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 National 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
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Group diving, Learn to dive, Muck diving, Underwater photography
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 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.
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.
Located in the far eastern reaches of Indonesia, the Alor Archipelago consists of 20 islands and is part of East Nusa Tenggara. Renowned for its fascinating underwater spectacles, Alor is the largest island in the region.
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 southeast 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
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!
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 northwest 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, black-tip reef shark, hairy frogfish
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
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 in Indonesia.
Ideal for viewing: pygmy seahorse, bumphead parrotfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, barracuda, reef manta ray
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.
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The best dive sites in Indonesia are reached by liveaboard, especially the famous Raja Ampat and Komodo National Park. Extend your trip with a stay at a resort to get a full experience of this expansive archipelago of islands.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This unique seafari is perfect for divers who are keen to get the best of both worlds, with time on land as well as fantastic diving. Expect critters, wrecks and manta rays as you visit Tulamben, Crystal Bay and Nusa Penida.
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.
A resort-based trip to the remote island of Maratua, which offers divers a massive lagoon, fringed by reef and wall, with incredible drift dives, shoals of big fish, hammerhead sharks, turtles and manta rays.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
The Komodo Dancer is a traditionally crafted two masted wooden phinisi, offering seven and ten night cruises to Komodo National Park. Accommodating 16 guests in comfort, you can enjoy being pampered by a crew of 17!
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.