Scuba diving in Indonesia

The island nation of Indonesia is known for its vibrant soft corals, swirling marine life, and nutrient-rich currents that make each dive more exhilarating than the last. Experienced divers travel far and wide for the chance to spot rare pelagics, while those who have never dived before can have their first experience on one of the world’s most famous wreck dives. Regardless of your skill or experience, diving Indonesia should be at the top of any passionate diver’s must-see list. 
 
With thousands of fish species and hundreds of different coral varieties, Indonesia aims to please and rarely does it miss. 
 

Why go diving in Indonesia?

With so many convincing reasons to dive in Indonesia, the better question is really “why not”?
Thrilling dive sites – With thriving marine life and healthy corals, many of Indonesia’s dive sites are considered world-class. The diversity of the sites ranges from heart-pumping drift dives, vertigo-inducing walls, shallow reefs, and breathtaking wrecks. 
Rich marine life – Indonesian waters shelter 20% of the world’s coral reefs and thousands of marine life species. Raja Ampat – a particularly impressive island series – was recorded to have the highest marine life diversity ever discovered on the planet.  
Affordable – Like much of Southeast Asia, the cost of diving in Indonesia is a fraction of what it costs in the Western world.  
Temperate – Year-round tropical waters (between 24 C to 29 C) and even warmer air temperatures make Indonesia a comfortable location both on and under the surface.

Is it easy to arrange diving?

It’s very easy to arrange a dive holiday in Indonesia. Most shops take reservations via email in addition to welcoming walk-ins. If there’s space on the boat, they’ll schedule you in. 
 

Is it mainly liveaboards or day trips?

It’s a healthy mix of both. Bali, Lembeh, and Pulau Weh are most commonly dived from the shore or with a short boat trip. Bigger areas like Komodo and Raja Ampat can be explored either by day trip or a longer liveaboard. Liveaboard diving in Indonesia depends on the diver’s budget, time schedule, and occasionally the experience level. 

The best operators in: Indonesia

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Scuba diving regions in: Indonesia

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