Whether you're looking to discover the bountiful coral reefs,
numerous wrecks or mysterious ocean floor, Indonesia's waters are
teeming with small creatures, which to the untrained eye remain
hidden. From pygmy seahorses that are camouflaged among gorgonian
sea fans to bizarre-looking frogfish which can be found on the
sandy, silty ocean floor, there is plenty to be discovered beneath
There are countless spots for macro diving in Indonesia, but we
particularly love Ambon, North Sulawesi and Raja Ampat. Each
destination is as breath-taking as the last, and we can help you
visit one, or all, with a custom-made itinerary.
Ambon, also known as Spice Island, is renowned for having some
of the best macro diving in Indonesia. With a mixture of muck
sites, wrecks and coral reefs, divers will encounter a variety of
interesting creatures, including bobbit worms, harlequin shrimp and
the elusive psychedelic frogfish, which was first discovered in
The best sites for macro diving in Ambon are Laha, an area known
for frogfish and fire urchins; the 'Duke of Sparta' wreck, which is
a hotspot for invertebrates including octopuses; and Air Manis, a
fantastic muck diving site where divers can encounter flamboyant
cuttlefish, crinoid crabs and crinoid clingfish.
Many divers explore the island and its underwater spots on a
liveaboard, visiting Ambon alongside other destinations such as
Raja Ampat and the Banda Sea.
While North Sulawesi is packed with wonderful dive sites, the
Lembeh Strait in particular is a fantastic macro photography
destination, renowned for its muck diving. The strait has over 30
dive sites teeming with small critters, interesting fish and
nudibranchs. It's not the best place to visit if you're hoping to
see megafauna, but when it comes to macro diving in Indonesia, it's
The visibility in the Lembeh Strait isn't always excellent, but
for macro diving, this isn't an issue. Expect to encounter
creatures such as orangutan crabs, crinoid shrimp, ornate ghost
pipefish, mantis shrimp and more.
Diving in Raja Ampat is a dream for most divers. In this
incredibly diverse and remote part of the country, you'll have the
best of both worlds, witnessing both mega and micro fauna. Although
most divers head to Raja Ampat hoping to see manta rays and other
large creatures, turn your attention to the seafloor and you may
see frogfish, nudibranchs, blue-ringed octopus and more.
We recommend adding some night
dives to your itinerary when in Raja Ampat. This will allow you
to focus on the smaller creatures in front of you and avoid the
distraction of what's overhead.
Macro diving in Indonesia is phenomenal, with several
world-class spots. However, the best sites tend to be remote and
hard to reach, which is where we come in. Planning a trip with
Original Diving takes out all the hassle of planning and logistics,
as we will handle everything from creating a tailor-made itinerary
to organizing pick-ups and transfers.