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When most people think of Indonesia, their thoughts go to surfing, impressive volcanoes, rich culture, Komodo dragons and white beaches. While those things are amazing and should be on your mind, you should also add scuba diving to it!


Some Of The Best Diving Spots In Indonesia 


With over 17.500 islands and being in the heart of the coral triangle. Being a part of the coral triangle means that Indonesia hosts 25% of the world’s fish species and 15% of the coral reefs, with an array of marine life, stunning coral reefs, and crystal-clear waters. From Raja Ampat to Bali, there is no shortage of fantastic dive sites to explore. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, Indonesia is a must-visit destination for any diving enthusiast.

Bali

Bali is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning beaches and rich cultural heritage, but it’s also an excellent destination for diving. The island is surrounded by coral reefs, and divers can explore an array of marine life, including reef sharks, manta rays, and sea turtles.

Most of the visitors who go to Bali stay in the south tip of Bali, but for diving you should go to the North, east and west parts of Bali!

Amed 

Amed is a small fisherman village in the east of Bali, it’s the perfect destination for scuba divers who are looking for beautiful diving spots and an authentic Balinese experience! It is most famous for it’s muck, macro and night diving! If you like shipwrecks, you should check out Japanese Wreck. Some locals have successfully created artificial reefs around Amed, it’s a basic structure created by humans for the purpose of forming a new marine ecosystem. A great example of one is the artificial pyramid is spread over 10 meters to 25 meters at a dive site called Pyramid Point. You can see colorful corals and various types of reef fish!

Tulamben

Home to the famous USAT Liberty shipwreck, Tulamben is a fantastic dive site, suitable for both beginners and experienced divers. The wreck is covered in colorful corals and teeming with marine life, including schools of fish, rays, and occasional sharks.

Nusa Penida 

Nusa Penida is a small island next to Bali. And is a popular spot for experienced divers looking for a thrilling drift dive. The strong currents attract large pelagic species, including manta rays and Mola Mola, also known as sunfish.

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Menjangan Island

Located in the West Bali National Park, Menjangan Island is surrounded by some of the most stunning coral reefs in Bali, with a wide variety of hard and soft corals. The reefs are teeming with colorful reef fish, and a chance to see rare species such as the pygmy seahorse and the blue-ringed octopus. The waters surrounding Menjangan Island are known for their clarity, with visibility up to 50 meters on a good day. This makes it a great destination for those looking to experience crystal-clear waters and a pristine marine ecosystem. Menjangan Island offers a variety of dive sites to suit all levels of divers, from shallow coral gardens to deeper walls and pinnacles. There are also several wrecks to explore, including a World War II cargo ship.

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is an archipelago located in West Papua, and it’s considered one of the world’s most biodiverse marine environments. The area consists of over 1,500 islands and is home to over 600 species of coral and 1,700 species of fish. Divers can explore the stunning coral gardens, walls, and pinnacles and spot an array of marine life, including manta rays, pygmy seahorses, and whale sharks.

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Cape Kri

Raja Ampat is on almost every diver’s bucket list! And for good reasons, you can find 75% of world’s coral diversity there! A few years ago, scientist recorded the most fish species on a single dive at Cape Kri! Divers can expect to see all kinds of sharks, many schools of fish, a diversity of coral and for the macro fans also a lot of specimens! The diving conditions at Cape Kri are suitable for all levels.

Arborek Jetty

If you want to dive surrounded by thousands, maybe even millions of fish, you should definitely go to Arborek Jetty. It’s also a possibility to go snorkeling or freediving there, it might give you a better experience since the jetty starts around 2 meters and goes down to around 10 meters.  

Blue Magic 

Another beautiful and famous diving spot in Raja Ampat is Blue Magic! Here you can find an underwater pinnacle that starts around 8 meters and goes down to approximately 30 meters. You can expect colors and movement everywhere you look! In season, sharks and manta rays are also common sittings.   

Komodo

Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia. The park is famous for its population of Komodo dragons, but it’s also an excellent destination for diving. Divers can explore the colorful coral reefs, swim through underwater caves, and encounter a variety of marine life, including manta rays, sharks, and turtles.

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Batu Bolong

Batu Bolong is a pinnacle located in the middle of the Komodo channel. The site is famous for its colorful coral gardens, schools of fish, and strong currents. Divers can spot an array of marine life, including reef sharks, manta rays, and turtles. Batu Bolong is considered one of the best dive sites in the world due to its excellent visibility and diverse marine life.

Castle Rock 

Castle Rock is another pinnacle located in the Komodo channel. The site is known for its strong currents and vibrant coral reefs. Divers can spot an array of marine life, including schooling barracuda, reef sharks, and giant trevally. Castle Rock is considered one of the best dive sites in Komodo for experienced divers due to its challenging conditions.

Manta Point

Manta Point is located in the south of Komodo Island and is known for its population of manta rays. Divers can observe these graceful creatures up close as they swim through the water, feeding on plankton. Manta Point is a popular dive site for both novice and experienced divers due to its shallow depth and calm conditions.

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Sulawesi 

Sulawesi is a great destination for scuba diving, with a wide variety of dive sites catering to divers of all levels. Some of the best dive spots in Sulawesi include:

Wakatobi

Wakatobi is a group of islands located in Southeast Sulawesi, and it has beautiful pristine coral reefs and crystal-clear waters. Divers can explore the vibrant coral gardens and spot an array of marine life, including schools of barracuda, dolphins, and sea turtles. Wakatobi is also famous for its unique macro life, such as nudibranchs and seahorses.

Bunaken

Bunaken is a small island located in the North Sulawesi province of Indonesia, and it’s famous for its world-class diving. The island is surrounded by a national marine park, and divers can explore the stunning coral reefs and spot an array of marine life, including reef sharks, sea turtles, and schools of colorful fish.

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Lembeh Strait 

Known as the muck diving capital of the world, Lembeh Strait is home to an incredible variety of critters, including seahorses, frogfish, and octopuses. It’s a must visit for divers who love macro photography.

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Togian Islands

This remote group of islands in central Sulawesi. Because the islands are relatively untouched, it offers a rare opportunity to experience a thriving and healthy marine ecosystem. It gives divers the chance to dive some of the most pristine coral reefs in the world. Divers can expect to see an array of marine life, including rare species of nudibranchs, sea turtles, and reef sharks. Divers can also spot large schools of fish, including barracudas and jacks.

Bangka Island

Located off the northern coast of Sulawesi, Bangka Island is has some of the most vibrant coral reefs in Indonesia, with a wide variety of hard and soft corals. The reefs are teeming with colorful reef fish, making it a great spot for underwater photography. Bangka Island offers a variety of dive sites to suit all levels of divers, from shallow coral gardens to deeper walls and pinnacles. There are also several wrecks to explore, including a World War II Japanese freighter.

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Born in Valencia (Spain), his professional career has always revolved around the tourism sector. He studied tourism degree and later specialized in digital tourism marketing.

After working in various travel agencies. In 2018, he was a beneficiary of an Indonesian government scholarship to study at one of the most prestigious universities in the country. After specializing in the destination and having traveled and lived in various areas of Indonesia, he joined our team in early 2020.

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