The Diving

About Indonesia

With over 13,000 islands that make up the 5,200-kilometre-long archipelago of Indonesia, it hardly comes as a surprise to know that this is one of the world’s best dive destinations. Indonesia forms a part of the Coral Triangle, the global centre of marine biodiversity, which means you’re likely to find more sea life here than anywhere else in the world! Plus, with a dizzying array of places to choose from, you’ll want to keep coming back for more no matter how many times you visit the country. To find out more about individual locations, just keep scrolling.

Diving with Solitude Adventurer

It’s always safety first when it comes to diving with Solitude Adventurer. Our professional crew are trained to meet the international marine insurers and surveyors standards so that all are well-prepared to execute all required emergency and non-emergency procedures.

Our guide to diver ratio stands at 1:6 for most destinations in Indonesia, with the exception of Komodo, where it’s capped at 1:4 to ensure every diver gets the attention they need.

Do note that solo diving is strictly prohibited when diving with us, even if you are certified. Also, all guests must be equipped with an audible signalling device (like a whistle), dive computer, Nautilus Lifeline VHF (or anything similar), and a surface marker buoy (SMB) when participating in any SCUBA activity with us.

Dive Indonesia

Solitude Adventurer offers seven to 12-night itineraries that cover a combination of the following dive destinations in Indonesia:

Lembeh

There’s no denying Lembeh’s status as the muck diving capital of the world. Divers from all over flock to this black-sand paradise with the hopes of finding rare macro critters like the mimic octopus and the hairy frogfish.

Bangka

Relatively quiet and unknown in the past, Bangka is quickly gaining recognition as a hot spot for divers. The destination offers more than 25 dive sites, many of which feature gorgeous walls, swim-throughs, and pinnacles underwater.

Bunaken

Known for its drop-offs and beautiful reefs, Bunaken Marine Park is a protected area that’s perfect for wall diving enthusiasts. You won’t have to look too hard to find the resident turtles that inhabit the waters here, and when you’re on the surface, don’t forget to look out towards the blue for dolphins!

Sangihe

The remote islands of Sangihe are surrounded by deep, nutrient-rich waters that are home to giants like dogtooth tuna and barracuda. The visibility here is often excellent, though currents can be very strong.

Ambon

Like Lembeh, Ambon’s muck diving is phenomenal. However, most divers that come to this lesser-known macro destination have cameras in hand and only two things on their wishlist: the psychedelic Ambon frogfish and Rhinopias.

Banda

Often on the bucket list of many divers, Banda Sea is best explored via liveaboard because of its sheer vastness. The region is peppered with smoking volcanoes, and below the waves, schools of hammerheads and plenty of sea snakes can be found.

Raja Ampat

With its extremely high levels of biodiversity, Raja Ampat is one of Indonesia’s natural gems. The place is brimming with large pelagics and has a stunning coralscape to boot. When not mesmerised by the throngs of tropical fish, look out for adorable dugongs and wobbegongs.

Misool

The ever-picturesque Misool is defined by its signature turquoise waters and vibrant reefs. This magical Southern Raja Ampat destination is the best place to go for colourful soft and hard corals, as well as various species of turtles, rays, and reef sharks.

Maumere

Maumere is a bay situated on the north coast of Flores, and it remains rather unknown to many divers. Look forward to diving steep walls and exploring drop-offs as you search for all things big and small, from ghost pipefish and ribbon eels to sharks and rays.

Komodo

Drift-dive your way through Komodo, which is famed for its pristine reefs, incredible abundance of marine life, and, of course, wild ocean currents. Get familiar with iconic dive sites like Batu Bolong as you spot manta rays, barracudas, and schools of giant trevally.

Know Before You Go

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Language

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia.

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Time Zone

There are mainly three time zones: Indonesia Western Standard Time – seven hours in advance (UTC+7) of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT); Indonesia Central Standard Time – eight hours ahead (UTC+8) of GMT; and Indonesia Eastern Standard Time – nine hours ahead (UTC+9) of GMT.

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Climate/Weather

Split by the equator, Indonesia has an almost entirely tropical climate, with the coastal plains averaging 28°C. The area’s relative humidity is quite high, and ranges between 70 and 90%. In most regions, the dry season begins in May and lasts till September, with rains falling between October and April.

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Currency

The rupiah (Rp) is the official currency of Indonesia. However, many resorts and dive operators also accept US dollars.

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Electricity

Indonesia uses European-style two-pin round plugs. The standard voltage is 230 V, and you can use your electrical appliances in Indonesia if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 to 240 V (as it is in the UK, Europe, Australia, and most of Asia and Africa).

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Duty-free Allowance

You’re allowed to bring in one litre of alcohol, and no more than 200 cigarettes (100 grams of tobacco).