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Indonesian Divesites



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Bunaken is probably the most famous of all divesites in Indonesian waters. And for good reasons. Good visibility, plenty of fish, large and small, and a variety of different sites. Beware, though, some vertical currents can be very dangerous. Only dive with a local divemaster. The "Thalassa" divecenter provides the best service I have ever encountered. Give them your equipment in the morning of your first dive, it is ready on the boat whenever you need it, and you retrieve it after your final dive, rinsed and dried. With your bill, you receive a print-out of your dives with a map of the dive sites. Neat.



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Diving at Candidasa (Bali) can be great, and sometimes lousy. All depends on the visibility. Local service is cheap and cheerful. Candidasa is recommended for the visitors to Bali who want to escape the surfers and noise in Kuta. Excellent hotels and good restaurants. My favourite hotel is Kubu Bali.

Nusa Penida

nusa penida1 7040002.JPG Nusa Penida, a short boat ride from Kuta or Sanur, offers spectacular dives for the experienced diver. Visibility usually good, but currents can be very strong. I recommend Crystal Divers in Sanur for the arrangements, and I also have good experience with Aquamarine Diving.nusa penida2 7040060.JPG


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Tulamben, on the North East corner of Bali, is said to be the single most visited dive site in Indonesia. Actually, there are two sites, the wall, and the spectacular wreck of "USS LIBERTY". Diving is usually outstanding although visibility can be reduced when there are strong winds and big waves. A night dive in the wreck is a must. Hotel Paradiso is inexpensive and has a good dive shop.


Menjangan Island, off the North West tip of Bali, is a well kept secret. These sites offer some of the best diving I have experienced, second only perhaps to Bunaken. Good advice: book your dives in Lovina, not in Pemuteran. The only diveshop in Pemuteran uses its monopoly to charge hefty prices. menjangan 7090048.JPG


Pulau Seribu ("Thousand Islands")


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Kotok, one of the "Thousand Islands" (Pulau Seribu) north of Jakarta, offers a great variety of marine life, and a wreck, - and it is close to home, if you live in Jakarta. Some of the corals are badly damaged by explosive fishing techniques, and the visibility is rarely above 10 m. But it is convenient. The quality of food and accommodation seems to be deteriorating, but the mini-Komodo varans are still there.


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Macan is another of the "Thousand Islands", further north. "Discovered" by Kristal Klear Dive, offers a cosy, intimate setting and some very pretty divesites.
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Merak is not really a dive site, but it is where you go to dive at the wrecks of HMAS Perth and USS Houston.