Diving in Indonesia, South-east Asia

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Indonesia is an archipelago of 13,466 islands and it forms part of the coral triangle making its diving experience one of a kind. The surprising fact to every diver is that Indonesia is less known in the diving world making its rich waters pristine and unspoiled.


Since it sits on top of the world's greatest marine biodiversity, Indonesia's diving is so diverse and vast that you would probably take multiple trips just to explore its popular diving sites completely.

Bali has the most diverse dive sites in Indonesia. Its most popular diving destination is the Tulamben Wall sporting the splendid purple gorgonian sea fan and a variety of marine life such as big bumphead parrotfish, comet fish, and ghost pipefish.

There is also the Paradise Reef or sometimes referred to as the Coral Garden because of its rich marine biodiversity including octopus, anemonefish, morays, harlequin shrimp, and ribbon eels.

For hands-on underwater adventure, visit the Nusa Penida to have an encounter with sharks and mantas; though, the presence of strong currents makes this diving only suitable for advanced divers.

There is also the Komodo and Nusa Tenggara dive sites for advanced divers and being a World Heritage Site, there are just so much marine biodiversity to explore.

Perhaps, just focus on the Bunaken National Marine Park in Manado which is heavily touted as the best diving destination the world has to offer. What earns it this label is its richness in marine biodiversity outnumbering the Great Barrier Reef's marine species. The common sightings of great pelagics are of turtles, red-toothed trigger-fish, whitetip reef shark, and bright parrot fish. Its walls are also decorated by magnificent soft and hard corals and anemones.

If you fancy muck diving, head straight to Lembeh Straits as it is considered as the best in the world.

Needless to say, there are so much more to explore and experience in the waters of Indonesia.

 
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The government of Indonesia is very active in the preservation of its marine resources. It has established several marine national parks in the hopes of protecting its diverse marine biodiversity including rare corals and endemic marine species.

Indonesia has a tropical climate.

The water temperature hovers around 27°C/80F from January to March and around 27°C/80F from June to October.

The diving season in Indonesia is year round.

Natural hazards typically include tsunamis due to the presence of volcanoes that occasionally rock the islands.

There are three main points of entry to Indonesia through its biggest international airports namely: Soekarno-Hatta near Jakarta, Ngurah Rai in Bali, and Juanda in East Java.

There are also several cities with direct flights from Singapore and Malaysia which is probably the most convenient way of travelling to the islands.

There are plenty of domestic flights serving the main cities of Indonesia but it is a must to check with your travel agent not only for convenience but for security reasons as well.

There are also boats or ferries that hail from Singapore and Malaysia and they usually dock in the ports of Sumatra. Perhaps, for the beginner, a liveaboard should provide more convenience for more convenient and direct diving.

Once you're in the mainland, there are buses, trains, taxis, and local transportations such as the Becak or pedicab.

The overall transportation system in Indonesia is excellent but because of security concerns, it is a must to consult your travel agent regarding your travel plans.

Use the following links for more information about;

- Decompression Chambers in Indonesia

- Foreign Travel Advice for Indonesia (UK Government)

- More about Indonesia (Wikipedia)

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