Liveaboard Diving Indonesia

Liveaboard Diving Indonesia

Liveaboard diving Indonesia offers some of the best diving in the world. Located in the coral triangle, Indonesia is so diverse that you will find diving to suit all tastes.

Liveaboard diving Indonesia offers some of the best diving in the world. The Indonesian archipelago has over seventeen thousand islands. This island nation sits right in the middle of the area known as the Coral Triangle. The islands and smaller islets are diverse, and a vast number of them are uninhabited. Thus, making a liveaboard dive cruise the only way to get to many dive spots.

Indonesia is an epicentre of biodiversity, hosting a greater variety of marine life than anywhere else on earth. Indonesia is a diver’s paradise. And so diverse that you will find diving to suit all tastes and levels of experience.

There are diving possibilities in Indonesia as diverse and abundant as the marine life! You can find diving that caters for all budgets and scuba diving holiday tastes. With so many options for diving and exploring in Indonesia, you will want to come back for more!

There are many top diving destinations – Raja Ampat, Komodo, Ambon, Alor, Banda Sea, the Forgotten Islands, Lembeh and Cendrawasih Bay.

Take a look at the Liveaboard Cruise options below.

Liveaboard Diving Indonesia - 75 LIVEABOARDS

From $377 / day

Gaia Love

Gaia Love Liveaboard in Indonesia is a brand new 40m steel hulled vessel with Lavish luxury meets modern design. She was purpose built for divers to explore the far reaches of Indonesia. Fall in love with her contemporary look and styling, with an emphasis on comfort. Up to 22 guests are accommodated in 11 spacious, impeccably furnished rooms on two decks. With a total of four decks, there is more than enough room for everyone and everything you could wish for on a liveaboard.

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From $386 / day

Sea Safari 8

Sea Safari 8 in Indonesia is part of the Sea Safari fleet. She is a 34 metre traditional Indonesian Phinisi vessel that was fully renovated in 2015. She can accommodate 24 guests onboard in a range of ensuite cabin types. There is a spacious indoor saloon with an entertainment system, an outdoor bar area and meals onboard are a delicious mix of local and international cuisine. The cruises integrate land visits, and she welcomes guests who wish to get certified or dive for the first time.

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From $222 / day

Alila Purnama

Alila Purnama Liveaboard in Indonesia is a traditional Phinisi that is one of the most luxurious in Indonesia. At 46 metres she caters for only ten guests in 5 cabins that match the luxury of the Alila resorts. All cabins have ensuite bathrooms with separate toilets. The Master Suite is even larger and has a private sundeck with loungers and a balcony. There is plenty of space both inside and out for relaxation with many activities in addition to the diving offered.

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Best Places to Dive in Indonesia

Diversity is the keyword for diving in Indonesia. The range of different dive destinations and dive sites is phenomenal.

Exhilarating drift dives, stunning wall dives, pinnacles full of fish, unique muck diving, beautiful reef dives, fantastic night dives, diving on bubbling reefs next to volcanoes, Indonesia has it all!

The best scuba diving in Indonesia can be divided into the following areas. Click on the links below for more detailed information about these great diving destinations.

Raja Ampat is known as being the most biodiverse place in the world. With more than 600 species of coral and over 1,700 different species of fish. No diver will be disappointed with the diving here, in one of the world’s top diving destinations.

Raja Ampat scuba diving destination

Komodo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Schooling fish and big marine life are plentiful in this great dive destination. It is also home of the world’s most giant lizard – the Komodo Dragon.

Liveaboards visit Ambon during extended cruises around the Banda Sea. It is one of the top scuba diving areas where you can experience the affectionately named ‘muck diving’. Expect to see fantastic sea creatures when diving here. You can also dive at colourful walls and caverns outside Ambon Bay, as a contrast to the black sand dives.

Ambon Dive Destination

Alor is a unique dive destination. Pilot whales and dolphins cruise about in the straits. A reef entirely covered in anemones offers an excellent drift dive. Divers can tick off the holy grail of fish from their dive bucket list – Rhinopias love this area!

Alor destination scuba diving Alor

In the Banda Sea are the Banda Islands. Also known as the Spice Islands. Rich in history and great underwater, these islands are a top diving destination. Healthy reefs, blue sea and deep walls covered in giant sponges surround these isolated islands.

Banda Sea scuba diving destination

Immaculate coral reefs isolated in the middle of the Banda Sea are the order of the day in the Forgotten Islands. Deep walls topped with pristine coral gardens attract schooling fish and pelagic life. Sea snakes live at the most easterly volcano in Indonesia. And for the lucky divers, schooling hammerheads might make an appearance.

Lembeh is another famous muck diving destination. It is known as the muck diving capital of the world. Divers will be in awe of the weird and wonderful critters that can be spotted here. Liveaboards visit Lembeh Strait during extended cruises, usually as part of a visit to dive Halmahera.

Lembeh scuba diving destination

Curious and hungry whale sharks hang out in Cendrawasih Bay in West Papua. This large bay is one of the few places in the world where divers can see several whale sharks in one dive. Diving in this destination also includes beautiful reefs and coral-encrusted wrecks.

Cendrawasih scuba diving destination

Wakatobi in Indonesia is located in the centre of the coral biodiversity and is a UNESCO Marine Biosphere Reserve. The area has been growing in popularity as it has some of the healthiest reefs anywhere. The fish are abundant, and the healthy reefs have some unusual critters.

Wakatobi Scuba diving destination

Best Dive Sites in Indonesia

There are so many dive sites in Indonesia, so it is difficult to pick out the highlights. For more information about the best dive sites in Indonesia take a look at each destination (click on the links above).

Cape Kri – Central Raja Ampat

Cape Kri is the dive site that put Raja Ampat on the map. Located in the central area of Raja Ampat, in the Dampier Strait. Dr Gerry Allen recorded 374 different species on a single tank dive at this spectacular dive site.

Anemone City – Alor

Every inch of the seafloor and every rock on this dive site is caked in anemones. A site to behold and a place researched by scientists for it rare occurrence.

Banda Jetty – Banda Sea

At dusk dive to the very shallow rocks to find mandarin fish all over the place! Need we say more?!

Nil Desperandum – Forgotten Islands

Schooling hammerhead sharks in Indonesia? In clear blue sea? This dive site is fast becoming known for seeing this spectacle.

Nudi Falls – Lembeh

Just one of the famous dive sites in Lembeh. You won’t be disappointed with the critter hunting at any of the dive sites in the Lembeh Strait.

Castle & Crystal Rock – Komodo

These two famous pinnacles are located in the fantastic Komodo National Park. You won’t be able to see the rocks for all the fish that are in the way!

Shadow Reef – South Raja Ampat

Shadow Reef aka Magic Mountain is in the area of Misool. One of the very few places in the world where you can see Reef and Giant manta rays on the same dive site. Plus the whole pinnacle is wholly covered in fish life!

 Laha – Ambon

Ambon is muck diver’s paradise. The Laha area of the shoreline is always very critter productive! Anything from Rhinopias to frogfish to harlequin shrimps can be seen here.

Kwatisore Bay - Cendrawasih Bay

Whale sharks gather here under the bagans, local fishing platforms, for an easy meal. An unrivalled dive experience with these gentle giants of the sea.

Indonesia Scuba Diving Highlights

  • Common Sightings – schooling fish, nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, turtles, spectacular corals!
  • Special Sightings – manta rays, reef sharks, whale sharks, wobbegong sharks, dugongs, dolphins.
  • Topography – various hugely in each area but it's all beautiful!
  • Visibility varies for each area but usually 15+ metres.
  • General Information every destination has scuba diving for new divers and experienced divers.
  • Onboard options – Komodo dragon walks (Komodo), Abui Tribe visit (Alor), Banda Neira tour (Banda Islands) plus many opportunities for viewpoints, beach visits and village visits.

Best Time to Go

Indonesia covers a vast area and has over 17,000 islands. The seasons for each dive destination are very different, and so in Indonesia, you can dive all year round.

Check each dive destination in the links above to find the best time to go for each area.

Indonesia average temperature and rainfall chart

How to Get There

Indonesia has two main ports of entry – Bali and Jakarta. In general, Bali connects well with scuba diving trips to Komodo, Alor, Ambon and the Banda Sea. Jakarta connects well with cruises to the Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Ambon, Lembeh and Cendrawasih Bay.

Some departure ports are in remote areas. Therefore, access to the liveaboard departure point can often mean multiple flights.

Some liveaboards, but not all, offer transfer from the airports to the departure point.

Country Information

Currency

Visa

Local time vs GMT

Language

Airports

Religion

What to pack

Average temperature

Food and drink

Indonesia Rupiah (IDR)

On arrival for most nationalities

+8 hours

Bahasa Indonesia and English is spoken widely

Denpasar (DPS) and Jakarta (CGK)

Muslim

Suncream, lightweight and beach apparel

29 - 33 C daytime, 22 - 23 C Celsius evening

Fried rice with spices, fried chicken, curries with coconut milk