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Diving in Batam
When to go to Batam
The weather in Batam is relatively the same during the whole year. It is always hot and humid in the destination. The most of the rainfall occurs in July and December. Air temperatures rarely fall lower than 27C/80F and can reach even 34C/93F. Water temperatures are of 28-30C/82-86F. Currents are moderate. Average visibility rarely reaches 10m/32ft.
What to see
Scuba diving around Batam gives an opportunity to spot such species as nudibranchs, miniscule lobsters, hawk turtles, barracudas, tobaccofish, tunicates and occasional leopard sharks. Different kinds of corals are accompanied with huge gorgonians and sea-fans and shelter small fish.
Scuba diving in Batam
Batam is one of the busiest ports in Indonesia. Due to this fact getting to the area is very easy by multiple ferries and ships. There is also Hang Nadim International Airport situated on the island. Batam became Indonesia’s industrial centre, business heart and nightlife hub during the last 20 years. Located nearby Singapore it attracts crowds of international tourists, who search for luxurious vacations closer to the nature. Sightseeing include Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple, Mesjid Raya (Grand Mosque) and Barelang Bridge. Except of visiting such religious and cultural places, one can leisurely sunbath on beautiful beaches, play golf on the finest golf-fields, try exclusive delicious seafood, shop in local largest shopping centre Nagoya Hill Mall and relax at spa-procedures. For more active tourists, this destination offers to take up plenty of water sports. One of the most popular is diving. Local waters hide a wonderful underwater world, which is rich in various species, reef walls and even wrecks to explore. Diving around Batam let divers to explore coral reefs with numerous drop-offs, ledges, boulders and crevices. Scuba diving in Batam can be organized by different diving centers, which provide also liveaboard trips around the island. Usual depth is around 10-35m/32-114ft. Dive sites are accessible by boat and advisable for divers of all levels.
Most popular dive sites
Diving in Batam is presented by such dive sites as Petong, Palau Abang Besar, Pulau Pengibu, Acasta Reef and Acasta Rock, where divers have exclusive opportunities to enjoy fringing reef walls and local underwater beauties. Acasta Wreck dive site let explorers to check a World War II plane remains.