It is well known among divers that Indonesia offers some of the best diving spots on the planet. Turquoise waters with great visibility, unparalleled marine biodiversity, and brilliant underwater action all contribute to its claim. The sheer size of the country, the location within the Coral Triangle, and the stunning underwater seascapes make every dive a different experience. You may have already been to Komodo or Raja Ampat. Both are among the most popular dive destinations in Indonesia; and for good reasons, as each area offers something unique. However, for the diver who wants to explore lesser known and unexplored territories, we have some brand new itineraries that will surely get you excited!
Additional to our Komodo and Raja Ampat itineraries, we have launched a set of itineraries which venture out to less visited areas in Indonesia, starting in 2022. With idyllic-sounding names such as: the Spice Islands, Triton Bay and the Southern Forgotten Islands, you can expect a dive holiday like no other. Join us to explore these remote and pristine islands in the heart of the Coral Triangle. Beat the crowds and take a look at our new routes below:
The Southern Forgotten Islands itinerary takes you on a tour across the Banda Sea from Alor to Saumlaki. We kick off with fantastic muck diving and thriving reef walls in the Pantar Strait expect to can encounter special marine treasures such as Rhinopias and Wonderpus. Next on to the volcanic island of Gunung Api with its resident Chinese olive sea snakes, before we continue to Nil Desperandum & Serua. Many larger fish species call these pristine waters home. Hammerhead sharks, tunas, Napoleon wrasses and groupers are some of the most common sightings. Schooling surgeon fish, banner fish and barracudas are also known to give divers a spectacular display.
One of the first dives on The Spice Islands itinerary takes you into the underwater archway of Ambon Bay. This massive archway is richly decorated with hanging soft corals and fan corals on the bottom. Shoals of fusiliers, banner fish and surgeon fish feed along the steep walls covered with huge barrel sponges. Hatta Blue Hole by Banda Island features a widespread hard coral shallow plateau that extends away from the island to a majestic drop off. A large opening on top of the reef opens to a swim through densely covered with huge vibrant gorgonians.
Wonderpus & diver with gorgonian fan: © Gerald Rambert
Indo Siren island view: © Udo van Dongen