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
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
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.
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.
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.
Know Before You Go
Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN dive insurance.
Travel insurance is not required but highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.
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.
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.
You need a passport that is valid for 6 months after your arrival.
For visits under 30 days, no visa is required to visit Indonesia.
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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