Indonesia Diving Holidays: An Overview

The Indonesian archipelago and its 17,000 islands boast gargantuan volcanoes enveloped by lush tropical jungle, giving way to soft white sand beaches and a vast expanse of ocean. Above and below the waves the wildlife here is fascinating, from the iconic dragons of the Komodo National Park to Raja Ampat, which has the highest biodiversity of marine life on the planet.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Beautiful hotels, private yachts and liveaboards.
  • Exciting on land adventures, including dragons and temples.

Our Guide to Indonesia Diving Holidays

Here at Original Diving we have been lucky enough to travel widely throughout the islands visiting the latest hotels, and checking out the very best dive spots. All in the name of research, naturally.

When it comes to Indonesia diving, there aren't many places on Earth that offer the variety and quality. You could visit time and time again and never get bored. Whether you choose to hunt for the Giant Mola Mola (sunfish) in the waters around Bali, to explore the strong currents and unchartered waters of Raja Ampat or Komodo on a luxury liveaboard, or to experience stunning marine biodiversity in Sulawesi, there is a huge amount on offer. Add to this incredible hotels and service and excellent value for money and it isn't hard to see why Indonesia is one of our favourites.

To land, there is just as much on offer. Whether you're visiting ancient temples, cycling through a local village or reclining by the pool of your luxury hotel, there is plenty to occupy the land-loving traveller.

The message is simple: just go.


Top picks for Indonesia

Ulun Danu Temple, Bali

Bali

Indonesia

Bali and Lombok have great variety for divers including wreck diving, muck diving, mantas and even a chance to encounter the extraordinary mola mola.

Where to go

Coral in Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

Indonesia

Raja Ampat just happens to sit right on the bullseye of the Coral Triangle, which is the area of highest marine biodiversity on earth. With more species of fish and coral than anywhere else on our planet, the diving here is jaw-dropping.

Where to go

Clownfish, Wakatobi

Wakatobi

Indonesia

With some of the most pristine reefs on earth, Wakatobi is paradise for those that love coral and the small stuff - particularly the pygmy seahorse!

Where to go

Sunset at Bunaken Island

Northern Sulawesi

Indonesia

North Sulawesi is home to some of the best macro life on earth as well as some of the most pristine walls in Asia!

Where to go

Fighting Komodo Dragons

Komodo

Indonesia

Komodo is a stunning destination both above and below the waves. This national park has some of the very best diving on earth.

Where to go

Lion Fish, Moyo Island

Moyo Island

Indonesia

Moyo Island is perfect for those that love wildlife and are looking for some off-the-beaten-track luxury.

Where to go

Amankila

Amankila

Bali

Built into a cliff on the relatively unknown east coast of Bali, Amankila (meaning “peaceful hill”), overlooks the serene waters of the Lombok Strait against a dramatic backdrop of Mount Agung.

Where to stay

Sorido Bay

Sorido Bay

Raja Ampat

A two hour boat journey from the town of Sorong takes you to the remote Sorido Bay Resort, one of the pioneering resorts in this part of the world and the very best place from which to dive some of the world’s best dive sites.

Where to stay

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Misool Eco Resort

Raja Ampat

Misool Eco Resort is in one of the most beautifully remote places we have ever been. The diving, and the place, are very special.

Where to stay

Picture of the Dewi Nusantara

Dewi Nusantara

Raja Ampat

Dewi Nusantara is one of a handful of great quality boats operating in the top diving locations in Indonesia. It doesn't get much better.

Where to stay

Arenui Liveaboard

Arenui Liveaboard

Indonesia

The Arenui liveaboard is a traditional Indonesian wooden vessel sailing the waters of Komodo, Maluku, Raja Ampat, Banda and beyond to provide incredible diving without sacrificing luxury or comfort.

Where to stay

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Amanikan Liveaboard

Indonesia

Combine a stay at Amanwana, with a Komodo Expedition. The Aman group are now offering this amazing adventure - from the incomparable and original Amanwana on Moyo Island to the dragon-infested islands of Komodo with their pristine reefs and sensational marine life staying on the Amanikan boat.

Where to stay

Picture of The Silolona

Silolona

Indonesia

Exuding exotic adventures of Indonesian sailing boats travelling the historical Spice routes, seafaring on the Silolona is a luxurious nautical experience.

Where to stay

Picture of the Si Datu Bua

Si Datu Bua

Indonesia

Si Datu Bua, Silolona’s sister boat, allows guests to experience some of the best diving spots on the planet, while experiencing fabulous hospitality and luxury onboard.

Where to stay

Picture of the Tiger Blue in full sail

Tiger Blue

Indonesia

A beautifully crafted traditional Phinisi yacht, Tiger Blue is one of the fastest boats under power, and with luxurious teak fittings and billowing sails, the perfect way to explore the enthralling waters of the Indonesian Archipelago.

Where to stay

Sea View Room, Siladen

Siladen

Northern Sulawesi

Occupying a 24 hectare island the Siladen Dive Resort sits on a very good white sand beach, a real rarity in this part of Indonesia where the majority of the beaches are black.

Where to stay

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Lembeh Resort

Northern Sulawesi

Lembeh Resort provides the perfect place from which to explore the incredibly diverse marine life found in the Lembeh Strait of North-Eastern Sulawesi.

Where to stay

Picture of a villa at Wakatobi Dive Resort

Wakatobi Dive Resort

Wakatobi

The Wakatobi Dive Resort is something of an enigma, straddling the divide between luxury dive resort and boutique hotel. The atmosphere is incredibly relaxed, the local staff ever helpful, and given where you are it is an amazing achievement, the more so as it puts so much back into the local community. Without the hotel’s existence, it is frighteningly credible that the reefs would by now have been dynamited to extinction.

Where to stay

Picture of Diving the reef from the Pelagian

Pelagian Liveaboard

Wakatobi

The boutique-style Pelagian liveaboard offers an extremely comfortable way to explore Wakatobi and the surrounding waters and with a maximum of 10 guests onboard, a very personal experience.

Where to stay

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