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 - 90 LIVEABOARDS
Komodo Shalom Liveaboard in Indonesia cruises the Komodo area and is an ideal vessel for the budget-minded travellers who want some flexibility on their cruises. She is a comfortable vessel updated to modern standards and run by a very eco-friendly dive operation since 2015. At 24m in length, she can carry up to 16 guests in two cabin types. Her cruise itineraries offer some great flexibility for both short and longer visits to north Komodo.Book Now
The magnificent Blue Manta liveaboard in Indonesia offers a once in a lifetime experience. Stable, spacious and safe, Blue Manta is fully equipped to take you on an incredible diving adventure in the magical waters of Indonesia. Measuring 45m by 9m, this steel hulled vessel accommodates 18-22 guests. The 14 beautifully furnished en suite cabins average 20 sqm in size. Relaxed al fresco dining is available, while finer meals are served in air-conditioned comfort. 24-hour satellite Wi-Fi is available on board.Book Now
Divers looking for a genuinely intimate liveaboard experience will be delighted to discover Mantra in Indonesia, a 23m boat with scheduled trips to Raja Ampat, Komodo, the Forgotten Islands and across the Banda Sea. Only six divers per trip mean that you can expect highly personalised and attentive service. Environmentally conscious divers will appreciate that Mantra was designed to be eco-friendly, with state-of-the-art solar panels and a high-efficiency inverter that allow her to run most of the time without using generators.Book Now
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local time vs GMT
What to pack
Food and drink
Indonesia Rupiah (IDR)
On arrival for most nationalities
Bahasa Indonesia and English is spoken widely
Denpasar (DPS) and Jakarta (CGK)
Suncream, lightweight and beach apparel
29 - 33 C daytime, 22 - 23 C Celsius evening
Fried rice with spices, fried chicken, curries with coconut milk