Indonesia Liveaboards

There is no better way to discover Indonesia than on a liveaboard trip. This huge country has a large number of islands, and is an epicenter of marine biodiversity. Within this one country, you will find the most diverse destinations that differ from one another like nowhere in the world. With over 3,000 different species of fish, new ones keep being discovered here, so if your life’s mission is to search for something different, Indonesia is definitely the right place to go

Reviews about Indonesia Liveaboards

9.8108DAMAI IIhttps://media.divebooker.com/media/images/big/145079711869d8b242b78ff7a3d3e61541bee9cddb.jpgDAMAI IIDive Damai, 8 reviews
10.00

Enjoyed Damai's signature service

Enjoyed diving on the Damai 2! Comfortable dive tenders, attentive dive guides, and all wetsuits were washed and hung to dry after every dive by the crew. Cameras were handled with care. If there was anything you needed you only had to ask about it and it was done! Will definitely be coming back to the Damai 2.
2016-08-30
9.71030Indo Sirenhttps://media.divebooker.com/media/images/big/14308146437caa874cd957c0d3d99c2e79ad5b6445.jpgIndo SirenSiren Fleet, 30 reviews
10.00

Excellent holiday- exceptional in every way!

Literally everything was superb!
Thanks so much to all the crew for their tireless efforts with making everything run so smoothly and always with a smile on each and every face!
Special thanks go for the the chefs Amhed ans Ari for cooking some amazing food for me despite some really tricky allergies and thanks sooooo much for the endless popcorn!
Vanus was an exceptional guide with an uncanny eye for the teeniest, tinyest creatures and was so helpful in improving both my diving and photography skills! He'll be happy to know I finally got 3 brillaint photos of those shy pigmy seahorse on my last night dive!
Thanks too go to Kathy- she was an OUTSTANDING leader from day 1 and got our strange group to work together, despite so many difficulties! She was really funny, energetic and gave her time to everyone at any time of night and day. She also was guiding me on LITERALLY my most amazing dive of my life!! 7 Oceanic Mantas on a remote pinicle of a dive site in Indonesia quite literally blew my mind and some tears were shed!

Thank you Indo Siren for making this a life changing experience- you are all amazing
2016-11-07

Questions and Answers

Why go diving on liveaboard in Indonesia?

Indonesia is an archipelago located between the South China Sea, Pacific Ocean, and the Indian Ocean. Tourists and local dive guides call it a Mecca for marine biodiversity. Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, consisting of 17,000 islands and 54,716 km/34,000 mi of coastline. Indonesia's coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass meadows are home to thousands of fish species and hundreds of types of corals. Indonesia is one of the most famous spots to dive in the world. Here you will find destinations for all diver levels, from beginner sites with calm seas and shallow depths to sites appropriate for technical diving with strong currents and complicated underwater terrain. There are also lots of activities suitable for non-divers.



Liveaboard diving in Indonesia



Indonesia has many islands, so it is impossible to cover all of its best destinations from the shore. This is precisely why liveaboard diving in Indonesia is so popular with divers from around the world. On a liveaboard with a professional crew, you can have some unforgettable underwater experiences.



Liveaboards offer great shallow reef diving for those who have only started diving, as well as deep wreck, wall, and drift diving for experienced divers. Because of the great visibility (30 m/98 ft on average, up to 80 m/262 ft in some sites), you can see gigantic fish and mammals and also take incredible pictures of them. No matter what your budget is, Indonesia safari diving is available at all price levels.


How to choose an itinerary and when to go

Diving season



Diving is available in Indonesia all year round, which is why it is such an attractive destination for those who love marine life. Most liveaboards in Indonesia operate in various parts of the country throughout the year. The country is vast and geographically diverse, which is why we only offer general guidelines and insist on the necessity of checking the tips for your specific destination before booking the dates. In general, your choice should depend on your diving level and your preferences on what type of marine life you would like to see.



Water temperatures here are mostly between 25-27°C/77-84°F. However, while diving from a liveaboard in Indonesia, you may encounter strong, cold currents where the temperature may drop as low as 19°C/66°F, so make sure you have an appropriate suit and appropriate gear. The air temperature is constant all year round (25-30°C/77-86°F) and only varies based on altitude, so be sure to stay warm throughout the trip.



Tips for choosing liveaboard itineraries in Indonesia



There are more than 600 dive sites that you can visit on Indonesian liveaboards, so you definitely need to consider all the information below before choosing your itinerary. Some of the best dive sites include Komodo National Park, Triton Bay, Liberty Wreck, Coral Garden, and “frontier diving” spots in Raja Ampat. We prepared the five best destinations for Indonesian safari diving below, to help you choose your route.



Raja Ampat



Best time to visit: May-September



It’s advisable to visit Raja Ampat between May and September because this period has the least rain and less chance of choppy seas. This is a marine sanctuary and one of the most biodiverse marine regions in the world. Raja Ampat has many unique coral and sponge species (some scientists believe that corals from Raja Ampat are the ancestors of corals all over the world), dugongs, green turtles, leatherback turtles, hawksbill turtles, blue-ringed octopi, scorpionfish, manta rays, and hundreds of dolphins. Come here and make every dive unique feel like a pioneer in this remote location.



When coming to Raja Ampat, make sure to bring your reef hook and be ready for currents and drift diving.



Komodo and Flores



Best time to visit: April-November



Komodo and Flores are year-round dive destinations, but it is best to visit specifically between April and November, because this time has the best weather conditions. In August in particular, this area is famous for mola mola. Besides mola mola, this is also the best destination for seeing mantas, because while the plankton blooms and reduces visibility, it also attracts hundreds of manta rays. The manta season here lasts from December to February.



Triton Bay



Best time to visit: May-September



This dive site is southeast of Raja Ampat. It is a marvelous dive region with fabulous soft coral coverage and vast forests of black corals that never fail to impress. It has topside scenery with huge vaulting cliffs and ancient cave paintings. In terms of marine life, you can see turtles and huge schools of fish, including jacks, fusiliers, giant grouper, and epaulette sharks. Not many Indonesia liveaboard charters visit Triton Bay, so you can feel a true pioneering spirit from being here. The pilot whales that can also be seen here will leave you with unforgettable memories after your dive.



Cenderawasih Bay



Best time to visit: May-September



As you can see from the picture above, Cenderawasih Bay is famous for having large numbers of whale sharks. This is one of the richest places for biodiversity. Dolphins and dugongs are common here, and you can also find four types of turtles: green, hawksbill, Pacific Ridley, and leatherback. There are also several World War II wrecks to investigate and some top-class muck diving locations with creatures galore.



Banda Sea



Best time to visit: March-April, September-December



The Banda Sea is located between Komodo and Raja Ampat. Scuba diving in the Banda Sea is famous for its amazing hard corals, dogtooth tuna, and mobula rays. At most dive sites here you will see large schools of fusiliers and red-toothed triggerfish. There are also prolific mandarinfish and native Ambon scorpionfish. This is also a great destination to see cetaceans, such as melon-headed whales, pilot whales, blue whales, humpback whales, orcas, and spinner dolphins. Diving in the Banda Sea is varied, colorful, and fascinating.



Best liveaboards in Indonesia for photographers and non-divers



Indonesia is a unique place for any kind of diving activities, including underwater photography. Above you can find specifically designed set of offers to help you find the best photography suggestions out of all Indonesian safari boats. Local guides advise choosing Komodo and Flores or Raja Ampat if you are looking for great walls and nature. The  wrecks in Cenderawasih Bay can also add some spice to your pictures. If you love macro photography, then nothing is better than Triton Bay, with the tiniest seahorses you will ever find. Check the available deals in our selection above.



If you are a non-diver, you will never get bored on an Indonesian liveaboard. Along with diving tours, you can find boats offering trips to the local islands and excursions overland. So if you are not a diver or have non-divers traveling with you, Indonesia is a great destination for both diving and non-diving activities. Look for available tours in our selection at the top of this page. 


Indonesia liveaboards: read before you go

Of course, the main thing to remember is to check visa regulations for your country before leaving your homeland. Make sure to verify whether you need to get a visa and the cost. We strongly recommend taking extra money with you because some liveaboard trips include visiting national parks where additional fees are required. You will also need money in the local currency,  because on-board payments are often only accepted in Indonesian rupiah. Local regulations about cigarettes and alcohol are standard: 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco, and 1 liter of alcohol per person over 18 years of age.



In terms of equipment, we strongly recommend bringing a 3-5 mm wetsuit with a hood and a reef hook, which is essential for some dive sites. Don’t forget to take your certification with you on board, because you might not be allowed to dive if you didn’t bring it. Also make sure to bring lights for night diving.


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