Indonesia Liveaboard Diving
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Liveaboard Diving in Indonesia
Indonesia liveaboard diving is for all diver levels including beginners, intermediate and advanced divers. The diving includes spectacular coral reefs and amazing marine biodiversity of Raja Ampat, or magnificent mantas, swirling currents of The Cauldron and Komodo Dragons of Komodo National Park.
Liveaboard scuba diving in Indonesia offers some of the best variety of marine life found on the planet.
Indonesia is an undisputed liveaboard diving and scuba diving mecca. Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, which includes 11,000 uninhabited islands and around 34,000 miles of coastline to explore.
Underwater you’ll discover over 500 species of coral, more than 2,000 species of fish, which is what scuba divers from around the world come to experience. But don’t be put off by that thought, because when you dive from a liveaboard, you will visit some of the remote places of Indonesia where you’ll be alone with only the fellow divers onboard the dive boat.
Liveaboard dive trips to Indonesia include the famous Komodo National Park, where you find sharks, manta rays and dolphins. But on top of that you will find an abundance of reef fish and small creatures including nudibranchs and seahorses too.
Indonesia liveaboards also dive the fabulous Raja Ampat, which has pristine coral gardens and gin-clear waters. Raja Ampat is in the Banda Sea, which has undersea mountains and pinnacles, which were formed by previous volcanic activity.
As well as diving Komodo and Raja Ampat, you can also choose a liveaboard with itineraries to dive Indonesia’s ‘Forgotten Islands,’ which are only accessible by liveaboard dive boats. Plus enjoy amazing drift dives over ridges and canyons at Lombok Strait.
Table of Indonesia liveaboards
This list of Indonesia liveaboards is in descending customer rating order, so the liveaboards with the highest customer rating will be at the top of the list. To filter this table for the features that are important for your Indonesia liveaboard trip, select from the list of filters below.
|Price Per Day
|Review: Jakaré; Book: Jakaré
|from £255; $311; €291
|Review: Leyla; Book: Leyla
|from £267; $326; €304
|Review: Cahaya Bersama; Book: Cahaya Bersama
|from £197; $240; €225
|Review: MV Tarata; Book: MV Tarata
|from £166; $203; €189
|Review: Seven Seas; Book: Seven Seas
|from £378; $461; €431
|Review: MV Seaisee; Book: MV Seaisee
|from £281; $343; €320
|Review: Scubaspa Zen; Book: Scubaspa Zen
|from £450; $549; €513
Note: The above “Price Per Day” was correct at the time of producing this article, as was the exchange rate used to convert the GBP cost to US Dollars and Euros. For an up-to-date cost for your chosen liveaboard, please visit the “Book” link above.
Indonesia Liveaboard Dive Sites
Komodo National Park Diving
On the island of Komodo you can experience the infamous Komodo Dragons on the land excursions offered with Komodo liveaboards.
But when you dive under the surface you will be spoilt with hammerhead sharks, whitetip reef sharks, manta rays, turtles and an abundance of difference varieties of reef fish species. If that’s not enough, you may even be lucky to spot dugongs, or even a whale too.
Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago.
Komodo dive safaris range from is 8 to 12 days, and the Komodo liveaboards depart from Bima Bay (Sumbawa), Labuan Bajo (Flores) or Maumere (Flores), which are all about one hour’s flight from Bali or Jakarta.
Diving in Komodo is year-round but the best time to dive there is from May to October during the Southwest Monsoon when water visibility is at its best and water temperatures are around 30°C (86°F).
Komodo liveaboard itineraries include dive sites around Sangeang Volcano and Sumbawa island, whilst the dive safaris that leave from Bali also include Moyo, Satonda, Gili Banta, and Gili Lawa Laut dive sites in their itineraries too.
Raja Ampat Diving
Raja Ampat diving is possibly one of the the best dive areas in the world, as it’s still considered untouched and teaming with marine life.
The archipelago of Raja Ampat is remote, is also known as The Four Kings and boasts around 1,500 islands. Diving Raja Ampat from an Indonesian liveaboard can be challenging for intermediate and expert divers, but there are also dive trips suitable for beginners divers too.
Raja Ampat dive sites include Kri Island, Manta Ridge and The Passage. At these dive sites you will see sharks, manta rays, an abundance of reef fish and all types of creatures and pristine coral too. The biodiversity in this region is second to none, where you can see 75% of the world’s coral species and sea life.
Raja Ampat liveaboard itineraries are between 7 to 12 nights long and you can dive all year-round. But most Raja Ampat liveaboards operate between October to April when the seas are at their calmest, and then the water temperature is between 27°-30°C (80.6°-86°F).
Best time to dive Indonesia
You can dive Indonesia year round, but the best time to go is May to October for Komodo and October to April for Raja Ampat.
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