Indonesia is surely the greatest country in the world for scuba diving. This vast archipelago covers several time zones, two hemispheres and consists of more than 17,000 islands in tropical and subtropical waters. More species of marine life are found here than anywhere else in the world, and new species are being discovered all the time. The excitement of the unexplored added to a great climate and low cost of everything from getting around to eating and sleeping all make diving in Indonesia both excellent and popular. Some may only know about Bali or Komodo, but there is so much more to Indonesia for scuba divers. Sumatra faces the vast Indian Ocean, and West Papua The Pacific. In between, there are hundreds of places to stay and dive at. Nutrient-rich currents feed the reefs of Indonesia, enabling the marine life to flourish. There is something for every diver here, from day trips and shore dives in front of resorts to more than a week onboard a liveaboard safari to suit any budget. Absolute beginners try or learn to dive here, and daredevil professionals cruise strong currents. There is a dive trip and dive site to keep every scuba diver happy for longer than they are able to stay in this wonderful country, even if that’s a lifetime.
Maumere is a town on the island of Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. It's located on the northern coast of the island, along the eastern peninsula. It has recently become very popular for scuba diving. There are approximately 30 separate dive sites around the bay of Maumere, the large island of Kodia and the surrounding smaller islands. The dive sites nearer to the 'main island' of Flores island are excellent for 'muck diving' with reduced visibility and shallower depths but made up for with a vast range of marine life. Away from the main island and around the smaller islands the dive sites are deeper and have better visibility. The reefs have plenty of health corals, which attract passing pelagic species and are home to reef fish, invertebrates and marine reptiles. The surrounding seas are incredibly deep in places, and this means that there are some excellent drop-offs in places.
Alor is a remote island in south-central Indonesia. It is 80km wide and 20km from north to south. Diving at Alor can be done from a few dive resorts which run day trips, single-dive trips and offer shore diving. In addition, several Indonesian liveaboard cruises stop off at Alor to visit the more than twenty world-class dive sites. Most of the best diving at Alor takes place at the island’s west side, which also has shelter and protection from any unpleasant seasonal weather conditions.
Raja Ampat is a vast area of north-eastern Indonesia that offers some of the best diving in the world. Its remote location, sparsely-populated islands, and the currents from the deepwater of the three surrounding oceans all make for the most diverse marine life on the planet.
Misool is one of The Four Kings that makes up Raja Ampat. It's the second-largest and southernmost of the four islands and located 70km southwest from West Papua's Bird's Head Peninsula. During the diving season of October to April Misool offers the very best diving in Raja Ampat, and possibly the world. The island has no airport, major towns or large roads. Nearly all of its local population is tribes and villages around its coastline. The natural environment, both above and below the water's surface, is arguably the most unspoilt and special in the world.