Why diving in Indonesia captures eyes from around the world
Scuba diving isn’t a day-in-the-life activity of a normal person but everyone in this world should try scuba diving to feel the beautiful experience. Once you dive you’ll understand why Indonesia is considered one of the best diving destinations.
With over 13,000 islands and 6,000 inhabited islands in Indonesia, Indonesia undoubtedly is one of the best diving destinations especially because Indonesia is a part of the coral triangle. What is the coral triangle? It is a marine region that spans those parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste with at least 500 species of reef-building corals. The Coral Triangle encompasses portions of two biogeographic regions: the Indonesian-Philippines Region, and the Far Southwestern Pacific Region. 76% of the world’s coral species are found in the Coral Triangle, the highest coral diversity in the world.
The epicenter of that coral diversity is found in the Bird’s Head Peninsula of Indonesian Papua, which hosts 574 species. Within the Bird’s Head Peninsula, the Raja Ampat archipelago is the world’s coral diversity bull’s eye with 553 species. The Coral Triangle has 15 regionally endemic coral species (species found nowhere else in the world) and shares 41 regional endemic species with Asia, and with over 3000 species of bony fishes and more than 850 sharks, rays, and chimeras making Indonesia in the second spot for the largest fish species in the world, knowing about this, there is no doubt you wouldn’t want to dive in Indonesia.
Diving In Indonesia does not always mean seeing fishes, beautiful corals, or mesmerizing critters but we also have some of the most eye-catching things you can find deep beneath the water such as artificial reefs. For those of you who don’t know what artificial reefs are, I’ll gladly explain it. Artificial reefs are structures voluntarily immersed by man to create suitable habitats for sea life. Finding this in the deep blue sea of Bali is one fascinating experience.
Dewata Island or so-called Bali is home to a lot of astonishing diving spots. Such as Lovina where you could swim with dolphins, Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida which is home to large Manta rays, and Mola Mola sunfishes or you could even go to Tulamben where the famous USAT Liberty shipwreck is located. With crystal clear diving spots in Indonesia other than Bali, we have lots of diving locations such as Ambon bay in Maluku which is known for its world-class muck dives, Then there is Alor, in East Nusa Tenggara which is known for its beautiful pristine coral reefs, steep walls, and sloping muck sites.
There are many more places to dive in Indonesia with lots of interesting sea creatures such as Hammerhead sharks, some of the most beautiful jellyfishes, and many more. What are you waiting for?! Knowing all these, Indonesia should be your next destination to dive!