Indonesia is an archipelago country which consists of thousands islands. People all around the world have known Bali Island with its beautiful culture and tourism spots. Who can forget the sunset in its white sand beach? People may recognize Bunaken as a world class diving spot. However, Bali and Bunaken are not the only “watery” place with beauty in Indonesia. Have you ever heard about Karimun Java Islands?
Karimun Java Islands is located at Java Sea approximately 83 kilometers north Java Island. To reach the islands from Jogjakarta, people must go to Jepara first and get on boat to cross the sea. There are some transportation choices to get there, but to experience super cheap and adventurous trip, motorcycle could be chosen. By using this vehicle, we do not spend more than 75.000 rupiahs for gasoline for about 4-5 days tour. You will adventure 5-6 hours ride from Jogjakarta to Jepara. Please enjoy the view around the road. Do not be shocked when you find the road getting crowded at noon. If exhausted, you can stop once or twice during the ride.
After arrive in Jepara, you have to go to Kartini Beach and find your ferry. By paying 28.500 rupiahs per person for economic class seat and 27.500 rupiahs each motorcycle, you will find yourself floating on a medium size ferry. You will be shaken for a little while, but after dropped on the main island of Karimun Java, the wonderful view and atmosphere will replace that “tiny” pain. Then, it is the time to fully enjoy the islands.
To get cheap place to stay overnight, you can go to some government office, such as police office. Just be friendly with the officer and they will very please to give you place to sleep and bath. There are some citizens who sell food for tourists with low price, so you do not have to worry about your stomach. Like I have say before, you just have to be friendly with the island people and perhaps you will find yourself roast fishes with them for free.
Karimun Java offers many kind of excitement even you do not bring much money. You can use motorcycle you bring along to explore the main island. There are some fabulous white sand beaches that you will not regret. If you want to go to another island, you can rent a fisherman’s boat by paying 300.000-350.000 rupiahs (price could be cheaper if you get close with them). You will be free to dive, to swim, to sail, to explore the islands, or to sit and enjoy the sea. If do not have enough money to rent a boat, why do not “hitchhike” when the fisherman goes to work? It is kind of another adventure. It is all up to you.
For people who are looking for a perfect tropical paradise, then Bali is the best place for them to go. This place is bound with beautiful seashore sceneries and other attractive sightseeing places. Bali is one of the most beautiful places Asia has to offer. Bali is preferably Indonesia’s most attractive place that is being visited by lots of tourists from around the world. This island is located along the western part of the Lesser Sunda Islands just between Lombok and Java. The place is highly known for the rich culture of its people with extraordinary artistic talents in dance, painting and sculpture.
There is more to the eye than just the beauty and the attractiveness in their place but also with the people in it. This is a sure place to stop by and visit whenever we think of going to Indonesia. It is a perfect place to get away from the crowded places of the city and take time to relax in a serene and peaceful place. Because Bali is an island, it is mostly secluded, and we can expect entire quietness in the place. Along its beaches and shores, athletic people can do surfing and scuba diving, as well as other water sports. It is also known as the “Island of the gods”.
It has a beautiful mountainous and lush landscape, and along the beach shores are of attractive white and sandy sceneries together with green hills that makes the area more breathtaking. There are also lots of cultural and historical sites that can be found in the place. It is perfect for young travelers who want to have fun and also have an educational trip. There are places that have good accommodations which visitors can stay during the whole trip. The temperature of the island is usually higher, due to its tropical location. It can be like summer temperature all year round, which is a good thing for people having winter season in their countries and wants to have a summer vacation at some place.
Bali will be the perfect place for them to go to. Apart from the lovely and attractive places we can go to, there are also lots of cultural celebrations that we can witness here. Along the years, Bali people have kept their culture even though the rest of Indonesia has been modernized. For tourists who want to have fun in an Asian country that has everything that is cultural, attractive, and tropical then Bali, Indonesia is the perfect place for them. it would be a one of a kind place for us to have a summer vacation all year round and an unforgettable travel experience unlike any other.
Bintan is one of the islands of Riau Archipelago of Indonesia. It is situated at about 40km from Singapore. Its capital, Tanjung Pinang is actually the capital of Riau Archipelago. From here you can see the importance of Bintan island. Compared with Batam, Bintan is richer in its history. In conjunction with this background, it has more historical sites to visit. Bintan’s history is intertwined closely with those of Malacca and Johor Sultanates. Bintan and the rest of Riau Arcipelago were ruled by the Malacca Sultanate.
When the Portuguese attacked Malacca in 1511, its king fled to Pahang of Malay Peninsula and later to Bintan where he tried to repossess Malacca. His successor moved to Johor and established the Johor Sultanate. Later, the Dutch gained control of Bintan island. However, the Dutch was later driven out by a force supported by Malacca Sultanate. In 1824, the Treaty of London finally settled that the islands south of Singapore are Dutch Territories. Again Bintan was under the control of the Dutch.
Pulau Penyengat is a must see historical site for visitors. It is situated at about 6km from Tanjung Pinang. It was the religious, cultural and administration centre of the region in 19th century. Sultan Mahmud Shah of Malacca gave this island to his bride, Raja Hamidah, daughter of Raja Ali Haji, the Bugis commander of Bintan, in an attempt to reach peace between the Malay and the Bugis. A grand mosque, Masjid Raya was built on the island. The mosque is huge and is visible from Tanjung Pinang.
Raja Ali Haji was the hero to Bintan’s people. There is a monument by the seaside that commemorates him who sacrificed his life for his people against the Dutch. Within the town of Tanjung Pinang, there is a Dutch Colonial Graveyard which reflects the life of the seamen at the old days. Banyan Tree Temple is a popular place for the local Chinese community and Singaporean visitors. It is situated in a town called Senggarang. The temple is about 100 years old. For holiday makers, there are broadly 2 areas for you to choose i.e. Lagoi (Bintan Resorts) at the northern part or Trikora Beach at the east of the island.
Lagoi is full of high end resorts like Banyan Tree Resort and Club Med Ria. These are exclusive resorts complete with golf courses designed by world renowned golf course designers. Resorts and hotels at theTrikora Beach are affordable to average visitors. To name a few: Bintan Agro Beach Resorts, resorts complete with fishing facilities like Ocean Bay Resort and Kolam Kelong Trikora. There is even a resort providing diving guide i.e. Traveler Pondok Wisita. Visitors may stay in its air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned rooms overnight before diving.
Belitung island is part of Indonesia archipelago. It has several beautiful and exotic beaches you should see someday. It is great place for vacation destination and much less expensive when compared with other famous Indonesia vacation destination like Lombok or Bali.
Now, let me to continue telling you where the Belitung exactly is. Belitung located within Bangka Belitung archipelago that consists of 98 island, big and small, beside Sumatra. You can check it out via Google map. The well known vacation destinations in the Belitung island are as follow:
- Tanjung Kiras Beach
- Bukit Berahu resort
- Tanjung Kalayang Beach
- Tanjung Tinggi beach
- Lengkuas Island
Next I am going to tell you regarding the beauty of Tanjung Kelayang as well as Tanjung Tinggi beach but unfortunately I can not attach some pictures because it’s not allowed. If you are interested to see the pictures you may go to the links I attach at the bottom of this article.
Tanjung Tinggi beach
The beach is flanked by two peninsulas, is less than 2 km from Tanjung Kelayang beach. you’ll find clean white sand, festooned by granite boulders with about 15 meters height at its offshore and shore. This cove-shaped beach sized approximately 100 meters for the length, 8 meters width in low tide with 1 km long beach, and 5 meters width in high tide. At the east end, there is a pile of rocks which one of the gap forms a passable tunnel. The air flowing inside the rock hall is pretty cool, as in the air-conditioned room.
Across from this beach has been built a resort named “The Villa Lor in Tanjung Tinggi”, with complete amenities and be considered as the first of the most comprehensive resort at Bangka Belitung archipelago. Tanjung Tinggi beach region is perfect for sun bathing, fishing, diving, swimming, jet skiing or even enjoying white sand at shore of the beach.
Tanjung Kelayang Beach
Location of the beach is around 27 km from Tanjung Pandan town, is a beach that has an amazing view. The coconut trees along the coast, smooth floury white sand and quiet blue sea, forms a bay with granite rocks carpets on the west side make this beach is absolutely exciting.
At the crystal clear seashore you will discover posts where fishermen tether their motorboats before sailing. Tanjung Kelayang has around 1.5 km coast length, 7 meters wide beach (in high wave) and 10 meters (in low wave). This beach covers 60 acres wide areaand absolutely suitable for sun bathing or swimming among the amazing arranged rocks of granite. Having beautiful view, Tanjung Kelayang obviously is the right place for photography enthusiasts to satisfy their hobby.
Though relatively small, this quiet island with remarkable natural richness, managed to attract some “major” person like Lady Diana and Mick Jagger for a vacation. You’ll definitely want your honeymoon in this romantic place after the busy preparation of your wedding day. Moyo Island, a small island located on the north island of Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara Province, is one of the world-class tourist destinations which are often used by overseas celebrities to get a quiet vacation. Seeing the beauty of the beach, sea and unspoiled nature, it offers peace for lovers of nature and beauty of the sea.
No wonder if there are so many domestic and international tourists who come to this exotic and quiet island. Moyo Island has a height variation from 0-648 m above sea level. Hundreds of butterflies will be seen from behind the bushes, trees or in the middle of the savanna. The island is also inhabited by 21 species of bats, birds, macaque, wild pigs, deer and snakes. However, since the natural conditions are still very -well- natural, you are advised not to enter this 30,000 hectares island without a guide to avoid being lost.
Waterfall Tours and Various Rare Birds
While visiting the island, we can see the beauty of unspoiled nature. Beautiful forests and almost untouched, natural waterfalls and rivers, and the underwater beauty of the endless sea. In addition to all of them, there are also some caves that can be reached on foot, as an alternative activity. One of them is the cave of Ai Manis which had to be achieved with a little rock climbing. This cave is the breeding place of hundreds of bats. Other activities you can do is trekking for two hours that can be started from Labuan Haji, to the waterfalls Brang Rea (Great River) in the middle of the island. Not to mention, the laddered Waterfalls ‘Mata Jitu’ in the bird park of Moyo Island is also a remarkable tourist attraction. Along the road to the waterfall, you can find various kinds of birds and one of them is Megapodius.
Moyo Island is also a paradise for bird lovers. From 124 species of birds found in Sumbawa, 86 species of which are located on this island. Rare bird species can also be found here. Among these are the Yellow-headed Cockatoo and Gosong bird. This Gosong bird is truly unique because it relies on plants and twigs to produce heat during the egg incubation period.
Enjoying the underwater scenery
One attraction for tourists to visit in this area is underwater natural beauty. Various types of coral reefs and diverse ornamental fish can be enjoyed while snorkeling or diving. The island is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs. You can also see the two-meters length sharks, anemones, pelagic, eels, groupers and even manta, all there. Nobody won’t saw them all without amazement. It’s just gorgeous! You can also dive around Medang Island, in Northwest of Moyo Island. Underwater scenery in this place is no less beautiful. Honeymooners can contact the Blue Lagoon Resort located on the outskirts of Sumbawa Besar. Cruises from Bali, Lombok or even abroad often make a stopover in the island. Travel cruises usually stop in Moyo Island and Satonda Island, a tiny island in the northeast of Moyo which has salt water lake in the middle of the island.
Overnight in Moyo Island is not a difficult case. The only resort in Moyo Island is managed by a third party who manage the island of Moyo. The resort is using a tent that amounted to 20 pieces. But don’t worry, although only made of tents, all the resort luxuries are here!. You certainly can enjoy the convenience and peace of the night in this Amanwana Resort with your spouse. You can also enjoy the resort facilities such as the Internet, 24 hours doctor, the library, breakfast and much more. Don’t miss the package jungle trekking, diving, and snorkeling. Unfortunately, since Moyo island is far from the reach of domestic tourists, promotion of the island is still very little. That’s also why you have to make sure you have suffice time and fund if you want to spend your honeymoon here.
Borneo is an area that is made of parts of Malaysia, Brunei, Sabah, and Indonesia, and it lies in the South China Sea. Along the western coast in Sabah is the capital city of Kota Kinabalu, known throughout Borneo as KK. The coast and these waters are ideal for vacationers and tourists. Diving in Kota Kinabalu is a popular pastime and provides a memorable experience for anyone who tries it. Kota Kinabalu is a thriving area that gives tourists an idyllic view of Malaysian Borneo. Of course, Borneo diving holds a great appeal for many aficionados, both because there are so many dive sites such as Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai located around the edge of the island, and because of the beauty of the reefs and underwater life in the warm waters of the South China Sea.
However, Kota Kinabalu is a particularly inviting area. Top class hotels overlook the quiet town with the bustling markets, the beautiful stretches of land and exotic wildlife, and the inviting warm waters of the sea, only a short drive from anywhere in the town. Shopping, hiking, and sightseeing are all unsurpassed in this paradise, and divers have a real treat in store. Just a short boat ride off the coast, you will find the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, which is a cluster of five beautiful, idyllic islands. In the waters among these islands are areas that are ideal for shallow diving. Divers will enjoy swimming around the reefs and underwater formations, watching the undersea life thrive and skitter about.
If you did not bring your scuba gear, you need not fret because you can visit a scuba shop or dive shop in town. If you are new at scuba diving, this is a great place to learn. You can experience safe, shallow diving, not too far from land. Stop in at a scuba shop to find out what gear you will need to get started. Yachts and diving boats are available for rental all along the coast of Kota Kinabalu, and each boat comes with its own captain and first mate, both of whom will be knowledgeable of the island, the national park, and the waters in the area. Diving instructors and coaches are also available. It is easy to find a diving center to find the resources you need.
Seasoned divers will be pleased to know that there are several local dive groups that use Kota Kinabalu and the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park as a base; become acquainted with one of these groups, and you will be able to find spots that are not so heavily touristed and perhaps see some sights you would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. Whether you are a seasoned diver looking for a new adventure, or a rookie just looking for some new experiences, you will find diving in Kota Kinabalu enticing and thoroughly enjoyable. The warm, shallow waters offer a safe haven for those just starting out, and even experienced divers will enjoy the sights and sensations of diving in these inviting waters.
Hi all, as I’ve been living and diving in South Lombok for 7 years now, I’ve read numerous articles, blogs, and forum posts about our region and many people think South Lombok is only for the “rough and ready” adventure diver, so I feel the need to clear up a few misconceptions about the south coast of Lombok.
South Lombok, in general, presents itself as a relaxed place (some people compare it to Bali 20 years ago), and travelers of all interests (not only divers) can find a very tropical and enjoyable region to visit. One will find beautiful white sandy beaches, simple to more luxurious accommodations, friendly locals, and lots of nature and relaxation. There are 3 unique regions in the south of Lombok, Sekotong, Belongas Bay, and Kuta Bay:
Sekotong is a tropical little place with not much topside activity other than maybe renting a motorbike and exploring the coastline, snorkeling, swimming, or of course scuba diving. It’s quite perfect for couples and families who just want to relax and enjoy. There isn’t much touristic infrastructure (although it’s developing fairly quickly), but most accommodations have an adjacent restaurant so no one will need to go hungry (or thirsty). The scuba diving it’s relaxed, colorful reef diving at very intact reefs and lots of macro life can be found.
Belongas Bay, the place where the misconceptions actually come from, is truly only for the more adventures traveler and diver. The region is basically in the middle of nowhere, and the locals don’t see very much tourism there. So don’t be surprised if you are approached in a quite curios manner, for some this might even feel a little disturbing. The diving around this region can prove to be very challenging (especially during the dry season from July till October), but also can be very rewarding in a sense of pelagic life. Most certainly I would only recommend diving there only to the experienced diver.
Kuta Bay is comparable to Sekotong (from the diving aspect), but offers more infrastructure and topside possibilities such as, cafes, restaurants, and accommodations. The diving there is well suited for all levels of experience, and the dive shops there also have pool facilities etc. available for all levels of courses. But it should be mentioned that Kuta is best for diving during the rainy season (November till April), as during the dry season it’s subject to wind and waves (hence the time surfers love the place). There are 2 or 3 dive shops located in South Lombok, and I’m sure they’ll be happy to give you some more detailed info about the general conditions for the particular regions.
5-star resorts the world over are often beautifully designed, but on Bali the 5-star vacation experience is different. Here it is not necessary to insulate yourself in luxury establishments in order to avoid the outside world, as is unfortunately necessary in the capital Jakarta. The beauty of Bali’s rice terraces can not be adequately described in words or art and must, like those in the Philippines’ Banaue, be seen with the eyes. These landscapes, sculpted by human hands, sometimes feel too man-made to be real and almost like journeys inside a painting, in which a careful artist has skilfully enhanced the bounties bequeathed by nature to maximum effect and optimal proportion. The serried rice terraces compete for the eye’s attention with burbling irrigation canals and with the jungle-shrouded rivers which sometimes form a convenient path-way for Balinese women to sway gracefully beneath improbably precarious loads perched on the top of their heads.
In a society where art is regarded as so fundamental a part of a person’s life that the local language does not have a word for it, the entertainment is also stylish. Balinese dance is justifiably world-famous for its subtle sign language and beautiful costumes, but not so well-known are the coming-of-age dances in which one teenage girl at a time dances surrounded by a circle of up to a hundred boys. After she taps a boy with her fan, he dances with her, but in a very different style to hers. Whilst she is attempting to maintain grace and elegance, his sole objective is to squeeze her bum. It sounds uncouth, but is just hilarious, as she vigorously defends herself, often by jabbing her fan, to painful effect, into the most sensitive parts of the boys’ anatomies.
In a deeply religious Hindu society, everybody pays great attention to the ceremonies that mark life’s major events, with funerals in particular being very grandiose events full of colour and excitement: a Balinese’s last journey takes so long to organise that bodies must be temporarily buried while the myriad arrangements are made. All Balinese bear one of only four given names, Made, Nyoman and Ketut. A family’s first child is always christened Putu/Wayan, with the second known as Made, the third as Nyoman and the fourth as Ketut. From the fifth child on the naming cycle starts afresh, with any fifth child that makes an appearance known as Putu/Wayan.
The latest threat to the lovely rice-terraces, after the solution of the pest problems caused by the Asian Development Bank’s ‘Green Revolution’ project, comes from an unlikely quarter: prosperity. Balinese farmers, especially young ones, are leaving the land in droves for better-paid and physically less demanding jobs as caddies and waiters. It is hoped that some of the huge numbers of tourist dollars flowing into Bali can be spent subsidising rice farming, in order to preserve this unique landscape and its aquatic traditions. The best time to see the rice paddies is during the hour before dawn, the hour the Balinese call “the silk time”. But, even for the chance to experience heaven, that is a little too early for most visitors, who prefer the twilight hours.
The night was balmy and, after supper, the moon rose, yellow and huge. After a short walk along a tree-lined lane we came to a gap in the trees. Water chattered and laughed in the gullies all around us and, spread out before us, was a blue, moonlit valley. The terraced paddy fields hugging the contours of the hills were filled with still water, drained of colour by the night. Each patch of black water reflected it’s own little moon. A breeze crinkled the satin-like surface and scattered the golden moon-beams. Then the breeze died, the gold reassembled and the moons settled back into their pools. Frogs croaked. Water gushed. Briefly we mourned the loss of all those moons until our eyes adjusted to the dark and the banks of the terraces came alive with more light. Sparkling sequins of white light flashed around as our minds reeled in the attempt to take in such beauty. Whether the moons or the fireflies were the most beautiful is impossible to say, as both art and words are inadequate to the task of framing such serenity. If heaven exists then maybe it looks a little like Bali.
Water is sacred in Bali. Everywhere you go, you hear it bubble and gurgle and giggle and splash. The ancient irrigation system consists of a network of gullies and channels, dykes and runnels that carry the precious fluid from the river and through the sinuous, rice-paddied, terraces. Water is so vital to rice, and so to life, that in Bali the temples control its flow. The priests are the experts in how the waterways work. They know where each channel runs and when each sluice needs opening, and it’s their duty to ensure that every terrace gets filled and that every farmer gets an adequate flow. Every day, in the late afternoon, all over Bali, you’ll see villagers, in their sarongs, sauntering down to the rivers to bathe. The women gather in one place, dipping and laughing, shampooing their long black tresses. The men gather in another, splashing each other and playing with their children. “They want to give us taps,” I heard one man exclaim, “they say it will make life easier. But we don’t want water from taps. It contains chemicals. We have this beautiful river, how can anybody improve on this?”
Tirtaganga is a special place where, in bygone days, Balinese Kings built a great Water Palace. The kings are long gone, but there is enough grandeur left to enable you to imagine attendants in vivid sarongs laying gold cloth on gleaming stone steps to aggrandize the journey of the king and his courtiers to the three jade-coloured swimming pools. These days the steps are mossy and the spirit statuary is mottled with lichen. Instead of gilded princesses, rice farmers wallow and chat while their wives offer flower-filled palm-leaf baskets to the Gods. It is unsurprising that Balinese love their island, but it might surprise some readers to know of the lengths to which these gentle people have in the past gone to defend it. In the 1840s the Dutch established a presence by playing various distrustful Balinese realms against each other, before mounting large-scale naval and ground assaults, first against the Sanur region and then against Denpasar. The Balinese were hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned, but rather than face the loss of their island, 4,000 of them marched to their deaths in a suicide attack on the invaders. Afterwards the Dutch governors were able to exercise little control over the island, and the religion and culture remained intact.
When Japan occupied Bali during World War II, a Balinese military officer, Gusti Ngurah Rai, formed a Balinese army of freedom fighters. When the Dutch returned to Bali to reinstate their pre-war colonial administration, they were opposed by the Balinese rebels. On 20 November 1946, the Battle of Marga was fought in Tabanan in central Bali. Colonel I Gusti Ngurah Rai, 29 years old, rallied his depleted and nearly beaten forces in east Bali at Marga Rana, where they made a suicide attack on the heavily armed Dutch. The Balinese battalion was entirely wiped out, breaking the last thread of Balinese military resistance. The well-developed infrastructure for leisure activities, including golf, sailing, diving, dancing and partying, complements the island’s idyllic landscape and turns Bali into, for many holiday-makers, the best destination in southeast Asia if not the world.
If dancing is your way of reviving your energy and spirits after an aeon behind a desk, then you will be pleased to hear that Bali has the clubs you need. Try the 15,000 watt Double Six, where DJs from across the world play eclectic and variable mixes that have only one thing in common: the ability to make you want to shake your bits till dawn. If you get bored of getting on down to the music then get on down in a more extreme way, courtesy of the club’s bungee jump. KUDOS, the hippest place on the island, prides itself on a computerized colour mixer that synchronises the music with pre-arranged lighting sequences of the bar and interiors.
If you want to explore the Indonesian waters especially when you wish to learn to dive in Bali’s clear, blue oceans, then you must also consider picking the perfect spots for you do plunge in the deep and see the beauty beneath the ocean’s surface. When you land in Bali and you wish to have a diving cruise with your family and friends, consider these different hot spots around the city.
If you choose to learn to dive in Bali, you could try plunging into the waters of Sanur and Nusa Dua. They have moderately-deep coral reefs and are just five minutes away if you plan to go there through boat. You’ll also be amazed with its collection of fishes. Nusa Dua has better scenes of coral reefs for you to watch than Sanur’s. If steeper slopes are your thing, then head yourselves to Nusa Penida or Lembongan Island. Just 15 meters and 45 meters away, it offers various colors and sizes of coral reefs, as well as fishes that are very unique and vibrant to the eyes.
Although it has a strong current, one may find this place very pleasurable for diving. Flat types of coral reefs await you if you sail yourselves for 6-15 meters to the Padang Bay. The conditions may vary upon sailing, but the scenes around it are priceless for tourists. Underwater canyons and steep water corals await you in the island of Gili Topekong. You must ride on a small outboard for half an hour to reach to one of Bali’s fabulous diving destinations. You’ll be amazed when you get to see its main attraction, the Topekong Spot. If you’re looking for fishes and coral reefs, the diversity it presents gives fewer problems to its spectators. Looking for some touch of US History in Southeast Asia? Then, Bali gives way to the Tulamben USS Liberty Shipwreck, one of the good destinations for visitors from the western side of the world.
The ship wreck itself is 30 meters off shore, when it sank during the Second World War in 1942. If you’re looking to fish out the night, then a full moon background would be the ideal scene for sea divers. The Jemeluk Beach, which is located in the Island’s East Coast, you’ll be greatly stunned with its numerous colorful coral beaches and fishes. Its black sands and calm waters will surely make it an ideal paradise for divers and beach lovers. No matter where you go, if you wish to learn to dive in Bali, you’ll be surprised for every island you hop on in these diverse islands in Indonesia.
If you are keen on a vacation of a different kind, why not consider heading to some of the best loved scuba diving spots in the world? Besides unfurling the mysteries of a colorfully sensuous world below, scuba diving is a calming therapy for one’s mind, heart and soul. Where else on the planet can you get up, close and personal with deadly and beautiful creatures that simply cannot be seen anywhere else? So pack your bags as well as your scuba diving gear and get set to have the time of your life:
- Rangirao, Polynesia - Cited as one of the must visit scuba diving spots in the world; Rangirao is just an hour’s flight away from Tahiti. Besides being home to a gigantic lagoon, Rangirao is one of the largest atoll’s in the world. The two channels called ‘Tiputa’ and ‘Avatoru’ allow the waters of the Pacific into the lagoon, and is home to hordes of fish, manta rays, eagle rays, turtles, dolphins, grey reef sharks and even hammerhead sharks. Although you are assured of a superior diving experience, this place is not for the faint-hearted or inexperienced diver as the weather conditions may play up when least expected.
- Sulawesi, Indonesia - There are plenty of diving sites around the tip of the Sulawesi islands, which is believed to be home to some of the most diverse life-forms in the world. Pygmy seahorses, different types of fish, flat worms and other bigger creatures can all be found here. In fact, there is even a marine park called the Bunaken National Marine Park, which is one of the world’s earliest forerunners of sustainable tourism. As a tradition, divers who come here pay a small fee which goes a long way in sustaining the park itself. Whether you are a novice or an experienced diver, the lovely coral reefs will simply astound you.
- Little Cayman, British West Indies - The island itself is quite small and is home to some old school Caribbean diving. So while you may not see extraordinary marine life here, you can most certainly look forward to unusual coral formations and the underwater scenery. While you are here enjoying some laidback diving, don’t forget to see the awesome Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson’s Blight, which is home to a sheer coral cliff that drops more than 1,900 meters into a submarine trench. The clear water and favorable weather, makes Little Cayman a wonderful diving spot for people of all ages to enjoy.
- Cozumel, Mexico - Cozumel is just 12 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula, but you can be certain that no two diving experiences here are the same. If you are keen to explore coral reefs and other coral formations underwater, then this is the perfect scuba diving spot to visit. The ‘Colombia’ and ‘Palancar’ reefs are the two main coral reef systems here with plateaus that are low-lying. The reefs have abundant underwater sea life in a myriad of colors and if you’re lucky, you can even spot a whiskered Splendid Toadfish which isn’t found anywhere else in the world. No wonder then that many experienced divers claim that this huge island offers some of the best scuba diving experiences of their lives.
- Great Barrier Reef, Australia - This is the mother of all scuba diving sites and to put it simply- unless you have seen what the waters of Australia have to show you; you a’int seen nothing yet! Besides being one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the reef is also one of the two sights on earth that can be seen from space. The marine park extends over 3000 km, with the reef alone measuring up to 150 kilometers offshore. Scuba diving here will reveal many underwater attractions including the biggest collection of corals in the world, more than 1000 species of tropical fish, sea turtles and even giant clams which are over 100 years old. The reef is also the favored breeding spot for creatures like the humpback whales and for endangered species like the Green Sea Turtle. This World Heritage site is another world away from the one we call home.