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Dive Locations

17 recommended locations:

Komodo National Park

A World Heritage Site since 1991, Komodo National Park is home to the legendary Komodo dragon and some of the best diving in the world. The waters offer an incredible variety of marine life including critters, sharks, manta rays, dolphin, whales and turtles.

  • Ideal for viewing: grey reef shark, reef manta ray, bronze whaler shark, pygmy seahorse, dugong
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Shark diving, Manta ray, Reef diving

Lembeh Strait

For divers interested in the weird and wonderful, Lembeh Strait offers the best muck diving on earth! Attracting marine experts from around the world, it is home to a huge array of rare and unusual marine life, with new species regularly being discovered.

  • Ideal for viewing: pygmy seahorse, giant frogfish, mimic octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, coconut octopus
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Learn to dive, Muck diving, Underwater photography

Manado & Bunaken

North Sulawesi is home to the beautiful steep coral reef walls of Bunaken National Marine Park, attracting divers of all levels to its warm waters, clear visibility and pristine walls covered in soft corals and sponges, surrounded by barracuda, moray eels and turtles.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, spotted eagle ray, white-tip reef shark, dugong, common cuttlefish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Group diving, Learn to dive, Muck diving, Underwater photography

Nusa Lembongan & Penida

Away from the main island of Bali are the more secluded gems of Nusa Lembongan, Penida & Ceningan, where you can find some truly exhilarating drift dives. Highlights include manta rays, reefs packed with marine life and seasonal migrations of the rare mola mola.

  • Ideal for viewing: mola mola, giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, reef manta ray
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Manta ray

Raja Ampat

Known as ‘The Four Kings’, Raja Ampat is an is an archipelago of majestic islands at the epi-centre of the Coral Triangle. Relatively unexplored until recently, it is the most bio-diverse marine region on earth and is now at the top of many divers’ wish lists.

  • Ideal for viewing: manta ray, bumphead parrotfish, pygmy seahorse, napoleon wrasse, tassled wobbegong shark
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Luxury diving, Manta ray, Reef diving

Tulamben

Tulamben, on Bali’s northeast coast is most famous for the wreck of the USS Liberty, home to plenty of bumphead parrotfish and great for underwater photographers. Other highlights include the drop-off at Kubu and plenty of critters on amazing house reefs.

  • Ideal for viewing: mola mola, bumphead parrotfish, pygmy seahorse, ornate ghost pipefish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Muck diving, Wreck diving

Alor Archipelago

Located in the far eastern reaches of Indonesia, the Alor Archipelago consists of 20 islands. Home to the Pantar Strait Marine Park, here you will find a bountiful marine life boosted by strong currents, and some of the best preserved coral reef systems in Indonesia,

  • Ideal for viewing: scalloped hammerhead shark, blue whale, eagle ray, rhinopias, pygmy seahorse
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Muck diving, Reef diving

Ambon

Ambon’s intriguing shoreline has a habit of throwing up the weird and the wonderful, most famously the new species of frogfish discovered in 2008. Muck diving in the region has become legendary, and Ambon as a must visit destination in Indonesian diving.

  • Ideal for viewing: spotted eagle ray, dugong, giant frogfish, mandarin fish, pygmy seahorse
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Muck diving, Underwater photography

Bali

Often overlooked as a dive destination, Bali offers exceptional diving, from superb macro life to exciting drift dives and encounters with mantas. The wreck of the USS Liberty at Tulamben is the island’s signature dive, while the elusive mola mola are seen seasonally.

  • Ideal for viewing: mola mola, reef manta ray, pygmy seahorse, ornate ghost pipefish, black-tip reef shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Luxury diving, Family diving, Group diving, Muck diving, Shore diving, Underwater photography

Banda Sea

The remote Banda Sea in eastern Indonesia is a vast expanse of water which includes Ambon, the Banda Islands, Seram, Wetar, Kai and Aru Islands. Best explored by liveaboard, it offers abundant marine life on pristine reefs, steep drop-offs, and pelagics and critters galore.

  • Ideal for viewing: banded sea krait, olive sea snake, dogtooth tuna, manta ray, pilot whale
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Singles diving, Diving & adventure, Group diving, Reef diving, Underwater photography

Cenderawasih Bay

Cenderawasih, along with Raja Ampat and Triton Bay, makes up the Bird’s Head Seascape, a vast bay with healthy coral gardens and dramatic vertical walls. Reached only by liveaboard, the area has recently shot to fame due to its unique whale shark population.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, green turtle, pygmy seahorse, tassled wobbegong shark, spotted eagle ray
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Shark diving, Whale shark

Gili Islands

Off the northwest coast of Lombok, lie the three famous islands of Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. The islands boast white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters with extensive reefs, abundant sea life and turtles, which are popular with divers and snorkellers.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, giant frogfish, spotted eagle ray, common octopus
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Learn to dive

Halmahera

Located in the northern Moluccas, the remote island of Halmahera sits half way between Lembeh Strait and Raja Ampat and promises exceptional diving opportunities for adventurous divers, right at the heart of the Coral Triangle.

  • Ideal for viewing: pygmy seahorse, bumphead parrotfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, barracuda, reef manta ray
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Muck diving, Reef diving

Kalimantan

This remote area of Indonesia is worth the journey for intrepid divers. Highlights include Big Fish Country, the channel dive at Maratua Atoll, manta ray encounters at Sangalaki and non-stinging jellyfish at Kakaban; all part of the Derawan Archipelago.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, barracuda, leopard shark, manta ray, giant frogfish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Manta ray

Menjangan & Pemuteran

Menjangan Island and Pemuteran are located on Bali’s northwest coast, and feature some of the island’s most recognised and favourite dive sites. Diving is available year round, with Menjangan renowned for its wall diving and Pemuteran for its rich coral slopes.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, pygmy seahorse, common cuttlefish, black-tip reef shark, hairy frogfish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving

Wakatobi

Located in southeast Sulawesi, the Wakatobi islands are in Tukang Besi Archipelago and can be dived from resort and liveaboard. Uniquely, there are fringing and barrier reefs as well as atolls, ensuring incredible variety and fantastic diving, with large numbers of cetaceans.

  • Ideal for viewing: pygmy seahorse, spotted eagle ray, green turtle, giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Singles diving, Luxury diving, Reef diving, Shore diving

Ubud

Ubud is a remarkable town in the middle of Bali, beautifully located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines. For more than a century, it has been the island’s centre for fine arts, dance and music, and you can still see the daily rituals of the Balinese culture today.

  • Excellent for: History & culture

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Dive trips

The best dive sites in Indonesia are reached by liveaboard, especially the famous Raja Ampat and Komodo national parks. Extend your trip with time in resort to enjoy a memorable holiday experience around this expansive archipelago.
12 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Discover Bali

Whether you are interested in diving, beachcombing, observing local culture or exploring a tropical paradise, this three-stop itinerary in Bali offers world-class dive sites, lush scenery and relaxed hospitality.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,095 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Diving Adventure in Alor

The allure of Alor is its eclectic mix of marine life and diving experiences, where you can encounter blue whales, explore reefs and discover critters. This remote location is undeniably enchanting - it will not disappoint.

  • When to go: Mar-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,345 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Raja Ampat Liveaboard

Exclusive departures in 2018 & 2019

Join a liveaboard adventure in Raja Ampat, the most bio-diverse marine region on earth! Choose from a variety of vessels and itineraries to discover majestic islands with sharks, manta rays, turtles and enormous schools of fish.

  • When to go: Nov-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 to 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,895 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Learn to Dive Indonesia

Learn to dive in the warm, clear waters of Indonesia and you'll be amazed by the biodiversity of marine life and relaxed, friendly way of life. Sulawesi, in particular, offers a spectacular underwater world for new divers.

  • When to go: May-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,985 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Komodo Liveaboard

One of Indonesia's most iconic and exciting diving areas, the vast Komodo National Park is best dived by liveaboard to fully appreciate the area's riches, which include critters, sharks, manta rays, napoleon wrasse and turtles.

  • When to go: Apr-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,675 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Wonders of Wakatobi

Join expert Dr Richard Smith as he returns to Wakatobi to explore the exceptional marine life of this remote corner of Indonesia. This exclusive and luxurious adventure promises much for marine life enthusiasts.

  • When to go: Aug-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 to 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,345 pp
  • Trip type: Group trip

Walls, Schools & Critters

Bunaken Marine Park and Lembeh Strait together offer a fantastic variety of enchanting dive sites right in the heart of the best marine biodiversity in the world – a fabulous combination!

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,975 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Wakatobi Dive Resort & Pelagian Liveaboard

Wakatobi offers an opportunity to dive the world’s most pristine reefs, whilst at the same time participating in the protection of the area's tremendously rich marine heritage, from land or liveaboard.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Dive Raja Ampat

Diving the spectacular reefs of Raja Ampat from a resort offers visitors a world-class experience. The remote location at the heart of the Coral Triangle presents an incredible diversity of wildlife.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,875 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Bali Diving in Style

Combine two of Bali’s best diving areas - Tulamben Bay and Pemuteran - and stay at two of the island’s most sought after and stylish dive resorts, before a relaxing couple of days in Ubud, Bali’s cultural heart.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

A Visit to Bali

Experience Bali’s excellent diving and culture either as an add-on to your Indonesian liveaboard safari or as a complete and inexpensive dive holiday. The ‘Island of the Gods’ offers exceptional diving for all levels.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

When to go

Indonesia’s climate is complex, with different weather conditions for each region.

Seasons

  • Dry season

    Apr to Oct: The majority of Indonesia is dry, although the Moluccas are wet. The best months to dive Bali, Komodo, Kalimantan and Manado.
  • Wet season

    Nov to Mar: This season tends to bring more rainfall, although many localised weather patterns exist.The best months to dive Raja Ampat.

Wildlife events

  • Nov to Mar: Best months to visit Raja Ampat
  • Jul to Sep: Mola Mola encounters around Nusa Lembongan are common
  • Jun to Oct: Best months to visit Komodo

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