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About scuba diving in Indonesia

Indonesia is an epicenter of biodiversity, hosting a greater variety of marine life than anywhere else on earth. The South China Sea, the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean converge here, on the world’s largest archipelago of more than 18,000 islands, and result in spectacular diving. Thriving off Indonesia’s 54,000km/34,000mi of coastline are more than 600 corals and 3000 fish species. Discover the variety and uniqueness of the underwater world while diving in Indonesia. Scuba diving in Indonesia can satisfy even the most demanding divers. Indonesia has hundreds of stunning dive sites that cater to divers of all levels. While places such as Bali, Komodo, Java and Sumatra bring jungles and tigers and land-based adventures to mind, the underwater world here is simply in a class of its own.  Bali, one of the most popular places for learning to dive, is also a hot spot for giant sunfish encounters and features stunning drop-offs. East of Bali lies Komodo, where nutrient rich currents feed a vibrant ecosystem and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Best known for its tigers and orangutans, Sumatra's diving is also spectacular. The best sites are found off the northwestern coast in the shelter of such islands as Pulau Weh. The deep waters are home to abundant marine life, ranging from giant pelagics to marvelous macro creatures. There are also a few regions especially favored by divers, including north Sulawesi (known for its Bunaken Marine Park, Sangihe Islands, Bangka Strait and Lembeh Strait), South Sulawesi, Komodo, Lombok and the Gili Islands (Gili Meno, Gili Trawangan, Gili Air). In total, North Sulawesi offers over 150 dive sites and is suitable for all levels of experience. It is considered one of the world’s top diving destinations. The Bunaken Marine Park covers a total surface area of 89,065 hectares/220,000 acres and boasts clear water, steep walls and world-class coral gardens that are readily accessible to both snorkelers and divers. Komodo Island lies directly south of Sulawesi, between the neighboring islands of Sumbawa and Flores. Komodo National Park is legendary for its dragons, the world’s largest living lizard. But it’s the ocean that draws divers here from all over the world. Just off of Lombok lie the three Gili Islands - Trawangan, Meno and Air. These small, casual islands are true gems that boast white, sandy beaches and excellent snorkeling and diving. Divers have a wide choice between drift, deep, reef, night, photography, wreck and muck diving. Some of the most popular dive sites in this country include Cape Kri, Cross Wreck, Boo WindowUSAT Liberty Wreck, Sachiko’s Point, Lighthouse.

When to go to Indonesia

The climate of Indonesia is almost entirely tropical. The warm waters that make up 81% of Indonesia's area ensure that temperatures on land remain fairly constant, with the coastal plains averaging 28C/82F, the inland and mountain areas averaging 26C/78F. It is possible to dive in Indonesia throughout the year but the best time to visit is from May to September when water temperature stays between 27-30C/80-86F. The main variable of Indonesia's climate is not the temperature or air pressure, but rainfall. The area's relative humidity ranges between 70 and 90%. Winds are moderate and generally predictable, with monsoons usually blowing in from the south and east in June through September and from the northwest in December through March.

 

What to see

Turtles, rare giant Mola Mola, octopis, conger eels, small jellyfish, stinging hydroids, seahorses, scorpion fish, bumphead parrotfish, giant trevallies, barracudas, lionfish, as well as big pelagic species such as manta rays, eagle rays, tuna, snappers, jacks, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks delight the visitors.

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