1. Learn to Dive in Tulamben, Bali
Located in eastern Bali,
Tulamben has one of the best wrecks in the world located just off
the shore: the USS Liberty wreck. The wreck starts at just
five metres so is a haven for budding divers. The wreck is located
conveniently close to shallow coral gardens while there are also
some excellent shallow macro dive sites in the area, meaning divers
can experience the whole spectrum.
2. Learn to Dive in the Gili Islands,
The Gili Islands are some of the most popular in Indonesia for
gaining scuba diving certifications. Avoid the backpacker crowds of
Gili Trawangan by decamping to the tranquil island of Lombok, which
is surrounded by shallow, interesting sites perfect for learning to
dive (think: underwater sculpture parks, manta rays and colourful
3. Learn to Dive in Bunaken National Park, Northern
Sulawesi still lies relatively under the tourism radar, meaning
budding divers can begin their underwater journey trailblazing on
the pristine coral reefs of Bunaken National Park, where you'll
likely have sites all to yourself.
4. Learn to Dive in the Lembeh Strait, Northern
While diving on a mucky sea bed might not be everyone's cup of
tea, learning to dive in the Lembeh Strait will mean being
surrounded by some of the ocean's weirdest critters, be it hairy
frogfish or mantis shrimp; no dive will ever be the same.
5. Learn to Dive in Komodo
While Komodo is
often paired with liveaboards, there are some wonderfully remote
resorts with the perfect conditions for mastering your scuba
skills. Komodo Dive
Resort particularly stands out as it is nestled in a sheltered
bay with an excellent house reef just off the beach.
6. Learn to Dive in Wakatobi, Southern
Dive Resort boasts a continuous reef just offshore with myriad
dive sites perfect for open water divers - not to mention a whole
heap of incredible deeper dives if you're tempted to continue to
your advanced certification.
7. Learn to Dive in Bali Barat National Park,
Located to the west of Bali, Bali Barat National Park is often
overlooked, but venture to this remote corner and discover some of
the most beautiful reefs to surround the island, with good
visibility, warm water and low currents, not to forget some
beautiful walls and a plethora of macro life to uncover.
8. Learn to Dive in Misool, Raja Ampat
Resort's house reef makes it a winner for those wanting to
learn to dive in Raja Ampat. There is a huge focus on ocean
conservation at the resort, giving divers the opportunity to
combine learning to dive with volunteering on various ocean
initiatives, gaining a deeper understanding of the ocean's
beautiful, fragile ecosystems.
9. Learn to Dive in Pulau Weh, Sumatra
While Sumatra is often overlooked in terms of diving, the
underdeveloped, untouched shores of Pulau Weh are a great option if
you want to mix your course with some epic land adventures. Spot
moray eels, seahorses and nudibranchs before mingling with
orangutans in the jungle - not a bad combo, if you ask us.
10. Learn to Dive in Central Raja Ampat
Explorers Eco Resort and Papua
Paradise are hidden in the jungle-covered islands that comprise
central Raja Ampat, conveniently close to some of the region's most
coveted dive sites, ergo divers will start their newly certified
logbooks in style. Plus, should you want to progress to your
advanced certification, the thrilling current dives of the Dampier