
The Banda Islands are fast becoming known as one the world finest diving destinations since a trip here means you can expect, not only huge variety and numbers of pelagics and reef fish, but also vibrant healthy reefs with immense hard corals, sea fans and sponges. Diving in Banda also means experiencing the critter havens of Ambon, so you can have it all in this one area. Discover another of Indonesia’s best kept diving secrets.
But if you really want to get off the beaten track, check out the awesome dive sites around Raja Ampat, where the combination of topside beauty and underwater delights make it pioneer diving at its best. Scientists are falling over themselves to proclaim Indonesia’s Raja Ampat as the centre of it all. With such vast numbers of fish and coral species being recorded and discovered constantly, it is clear to see why.