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The Best Diving and Snorkeling Locations In Indonesia

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Marine life seen through a clear water

Snorkeling and Diving are quite possibly one of the most fascinating activities we can do as humans. Take an opportunity to slide into some fins, back up some oxygen, and away you go. Life under the sea is an entirely different landscape and one of the best places in the underwater world to see in Indonesia. Holding some of the most precious and varied marine life you can find there is no doubt that for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts this location should be at the very top of your list. Whether hopping on an Indonesia diving cruise or just exploring on your own – behold the unbelievable Indonesia diving!

What Makes Indonesia So Special For Diving and Snorkeling? 

Indonesia is home to the iconic Coral Triangle – located in Raja Ampat it is a huge patch of tropical marine water recognized as the global center of marine biodiversity. This ‘Amazon of the Seas’ contains a huge 76% of all known coral species in the world – a whopping 500 species of reef-building corals in total. In addition to this, 37% of the world’s reef fishes and 57% of Indo-Pacific reef fishes live here too. That’s a total of more than 3,000 different species of fish including the largest fishes in existence – the coelacanths and whale sharks! Coelacanths have the ability to grow well over 6 feet tall and live up to 60 years of age. These creatures fully evolved into their current physical state 400 million years ago and still roman the coastlines of Indonesia to this day. Rarer even still, the Coral Triangle provides lodgings to six out of seven of the world’s species of marine turtles. As well as coral, fish, and turtles you will also discover the largest display of mangrove forests on the globe right here in Indonesia.

Coral reef in Komodo

Coral reef in Komodo

Top Locations To Dive and Snorkel

Snorkeling and diving are available to excite you throughout many locations in Indonesia. If you are looking for the brightest and best you can trust us and take your journey towards; Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda, and the Labuan Bajo Islands. The Raja Ampat Islands consist of over 1,500 islands, incorporating the entire Coral Triangle. Dubbed as one of the most alluring island chains in the world this is a truly unmissable location for any traveler. Komodo is another glorious area comprised of three islands, home to over 1000 fish species including manta rays, sharks, whales, dolphins, and turtles! Just offshore from the UNESCO Komodo National Park, you can guarantee if you spend some time here there is plenty to feast your eyes on. Whether on water or land you will be mesmerized, however getting in the water will expose those dazzling shallow coral reefs and breathtakingly colorful sapphire blue scenes.

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Raja Ampat diving adventures

Paying a visit here is optimal between April and September when the waters are tame, warm, and undeniably inviting. The Banda Islands will receive you with their welcoming spirits as you get lost in their captivating history and picturesque panoramic views. Clear seas guide you from the shore to the depths of Hatta Island – this perfect location contains a coral reef that steeps suddenly and deeply into the mystifying blue sea. To get to the Banda Islands you will transfer through from Ambon. Another destination on the list of possibilities is Labuan Bajo. This location is also famed for being one of the best in the world with 70 kinds of sponges, 385 species of coral reefs, a variety of seaweed, and thousands of fish species.

 

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This entry was posted June 26, 2019