If you are visiting Indonesia, and in particular if you are going scuba diving whilst you’re there, you might be asking what marine life is found in Indonesia?
The marine life found in Indonesia is incredible and includes sharks, whales, dugongs, rays, fish, octopus, barrel sponges, hard and soft coral, crabs and lobsters, crocodiles, cuttlefish and squid, sea snakes, giant clams, harlequin and mantis shrimp, jellyfish, nudibranchs, star fish and turtles.
The best way to dive Indonesia, whether that’s to Komodo or Raja Ampat, is by a scuba diving liveaboard. You can check the latest and best deals on liveaboards using the following window:
The following article includes at least one video of each of the following marine life encountered in Indonesia, as per the following list:
- Barrel sponges.
- Banded sea snakes.
- Giant clams.
- Harlequin shrimp.
- Mantis shrimp.
- Octopus, including mimic and wonderpus.
In addition to the above marine life, you will also find sharks, mammals including in whales, fish and rays. To find out more about the types of shark, mammals, whales, fish and rays found in Indonesia, please follow the links to each of these posts:
- What Kind Of Sharks Are In Indonesia.
- Whales and marine mammals found in Indonesia.
- What Fish Are Found In Indonesia.
- Rays and manta rays found in Indonesia.
Either before or after reading about marine life in Indonesia, you might like to take a look at these Indonesian liveaboards. Alternatively, take a look at the following table of Indonesia liveaboards:
Table of Liveaboard Diving in Indonesia
This list of Indonesia liveaboards is in descending customer rating order, followed by Scuba Diving Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating, see below), so the liveaboards with the highest customer rating and the best SDE lux rating will be at the top of the list. If you want to change the list order, use the “Sort by” dropdown below.
|Discover Liveaboard||Customer Rating||SDE Lux Rating %||Flexible Booking||Dive Courses||Dietary Requirements||Nitrox||Gear Rental|
|Review: MV Seaisee; Book: MV Seaisee||10||90%||YES||NO||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: Scubaspa Zen; Book: Scubaspa Zen||10||88%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: Jakaré; Book: Jakaré||10||81%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: Leyla; Book: Leyla||10||73%||YES||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|Review: Seven Seas; Book: Seven Seas||10||71%||NO||NO||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: Cahaya Bersama; Book: Cahaya Bersama||10||63%||YES||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|Review: MV Tarata; Book: MV Tarata||10||52%||NO||NO||YES||YES||NO|
|Review: Wisesa; Book: Wisesa||9.9||71%||YES||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|Review: MV Blue Manta; Book: MV Blue Manta||9.9||69%||NO||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: Tiare Cruise; Book: Tiare Cruise||9.7||87%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
The Scuba Diving Earth Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating) is explained on each liveaboard review when you click the “Discover Liveaboard” link, and is my own Liveaboard Luxury Rating I’ve assigned to all liveaboards. Choosing between liveaboards is helped by customer scores, and if you get stuck choosing between two or three liveaboards, where each one has a high customer score out of 10, you can use the SDE Luxury Rating to help narrow down your choice.
Think about it like using Booking.com when searching for the best hotel. Booking.com also use a customer score where each customer rates hotels out of 10. This is similar to the liveaboard customer rating, which is also rated out of 10. But let’s say you only like to stay in hotels rated 8 and above on Booking.com, but you also want the hotel to have WIFI or parking, or to have a swimming pool etc. The features each hotel has is usually secondary to the score out of 10.
Barrel sponges in Indonesia
You will find barrel sponges in Indonesia, and if you’re lucky you will see them when they are spawning too.
Crabs in Indonesia
There are many species of crab that live in Indonesia, which can be seen from the following video.
Lobsters in Indonesia
Indonesia is home to seven species of lobster, which includes the Indonesian spiny lobster (Panulirus Cygnus) and the painted spiny lobster (Panulirus Versicolor).
Crocodiles in Indonesia
Indonesia is home to salt water crocodiles, which live in the brackish mangrove swamps and river deltas.
The following video shows some “friendly” crocodiles in Indonesia, but I don’t recommend you do what you see happens in the next video, as what I see is a crocodile eying up his next meal! Don’t do this at home folks!
Cuttlefish in Indonesia
Indonesia is home to flamboyant cuttlefish, which are capable of changing colours.
Squid in Indonesia
Quid live in the seas around Indonesia, as can be seen from the next video.
Banded sea snake in Indonesia
Indonesia is home to sea snakes, and in particular the banded sea snake. Sea snakes, which are also known as coral reef snakes inhabit marine environments for most or all of their lives.
Giant clams in Indonesia
Giant clams can be found in Raja Ampat in Indonesia. Giant clam lives on shallow reef to depths of around 20 metres (66 feet), below which the algae they depend on to survive wouldn’t have enough sunlight to grow.
Harlequin shrimp in Indonesia
Harlequin shrimp can be found in Indonesia and tend to grow to be 1-2 inches in length. Harlequin shrimp tend to be white to light pink in colour, with bright red, purple, orange, and blue coloured spots across their body.
Mantis shrimp in Indonesia
Indonesia is home to the Mantis shrimp, which attacks by whamming down the lower edge of its dull, calcified claw. This whamming motion happens at such a speed that it’s enough to pulverize a snail’s shell or even break a finger of an unsuspecting diver or snorkeler.
Jellyfish in Indonesia
Indonesia is home to some very colourful jellyfish.
Nudibranchs in Indonesia
If you love to see nudibranchs, you will see many varieties in Indonesian waters. These include the popular Spanish dancer nudibranch.
Here is one of the most popular nudibranch, the Spanish Dancer.
Octopus in Indonesia
Indonesia is home to a number of different octopus, which include the coconut octopus, the blue ringed octopus, which is the most venomous creatures in the ocean, long armed octopus, mimic octopus and the wonderpus.
Mimic Octopus in Indonesia
Wonderpus in Indonesia
Starfish in Indonesia
Indonesia is home to a number of starfish species, one of which is the flamboyant feather starfish.
Turtles in Indonesia
Indonesia is home to six of the seven species of sea turtle. The turtles that are found in Indonesia include green turtle, hawksbill turtle, olive Ridley, leatherback sea turtle, flatback sea turtle, and loggerhead sea turtle.
I hope you enjoyed this page about marine life found in Indonesia
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