Looking to escape to a secluded dive resort? Here are our top 5 choices…
These are 5 of our favourite places to stay and dive when looking to relax – small intimate resorts, spectacular diving unfrequented by the masses, with great hospitality, and stunning views.
Alami Alor wins us over with 6 luxurious seafront bungalows, well spaced from one another, spectacular food, excellent staff coupled with world-class diving.
The house reef offers opportunities to find mating Manderine fish, loads of various nudis, pipefish and critters, as well as incredible nocturnal life, after the sun goes down.
The sites around the bay are some of the best muck diving sites in the region- it is not unusual to find several frogfish, rhynopia, nudis, various species of octopus including mimic and Wonderpus all on one dive!
The reefs are incredibly healthy and lush, with schooling fish, and fields of colourful corals that go on for miles. On occasion, depending on the moon cycle, schooling hammerheads can be found at a deeper site and surface intervals are often made exciting by sightings of dolphins, sunfish and an occasional whale!
A week at Alami Alor starts from around £1200 including diving and full board.
The things we love about Kalimaya Resort include the gorgeous seafront location, with endless views of the horizon, stunning pool perfect for enjoying a beverage while watching the sunset, and access to little-dived-yet-superb-sites in the western Komodo region.
The house reef is full of rare and unusual macro life, a photographer’s dream.
The reefs Kalimaya Resort dives are around Gili Banta, Sangeang Volcano and West Komodo. If you have not heard of these places it’s only because they are unfrequented, but are equally worthy of the reputation the rest of Komodo National Park holds.
The reefs are incredibly lively, with marine biodiversity not easily matched elsewhere, and excellent chances of seeing reef sharks, turtles and manta rays!
A week at Kalimaya Resort starts from around £1450 including diving and full board.
We love this luxurious family run resort for its sense of exclusivity, remote natural lush surroundings, and 14KM long colourful barrier reef.
The resort is immaculate, service second to none, spa fabulous, and pool a delight.
The diving is easy and relaxed, with a variety of sites and topography. Everything from fabulous macro life to lush reef and passing pelagics, all a short boat ride away. Expect abundant macro and fish-life, relaxed drifts and stunning walls.
A week at Amun Ini Resort starts from around £1150 including diving and full board.
Two secluded stunning sister resorts, both owned by Extra Divers, we cannot decide which of the two we like more! Each on its own private island, with no signs of civilization around, exceptional diving and fabulous staff and hosts.
The dive sites in the area are breathtaking, with miles of colourful healthy reef, schooling barracuda, sharks galore, rays, turtles, and more.
Nearby islands offer almost guaranteed manta ray sightings, and an opportunity to snorkel in a lake full of sting-less jellyfish! Unreal!
A week at Nunukan or Nabucco Resorts starts from around £1200 including diving and full board.
Raja Ampat, the most marine biodiverse part of the world, famed for stunning reefs, abundant fish life, manta rays, sharks and lots of endemic species, whats not to love?
Couple all of this with this a stunning over-water stilted resort with a magnificent house reef, perched on the edge of a lush green island, all the luxuries we need provided by lovely staff members and you have Papua Explorers.
A week at Papua Explorers Resort starts from around £2350 including diving and full board.0