SCUBA DIVING IN INDONESIA•   INTRODUCTION & CLIMATE•   BALI, PRISTINE SCUBA DIVES FOR ALL LEVELS•   LOMBOK, DIVING HAVEN• ...
SCUBA DIVING IN INDONESIA. Bali,  Lombock, Alor and Sulawesi: scuba dive the      largest archipelago in the worldIndonesi...
BALI, PRISTINE SCUBA DIVESFOR ALL LEVELSThere are 11 diving areas around the island of Bali. Among them you can findwall d...
Nusa Penida makes for good diving: it has 17 different dive sites and is anideal place to look for the mola mola (Sunfish)...
LOMBOK, DIVING HAVENLombok Island, UNESCO World Heritage Site, has three main diving areas, each with theirown correspondi...
ALOR, AN ARCHIPELAGO OF KISSESThe small island of Alor, between the Flores and Banda Seas, is part of a volcanic belt.Visi...
SULAWESI, SIMPLY REMARKABLESulawesi has over 100 dive sites, and offers some of the best dive areas in the world:Bunaken, ...
WESTERN NEW GUINEA, THE HEART OFCORAL TRIANGLEAbove the surface, the Raja Ampat islandsare of intense emotional beauty; cl...
MALUKU ISLANDS, HOME OF THEWUNDERPUSKnown as the Spice Islands, the main diving site is Ambon Island.There are 14 dive sit...
KOMODO ISLANDS, LIVE ABOARDTERRITORY FOR DIVERSAlthough most tourists come here to see the Komodo Dragons, the Komodo Isla...
KALIMANTAN, BIG FISH COUNTRYKalimantan, on east Borneo, has a reef with four main diving areas, Maratua and Sangalakioffer...
OTHER INFORMATIONDIVE CENTERS LISTED IN INDONESIAAquaMarine Diving Bali / Bali Breizh Divers / Bali Diving / Bali Diving A...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR          Thomas SACCONE is a former          financial manager who discovered          scuba diving in Co...
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SCUBA DIVING IN INDONESIA. Bali, Lombock, Alor and Sulawesi: scuba dive the largest archipelago in the world. Divers’ Reviews
Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world. It consists of five major islands and 30 smaller groups (17, 508 islands in total). Indonesia´s unique location between two continents and oceans places it at the hottest spot for marine biodiversity on Earth and then amazing scuba dives are available. There are 3,500 species of animals living in Indonesia´s waters; Bali alone has over 60 diving sites, Sulawesi over 140.
More Information about Scuba Diving in INDONESIA: http://www.ediving.com/dives-divers-scuba-diving-in-asia-and-indonesia/diving-in-indonesia/

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  1. 1. SCUBA DIVING IN INDONESIA• INTRODUCTION & CLIMATE• BALI, PRISTINE SCUBA DIVES FOR ALL LEVELS• LOMBOK, DIVING HAVEN• ALOR, AN ARCHIPELAGO OF KISSES• SULAWESI, SIMPLY REMARKABLE• WESTERN NEW GUINEA, THE HEART OF CORAL TRIANGLE• MALUKU ISLANDS, HOME OF THE WUNDERPUS• KOMODO ISLANDS, LIVE ABOARD TERRITORY FOR DIVERS• KALIMANTAN, BIG FISH COUNTRY• ABOUT THE AUTHOR 1
  2. 2. SCUBA DIVING IN INDONESIA. Bali, Lombock, Alor and Sulawesi: scuba dive the largest archipelago in the worldIndonesia is the largest archipelago in the world. It consists of five major islandsand 30 smaller groups (17, 508 islands in total). Indonesia´s unique locationbetween two continents and oceans places it at the hottest spot for marinebiodiversity on Earth and then amazing scuba dives are available. There are 3,500species of animals living in Indonesia´s waters; Bali alone has over 60 diving sites,Sulawesi over 140.CLIMATEIndonesia has two seasons: dry season (June to September), influenced by theAustralian continental air masses, and rainy season (December to March), a resultof the Asian and Pacific air masses.Average temperatures are 78.8°F to 82.4°F (26°C- 28°C) and humidity levels of70% and 90%. The best time to visit is in the dry season. 2
  3. 3. BALI, PRISTINE SCUBA DIVESFOR ALL LEVELSThere are 11 diving areas around the island of Bali. Among them you can findwall dives, drift dives and muck dives in pristine biodiversity.The wreck of the USS Liberty, a cargo ship sunk by a Japanese submarine in 1942, isone of the best and safest wrecks you will find. Just 40 m. off the beach, the Libertywreck has large populations of fish and is even a great night dive.Menjangan Island Marine National Park has pristine coral and macrodiving; groupers, whitetip and blacktip sharks can be spotted here among deepwalls and large gorgonians.The Kapal Budak dive site at Menjangan is the site of the Anker wreck, a wooden19th century cargo ship.Trekking, bird watching, and nature interpretation hikes are available atthe Bali Barat National Park, where you could observe black monkeys, macaques,leaf monkeys and the rare mouse deer 3
  4. 4. Nusa Penida makes for good diving: it has 17 different dive sites and is anideal place to look for the mola mola (Sunfish).The best dive site is probably Buyuk, staghorn coral can be observed hereamong large schools of pelagic fish. Please note, this site is a known area ofstrong currents so be careful.Amuk Bay is an interesting area, although experience is needed due to strongcurrents and swells here. There are nine dive sites, the highlight of which isGilli Biaha east of Amuk Bay; it has a big wall and it´s good for pelagic dives.Bali has an incredible variety of cultural and nature-related activities: templevisits, rafting the Ayung River, the Sacred Monkey Forest; all this topped withthe beaches of Bali.. 4
  5. 5. LOMBOK, DIVING HAVENLombok Island, UNESCO World Heritage Site, has three main diving areas, each with theirown corresponding dive sites- The Gilli Islands, to the north of Lombok, offer a variety of coral gardens in light blue waterShark Point is a standout, suitable for all level divers it has canyons and plenty of fish,whitetip reef sharks, green and hawksbill turtles swimming with schools of trevally andmackerels.- Gili Nanngu, southwest Lombok is a good reef dive site.- Lombok is not as well-known as Bali, but it´s good to avoid mass tourism. It has stunningbeaches and really good trekking. The villages of Banyumulek and Sukara are worth seeingfor its pottery and weaving. Sasak has unique examples of local architecture and beautifulbeaches. 5
  6. 6. ALOR, AN ARCHIPELAGO OF KISSESThe small island of Alor, between the Flores and Banda Seas, is part of a volcanic belt.Visitors arrive from Denpasar (Bali) via Kupang, capital of West Timor.Diving is fantastic in its two main dive sites: Alor Divers Housereef and Anemone City.Both have a good variety of coral and Anemone City has very good drift diving. TheCathedral and Paradise Point are good spots to observe the mola mola fish.Alor is a popular destination for live-aboards. 6
  7. 7. SULAWESI, SIMPLY REMARKABLESulawesi has over 100 dive sites, and offers some of the best dive areas in the world:Bunaken, Manado, Bangai and Wakatobi. Bunaken National Marine Park and LembehStrait are a must, with good spots for muck diving. Ambon scorpionfish and the Bangaiicardinalfish can be found here.Lembeh is the best place on Earth for small critters. Amazing underwater formationscreated by lava flow are found around the islands of Ruang, Taguladang and Siau.Twkang Besi (Wakatobi) is an archipelago with over 20 dive sites. Above the water, theisland resorts are perfect for honeymooners. House Reef is one of the most popular sites forboth day and night dives. Teluk Maya is the go-to-site for the pygmy seahorse.Gorontalo is characterized by its limestone cliffs plunging directly into the sea. 7
  8. 8. WESTERN NEW GUINEA, THE HEART OFCORAL TRIANGLEAbove the surface, the Raja Ampat islandsare of intense emotional beauty; clashing shadesof blue, intense greens in dreamlike topography; below the surface, the most bio-diversemarine region known to man.The Raja Ampat archipelago of 1500 small islands can only be fully appreciated ona liveaboards. Cenderawasih Bay is the largest Marine National Park in Indonesia. RajaAmpat waters sit in the heart of the Coral Triangle, the richest coral diversity in the world.The way coral larvae are carried by the currents here and the coral´s resistance to bleachingand disease make Raja Ampat unique and a priority in marine conservation. This is an areawith a high population of wobegongs. 8
  9. 9. MALUKU ISLANDS, HOME OF THEWUNDERPUSKnown as the Spice Islands, the main diving site is Ambon Island.There are 14 dive sites of which Ahmed is good for drift, deep and pelagic dives, largeschools of trevally and, toward the end of the year you may spot hammerheads.Cape Paperu House Reef is excellent for night dives, look for the wunderpus octopus, theway they change color is mind-blowing! 9
  10. 10. KOMODO ISLANDS, LIVE ABOARDTERRITORY FOR DIVERSAlthough most tourists come here to see the Komodo Dragons, the Komodo Islands hasuntouched coral ecosystems, cleaning stations and very few divers.There´s 11 dive sites here where you will find reef dives, wall dives and or pelagic dives.Cannibal Rock is one of the best sites, easy diving and very good for night dives too. This siteis famous for invertebrates, as well as pygmy seahorse and frogfish.In Crystal Rock you will find the sweetlips and lots of anthias.The Komodo National Park, a World Heritage Site since 1977, is home tothe Komodo Dragons. 10
  11. 11. KALIMANTAN, BIG FISH COUNTRYKalimantan, on east Borneo, has a reef with four main diving areas, Maratua and Sangalakioffering the most dive sites. It is famous for the gathering of manta rays, ghost pipefish andscorpionfish.In Sangalaki you will dive with manta rays in shallow and calm waters.In Maratua Island, is big fish country is a very good site for pelagic dives. Currents can bestrong.A visit to Tanjung Puting National Park is recommended for jungle treks, orangutan sightings,and nature interpretation hikes too. 11
  12. 12. OTHER INFORMATIONDIVE CENTERS LISTED IN INDONESIAAquaMarine Diving Bali / Bali Breizh Divers / Bali Diving / Bali Diving Academy / BeeDiver / Blue Bubble Bali / Blue Corner Dive / Blue Season Bali / Discover AcehDivers / Dive Indonesia / DiveZone Lombok /Dolphin Dive School / Geko DiveBali / Hammerhead Bali Diving / Hotel Mangga / IQ Divers / Joe’s Gone Diving / NauticaBali Dive Center / Ocean 5 Dive Resort / Orca Dive Club Bali / Raja 4 Divers / SinbadScuba / Tauchen in Bali / Wallacea Dive Cruise / Waou Charters / Water World DiveResort /More Information about Scuba Diving in INDONESIATo find & book an hotel recommended by our Dive Operators:http://www.ediving.com/hotels-for-scuba-divers/To contact us:contact@ediving.comTo register your Dive Operation on Ediving (Full Business Listing is FREE): 12
  13. 13. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Thomas SACCONE is a former financial manager who discovered scuba diving in Costa Rica in 2007. Since then, he is only satisfied when underwater. 13

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