Located in the heart of The Coral Triangle,Indonesia offers some of most beautiful dives in the world ! A perfect mix for all types of divers between enthusiasts of large pelagic, lovers of splendid corals and in love with macro. You can dive on all the islands (Sulawesi, Flora, Bali…). Of these destinations many are classified among the top 10 world (Raja Ampat and Komodo), some are still little known and offer very good value for money (AlorBiraBunaken, Wakatobi), others will propose to see very special species like the hammerhead sharks (Banda Sea), of whale sharks (Cenderawasih), of mola molas (BaliAlor) or some manta rays (Derawan IslandsBali). Finally,Indonesia is a paradise of the macro with the Strait of Lembeh Strait, considered by many to be the best macro site in the world ! You will therefore find below the best diving destinations in Indonesia.

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

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WHERE TO DIVE IN INDONESIA?

Some best dive sites 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!

DIVING INDONESIA REVIEW AND INFO

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Logo-plongeur-baroudeurALL CRUISES DIVE IN INDONESIA HERE

ABOUT INDONESIA

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  • For short, Indonesia is probably one of the best countries to dive in the world!
  • There is the richest coral, from 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, sea turtles
  • With its some 17,000 islands, 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.

THE BEST DIVES IN INDONESIA 

What are the best dive sites in Indonesia?

1. DIVING REVIEW RAJA AMPAT: THE BIGGEST MARINE BIODIVERSITY IN THE WORLD!

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Raja Ampat Diving Review

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  • 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.
  • Some reef is 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, humphead 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 oceanic manta rays, very rare in the world!
  • Raja Ampat offers exceptional dives that will satisfy all types of divers !

All diving info on RAJA AMPAT here

Information to organize your diving trip to Raja Ampat

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  • Raja Ampat Marine Life:
    • Large pelagic : barracuda, napoleon, bumphead parrotfish, tuna, bigeye trevally, snapper, grouper, turtle.
    • Schools of Fish : trevally, barracuda, snapper, fusilier, surgeon.
    • Rays: reef and ocean manta
    • Fever of mobula rays.
    • Sharks : black-tip, white-tip, gray, wobbegong, walking, leopard.
    • Macro : pygmy seahorse (denise, bargibanti, pontohi, santa claus), nudibranch, frogfish, ghostfish.
  • 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 °.
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurTips : the best diving cruises for RAJA AMPAT here

Raja Ampat diving prices

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  • 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 liveaboard prices: 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

1.Raja Ampat 2.Komodo 3.Alor 4.Banda Sea 5.Lembeh Strait 6.Wakatobi 7.Cenderawasih 8.Bira 9.Bali 10.Derawan Islands

2. KOMODO DIVING REVIEW: MANTA RAY, SHARK AND LARGE PELAGIC!

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Komodo Diving Review

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  • Komodo remain among my most beautiful dives and are almost at the same level as Raja Ampat , the best destination for you manta rays in Indonesia!
  • Some 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 (white tip reef and black tip reef and sometimes gray).
  • And what about the coral, simply splendid!
  • The islands of Komodo Park are to be done on a diving cruise and are more affordable than Raja Ampat, perhaps the best quality / price ratio in the world!

The full article on KOMODO here!

Information to organize your diving cruise in Komodo

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  • Komodo marine life:
    • Manta Ray (2 cleaning stations)
    • Sharks : white-tip, black-tip, gray reef.
    • Possible Rare Sharks : Grey.
    • Big Pelagic : giant trevally, giant sweetlips, wrasse, humphead parrot, tuna, grouper, turtle.
    • Schools of Fish : jacks, barracuda, snapper, fusilier.
    • Macro : frogfish, seahorse, ghostfish, scorpionfish, nudibranchs (dozens different), octopus with blue rings.
  • Komodo diving season : April to November.
  • Best Komodo diving sites: Siaba kecil, Tatawa kecil, Castle rock, Batu bolong, The Cauldron, Manta alley, Crystal rock.
  • Visibility : 25-30 m (in the north), 10 m (in the south).
  • Temperature : 20 to 25 ° C (in the south), 26 to 28 ° C (in the north).
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurTips : the best diving cruises for KOMODO here

Diving video Indonesia Komodo

1.Raja Ampat 2.Komodo 3.Alor 4.Banda Sea 5.Lembeh Strait 6.Wakatobi 7.Cenderawasih 8.Bira 9.Bali 10.Derawan Islands

3. DIVE REVIEW ALOR: SUPERB REEF, MACRO AND THRESHER SHARKS!

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Alor Diving Review

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  • Still a little hard to access and unrecognized, Alor is nevertheless a little diving paradise in Indonesia !
  • The corals are superb, colorful, dense and varied.
  • If you are macro fans, Alor can compete with Lembeh and Ambon, with frogfish of all kinds, ghost fish, pygmy seahorse, the famous rhinopias and sites where you can find very rare octopuses (mimic, blue ringed, coconut ...).
  • Finally, we can also find rather rare pelagic hopes on very specific sites: school of hammerhead sharks (at Tanjung muna), Thresher Shark (in Clown valley) and mola mola (at Cathedral).

The full article on ALOR here

Information to organize your diving stay in Alor

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  • Alor marine life:
    • School of hammerhead sharks possible at Tanjung muna.
    • Thresher shark possible in Clown valley.
    • Mola mola possible at Cathedral.
    • Sharks : white tip reef, black tip reef, gray in Tanjung muna
    • Macro : rhinopias, frogfish, ghost fish, seahorse ...
  • Alor diving season : April to November
  • Best Alor dive sites: Tanjung muna, Clown valley, Kal's dream, Board room, Balylon -
  • Best Alor macro dive sites : Musky mosque and Bakalan jetty.
  • Visibility : on average 20 m.
  • Temperature : 26 ° from October to April and 28 ° from May to September - sometimes 21 ° on certain sites in the south.
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurTips : the best diving cruises for ALOR here

Alor Indonesia Diving Video

1.Raja Ampat 2.Komodo 3.Alor 4.Banda Sea 5.Lembeh Strait 6.Wakatobi 7.Cenderawasih 8.Bira 9.Bali 10.Derawan Islands

4. DIVE REVIEW BANDA SEA: HAMMERHEAD SHARKS IN INDONESIA!

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Diving Banda Sea reviews

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  • The sea of banda is characterized by beautiful drop-offs covered with splendid soft corals, sponges and sea fans.
  • It also houses the famous " Ring of Fire. "This is actually a group of small volcanic islands (Damar, Nila, Serua, Manuk, Banda neira ...) located in the middle of nowhere and has given birth to a unique reef!
  • Besides the splendor of the coral, 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 resident school of hammerhead sharks that come up from cold waters. The Ring of Fire is only accessible via liveaboard. The classic route leaves from Maumere, then Alor and the Banda Sea, finishing in Ambon (or the reverse order).

The full article on The Ring of Fire in the BANDA SEA here!

Information to organize your diving trip in the Banda Sea

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  • Banda Sea Marine Life:
    • Splendid reef.
    • Resident school of hammerhead sharks possible (Serua and Soanggi)
    • Lone hammerhead shark possible (Ring of fire)
    • Schools of Fish : jacks, barracuda, snapper, fusilier.
  • Banda Sea diving season : September to November.
  • Best Banda Sea diving sites: Serua, Soanggi, Batu Kapal.
  • Visibility : 20 to 30 m.
  • Temperature : 27-28 °.
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurTips : the best 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 Islands

5. LEMBEH DIVING REVIEW: THE BEST MACRO SITE IN THE WORLD!

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Lembeh Diving Review

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  • 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 flamboyant cuttlefish seem to wander about! 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!

The full article on all Indonesia diving destinations here.

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 (synanceia)
  • 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.
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurTips : some liveaboards do diving cruises in 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 Islands

6. WAKATOBI DIVING OPINION: SUPERB RECIF AND MACRO

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Wakatobi Diving Review

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  • Wakatobi is a great diving spot, one of the most beautiful of Indonesia!
  • It’s not the best destination for very big (like 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 !
  • Rare fact, Wakatobi also has 5 of 7 species of sea turtles de mer (as Raja Ampat): the classic green turtle and hawksbill, but also the less common couannes, olive ridley and leatherback.
  • In a dive in Wakatobi you can see a 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, some gorgonians and somesponge coral!
  • Still a little hard to access, once there, the advantages are 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.

The full article on WAKATOBI here!

Information to organize your diving stay in Wakatobi

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  • Common Marine Life : classic fish from Indonesia (angel, parrot, batfish, clown, etc.), wrasse, giant trevally, school of barracudas and trevallies.
  • Best Wakatobi diving period: April to November.
  • The best dive sites in Wakatobi are on Tomia island.

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Logo-plongeur-baroudeurTips : 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 Islands

7. CENDERAWASIH BAY DIVING REVIEW: WHALE SHARKS IN INDONESIA

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Cenderawasih Bay Diving Review

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  • Cenderawasih is without a doubt the best place in the world to dive with whale sharks!!
  • It is one thing to "see" a whale shark surrounded by a flock of snorkelers around you, and it is another to dive with more than one specimen alone in the world!
  • Far from the beaten track, Cenderawasih offers the exceptional possibility of their presence all year long, in water crystal clear and at a very reasonable price!
  • The bay also has some 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 you can!

The full article on all Indonesia diving destinations here.

Information to organize your diving stay at Cenderawasih bay

  • Whale shark season Cenderawasih bay: all year !
  • Best Cenderawasih diving period: March to June and September to November (there are two rainy seasons in Papua).
  • Best dive sites Cenderawasih bay : Kwatisore Bay, Shinwa Maru wreck, Sungei Omiand.
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurTips : some liveaboards do diving cruises at CENDERAWASIH BAY

1.Raja Ampat 2.Komodo 3.Alor 4.Banda Sea 5.Lembeh Strait 6.Wakatobi 7.Cenderawasih 8.Bira 9.Bali 10.Derawan Islands

8. BALI DIVING REVIEW: MANTA RAYS, MOLA MOLAS AND THE LIBERTY WRECK

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Bali Diving Review

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  • Bali has some unique dives and surely present the Indonesia's Best Accessibility / Dive Quality Report !
  • One of the main attractions of Bali is to go to 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) which go back to recreational depths in season (July-September) on certain sites of the island.
  • Finally, west of Bali, at 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.
  • The big advantage of Bali is its simple access, on the contrary, of course, you will find many more people at the most popular diving spots...

The article on Nusa Lembongan at BALI here!

Info to organize your diving stay in Bali

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  • Marine life : turtle, barracuda, kingfish, snapper, fusilier, batfish, chestfish, surgeonfish, moray eel, octopus.
  • Best Bali diving period: March to November.
  • Manta ray season (Nusa Penida): all year.
  • Season 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 Islands


9. BIRA DIVING REVIEW: SHARKS AND UNDERWATER ACTION!

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Bira Diving Review

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  • Bira is the kind of place I would never have gone if my instructor friends hadn't advised me.
  • Genre destination still unknown with an unbeatable price / quality ratio!
  • Love the underwater action,I couldn't get enough! sharks everywhere, napoleons, humphead parrot fish, eagle rays, tuna that hunt, anchovies, batfish, hundreds of trigger fish to the point you can no longer see the surface… There is plenty to see!
  • Bira is part of Lembeh Strait and Wakatobi of the indispensable destinations of Sulawesi and I recommend you go before it becomes too well known!

The full article on BIRA here!

Information to organize your diving stay in Bira

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  • Common Marine Life : white tip and black tip reef sharks, tuna, eagle ray, schools of trevallies, wrasse, barracudas…
  • Possible species : mola mola, thresher shark, hammerhead shark.
  • Best diving season Bira : April to November.
  • Best Bira dive sites : Kambing island, Great wall of goats.

The full article on all diving destinations in Indonesia 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 Islands


10. DERAWAN DIVING OPINION: RAIE MANTA, SHARK AND TURTLE

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Derawan Diving Review

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  • The islands of the Derawan Archipelago are the most beautiful dives of Indonesia in 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 that pass by and circle around you!
  • Another activity in this area, go snorkeling in 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!
  • The destination is not yet well known, but theaccess is simplified, to do absolutely if you are on Borneo (to be coupled for example with Sipadan in Malaysia).

The full article on the DERAWAN Islands here!

Information to organize your diving stay in Derawan

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  • Common Marine Life : turtle, reef sharks, classic Indonesian fish.
  • Sangalaki: manta rays all year round.
  • Maratua: school of jacks at Big fish country.
  • Kakaban : lake of harmless jellyfish.
  • Best Derawan diving period: March to November.
  • Best dive sites Derawan : Manta avenue (Sangalaki), Big fish country (Maratua), Barracuda point (Kakaban).
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurTips : 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 Islands

BEST DIVING IN INDONESIA BY SPECIES

MY REVIEW ON DIVING IN INDONESIA

Indonesia is simply one of the best countries in the world to diveRaja 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. Banda Sea 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 Islands (Sangalaki) or Baliyou will be sure to see! There is everything I tell you !!

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