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.
Indonesia - 53 liveaboards
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The Samambaia is a new traditional wooden Phinisi sailing yacht, catering for 14 guests in 6 cabins & 1 master cabin. She cruises to Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Alor and Komodo
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The Waow liveaboard is a 3 masted 58m vessel constructed of exotic ironwood. She cruises Komodo, Alor, Ambon, Raja Ampat, Triton Bay and Halmahera. She has 9 cabins with private bathrooms & AC
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 AmpatLa Galigo
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.
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
Excellent: from Sulawezy (Lembeh strait), to Raja Ampat and now Komodo. Komodo stands apart for the variety of dives you can make.Diving Indonesia in July on the Waow
We will return. Best value for the moneyDiving Indonesia in July on the MV Empress II
Absolute magic. It is God's own garden!Diving Indonesia in June on the Mermaid I
We absolutely love Indonesia and have dived all over. There is so much to see. We're already booking our next trip!Diving Indonesia in January on the Mermaid II
Great, we also dived in Bali. Again fantastic reefs and biodiversity. Both crews in Komodo and Bali were fantastic. The dive guides were super friendly and knowledgable. We felt safe and well looked after when diving in Indonesia, especially when diving difficult sites with strong currents including down currents. First time diving in these conditions and felt safe doing so with the crew we dived with.Diving Indonesia in June on the Damai II
I really liked Indonesia. My whole family did - they thought the sea, islands, sunsets, and people were all top notch.Diving Indonesia in April on the Blue Manta
Amazing diving, beautiful corals/ marine life and a bit fun with current. Must go if you enjoy diving.Diving Indonesia in June on the Empress II
Amazing diving in KomodoDiving Indonesia in June on the Mermaid I
Komodo a d Raj Ampat must for all divers great experience and divingDiving Indonesia in May on the Empress II
Good diving. Variety of sites to dive on.Diving Indonesia in April on the Pearl of Papua
Manokwari is not easy to get to but well worth the trip.Diving Indonesia in March on the Ondina
Great value. Some of the best food that I have ever had(Jakarta).Diving Indonesia in March on the White Manta Indonesia
Traveling to such a far away place, and dealing with the long flights, and confusing airports is doable for such a wonderful reward. The transit hotels made the travel much easier. You can get a room for 3-6 hours, or more which can allow you to sleep, and shower during those long layovers. We had the time of our lives overall. :-)Diving Indonesia in March on the Mermaid II
people were really friendly on the islands and the boat. Diving lived up to expectations (which were pretty high). A great weekDiving Indonesia in March on the Aurora
Wonderful. Corals are the most preverdes and beautiful in the world. Warm water.Diving Indonesia in March on the Blue Manta
The diving in Indo is always a treat! If you haven't gone, you should go!Diving Indonesia in March on the Sea Safari VI
We have only been diving I Thailand (similan islands) before and the diving in Indonesia overall contains more marine life and biodiversity and the reefs are more healthyDiving Indonesia in December on the Kira Kira Liveaboard
IDONESIA IS THE BEST DIVING DESTINATION.Diving Indonesia in March on the Damai II
Definitely want to come back. Was the best dive trip I've taken to date.Diving Indonesia in March on the La Galigo
Our experience was top-notch! The Mermaid I was extremely comfortable, the staff were friendly and accommodating, and the food, diving and equipment 5 star! I would recommend the Mermaid I to anyone that is a serious diver or photographer! We're ready to go again!Diving Indonesia in February on the Mermaid I
Best diving places for less money.Diving Indonesia in January on the La Galigo
We dived in both Bali and Raja Ampat on this trip and we really enjoyed it. We'd heard about the marine life in Indonesia and it didn't disappoint. If anything it was better than we hopped for.Diving Indonesia in January on the Kira Kira
The dive site was great. Also, liked how dive operators scheduled dives around that of other operators, as mentioned above. Wish other sites did that.Diving Indonesia in January on the Panunee
I would highly recommend diving in Indonesia.Diving Indonesia in January on the Mermaid II
Excellent. Have gone on liveaboards in Komodo and Raja Ampat now. The people are warm, the culture friendly, the food good, their waters pristine and their diving just immaculate. What more could one want?Diving Indonesia in January on the La Galigo
I think It is the best place after Galapagos, obviously, to diveDiving Indonesia in January on the Ambai Liveaboard
I have loved diving Indonesia. We are already planning our next trip as there are still so many incredible places and sights to see and see again! Our diving included Bali, Flores, Sulawesi, Komodo, Bunakin and Lembeh. The liveaboard in the Komodo islands and muck diving in Lembeh were highlights.Diving Indonesia in December on the Indo Aggressor
It was my first time diving in Indonesia and I would definitely like to go back again either in the Southern Raja Ampat where there apparently is more beautiful coral, or Sulawesi where you can see a lot of manta.Diving Indonesia in December on the Manta Mae Liveaboard
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