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WHERE TO DIVE IN INDONESIA?

1. RAJA AMPAT : Top 10 in the World, the best diving in Indonesia!
2. KOMODO : Manta ray, shark and large pelagic!
3. ALOR : Superb reef, macro and thresher shark!
4. BANDA SEA (RING OF FIRE) : Hammerhead sharks in Indonesia!
5. lembeh : The best macro location in the world!
6. Wakatobi  : Superb reef and macro!
7. Cenderawasih : Whale sharks in Indonesia!
8. BALI : Manta rays, mola molas and the Liberty wreck!
9. BIRA : For underwater action fans lovers !
10. Derawan : Manta rays, shark and turtle!

Located in the heart of coral triangle, Indonesia offers some of the most beautiful diving in the world! A perfect mix for all types of divers, big pelagic enthusiastic, beautiful corals lovers and macro addict. Two destinations are ranked among the world's top 10 (Raja Ampat and Komodo), some are still little known and offer very good value for money (AlorBiraWakatobi), others offer to chance to encounter some very rare species such as hammerhead sharks (Banda Sea), whale sharks (Cenderawasih), mola molas (BaliAlor) or manta rays (DerawanBali). Finally, Indonesia is a paradise for macro diving leading by the Lembeh Strait, considered by many to be the best macro location in the world! You will find below the best destination where I advise you to go diving in Indonesia!

Context: I spent almost 3 years in Indonesia, between my divemaster in 2014, 1 year of instructor in 2017 in the Gilis Islands, 1 year of cruise director on a liveaboard throughout Indonesia + full of personal trips!

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PRESENTATION OF INDONESIA

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  • For short, Indonesia is probably one of the best countries to dive in the world!
  • On y trouve le corail le plus riche, de la outstanding macro and even endemic in some places, cleaning stations at manta rays, places where you can see whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, squadrons mobula rays, schools of barracudas or jacks, mola molas, turtles
  • Avec ses quelques 17 000 iles, Indonesia has not finished revealing its wonders, every year new sites and / or species are discovered in its waters!
  • Apart from the very big (whales, tiger sharks, bulldog sharks ...) as we can see in the high places of the Pacific for example (Galapagos, Isla del coco, French Polynesia ...), there is everything in Indonesia !!

For a complete presentation of diving in Indonesia (all destinations, species, seasons, diving cruises, flora and fauna, etc.),
COMPLETE ARTICLE ON INDONESIA here.

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LES MEILLEURES PLONGEES EN INDONESIE 

Quels sont les meilleurs sites de plongée d’Indonésie ?

1. DIVING NOTICE RAJA AMPAT (INDONESIE) : LA PLUS GRANDE BIODIVERSITE MARINE AU MONDE !

All diving info on Raja Ampat here

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Diving Raja Ampat reviews

  • Raja ampat is located in the heart of " Coral triangle "And is simply the place with the greatest marine biodiversity in the world. Raja Ampat's strength is therefore his diversity and the amount of his marine life.
  • The reef are spectacular, varied and healthy soft and hard corals of all colors and shapes.
  • What about pelagic, it's just a permanent show underwater, schools of fish on all dives (jacks, barracuda, snapper, fusilier, surgeon, etc.), and large pelagic (napoleon, hump parrot, tuna, bigeye trevally, snapper, grouper ...) that roam everywhere.
  • Sharks are not found in impressive quantities like certain destinations, but again of the variety, with reef sharks (black-tip, white-tip, gray) but also rarer sharks like wobbegong (a type of carpet shark), the leopard shark and the " walking shark (A type of epaulet shark, endemic to Raja Ampat).
  • Macro macro is not to be outdone, frogfish, ghost pipefish, nudibranch, octopus, cuttlefish ... but the stars are certainly the pygmy seahorses (denise, bargibanti, pontohi) and even the " santa claus", Endemic to Raja ampat.
  • Finally if you like rays, Raja will fill you. There are passage zones for manta rays and the mobula rays, it is therefore not uncommon to come across these giants on certain sites. The icing on the cake, Raja Ampat has a cleaning station for ocean mantas rays, very rare in the world!
  • Raja Ampat offers exceptional dives that will satisfy all types of divers !

Information to organize your diving trip to Raja Ampat:

  • 3-raja-schoolRaja Ampat marine life:
    • Large pelagic : barracuda, napoleon, bumphead parrotfish, tuna, bigeye trevally, snapper, grouper, turtle.
    • School of fish : trevally, barracuda, snapper, fusilier, surgeon.
    • ray manta de récif et océanique
    • Banc de raies mobulas.
    • Shark : black-tip, white-tip, gray, wobbegong, walking, leopard.
    • Macro : hippocampe pygmée (denise, bargibanti, pontohi, santa claus), nudibranche, poisson-grenouille, poisson-fantome.
  • Raja Ampat diving season : October to May
  • Best Raja Ampat sites : Magic mountain, Anchovies, 4 kings, Blue magic.
  • Visibility : Central = 20 m, Misool = 10-15 m.
  • Temperature : 28-30 °.

Raja Ampat diving prices

  • How to dive in Raja Ampat :
    • If you want to take full advantage of Raja Ampat and go south (Misool), it will necessarily be in liveaboard - Sometimes you have to book 1 year in advance (the full article here).
    • But it is possible to dive for the day from the center of Raja Ampat (Dampier Strait) - the full article here.
  • Raja Ampat diving price: from 30 to 50 € (decreasing price depending on the number of dives).
  • Raja Ampat diving cruise price: from 2000 for 8 days, but on average rather in the 3000 € (all prices here). There are a lot of offers for Raja Ampat, and to date, I haven't found any better than liveaboard.com to search, compare and book.
  • All the liveaboard tips I could find for Raja Ampat here

Diving video Indonesia Raja Ampat

The best liveaboard diving cruises for RAJA AMPAT here

#1 Raja ampat #2 Komodo #3 Alor #4 Banda sea #5 Lembeh Strait #6 Wakatobi #7 Cenderawasih #8 Bira #9 Bali #10 Derawan

2. AVIS PLONGEE KOMODO (INDONESIE) : RAIE MANTA, REQUIN ET GROS PELAGIQUE !

L’article complet sur Komodo ici !

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Plongée Komodo avis

  • Komodo restent parmi my most beautiful dives and are almost at the same level as Raja Ampat , la meilleur destination pour vous des raies mantas en Indonésie!
  • The dives are exceptional and varied with topographies of different sites. There is everything a diver dreams of seeing: manta rays, of the big pelagics, of the schools of fish (barracuda, trevally, snapper ...), sharks (pointe blanche et pointe noire et parfois des gris).
  • And what about the coral, simply splendid!
  • Les iles du parc de Komodo sont à faire en croisière plongée and are more affordable than Raja Ampat, perhaps le meilleur rapport qualité des plongées / prix au monde !

Infos pour organiser sa croisière plongée à Komodo

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  • Vie marine Komodo :
    • Manta ray (2 stations de nettoyage)
    • Shark : white-tip, black-tip, gray.
    • Rare shark possible : gris.
    • Big pelagic : giant trevally, giant sweetlips, wrasse, humpback parrot, tuna, grouper, turtle.
    • School of fish : jacks, barracuda, snapper, fusilier.
    • Macro : poisson-grenouille, hippocampe, poisson-fantôme, poisson-scorpion, nudibranches (des dizaines différents), pieuvre aux anneaux-bleus.
  • Saison plongée Komodo : April to November.
  • Meilleurs sites plongée Komodo : Siaba kecil, Tatawa kecil, Castle rock, Batu bolong, The Cauldron, Manta alley, Crystal rock.
  • Visibility : 25-30 m (dans le nord), 10 m (dans le sud).
  • Temperature : 20 à 25°C (dans le sud), 26 à 28°C (dans le nord).

Diving video Indonesia Komodo

Les meilleures croisières plongée liveaboard pour KOMODO ici

#1 Raja ampat #2 Komodo #3 Alor #4 Banda sea #5 Lembeh Strait #6 Wakatobi #7 Cenderawasih #8 Bira #9 Bali #10 Derawan

3. AVIS PLONGEE ALOR (INDONESIE) : SUPERBE RECIF, MACRO ET REQUINS RENARDS !

The full article on Alor here

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Diving Alor reviews

  • Encore un peu dur d’accès et méconnu, Alor est pourtant un petit paradis de la plongée en Indonésie !
  • Les coraux y sont superbes, colorés, denses et variés.
  • If you are macro fans, Alor peut rivaliser avec Lembeh et Ambon, avec poisson-grenouilles en tous genres, poisson-fantôme, hippocampe pygmée, le fameux rhinopias et des sites où l’on peut trouver des pieuvres très rares (mimique, aux anneaux bleue, coconut…).
  • Enfin, on peut aussi y trouver des espères pélagiques plutôt rares sur des sites bien particuliers : banc de requins marteaux (à Tanjung muna), Fox shark (à Clown valley) et mola mola (à Cathedral).

Information to organize your diving stay in Alor

  • Vie marine Alor :
    • Banc de requins marteau possible à Tanjung muna.
    • Requin renard possible à Clown valley.
    • Mola mola possible à Cathedral.
    • Shark : pointe blanche, pointe noire, gris à Tanjung muna
    • Macro : rhinopias, poisson grenouille, poisson fantome, hippocampe…
  • Alor diving season : April to November
  • Meilleurs sites plongée Alor : Tanjung muna, Clown valley, Kal’s dream, Board room, Balylon –
  • Best Alor macro dive sites : Musky mosque et Bakalan jetty.
  • Visibility : on average 20 m.
  • Temperature : 26° d’octobre à avril et 28° de mai à septembre – parfois 21° sur certains sites du sud.

Alor Indonesia diving video

The best liveaboard diving cruises for ALOR here

#1 Raja ampat #2 Komodo #3 Alor #4 Banda sea #5 Lembeh Strait #6 Wakatobi #7 Cenderawasih #8 Bira #9 Bali #10 Derawan

4. AVIS PLONGEE MER DE BANDA (INDONESIE) : REQUINS MARTEAUX EN INDONESIE !

L’article complet sur Le Ring of Fire dans la mer de Banda ici !

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Plongée mer de Banda avis

  • The sea of banda is characterized by beautiful drop-offs covered with splendid soft corals, sponges and sea fans.
  • Elle abrite également le fameux « ring of fire"Which is actually a group of small volcanic islands (Damar, Nila, Serua, Manuk, Banda neira ...) whose location in the middle of nowhere has given birth to a unique marine fauna!
  • Outre la splendeur du corail, large pelagics can be seen, like the reef sharks, schools of barracudas or jacks, tuna, napoleons, huge grouper, batfish ...
  • From September to the beginning of November it's also an opportunity to see hammer sharks benches that come up from cold waters. The ring of fire is to do only in liveaboard. The classic route leaves from Maumere, then Alor and the sea of banda to finish in Ambon (or conversely).

Infos pour organiser son séjour plongée en mer de Banda

  • Vie marine mer de banda :
    • Splendide récif.
    • Hammer sharks bench possible (Serua et Soanggi)
    • Requin marteau solitaire possible (Ring of fire)
    • School of fish : jacks, barracuda, snapper, fusilier.
  • Saison plongée mer de banda : September to November.
  • Meilleurs sites plongée mer de banda : Serua, Soanggi, Batu Kapal.
  • Visibility : 20 à 30 m.
  • Temperature : 27-28 °.

The best liveaboard diving cruises for THE BANDA SEA here

Diving video Indonesia Ring of fire in Banda sea:

#1 Raja ampat #2 Komodo #3 Alor #4 Banda sea #5 Lembeh Strait #6 Wakatobi #7 Cenderawasih #8 Bira #9 Bali #10 Derawan

5. AVIS PLONGEE LEMBEH (INDONESIE) : LE MEILLEUR SITE DE MACRO AU MONDE !

Top 10 des plongées d’Indonésie ici

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Lembeh diving reviews

  • Lembeh is considered by many to be the best destination ofmuck dive " in the world. I have not been able to go yet, but it is guaranteed to see very rare species, see endemic.
  • What we are usually happy to see on a good macro site seems to be "classic" in Lembeh but in covering all variations : frogfish of all sizes and colors (like the very rare hairy), ghost pipefish (ornate, robust ...), all types ofseahorses (Pygmies ...) shrimp (like the beautiful ones harlequin and mantis shrimp)
  • And I'm not even talking about the number of different nudibranchs! Even the very rare blue-ringed, wonderpus or mimic octopus and flaming cuttlefish seem to wander down! Lembeh is the underwater photographer's paradise !
  • Be careful, this place has become very well known among divers from all over the world and is not the most affordable in Indonesia!

Information to organize your diving stay in Lembeh

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  • Macro Lembeh:
    • Octopus : blue-ringed, wonderpus, mimic, mototi, coconut…
    • Frogfish (frogfish): hairy, scarlet, painted, clown, giant.
    • Pipe fish (pipefish): ghost, robust, banded, hawaiian flame.
    • Seahorse : pygmy (denise, bargibanti and pontohi), common.
    • Scorpion fish : rhinopias, leaf, devil.
    • Shrimp : harlequin, emperor, mantis.
    • Cuttlefish : flamboyant, spotted.
    • Stone fish (stonefish).
  • Best diving period Lembeh : April to November.
  • Best dive sites in Lembeh: Nudi fall, Hairball, TK 3, Air Bajo 3, Bianca, Rojos.
  • Temperature : 26-27 ° from April to October and 28-29 ° from November to March.

Some liveaboards take diving cruises to Lembeh and Bunaken

#1 Raja ampat #2 Komodo #3 Alor #4 Banda sea #5 Lembeh Strait #6 Wakatobi #7 Cenderawasih #8 Bira #9 Bali #10 Derawan

6. AVIS PLONGEE WAKATOBI : SUPERBE RECIF ET MACRO

The article on Wakatobi here!

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Plongée Wakatobi avis

  • Wakatobi is a great diving spot, one of the most beautiful of Indonesia!
  • Ce n’est pas la meilleure destination pour le très gros (comme Komodo or the Banda Sea) but Wakatobi is halfway between Raja Ampat and Lembeh Strait !
  • It's a mix between big pelagics, competition macros and splendid corals !
  • Fait rare, Wakatobi possède aussi 5 of 7 species of turtles of sea (as Raja Ampat) : les classiques vertes et imbriquées, mais aussi les moins courantes couannes, olivatres et luths.
  • En une plongée à Wakatobi on peut voir un barracuda bench, many napoleons, dozens of nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, benches of snappers and jacks, a Leatherback Turtle... all this surrounded by soft and hard coral fields, from gorgonians and D'sponges!
  • Encore un peu dur d’accès, une fois là bas, les avantages sont we are quiet, far from mass tourism, and the sites are relatively close, do not bother to make liveaboard like Raja AmpatKomodo or the Banda Sea.

Infos pour organiser son séjour plongée à Wakatobi

  • Common marine life : classic fish from Indonesia (angel, parrot, batfish, clown, etc.), wrasse, giant trevally, school of barracudas and trevallies.
  • Meilleure période plongée Wakatobi : avril à novembre.
  • The best dive sites in Wakatobi are on Tomia island.

Some liveaboards do diving cruises in Wakatobi

Diving video Indonesia Wakatobi

#1 Raja ampat #2 Komodo #3 Alor #4 Banda sea #5 Lembeh Strait #6 Wakatobi #7 Cenderawasih #8 Bira #9 Bali #10 Derawan

7. AVIS PLONGEE CENDERAWASIH BAY : REQUINS BALEINES EN INDONESIE

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Plongée Cenderawasih bay avis

  • Cenderawasih is without a doubt the best place in the world to dive with whale sharks!!
  • C’est une chose de « voir » un requin baleine entouré d’une ribambelle de snorkeleurs autour de vous, et s’en est une autre de dive with more than one specimen alone in the world!
  • Loin des sentiers battus, Cenderawasih offre la possibilité exceptionnelle de their presence all year long, in water crystalline and to a very reasonable price!
  • La baie possède également quelques ship wrecks and Japanese planes sunk during the 2nd world war, we can vary the pleasures! The extraordinary conditions here for interacting with whale sharks make this place truly uniqueI go there as soon as I can!

Infos pour organiser son séjour plongée à Cenderawasih bay

  • Saison requin baleine Cenderawasih bay : toute l’année !
  • Meilleure période plongée Cenderawasih : March to June and September to November (there are two rainy seasons in Papua).
  • Meilleurs sites plongée Cenderawasih bay : Kwatisore Bay, Shinwa Maru wreck, Sungei Omiand.

Some liveaboards do diving cruises in Cenderawasih

#1 Raja ampat #2 Komodo #3 Alor #4 Banda sea #5 Lembeh Strait #6 Wakatobi #7 Cenderawasih #8 Bira #9 Bali #10 Derawan

8. AVIS PLONGEE BALI : RAIES MANTAS, MOLA MOLAS ET L’EPAVE DU LIBERTY

The article on Nusa Lembongan in Bali here!

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  • Bali has some unique dives and surely present the Indonesia's Best Accessibility / Dive Quality Report !
  • L’une des attractions principales de Bali est d’aller à Nusa Lembongan and of dive with manta rays, present all year.
  • In the same place, you also have the rare opportunity to see mola molas (moon fishes) qui remontent à des profondeurs récréatives en saison (juillet-septembre) sur certains sites de l’ile.
  • Enfin, à l’ouest de Bali, à Amedyou can dive on one of the most beautiful shipwrecks in the world, the Liberty. Well known, this splendid wreck of presents a exceptional wildlife, especially macro level.
  • Le gros avantage de Bali est son simple access, on the contrary, of course, you will find many more people at the most popular diving spots...

Infos pour organiser son séjour plongée à Bali

  • Marine life : tortue, barracuda, carangue, snapper, fusilier, platax, poisson coffre, poisson chirurgien, murène, pieuvre.
  • Meilleure période plongée Bali : March to November.
  • Saison raie manta (Nusa Penida) : all year.
  • Saison Mola molas (Nusa Penida) : June to September.
  • Best dive sites Bali : Liberty (Amed), Manta point and Blue corner (Nusa lembongan).

The full article on all Indonesia diving destinations here.

Diving video Indonesia Bali, Nusa Lembongan

#1 Raja ampat #2 Komodo #3 Alor #4 Banda sea #5 Lembeh Strait #6 Wakatobi #7 Cenderawasih #8 Bira #9 Bali #10 Derawan


9. AVIS PLONGEE BIRA : POUR LES FANS D’ACTION SOUS L’EAU

The article on Bira here!

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Plongée Bira avis

  • Bira est le genre d’endroit où je ne serais jamais allé si mes amis instructeurs ne me l’avaient pas conseillé.
  • Le genre destination still unknown with an unbeatable price / quality ratio!
  • Adorant underwater actionI feasted on it: sharks everywhere, napoleons, hump parrots, eagle, tuna that hunt, anchovies, batfish, hundreds of ballists à ne plus voir la surface… Il y a de quoi faire !
  • Bira fait parti avec Lembeh Strait and Wakatobi of the indispensable destinations of Sulawesi and I recommend you to go before it becomes too well known!

Infos pour organiser son séjour plongée à Bira

  • Common marine life : requin pointe blanche et pointe noire, thon, raie aigle, banc de carangues, napoléon, barracudas…
  • Cash possible : mola mola, thresher shark, hammerhead shark.
  • Meilleure saison plongée Bira : April to November.
  • Meilleurs sites de plongée Bira : Kambing island, Great wall of goats.

The full article on all Indonesia diving destinations here.

Diving video Indonesia Bira

#1 Raja ampat #2 Komodo #3 Alor #4 Banda sea #5 Lembeh Strait #6 Wakatobi #7 Cenderawasih #8 Bira #9 Bali #10 Derawan


10. AVIS PLONGEE DERAWAN : RAIES MANTAS, REQUINS ET TORTUES

The full article on the Derawan Islands here!

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Plongée Derawan avis

  • The islands of the Derawan Archipelago are the most beautiful dives of Indonesia on Borneo and present a variety of possibilities.
  • Diving with manta rays of Sangalaki is a great experience, with a bit of luck (like me), there may be some dozens and dozens of mantas qui passent et tournent autour de vous!
  • Autre activité de cette zone, aller faire du snorkeling dans the lake of harmless jellyfish of Kakaban, a rather unique experience (there are only 2 places in the world presenting this particularity).
  • Big fish country, a site of Maratua, is also absolutely to do, a lot of underwater action, sharks, big pelagics and a huge school of resident jacks!
  • La destination n’est pas encore très connue, mais l’access is simplified, to do absolutely if you are on Borneo (to be coupled for example with Sipadan in Malaysia).

Infos pour organiser son séjour plongée à Derawan

  • Common marine life : turtle, reef sharks, classic Indonesian fish.
  • Sangalaki : raies mantas toute l’année.
  • Maratua : banc de carangues à Big fish country.
  • Kakaban : lac de méduses inoffensives.
  • Meilleure période plongée Derawan : March to November.
  • Best dive sites Derawan : Manta avenue (Sangalaki), Big fish country (Maratua), Barracuda point (Kakaban).

Some liveaboards do diving cruises to the Derawan Islands

Diving video Indonesia Derawan Sangalaki

#1 Raja ampat #2 Komodo #3 Alor #4 Banda sea #5 Lembeh Strait #6 Wakatobi #7 Cenderawasih #8 Bira #9 Bali #10 Derawan

BEST DIVING IN INDONESIA BY SPECIES

MY DIVING REVIEW ON INDONESIA

Indonesia is simply one of the best countries in the world to dive! Raja ampat begin to be well known among passionate divers and rightly so, the quality of the fauna and flora the bottom is spectacular! You want action under water combined with a splendid coral? No problem, KomodoAlor or Bira waiting for you! If you want the best place in the world to dive and enjoy whale sharks, head for Cenderawasih ! If there are schools of hammerheads that are on your list, go for it. sea of banda at the right season! Macro fan? Lembeh StraitWakatobi or Ambon will show you species you have never seen! Manta rays make you dream? Go to Derawan (Sangalaki) or Baliyou will be sure to see! There is everything I tell you !!

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