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Scuba Diving Indonesia

including Komodo, Raja Ampat, Lembeh, Wakatobi, Papua

Diving Indonesia articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent

Diving Indonesia Overview

Diving Indonesia is now on or near the top of most serious diver's wish-list -- it has become the hottest dive destination on the planet, thanks to superlative and varied diving.Good airfares and inexpensive food and hotels make it reachable for many Americans who can afford at least two weeks time. When diving in Indonesia, many avail themselves of Bali's culture: fantastic (especially go inland) and even the diving is good there (but even better elsewhere) and inexpensive. Bali-based liveaboards regularly visit the excellent diving near and around Komodo Island and stage land visits with the famed Komodo dragons. The Lembeh Straits are renowned for muck diving. Perhaps no more diverse marine life exists anywhere than that around the Raja Ampat islands, offshore West Papua, which shares the same landmass as Papua New Guinea. Liveaboards abound in Raja Ampat (most based in Sorong) and now there's a choice of land-based dive resorts there. Check with the State Department before travel, but nearly all Indonesia diving is far from terrorist targets.

Indonesia Seasonal Dive Planner

The thousands of Indonesian islands are spread out over mainly an equatorial tropical climate, but the season for diving Indonesia is as complex as everything else about this diverse amalgam of a country. Your diving Indonesia experience will probably be enhanced if you plan around the wet monsoon season, generally December through the middle of March, in many areas; though Raja Ampat diving is generally better and more popular then due to calmer seas. The dry monsoon of southeast winds curtails the diving in Flores during July and August. The Moluccas, however, have their wet monsoons the reverse of everyone else, in July and August, and diving should be avoided then. Depending on your specific destination, April-May and September are the best all-round months to dive Indonesia (with the exception of Raja Ampat as noted).

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Diving Indonesia Feature Articles and Reader Reports

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Indonesia Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name Area Reporter Dive Date
Maluku Divers Review [same] Ambon Dan Benson 2017/11
Dive Damai Review [same] Banda Sea Dan Benson 2017/11
Siladen Resort Review [same] North Sulawesi Michael J. Millet 2017/10
Aggressor Fleet Review [same] North Sulawesi to Raja Ampat Michael J. Millet 2017/10
Gangga Island Resort & Spa Review [same] North Sulawesi Michael Millet 2017/09
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Diving Indonesia Articles - Land Based

Bali Disaster Pending?, 10/17
Ambergris, the Red Sea, Raja Ampat, bad briefings, free flowing regulators, overflowing toilets, 9/17
Villa Markisa, Tulamben, and Bali, Indonesia, spend a fortune or a pittance, 8/17
Papua Explorers, Raja Ampat, Indonesia Papua Explorers, Raja Ampat, Indonesia -- Publicly Available, well worth the time and expense, 3/17
Dive Into Ambon; Maluku Resort & Spa, Indonesia, a psychedelic experience without drugs, 2/17
Considering a dive trip to Indonesia?, these resorts merit your consideration, 4/16
Diving In Indonesia How to Plan your Trip, 4/16
Komodo Resort Diving Club, Indonesia, exciting diving at budget prices, 3/15
Cozumel, Roatan, South Africa . . ., dive with a Shadow Diver, or in a Las Vegas show, 11/14
Wakatobi Dive Resort, Indonesia Wakatobi Dive Resort, Indonesia -- Publicly Available, its pricey personalized service has some flaws, 10/14
Geko Dive, Bali, Indonesia, five-star muck and reef diving for all budgets, 8/14
NAD-Lembeh Resort, Indonesia, great critters, great people, great prices, 7/14
Two Deaths at One of Indonesias Most Dangerous Dive Sites, 3/14
This Dive Resort is Taking a Stand This Dive Resort is Taking a Stand -- Publicly Available, its no-take zone initiative is setting a global standard, 1/14

Available to the Public
Seeking More Exotic Diving?, how about Russia, the Sardine Run, or an underwater cemetery?, 10/13
Bikini Atoll, Hawaii, Raja Ampat, and one readers Hurricane Sandy dive trip, 11/12
Raja Ampat Dive Lodge, Indonesia, not all the great diving here is only by liveaboard, 9/12
British Virgin Islands, Utila, Raja Ampat, serious inflator problems, credit card ripoffs, 5/12
Australia, Grand Cayman, Philippines . . ., and when its really the best time to dive in Raja Ampat, 11/11
Gangga Resort, Manado, Indonesia, reefs, muck and luxury living, 1/11
The Coral is Fine at Wakatobi, But Elsewhere..., 10/10
Saipan, Statia, Lake Malawi, Key Largo..., reports from the back of beyond from undercover readers, 7/10
Thailand Violence Affects Lembeh, 6/10
Caribbean, Hawaii, Indonesia, Red Sea, hidden travel charges, Hawaiian fish, and a good Caribbean site, 8/09
Indonesia, St. Lucia, Vietnam, Hawaii . . ., blah Caribbean and Nam dives, great ones with sharks and seals, 6/09
A Different Experience at Wakatobi Resort, 8/07
A Second Opinion of Kungkungan Bay Resort, 6/07
Kungkungan Bay Resort, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, a letdown on Lembeh Strait, 3/07
New Lodges around Lembeh, 3/07
Infection Warning, 2/07
Lembeh Resort, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, the best critter diving in the world?, 9/04
North Sulawesi, Indonesia, diving by land and sea, 8/04
Sipadan Dive Operators Evicted, 7/04
Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia, is this the worlds best diving?, 9/03
The Dragons, 2/03
Wakatobi in the Tukang Besis, Because its there, and because Jacques liked it, 10/97
Looking over the Edge, Backpacker diving in Lombok, Indonesia, 3/97
KungkunganBay Resort, 6/96
Derawan Dive Resort, 6/96
Return of the Cehili, 2/95

Diving Indonesia Articles - Liveaboards

Roatan, the Brac, Sulawesi, Fiji , and a lot of bad diving behavior, 11/17
MV Pelagian, Wakatobi, Indonesia, near perfection, but with safety glitches, 5/17
Pelagian and Fantasea II A Bit of Diving History, 5/17
Belize, Vieques, Indonesia, Molokai Belize, Vieques, Indonesia, Molokai -- Publicly Available, Christmas crowds, lousy food, white tips and mantas, 4/17
Dewi Nusantara, Komodo, Indonesia, luxurious living, remarkable diving, 11/16
Raja Ampat; The Top Resorts and Liveaboards, possibly the best diving in the world?, 7/16
Snorkler Mauled to Death in Raja Ampat by a Dinosaur, 5/16
Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification: Indo-Pacific, 2/16
Arenui, Alor Archipelago, Indonesia, a unique critter haven, but a notch below luxury, 8/15
Little Cayman, Cocos, Palau, PNG . . ., great liveaboard picks, and a sailfish slaughter in Guam, 6/15
Fiji, Iceland, Maldives, Raja Ampat, trouble in Cozumel, a bad critter-handling policy in Kauai, 5/15
A Too Exclusive Island in Indonesia, liveaboards banned from a region twice the size of Raja Ampat, 9/14
Damai I, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, luxury at a big, big price, 6/14
Baja California, Fiji, Montserrat, pesky politics and squirrely harbormasters, 4/14

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Maldives, Hawaii, Indonesia . . ., some dive operators who need to change their rules, 11/13
WAOW, Indonesia, fiery volcanoes, dangerous dragons and colorful diving, 7/13
Why Some Indonesia Liveaboards Dont Take Credit Cards, 6/13
Reef Fish of the East Indies, and the recent controversy caused by a photo of the authors, 10/12
Problems with the Siren Fleet, divers must evacuate two liveaboards in less than six months, 7/12
Raja Ampat Liveaboard Goes Down in Flames, 2/12
Arenui, Komodo Island, Indonesia, here there be dragons - - and fish big and tiny, 11/11
The Komodo Dragons, 11/11
Two Reads on Raja Ampat, 11/11
Thumbs Down: Wakatobis Bad Behavior, and thumbs up for the Aggressors honorable behavior, 9/11
The Raja Ampat Explained, what you must know before you go, 8/11
Curacao, Fiji, Papua, Maui . . ., dive sites where you can expect the unexpected, 4/11
S/V Mandarin Siren, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, and a starter with Balis AquaMarine Diving, 3/11
The Raja Ampat Debate, 3/11
Why You Need Undercurrent, we really give you the truth about undiscovered dive sites: Florida, Borneo, Grand Cayman , 10/10
Dive Kararu and the Seahorse Break Ties, Exchange Words, Offer Deals, 8/10
Archipelago Adventurer II, Indonesia, Raja Ampat: where one feels like a king, 6/10
At Indonesias Triton Bay, the Locals Are Restless, 6/10
Diving Raja Ampat, 1/10
What? On a Liveaboard With No Passport?, 9/09
Cheng Ho, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, the diving is great, but the boat needs work, 6/08
Raja Ampat Liveaboard Update, 6/08
Indonesian Liveaboard Update, what boats are coming, going, disappointing and enchanting, 10/07
The Pelagian, Wakatobi, Indonesia, mediocre food and few fish arent worth the high price, 8/07
SMY Ondina, Raja Ampat, West Papua, the center of the diving universe, 7/07
Other Raja Ampat Liveaboards, 7/07
What Happened to Larry Smith's Liveaboard?, 6/07
North Sulawesi Aggressor, Sulawesi Sea, Indonesia, mucking about for critters, 2/07
Pelagian Alert, 8/05
The Next Best Destination in the World?, and a few not worth visiting, 8/05
Komodo Liveaboards, Indonesia, can it get any better?, 2/03
Chasing the Dragons of Komodo, Aboard the Sea Contacts I from Bali to Komodo, 9/99
At the Edge of the World on the Pindito, A big ship for a few good divers, 5/97
Fighting Off Malaria Baruna Adventurer, 8/96
Serenade in Indonesia, 4/95

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Indonesia
including Komodo, Raja Ampat, Lembeh, Wakatobi, Papua

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from; just follow the links. -- BD

Four Fish Diving Indonesia's Bird's Head Seascape
by Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock

This dynamic duo's book describes 130 dive sites of Raja Ampat, Triton Bay and Cenderawasih Bay, while offering practical information about the area. The detailed descriptions of the sites, complete with GPS coordinates, explains the terrain, how to dive the site, and the kinds of animals, coral and critters you can expect. Excellent photographs will help you identify many of the critters you will encounter.

If you have been to Raja Ampat, or dream about going, this thoughtful and well-illustrated book is for you. The book, priced at $35, is only available at New World Publications.

Click here to order through Undercurrent -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.

Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

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Reef Fish of the East Indies Reef Fish of the East Indies
by Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdman

It's got a list price of $250 and a weight of 14 pounds, but the price and the poundage will be worth it to add this three-volume set to your library. Renowned marine biologists Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdman have combined 60 years of surveys, fieldwork and research to create the most definitive guide of the Coral Triangle to date, perhaps forever. The 1,292 pages of text and 3,600 photographs (40 percent of which are of fish not seen before in print) gives comprehensive information on every known reef fish species from a region known as the global epicenter of marine biodiversity. An essential reference for any scuba diver.

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Nudibranchs Encyclopedia - Asia/Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs Encyclopedia - Asia/Indo-Pacific
by Cobb and Mullins

The second edition of the Nudibranchs Encyclopedia has been revised and updated by scientists Gary Cobb and David Mullins, but Neville Coleman is still very much in evidence. With more than 300 pages mostly bearing eight colored identification photographs per page, one could almost be forgiven for assuming that if a particular nudibranch isn't included in the more than 2000 photos, then it doesn't exist, but then, we all know that there will always still be more waiting to be discovered. In fact, it modestly claims only to include around 70 percent of the most commonly observed species of opisthobranchs as divers throughout the Asia/Indo-Pacific region discover more.

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Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification: Indo-Pacific Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification: Indo-Pacific
by Terry Gosliner, Ángel Valdés and Dave Behrens

Indonesia has so much to offer the nudibranch enthusiast. For example, on Nudi Wall at Lembeh Strait, nudibranchs litter the seabed as if a great big sack of Gummy Bears has been carelessly tipped out. Nudibranchs are colorful slugs that wear their feathery gills on their backs. There are so many varieties, but how do you know which you've seen? New World Publications has come to the rescue with this weighty tome of 400 pages packed with color pictures, along with basic information to help the reader get the best chance of the right identification.

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Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

Paul Humann and Ned Deloach have done it again, releasing a definitive identification guide to 1600 extraordinary reef creatures of the Tropical Pacific. with this 500+ page softbound guide, you get upwards of 2000 exceptional photos of shrimp and crabs and stars and worms and lobsters and nudibranchs and slugs and squid and bivalves . . . well, all those invertebrates that move along the reefs of this region without fining, so it seems. There are several photos of some creatures to help you identify them during different life stages, and about ten percent of the book is descriptive copy so you can tie down your identification. Even if you have no plans to go to the tropical Pacific, just to thumb through the pages, gawk at the complexity and uniqueness of these animals, and read a thumbnail sketch will give any serious diver vicarious thrills for endless hours.

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Reef Fish ID Reef Fish Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Gerald Allen, Rodger Steene, Paul Humann, & Ned Deloach

At last, here's a comprehensive fish ID guide covering the reefs of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The generous 500-page text, displaying 2,500 underwater photographs of 2,000 species, identifies the myriad fishes that inhabit the warm tropical seas between Thailand and Tahiti. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish's common, scientific and family names, size, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution. This is an essential book for every diver traveling westward. 6x9 inches. Order through us, get's best price and a good hunk of the profit will be donated to preserve coral reefs.

You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.

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