Scuba Indonesia Courses

PADI DRIFT DIVER SPECIALTY

Gliding with the currents, feeling the rush of flying underwater, is what drift diving on scuba in Indonesia is all about.

During your PADI Drift Diver programme, you’ll go on two open water dives (which may be conducted in one day). We highly recommended that you enrol in this programme to expose yourself to the techniques and procedures for drift diving.

Topics covered include:

  • The planning, organisation, problems and hazards of drift diving;
  • Special equipment – floats, lines, reels;
  • Proper procedures for buoyancy-control, navigation and communication;
  • Site selection and an overview of aquatic currents causes and effects;
  • techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group.

The elective drift dive from the Adventures In Diving programme may be counted towards this specialty.

Course Information

Location: Manado – Bunaken – Sulawesi

Boat Dives: 2

Duration: 1 day

Total Price (incl. all taxes): US$ 229 per person

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Tauchen Raja Ampat – Tauchplätze

Tauchplätze der West Papua Provinz

Während der östliche Teil der Insel Neuguinea vom eigenständigen Staat Papua Neuguinea eingenommen wird, gehört die westliche Hälfte noch immer zum Vielvölkerstaat Indonesien. Im Jahr 2001 kam die indonesische Regierung den Unabhängigkeitsbestrebungen in diesem Landesteil entgegen, indem eine regionale Interessenvertretung eingeführt und der Name des Landesteils von Irian Jaya in Papua Barat (West Papua) umbenannt wurde.

Die Raja Ampat Inseln sind auf bestem Wege, von der UNESCO zu einer World Heritage Region erklärt zu werden. Studien zweier Teams von Conservation International und The Nature Conservancy in den Jahren 2001 und 2002 kamen übereinstimmend zum Ergebnis, dass diese Region sowohl was den Korallenreichtum als auch die Fischvielfalt betrifft zu den wenigen weltweit verbliebenen Brennpunkten der Artenvielfalt gezählt werden muss. Meeresbiologen fanden hier 465 verschiedene Korallenarten, einer der weltweit bekanntesten Ichthyologen konnte während eines einzigen Tauchgangs vor der Insel Kri 284 verschiedene Fischarten dokumentieren. Die Raja Ampat Inseln gelten als die Meeresregion mit der weltweit größten Artenvielfalt sind.

Die Raja Ampat Inseln bestehen aus den vier großen Inseln Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati und Misool und einer Vielzahl kleiner und kleinster Eilande im Westen von Sorong. Schon beim Landeanflug auf Sorong kann man sich einen guten Überblick über die Region verschaffen. Blautöne in den unterschiedlichsten Nuancen, das satte Grün der Dschungel bewachsenen Inseln und schneeweiße Strände bilden ein faszinierendes Ganzes.

Der Fischreichtum und die Artenvielfalt ist bei allen Tauchgängen beeindruckend. Manchmal verschwinden die Mittaucher völlig in Fischschwärmen, die dicht mit Korallen bewachsenen Hänge der Tauchplätze nach Fressbarem absuchen. Es bietet sich ebenfalls auch eine grosse Anzahl von Krebsen, Garnelen, Riesenmuscheln und vor allem Nacktkiemenschnecken, die man bei fast allen Tauchplätzen findet. An vielen Tauchplätzen patrouillieren große Hundszahn-Thunfische und Makrelen. In der Strömung stehen häufig Barrakudaschwärme.

An vielen Tauchplätzen herrscht starke Strömung, so dass die Raja Ampats kein gutes Gebiet für Tauchanfänger sind. Erfahrungen mit Strömungstauchgängen sollten auf jeden Fall vorhanden sein.

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Tauchsaison

Raja Ampat bietet tauchen das ganze Jahr hindurch. Der Begriff “Haupt Saison” ist hier ein wenig fehl am Platz auf Grund der geringen Besucherzahlen. Mai bis September kann man in Raja Ampat als die Regenzeit betrachten. Von Mitte July bis September herrscht zudem eine leichte Dünung, aber nichts das dem Tauchvergnügen im Wege steht.

Tauchplatz Grundlagen

Gut für: U/W Fotografie, Artenvielfalt und Sichtweiten
Nicht Gut für: nicht Taucher
Tiefe: 5 – 40m
Sichtweiten: 10 – 30m
Strömungen: Moderat – stark
Oberflächenbedingungen: ruhig
Wassertemperatur: 27 – 30°C
Schwierigkeitsgrad: Mittel bis Anspruchsvoll
Tauchplätze: unbekannt, jedoch >200
Entfernungen: ~1,200 km Nord West von West Timor (60 Stunden)
Erreichbarkeit: Raja Ampat Tauchsafaris von West Timor oder Irian Jaya
Empfohlene Aufenthaltdauer: 10 – 16 Tage

Tauchplätze

Tauchplätze in Irian Jaya:

• Cape Kri • Cross Wreck
• Fabiacet • Farondi
• Jef Fam Group • Sardines

 

Dive The World Empfehlungen: Fabiacet, Farondi Island

Weitere Tauchplätze die in Verbindung mit Raja Ampat angefahren werden können:

• Alor • Banda Inseln

 

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Togean Islands Tourist Information

Hidden Paradise in Tomini Bay

Spread over a 90 km stretch in the middle of Tomini Bay, the winding, hilly coastlines and equatorial waters of the Togean Islands cast a magical spell of green, yellow and blue, in all the shades imaginable.

Travellers endure the long journey in search of the mythical beach paradise – many stay longer than they expected. Lazy days sunbathing, beachcombing, diving and snorkelling, exploring the dense jungle interiors – the simple lifestyle can be so alluring.

Lying in the deep water basin and protected on all sides by the spidery arms of Sulawesi, and miles from anywhere, the calm and clear waters are full of marine life, and the beaches are clean and undisturbed.

Rumour has it that the Togean Islands are on the verge of being the next big hit on the travelling market, so enjoy it while you can. Let’s hope they can remain an unspoilt and unexploited for many years to come.

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The rest of this page contains information about:

  • How to get there
  • Climate
  • Sightseeing and things to do
  • The local people
  • History
  • Local transport

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How to Get There

Standing in splendid isolation in Tomini Bay, central Sulawesi, it is quite time consuming to get to the Togean Islands. But you will be thankful you went to the effort to get there as that’s the price you pay for a remote piece of tropical paradise. After all, if it was easy to get to, there’d be more tourists and litter here, spoiling it for you!

For budget-conscious travellers, the best way to the Togians is via the overnight ferry from Gorontalo, which is included in our resort package prices.The departures from Gorontalo are at 22:00 hrs every Wednesday and Saturday (arriving in the Togeans at 11:00 hrs), or at 20:00 hrs every Thursday (arriving 07:00 hrs).The return times from the Togians are at 16:00 hrs every Monday, Thursday and Saturday (arriving in Gorontalo at 06:00 hrs).

For our more well-heeled customers, there is a daily speed boat transfer service available (please contact us for details), but we think a more luxurious and convenient way to see the Togeans is via liveaboard from Manado.

You can fly to Gorontalo from Jakarta with Lion Air and Sriwijaya Air, who both have daily flights. These flights can be booked through our travel agent – PT Vaya Tour – E-mail: Ticketing@VayaTour.com, Tel. +62 (0)361 281145 or Fax +62 (0)361 281144 and can be given to you on your arrival in Jakarta.

Alternatively, you can fly into Manado from Singapore with Silk Air, and then on to Gorontalo. There are regular flights (but with changeable schedules) from Manado to Gorontalo with both Merpati Air and Trigana Air. These flights can be booked through our travel agent – Pola Pelita Tour – E-mail: Tour@PolaTour.com, Tel. +62 (0)431-852231or Fax +62 (0) 431-86452 and can be given to you on your arrival in Manado.

You can either dive a few days in Gorontalo or proceed straight to the ferry (departs 8 pm arrives 8 am), on which you can sleep in air-conditioned cabins.

Climate

Lying 2° south of the equator, you’ll find the temperature here in the Togeans is a constant 30°C all year round.

Rainy season runs from December to March, but being in the tropics, the rain is only intermittent rather than torrential. Likewise dry season isn’t absolutely dry either! August is the windiest month. High Season revolves around European summer holidays in July and August.

We recommend you visit from May to December and, if you do plan on being here in July and August, just remember that accommodation is very limited so book as soon as you can.

Sightseeing and Things to do

Most visitors consider the main attraction of the Togean Islands to be doing just nothing but lazing on the many golden beaches here at Kadidiri. More than likely, you can have the whole beach to yourself. After all, its a very long journey from the office!

If you do tire of that particular activity then you can explore Kadidiri. Trekking round the back of the island you can find tarsiers, wild boar and deer, babirusa, fruit bats and coconut crabs – the largest of all land-living crabs, can weigh up to five kilogrammes and span almost one metre, now clinging precariously to existence on only a handful of islands in Asia and the Pacific. Borrow one the the sea canoes and head to the west side of the island to find a Bajau village. Alternatively, you could try your hand at cliff climbing.

With more time you can visit the pearl farms on Batudaka Island and take in the waterfall in Wakai, the main village, or enjoy an afternoon stroll along the boardwalk through the mangrove swamps at Katupat on nearby Togean Island.

Further afield you can hike the active volcano on Una Una. The volcano last erupted in 1983 and the island is now almost deserted. You can spend the whole day making the hike up to 472 m and exploring the deserted beaches here. Listen carefully and you can still hear the odd rumblings of Gunung Colo, as if she hasn’t quite completely settled after her last performance.

The People of Togean Islands

There are only about 25,000 people in total in the Togians. Pollution is not a major problem out here (yet) and, as evidence of that, remarkably even the piers are clear of floating rubbish.

The people are mainly Muslim Minahasans from Gorontalo, but also the eruption on Una Una in 1983 brought refugees from that island. An interesting ethnic group indigenous to Tomini Bay are the Bajau, or Sea Gypsies. The Bajau number some 2,000 people and adopt a rather secretive, nomadic existence entirely at sea. They live in wooden shacks built on stilts on top of the coral reefs. They move from home to home by dugout canoe and exist by subsistence fishing and selling sea cucumbers to the chinese markets. The Bajau practice breath hold diving and use only goggles and spears for hunting.

Most of the population live on the main island settlements in small fishing communities on Dolong, Togean and Batudaka.

History

The Togian Islands have long been out of sight and out of mind for most, including the Indonesian Government, and so remain very much undeveloped. Life continues for the majority of those that live here in a similar way to that which they have known for many years.

The islands have been in the forefront of several conservation groups minds for quite some time now. Several attempts were made to grant the Togeans national park status. However, due the slow-moving machinations of the bureaucratic wheels within Jakarta, and the fact that any such revenues gained would go straight back to line the coffers of central government, national park status has never been achieved. Moves are now afoot to grant local marine reserve protection rights instead. It is hoped that this will speed up the process, empower and motivate the locals to properly police the area, and bring much needed revenues to the residents of this part of Sulawesi.

Local Transport

The only means of transportation between the Togean Islands is by boat. Public boats run between the main islands every day. Aside from public transport, the only option is to charter one of the inexpensive local boats. There are no roads of any meaning on any of the islands, so to get around on land, it’s the old fashioned mode of transport – walking.

Interested?

If you’re keen to discover the remote and undisturbed dream destination of the Togeans, then click below to check your options now for:

  • Togian Islands Diving Sites
  • Togians Liveaboards

Be sure to book up in plenty of time to avoid no vacancies! Due to the very limited number of accommodations, the best Togean diving opportunities are booked by repeat customers who book well in advance to ensure their reservation!

Indonesia Scuba Diving Courses

PADI UNDERWATER NATURALIST SPECIALTY

Get to know your Indonesia diving neighbours and start to understand the aquatic realm. Be an ambassador for the preservation of our underwater world!!

Your PADI Underwater Naturalist programme will include two open water dives which may be conducted in one day, and will introduce you to different aquatic life and include an overview of responsible human interactions with aquatic life.

Topics covered include:

  • The planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of diving in different aquatic environments
  • Factual information that dispels myths of potentially dangerous aquatic life
  • An overview of basic aquatic life interactions and associations
  • Diving technique used to help preserve bottom dwelling aquatic life and minimise aquatic life disturbance.

The elective Underwater Naturalist dive from the Adventures In Diving programme may count toward the certification requirements for this specialty. Interested in sea life? Then this programme is for you!

Course Information

Location: Manado – Bunaken – Sulawesi

Boat Dives: 2

Duration: 1 day

Total Price (incl. all taxes): US$ 229 per person

Note: US$ 25 of the course fee is donated to the Bunaken National Park

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Scuba Diving Indonesia Courses

PADI RESCUE DIVER

How do you take a subject like accident prevention and management and turn it into fun? Call it the PADI Rescue Diver programme!

The PADI Rescue Diver programme develops your knowledge and skills so you can effectively perform diver assists and rescues, manage diving accident situations and render first aid. This Indonesia diving programme is an important step in expanding your knowledge and experience as a diver. PADI Rescue Diver certification is also a prerequisite for all PADI leadership programmes.

The PADI Rescue Diver programme covers:

  • Self-rescue and diver stress
  • Diving first aid
  • Swimming and non-swimming assists
  • Egress (exits)
  • Surfacing the unconscious diver
  • Underwater problems
  • Missing diver procedures
  • Panicked diver response
  • In-water artificial respiration
  • Dive accident scenarios
  • First aid procedures for pressure related accidents
  • Emergency management and equipment considerations

To get into the PADI Rescue Diver programme, you’ll need to be certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver. You will also need to have successfully completed the PADI EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE® programme or a sanctioned programme in CPR within the past 24 months.

After successfully completing the programme in Indonesia, you’ll receive the internationally recognised PADI Rescue Diver certification card.

Course Information

Location: Tulamben – Bali

Beach Dives: 12 beach diving sessions

Duration: 4 days

Total Price (incl. all taxes): US$ 375 per person

Location: Manado – Bunaken – Sulawesi

Boat Dives: 12 boat and beach diving sessions

Duration: 4 days

Total Price (incl. all taxes): US$ 385 per person

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Sulawesi Diving Destinations

Diving in Manado and Wakatobi …

The island of Sulawesi has over 6,000 km of coastline, along which lap pristine warm waters rich in life. The spectacular geography continues offshore, with abyssal trenches and sheer drop-offs near the coast.

Strong currents rise from the ocean depths, bringing nutrient-rich water close to shore. This creates one of the most beautiful coral environments in the world. In terms of sheer diversity and variety of diving, Sulawesi is quite possibly the best dive destination in the world. Take a closer look at what it has to offer and you’ll soon see why:

Manado

Manado has 3 quite distinct world-class scuba destinations sitting on its doorstep and diving here in Manado alone will keep most ardent divers happy. Off the north east tip of Sulawesi is the world-famous Bunaken National Marine Park, often quoted as among the world’s top 10 dive destinations, it is a mecca for scuba divers of all levels. There are few places in the world that offer such biodiversity and that means there is something for everyone.

To the east of Manado is the magical muck diving world of the Lembeh Strait, with its seemingly endless promises of discovering rare and unusual critters. If you’ve ever watched a National Geographic documentary on some strange underwater creature and wondered where it was filmed, well there’s a high chance that it was filmed here!

Further to the north are Bangka and the Sangihe islands. These are the third marvel of this magnificent Manado scuba diving trio. They offer colourful soft corals pinnacles, sloping reefs and a Drowned Village to compliment the steep walls of Bunaken.

Wakatobi

In south Sulawesi is one of the most exciting destinations in Indonesia – the remote Wakatobi archipelago. This is pure diving pleasure in a tropical island paradise setting. These pristine reefs have earned exceptional praise for their abundant fish life and healthy corals.

Once you have been scuba diving in Sulawesi once, you will understand the enthusiasm of frequent visitors and why many claim that there is nowhere else on earth that offers such diverse and rewarding underwater experiences.

• Sulawesi tourist information

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The Diving Season

Sulawesi is an all year round scuba diving destination. The best conditions are between August and June. The best visibility in the Manado area is from November until the end of January.

For Wakatobi the diving is consistently very good from March to December. In the European summer months the surface tends to be a little choppier due to coral spawning.

Manado dive liveaboards run all year round.

Reef Basics

Great for: Small animals, wall dives, underwater photography, reef life and health, dive value-for-money and advanced divers
Not so great for: Non-diving activities
Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 15 – 80m
Currents: Usually gentle in the north, occasionally strong in the south and around outlying islands
Surface Conditions: Often calm but can be choppy
Water Temperature: 26 – 30°C
Experience Level: Beginner – advanced
Number of dive sites: ~250
Access: Dive resorts and liveaboard safaris
Recommended length of stay: 2 – 4 weeks

Dive Sites

More detailed information on the Manado diving sites:

• Bunaken Island • Lembeh Strait
• Bangka • Sangihe Archipelago

 

More detailed information on the other Sulawesi dive sites:

• Wakatobi

 

Dive The World Recommendations: Wakatobi, Lembeh Strait and Bunaken in Manado.

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Scuba Diving in Bali – Dive Sites

Tulamben

Northeast coast of Bali

There are many more exciting attractions to diving in Tulamben than just the Liberty Wreck. At the east end of the beach is the famous Bali dive site of Tulamben Wall. The wall drops off to 60 metres, has large barrel sponges, and is characterised by three main spurs and an overhang at 18 metres. There is 1 magical, purple gorgonian fan at 27 metres. This gargantuan is over 3½ metres tall and in perfect health.

Here you can see small families of bumphead parrotfish, growing close to 2 metres! More commonly you’ll see fairy basslets, pufferfish, hawkfish and damselfish. The shallow black ash sand here plays host to ornate ghost pipefish and even cometfish.

Batu Kelebit, or “Kelebit Rocks”, is located south east of Tulamben Wall, and is generally known as the dive site with the best visibility in the local area. The rocks are offshore and exposed and therefore the scuba diving conditions can be quite challenging. However, this in turn can lead to some of the most exciting diving on offer in Tulamben.

The 3 steep banked ridges hold 2 protected channels that provide a home to a rich plethora of vibrant and healthy corals and sponges, including green cup corals and black fire corals. Following the ridges down to deeper waters, is when you have the best chances of finding large prowling pelagics such as barracuda, tuna, trevally, as well as white-tip reef sharks, silky sharks and even great hammerhead sharks, attracted to Tulamben from the nearby deep water Lombok Strait, and manta rays.

Tulamben House Reef, located in front of the scuba resorts, is an ideal student learning ground. With shallow areas at 5 metres and a maximum depth of 25 metres, this reef hosts many of the common fish such as wrasses, snappers, parrotfish, butterflyfish, as well as more unusual frogfish, scorpionfish and nudibranchs. Overall, Tulamben remains the most popular destination for scuba diving in Bali.

• Bali tourist information

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Tulamben Reef Basics: Wall diving and reef
Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 10 – 30m
Currents: Easy
Surface Conditions: Can be rough
Water Temperature: 22 – 26°C
Experience Level: Beginner – advanced
Number of dive sites: 5
Diving Season: All year round, but can be difficult December to March
Distance: ~80 km northeast of Kuta (3 hours)
Access: Tulamben dive resorts

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Sumbawa Scuba Diving Sites

Sangeang Island

Sumbawa north coast

Located 45 km north east of Bima in east Sumbawa, Sangeang is a quite spectacular small and active volcanic island. You can easily make out the lava ridges running down its rather steep green sides.

The dive site of Bubble Reef is rather typical for this area, with good visibility, warm waters, and a mixture of soft, hard and black corals. Black featherstars, white stinging hydroids, anemones, leather corals and plate corals are all found in healthy numbers here.

Fish common to the area are red-cheeked fairy basslets, pink anthias and yellow-bellied damsels. Basslets, or anthias, are seen in large congregations in shades of purple, violet, blue, orange, yellow, pink and green, hovering above hard corals. They are small, gregarious fish with forked tails. At the slightest hint of danger they quickly dart to refuge in the coral folds and branches.

At 18m the reef breaks up over dark brown volcanic ash, sandy patches. Look carefully and you’ll see volcanic bubbles escaping from the sea bed through air vents. The black sand and fresh water creeks that sometimes overflow into the sea provide ideal muck diving conditions. Pipefish, ornate ghostpipefish, nudibranchs of every conceivable colour, pygmy seahorses and sea moths are resident here and usually found by sharp-eyed dive guides. Sometimes the visibility can be washed out as larger air exchanges disturbed the sediment on the sea floor.

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Sangeang Reef Basics: Fringing reef with volcanic air vents
Depth: 5 – >30m
Visibility: 10 – 35m
Currents: Easy
Surface Conditions: Calm
Water Temperature: 24 – 28°C
Experience Level: Beginner – intermediate
Number of dive sites: 4
Diving Season: March to December
Distance: ~365 km east of Bali (19 hours)
Access: Bali liveaboard to Komodo

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