Where can I find some of the best diving in Indonesia?
If you’re looking for big fish then Cannibal Rock in Komodo is likely to be up there – this is a pinnacle dive in the northern region of the national park, it’s exposed to some nice currents so attracts big schools of jacks, grey reef sharks and dolphins are not uncommon. For reefs you can’t beat Raja Ampat – Sardines Reef is spectacular, terraces of stunningly rich and healthy corals start at around 5 meters and drop to 25, healthy bommies are everywhere and surrounded by colouful schools of ribbon sweetlips. For critters and macro then Lembeh Straits surely offers some of the best diving in Indonesia.
When’s the best diving season in Indonesia?
Depends on the location. When we talk about monsoon we’re generally referring to wind – not seasonal temperatures like here in UK. This means that two locations that are very close to each other can have opposite seasons. Generally Komodo, North Sulawesi, Bali and Sumatra are best visited between March and October whilst Raja Ampat and Ambon come into season in November and conditions are more unsettled from May to October. That said I’d say North Sulawesi is a year round diving destination – even in December and January you are only likely to get a few hours of rain a day. Bali is certainly best avoided during November and February – you can get days of rainfall with no let up!
Is it easy to combine locations?
Indonesia is becoming better connected – it’s much easier to travel between destinations that it used to be. Some destinations work better in combination than others – we usually suggest North Sulawesi and Raja Ampat for example or as an alternative Bali and Komodo. You’ll also get variety this way with critters, big fish and reefs all featuring throughout both itineraries.
Liveaboard or Resort?
Really a matter of preference. We have some great resorts in the heart of some remote regions of Indonesia that offer easy access to all the premier dive sites, plus you can comfortably make 3-4 dives per day because they are so well located. That said Komodo and Raja Ampat are destinations that really suit liveaboard itineraries – so many islands to explore.
What sort of budget should I allow?
You can start with a budget of around £2,000 per person for a 14 night trip including flights, basic dive package and transfers. Komodo and Raja Ampat come at a little bit more of a premium but the quality of the experience is justified. For more information about diving in Indonesia call 0800 955 0180 and we’ll be happy to take you through it all in more detail.