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Diving in Damar Island
When to go to Damar Island
Part of the Barat Daya Islands, Damar Island is a popular dive destination in Indonesia due to its warm temperatures and good visibility. The average air and water temperatures range between 27-32C/81-90F with the best conditions for diving being in October, November and December. The monsoon season usually comes at the end of December and lasts to March. That is also often the best time to spot manta rays. The water visibility is up to 35m/115ft, and the depth is about 150m/492ft.
What to see
Some of the fauna at this destination are bright parrotfish, big-eye trevallies, mackerel, barracudas, and myriads of small tropical fish swimming among coral bommies. There is a high chance to be surprised by hammerhead sharks, saltwater crocodiles, and whale sharks while diving in these waters.
Scuba diving in Damar Island
Damar Island attracts divers of all levels with its diverse underwater landscape, colorful and healthy reef full of marine life, impossible drop-offs, underwater pinnacles, walls, and swim-throughs.
Most popular dive sites
The most well-known dive sites around Damar Island are Pantai Merah (drift diving possibilities and current over 2 knots), Batu Tiga (water caves), and Pillarsteen (full of coral pillars), Damar Reef. The reefs, mangroves, and sea grass beds of Damar Island are full of spectacular species of flora inhabited by mollusks and fish.