Review Scuba Diving in Indonesia

by spotmydive

Marine life

Reef Shark
Manta ray

Indonesia is a huge country counting more than 250 million inhabitant for 17.500 Islands. Without any doubt, Indonesia is one of the best diving place in the world for a diving trip. If you are a diver you must once in you life visit this country, to discover his beauty on land and underwater. This archipelago is the biggest in the word and sheltered 10% of the coral reef of the planet, making Indonesia the biggest playfield for scuba divers. Indonesian seabed is one of the richest in the world, its biodiversity is impressive with hundreds of different species identified, and furthermore many of them are endemic.

Wher to dive in Indonesia? Best dive locations

Dive in Bali

Is one of the most famous place to dive in the world, nevertheless there is still plenty of hidden treasure underwater. Such as the Liberty wreck for wreck lovers, Secret Bay or Seraya Secretdive sites dedicated to macro photographer and there is other amazing dive spots like Crystal Bay and Manta Point where you might dive with giant Mola Mola and Manta rays.

Explore Gili Islands

One hour close to Bali and Lombok Islands, Gilis seduce more and more divers looking for beautiful coral reef, sea turtles or reef sharks. All year long you will have the chance to observe barracudas, school of trevallies, hump head parrotfish, eagle rays and also pygmy seahorse. South of Lombok it is also possible to dive with school of Manta rays from December to Mars or hammerhead shark from September to December.

Diving in Komodo National Park

Despite strong currents, dive sites are extraordinary and are hosting all that tropical biodiversity can offer. Only Papua and the Raja Ampat areas can offer such diversity. Sharks, tuna, trevally, manta rays, pygmy seahorses are just a sample of what you can find there.

Dive in Alor Island

The convergence of currents attracts a very varied marine fauna Sharks, mola mola, eagle rays, barracudas, turtles, grouper, tuna, and trevally around the Alor Islands. Moreover you will enjoy this biodiversity while diving on drop off, rich reefs, massive pinnacles or caves. Macro photographer do not have to be worried, there is plenty of amazing stuff for them: mandarin fish, frog fish, nudibranchs, blue ringed octopus, ghost pipe fish etc. !

Scuba Diving in Raja Ampat

The islands of Rajat Ampat are considered as a scuba diving paradise. Just imagine: 1 000 species of fish, 500 different corals and 700 species of mollusk. There is also really rare species as the wobbegong sharkor the walking shark. But no worries all the other underwater Stars will be around: oceanic Manta rays, pygmy seahorse, turtles, napoleon, barracudas, trevallies and many other magnificent sea creatures.


Biggest Island of Indonesia and the most difficult to access. Sulawesi is a paradise for muck diver, you must know that many species are not identified yet overt there. Moreover very few diver are going that for, so if you do not like meeting other tourist, Sulawesi is for you.

Maluku Islands or the Moluccas

Is also a paradise for muck diving in particular in the Lembeh Island. Dive centerspropose to photographer to shoot pygmy seahorse, mimic octopus, leaf scorpion fish and many other strange critters.


85 km away from the north coast of Java and the city of Jepara, you will find the Karimunjawa Archipelago and its 27 small Islands. This destination will pleased all divers: wreck, drop off, reef, drift dive and big pelagic life such as the whale shark.

Dive in Pulau Weh

North of Sumatra there is the small Pulau Weh island. Calm and still not famous, this island is incredible. Situated in the pelagic migration road, you will may be lucky to assist of the massive gathering of Mobula rays, or Manta rays. If this is not enough, no worries there is also whale shark around and plenty of reef sharks.

When to go diving in Indonesia?

You can go diving in Indonesia all yearlong but weather may varies a lot if you got here during the monsoon or not. Better check our reviews for each areas.

Scuba diving conditions

Visibility: Indonesia is known for its excellent visibility, you will dive in water with 15 to 50 meters visibility.

Current can be super strong.

Difficulty:Some areas in Indonesia are strictly for experienced divers because of the current. However it will be always possible to find beginners dive sites everywhere.

Water temperature is pretty warm and varies from 22 to 30 Celsius degrees.

Diving Cruise in Indonesia

Enjoy your holydays in Indonesia by booking a cruise diving. To discover a large choice of cruises , we ask you to click on partner website liveaboard. You could observe different marine species like whale shark, scorpion fish, turtles and many more. You will also discover many diving spots during your cruise, like the archipelago of Raja Ampat as well as in Komodo. You can book your next cruise dive stay in Indonesia by booking on liveaboard.

What to see diving and snorkeling?

Almost everything you want : From Bali to Raja Ampat, Moluccas to Sulawesi, Java to Borneo, Komodo to Sumatra there is almost nothing you cannot see ! Hundreds of different sharks and rays, massive school of fish, endemic species, new specimens to discover and muck critters. Indonesia offer to diver the richest biodiversity on earth and should be dove hundreds of time. Time to pack your luggage and go!