A world heritage site since 1991, Komodo National Park is the home to the legendary Komodo Dragon – and some of the best diving in the world. The waters offer an incredible variety of marine habitats and life including critters, sharks, manta rays, dolphin, napoleon wrasse, whales and turtles.
North Sulawesi is home to the beautiful steep coral reef walls of Bunaken Marine Park, attracting divers of all levels due to its high levels of marine biodiversity, warm waters, clear visibility and its pristine walls covered in soft corals and sponges; home to barracuda, napoleon wrasse, moray eels and turtles.
Ideal for viewing: green turtle, spotted eagle ray, white tip reef shark, dugong, common cuttlefish
Raja Ampat, or the ‘four kings’ is an archipelago of majestic islands located in eastern Indonesia. At the epi-centre of the Coral Triangle, it is the most bio-diverse marine region on earth. Relatively unexplored until recently, the region’s incredible variety has catapulted it to the top of many divers wish lists.
Ideal for viewing: bumphead parrotfish, pygmy seahorse, napoleon wrasse, tassled wobbegong shark
Head off the main island of Bali and onto the more secluded Nusa Lembongan, Penida and Ceningan for some truly exhilarating drift dives. Highlights include manta rays, crystal clear waters, thriving 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
Tulamben, on Bali’s north east 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.
Lembeh Strait offers the best ‘macro diving’ on earth. For divers interested in the weird and wonderful, the Lembeh Strait is the jewel in the Asian crown. Attracting marine experts from around the world, Lembeh is home to a huge array of rare & unusual marine life with new species regularly discovered.
Cenderawasih, along with Raja Ampat and Triton Bay, makes up the Bird’s Head Seascape. This vast bay has some of healthiest hard coral gardens to be seen, while dramatic vertical walls abound on the outlying atolls. Reached only by liveabord, the a 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
Wakatobi comprises an archipelago of four islands located in south-east Sulawesi. Uniquely Wakatobi has fringing reefs, barrier reefs and atolls, ensuring incredible variety and truly fantastic diving. The park encompasses stunning coral reefs, white sand beaches and has large numbers of cetaceans.
Ideal for viewing: pygmy seahorse, spotted eagle ray, green turtle, giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish
Bali is often overlooked as a dive destination but offers exceptional diving. From superb macro life to exciting drift dives and encounters with mantas, Bali really has it all. The wreck of the USS Liberty at Tulamben is the island’s signature dive, while the elusive mola mola are seen seasonally in Bali’s waters.
The north coast of Bali features Menjangan Island and Pemuteran featuring some of Bali’s most recognised and favourite dive sites. Forming part of West Bali’s National Park Menjangan is renowned for its wall diving and Pemuteran for its rich coral slopes, both offering spectacular diving year round.
Ideal for viewing: green turtle, pygmy seahorse, common cuttlefish, blacktip reef shark
This remote corner of Indonesia is well worth the lengthy journey for intrepid divers. Highlights include Derawan for drift and muck diving, Kakaban’s stingless Jelly Fish, the manta rays of Sangalaki and Maratua Atoll known as ‘Big Fish Country’ for its encounters with large pelagics.
Ideal for viewing: green turtle, pelagic thresher shark, scalloped hammerhead shark
Off the northwest coast of Lombok, lie the three famous islands of Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. These stunning coral islands have long white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters with extensive reefs, abundant sea life and the turtles, which are so popular with divers and snorkellers.
Ideal for viewing: green turtle, giant frogfish, spotted eagle ray, common octopus
Excellent for: Resorts, Learn to dive, Drift diving, Beach
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 developed Ambon as a must visit destination in Indonesian diving – critters without the crowds!
Ubud is a remarkable town in the middle of the island of Bali, beautifully located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines. Here you can still see and appreciate the daily rituals of the Balinese culture. For more than a century, it has been the island’s pre-eminent centre for fine arts, dance and music.