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With a total of c. 17,500 islands around which c. 3,000 fish species are found, it is not hard to see that Indonesia offers a lot for scuba divers. There are several worldclass diving destinations in the country, including Bali, the Gili islands (Lombok), Komodo (Flores), the Lembeh Strait and Manado (Sulawesi), Raja Ampat (Papua) and many more magical places. The key to a great diving holiday in Indonesia therefor is choosing where to go, as it is practically impossible to dive the entire country in one trip.
Each destination in Indonesia offers something unique: Bali is a fantastic destination for those that look for more in a holiday than just scuba diving. The beautiful island offers stunning white sand beaches, lush forests and jungles, magical temples and the best resorts on the planet. It is one of the few places on earth where you can dive with manta rays, the rare Mola Mola, and there are some spectacular wreck dives around the island. The Gili Islands (which can easily be combined with a trip to Bali) is a great location for beginning divers. The currents are relatively light on most of its dive sites. As in Bali, there are nice resorts to stay in and similar species can be observed, including lots of turtles, manta rays and the Mola Mola on a lucky day.
Komodo Island is a great choice for experienced scuba divers, with the strong currents attracting large pelagics. The dive sites here are truly unspoilt, so the quality of the corals is unsurpassed. A trip to Komodo of course also gives you the opportunity to see the rare Komodo dragon.
For those that enjoy muck diving, the Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi is the best option. The volcanic activity at this place resulted in amazing biodiversity, among which many strange macro species. Truly something different and highly recommended for seasoned divers, looking for something new! Muck diving is also possible on Raja Ampat, in the Northeast of the country. The difference with the Lembeh Strait is that Raja Ampat also offers big fish action. Giant trevallies, dogtooth tunas, manta rays, sharks, and even dolphins, whales and the rare dugongs can be spotted here! Last but not least, the Bunaken Islands (Manado) offer spectacular wall diving. The waters are are over 1,500 meters deep (c. 5,000 feet), and filled with both macro species and large pelagics.
In short, Komodo Island, the Lembeh Strait, Manado and the Raja Ampat Archipelago are a lot harder to reach, but really are worthwhile for true diving fanatics. Beginners are better off in Bali, Gili and Java, which also offer many other attractions on land.
It is possible to dive year-round in Indonesia, as the country is large and has different climates. For this same reason, certain regions are to be avoided in certain months. The rainy season in most areas is between October and March, although this is reversed in the Maluku Islands.