Top 10 Divers Paradise in Indonesia
Blessed 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, WWII wrecks and endless variety of marine life, it is hardly surprising that Indonesia is home to most of the world’s top diving spots. In this issue, here the top 10 dive sites that divers from all around the globe call paradise.
1. Weh Island
Weh Island is a small active volcanic island in the northwest region of Sumatra. Here, where the Andaman Sea Meets the Indian Ocean, deep water and strong currents around the island sustain a breathtaking abundance of marine life, ranging from tiny critters to large pelagic in underwater landscape filled with great walls of languid sea fans, deep canyons and rock pinnacles.
Hardly on the international beach scene radar, Weh is still considered a well kept secret, untouched, unspoiled.The currents hare are strong, you should therefore have already obtained an advanced open water license before diving here.
2. Menjangan Island
Since 1978, this small island northwest of Bali is the region’s first internationally know dive site, famous of being Bali’s m,ost beautiful spot for wall diving. But the stunning natural carvings that were once described as the unexceptional beauty of the sea in dive guidebooks had gone through a “dark period” when they were severely damaged by human activities and natural events.
3. Wakatobi Island
Rising from the dept of Banda sea, the Wakatobi Islands in Sotheast Sulawesi are also mentioned as a popular diving destination among globetrotting divers. A cluster of reef types-fringing atolls and barrier-that lie amidst the tiny islands scattered in this area are still virtually untouched, offering an exceptional diving experience. More than 43 dive points are listed in this protected marine life.
4. Derawan Island
Located about 80 kilometers from Tanjung Redep, the capital of Berau Regency in East Kalimantan, this area consists of several islands, namely Samama, Sangalaki, Kakaban, Maratua, and Panjang. The water of Derawan are filled with spectacular coral reefs and underwater caves. Having no less 17 dive spots, each location has a distinct uniqueness and charm that will keep your curious.
5. Komodo Island
Although it is more famous as “home sweet home” to pre-historic giant lizards, the Komodo dragons, it is stunning underwater landscape that has attracted so many divers from all around the world and kept them returning. The large variety of residents here is similar the most tropical sea worldwide, but with unsurpassed magnitude and diversity. Macro to massive, there is no better place on the planet for sheer variety of marine life than Komodo.
6. Bunaken Island
Located in North Sulawesi, Bunaken is ahotspot that is well known internationally. Consisting of smaller islands- Siladen, Gangga, Mentahage, Nain, and an old volcano in the middle of the sea, Manado Tua, Bunaken spots plenty of dive spots spread amongst the islands in the area. Diving the stunning underwater of Bunaken is both easy and convenient because of sprawling dive centers that provide complete diving equipment, professional guides and boats that are ready take you to the famous marine life.
7. Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida Island which lies southeast of Bali is another much visited dive destination. The island has the most prestine coral reefs around Bali, with visibility of 15-35 meters and challenging contours. For beginners, there are various dive spots at northern coact of the island better suited for explonation. On the south coast, Blue Corner, Nusa Lembongan, and Gamat are available for more experience divers seeking an adventurous expedition.
8. Lembeh Strait
Also in North Silawesi, Lembeh is a small strait that separates the sialdn of North Sulawesi with Lembeh Island. Although not yet well known in the country, Lembeh has long been a favorite destinations for foreign divers. Lembeh is very rich with varios animals such as nudibranchs, flamboyant cuttlefish, hairy frogfish and cuttlefish. The mimic octopus is one of the regions’s more famous residents. Consequently many underwater photographers love to come here. They even nicknamed this strait as the “Mecca of Macro Photography”.
9. Banda Islands
The graceful chain of islands in the Banda Sea is pretty much isolated from other islands and cities. However, this is somewhat of blessing for the Banda Islands, as it remains pristine, healthy and vibrant. Some of the creatures worthy of special mention here that characterize diving in the Banda Sea are the preponderance of dogtooth tuna and mobuka rays. Banda is also home to prolific mandarin fish and the native Ambon scorpionfish. Diving is usually comfortable, with mild currents, good visibility and calm water.
10. Raja Ampat
Casting a spell on all who visit, the region known as Raja Ampat (or Four Kings) is a majestic archipelago consisting of thousands of islands. Four the largest are Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigo Islands, which are surrounded by over 1,500 small islands and cays. Part of the West Papua Province, it is located on the northwestern tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea.