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DIVING IN INDONESIA: BUCKET LIST GOALS

Nemo, photographed at Chester Zoo - a long way from Indonesia!

As well as being one of the world's most beautiful destinations in the world, Indonesia is, in fact, one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations, with an incredible amount of unique and breathtaking diving spots.

With Storm Georgina kicking up a fuss outside, I thought I’d write up something to take your mind away from the grey and dreary weather.

IN FOCUS


Looking at its geography, Indonesia's coastline stretches out from the Indian Ocean in the east and the Pacific Ocean in the west, which makes it one of the longest coastlines in the world. As part of the Coral Triangle, Indonesia's marine life is hugely diverse and offers a massive 20% of the world’s coral reefs with over 600 species to see. Not limited to an enormous array of coral, there are also over 3000 fish species inhabiting the warm waters.

The dive sites here share in the diversity as well, and there is something for all enthusiasts. Looking into it, I actually found that it’s incredibly affordable to dive in Indonesia (one of the main reasons I’ve added it to the bucket list!).

The seasons in that part of the world dictate the best times to dive, so I would plan to go during the dry season, which falls between April and December. Hotels are plentiful, although booked up quickly. If I was choosing to extend my stay, or if I was to travel with friends, rented accommodation is widely available. Visit sites such as https://rumahdijual.com/kelapa-gading/apartemen-kelapa-gading-square to find some great deals in the area.

One of the most famous dive sites is just off the tip of Papua (Irian Jaya) and is called Raja Ampat. An archipelago of 1,500 small islands, the diversity of marine life is overwhelming and is host to over 1200 fish species. Raja Ampat is unique and stands head and shoulders over the rest of the world’s dive sites.

Another top spot is the Togian Islands. Located North of Sulawesi, these islands hide some incredible secrets and wondrous dives. It is still relatively unexplored, giving the real feeling of discovering new and exciting places nestled among these 56 tiny islands.

KOMODO ISLANDS


This land may be home to the famous Komodo dragon, the world's most giant lizard. But beneath the waves, diving at the Komodo islands is a popular destination for some of the world’s top divers. This is because the Komodo National Park reserve offers peaceful and picturesque reefs, masses of reef fish and sharks, as well as ocean walls and trenches.

BUNAKEN ISLAND


Bunaken Island is not only rich with marine biodiversity, but it is also an utterly dazzling dive due to the water being so clear it is entirely transparent. This HD environment lends itself to a breathtaking dive, letting you see 70 different species of coral, five species of sea turtle, fish including white and black tip reef sharks, but most impressive could be the almost extinct dugongs, barracuda and even saltwater crocodiles!

BALI ISLANDS


The Bali Islands are beautiful. Majestic volcanic views, green and luscious areas of vegetation and rice paddies, there is plenty to see from the shore. As well as attracting surfers from all over the world, it is also one of the most excellent places to dive. Scuba diving here offers deep caverns, bright coral ridges and famous shipwrecks dating back from WW2. There are many choices when it comes to where to dive, Nusa Penida, Lembongan islands, Tulamben and Candi Dasa all being divers favourites.

LOMBOK


Bali's equally beautiful sister island heralds its own attractions. Hammerhead sharks can be seen here as well as here a vast variety of other marine life. Lombok is a holiday haven, tranquil and beautiful yet its diving has real appeal for the more adventurous.

BANGKA AND BELITUNG ISLANDS


Sitting on the side of Sumatra, the Bangka and Belitung Islands has over 25 dive sites with waters teeming with fish and corals. There is even the possibility of drift diving as well as descending pinnacles and colossal granite mineral formations abounding with breathtaking corals.

PULAU WEH, SUMATRA


Pulau Weh is known for its rich ecosystem and is almost hidden away in relation to its more famous distant sister Bali. A section of this archipelago is home to many rare species of protected wildlife, and the reefs themselves are entirely overflowing with Indo-Pacific marine life.

WAKATOBI ISLANDS


The islands of Wakatobi, comprising of Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomea and Binongki are yet another of Indonesia’s gifts to the world and the very pinnacle of diving opportunities. Wakatobi's reefs are very well protected, and this has the positive impact of it brimming with diverse and healthy marine lives. The diving, which is encouraged and well organised here, also brings much-needed funds to the local community, supporting local business as well as sustaining support for the marine park itself. This diving scene is relatively new in Indonesia, meaning that the place is still practically untouched, leading to a really unique experience.


BANDA ISLANDS


These islands are, simply put, one of the best-kept secrets in Indonesia. Diving here introduces you to undiscovered secrets; the type only brought to light by getting into the water and exploring. This is because this little-known haven is bursting with healthy reefs of massive corals, marine wildlife of pelagics and reef fish, as well as sea fans and sea sponges.

Diving into Indonesian waters sounds amazing. The more I research, the more I really want to go and try it out!

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