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Best dives in Indonesia - need to focus on a specific area?

Discussion in 'Indonesia' started by Sbiriguda, Aug 20, 2019.

  1. Sbiriguda

    Sbiriguda Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Italy
    This question is probably a bit naive and for sure you already spoke about it in other discussions, but since this information seems to be scattered in several threads I would like to open a new one on this specific topic
    Indonesia is a very big country and it is/it might be necessary to take internal flights, which is often uncomfortable when carrying scuba gear due to local flight companies baggage weight limitations

    Which are the very best dives in the country? Is it worth it to focus on a specific part of Indonesia, like people do in the Philippines when they focus on Luzon/Anilao vs Visayas/Bohol and Malapascua?

  2. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

    I'm focused on Raja Ampat but it isn't the only place I'll go to dive in Indo.
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  3. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    I'm focussed mainly on North Sulawesi and Bali for macro, but like @chillyinCanada that's not the only place I'll dive either.
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  4. Darnold9999

    Darnold9999 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Victoria BC Canada
    I like Lembeh for macro, Bali for macro and topside activity, Raja Ampat for everything, Komodo for everything and Ambon for macro. Banda Sea next year to see what’s there.

    There are just too many good places to dive in Indonesia to restrict yourself to just one.
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  5. Steelyeyes

    Steelyeyes Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Redmond Wa
    Southeast Suluwesi was pretty good. Hoping to get to Raja Ampat for a comparison some day.
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  6. thumbsplitter

    thumbsplitter Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Philadelphia
    Depends a little on season and the type of diving you want, but I would say Raja Ampat is the best. Melissa's Garden is my all-time favorite site I've ever dived.
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  7. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco, California
    Lembeh and Ambon for macro/muck, Komodo and Raja Ampat for wide angle reef with amazing colors (hard and soft corals!)/large fish/sharks. I will hit up the Banda Arc in October and will report back on how that goes.

    @thumbsplitter Here's one from Melissa's Garden for you.

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  8. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Perth West Aust.
    North Sulawesi - Bangka Lembeh Manado bunakeTernate Halmahera Morotai into northern Raja Ampat - Dampier Straits (my fav) - Raja to Ambon, Banda Sea, Banda Neira, Forgotton & Kei Islands,

    Raja South Wakatobi

    East Nusa Tengarra - Komodo, Maumere, Alor - just some off the top of my head ex Sulawesi
  9. BluewaterPhoto

    BluewaterPhoto Bluewater Photo & Travel ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Culver City, CA
    Depends on the timeframe, when will you be diving?
    Lembeh/Ambon for Macro
    Komodo/Raja Ampat for pelagics and corals
    Bali for wreck and mola mola
    Cenderawasih for whale sharks
  10. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boston
    You mentioned baggage restrictions and I'm not sure that has much to do with your main question. I would agree you should focus somewhat on a trip there and not attempt to fly all over the country for a couple days here, a couple days there, chasing the "best" dives - but that's for lots of reasons that have little to do with baggage. (Also true of the Philippines.)

    The national airline Garuda is reasonably generous, allows a extra free allowance for sporting gear, and you can buy additional allowance in advance if you need to. For divers, it's actually better than lots of airlines and will get you lots of places. There's lots of domestic airlines there and like anywhere, the budget ones may give you less allowance and charge more for extra weight. Just do your research and choose what makes sense.

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