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Diving in Indonesia
Indonesia, as the largest archipelago on earth, its 18,000 islands sit surrounded by six different seas and three main oceans; Indian, China and Pacific ocean and include around 18% of the world’s coral reefs. Wallace's Line, the imaginary faunal boundary line where west of the line are found organisms related to Asiatic species; to the east, a mixture of species of Asian and Australian origin is present, also explain how Indonesia become the highest for world’s marine biodiversity ranking in the world.
So many places that can be visited for diving in Indonesia. Each has its own uniqueness and diversity. Bali is the best place for land-based diving, you still can have other non-diving activities with your non-diver friends or family and enjoy the local culture of the island, but there is usually a limit the number of dives you can do. Or live on board to Wakatobi, Banda Sea, Komodo or Raja Ampat, in comparison, are perfect for divers who like to do as many dives as possible in their time away, or those who just like floating about an idyllic location with no need to do more than eat, sleep, and dive.
In Sumatra, you can go to the northern tip of Sumatra at Weh Island, Sabang, Aceh. You can have a unforgettable dives and met so many Fusiliers school fish and also Bluespotted Stingray. Pristine reefs of the islands in the Celebes sea off Berau can be a good choice on Kalimantan’s east coast. The various dive sites spotted around Derawan, Maratua, and Kakaban islands. Shoals of tuna, Barracuda, Eagle Rays, Scalloped Hammerhead Shark anf Grey and Whitetip Reef Sharks frequent these underwaters, and if you lucky, 5 meters Manta Rays will accompany you. Another interesting spot, but unusual, is a brackish lake on Kakaban island where school of jelly fish that usually swirl around divers.
Five main areas in Bali for diving. Tulamben, Menjangan, Padang Bai, Candidasa and Nusa Dua. Each area is unique and offer suitable conditions for both beginners and seasoned divers. Liberty reck in Tulamben is one of Indonesia’s diving mascot, lying just 30 m at northeast Bali sea. The wreck is an absolute underwater wonderland of marine life - schools of trevally, bream, fusilier and anthias mill all over and around the wreck - often following you during the dive. All three Gilis in Lombok are ringed by reefs with pristine coral. You can meet Stingray, and octopus around Gili’s underwater. You can dive here anytime, but wetter and windy from January to March
Though is only 370 km (230miles) east of Bali, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, Komodo is untypical of the tropical isles of the Indonesia Archipelago. Beneath Komodo lie some of the last pristine coral reefs, which themselves are the richest on the planet, where lives batfish, sunfish, mantas, pygmy seahorses, ornate ghost pipefish, clown frogfish, and blue-ringed octopus. Not only does the wall itself promise much in the way of entertainment but sharks, manta rays, turtles or even dolphins are all frequent passers-by.
In Alor, you will accompanied by Bumhead Parrothfish, Mola Mola (Sunfish), Napoleons, giant Trevally, giant grouper, and dogtooth Tuna. You will also be surprised that Grey Reef shark or Thresher shark are patrolling around you together with huge turtles. The North part will be better to be visited from January to March, and the best time you can enjoy the south part is July to August.
Bunaken in north Sulawesi is one of the most popular destination. Bunaken Manado Tua Marine Park comprises a group of five islands: Bunaken, Siladen, Nain, Montehage and Manado Tua. At the Bunaken walls you will see a beautiful and huge variety of soft and hard corals with amazing amount of reef fish such as fusiliers, butterfly fish, sweetlips, cardinal fish, damsel fish and also you can play with many critters camouflaged on the walls: scorpion fish, nudibranchs, lion fish, and sea horses. You can dive here all year around, but in January to March can be wet and windy.
Many dive sites are spread throughout Indonesia, such as Raja Ampat, Sangihe Talaud, Gorontalo, Banda, Ambon. You can read more about the places mentioned in another article on this website. One of the best reference for planning your dive trip to Indonesia is to visit this website, diveindonesia.net. Discover and enjoy the underwater Indonesia!
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