Liveaboard SCUBA diving in Indonesia boasts the greatest variety of marine life found throughout the world.
11,000 uninhabited islands, 500 coral species and 2,000 fish species? Indonesia is an undisputed liveaboard diving and SCUBA mecca. As the world's largest archipelago, Indonesia holds four times more ocean than land and stretches from Indian Ocean paradises to the Pacific's bursting biodiversity hotspots. This wealth of water makes liveaboard diving in Indonesia the best way to plunge into a kingdom of unparalleled sights and experiences.
Liveabaord dive trips in Indonesia can speed you off to Komodo National Park for sharks, mantas, dolphins and tiny macro-critters, or to Raja Ampat's pristine coral gardens and record numbers of crazy coral reef species. Explore the gin-clear waters of the Banda Sea and its undersea mountains, or feast your eyes on Alor's rugged volcanic terrain while enjoying unspoiled diving below the surface. Pioneers may choose Indonesia's untouched 'Forgotten Islands,' accessible only by liveaboard. And don't forget Lombok Strait, which offers Tulamben Bay, Northeast Bali and the Gili Islands for amazing drift diving along the walls of dramatic ridges and canyons. With 34,000 miles of coastline, more than 500 species of coral and over 2,000 species of fish, this really is what makes dive safaris in Indonesia such a diver's paradise.
42 liveaboards in Indonesia
The La Galigo is a traditional 2-masted Phinisi sailing boat built by traditional South Sulawesi craftsmen in 2012. With 7 air-conditioned en-suite cabins with private balcony she explores Raja Ampat
The luxurious Mermaid I offers 8 spacious cabins with TV’s, climate control, storage and en-suite bathroom. She offers year-round diving to the amazing destinations of Komodo, Raja Ampat, Alor & Ambon
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Ambai visits Komodo, Banda Sea, The Forgotten Islands & Raja Ampat. Cabins feature climate control & private bathrooms. Dive amenities include a large dive deck, three dive tenders, Nitrox & camera roomAmbai
Liveaboard Diving in Indonesia
Komodo National Park, a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site, sits at the center of the Indonesian archipelago. Its dazzling collection of offerings ranges from dugongs, to seamounts, to the legendary Komodo Dragon. Attractions of Komodo diving include wildlife large and small, nourished by deep upwellings and nutrient-rich waters. Komodo dive sites enjoy an abundance of mantas, sharks, whales, turtles, and hundreds of fish and coral species. Komodo offers everything from unique macro critters to larger marine life such as Hammerhead or Whitetip reef sharks and dolphins.
The length of most Komodo dive safaris is 8 to 12 days. Diving in Komodo can be done year-round, but the most popular months for liveaboard boat trips coincide with the Southeast Monsoon, from May to October. At this time, the water in the north of the park is warm (up to 30 C), and visibility is at its best. Budgets for Komodo liveaboard trips range from 200 to 500 euros per. day; though especially luxurious boats can run over 900 euros per. day.
Komodo liveaboards depart from Bima Bay (Sumbawa), Labuan Bajo (Flores), or Maumere (Flores), all about one hour's flight from Bali or Jakarta. However, trips that include Lombok dive sites begin in the port of Benoa on Bali. Dedicated Komodo liveaboard trips often visit dive sites around Sangeang Volcano and Sumbawa island. On dive safaris departing from Bali, many Indonesian liveaboard trips additionally include Moyo, Satonda, Gili Banta, and Gili Lawa Laut dive sites.
Escape to some of the worlds most untouched scuba diving on a Raja Ampat liveaboard, where you will experience arguably the most pristine and diverse scuba diving in the world. The remote archipelago of Raja Ampat (also known as The Four Kings) in West Papua is considered the pinnacle of pristine biodiversity hotspots and the crown jewel of the Coral Triangle's many world-class dive areas. Jungle-clad islands brimming with tropical life complete the view above water.
Diving Indonesian liveaboards is truly an unforgettable experience that offers challenging dives for intermediate and experts and also easy diving for beginners. Many of the divers who visit Raja Ampat are well-seasoned, serious marine life enthusiasts treating themselves to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. At dive sites like Kri Island, Manta Ridge, and The Passage, you'll see a whopping 75 percent of the world's coral species, mantas and sharks, and hundreds of unique critters, creatures, and ecosystems that give Raja its claim to fame as the 'global epicenter' of tropical marine biodiversity.
The length of most Raja Ampat itineraries is 7 to 12 nights. Diving in Raja Ampat can be done year-round, but most Raja Ampat liveaboards run their trips between October and April, when the sea and skies are calmest. The water temperature ranges from 27-30 C. The budgets for a Raja Ampat liveaboard ranges from roughly 200 to 500 euros per. day, though especially luxurious boats can run over 900 euros per. day. Raja Ampat liveaboards often depart from Sorong, reachable by domestic flights from Jakarta, Manado, Makassar, or Ambon. Liveaboards departing and landing in Sorong often spend their time between the well-endowed 1500 islands of Raja Ampat. Other boats offer adventurous tours that include the Banda Sea, whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay, the Halmahera Sea, and more.
More Liveaboard Trips in Indonesia
- Be a pioneer and travel back in time to the Forgotten Islands, the most pristine, unexplored dive area in Indonesia and only accessible by Liveaboard boat.
- Enjoy the unspoiled Banda Sea alongside Dogtooth Tuna and the Ambon Scorpionfish.
- Beat the crowds in Alor, and experience top-quality, crystal-clear diving all to yourself.
- Grab your camera for Lembeh Strait's unparalleled collection of wild and wacky critters.
- Take the plunge in far-flung Wakatobi's exclusive, vibrantly healthy reefs and tropical paradise islands.
Tips for Travellers
The best time to dive in Indonesia is between May and September; however, Indonesia dive safari season really is year around. Monsoon season usually hits in December and lasts through June. If you are looking to see sunfish, you should go between July and October. Water temperatures in Indonesia range between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius (71 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit) depending on what time of year and location. Visibility ranges between 6 to 50 meters (20 to 160 feet) or better with depths going up to 40 meters (140 feet). Currents are generally mild but can be strong in some areas.
Departure Ports and How To Get There
Bali is one of the main departure locations for liveaboard diving Komodo via Lombok. Bali's main liveaboard departure port is Benoa, in the south of the island. SCUBA diving off Bali can include a visit to Crystal Bay for a chance of Mola Mola (Sunfish) encounters, or a dive at the famously colorful Liberty Shipwreck, full of marine life in a shallow location. Bali dive sites hold a variety of underwater landscapes and special species; depending on where you choose, you can enjoy high-quality muck diving, large pelagics, or quiet, coral-filled bays. Expert divers will be challenged and excited by wild currents around Nusa Lembongan, and entry-level divers can find ample offerings of beautiful locations suitable for beginners and coursework.
International flights to Bali depart regularly from around the world, often with a transfer in a nearby Southeast Asian country like Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. If you're in Southeast Asia already, direct flights are available. Standard itineraries for liveaboards departing Bali are usually Komodo-bound. However, they stop at premier Lombok dive sites along the way, such as Moyo, Satonda, Gili Banta, and Gili Lawa Laut. Extended itineraries may additionally venture farther east from Komodo to Flores and Alor for serene, world-class diving without the crowds.
The port of Sorong, a city in the province of West Papua, is a major departure location for liveaboards in Indonesia traveling to Raja Ampat and Ambon. From Sorong, dive sites in Raja Ampat and nearby are easily accessible. Land tours for waterfalls and bird-watching add to the offerings, as well as Cassowary Cape, with its white-sand beach and cassowary trees. Snorkelers and divers alike can enjoy the area.
Domestic flights to Sorong depart from Jakarta, Manado, Makassar, and Ambon. Standard liveaboard itineraries departing Sorong are focused on the Raja Ampat area. Extended liveaboard boats departing or disembarking in Sorong offer a great variety of dive tours, some to/from Ambon and the Banda Sea, some to Cenderawasih Bay Bay for whale sharks, and some traversing the Halmahera Sea.
Indonesia Diving Reviews
I've dived in many places in Indonesia and found the most beautiful dive sites in the worldDiving Indonesia in April on the Blue Manta
great diving, either muckdiving or wonderful reefs.Diving Indonesia in November on the Aurora Liveaboard
Excellent. Many firsts - manta rays and also because of the diversity of species, saw many "firsts". Safe diving.Diving Indonesia in December on the Kira Kira Liveaboard
never get tired of diving here!Diving Indonesia in December on the Ondina
Love Indo for diving. Seems to be the perfect marriage of great coral, awesome macro life as well as the chance to see plenty of varieties of bigger fish too.Diving Indonesia in December on the Ambai Liveaboard
I love diving in Indonesia. Corals are amazing. You have a possibility to see a lot of staff from very small like see horses to very bit like mantas, sharks or even whales. See is very warm that gives you a chance to dive without wet suiteDiving Indonesia in December on the Mermaid I
Komodo and even Bali was much better.Diving Indonesia in December on the MV Samambaia
Amazing - this was my third time diving in Indonesia and doesn't disappointDiving Indonesia in November on the Ambai Liveaboard
Indonesia has some really fantastic diving!Diving Indonesia in November on the Duyung Baru
Awesome, after my adventures in komodo, manado and now Banda Sea, I'm still going back for sure.Diving Indonesia in October on the Aurora Liveaboard
Love all the coral and fish that Indonesia has to offer. The dive guide was excellent.Diving Indonesia in November on the Mermaid I
The best I've seen in my life.Diving Indonesia in October on the Damai I
I love diving in Indonesia, always worth coming over here, some great diving, healthy reefs, loads of everything. It varies whoever you are, read up on the area first? raja worth a visit, definitelyDiving Indonesia in October on the Raja Ampat Aggressor
Very nice, good amount of fish and nice reefsDiving Indonesia in October on the Pearl of Papua
Amazing, we'll happily come backDiving Indonesia in October on the Cheng Ho Liveaboard
We saw a lot of new macro stuff we hadn't seen before. We didn't see as much big predator fish as they seen to have been over-fished. There should be more sharks there, and we didn't see any barracuda!Diving Indonesia in July on the Mermaid I
One of the best place to dive.Diving Indonesia in September on the MV Samambaia
Awesome, great marine life and a lot of spots to do current dives.Diving Indonesia in August on the Calico Jack
Amazing experience. Would definitely recommend.Diving Indonesia in October on the Mermaid II
Wonderful overall - highly recommender to divers who enjoy exciting dive sites plus the luxury of the liveaboard experience.Diving Indonesia in September on the Aurora Liveaboard
I enjoyed the dive trip overall. The cabins were very small so be prepared for that. Bring drift hooks you will need them. Don't forget your camera.Diving Indonesia in August on the Mermaid II
Great! one of the best diving experience ever!Diving Indonesia in May on the Duyung Baru
Love diving in Indonesia!Diving Indonesia in August on the Indo Aggressor
Muy agradable , muy bonito y con mucha vida submarinaDiving Indonesia in July on the Mermaid II
One of the most Beautiful dives I did it can be that I reacted for a site we did not visit, I donot rember all the names, but believe every dive was a great expirienceDiving Indonesia in July on the Mermaid I
Excellent. Having dived around most parts of the world, I have to rank Indonesia as #1 or #2, and Raja Ampat as the best in Indonesia.Diving Indonesia in June on the Damai I
Magic! Indonesia has some of the best diving in the world, I will be Back to do more trips as there are so many places to dive in Indonesia.Diving Indonesia in May on the Sunshine Liveaboard
A good variety of dive sites, a few areas had been destroyed by dynamite fishing and areas near ports or inhabited islands has quite a lot of rubbish but most dives had an abundance of coral and fish. Saw many weird and wonderful creatures not seen on my previous dive destinations.Diving Indonesia in May on the Sunshine Liveaboard
Indonesia is never a disappointment this was my 5th trip in the last 4 years. Sunshine is the 4th boat I've tried and is by far the best liveaboard - Already booked a space for 2018. I would have booked sooner but they are fully booked for the Sangie tour!Diving Indonesia in May on the Sunshine Liveaboard
Excellent, can't wait to come back again.Diving Indonesia in May on the Pearl of Papua