Category: Diving in Indonesia

 

Diving in Indonesia is one of the best in Asia-Pacific with famous diving spots such as Bali, Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat and famous dives such as the Liberty shipwreck and Crystal Bay. Indonesia is a great destination for scuba divers who love muck diving and coral reefs. It is one of the underwater photographers’ favourite destinations for macro photography. A little less known, you can also give a try at diving in North Sulawesi.

The marine life in Indonesia is mostly about mola molas, manta rays, reef sharks, pygmy seahorses and nudibranchs. It’s the right place to go for experienced divers mainly. Due to the water temperatures, regarding scuba gear, it is most common to scuba dive there in a 5 mm wetsuit. The best time of the year is often from May to October, but the islands can be dived year-round. The best dive sites can be reached by boat or from the shore.

Below you will find all my best scuba diving stories from diving in Indonesia. I share my top tips on how to organise your trip, my favourites dives, what is the best itinerary or how to do it without breaking the bank. From a travel budget point of view, Indonesia is a lower budget destination, so you may need to save up but not as much as you think.

2 weeks in Bali: my ultimate road trip itinerary for scuba divers

Bali is a dream destination for many scuba divers and now after 2 trips there I can easily understand why. The island of the Gods is a paradise for adventure seekers and culture lovers while being very affordable. If you look at scuba diving package holidays you might have been shocked by the price tag whereas it is simple to organise by yourself a

Diving in Menjangan: the coral wonderland of Bali

If you are looking for the best diving in Bali, you need to put Menjangan Island on your itinerary. Located at the north-west end of Bali, the island of the deer (meaning of its name in Indonesian) is the dream place for snorkelers and scuba divers avid of clear turquoise waters and colourful coral gardens away from the crowd. “Wait a second…There are deer in

USAT Liberty : wreck diving in Tulamben, Bali

If you are looking for the best places to scuba dive in Indonesia, you need to go to the north-east of Bali. At the end of a curvy road, up and down the hills, between the jungle and the rice fields, lies on a black pebble beach the village of Tulamben. Without the periodical wrath of Mount Agung, Tulamben would have stayed a tiny

Diving in Nusa Lembongan: Mission Mola-Mola in Bali

The Mola-Mola, the giant ocean sunfish, is like the ambassador of scuba diving in Bali. Meeting the heaviest bony fish in the world (it can weight up to 1000 kg) is like searching for the Holy Grail for most scuba divers coming from all over the world. It is only on my second trip to Bali that I finally had the chance to meet

Scuba diving in Komodo

How I unexpectedly ended scuba diving in Komodo, Indonesia

For my first trip to Indonesia, I initially only had in mind a road trip around Bali. Yet, this is how the magic starts within a journey: when you let enough space for spontaneous adventures.  After one month in Indonesia, I actually discovered more of Indonesia beyond Bali with a trip to Flores Island where I went scuba diving in Komodo National Park. Planning

Jukung on Amed beach

Dive with traditions: the Jukung dive in Amed, Bali

Beyond the usual way of diving with big cruise boats such as the ones that cover the Red Sea, sometimes on the journey we have the fantastic opportunity to associate scuba diving with local traditions. In Tulamben & Amed, in Bali, Indonesia, I had the chance to experiment with the “Jukung” dive! Thanks to the relaxed village atmosphere of Amed, the fresh grilled seafood available and the