Indonesia

One of the most varied diving destinations in the world.

The huge choice of diving, liveaboard and resort options are enough to keep the most discerning diver interested for weeks. There just are too many highlights to mention!

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Indonesia is one of those diving destinations that just has so much variety on offer, located in the middle of the “Coral Triangle” your diving adventure will include beautiful wall dives, healthy coral reefs and pelagic action. In our opinion a destination that has more marine diversity than anywhere else on earth.

Indonesia is the perfect destination to do a twin centre diving trip as you can easily visit a couple of diving areas and have a totally different diving experience.

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Marcelina

Tuesday, 01 September 2015

Jennifer B. – 7 Nights at the Lotus Bungalows in Bali

7 nights at the Lotus Bungalows in Bali organised by Marcelina at ultimate diving.

Jennifer B. – 7 Nights at the Lotus Bungalows in Bali

Bali

Indonesia

Dive with the infamous Sunfish in the day and indulge in the nightlife culture in the evening. Our boutique resorts will make this a trip to remember.

  • Diverse marine life
  • Liveaboard
  • Wrecks/reefs/walls/critters
  • Trips to suit all
  • Year round diving
  • Great value options

Gili Islands

Indonesia

The Gili’s are not as developed as neighbouring Bali and offers a different diving experience with walls and pelagic fishes. There is plenty to see outside the resort with local tours.

  • Diverse marine life
  • Liveaboard
  • Wrecks/reefs/walls/critters
  • Trips to suit all
  • Year round diving
  • Great value options

Manado

Indonesia

Manado is the gateway to Bunaken national park and also a good base for doing diving trips between Bunaken, Banca and Lembeh. Great value resorts available.

  • Diverse marine life
  • Liveaboard
  • Wrecks/reefs/walls/critters
  • Trips to suit all
  • Year round diving
  • Great value options

Lembeh Strait

Indonesia

This is the place to visit for critter diving. The black volcanic sand has caused animals to evolve in a way that is unique to this destination. Some great local excursions on offer as well.

  • Diverse marine life
  • Liveaboard
  • Wrecks/reefs/walls/critters
  • Trips to suit all
  • Year round diving
  • Great value options

Gangga Island

Indonesia

 If you are looking for a romantic getaway then look no further. Gangga Island is a small island with a coral sand beach with some amazing diving within minutes of the resort.

  • Diverse marine life
  • Liveaboard
  • Wrecks/reefs/walls/critters
  • Trips to suit all
  • Year round diving
  • Great value options

Siladen Island

Indonesia

Siladen is only 5 minutes from the Bunaken national park. If you are looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy a bit of luxury this is the place for you. Good for multi-centre holidays.

  • Diverse marine life
  • Liveaboard
  • Wrecks/reefs/walls/critters
  • Trips to suit all
  • Year round diving
  • Great value options

Wakatobi

Indonesia

Probably one of the most diverse diving environments in the world. Choose from a premium resort or liveaboard to enjoy your diving or combine both to make a mind blowing trip of a lifetime.

  • Diverse marine life
  • Liveaboard
  • Wrecks/reefs/walls/critters
  • Trips to suit all
  • Year round diving
  • Great value options

Indonesian Borneo

Indonesia

Borneo is the least visited part of Indonesia, enabling it to stay truly unspoilt! Both above and below water the nature of this region will leave you astounded.

  • Diverse marine life
  • Liveaboard
  • Wrecks/reefs/walls/critters
  • Trips to suit all
  • Year round diving
  • Great value options

Raja Ampat

Indonesia

The marine life in Raja Ampat ranges from the largest manta rays to the smallest pygmy seahorses. A complete menu of macro and pelagic action for the keen photographer.

  • Diverse marine life
  • Liveaboard
  • Wrecks/reefs/walls/critters
  • Trips to suit all
  • Year round diving
  • Great value options

Komodo & Lesser Sunda

Indonesia

Komodo is a destination that will leave you blown away and wishing for more after every dive. Not only will you have a varied diving itinerary you will also have the opportunity to meet the Komodo dragons that tend to patrol the beautiful beaches.

  • Diverse marine life
  • Liveaboard
  • Wrecks/reefs/walls/critters
  • Trips to suit all
  • Year round diving
  • Great value options

Destination Fact File

One of the most varied diving destinations in the world.

Generally accepted to be the world's best country for sea life, Indonesia has more marine diversity than anywhere on earth. Slap bang in the middle of the 'Coral Triangle' of diversity that extends from Australia to the Philippines and across to Borneo and into the South Pacific, this country is at the core of the ocean's heart, where the marine variety suggests life in the sea began. With 20% of the world's coral reefs, over 3,000 different species of fish and 600 coral species, deep water trenches, volcanic sea mounts, World War II wrecks, and an endless variety of macro life, Indonesia scuba diving is both excellent and inexpensive.

You can experience all the wondrous fish and other marine life in these nutrient-rich seas. From encounters with big pelagics around the cool waters of Komodo, cruising over pristine fields of coral in Raja Ampat, marvelling at the enormous volumes of fish in the Banda Islands, to photographing the outrageous critters of Sulawesi, diving in Indonesia is unforgettable.

There are packages to suit all needs including resort diving in Bali and Sulawesi where you can stay in comfort on the doorstep of world-class dive sites where marine biologists, photographers and pleasure divers come to marvel and the species numbers and variety.

For many, diving is best on one of the Indonesia liveaboards to Komodo and beyond, into the seemingly unchartered territory of Papau. These trips offer the chance to cruise over crystal seas from Bali to the legendary islands of Komodo and Rinca where the dragons of folklore roam. Beyond Komodo lies some of the most exhilarating frontier scuba diving there is, around the Banda Islands and Raja Ampat where there are few boats and only serious pleasure-seeking divers. Fantastic dives are virtually assured.

Diving Information:



Bali

Bali's diverse dive sites offer an exceptional diving experience for all levels of divers experiencing protected shallow bays with exotic scorpionfish, octopus and nudibranchs to exciting drift diving in wild currents with sharks and manta rays. From Bali you can embark on one of the liveaboard trips Ultimate Diving offers to the Komodo National Park and East of Flores onboard the Komodo Dancer giving you the opportunity to explore the waters in and around the Flores Sea, vibrant local cultures, the Komodo Dragons and colourful coral reefs.



Gili Islands

Lombok’s diving is around the many reefs, walls, drop-offs, plateaus and slopes reflecting a good cross section of what Indonesia has to offer. Here you will have the opportunity to see a fascinating variety of turtles, white tip reef sharks, cuttlefish, moray eels, angelfish, ghost pipefish, snappers, mantas, eagle rays and many more. The corals around the Gili Islands are good for diving and snorkelling activities and can be reached from shore. The three islands have spectacular white sandy beaches, sparkling blue waters and are encircled by beautiful coral reefs containing very rare blue coral and thousands of species of marine life.



Manado

vv Manado’s marine environment is the most varied, rich and incredible diving in the world. The seas are fringed by extensive coral reefs and surrounded by a very rich marine bio-diversity. The Bunaken National Marine Park is the main diving area in Manado and comprises of a group of five islands: Bunaken, Siladen, Nain, Montehage and Manado Tua. The islands in the park are distinctly different; in Bunaken you will have the opportunity to dive the deep and calm bay that shelters fertile coral formations. The fauna on this reef flat, edge and wall is extraordinary and large pelagics patrol along the steep walls.



Lembeh Straits

The Lembeh Strait has decent coral meadows to the north but it is mostly famous for being one of the best muck diving destinations in the world peeling back layers of life to reveal shy critters such as the flamboyant cuttlefish, harlequin shrimp, mimic octopus and skeleton shrimps. The Lembeh Straits are 25 kilometres long with over 30 dive sites to choose from and its seabed is as diverse as the creatures which inhabit it.



Gangga Island

Gangga Island is perfectly located at the conjunction of the Indian and the Pacific Oceans offering sensational diving where you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with diverse and remarkable marine life. The Bunaken National Marine Park is only 75 minutes away from Gangga Island and the 75,265 hectares of the protected park offers most of the species of coral fishes known to exist in Indonesia.



Siladen Island

Siladen Island is another amazing island part of the Bunaken Manado Tua Marine Park offering steep wall diving and many opportunities to see pelagics like sharks, mackerels, tunas and turtles. The sites around Siladen’s south wall and Siladen Utara offer swift currents supporting giant coral trees and sponges and a variety of exquisite soft corals at the reef top. Small creatures are common here and you will have endless opportunities to encounter groupers, butterflyfish, stingrays, and spotted eagle rays.



Wakatobi

Wakatobi is one of the newest and most exciting diving destinations in Indonesia. Biodiversity is a measure of the variety of species that can be found in an ecosystem. Wakatobi is located in an area that encompasses the highest coral reef biodiversity in the world. This destination has a spectacular house reef and several dozens of easily accessible dive sites offering incredible colour and natural splendour sightings. The resort packages include all boat dives and unlimited shore diving ensuring you get total diving freedom.



Destination Key Information

Currency Indonesian rupiah
Time Difference GMT +7
Vaccinations Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus, Cholera; Hepatitis B; Japanese Encephalitis; Rabies, Typhoid. Yellow fever vaccination certificate required for travellers over 9 months of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
Tipping Is not mandatory. However, if you want to tip, perhaps provide 5-10% of the total bill. Restaurants: some restaurants will include 5-10% service charge to their bill.
Passport & Visas Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your departure. You don’t need a visa to enter Indonesia for visits of up to 30 days.
Flight Routes Flights from Heathrow to Jakarta via Dubai.
International Flight Durations Average flight time is around 24 hours. These will vary based on different routes.
Luggage Allowance 23 KG
Transfer Information When you land in Indonesia you will have someone waiting for you to take you to your liveaboard or hotel.
Dive Season You can dive in Indonesia at any time of the year. Generally speaking for such a vast country, April to December are the best times to go since rainy season is more or less between the months of January and March. That said many places, such as Sulawesi, have excellent conditions at this time so be sure to check the diving season details for your particular destination of choice. The Indonesia liveaboard safari season is all year round.

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Indonesia, Bali

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Indonesia, Komodo & Lesser Sunda

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Kungkungan Bay Resort & Spa

Indonesia, Lembeh Strait

Summer Dive Trips offers 4 nights/ 3 diving days (8 day dives) in Garden view Cabin only £600 7 nights/ 6 diving days (17 day dives) in a Garden view Cabin only £1176 Travel from June 1st to July 31, 2018 Kungkungan Bay Resort itinerary includes the following: Accommodations ( Upgrades are available), 3 meals in our Indonesia menu service restaurant, up to 3 day boat dives per day, free beach diving between 8am-9pm, free Wi-Fi, tax and service charges. Single surcharge is £35 per night. Airport transfer is £30 per car. Group offer: 7 pays, the 8 is free. International flights available on request. Call 02086556458 or send us an email to info@ultimatediving.co.uk

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Siladen Last Minute Special

Indonesia, Siladen Island

Valid for stays between 19th of May to June 30th 2018 Book 7 or more nights and get 10% off accommodation Package includes accommodation in selected villa type, full board 3 meals a day including water excluding beverages, all local taxes and wi-fi. Bunaken National Marine Park entry fee of RP 150,000 per person not included and payable upon arrival at the Resort.

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