Ideal for: All divers
Indonesia is made up of 17,504 islands stretching into the Andaman Sea in the North West with the giant island of Sumatra, nearly touching the Philippines from its North Eastern islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi, curving like a scythe through the Indian and Pacific Oceans to its most Southerly point in the Timor and Arafura Seas just north of Australia and to the West with Papua. This island nation is as diverse as its many islands with rich jungles hiding gems such as the Java rhino, birds of paradise, Orang-utan and extremely rare Sumatran tiger and its reefs are no less plentiful. Sitting in the middle of the “Coral Triangle” with the world’s highest marine diversity, in fact there is a greater variety of marine life on a 100m stretch of Indonesian reef then in the entire Great Barrier Reef!
Diving in Indonesia is varied and spectacular. There is so much on offer it is difficult to decide where to visit first and a liveaboard is the way to get the most out of what Indonesia has to offer. The freedom of a liveaboard offers more remote and less visited dive sites often with more plentiful and diverse marine life and more dives then a resort based dive holiday
- Ideal for: Singles and Couples
- Experience Level: All
- Big Stuff:*****
- Reef Life:*****
- Budget: ££££
- The currents sweeping through the islands of the Komodo National Park bring with them some of the most diverse marine life and diving in the world and are a great place for a liveaboard adventure. From watching mantas, turtles and sharks wiz past on adrenaline filled, negative entry, reef hook, current dives to gentle sloping reefs with critters galore there is something for every diver with a bit of experience under their weight belt.
- One of the world's most remote and luxurious dive resorts, Wakatobi Dive Resort offers its own private liveaboard the Pelagian accommodating up to 12 divers in luxury to explore the reefs further out from the resort.
- An exploratory liveaboard to Raja Ampat is an amazing opportunity to discover new and exciting dive sites in a little dives part of the Coral Triangle.
- Bali a departure point for some Indonesian Liveaboards where it is possible to the SS Liberty one of the best wreck dives in the world, magnificently bright coral reefs and walls set against the black volcanic sand backdrop and some truly special muck diving.
- Time: GMT + 5-8hrs
- Flying Time: 15-19hrs (twin centre recommended)
- Language: Bahasa Indonesia
- Climate: Indonesia has a hot and humid, tropical climate. The dry season runs June-September and is the best time to visit Indonesia. The wet or ‘green’ season tends to be cloudy with more rain.
- Currency: Indonesian Rupiah £1 = IDR 15,000
- Visa Requirements: A 30-day holiday visa is granted on arrival for many EU passport holders at a charge of USD$25