The Best Diving and Snorkeling Locations In Indonesia
Snorkeling and Diving is 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 is 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 the very top of your list.
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 centre 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 worlds reef fishes and 57% of Indo-Pacific reef fishes live here too. Thats 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 worlds 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.
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 traveller. Komodo is another glorious area comprised of three islands, home to over 1000 fish species including manta rays, sharks, whales, dolphins and turtles! Just off shore 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.
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, which is all part of our luxurious journey aboard the Aqua Blu cruise if you select the desired itinerary. 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.
How Do I Check It Out?
Here at Rainforest Cruises we offer one spectacular shiny new vessel cruising through Indonesia - the stunning Aqua Blu. With a multitude of itineraries you have so many opportunities to explore countless sites over either 8 or 13 days. Precisely designed departures allow you to cruise through the islands, visiting tremendous dive and snorkel sites all year round. All snorkeling and wetsuit equipment is provided on board - diving is even included in the price of the cruise for PADI qualified divers! This is truly an exclusive and unbeatable opportunity to travel and stay in Indonesia in style. With our dedicated expert sales team, we can happily help you organize every detail, giving you all the information you need for your memorable journey to begin. Please contact our team to show your interest and see just what we can offer you; send us an enquiry or call 1-888-215-3555.