Where To Go Diving in Indonesia
Summer is in full swing and while some of us would like to hit the beach, we know all you marine life lovers out there are craving for a visit into the shimmering underwater world. Indonesia has plenty of beautiful diving spots and just for you, we gathered several notable diving sites we think you will love and enjoy. So what are you waiting for? Put on your flippers and escape the sweltering heat!
The Bunaken Island of the Bunaken National Park is ranked amongst the top 10 best diving destinations in the world. Situated in the Manado Bay, Bunaken Island’s deep crystaline waters contain a surprisingly high number of different species of corals, sponges and fish. The oceanic currents are rich in food and nutrients which attract an abundance of marine life. Divers will find deep walls carpeted in coral and pocketed caves and crevices. Best of all, divers can head to Bunaken at any time of the year. Psst, the best period to dive there is between April and November.
Untouched coral reefs, pinnacles and home to a myriad of sea creatures, this pristine dive site in Indonesia offers a spectacular diving experience. Divers will find giant creatures such as the Hammerhead sharks, White-tip Reef sharks, Moray Eels, Mantas and plenty others. Lombok Island offers 100% intact coral and a large diversity of marine life in a single dive. With white sandy beaches and underwater panoramas, Lombok Island makes the perfect diving holiday destination.
Situated at the northern tip of the mainland between Bunaken and Lembeh, Bangka Island is a diving site with amazing corals and marine wildlife. Bangka Island has 4 villages and several dive sites. Divers can find precipitous pinnacles stemming from the ocean beds and plenty of areas for which to escape the currents at Batu Gaso. You will find large boulders and pinnacles at Sahaung and bright colourful corals and schools of fish. Bangka Island is definitely a dive spot that will keep you entertained with its great variety of underwater critters.
Komodo National Park
Famous for its Komodo dragon monitor lizard, the Komodo National Park is also a kaleidoscope of colourful marine life. From whale sharks and eagle rays to blue-ringed octopuses and Pygmy seahorses, the marine diversity of Komodo National Park rivals the world’s best dive destinations.
The Banda Islands offers some of the finest diving in the country. Situated in the middle of the nowhere, the remote islands have a vibrant, natural and healthy reef system thanks to the low levels of human population. Divers will find large schools of Fusiliers, countless Redtooth Tirggerfish, huge seafans and monumental hard corals. Besides a great underwater scene, Banda Islands has lush vegetation covered volcanic mountains, which visitors can choose to give a go if they’re up for a hike.
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