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    THE SEA PARADISE OF INDONESIA

    Indonesia has more marine diversity than anywhere on earth. Slap bang in the middle of the 'Coral Triangle' of diversity that extends from Australia to the Philippines and across to Borneo and into the South Pacific, the country is at the core of the ocean's heart, where the marine variety suggests life in the sea began.
    With 20% of the world's coral reefs, over 3,000 different species of fish and 600 coral species, deep water trenches, volcanic sea mounts, World War II wrecks, and an endless variety of macro life, Indonesia scuba diving is both excellent and inexpensive.
    Experience all the wondrous fish and other marine life in these nutrient-rich seas. From encounters with big pelagics around the cool waters of Komodo, cruising over pristine fields of coral in Raja Ampat, marvelling at the enormous volumes of fish in the Banda Islands, to photographing the outrageous critters of Sulawesi, diving cruises are unsurpassable.
    There are packages to suit all needs including resort diving in Bali and Sulawesi where you can stay in comfort on the doorstep of world-class dive sites where marine biologists, photographers and pleasure divers come to marvel and the species numbers and variety.
    For many, diving is best on one of the Indonesia liveaboards to Komodo and beyond, into the seemingly unchartered territory of Irian Jaya. These trips offer the chance to cruise over crystal seas from Bali to the legendary islands of Komodo and Rinca where the dragons of folklore roam. Beyond Komodo lies some of the most exhilarating frontier scuba diving there is, around the Banda Islands and Raja Ampat where there are few boats and only serious pleasure-seeking divers. Fantastic dives are virtually assured.
     
    How to Dive Indonesia 
    It all depends on the type of diving you want to do. We recommend 2 ways: Resort stays in Sulawesi and Bali will allow you the opportunity to base yourself close to some of the finest dive sites in the world.
    Alternatively, liveaboard cruises in Indonesia are always a top choice for those who want to see more than any land-based stay can offer. Liveaboards can take you around the best of Northern Sulawesi, east from Bali to the legendary island of Komodo, Wakatobi, or into the inspiring frontier territory of the Banda Sea and Irian Jaya. Breathtaking diving, fantastic boats and inspiring topside scenery all await you here.
     
    Diving Season
    You can dive in Indonesia at any time of the year. But the best time to go is from May to October since rainy season is more or less between the months of November and April. That said many places, such as Sulawesi, have excellent conditions at this time so be sure to check the diving season details for your particular destination of choice. The Indonesia liveaboard safari season is all year round.
     
    Reef Summary
    Good for Small animals, underwater photography, wall dives, wreck diving, drift dives, reef life and health and advanced divers
    Not so good for Beginner divers
    Depth 5 - >40m
    Visibility 10 - 80m
    Currents Can be very strong
    Surface conditions Calm
    Water temperature 19 - 30°C
    Experience level Intermediate - advanced
    Number of dive sites ~500
    Access Scuba resorts and liveaboard safaris
    Recommended length of stay 2 - 4 weeks

    PAPUA

    Raja Ampat - one of the few destinations left which truly allows you to feel like you are a pioneer - to boldly dive where no man has dived before. You can marvel at the incredible topside scenery of Irian Jaya, sail through waters where so few boats venture and experience some of the most impressive scuba diving in Indonesia ... and therefore the world. For those who want to get away from it all and dive in a remote paradise but not compromise on comfort then Raja Ampat liveaboards are the choice for you.
    How to get there?
    The easiest way to get to Raja Ampat is to fly to Sorong via Jakarta or Singapore. Domestic travelers can also fly via Makassar or Manado.
    From Jakarta or Bali:
    Merpati, Express Air, Batavia Air and Lion/Wings operate daily flights from Jakarta to Sorong (with stopovers in Ujung Pandang/Makassar and/or Manado)
    From Singapore:
    Silk Air operates regular flights from Singapore to Manado. From Manado to Sorong regular flights are offered by Lion Air and Merpati

    Banda Islands - the Banda Sea may be located between the better known destinations of Komodo and Raja Ampat, but for those in the know it deserves its own reputation as one of the world's best dive regions. Scuba diving in Banda means experiencing incredible variety of both large and small. Big pelagics and large schools abound. The reefs are healthy and thriving. Consider on top of this that many different species of whales and dolphins are often sighted, and you begin to get the picture. Diving here is varied, colourful and fascinating as it takes in the critter haven of Ambon as well as the Banda Islands.
    How to get there?
    From Ambon (Maluku) and Masohi to Bandaneira was mostly handed over by the horribly unreliable Merpati airline (who have still run flights to Banda erratically ever since but are best not counted on) to a new private operator, NBA. NBA flights from Ambon go to Banda three times weekly on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Note that these schedules are subject to change any time.

     

    SULAWESI

    The Bunaken National Marine Park -  formally est  ablished in 1991 and is among the first of In  donesia's growing system of marine parks. The park covers a total surface area of 89,065 hectares, 97% of which is overlain by sparkling clear, warm tropical water. The remaining 3% of the park is terrestrial, including the five islands of Bunaken, Manado Tua, Mantehage, Nain and Siladen. Although each of these islands has a special character, it is the aquatic ecosystem that attracts most naturalists.
    The waters of Bunaken National Marine Park are extremely deep (1566 m in Manado Bay), clear (up to 35-40 m visibility), refreshing in temperature (27-29 C) and harbor some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world.
    How to get there?
    The simply and easiest way to get there is by an airplane . From any direction you just have to go to Manado city at North Sulawesi island in Indonesia . Landing at Sam Ratulangi International airport then go to Manado harbor (MARINA). Bunaken National Park can be reached through the port of Manad,. From the Port of Galway using a motorboat to the island can be reached Siladen 20 minutes, 30 minutes Bunaken Island, the island Montehage 50 minutes and 60 minutes Nain island.
    From Jakarta or Bali:
    Garuda, Merpati, Batavia Air,  Sriwijaya, Lion/Wings operate daily flights from Jakarta to Menado with stopovers in Ujung Pandang
    From Singapore:
    Silk Air operates regular flights from Singapore to Manado.
     
    A short drive from here is the Lembeh Strait - the undisputed King of muck diving destinations. This small calm stretch of water is where macro-photographers and critter hunters agree offers the most impressive diving. Along the black sandy floor you will encounter more bizarre and fascinating marine creatures than you could wish for. Add to this the Sangihe Archipelago and Bangka Island, and you can see why many divers return time and again to Sulawesi, an Indonesian island where you can fulfil all your dive dreams.
    How to get there?
    Manado is in the far north east of Sulawesi, and is the main city of the north. To reach Lembeh strait , there is direct transfer by car From menado , then continue by baat.
    From Jakarta or Bali:
    Garuda, Merpati, Batavia Air,  Sriwijaya, Lion/Wings operate daily flights from Jakarta to Menado with stopovers in Ujung Pandang
    From Singapore:
    Silk Air operates regular flights from Singapore to Manado.
     
    Wakatobi National Park (TNW) is one of the few and the largest marine national park in Indonesia. Coral reefs and fish including important resources are the focus of the management of TNW. Coral reef ecosystems assessed as highly productive coastal ocean that can be found in tropical. Ecologically, coral reefs play an important role as habitat for reef fish communities of the target catch of fishermen. TNW fishing communities in the region has relied on the continued survival of these resources since time immemorial. Utilization was conducted during the fishing and making the rock by the traditional community. If the activity is not managed wisely it will tend to evolve toward excessive exploitation. This will threaten the sustainability of resources which in turn will affect the lives of people around as well.
    How to get there?
    To dive in Wakatobi you take a charter flight from Bali direct to the Indonesian liveaboards that operates there. The liveaboard can visit more remote areas not as easily accessible from a resort.

    KALIMANTAN

    Derawan is an island with a sea of blue and green color gradations views, softly sand, rows of coconut palms on the coast, with a small forest in the middle of the island which is the habitat of various species of plants and animals and the natural beauty of the enchanting underwater. No wonder if this island could be ranked as a top three world-class dive destination and make this island as an island of dreams for the divers.Derawan Island has to total land surface of 40,000 hectares and is nature reserve with beautiful scenery and beaches.
    How to get There?
    From Jakarta
    Takemorning from Jakarta to Balikpapan flight between 06.00 – 08.00 AM Jakarta time with, Garuda, Lion Air & Sriwijaya, so you can connect nicely with Trigana Balikpapan – Berau 10.45 - 12.10.Then continue  by  speedboat to the island Derawan (long trip around the 2.5 hours). Other alternatives can also be via Tarakan, from there using a speed boat charter up to the island Derawan with 3.5 hours of travel time.

     

    BALI

    Tulamben is a quiet village on the northeast coast of Bali, facing the Lombok Strait. Divers occasionally meet mola-mola sunfish, hammerhead sharks and whale sharks in the waters of Tulamben. Its biodiversity and location make Tulamben one of the best dive sites in the world. Complete with its own wreck, the USAT Liberty, which sank in 1963 when Gunung Agung erupted, the easy access to this wreck adds to the village’s charm. The wreck is also home to a group of bumphead parrot fish.
    Tulamben is internationally renowned for its dive sites and is prized for its easy diving and amazing biodiversity. The USS Liberty shipwreck must be one of the easiest wrecks to access in the world, and underwater creatures ranging from the smallest crustaceans, ghost pipefish, and pygmy seahorse to the largest fish like sharks and mola-mola sunfish abound. Tulamben is a great place for beginners, with a number of sites which are suitable for training dives, fun dives and underwater photography.
    How to get there?
    Take flight directly to Denpasar Bali, then continue by car Tulamben(located in East Bali)  taking around 4 hours.

    The Menjangan is a peaceful retreat located in the heart of an unspoiled national park on the stunning north west coast of Bali. It is within the boundaries of the Bali Barat National Park and offers guests the chance to get close to nature and relax in exquisite surroundings. The Menjangan offers a unique opportunity to dive some of the country's best wall diving along with an exceptional shore dive that offers Mandarin fish as the highlight. Come and join us for some world class diving. As above the water, the scene below the water is also one of great spectacle. The beautiful walls of Menjangan Island offer a chance to relax in surroundings unmatched anywhere else in Bali.
    How to get there?
    Take flight directly to Denpasar Bali, then continue by car Tulamben(located in West )  taking around 3,5 hours.

    FLORES - KOMODO ISLAND

    Komodo Island and national park reserve offers the liveaboard diver just about every type of tropical diving imaginable - from warm, calm and colourful shallow reefs alive with hundreds of colourful reef fishes and crammed with invertebrates, to current-swept deep cool water sea mounts, walls and pinnacles patrolled by sharks, tuna and other big fish.
    The variety of marine life that you can see when you're Komodo scuba diving rivals the world's best dive destinations. This is close to the world's epicentre for marine diversity and you'll see loads of stuff here on a liveaboard diving cruise that you just won't see anywhere else in the world.
    From sunfish, mantas, dolphins and eagle rays to pygmy seahorses, ornate ghost pipefish, clown frogfish, nudibranchs and blue-ringed octopus, all are at home amongst a spectacular range of colourful sponges, sea squirts, tunicates and corals; Komodo is a macro enthusiast's heaven.
    How to get there?
    There is available flight from Denpasar , Bali (Trans air , Trigana and Merpati ) to Labuan Bajo Airport, which is a short taxi to the pier where you can take boat trips to Komodo Island, and around the national park.
    From Bali to Komodo by Cruise ship
    Cruise ship (Safari cruise ship) sailing from Tanjung Benoa, Bali to Komodo past the Gili Islands, Lombok and Sumbawa onto the Komodo National park near Flores.

    JAVA

    Karimunjawa is and island chain stretching in a northwesterly direction 83 km from Jepara. Central Java. This archipelago is a cluster of 27 islands in the java sea. Only seven of the islands are inhabited. The reefs are a mixture of fringing, barrier, and patch with bottom depths ranging from 15 to 40 meters. The name of Karimunjawa is taken from Javanese language 'Kremun kremun saking tanah Jawi' addressed by one of Wali Songo (the Nine Saints who had introduced Islam in Java) to describe how far this mini archipelago from Java, to be exact from Semarang and Jepara. Stands from 27 islands, this mini archipelago became marine national park and it's like a treasure for those who love marine life. Here can be found protected coral reefs (very colorful plateaus and plains in deep and shallow waters), secluded and tranquil white beaches, pelican and hornbill, sea grass and kinds of sea creatures, from crabs, anchovy, starfish, sharks, stingray, jellyfish, red snappers, etc.
    How to get there?
    Flights to Semarang are available from Jakarta, Denpasar Bali, and also from other cities. Karimunjawa itself has an airport in Kemujan Island, called the Dewadaru Airport. Small aircrafts land here although the flight schedule is still dominated by chartered flights from Semarang, Yogyakarta, or Bali