DIVING HOLIDAYS IN INDONESIA
Adventure looms large in this vast and steamy archipelago, where the best of Southeast Asia’s spicy melange simmers tantalizingly. Heady scents, vivid colours, dramatic vistas and diverse cultures spin and multiply to the point of exhaustion, their potent brew leaving your senses reeling. Indonesia encompasses around 18,000 islands, surrounded by six different seas, which make it the largest and extensive archipelago of the world, with only two-thirds of the islands inhabited and richly layered with character. From the largest number of towering volcanoes flowing with lava, to massive deepwater oceanic trenches flowing with nutrient rich plankton, the island paradise of Indonesia is perfect for diving, as one of the most geographically and biologically diverse places left on planet earth, both above and especially below the water where there are more opportunities to explore the underwater realm than anywhere else in the world. Indonesia’s southern islands mark the edge of the Pacific Ring of Fire and the country falls completely within the Coral Triangle, the most diverse marine region on the planet. It is this incredible bio-diversity that has established Komodo, Sulawesi, Raja Ampat, and Spice Island as world class diving destinations that offers something special for even the most intrepid of scuba diving enthusiasts, as well as those who want to dive for the first time. The resorts and restaurants of Bali pamper precocious style cats, while at the same moment threadbare backpackers are adopted by home stays in Kalimantan. The jungles of Sumatra, Kalimantan and Papua are zoological wonders, revealing impish monkeys, stoic sun bears, leopards, orangutans and remarkable marsupials. As you will see diversity is not confined to Indonesia’s world beneath the seas. From peace-loving Bali to the outer riches of Raja Ampat, diving in Indonesia is one of the world’s fascinating activities to experience.
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DIVING IN INDONESIA
There are so many dive sites and lots are still being identified! Main areas of interest for divers on a liveaboard are Manado, South Sulawesi, Komodo, Flores, Raja Ampat...
Right in the heart of the award-winning Bunaken Marine Park, the diving offers beautiful corals, lots of fish, amazing small critters, and some larger exciting creatures including reef sharks, turtles and barracudas. Manado is the main point of entry for Bunaken and the Lembeh Straits
The southwestern part of Sulawesi offers some fine wreck diving around Makassar and beautiful coral reefs around the rocky island of Selayar and the atolls around Takabonerate.
Komodo National Park
Komodo island is 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 coasts of Flores are mostly unexplored and practically all the diving is done on the north coast because the south coast is very rough. There are two main diving areas - Maumere and Labuan Bajo. Flores is one of the most rugged island of Nusa Tenggara with a collection of 14 active volcanoes. The island is well worth a visit for its nice landscape, the high volcanoes and fine ikat weavings.
The Raja Ampat
Located in Irian Jaya and attracts more than their fair share of praise from experienced divers. Said to be home to the greatest number of fish and coral species anywhere in the world, the beautiful and remote mushroom-shaped islands of Irian Jaya harbour dense schools of fish and countless World War II wrecks.
The waters of the Banda Islands and Ambon promise riches beyond the wildest dreams of many dive destinations worldwide. Big pelagics and large schools of fish abound, and the reefs are healthy and thriving. You will see squadrons of mobula rays, good shark action, and some impressive dog-toothed tuna. The volumes of reef fish in the Banda Sea need to be seen to be believed.
DIVING SEASONS IN INDONESIA
Best time to go: from April to December
Not so great for: Beginner divers
Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 10 - 80m
Currents: Can be very strong
Surface Conditions: Calm
Water Temperature: 19 - 30°C
Experience Level: Intermediate - advanced
Number of dive sites: ~500
Recommended length of stay: 2 - 4 weeks
Diving in Indonesia is unforgettable, whatever time of the year you visit. The season for scuba diving in Indonesia runs all year round. Overall, the best dive conditions exist from April to December, as many provinces have a rainy season from January to March.
Straddling the equator, Indonesia tends to have a very even climate. High rainfall and tropical heat lend a high humidity and mean that most of the country is covered in tropical rainforest - an area second largest only to Brazil. The wet season runs from October to April, with rain falling in short and sudden downpours interrupted with sunshine. The dry season is from May to September. The water temperatures experience little variation through the year, averaging from 26-29 degrees.
MARINE LIFE OF INDONESIA
Prepare to be blown away by this extraordinarily vibrant underwater world. About 4000 different species are found in the Indonesian waters (over 25% of the planet's fish species), in comparison to the 1000 found in the Red or the 400 from the Caribbean
Apart from this, invertebrates proliferate throughout the hundreds of patch reefs, sheer walls and barriers reefs Colourful nudi branch, pipe fishes and seahorses roam amongst the chrynoids, gorgonias and soft corals, a whole rainbow hue covering the entire extension of the reef walls. Big fish pop up every now and then, offering superb sights of big tunas, shoal or barracudas, manta rays and sharks galore.
There is such a great biodiverity it is impossible to list them everything but some of the most popular finds include:
- Pygmy sea horses - Bargibanti, Denise & Colemans
- Ghost pipefish
- Blue ringed octopus
- Mandarin fish
- Sea snakes
- Eagle rays
The only vaccine required by international regulations is yellow fever. Proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone within the six days prior to entering Indonesia. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following vaccinations for travelers to Southeast Asia: Adult diphtheria and tetanus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Measles, mumps and rubella, Japanese B Encephalitis, Rabies and Tuberculosis…