Liveaboard Diving in Moyo Island

What to expect on a Moyo Island liveaboard

Liveaboard diving in Moyo island is a rare opportunity to spend time in one of the few untouched paradises left in this part of Indonesia. Moyo is a very intriguing place, especially considering where it is situated. In the middle of the Lesser Sunda Islands just over an hour from bustling Bali, this island is a tranquil, natural paradise. There are less than one thousand people living on Moyo island and much of the savanna and forest is completely uninhabited. It's remote location means that access to this unspoilt area is limited and choosing a Indonesian Liveaboard is one of the best ways to see it.

The island is so rich with rare and endangered wildlife that there has been a declared National Park and Marine Park since the 1980’s. If your liveaboard cruise itinerary allows, a trip on land will a allow visitors access to hiking, birdwatching and even swim in one of the beautiful fountains that can be found in the forest. In the sea there are ample opportunities to snorkel and the diving on the reefs is stunning. The facilities and resorts on land are a little sparse but the diving liveaboards in the area are floating resorts, comfortable and have everything you might need on-board.

Moyo Island Underwater

The marine park area has the same untouched feel as the island itself and the visibility rivals that of any dive area in Indonesia with up to 30 meters or more. The coast is home to a number of reefs that drop off from the shore. There is a little damage from dynamite fishing on some areas but only in very small patches, the rest is bursting with healthy corals and fish. The reefs can go fairly deep, up to 40 meters and you might chance upon black tipped reef sharks and tuna.

Those who are passionate about macro will also find some perfect subjects here with all manner of critters living in the colourful corals. The star attraction though is the yellow blue ringed octopus, which can be spotted on the corals in some areas of the island. This tiny intricately coloured creature is around the size of a human finger when fully grown. The patterns on its body are so beautiful they look as though they might have been painted on. Hands off though it is incredibly poisonous!

Top Tips for Divers

  • Liveaboard diving in Moyo is fairly isolated which makes it beautifully peaceful but slightly lacking in facilities so bring anything you need with you, plus spares.
  • A computer with an alarm could be useful here, the reefs are fairly steep and drop off into more than 40 meters of water.

Getting to Moyo Island

Moyo island, despite its position in a very busy area of Indonesia, is fairly out of the way. This makes getting there a challenge. You can take the very pricy sea plane from Lombok, which has an international airport, or a speedboat which is around 100 US dollars per person too. Most people who just want to dive in Moyo take a diving liveaboard boat that has an itinerary that visits here instead. This way you can enjoy your own floating dive hotel and none of the trouble of getting to this isolated place.

There are a range of dive cruises to choose from depending on your style and budget. The luxury motor vessels offer comfort and the best facilities. There are also some smart but simple budget style vessels too if you are on a tight budget. The most popular Indonesian Liveaboard dive boats in this areas however are the traditional Indonesian sailing boats. These huge sail boats offer a peaceful and unique experience and excellent diving facilities.

Moyo Island Diving Reviews

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • 8 Verified Reviews
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Fred G
  • United States United States

Beautiful black sand bottom.

Diving Moyo Island in May on the Mermaid II

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Phillip M
  • United States United States

Missed the second trip to Moyo, but the first trip was thrilling with shark encounters and big fish all over the reef.

Diving Moyo Island in June on the Mermaid II

  • 8.0 Very good
  • David G
  • United States United States

Nice, sharks, thousands of anthias and fusiliers

Diving Moyo Island in July on the Mermaid II

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Stephen H
  • United States United States

So many fish! Dart fish, banded sea snake, schools of batfish, trevallis, and more.

Diving Moyo Island in June on the Mermaid II

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Adrianne P
  • New Zealand New Zealand

Macro, sea snakes, turtles, black tip sharks

Diving Moyo Island in October on the Mermaid II

Origin: US