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.
For divers interested in the weird and wonderful, Lembeh Strait offers the best macro 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.
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
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
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
This remote corner of Indonesia is well worth the journey for intrepid divers. Highlights include Derawan for drift and muck diving, Kakaban’s stingless jelly fish, manta rays at Sangalaki, plus Maratua Atoll for its encounters with large pelagics.
Ideal for viewing: green turtle, pelagic thresher shark, scalloped hammerhead shark
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
Located in southeast Sulawesi, Wakatobi comprises an archipelago of four islands and can be dived from a resort or liveaboard. Uniquely, it has fringing reefs, barrier reefs and 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
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
Indonesia has a wealth of marine life to discover but here are the most popular animal species and marine life events. Let us know the ones you would particularly like to see…
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.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Tailor-made trip idea
When to go
Indonesia’s climate is complex, with different weather conditions for each region.
Apr to Oct: The majority of Indonesia is dry, although the Moluccas are wet. The best months to dive Bali, Komodo, Kalimantan and Manado.
Nov to Mar: This season tends to bring more rainfall, although many localised weather patterns exist.The best months to dive Raja Ampat.
Nov to Mar: Best months to visit Raja Ampat
Jul to Sep: Mola Mola encounters around Nusa Lembongan are common
Alam Anda is a hidden gem for those ‘in the know’, for many years achieving an almost cult status with its regular guests in north east Bali. There is a variety of accommodation choices on offer to suit all budgets.
Located on the sunrise side of the peninsula, this intimate resort - known as KBR - lies in the heart of the Lembeh Strait, home of muck diving. It has its own house reef and access to 50 dive sites within a short boat ride.
Located in the heart of the Bunaken National Marine Park, Siladen Resort & Spa is an exclusive hidden getaway offering guests a relaxed atmosphere and an unforgettable holiday experience on a tropical island.
This boutique resort features ten traditional Balinese villas, set on the hillside overlooking the Badung Strait, with panoramic views of Bali. The excellent dive sites of Nusa Lembongan and Manta Point are nearby.
Built up on the cliffs at the entrance to Saparua Bay, Cape Paperu Resort & Spa is ideal for divers, snorkellers and also nature lovers – the nearby dive sites offer coral gardens, sheer walls and colourful fish.
Eco Divers is the only operator in Lembeh to offer you all the comfort of a resort combined with the convenience of a liveaboard. A great choice for divers wanting to get the best out of Lembeh Strait's macro heaven.
Built under shady palms amongst tropical gardens, this beachfront resort is located on the small tropical island of Gangga in northern Sulawesi, perfectly located for world-class diving and snorkelling opportunities.
Finely balancing the comforts of first class accommodation and beautiful natural surrondings, this traditional Lombok style hotel is a good choice for divers wanting to explore the sites around the Gili Islands.
Located on the island of Ambon, Maluku Dive Resort is Indonesia's latest critter-diving mecca, rivalling Lembeh Strait for its abundance of weird and wonderful marine life. It also offers good deals for single divers.
Located on a fine black sandy lava beach near Pemuteran in the north west of Bali, this 5-star resort is typically Balinese in style, with spectacular views of the Java Sea. It offers a luxury retreat for divers and non-divers alike.
Hidden away in the remote north west corner of Bali, this 4 star resort has been designed to reflect the local landscape and offers visitors a relaxing, back to nature experience with some great diving opportunities.
Pondok Sari is a traditionally built, 4 star hotel in West Bali National Park on the uncrowded northwest coast, with access to the underwater delights of Menjangan Island, Secret Bay and the Coral Reef Project.
Located in a prime location on the north east of Bali, a short distance from the famous area of Tulamben, this resort offers exceptional value for money and world-class dive sites with plenty of macro life.
Tasik Ria is North Sulawesi’s unique resort for divers, families and adventure seekers. A family run property, it offers luxury, comfort and warm hospitality, with all the conveniences of an international resort.
A spacious 33 metre yacht, the M/V Mermaid II offers comprehensive seven night itineraries covering Raja Ampat or Komodo, and is suitable for divers of all certification levels. Nitrox is available on board.
The luxurious Tambora has been engineered for a minimum of noise and vibration and aims to take you on an exhilarating journey through the Indonesian archipelago, unique in diversity and home to the world’s best dive sites.
This 28 metre steel motor yacht offers comprehensive nine night itineraries to Raja Ampat and Komodo. She accommodates 15 guests in a variety of cabins, with a large dive platform, equipment rental and Nitrox.
Visiting remote and unexplored areas, the Liburan offers pristine exploration diving at the heart of Indonesia's Coral Triangle, where you can expect huge breathtaking scenery and an amazing biodiversity of marine life.
The MS Aurora is a luxurious double masted traditional phinisi, designed for a discerning clientele. Cruising Indonesia year round, there are a variety of itineraries to choose from, all showcasing marine biodiversity at its best.
This 52 metre luxury phinisi first set sail in 2010 and was built with locally grown timber by indigenous craftsmen using ancient traditional methods. Enjoy up to four dives per day on itineraries throughout Indonesia.
Operating in Indonesia - and, on occasion, Micronesia - the MSY Damai II is a traditional Indonesian schooner. There are a variety of itineraries available, and she is accompanied by two custom designed high speed tender boats.
Accommodating just 10 guests, this boutique yacht is based at Wakatobi and can be easily combined with a stay at the resort. The region offers pristine reefs, muck diving, steep walls, caves and drift diving.
The Pindito is a traditional Indonesian liveaboard, accommodating 16 guests in spacious cabins. Depending on the season, she cruises Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat, visiting dive sites of unparalleled excellence.
This luxurious liveaboard offers spectacular itineraries around Raja Ampat, Ambon, Cenderawasih and Triton Bay in eastern Indonesia, providing guests with exceptional diving adventures throughout the year.
A traditional phinisi, handcrafted from ironwood and teak, this luxury Siren fleet boat cruises the Indonesian archipelago throughout the year visiting world-class diving locations in Raja Ampat, Komodo and the Banda Sea.