Indonesia – Incredible diverse coral reefs full of life
Overview of diving in Indonesia
Situated in the heart of the coral triangle, Indonesia hosts 25% of the worlds species of fish and 15 % of species of coral. With year round warm water, great visibility and thousands of islands to explore, diving in Indonesia should be on everyone’s dive list. Indonesia is known for it’s coral reefs and those found at Raja Ampat are some of the most pristine in the world . Also highly popular with surfers, there is something for every water lover in Indonesia.
Top Dive Sites / Locations
USAT Liberty wreck
Manta Point and Crystal Bay
Our dive trips to Indonesia
We have been fortunate enough to visit Indonesia twice, and immediately fell in love with the diving Indonesia has to offer. Our first visit was in 2016 when we visited Bali and the Gili Islands near Lombok. The trip was so good that we returned to Indonesia in 2017, first to meet up with some friends on Bali and the Gili islands and secondly to do a week long liveaboard at Raja Ampat.
You can read more about our trips and the dive sites we visited in the posts below.
Bali hosts one of the most accessible wreck dives in the world in the USAT Liberty, which is situated meters from the shore. The coastal town of Amed is popular with divers and freedivers, offering muck, wreck and wall diving. Dive centers on the south coast offer diving day trips to the popular island of Nusa Penida.
Nusa Penida offers the chance to spot the elusive sunfish (mola mola). Manta Point on Nusa Pendia offers almost guarantees manta ray sightings. The coral reefs on the northern coast are certainly worth diving too
Raja Ampat is one of the last remaining untouched paradises both above an below the water. The stunning bustling coral reefs host a huge diversity of marine life, from nudibranchs to large schools of fish to big pelagic species . Those who make the effort to visit Raja Ampat will most certainly be rewarded.
The Gili Islands combine nightlife with a busy diving scene, and have a large resident turtle populations. There is a huge choice of dive centers on Gili Trawangan, with a few freediving centers too.