Sulawesi Diving Destinations

Diving in Manado and Wakatobi …

The sprawling fingers of Sulawesi give the island over 6,000 km of coastline against which laps pristine warm waters rich in life. The dramatic topography continues offshore, with abyssal trenches and sheer drop-offs near the coast.

In many areas strong currents bring nutrient-rich water from the ocean depths close to shore, creating one of the most beautiful coral environments in the world. Diving Sulawesi – in terms of sheer diversity and variety of diving, quite possibly the best dive destination in the world. Just take a closer look at what it has to offer and you’ll soon see why:


With three quite distinct world-class scuba destinations sitting on its doorstep, diving in Manado alone will keep most ardent divers happy. The world-famous Bunaken National Marine Park off the north east tip of Sulawesi is often quoted among the world’s top ten dive destinations and is a mecca for divers of all levels. Very few places in the world offer such biodiversity and that means there is something for everyone; it is the stuff of photographers’ dreams.

Just to the east of Manado is the magical muck dive wonderland of Lembeh Strait, with its seemingly endless promises of discovery of 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 the chances are high that it was probably filmed here!

Then there’s Bangka and the Sangihe islands to the north; the third marvel of this magnificent Manado scuba diving trio offers colourful soft corals pinnacles, sloping reefs and a Drowned Village to compliment the steep walls of Bunaken.


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

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

• Sulawesi tourist information

• View map of Sulawesi

The Diving Season

You can dive Sulawesi all year round. Overall, conditions are best during between August and June. The best conditions for visibility in the Manado area are recorded from November until the end of January.

In Wakatobi, from March to December the diving is consistently very good. 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: Sulawesi 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 scuba diving sites:

• Wakatobi


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

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Diving in Bali Sites

Liberty Wreck

Tulamben, north east coast of Bali

Just 30 metres from shore lies the broken 120 metre long wreckage of this World War II cargo ship. The Liberty was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine out in the Lombok Strait, 11 January 1942, but was able to limp back to shore. Unable to quite make port, its captain steered the ship onto the beach at Tulamben. Here the boat remained until 1963, when laval flow from Bali’s last great volcanic eruption from nearby Mount Gunung Agung pushed the vessel back into the water. The wreck now lies parallel to shore on its side, with its deck facing furthest from shore.

The most famous of Bali scuba diving spots and the most popular of the Tulamben dive sites, the wreck is now completely covered in healthy coral growth, and the numerous structural holes provide endless opportunities for exploration. Soft corals dominate here, with crinoids, featherstars and hydroids.

Large fish species that frequent the wreck include sunfish, great barracuda, Napoleon fish and scribbled filefish.

Reef fish here common to Bali diving are peacock grouper and coral trout, regal angelfish and surgeonfish.

Heading back towards shore on your dive you’ll see a colony of spotted garden eels, heads swaying as if in a breeze, and goatfish nuzzling through the sandy rubble.

Night diving on the Liberty Wreck is particularly memorable and popular, being so close to shore. There are spectacular colourful beams of marigold cup corals, and hundreds of shrimp greet you at every corner. Common lionfish stalk their prey as well as the rare and nocturnal oscellate dwarf lionfish. Cocooned and sleeping parrotfish are quite common, and you may even see the rather strange sight of free-swimming crinoids, in search of a new hold.

• Bali tourist information

• Map of Bali

Liberty Wreck Reef Basics: Wreck with abundant corals and fish
Depth: 3 – 28m
Visibility: 10 – 20m
Currents: Easy
Surface Conditions: Can be rough
Water Temperature: 22 – 26°C
Experience Level: Intermediate
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving Season: All year round, but can be difficult December to March
Distance: ~80 km northeast of Kuta (3 hours)
Access: Bali dive resorts

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NAD Resort & Dive Center

Brand New Resort With Amazing Opening Rates…
Set in a quiet bay on Lembeh Island, NAD Resort & Dive Center is a great new option for Lembeh Strait diving and has fantastic rates during their soft opening period.

Rooms: 11
Diving in: Lembeh Strait
Dive type: Boat & beach dives
Divers: Max. 22

The friendly management team offers personalised diving itineraries, customised for each customer’s requirements and in small groups, all at your own pace. The resort is unpretentious but cosy and comfortable – no military-style diving schedules here but a relaxed, easy atmosphere from which to enjoy the amazing dive sites of the Lembeh Strait.

The resort is easy to get to, being only a 15 minute boat ride from the arrivals pier over on the mainland. The dive sites too are only a few minutes away from the resort, so you can be gazing at stargazers, mimicking octopus and gawping at the jawfish, just

Rooms, Beds, Bathrooms, Views…
There are ten simple but charming rooms set in a curve around the garden, and one Deluxe double bed bungalow with Balinese style open-air bathroom and veranda with a beautiful seaview. All the rooms have views of the bay and the distant mountains. Each room has a large glass façade meaning the rooms are light and open to the vista across the Lembeh Strait.

The rooms all feature unique hand-made furnishings and decorations, and have en-suite bathrooms all painted by the loving hand of the management. With a jungle backdrop you can fall asleep to the sound of the resident tarsiers.

The Deluxe rooms and bungalow have air-conditioning and fans, the Superior (standard) rooms have only ceiling fans.

All the rooms and bungalow have:

  • Air-conditioning or fan cooling
  • Private bathroom with indoor hot water shower
  • Towels and toiletries
  • Seaview and gardenviews
  • Mosquito nets
  • Bedside lights
  • Round two-pin power sockets (adaptors available)
  • Cabinet
Diving Details…
Nomad’s run dive trips throughout the Lembeh Strait and around the island so you can see all the area’s muck diving as well as its coral reefs and wrecks.

Enriched air nitrox (EANx), small groups and good guides help make Lembeh Strait diving with Nomads a great experience.

The dive boats feature:

  • 9m fibreglass hull with 2 x 40 HP engines
  • Shaded area with entry & exit ladders
  • Dive guide
  • Maximum of 8 divers per boat
  • Towels
  • Coffee or tea
  • First aid kit, oxygen and cellphone

The dive boat usually leaves at 8.30 hrs for two dives, and returns for lunch at 13.30 or 14.00 hrs. There is an afternoon dive at 15.00 or 15.30 hrs, a dusk dive for Mandarinfish at 17.00 hrs, and a night dive at 18.00-18.30 hrs, depending on the number of divers. Boat journey time is 2-25 mins.

The dive station has a large kit up and dive briefing area, rinse tanks and a camera room with charging and cleaning facilities. The resort staff will conduct all equipment handling and rinsing for you.

Bali Diving

Macro and Pelagic Paradise

One of the most beautiful islands in the world, Bali is Indonesia’s most popular dive holiday destination. Many visitors find the attraction of good shore-based diving set against a stunning back drop of huge, magnificent volcanoes and picturesque rice paddy terraces, simply irresistible.

The greatest feature of scuba diving in Bali is the rich and varied sites – deep drop-offs and steep banks, coral ridges and bommies, one of the most famous wrecks in the world, volcanic outcrops and seagrass beds. With the colourful and diverse marine life, there’s enough here to keep you coming back for more.

To the east of the island lies the Lombok Strait, the first deep water trench directly to the east of the Asian continental shelf. Through this channel flows the greatest volume of tidal water on earth. This Pacific Ocean water can create some powerful currents and rollercoaster rides that characterise some Bali scuba diving sites. It also means regular visits from large and unusual pelagic fish like the incredible mola mola, or sunfish. The strong currents can also clean the water and create fantastic visibility.

If you wanted to record all the animals you can see here, you’d need to bring along a mini-library of marine guide books. From hairy frogfish, cockatoo leaf fish and pygmy seahorses in Secret Bay and Menjangan on the north west tip of the island, to bumphead parrotfish and reef sharks in the north and east at Tulamben and Candi Dasa, to the sunfish and trevallies of nearby Nusa Penida and Lembongan islands, the Bali sights are truly fascinating. Allow yourself to be surprised for you really never know just what you might see in this ever-changing underwater jewel.

• Bali tourist information

• Map of Bali

How to Dive Bali

Most non-diving tourists base themselves in the urban south in Kuta and Sanur. Unfortunately there aren’t any good dives nearby and to base yourself here will mean long and uncomfortable daily journeys to the sites by minibus. We recommend you choose a combination of resorts near to the best sites, in the east, the north west and nearby Lembongan Island, to avoid this unnecessary travel. If you must stay in Kuta, you can always do that after your diving break.

Bali Diving Season

The Bali dive season runs all year round. Overall, the best diving conditions exist from April to December, with sunfish, sharks and other pelagic fish visiting from June to September.

December to March is rainy season, reducing visibility in the north and northwest – Tulamben, Amed, Gili Selang, Pemuteran and Menjangan. From June to September dry monsoon winds bring rough seas and nutrient rich upwellings to Nusa Penida, Padang Bay and Amuk Bay.

Reef Basics

Great for: Large animals, small animals, drift diving, visibility, advanced divers and non-diving activities
Not so great for: Underwater photography and snorkelling
Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 10 – 45m
Currents: Can be very strong
Surface Conditions: Calm
Water Temperature: 19 – 26°C
Experience Level: Beginner – advanced
Number of dive sites: ~50
Access: Dive resorts
Recommended length of stay: 1 – 2 weeks

Dive Sites

More detailed information on the Bali diving sites:

• Amed • Biaha
• Candi Dasa – Amuk Bay • Lembongan Island – Nusa Penida
• Liberty Wreck • Menjangan
• Padang Bay • Pemuteran
• Secret Bay • Gili Selang
• Tulamben


Dive The World Recommendations: Nusa Penida, Tulamben, Amuk Bay and Menjangan.

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Komodo Diving

Dragons On Land, Paradise Underwater

Approaching the islands of Komodo and Rinca on an Indonesian liveaboard boat, you will feel like one of the voyagers of old who gave fame to the islands by marking on a map “Here Be Dragons”!

Few places enjoy Komodo’s reputation for being a remote and inspiring place and diving Komodo and the surrounding area evokes the same feelings. These small, brown scorched-earth islands fringed with sandy beaches are lapped by the clear waves of the national park, where you may even see the dragons patrolling the beach or viewing you from a high rocky outcrop.

Unlike other parts of Indonesia, the reefs around the south of the islands have suffered relatively little damage from dynamite fishing. Much of the area now lies within the protection of the national park. The shallow reefs between Flores and the northern region however, were bombed in the past but are now recovering their former splendour. The affected area covers around 15% of the archipelago, and even here steep drop-offs and current-swept points offer excellent Komodo diving.

Besides the sheer excitement of simply being somewhere like Komodo, you are also cruising over some of the most exciting dive sites in Indonesia. The water is not always warm, in fact it can be decidedly cool. The seas are not always calm, in fact the currents can rage. But the abundance of pelagics, more critters and interesting macro-action than you could imagine, the dazzling colours and diversity, make diving here truly the stuff of legend.

• Komodo tourist information

• Komodo National Park

• View map of Komodo

The Diving Season

The season is year round with November to January seeing the best conditions as far as visibility is concerned. The seas can kick up a little in different areas, such as the northern sites during January to March and the southern sites during July and August, although these rarely interfere with the liveaboard schedules to any great extent.

Komodo Reef Basics

Great for: Large animals, small animals, wall dives, underwater photography, drift diving, reef life and health, and advanced divers
Not so great for: Wrecks and beginner divers
Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 5 – 30m
Currents: Can be very strong – up to 8 knots
Surface Conditions: Can be rough
Water Temperature: 20 – 27°C
Experience Level: Intermediate – advanced
Number of dive sites: >35
Distance: ~490 km east of Bali (24 hours)
Access: Liveaboard cruises from Bali
Recommended length of stay: 6 – 11 days

Dive Sites

More detailed information on the Komodo dive sites:

• Batu Bolong • Cannibal Rock
• End Of The World • Gili Lawa
• GPS Point • Manta Alley
• Pillarsteen • Red Beach
• Tatawa Island • White Angels
• Yellow Wall Of Texas


Dive The World Recommendations: GPS Point, Cannibal Rock and Pillarsteen.

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

• Alor • Banda Islands
• Flores • Sumbawa


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Lembeh Strait Diving Sites

Crazy Critter Heaven

Mention Lembeh to anyone who has been and their eyes go all misty. Diving here, whether from a dive resort or a liveaboard, is like nowhere else on earth. An hour from Manado airport lies the strait of water that separates the mainland from Lembeh Island.

Under the calm surface, there is more going on than even the wildest imagination could envisage. On a floor of dark sand scuttle a mind-boggling array of unusual and rare critters – mandarinfish, hairy frogfish, mimic octopus, Ambon scorpionfish, stargazers, pegasus, flamboyant cuttlefish, dragonets to name just a few. A photographers’ dream and a total eye-opener for anyone with even a passing interest in the smaller things in the ocean.

There are also wrecks and more traditional reefs to explore which only adds to Lembeh’s claim to be a unique and special diving destination.

• Manado tourist information

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Lembeh / Manado Diving Season

You can dive in Lembeh all year but the conditions do vary. January to June sees variable (but still fine) conditions and less divers. August sees the poorest visibility but the richest numbers of critters. September to October are probably the best two months overall.

Liveaboard season in the Lembeh Strait diving area runs year round.

Lembeh Strait Diving – Reef Basics

Great for: Small animals, underwater photography and advanced divers
Not so great for: Large animals, wall diving, drift dives and non-diving activities
Depth: 5 – 30m
Visibility: 10 – 25m
Currents: Gentle
Surface Conditions: Calm
Water Temperature: 26 – 29°C
Experience Level: Beginner – advanced
Number of dive sites: >30
Distance: ~45 km east of Manado (1½ hours)
Access: Manado diving and Lembeh resorts and liveaboards
Recommended length of stay: 5 – 10 days

Dive Sites

More detailed information on the Lembeh Strait dive sites:

• Angel’s Window • Hairball
• Mawali Wreck • Nudi Falls
• Police Pier • Teluk Kambahu


Dive The World Recommendations: Angel’s Window, TK 1 and Hairball.

Other Manado diving sites that you can visit together with Lembeh:

• Bunaken • Bangka
• Sangihe Archipelago


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Banda Islands Diving

Banda Sea Dive Sites – Indonesia

Seemingly insignificant islands in the middle of nowhere in the Banda Sea, in fact the Banda Islands are steeped in history and blessed with some of the finest diving in the country. Central to the spice trade of old, and former home to exiled freedom fighters, the islands are now enjoying a growing reputation for what goes on below the surface.

If big pelagics are your thing then an Indonesia dive vacation here could be for you, but from a wider perspective the real beauty of diving in the Banda Islands is the immense variety and volumes of both large and small fish species.

The remoteness of the islands in the wide open Banda Sea, and the low levels of human population, have meant less fishing pressures, and a vibrant, natural and healthy reef system. The results of this are fishes in incredible numbers, huge seafans and sponges, and some monumental hard corals.

Some of the creatures worthy of special mention here that characterise diving in the Banda Sea are the preponderance of dogtooth tuna and mobula rays. At most sites you’ll see enormous schools of fusiliers and thousands of redtooth tirggerfish. At the other end of the size scale, there are prolific mandarinfish and the native Ambon scorpionfish. Cetaceans are frequent visitors too, and Banda liveaboards often report sightings of spinner dolphins, orcas, and various whale species, including melonhead, pilot, blue, and humpback whales. One certainty is that you will see plenty of big stuff as well as no shortage of colourful reef life.

Diving is usually comfortable, with mild currents, good visibility and calm waters, but some of the dive sites are subject to stronger currents that make them suitable for experienced divers only.

Topside, these islands boast climbable volcanic mountains which are covered in lush green vegetation. For a taste of historic atmosphere going ashore in Banda Neira is a must for its remnants from the old spice trade of colonial times.

• Banda Islands tourist information

• View map of the Banda Islands

Diving Season

The months of March and April, and mid/late-September to early/mid-December are the best times for diving in the Banda Sea, based upon surface conditions. Any trips arranged outside of these times would be reliant upon the weather and should be avoided.

Banda Islands Diving Reef Basics

Great for: Large animals, small animals, visibility, underwater photography, wall dives, reef life and health, and advanced divers
Not so great for: Diving for beginners
Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 15 – 30m
Currents: Gentle, but can be strong
Surface Conditions: Calm
Water Temperature: 26 – 29°C
Experience Level: Intermediate – advanced
Number of dive sites: ~25 (plus ~30 more in the greater Lucipara and Ambon/Seram/Nusa Laut region)
Distance: ~200 km east southeast of Ambon (14 hours), 1,650 km east northeast of Bali (83 hours), 320 south west of Irian Jaya (16 hours)
Access: Indonesia liveaboards
Recommended length of stay: 7 – 14 days

Dive Sites

More detailed information on the dive sites of Banda Islands:

• Pulau Ai • Ambon
• Batu Kapal • Gunung Api
• Karang Hatta • Karnobol
• Pulau Keraka • Nusa Laut


Dive The World Recommendations: Karang Hatta, Batu Kapal and Pulau Ai.

Other sites that can be visited as part of a Banda Islands liveaboard cruise:

• Alor • Flores
• Komodo • Raja Ampat – Irian Jaya


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Indonesia Diving

Dive Sites of the Archipelago

Forming one corner of the ‘Coral Triangle’, the epicentre of world marine biodiversity, and containing 20% of the world’s coral reefs, it will come as no surprise that it boasts the most diverse waters in the world. What may surprise you is that Indonesia is the least known of the world’s best scuba destinations. Read on for details of the dive sites you can explore from our Indonesia dive resorts and liveaboards.

Over 3,000 fish species and 600 species of coral, steep walls, deep water trenches, underwater volcanic mountains, World War II wrecks, and an endless variety of macro life, scuba diving Indonesia is truly excellent and inexpensive.

With over 13,500 tropical and often deserted islands straddling the equator, and with the Indian Ocean to the east and Pacific Ocean to the west, Indonesia has the longest coastline of any country in the world and is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

The Banda Sea, Sulawesi (Celebes) Sea, Bali Sea and Flores Sea hold some of the best diving opportunities in this expansive underwater wonderland. Land-based or liveaboard, the Indonesia dive sites offer just about everything – KomodoRaja Ampat in Irian Jaya, the Banda IslandsSulawesi and Bali are all excellent destinations for a scuba adventure holiday.

Indonesian liveaboard cruises can take you further afield to such magical places as Komodo and the Banda Sea. Komodo is an island famed throughout the world for its legendary dragons, and all liveaboard trips include going ashore to see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. But it’s not all about monitor lizards. Diving around Komodo means world-class reefs full of colour and life with pinnacles and walls, manta rays and maybe even dolphins and dugongs!

The Banda Islands are fast becoming known as one the world finest diving destinations since a trip here means you can expect, not only huge variety and numbers of pelagics and reef fish, but also vibrant healthy reefs with immense hard corals, sea fans and sponges. Diving in Banda also means experiencing the critter havens of Ambon, so you can have it all in this one area. Discover another of Indonesia’s best kept diving secrets.

But if you really want to get off the beaten track then you will want to check out the awesome dive sites around Raja Ampat, where the combination of topside beauty and underwater delights make it pioneer diving at its best. Scientists are falling over themselves to proclaim Indonesia’s Raja Ampat as the centre of it all, and with such vast numbers of fish and coral species being recorded and discovered all the time, it is clear to see why.

Sulawesi scuba normally means combining the unparalleled bio-diversity of Bunaken Marine Park in Manado and the breathtaking Lembeh Strait – a spot that lays a strong claim to offering the best muck diving in the world. And Bali has a great range of varied shore-based diving, the world-famous Tulamben wreck, mola mola and reef sharks as well as a wealth of topside entertainment.

• Indonesia tourist information

• Map of Indonesia

Indonesia Diving Season

The season for scuba diving in Indonesia runs all year round. Overall, the best dive conditions exist from April to December, as many provinces have a rainy season from January to March.

The liveaboard season cruises all year round.

Reef Basics

Great for: Small animals, underwater photography, wall dives, wreck diving, drift dives, reef life and health and advanced divers
Not so great for: Beginner divers
Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 10 – 80m
Currents: Can be very strong
Surface Conditions: Calm
Water Temperature: 19 – 30°C
Experience Level: Intermediate – advanced
Number of dive sites: ~500
Access: Dive resorts and liveaboard charters
Recommended length of stay: 2 – 4 weeks

Dive Sites

More detailed information on Indonesia diving sites:

• Komodo • Raja Ampat – Irian Jaya
• Sulawesi –
• Bunaken Island • Lembeh Strait
• Wakatobi • Bangka
• Sangihe Archipelago
• Bali • Banda Islands
• Flores • Alor
• Sumbawa


Dive The World Recommendations: Sulawesi, Raja Ampat, Banda and Komodo.

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Irian Jaya Diving – Raja Ampat Sites

Dive Sites of West Papua Province

The Raja Ampat in Irian Jaya is not one of the most visited diving areas in the world which is strange since almost everyone who knows anything about the area agrees that there can surely be nowhere better on earth. Boasting the highest marine diversity on the planet, beautiful topside scenery and awesome underwater topography diving Raja Ampat is as close as you can get to underwater heaven.

To stand on the bow of your liveaboard boat as it cuts through the clear water towards verdant islands, inhabited by people whose lives are so different to your own, really creates that frontier diving kind of feeling.

Not many Indonesia liveaboards cover the Raja Ampat scuba diving sites around Irian Jaya making the exploration of this fabulous area even more special. Some of the highlights include the innumerable war wrecks, both ships and planes (with new wrecks being discovered constantly), encounters with dolphins, Misool Island and the simplicity of drifting effortlessly over some of the most pristine and fascinating coral scenes imaginable.

When your small group stops at a site where there are no other divers you will feel like a pioneer slipping into waters that you feel you are the first to dive. Amazing quantities of fish as well as beautiful topside topography and critters in their millions, your memories of Irian Jaya will stay with you forever.

• Irian Jaya tourist information

• Raja Ampat National Park

• View map of Irian Jaya

Diving Season

Raja Ampat diving is superb just about all year round. The term High Season is of little meaning here since there is such an expanse of sea visited by only a few liveaboards that “diver soup” is not really a danger. May to September is light rainy season, and Mid-July to mid-September sees some small surface swells, but not usually serious enough to interfere with your enjoyment.

Reef Basics

Great for: Reef life and health, large animals, small animals, underwater photography, advanced divers
Not so great for: Non-diving activities
Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 10 – 30m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface Conditions: Calm
Water Temperature: 27 – 30°C
Experience Level: Intermediate – advanced
Number of dive sites: Unknown but >200
Distance: ~1,200 km north east of West Timor (60 hours)
Access: Raja Ampat liveaboard cruises from West Timor or Irian Jaya
Recommended length of stay: 10 – 16 days

Dive Sites

More detailed information on Irian Jaya scuba diving sites:

• Cape Kri • Cross Wreck
• Fabiacet • Farondi Island
• Jef Fam Group • Kaleidoscope
• Manta Ridge • Sardines
• Sel Pele Bay


Dive The World Recommendations: Fabiacet, Farondi Island and Manta Ridge.

Other sites that can be visited on a liveaboard cruise through Raja Ampat:

• Alor • Banda Islands


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Bunaken Diving

National Park Dive Sites

The Manado dive resort area and Bunaken Marine Park are among the highlights of Indonesia scuba diving and have earned plaudits throughout the world.

The facts say it all – when you’re scuba diving in Manado you can see over 70% of all fish species that exist in the Indo-Western Pacific. Marine biodiversity is the name of the game in Indonesia generally and in Bunaken diving specifically.

The park is adored by marine biologists, photographers and recreational divers alike since the richness of its waters ensure that no 2 dives are the same and that there is always plenty to see, study, photograph and marvel at.

Included in the measures to protect this eco-treasure, is the creation of the marine park for which all divers must buy a pass which is used to fund conservation and village development programmes. It has long been recognised that the Manado area is an area worth preserving both for the good of the environment and the local economy. Various schemes are being undertaken to encourage responsible attitudes towards the reefs, the sea life and with regards to refuse disposal in the area. In Bunaken your few dollars really do make a difference!

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Bunaken Diving Season

Optimum conditions are more or less between the months of April and November but it is possible to dive Bunaken all year round without running into conditions that are less than acceptable.

Reef Basics

Great for: Small animals, wall dives, underwater photography, drift diving, reef life and health, dive value-for-money and advanced divers
Not so great for: Wrecks and non-diving activities
Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 20 – 35m
Currents: Usually gentle but can be strong
Surface Conditions: Calm
Water Temperature: 27 – 30°C
Experience Level: Beginner – advanced
Number of dive sites: ~25
Distance: ~18 km north of Manado Bay (40 mins)
Access: Manado diving resorts
Recommended length of stay: 7 – 10 days

Dive Sites

More detailed information on the Bunaken diving sites:

• Black Rock • Bunaken Timur
• Depan Kampung • Fukui Point
• Lekuan • Mandolin Point
• Tanjung Kopi


Dive The World Recommendations: Depan Kampung, Tanjung Kopi and Mandolin Point.

Other Manado diving sites that can be visited:

• Lembeh Strait • Bangka
• Sangihe Archipelago


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