The Republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world comprising 17,508 large and small tropical islands fringed with white sandy beaches. Over 11,000 islands are still uninhabited and a number even still unnamed. The archipelago stretches for 5,150 km between the continents of Australia and Asia, between the Pacific and Indian Oceans straddling the Equator.
Because of Indonesia’s location and geology, the country is blessed with a diverse landscape. There are fertile rice-lands on Java and Bali, luxuriant rain-forests in Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi. Savannah grasslands preside over the Nusatenggara islands and the snow-capped peaks can be found on the mountains of West Papua. Indonesia has many unexplored islands with grand mountain views, green rain-forests, rolling waves to surf and deep blue pristine seas. There are a number of unique flora and fauna indigenous to Indonesia such as the “orang utan”, Komodo Dragon, one-horned Rhino, wild oxen and even tigers!
Tropical climate which varies according to region. Average temperatures between 26˚C-28˚C. As Indonesia spans over such a large area seasonality and climate can differ.
Bali: Dry season is May to September. Wet season is October to April.
Manado: No real dry season, the rainy season is between November to June with rain decreasing between July and October.
Komodo: Dry season is June to September and wet season is December to March.
We recommend light, casual clothing. Remember to dress conservatively outside of your hotel or resort, swimwear is not allowed in public. Women should take care to observe a stricter dress code in Muslim areas, ensuring legs and shoulders are covered.
Indonesia forms one corner of the Coral Triangle, which is the epicentre of the world’s marine biodiversity. With 20% of the world’s coral reefs, it is one of the ultimate scuba diving destinations. Some dive destinations are situated in marine conservation parks.
There are over 3,000 fish species and 600 species of coral. The diving is diverse with steep walls, deep-water trenches, underwater volcanic mountains, World War II wrecks, pelagic life, an endless variety of macro life and extraordinary muck diving.
Many destinations have excellent land-based diving, while some remote areas are best approached by liveaboard.
You can dive in Indonesia year round, however conditions will vary in the different regions throughout the year. Generally, the best dive conditions are from April to November outside of the wet season. Please check the details for each region’s dive seasons / conditions individually.
Critter diving of Lembeh Strait, pelagics of Komodo National Park, diversity and corals of Raja Ampat, mola mola, and the SS Liberty wreck in Bali. There’s something for everyone.
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