As any experienced scuba diver knows, Indonesia is a scuba diver's paradise, with its clear waters, diverse marine life, and beautiful coral reefs. Indonesia over 17,500 islands and covers a very large area of ocean, so of course, it's no wonder that it is home to some of the best scuba diving spots in the entire world. From the famous dive sites of Bali, Raja Ampat, and Komdo to the lesser-known gems of Wakatobi and Lembeh Strait…there is something for every type of scuba diver in Indonesia.
Many divers start with Scuba diving in Bali, which is known for its crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs. The island is home to several world-renowned dive sites such as the USS Liberty shipwreck (in the north) and the famous Manta Point. The USS Liberty shipwreck, which is located off the coast of Tulamben, is a must-see for all divers that would like a great dive site while visiting Bali. The ship was deliberately sunk in the early 1940s as a result of an attack that happened during World War II. It now serves as an artificial reef and home to a diverse array of marine life. Manta Point, which is located off the coast of Nusa Penida, is another popular spot for diving in Bali. This dive site is known for its large population of Manta rays which are often seen here all year-round.
Moving on to another fantastic place to dive which is Raja Ampat. This area is located in the far east of Indonesia and is considered by many vistors to be one of the best diving destinations in the world. The area is home to over 1,500 different species of fish and 600 different species of coral. This makes it one of the most biodiverse marine environments on the entire planet. Raja Ampat is also home to several world-renowned dive sites such as Melissa's Garden and Mioskon Island. Melissa's Garden, which is located near the island of Batanta, is a must-see for anyone that is diving Raja Ampat. The site is known for its large population of soft corals, which are often seen at this location all year-round. Mioskon Island, located off the coast of Batanta, is another popular spot for diving in Raja Ampat. This site is known for its large population of Manta rays which are often seen here all year-round as well.
Another great diving spot is called Wakatobi. It is located in Southeast Sulawesi. This area is known for its crystal clear waters, healthy coral reefs, and diverse marine life as well. Wakatobi is home to several world-renowned dive sites such as Hoga Island and Tomia Island. Hoga Island, located in the heart of Wakatobi, is an absolute must-see for all divers that are visiting the area. The site is known for its large population of Manta rays which are often seen here all year round. Tomia Island, located off the coast of Wakatobi, is another popular spot for diving. This site is known for its diverse marine life, including large schools of fish, sharks, and turtles.
Last but not least, is to go scuba diving in Komodo National Park, which is located in the Lesser Sunda Islands and is home to the famous Komodo dragons. The park is not just famous for its dragons but also for the beautiful coral reefs and diverse marine life. The park is home to several world famous dive sites such as the Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Batu Bolong, and Makassar Reef. Castle Rock, which is located at the north of Komodo Island, is a must-see for all divers visiting the park. The site is known for its deeper dives and strong currents which tend to bring larger animals. Crystal Rock, located near the north part of Komodo Island as well, is a very popular spot to dive. This site is known for its large population of sharks and strong current. The two dive site in the middle of the park that are also very famous is Batu Bolong and Makassar Reef. Batu Bolong offers a diversity of underwater creatures and coral and sometime has strong currents. Makassar Reef is famous for seeing Manta Rays. You can usually see them almost all year round.
If you are scuba diving Indonesia, we hope you can make it to some of the locations, as they offer a wide range of diving options for divers of all levels. From Bali to Raja Ampat, Wakatobi to Komodo National Park, there is something for everyone. With its crystal clear waters, diverse marine life, and beautiful coral reefs, Indonesia is absolutely a scuba diver's paradise. If you are planning a scuba dive trip, make sure to add Indonesia to your list and enjoy the underwater world. You can see many interview from dive guides and Komodo chefs as well.
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I have been in the scuba diving industry in Komodo National Park for more than 10 years.