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Diving in Bangka Island

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When to go to Bangka Island

Diving around Bangka Island is available all year round, but the conditions do vary. March to June is the dry season, with the best visibility. November to December is generally wet, and July to October is windy, and both periods have lower visibility. The average water temperature is 27-30C/80-86F. The average visibility is around 10-35m/33-114ft. Currents can be strong in some areas.

 

What to see

Divers can explore amazing marine life, including whitetip and blacktip reef sharks, giant sea turtles, Napoleonfish, pygmy seahorses, and dugongs.

Scuba diving in Bangka Island

Bangka (or sometimes Banka) is an island to the north of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The closest international airport is Mandano, from there you got to get to Likupang and then to Bangka Island by sea. Besides a variety of attractions for tourists, Bangka has one of Indonesia's most famous dive areas, attracting scuba divers from all over the world. Diving here is available for divers of all levels of experience. Variety of dive sites around Bangka with fringing reef slopes and pinnacles carpeted in soft corals. The interesting dive sites are all to the east of Bangka and along the northeast coast of the mainland.

 

Most popular dive sites

Out of the variety of diving sites around Bangka, the most popular are Sahaung Pinnacles, Paradise Jetty, Batu Pendeta, Batu Kapal, Busa Bora, Tanjung Husi, and Batu Gosoh.