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Liveaboard Diving in Indonesia


Indonesia is a gem of a diving destination with more than 17,500 Islands you have to wonder how on earth will we ever get to dive it all. At the North tip of Sulawesi, Bunaken National Marine Park, claims to have seven times more types of coral than Hawaii, and has more than 70% of all the known fish species of the Indo-Western Pacific. There's more than 3,500 species living in Indonesian waters, including humpback whales, wobbegongs, hammer head sharks, reef sharks, dolphins, manta rays, turtles, morays, cuttlefish, octopus, scorpionfish and frogfish. Some of the most famous diving sites in Indonesia are also the most difficult to reach, which is why the longer duration 10 days liveaboard trips are the most popular. Early booking for Indonesia Liveaboards is essential and it's the perfect private charter liveaboard destination.

Komodo National Park is also very famous for its Komodo Dragons which all liveaborads in that area step off the boat to study these magnificent creatures it also attracts the worlds amateur and professional underwater photographers due to its vast and varied marine life encounters. Raja Ampat is the most bio-diverse marine region on the planet and conservation experts suggest that the marine life diversity in Raja Ampat region is the highest recorded on earth.

Indonesia boasts more than 80,000 kilometers of coastline and around 15% of the world's coral reefs its definitely a divers dream destination and liveaboards will take you to every small corner looking for the largest of life.
Some of the liveaboards head out of Bali, Bima and Labuan Bajo for most of the Komodo trips. Sorong is one of the main departure points for Raja Ampat trips. Our top Indonesia Liveaboards include Queen Scuba, Mermaid I, Mermaid II, Indo Siren, Mandarin Siren, Black Manta, Panunee, Samata, Lalunia, Komodo Dancer and Paradise Dancer all offer very different itineraries and departure points so please check each liveaboard accordingly to obtain the correct travel information. Indonesia trips can sometimes board in one destination and disembark in another the liveaboard does not always return to its original departure point making the most of the diving itinerary.

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Best time of year

Indonesia offers year round diving opportunities with the main Komodo season from May-November although Komodo trips are available year round. The main Raja Ampat season is from November-May but again you can find liveaboard trips year round. Flores & Alor from May-Dec is typical although other months can offer some special conditions and trips. North Sulawesi trips are typically May-Aug.

How to get there

The departure points for the Indonesian Liveaboard trips are all very different from boat to boat, please see the individual liveaboard for the full travel itinerary. Bali Indonesia is the main departure point for most of the Komodo trips but Bima and Labuan Bajo are also departure points for Komodo. You will see all itineraries on the individual boat pages including departure and return locations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Currency: The standard currency is Indonesian Rupiah. USD, GBP, Euro, AUD and most currencies are accepted and exchange booths and banks are common in tourist areas. ATM Machines accept all major credit cards and are located widely across all main tourist areas.
Power: The electricity in Indonesia is 220 volts. Please bring with you your countries convertor plugs.
Visa & Passport: The maximum stay permitted for the visa on arrival is 30 days. If you plan to stay longer than 30 days, you need to mention your intention to stay longer. Visa on Arrival can be extended for another 30 days. Expiration date of the applicant's passport must be at least 6 (six) months at the date of entry and present a Round-trip airplane ticket.
For some of the Indonesia destinations, guests will require a visa obtained prior to arrival and different nationalities often have different visa requirements. It is the full responsibility of the guests to obtain the necessary visa and passport information and to comply with the essential requirements. Please contact your embassy for more information.
Dive Insurance & Medical Care: It is compulsory on all of the Liveaboards in Indonesia that divers have their own personal diving insurance.

Indonesian Cuisine

Indonesia doesn't have a single typical cuisine as it is made up of a combination of cuisines span over the 6,000 populated islands all coming together to create the modern nation of Indonesian cuisine with western influences. Rice is served as standard often cooked in coconut milk and peanuts are often used in cooking for satay, gado-gado, rendang and sambal. Spices are in abundance with many different curry types. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the order of any meal served upon the liveaboards served with sweet tea and different coffee varieties.

Agent Liveaboard on Indonesia

Indonesia is a hidden treasure and not usually the first choice for liveaboard divers. That's all about to change and Indonesia from Komodo to Raja Ampat WILL be become one of the best liveaboard diving holidays in the world out shining some of its Asia Pacific neighbors. Indonesia with its diverse marine ecosystem is sure to provide divers with everything they are looking for from a liveaboard trip.

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