Scuba Diving Indonesia Courses


A friend cuts a finger on a broken pane of glass. Someone collapses from heat exhaustion on your Indonesia liveaboard dive boat. Whilst on your way to the airport to start your diving holiday in Bali, you witness a car crash that seriously injures some of the passengers. Want to help? Then this programme is for you!

Accidents and sicknesses happen all the time. Some people just need a helping hand, but others will suffer serious injury without help. Whether you’re scuba diving or a non-diver, Emergency First Response prepares you to effectively handle potential life-threatening situations.

This comprehensive programme is composed of two core modules that can be taught in tandem or as stand-alone courses: Primary Care (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation – CPR) and Secondary Care (first aid). Together, these courses prove extensive instruction in CPR and first aid, as well as providing optional (yet recommended) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and emergency oxygen sections.

The programme is designed meet the CPR and first aid pre-requisite training requirements for completing the PADI Rescue Diver course.

Course Information

Location: Tulamben – Bali

Boat Dives: 0 – class only

Duration: 1 day

Total Price (incl. all taxes): US$ 150 per person

Location: Manado – Bunaken – Sulawesi

Boat Dives: 0 – class only

Duration: 1 day

Total Price (incl. all taxes): US$ 130 per person


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Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida

The Best of Bali

Islands off the southeast coast of Bali

Lying across the Badung Strait from Sanur is Bali’s premiere scuba diving destination – the clear waters of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida islands.

With its adjacent deep water trenches, the main attraction at Lembongan Island is the common encounters with the curious and otherwise very rare oceanic sunfish, or mola mola. Sunfish are pelagic fish growing two metres long. They are found in tropical and temperate waters, feeding off large plankton and jellyfish. They have large, blunt heads, heavy bodies and stubbed tails, with elongated dorsal and ventral fins that can span four metres. You will never misidentify a sunfish! They can often be seen at cleaning stations with attendant cleaner wrasse. They are most often seen in this area from July to September.

Blue Corner at Lembongan Island can be one of the most exciting dives of your life but you will need to make sure that you listen very carefully to the advice you receive from your divemaster. When you descend to about 18 – 20 meters the current grabs you and you begin the natural rollercoaster ride of a lifetime. There is plenty to see as you race by, as the currents bring with them lots of food for the residents of the reef. The Nusa Lembongan currents also attract pelagic fish so keep an eye out in the deep blue for them and sunfish.

Ped is the most popular site on the nearby Nusa Penida north coast, as it tends to offer currents milder than some of the other sites at Lembongan. Healthy low lying hard coral reef banks slope gently to 20 metres, then down to 40 metres. Occasional manta rays and schools of chevron barracuda add to the rich variety of smaller fish which seem to prefer the calmer waters of Ped. Wonderful barrel sponges and gorgonians can be seen in the deeper waters, and sea snakes can be seen on almost every dive. With the reef extending up to within five metres of the surface your safety stop will allow time to spot moray eels, titan triggerfish and the brilliantly coloured emporer angelfish. Be careful not to touch the reef as the local scorpionfish are notoriously difficult to spot.

Crystal Bay is perhaps Nusa Penida’s best dive site. It is located in the south west of the island and features a shallow bay, carpeted in corals. The bay provides shelter from current and is a good place to start your dive. Apart from the superb corals in the bay, the big attraction here is that this area is a favourite spot for mola mola, which gather to be cleaned on the slopes of the reef just outside of the bay.

Along the remote cliff edges that form the southern coastline of Nusa Penida is a dive site called Manta Point. Here the sea is quite shallow, cool and can have strong surge. The water is often quite murky too due to the plankton which attracts mantas, often in small groups. The manta rays come here to feed and often stay for quite a while, seemingly oblivious to the attentions of observant divers. If you give them space then you can watch them circling about for most of the dive in depths ranging from 18 metres up to the surface.

Blue Point, or Jack Point, offers an excellent snorkelling destination on Nusa Penida and interesting shallow dives which can be enjoyed by divers of all levels of experience. If you descend below 12 metres however, the currents become strong and more experienced divers can enjoy a great ride over unusual corals. Keep an eye to the deep water as sunfish and white-tip and black-tip reef sharks are regular visitors to this Nusa Penida dive site. Given the possibility of strong currents it is a good idea to have your own safety sausage and a signalling device for attracting attention at the surface. Expect to encounter chilly thermoclines in the deeper water.

Diving conditions around Nusa Lembongan Island can vary. While there are plenty of dive sites which, at the right time, can be perfectly suitable for the less experienced divers, those who actively seek strong current will not be disappointed. The currents can usually be predicted from the tide tables but at certain sites they can increase (sometimes reaching five knots), decrease or shift direction with no advance notice, and may also vary dramatically with depth. All divers should be aware that the upwellings from the deep water south of Bali, which keep visibility here clear, can also make the water rather cold so you may wish to pack your scuba gear accordingly.

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Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida Reef Basics: Sunfish and pelagic encounters
Depth: 8 – 40m
Visibility: 20 – 45m
Currents: Can be very strong
Surface Conditions: Can be rough
Water Temperature: 20 – 26°C
Experience Level: Intermediate – advanced
Number of dive sites: 12
Diving Season: All year round, but can be difficult June to September
Distance: ~35 km east of Kuta (2 hours)
Access: Lembongan Island dive resorts

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Raja Ampat Dive Sites

Manta Ridge

With a name like ‘Manta Ridge’ you’d really only be expecting to see one creature here, and you’d not be disappointed. Every dive at this popular cleaning station is blessed by the appearance of from 5 up to 30 manta rays. You can see manta rays at several of the Raja Ampat sites, but this is the premiere place to see them reliably and in large numbers.

Manta Ridge is located equidistant from Mansuar Island and Airborei Island to the west northwest, to the south of Waigeo Island. You enter the water to the southwest of the smallest island imaginable – a few metres of sand protruding just centimetres above the open ocean’s calm surface. You then follow the reef slope west until you hit the ‘S’ bend in the reef, and this is where the real action starts.

Strong currents attract large groupings of mantas daily into this cleaning station. Find a suitable spot on the reef to hook up to and watch the games begin. The powerful manta rays circle and queue in a seemingly orderly fashion for an appointment at the station. Blacklip butterflyfish display their availability and willingness to work by fluttering high above the reef. The mantas swoop in low over the slope to the attendant cleaners. Moon wrasse, leopard wrasse, black eye thicklips and cleaner wrasse all get in on the action, nibbling and chewing away parasitic growth and life from the mantas’ mouths, bodies and gill cavities.

The mantas can be up to four metres wide, from wing tip to wing tip, and many arrive with their long-term allies – golden trevallies and remoras – with the larger mantas sometimes having attendant cobias. Most manta rays worldwide have dark upper sides and white lower sides. But one quite novel feature of the Raja Ampat mantas is that some of them are completely black. They are relatively unperturbed by divers watching in close attendance, and will often perform ‘loop-the-loops’ for patient viewers.

Almost ignored by most visitors to this reef is the school of 30 or so bumphead parrotfish that graze on the reef slopes at around 20 metres. They must be quite relieved not to be the centre of attention here, as would be the occasional turtle that visits the reef.

As the cleaning station is located only six metres deep in the water and five hours cruising distance from the port of Sorong, it is an ideal place to visit on the last day of a Raja Ampat liveaboard trip, as the shallow profile of the dive makes flying after diving less of a risk.

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Manta Ridge Reef Basics: Mantas
Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 10 – 30m
Currents: Very strong
Surface Conditions: Calm
Water Temperature: 28 – 30°C
Experience Level: Advanced only
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving Season: All year round
Distance: ~80 km west northwest of Sorong (5 hours)
Access: Raja Ampat liveaboards from Irian Jaya or West Timor

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Diving in Indonesia Courses


Looking for the ultimate adventure? You found it! PADI’s Adventures In Diving programme fine-tunes your dive skills and allows you to explore all that Indonesia scuba diving has to offer. It’s your dive – go for it!

The PADI Adventures In Diving programme offers two certification options. Complete any three Adventure Dives to earn the PADI Adventure Diver rating. Complete the Deep and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dives and three additional Adventure Dives and earn a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

PADI’s Adventures In Diving programme has something for everyone. This in-water, performance-based programme includes the following choices:

  • AWARE-Fish Identification
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Boat
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Underwater Photography
  • Multilevel and computer
  • Deep
  • Night
  • Search and Recovery
  • Drift
  • Underwater Videography
  • Wreck


The Adventures In Diving programme offers you a structured programme where you gain additional experience and skills under the guidance of a PADI Professional. If you’re an Open Water Diver, then you’re ready for the PADI Adventures In Diving programme. What’s more, PADI Adventure Dives also count towards PADI Specialty Diver certifications.

So what does this Indonesia dive adventure programme offer you? New experiences, new skills, lots of diving and thrilling adventures.


Course Information

Location: Tulamben – Bali

Beach Dives: 5

Duration: 2 days

Total Price (incl. all taxes): US$ 275 per person


Location: Manado – Bunaken – Sulawesi

Boat Dives: 5

Duration: 2 days

Total Price (incl. all taxes): US$ 325 per person

Flores Diving by Liveaboard

Dive Sites of Maumere Indonesia

Diving in Flores gives you the perfect chance to add new, small fish and aquatic animals to your knowledge base since it is known for its endemic species. Although the combined effects of dynamite fishing and the earthquake and tsunami of 1992 caused damage to certain areas including Maumere, the regeneration of the reefs here is cause for celebration.

Space was cleared by these natural phenomena, which has allowed new corals to flourish and bring an even greater diversity to the sites. Once considered among Indonesia’s finest dive sites, Maumere in Flores is well on its way to a full recovery and provides some excellent and interesting diving.

At South Pangah Balang you may have some current to deal with as you descend over the mass of large leather corals which are present in numbers along the sloping wall that plateaus at around 28 m. Soft corals abound here too in impressive sizes and spectacular colours. The sight is enough to take your breath away but faces competition in this regard from the finning you may be doing to combat the current.

Just above the sandy floor you may catch sight of any number of sharks and eagle rays lazily hanging in the current, and garden eels easing themselves into their bottom holes as you pass above. All the while colour will surround you in the shallows where you may find mantis shrimps, several leaffish and other small interesting animals. Bumphead parrotfish a metre in length are also often seen as they storm over the reef. When air dictates, you will emerge from this dive, perhaps a little drained, but certainly energised by this excellent Flores diving site.

Wai Terang – Just off the coast of mainland Flores you will find this Japanese World War II freighter lying on its side from a depth of 25 m up to about 12 m. The coral growth on this wreck has improved considerably over the years and now the old ship plays host to a fair number of hard and soft corals harbouring small fish life.

One thing you should try to avoid is kicking up the silt here since a careless hand or leg in poor visibility could bring your skin into contact with one of the many resident lionfish, a sensation worse than a nip. Eels, cuttlefish and anthias are among the other pleasures to be had on what is a very rewarding wreck dive, if not one that allows too much penetration.

Babi Island is a surprisingly good dive considering that this island bore the worst of the 1992 tsunami impact. One thousand inhabitants were killed when the wave swept over the island but, over a decade later, the reef wall is in pristine condition. Dropping down to a depth of about 50 metres, it is sometimes possible to see the sea floor from the surface however a more usual visibility is about 15 metres. Snappers, angelfish, parrotfish and damselfish all occupy the wall. Several species of moray eel can be found as well as ribbon eels.

There is a good covering of soft corals and sponges all along the wall and the brightly coloured crinoids like to jump off the wall to attach themselves to wetsuits of the unsuspecting diver who gets too close. Numerous sea apples add splashes of blue and red colour. Testament to the regeneration of the reef is the number of gorgonian seafans along the wall, the biggest ones found at depths of 35m and below. Currents can be strong here making for an excellent drift dive.

Adonara Island in east Flores has a few established dive sites like Magic Log where frogfish and ribbon eels are common. Wonderpus octopuses have been seen here, as has the very rare weedy scorpionfish (Rhinopias). All around the island there are headlands and channels that are gradually being explored by visiting liveaboard dive boats but there is still a lot of un-dived territory to discover in this area.

Also well worth exploring is Lambata Island. The headland next to Lamalera Village is worth several days diving alone. The shadowy shape of reef sharks tempt you out into the depths from where you can make your way back up through the boulders and coral. Huge angelfish are common as are parrotfish and schools of fusiliers. Searches in gorgonian seafans could find pygmy seahorses. Also, as Lamalera is one of only two traditional whaling villages left in Flores (whatever happened to IWC protection?), you never know what you might see in the surrounding seas.

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Diving Season

The best Flores diving conditions are from April to December.

Flores Reef Basics

Great for: Small animals, drift diving and snorkelling
Not so great for: Beginner divers and non-diving activities
Depth: 12 – 28m
Visibility: 8 – 30m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface Conditions: Can be rough
Water Temperature: 25 – 30°C
Experience Level: Intermediate – advanced
Number of dive sites: ~10
Distance: 20 km east of Komodo (2 hours), ~300 km west of Alor (15 hours)
Access: Flores liveaboard diving
Recommended length of stay: 3 – 4 days

Other sites that can be visited as part of a Flores diving liveaboard cruise:

• Alor • Banda Islands
• Komodo • Sumbawa


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Sumbawa Diving

Dive Sites of Moyo, Sangeang, Satonda

Sumbawa is a rugged, sprawling land mass with many jutting and twisted peninsulas, forming plenty of protected bays for its islands dotted along the north coast such as Moyo, Sangeang and Satonda. These provide sheltered and varied havens that offer crystal-clear waters, steaming underwater volcanic vents, deep and vibrant walls, fertile breeding grounds and conditions that are prefect for some fantastic macro diving opportunities.

Lying between the islands of Komodo to the east and Lombok to the west, Sumbawa Island is visited as part of the itineraries of the Bali liveaboard diving cruises that run to and from Komodo Island.

Sumbawa scuba diving is often mistakenly overlooked as just a covenient port of call onto the better dive sites that are further to the east. However, Sumbawa has its own vast schools of numerous triggerfish, butterflyfish, reef sharks and tunas in the deep walled sections. Also macro sightings of blue-ringed octopus, clown frogfish and nudibranchs.

The volcanic islands of Sangeang and Satonda have several good dive sites and provide a great diversion from Komodo since they have ideal muck diving conditions. So get good and low and bury your head in the sand to find a whole cache of hidden creatures, such as ghost pipefish, seahorses, frogfish, flatworms, arrow crabs and sea moths.

Angel Reef at Moyo Island is a colourful contrast to the dark surrounds of the muck dive sites. Here the current takes you along a vibrant vertical wall festooned with sponges and soft corals. The visibility is usually very good so watch out in the blue for hunting pelagic fish and reef sharks as they race past you.

Allied to this are the topside visual attractions of volcanoes and bat colonies, and you’ll soon have enough reasons to plunge deep and explore the underwater tapestry of Sumbawa.

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Diving Season

The season for scuba diving in Sumbawa runs all year round. Overall, the best conditions are from April to December.

Liveaboards run all year round from Bali.

Reef Basics

Great for: Small animals, visibility, wall diving, drift dives and snorkeling
Not so great for: Wrecks and non-diving activities
Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 10 – 35m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface Conditions: Calm
Water Temperature: 24 – 28°C
Experience Level: Beginner – intermediate
Number of dive sites: 8
Distance: ~150 km east of Bali (8 hours)
Access: Liveaboards from Bali to Komodo
Recommended length of stay: 2 – 3 days

Dive Sites

Dive The World Indonesia’s Recommendations: Angel Reef, Sangeang and Satonda Island.

Other sites that can be visited as part of a Bali liveaboard cruise to Komodo:

• Alor • Flores
• Komodo


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Bali Scuba Diving Sites


Northeast coast of Bali

The east side of the north facing shallow bay of Cemeluk has dense stands of sloping staghorn corals, teeming with cardinalfish. Here you can see striped convict tangs, sailfin tangs and orange-lined triggerfish quite close to the shoreline.

Off the slope, you will come to a steep wall of hydriods, sponges and sea fans, dropping down to over forty metres. The fish life here is prolific with bluefin trevally, bumphead parrotfish, tuna, black and white snappers, Indian triggerfish cascading down the walls. Dense growths of gorgonian fans and barrel sponges, and large outcroppings dot the reef, harbouring common lionfish and bearded scorpionfish.

The west side of the bay offers some quite contrasting Bali scuba diving. Here, you’ll start in the shallow coral flats with scattered bommies and metal artificial reef crates on the grey sand bottom, before making your way to the deeper ocean-facing wall. There are gorgonians here too, colourful soft coral trees and masses of tube sponges. Dozens of blue-spotted stingrays rest in the shallows and red octopus are quite common here too.

Back in the sandy shallows of the bay there is some coral bleaching from the El Niño of 1998, where the natural reef recovery process is slow but gradual. However, keep your wits about you, as this is one of the best places on the island to find shy ribbon eels in the sand, and clown triggerfish.

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Amed Reef Basics: Prolific hard corals and fish life
Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 10 – 25m
Currents: Gentle
Surface Conditions: Calm
Water Temperature: 22 – 26°C
Experience Level: Beginner – intermediate
Number of dive sites: 2
Diving Season: All year round, but can be difficult December to March
Distance: ~75 km northeast of Kuta (3 hours)
Access: Bali dive resorts

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