Indonesia

Indonesia
You’ve reached the ocean floor and pinnacles tower above you as schools of fish race by. You’re surrounded by walls of vibrant colors. You’ve never seen anything quite like it. You continue your journey through the garden of coral excited about what you’ll see next.

Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands, some inhabited and many not. Each with its own unique charms and qualities. The islands are nestled between the Indian and Pacific oceans and span Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia is the largest archipelagic state in the world.

The largest islands in Indonesia are Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi and New Guinea. The capital and largest city in Indonesia is Jakarta, which lies on the northwest coast of Java.

What To Expect

Scuba Diving

The diving in Indonesia is unlike anywhere else in the world. Indonesia sits in the heart of the coral triangle with over 17,000 islands, making it the epicenter of biodiversity. The waters around these islands are home to tiny seahorses, colorful nudibranchs, majestic mantas, and so much more. There is something for everyone!

The diving is just as diverse as the animals. Divers can enjoy thrilling drift dives, night dives, colorful reef dives, wall dives, unique muck dives and wreck dives. With the abundance of marine life and diving, Indonesia is a diver’s paradise.   

Keep your eye out for:

  • Manta rays
  • Nudibranchs
  • Barracuda
  • Sharks
  • Angelfish
  • Cuttlefish
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Upcoming Trips

Wakatobi

Wakatobi is a dive resort in southeastern Sulawesi, Indonesia. In a tranquil island setting far from crowds and cities, with no other divers for at least 100 miles, Wakatobi seamlessly blends five-star amenities and civilized comforts with a pristine natural environment; a pairing that has secured its reputation as one of the world’s finest diving and snorkeling destinations.

 

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Murex Passport to Paradise

Discover three iconic Indonesian destinations in one incredible holiday. Visitors will travel to and explore Manado, Bangka, and Lembeh. The Murex resorts on each island offer boat transfers, staffed marine biologists, underwater photographers, and more! Dive, snorkel, trek, immerse yourself in culture, or simply relax and unwind. Both above and below the water, visitors will find paradise.

 

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Arenui

The Arenui is a boutique liveaboard dedicated to providing outstanding service to all travelers. The ship offers divers the choice of both comfortable indoor and outdoor areas for relaxing and dining. During meals, there is always an extensive selection of dishes and a tantalizing list of fine wines. When resting in between dives, divers have the possibility of indulging themselves in a relaxing massage on deck.

 

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Aurora

The Aurora Liveaboard is a beautiful Pinisi-styled teak motor-sail dive liveaboard that combines tradition with comfort and modern conveniences. It can host up to 18 divers and each cabin has air conditioning and private bathrooms. The upper deck is where you prepare for each dive and offers diving equipment and a photo/video room.

 

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Velocean

The All Star Volcean is the ultimate luxury liveaboard. Designed specifically for scuba divers, it cruises at a speed of 23 mph which gives you ample amount of time to explore the waters below. The dive deck has everything you need. Showers, rinse tanks and private camera stations allow you to make the most of your dives. Don’t worry about hauling your equipment to and from locations. Everything is right there for you ready to go.

 

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Alor

If you’re looking for a remote, unspoiled island escape, Alor, Indonesia might be the perfect destination. This set of islands offers widespread muck diving, sharks and large schools of fish, WWII wreck dives, untouched reefs and unexplored coral gardens, magnificent soft corals and stunning hard coral formations.

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Bali

Bali is known for its stunning beaches, lush rice paddies and majestic temples. The warm water around the island has consistent waves, perfect for surfing and diving. Whether you’re looking for natural beauty, cultural experiences, or just a relaxing break, Bali has something to offer everyone. 

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Banda Sea

The Banda Sea is a large sea located in the eastern part of Indonesia, bordered by the islands of Sulawesi, the Maluku Islands, and Timor. It is known for its rich marine biodiversity, including numerous species of fish and coral, and is also an important region for commercial fishing. The sea is also historically significant as it was a major trade route during the spice trade era.

 

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Bangka

Bangka island is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities. The island also has a rich tin mining history and cultural heritage, with various temples and traditional ceremonies still practiced by the local population.

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Forgotten Islands

Diving in the Forgotten Islands you can expect to find plenty of rare and unusual critters and stunning corals. Dive sites in the Forgotten Islands are in the Banda Sea and are particularly loved for the crystal clear blue sea, deep walls and huge sponges.

 

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Komodo

Home to the infamous Komodo Dragons, Komodo is one of the most species-diverse locations in Indonesia. Cruise along the crystal-clear waters of the Indonesian archipelago and take in the breathtaking pink sand beaches. Due to strong currents, diving in Komodo isn’t for the faint-hearted.

 

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Lembeh

Lembeh is an island off the coast of Sulawes and sits on a narrow stretch of water known as the Lembeh Strait. The Lembeh Strait is known for its high density of rare and unusual marine life including rare species of frogfish, octopus, seahorses and nudibranchs.

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Manado

Manado is the capital city of the Indonesian province of North Sulawesi. The city has a tropical rainforest climate. Most scuba diving and snorkeling take place in the nearby Bunaken National Park.

 

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Misool

Misool is one of the largest islands in the Raja Ampat archipelago. It is a remote, tropical hideaway surrounded by waters home to a wide array of animals. With crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches fringed with coconut trees, ancient cultural sites and lush, tropical forests, Misool is a must-see destination. With large efforts in conservation and sustainability, the ecosystems above and below the surface are kept pristine.  

 

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Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat translates to ‘The Four Kings’, for its four major islands, and is the most biodiverse area in the world. The biodiversity comes from its location in the coral triangle. The waters here hold the richest variety of species, including macro and pelagic species, and thousands of coral species. Raja Ampat is special because each island has a different, unique culture, and there is an abundance of beauty above and below the surface. From lush jungles to white sand beaches to crystal-clear waters full of everything imaginable, Raja Ampat is a remote paradise. 

 

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Wakatobi

Wakatobi is a protected marine reserve and “all who enter the waters will be mesmerized by the colorful and vibrant landscape. Wakatobi National Park is the third largest marine park in Indonesia.

 

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Culture

Indonesia is a unique destination due to its rich cultural heritage, diverse geography and vibrant history. Each island is home to unique landscapes and cultural traditions. The flora and fauna are just as diverse as the cultures. Animals in Indonesia include orangutans, elephants, tigers and hundreds of birds and reptiles. The landscape in Indonesia has everything from coral reefs to volcanoes to tropical rainforests. With its vast variety of cultures and landscapes, Indonesia is a must-see destination.  
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Pink Beach

The island of Komodo is home to a rare pink beach! The sand gets its pinkish color from microscopic red organisms that live in the coral reefs and get washed up on the beach. Soak up the sun at this rare beach and cool off with a snorkel session in the turquoise blue water.  

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Caves of Tomolol

Take a boat into the entrance of the sacred Tomolol cave. The cave welcomes you with large cliffs and calm, turquoise waters. Inside the cave, ancient drawings and paintings along the cliff walls can be seen. Snorkeling and swimming inside the cave are allowed and provides a unique way of experiencing the large stalactites and stalagmites. Explore this cave for its sacred history and ancient artwork. 

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Ubud Monkey Forest

The Ubud Monkey Forest, also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, is a nature reserve and Hindu temple complex. The nature reserve is home to lush vegetation, monkeys, ancient statues and Hindu temples. The unique thing about the Ubud Monkey Forest is that the monkeys roam free and may even climb up on you! The nature reserve helps educate visitors about the importance of preserving the local monkey population and their habitat. The Ubud Monkey Forest is a unique and beautiful destination that offers a chance to experience the natural beauty of Bali and observe its diverse wildlife up close. 

What prior travelers say
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“All the fun without any of the hassle! We used to book our own private trips but going through Diventures gives us the opportunity to go to try out new places without having to do all the research and planning. And with the added bonus of making awesome new friends along the way!”
– Kathleen K.

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Know Before You Go

Dive Insurance

Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN dive insurance.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not required but highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.

Currency

We recommend you travel with U.S. dollars and suggest you purchase Indonesian Rupiah for payment of airline luggage surcharges and any incidentals. On board, U.S. dollars and Indonesian Rupiah currencies are accepted as are Visa and MasterCard credit cards. 

Gratuity

A gratuity of 10-15% is customary, but many leave more when they feel the service was outstanding. If you are disappointed with the service, you should inform the captain of your feelings right away so he may rectify the situation.

Passport Validity

You need a passport that is valid for 6 months after your arrival. 

Visa

For visits under 30 days, no visa is required to visit Indonesia.

Health

No vaccinations are required. Malaria is a risk, mainly in rural areas (Java’s main cities and Bali are considered malaria-free). Dengue is a major problem in Indonesia. There is no vaccination so we highly recommend taking measures to avoid mosquito bites (repellent, long-sleeved t-shirt and long pants). We recommend you check with your physician before departure.

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