Top 12 Best Diving Spots in Indonesia

Best Indonesia Diving Spots

Best Diving Spots in Indonesia – Indonesia, an archipelago with a million natural beauty, ranging from plains, mountains to underwater natural beauty offers a view that we must not miss, in Indonesia, there are a lot of cool spot for diving.

No doubt that Indonesia has a wealth of incredible underwater. These places often used as a place for diving lovers. Also, there is a beautiful marine life; there is also a diving spot which is a witness to the story of World War II.

This article helps you to find “Top 12 Best Diving Spots in Indonesia”. Check this out on this article!


1. Karimun Java, Central Java

Karimun Java or Karimun Jawa is a cluster of islands (up to 27 islands) located in the Java Sea, including the district of Jepara, Central Java (Jawa Tengah). Karimun Islands were designated a National Park since 15 March 2001. Karimun Islands have at least 30 dive sites.

Top 12 best Diving Spots in Indonesia
Karimun Java diving spot with beautiful marine life

Its depth is between 5-40 meters, with visibility between 5-25 meters and varying currents. Underwater charm among others covers the beautiful coral reef, various kinds of marine animals such as Napoleon fish, Hawksbill Turtle, Green Turtle and over 200 species of ornamental fish.

Karimun Java is already very popular among both local and foreign travelers; the island has more than 30 diving spots with spectacular scenery. Diverse coral reefs and rare animals such as the green turtle to more than 200 species of fish living in waters of Karimun Java, so it is a pity if you miss a spot of diving in Karimun Java.


2. Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara

Komodo Island is located in the District of Komodo, West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara. Together with the island of Rinca and Padar (as well as several smaller islands), designated as a National Park since 1980 and became one of the UNESCO world heritage sites since 1991. The location is the best diving around Komodo Island:

Top 12 best Diving Spots in Indonesia
Green Turtle in Komodo Island diving spot – source: Youtube Images
  • Red Beach
  • Batu Bolong
  • Tatawa Besar
  • Batu Tiga
  • Manta Point, location to see the Manta Ray

In addition to a manta, Komodo Island divers can see a variety of other fish species ranging clownfish, reef sharks, turtles, and barracuda. Komodo Island also has a diversity of underwater topography, ranging from the reef flat to the wall. But because the current is high enough, so it is not recommended for the beginner diver. Also, Komodo Island marine is one of the best diving spots in Indonesia.


3. Alor, East Nusa Tenggara

Top 12 Diving Spots in Indonesia
Alor diving spot – source:

Alor archipelago located in the eastern part of Nusa Tenggara. The region has about 20 islands and several straits. Alor has more than 30 dive spots. Some of them are:

  • Half Moon Bay
  • Varuna’s Point
  • Coconut Groove
  • Peter’s Prize
  • Crocodile Rook
  • Trip Top
  • No Man’s Land
  • The Cathedral

Biota witnessed in Alor dive sites include reef sharks, turtles, Moray Eels, Rays, Napoleon, Dogtooth, and barracuda.

4. Wakatobi, North Sulawesi

Top 12 Diving Spots in Indonesia
Wakatobi diving spots – source:

Wakatobi is located in the south of the island of Sulawesi and consists in the Isle of Wangi-scented, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko. Wakatobi was set to be one of the National Park since 1996.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), set the Wakatobi as World Biosphere Reserve. Wakatobi has up to 750 species of coral with 25 pieces of coral reef. Also, Wakatobi is one of the best diving spots in Indonesia.

Sea depth varies, the deepest reaching 1,044 meters with a visibility of about 15-80 meters and an excellent flow. There are about 40 best dive sites scattered in the area immediately adjacent to the Banda Sea. Increasingly interested in trying for Wakatobi diving?


5. Derawan, East Kalimantan

Top 12 Diving Spots in Indonesia
Derawan diving spot – source:

Derawan archipelago in Berau, East Kalimantan. Consisting of 31 islands with some relatively well-known as Maratua, Derawan, and Kakaban. In Kakaban famous for “atoll” (coral reefs are partially submerged in seawater) which forms a saltwater lake and four types of jellyfish that do not sting. Also, there are about 28 other best dive spots in Derawan.


6. Bunaken, North Sulawesi

Top 12 Diving Spots in Indonesia
Bunaken diving spot – source:

Bunaken is located in the Manado Bay and including the territory of the city of Manado. The area was designated as a National Park Bunaken and Bunaken Marine Park. Bunaken Marine Park is worth mentioning as the most beautiful marine parks in the world because of the diversity of marine life ranging from coral reefs, dugongs, dolphins, ancient fish coelacanth and various kinds of ornamental fish. Bunaken marine park has a 20 dive spot with varying depths up to 1344 meters. Also, Bunaken is one of the best diving spots in Indonesia.


7. Raja Ampat, West Papua

Islands are located in West Papua has 610 islands. Four of these are the largest in the island of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo. The area is famous as one of the locations with the highest diversity of marine life.

Raja Ampat is one of the best and most beautiful marine parks in Indonesia and even the world and is part of the Wildlife Refuge in Raja Ampat Islands.

Top 12 Diving Spots in Indonesia
Raja Ampat diving spot – source:

Here there are 537 coral species (75% of the total species of coral reef in the world), more than a thousand species of reef fish and 700 species of mollusks. Also, Raja Ampat is one of the best Indonesia diving spots.Best dive sites in Raja Ampat:

  • Mansuar Island
  • Chicken Reef, coral reef clusters with high currents above but quiet inside
  • Mike’s Point
  • Manta’s Point in Arborek Island
  • Blue Magic


8. North Halmahera, Maluku Islands

North Halmahera is one of the districts in North Maluku, Indonesia. Directly adjacent to the Pacific Ocean that has a captivating beauty under the sea. Some experts regard it as the heart of the world’s coral triangle.

Barracudas on Halmahera diving spot - source:
Barracudas on Halmahera diving spot – source:

The dive region has a current calm and visibility was good making it suitable for novice divers. Some of the best dive spots in North Halmahera:

  • Tagalaya Island
  • Dodola
  • Tobotobo
  • Bobale Island
  • Powale Island

9. Tulamben, Bali

Tulamben is a village located in the district of Kubu, Karangasem, Bali. This village is one of the diving spots in Indonesia and famous in Bali, especially around the location of the sunken ship “USAT Liberty” (an army transport ship that sank after the United States torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942).

Top 12 Diving Spots in Indonesia
Tulamben diving spot

This dive site is one of the easiest places to enjoy the recreational diving underwater scenery around the shipwreck. All Skill level divers can do a dive in this area.

This location can be reached directly from the beach which is located about 25 meters from the coast, with a depth of 5 meters and 30 meters below sea level.

You will feel the natural beauty of the underwater when diving in these waters. Brightly colored fishes and coral reefs will be found when diving there.


10. Morotai, Maluku Islands

Morotai Island is a name of an island at the same time a definitive district, located on the Isle of Halmahera, Maluku Islands, Indonesia. As part of the North Maluku province, the island is one of the northernmost islands in Indonesia.

Top 12 best Diving Spots in Indonesia
Morotai diving spot – source: Youtube Images

Besides seeing the little fish that was swimming, You will be amazed to see some of the wreckage of World War II at a depth of 20-30 meters. Besides the wreckage, You can find the carcass of a truck which some parts are still intact. Also, Morotai is one of the best diving spots in Indonesia.


11. Banda Islands, Maluku

Maluku like paradise reserved for lovers of diving, in Maluku, there are many spots cool should not we miss, one of which is in the Banda Islands, the Banda Islands consist of 10 islands with the Neira Island, Banda Besar Island, and Gunung Api Island as the biggest island.

Top 12 Diving Spots in Indonesia
Manta Ray in Banda Island diving spot – source:

Banda Islands dive spot has some very charming like:

  • Sonegat
  • Keraka Island
  • Sjahrir Island
  • Batu Kapal
  • Lontar Island
  • Batu Belanda
  • Ai Island
  • Hatta Island

Also, Banda Island in Maluku Archipelago is one of the best diving spots in Indonesia.


12. Pulau Weh, Sabang

Sabang is a most western administrative region of Indonesia, located in the province of Aceh. Has five islands, namely Pulau Weh, Pulau Rubiah, Klah Island, Seulako Island and the Isle of Rondo. A region surrounded by the Strait of Malacca and the Indian Ocean have over there are 20 dive sites with varying levels of difficulty.

Top 12 best Diving Spots in Indonesia
Sabang Island diving spot by

Pulau Weh is quite famous among lovers of diving, here there are many interesting spots that we can visit, one of which is on the island of Rubiah, some famous places in and around Pulau Weh Sabang is:

  • The Canyon, volcanic rock structures under water to a depth of between 15-70 meters
  • Batee Tokong
  • Sophie Rickmers, 134-meter long wreck which sank in 1940
  • Flow Balee, spot with strong currents and often changing
  • Turkish Ideu

Also, Sabang Island (Weh Island) is one of the best diving spots in Indonesia and many divers that chose this site as one of their favorites Indonesia diving sites. Sabang also Sabang will also hold an event that will be diving internationally at Sail Sabang Festival in 2017.

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