More than one quarter of the globe’s marine life awaits in the stunning Indonesian Archipelago. This makes it little wonder that the dive sites in this region are pure paradise for scuba-diving enthusiasts.
Covering seas from the Indian to Pacific Ocean’s the quality of diving is quite rightly world renowned.
Further proof of this is the recently released CNN review of Asia’s top 10 diving sites. Four of these proudly belong to Indonesia. In the review, other countries on the continent managed recognition of only 1 dive site each. These countries were Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Japan and the Philippines.
Diving enthusiasts heading to Indonesia have a wide choice with the 4 recognised in the review being:
East Kalimantan’s Derawan Archipelago
West Papua’s Raja Ampat
East Nusa Tenggara’s Komodo Island
An incredible array or fauna, coral and sea-life across the 4 sites are too numerous to mention but highlights include stingless jellyfish unique to this site and one other place on earth, manta rays, giant turtles, dugongs, dolphins, barracudas, pigmy seahorses, wobbegongs, tuna, giant trevallies, snappers and for those fortunate enough an occasional whale.
31 islands are included in the Derawan Archipelago with the whole of this marine conservancy region covering a massive 1.27 million hectares. The group of islands that make up Raja Ampat has, according to “Nature Conservancy” an astonishing 537 species of coral, and fish species numbering 1,074. This makes the fish and coral diversity the highest recorded on earth.
While diving off Komodo Island, tourists will of course have the opportunity to view close up the impressive Komodo Dragons which live in the National Park of the same name.
Those who appreciate the adventure of wreck diving will be perfectly at home at Tulamben Beach. It lies off Bali Island’s east coast and is the most popular dive site on the island.
This location affords an ideal experience for beginners and experienced divers alike. The added attraction here is the wreck USAT Liberty which has been there since 1942. At 120 metres in length the wreck now provides a home for a many fish species including angel, bat, hawk and puffer fish.
The country’s Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya was fully appreciative of the CNN compiled list and the fact that 4 Indonesian prime diving sites were receiving the recognition they deserved.
He was also quick to add that the country offered a whole host of superb underwater destinations awaiting discovery by the international tourist. Indeed, the country had hundreds of dive sites to choose from.
For these reasons, he stated that the Ministry of Tourism was very confident Indonesia was far and away the preferred country for those searching for the perfect marine tourism destination.