Diving Spot Archives - Dive 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.
Indonesia has a lot of wonderful diving spots and Karimunjawa is one of them. Karimunjawa Archipelago consist of 27 enchanting islands located on 45 miles Northwest of Jepara, it is about 107.225 ha total area of Karimunjawa Archipelago in territory, which split up with 100.105 ha of sea area and 7.120 ha of land area.
Known as Central Java’s Paradise, Karimunjawa has a lot of attractions to offer; starting from diving, swimming, sunbathing to walking across the mangrove forest. This place is home to natural beauty and various unique species like fish,birds and coral reefs. For those who want to learn how to dive from scratch, this place is the best place to start your diving lesson.
Most of the sea part of Karimunjawa is covered with coral reefs until 40 meter depth. The coral reefs here are stunning as Karimunjawa has 66 types of coral reefs and a type of endangered reef called Musik Reef (tubipora musica). Furthermore, for underwater world lovers, you can do snorkeling or diving to enjoy the amazing sea biodiversity in this wonderful place.
There are various tour packages you can choose to get to Karimunjawa. You can start your trip to Karimunjawa from the capital of Central Java, Semarang. You can reach Karimunjawa from Tanjung Mas port in Semarang by boat. It takes about 3,5 hours to get there.
There are some great attractions you must not miss while you are there. Here they are:
Two main islands, Karimunjawa and Kemujan are connected with the mangrove fields. Part of the forests are promoted to be ‘educational forest’ to promote environmental awareness among the locals.
Cemara Besar Island
Cemara is a pine tree, a kind of tree you also can find in Karimunjawa. You can get here by boat for snorkeling or diving (from the main island of Karimunjawa, it takes about one hour). Diving in Cemara Besar Island gives you the most unforgettable diving experience as you can enjoy the beauty of coral reefs. However, no underwater photography is allowed here, so make sure you really enjoy the picture of enchanting underwater world while diving in Cemara Besar Island.
The sparkling blue water really calms you down, no wonder people love diving in cemara Besar Island (and the sea near Cemara Besar Island).
Pulau Gundul (Bald Island)
The best place to escape from your routine. Acutally, this island is a training ground for navy and military and is lacking in vegetation.
Watch the best sunset
Go to the island of Tanjung Gelam, one of the islands in Karimunjawa, to watch one of the best sunsets on Earth. In addition, you can get to the dock of Karimunjawa island to get the sunset spots. However, because of the mountain location, it is a bit difficult to capture the best sunrise spot in Karimunjawa Island.
Cemara Kecil Island
Do you love challenges? Try to swim with sharks in Cemara Kecil Island. It is recommended that you go swimming in the morning as the tide is not that high. Are you afraid of being bitten? Relax, the guides say that the sharks are already benign.
Karimunjawa may not sound so popular and you may be wondering what that place can offer. However, if you love diving and snorkeling, you cannot miss this paradise on Earth for sure! You will not get enough exploring the natural beauty of all 27 paradise islands. Make sure you enjoy your holiday in Karimunjawa!
When we talk about diving in Indonesia, the dazzling Raja Ampat in Papua or the peaceful Gili Trawangan, West Nusa Tenggara will come to your mind first. However, are there any other good diving spots in Indonesia?
The city of Balikpapan in East Kalimantanmay be less popular for divers, even most of us have never known whether this oil-rich city has a beautiful diving spot. However, Balikpapan actually is one of the most wonderful diving destinations in Indonesia.
You can reach this city by air as most Indonesian carriers serve Jakarta-Balikpapan route. In addition to that route, there is also a flight from Singapore.
If you are wondering about diving centers in Balikpapan, here are some recommended places:
Derawan Dive Resort
One of the most popular diving centers in Balikpapan. Derawan is a group of islands just off the coast in East Kalimantan. There are four magnificent islands with their uniqueness and richness in underwater species you have never imagine before.
Just dive in Derawan Island, the main island of the archipelago. You will see a various of stunning species such as big green turtles (chelonia mydas), whitetip leopard and nurse sharks, schooling barracudas, napoleon wrasses, cuttle fish, spanish mackerel, jacks and batfishes and ornamental reef fishes hang out in record densities and diversity.
This island is also known as critter paradise, you will be absolutely amazed by critters you find under the waters; luminous multi coloured dumpling squids, pairs of 3 ft (1 meters) crocodile fishes, finger-sized purple sea horses and unidentified species of worms, tunicates and dwarf scorpiofish.
The other three islands (Kakaban, Maratua and Sangalaki) also boast their undersea beauty. Kakaban Island, for example. This island is home to some strange sea species. Meanwhile, you can see some scariest fish in Maratua Island to test your adrenaline such as the barracuda. Last but not least, Sangalaki Island is the capital of mantas as you can see manta rays come from all directions. These mantas will accompany your swimming and this really gives you the most unfogettable experience.
About resorts and hotel, no need to worry as there is Derawan Dive Resort, a peaceful resort with all facilities you need. This resort has 27 cottages with traditional style. The floating restaurant with 75 capacity with panoramic sea view and all mouthwatering food varied from Indonesian to Western.
The price of the room varies from standard double priced at IDR 475.000,- per night to suite room at IDR 1.330.000,-. Make sure you check availability of facilities as some facilities are only provided in certain cottages.
Narwastu Dive Center
This is another great diving center in Balikpapan. This diving center is the best place for those who want to learn how to dive. You do not need to be afraid of being under water as all instructors here are PADI and HSA (for people with disabilities) certified. No matter whether you are a beginner or a professional, this place is a must-visit diving center for you.
So, are you ready to dive in Balikpapan?
Do you remember the movie Avatar by James Cameron? It is about a very beautiful outer space place called Pandora that has magnificent scenery, thousands of exotic animals and wise local tribes called the Na’vi that is all endangered because of greedy humans that try to mine their precious mineral without considering the consequences. Well, there are some places in this earth that is actually face the same problems as Pandora. Papua, in this case Raja Ampat, is one of them.
Raja Ampat is an archipelago that consists of more than 1.500 islands including four main islands of Misool Island, Salawati Island, Bantata Island and Waigeo Island. This place is located in West Papua Province of Indonesia. To get there, you can fly to Sorong, and then take speedboat or long boat for about one until three hours.
Just like Pandora in the movie, Raja Ampat is a very beautiful place. It is a home for 1.628 species of reef fish, 603 species of hard coral, and 57 species of mantis shrimp. It is also the natural habitat of 13 species of marine mammals and 5 species of endangered sea turtles. This amazing marine biodiversity makes Raja Ampat a sacred place that needs to be saved from all parties that try to endanger it. Around 75% of all species that exist in this earth live there and need our careful attention to stay alive.
Raja Ampat is definitely a heaven for those who love diving. Diving in Raja Ampat will certainly give you an unforgettable experience because there are so many amazing spots with different kind of view every time you move. You can start your amazing diving experience by meeting Manta Rays in Southwest of Waigeo Island. After that, you can go to Northwest of Misool Island to see the famous Blue Mangroves that crazily made beautiful labyrinths. Then, you can go straight to Wayag Islands to see hundreds of limestone islands with silver sand beach and Grey Reef Sharks that swim underwater. Last but not least, make sure you witness the amazing phenomenon that only happen in the darkest phase of the moon. Ride your boat between Bantata Island and Salawati Island and wait for the Wai’s trees to glow with million of fireflies blinking together in the same rhyme.
Done doing diving in Raja Ampat, you might want to try kayaking, exploring the islands by boat, exploring bat caves, catch a fish using traditional Papuan techniques and many more. For those who love beaches, you can go to Sawandarek to enjoy the beautiful white sand beach, home of the sea ducks and magnificent corals.
Tempted by the beauty of Raja Ampat, now write ‘visiting Raja Ampat’ in a piece of paper, frame it and put it in the first place you see when you wake up. It is an amazing place which will continually give you surprises of miraculous unexpected things and events that will always take your breath away. Go there, dive there and do your very best to keep them save. Make sure your children and grand children can have the same opportunities to experience the beautiful Raja Ampat.
Kungkungan Bay may not be as popular as Bunaken. However, the tourists, especially the divers both local and foreign tourists, seem interested to visit Kungkungan Bay because this marine tourism location is perfect for diving. There are beautiful beaches and ocean marine biodiversity premises which are really beautiful when you are diving in Kungkungan Bay.
It would not be difficult to reach Kungkungan Bay. If you are using a private vehicle from the city of Manado, you must head towards Bitung first. This trip can be taken within two hours, followed by a 20-minute trip down the road to the Lembeh Strait. It is far enough and takes mileage but it will be paid by the ethics winding after you have arrived at the location.
One thing that is very unique is that when tourists arrive there, the officials will distribute bread for them. The bread is not for you to eat but it is distributed for snacks to feed the marine fish. The crowd of colorful fish will eat the bread into the typical landscape Kungkungan which is reported not owned by any other resort. Meanwhile, the water is barely wavy as there is no big wave on the sea. It is because of its geography is under the hill. Kungkungan Bay is also flanked by two small islands; Lembe Island and Serena Island. Sea water is calm and clear; making you can easily observe the marine ecosystem such as a blue starfish, yellow tail fish and many more with the naked eye. You will be served by a very charming marine biodiversity in this area. Established in 1995 in cooperation with the city government of Bitung, Kungkungan was built with the concept of underwater tour which will be retained.
There are resorts where you could stay while you are there. To create the private impression, there are 17 bungalows available, which those all are facing the sea. Due to the limited resort, tourists are usually had to book seven day before they come. For domestic tourists, bungalows are rented for between IDR 700.000,- to IDR 900.000,- per day. As for foreign tourists, the price can be twice as expensive to U.S. dollar exchange rate. If you want togo diving in Kungkungan Bay, you will be charged for IDR 180.000,- per hour and IDR 120.000 per hour for snorkeling.
There are at least 38 dive points in a depth of 12 to 15 meters. While you are diving in Kungkungan Bay, you will be accompanied with professional instructors from Eco Divers. The instructors are also acts as a photographer to ensure your underwater tour enshrined. For the convenience of diving, each diver is limited to four people per one instructor.
A variety of marine fish and beautiful coral clusters are typical underwater world in Kungkungan Bay. Even if you are lucky, you may meet rare species such as the pygmy seahorses, hairy frog fish, Ambon scorpion fish and pipe fish to flowers. Have a nice visit in Kungkungan Bay!
Most people dive to see the beautiful colorful fishes, corals and other living creatures that live underwater. But if beautiful and colorful is not really your thing, you can still dive and enjoy the different kind of beauty in Lembeh Strait.
Lembeh Strait is located in Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. To get there, you should fly to Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado, then take a taxi or rent a car. There are a lot of fancy resorts around the strait that will give you their very best services.
Diving in Lembeh Strait will give you an amazing experience that you will never get in other places. This place is very famous for its anti-mainstream diving activity that mostly caused by its unique marine biodiversity that live underneath this beautiful place. This place will probably make us realize that beauty is not always identical with cute and colorful. Unique-shaped sea creatures can also be beautiful and breathtaking in their own different way.
You can start your journey with the most famous spot, Hairball. You can meet seahorses and frogfishes here. Moreover, if you are lucky, you can also witness the oddest and the most fascinating sea creatures that swim freely in this site. After that, you can move a little bit to the South to visit Air Prang. This site is the home of varying octopus and frogfish. If want to try the experience of night diving in Lembeh Strait, Air Prang is the right place for you. You will meet bobbit worms, plurobranchs, bobtail squid, large gastropods and snake eels here.
After that, you can go to Goby-A-Crab that lies in the South of Lembeh Strait. If you have no idea how pygmy seahorses, cleaner shrimps, crab eyed gobies, leaf scorpionfish and halimeda ghost pipefish look like, you can go here and start knowing this unique beautiful creatures better. As if it is not enough, you can go to Mawali Wreck to see the huge World War 2 Japanese freighter that lies in her port side. This wreck is now become the home of huge scorpionfish and lionfish.
Walking in the black sand beach can be a fun thing to do after finished observing all those amazing creatures by diving in Lembeh Strait. Lay your back in the sand, make the sand perfectly fit your body, close your eyes and listen to the sound of the nature or maybe start reading your favorite book in the beach. Those things are still amazing and relaxing every time you do it and anywhere you go.
Day diving or night diving in Lembeh Strait will definitely give you an anti-mainstream experience. Go bring your waterproof camera here and start diving around taking pictures of world’s amazing marine creatures that you can ever think of. There are more than 30 diving spots that will give you various kinds of excitement. This place gives the word beautiful a whole new meaning. Lembeh Strait will show you that being unique, weird and uncommon can also make other people love you and adore you.
Indonesia has a lot to offer for diving maniacs as the country is home to several enchanting diving spots. One of the most famous diving spots in Indonesia is Karimunjawa Island. The name may not sound familiar if you only know the most popular in Indonesia is Bali. Karimunjawa is an archipelago consisting of 27 islands in the Java Sea, approximately 80 kilometres Northwest of Jepara. This amazing place is rich in sea biodiversity. There are nearly 250 species of reef fish and 100 species of corals thrive under the water and in the hills of the islands, you can find more than 40 species of birds. Actually, there are several tour packages you can choose and there are lots of things to do there; from taking a diving course for beginners, eco diving or for research.
Words are not enough to describe the magnificent Raja Ampat (Four Kings), in West Papua, Indonesia. Known for its richness in sea biodiversity, this place has been one of the most popular diving sites in the world, let alone Indonesia. Moreover, this exotic place is dubbed as the last paradise on Earth.
The Karimunjawa Marine Park in Central Java is home to many amazing underwater sceneries. One of the favorite dive spot in this area is the Menjangan Kecil Island. This gorgeous island that is located about 15 minutes to the South of Karimunjawa is often visited by people who docked not only to take a quick rest and have lunch, but also to enjoy its beautiful underwater view.
To reach the Menjangan Kecil Island in Karimunjawa, visitors may have to have a little patience because of the limited transportation. You can depart to Karimunjawa by taking a ferry from the Muria ferry port in Jepara. Unfortunately, as the ship is only available on certain days only, it is best that you find out first about the schedule of the ship, then depart to Karimunjawa. It might take quite a long time using the ferry, which might take more than 2 hours. While the time spent on the road is quite long, all of it will be rewarded as soon as you arrive on the Menjangan Kecil Island. Taking the air transportation is probably the fastest way to access Karimunjawa. You can take a private air charter serviced by Kura Kura, the only air charter operator flying to Karimunjawa Islands. Of course this service will be more expensive than taking a boat but you will only need 30 minutes to reach the islands with the minimum charter time of 2 hours. After you reach karimunjawa, you can easily reach Menjangan Kecil Island by boat.
Long beach dotted with white sand greets you once you have reached the island. Try grilling your own fish over a campfire made with makeshift tree branches, which provide unique sensation and pleasure of its own. Menjangan Kecil Island also offers a nice change away from the hustle and bustle of life in the city, where tweeting birds and refreshing breeze of wind enhancing the serene and tranquil atmosphere of the island. If you are interested in camping, there are several spots in this island that is especially provided as camping area for those who want to momentarily disappear from civilization and enjoy sleeping with nature.
Diving in Menjangan Kecil Island is one of the popular activities in Karimunjawa. With calm and warm sea as its specialties, snorkeling around the underwater vista of Menjangan Kecil is something that must be experienced. Although the snorkeling spots located quite far from the shoreline to a depth of about 2 to 5 feet, you will be rewarded when you discover the scenic underwater palace of Menjangan Kecil. By simply diving into the depth of 20 meters, you can enjoy the coral reef that is both alive and colorful. The view is just like an underwater garden, where leaves-shaped coral reefs are blooming with beautiful color of white, yellow and golden. Even more exciting, the famous clown fish, or more popularly known as the nemo fish, will be your loyal and constant companion while diving. If you are observant, you can also find black mussels that further beautify the underwater view of Menjangan Kecil behind the rocks. There is also a wooden ship wreck covered by soft corals and inhabited by various sea lives. The Schooling of Snapper and Fusiliers are the main highlight of this dive site and you can also often seen Octopus in the months of March and April.
If there is a place you must visit before you die, make sure you include Raja Ampat on your list. There are many reasons why this place is so popular, both among divers and non-divers. Do you want to know?
Raja Ampat, in the province of West Papua, Indonesia, is a group of islands that consists of four major islands: Waigeo, Misool, Batanta and Salawati. It is known as the world’s best diving site which is also rich in marine biodiversity. Be prepared to get stunned by how many species of fish, coral reefs and other underwater creatures you can see below the ocean.
Yes, there are more than 1.300 fish species and 603 hard coral reefs, which is representing 75 percent of the total coral reefs in the world, in the beautiful waters. In addition to fish and reefs, there are other magnificent species you can see, from crayfish to snails. Besides its fascinating underwater species, its land is also home to a lot of exotic animals. Many unique species of birds and mammals are seen here, from bandikut (Echymipera kalubu), a spotted cuscus (Phalanger maculatus), striped opossum (Dactylopsila trivirgata), to bats and the tree rat. No wonder this place is one of the most popular eco-tourist destinations in the world.
To reach this wonderful island, you can fly to Sorong from Jakarta or Denpasar via Makassar and Manado as there is no direct flight to Sorong (there are many airlines serving flights to Sorong from Makassar and Manado). From the city of Sorong, you can reach Raja Ampat by boat from a local port. There are some choices, from Marina Express Ferry to The Ave Maria boat or you can charter a speed boat.
Make sure you know that this group of islands is a Wildlife Reserve protected by the law of the Republic of Indonesia. Hence, local people as well as tourists are encouraged to preserve this island, by not littering carelessly, not disturbing and taking any living things as souvenirs.
Before you go to the diving sites, you must obtain a permission from a local police. Make sure you have passport with three copies of passport page with Indonesian visa. You can ask for help from the diving organizers.
There are various tour packages to this enchanting island, from high price to budget. For non divers who want to enjoy the natural beauty of this paradise, you have nothing to worry about as there are also tour packages arranged for non-divers.
No need to say, there are a lot of things you can do here. The islands in the group are stunning. One of the most popular islands is Misool island. Diving in Misool island will really gives you the unforgettable experience as you can see so many critters and unique species such as ghost pipefish and pygmy seahorses. One of the most favorite sites in this island is the slopping wall called Kaleidoscope, which is completely covered in colorful soft corals and gorgonian sea fans.
No wonder, diving in Misool island is a must for you while visiting the archipelago as you can explore the natural underwater beauty and make sure you know how to take pictures underwater. There is also a resort that really gives you a relaxing atmosphere. Hope you enjoy diving in Misool island while visiting the divers’ paradise.