Diving Operators and Liveaboards in Indonesia
17 August 2018
Indonesia comprises over 17000 islands lying between the Indian and Pacific Oceans: it is the world's largest archipelago.
There is world class diving in Indonesia: we especially recommend Komodo.
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Indonesia is in the coral triangle, so called for the many different species of hard coral found here. Indeed the coral triangle holds 75% of all the world's species of coral.1 Here nutrient-rich currents from the Pacific and Indian oceans collide, providing planktonic food for corals, fish larvae and giant filter feeders like manta rays.
Manta ray, Komodo. Photo credit: Vovo Korth, Duyung Baru liveaboard
There are eight major islands and island groups in Indonesia. These are Sumatra and the Greater Sunda Islands, Java, Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes), West Papua (which features Raja Ampat), the Molluccas, the Lesser Sundas (Nusa Tengarra) and Bali.
This page covers diving centres outside Bali. The diving centres of Bali are on their own page.
Contents: Sulawesi Lembeh Straits Sumatra Kalimantan Gili Islands Lombok Flores Komodo Alor Rote Island Maluku Tenggara West Papua (Irian Jaya) Raja Ampat Bali Further Reading Your Comments and Recommendations
Indonesia Diving Operators
By booking your diving holiday through AquaMarine, you may be eligible for free or discounted domestic flights, free accommodation or upgrades, private dive guide, free transfers, free diving, free Nitrox, or a host of other great add-ons. Based in Bali, AquaMarine continually updates their Special Offers for diving throughout Indonesia. They are currently offering trips to Alor, Ambon, Bangka, Bunaken, Cendrawasih Bay, Gili Islands, Gorontalo, Komodo, Lembeh, Maluku, Maratua, Naumere, Raja Ampat, South Lombok and Wakatobi. Find out more about AquaMarine Diving - Bali.
Lesser Sunda Islands: Komodo, Flores, Alor, West Timor…
Fantastic diving in the Lesser Sunda Islands - we recommend Komodo for wild currents, manta rays, sharks, giant turtles plus small stuff like seahorses.
The Lesser Sunda Islands stretch out to the east from Bali. They include Lombok, the Gili Islands, Sumbawa (all in the West Nusa Tenggara province), Komodo, Flores, Sumba, West Timor, Alor and Rote Island (which are in East Nusa Tenggara province, the most southerly in Indonesia).
Eagle ray, Dactle Rock, Komodo. Photo credit: Vovo Korth, Duyung Baru
The diving around Komodo is fabulous. Go! Day boats and liveaboards alike depart from Labuan Bajo in Flores. There are loads of places to stay in Labuan Bajo, but it does get busy in July and August - book before you go. If you should turn up and have difficulty finding somewhere, try further up the hill away from the main street.
An international airport is coming to Flores, meanwhile you can fly there from Bali (Denpasar) or Jakarta. Avoid Batik Air - we have had bad reports of them.
I have dived Komodo on the Duyung Baru and highly recommend it. For a start this liveaboard takes just six divers in three cabins. With the co-owner and dive guide Vovo Korth taking a dim view of crowded dive sites, often the seven of you will be the only people in the water.
Vovo's wife Yani is the captain and cook. Her food is delicious, created with care and love. She gets up at three in the morning to make fresh bread for breakfast - from loaves to croissants. Not only a great cook, she is most friendly and welcoming.
Yani Korth, Cook and Captain, Duyung Baru, Photo credit: Vovo Korth
Vovo bought his first boat in 1998 and called it the Duyung - Indonesian for mermaid. He has been sailing Indonesian waters ever since. When he and Yani started the liveaboard operation around Komodo only one other boat was operating, and Vovo made many exploratory dives. He has an intimate knowledge of the dive sites of Komodo with their wild currents, including a couple of "secret sites".
The couple commissioned their current boat in 2011, calling it the Duyung Baru or New Mermaid.
Two double cabins and one twin cabin house the divers. There is plenty of storage space and ensuite shower and toilet. The beds are extremely comfortable. On the canopied deck are a sofa and chairs around a coffee table plus a sun terrace upstairs.
Big Hawksbill Turtle in Manta Alley, Photo credit: Vovo Korth
The boat is 27 m long with two masts - a beautiful looking craft. Nitrox is available.
Finally to the diving. This is world-class. Sharks and turtles on nearly every dive. Eagle and manta rays. Many huge shoals of fish. Corals in excellent condition. There are also dive sites for those liking the smaller stuff - seahorses and frog fish. The boat doesn't have a set routine of dives - it depends on the type of dives that the divers on board want to do. If you really want to see that seahorse and not another manta ray, then you'll have to sell it to your fellow divers.
The boat is only for experienced divers. Vovo likes you to have at least 75 dives. I would go further and say that you need to have experience of currents. The diving in many sites is not easy - the currents are fierce, especially at full and new moon (which is why there are so many large fish there). It is assumed you know what you are doing. At the beginning of the trip is an easy dive or two to practice using a SMB (surface marker buoy or "safety sausage"). Not until Vovo is satisfied that you can use the SMB will he take you on one of the the more challenging dives. That way if you should get separated from the group the tender will easily see you and pick you up.
Nembrotha kubaryana nudibranch, Photo credit: Vovo Korth
Vovo is also a freediving instructor and there is an opportunity to take a freediving course if you wish. Although we dived with Vovo, on many trips one of his two experienced divemasters takes his place.
German, English and Indonesian spoken.
Review by Jill Studholme, SCUBA Travel
If you have any questions about this liveaboard, Komodo or Labuan Bajo please email Jill.
Day trips, liveaboards and PADI courses.
Jalan Soekarno Hatta RT 010 RW 005 (on the main drag, across the road of Surya Jaya supermarket)
Nusa Tenggara Timur 86554
+62 (0) 81236303644
+62 (0) 8113897007
"I dove with Komodo Dive. I would highly recommend them! They were incredible! Very knowledgeable, professional and fun! I love that their company also focuses on hiring locals as well. The equipment was well maintained and their boat was new!
Bio on the Go, Canada, 2018
Day trips, liveaboards and PADI courses. Also provide accommodation.
Jalan Soekarno Hatta (on the main drag)
Nusa Tenggara Timur 86554
+62 (0) 81236303644
+62 (0) 8113897007
" I've been diving with Blue Marlin Dive for over a month whilst doing courses and my DMT, incredibly knowledgable crew and wonderful banter - plus a speedboat for 3 dives and back before 4!!
Wander Deeper, 2018
Uber Scuba Komodo Diving Center
Jl. Soekarno Hatta
Komodo National Park
East Nusa Tenggara 86554
Tel: +62 (0)81236536749
"I think you should list Uber Scuba Dive Center in Komodo, they were really great. Excellent value for money as the owners put so much attention to detail. Their boat is brand new with a 6 cylinder engine, and it's huge! There are 3 areas to relax on, plus a big bench for dinner. The food was exceptional - I understand they are the only operator to have a kitchen on board. WE had an amazing lemongrass curry with herbed rice plus guacamole nachos and they even cooked us pancakes in the shape of Manta Rays. Really special. The equipment is brand new and I felt very safe and in the hands of very experienced guides. Uber Scuba is located on the main street of Labuan Bajo in Flores - Labuan Bajo is easily reached via flight from Bali. This is where all the dive operators start from as in Komodo National Park there is a building ban. The boat ride is just 40 minutes from the first dive site so plenty of time to be briefed on our skills and to relax - we even saw a pod of dolphins! We did our advanced open water course plus an extra day of diving. The Advanced course was $350 which I thought to be incredible value. We saw a Manta Ray, countless turtles, sharks and ghost pipefish among many others. The dive sites are amazing and the best I have ever seen, rich coral and plenty of marine life.
Pippa Goodridge, UK, 2015
Jalan Kakatua 8
Ngencung Ruteng 86511
East Nusa Tenggara
Tel: +62 385 270 50 22
Komodo and Maumere Diving."
Dive Komodo and Indonesia's remote eastern islands.
Mob. +62 8155701393
Ph/Fax. +62 361 TBA
"Two brothers run this show and it's amazing. Talk about pristine or abudance of marine life...that's your ticket. Trying to plan another trip with them to Irian Jaya-Raja Empat. One of the best places I have dived. Mantas galore!! Lotsa small stuff too...simply amazing.
Jeannee Irvine, USA, 2007
Please join us for Komodo Tours and Diving around Komodo National Park
We have so many dive sites around Komodo National Park."
"We are PADI divecentre on a small island, called Kanawa, at the edge of
Komodo marine park. The island has an amazing house reef to explore day and night. We offer a full range of PADI courses, daily trips into Komodo for 2 or 3 dives and have a small resort of 14 bungalows
Ed Statham (Kanawa Island Diving), 2011.
Lombok and the Gili Islands
A devastating earthquakes hit Lombok in August. The damage on Lombok, and the neighbouring Gili isles is immense. Hundreds have been killed and thousands injured. Our thoughts are with the dive operators and others there.
"Amazing company, learned to dive on this tiny island, I would definitely dive with them again, hopefully soon."
Jenn Knoop, 2005
Lombok, NTB 83352
Tel: +62 (0) 81 339 798 555
"Located a few minutes walk from the main dock on Gili Trawangan, Aquaddiction is a small dive shop with a great atmosphere. With the emphasis on small dive groups and long dives Aquaddiction is a welcome change from the 'factory' approach to diving so often found in Asia.
Our beachfront location is the perfect place to chill out between dives, study for courses and, of course, to hold our famous beach BBQ's!"
Danny Cooper (Aquaddiction), 2011
Oceans 5 Dive
Harbour, Gili Air
"We are a Padi 5 star instructor development dive resort. Oceans 5 teacg also Reef Check and IAHD courses.
The diving is great, small group, excellent guides who show you all the fish you want to see! Professional team and dive centre. Diving: $38 a dive. Bungalows $55 a night."
Sander (Oceans 5), 2011
Tel: +62 (0)370-693268
"Ms. Moana Liveaboard, clean, luxury, great crew and fantastic boat, will return next year. USD 980, all included with more then 28 dives Top of my best places I ever been.
Rudy, Netherlands, 2006
Established 2005 - dive Lombok and the Gili Islands.
Pearl Beach Resort
Belongas Bay Lodge
Tel: +62 (0)81 339 544998
Provide diving safari and liveaboard for Lombok, Moyo, Komodo, Rinca, Flores, ALor, Wakatobi, Selayar, Taka Bonerate, Bira, Tanjungkarang, Sangalaki, Bunaken, Lembeh, Bandas and Raja Ampat Papua islands
Jl. Baracuda 10 BTN Green Valley Senggigi
Tel: +62 (0)370-692225
Fax: +62 (0)370-692225
"Alor archipelago is one of Indonesian last frontiers. Alor and Pantar are the main Islands and the strait between the two is a world class dive attraction. Alor Divers is situated on Pantar Island in north part of Pantar strait.
The dive sites are within 5 to 30 min speed boat from the resort. Underwater richness offers to admire a palette of virgin coral slopes, walls, scenic rock formations and pinnacles. The house reef extends several hundred meters and is a drop off, alternating between steep slope and vertical wall, with generous growth and excellent fish life.
Alor is a place for incredible surprises! Sunfish, thresher shark, whales, marlin have been seen many times. Napoleons, giant trevally, reef shark, turtles, barracudas, eagle and devil rays, giant grouper, huge dogtooth tuna and more are usually encountered. The colourful slopes are home of mandarin fish, frog fish, blue ribbon eel, leaf fish, harlequin ghost pipe fish, pygmy sea horse and more.
Our intimate resort is situated on a 400 m long white sandy beach. In a stretched layout, all of the bungalows as well as the restaurant are right on the seafront. The thatched roofed bungalows are built in the traditional architectural style. Interior equipment and décor are designed with simplicity to enhance the pristine spirit of the place. There is a private bathroom with western style toilet and shower (hot and cold running water)."
Gilles of Alor Divers, 2009.
Jl. Eltari No.19,
"Alor diving with Dive Alor is the best diving I have done in my 20 years of world diving. Donovan and Graeme Whitford of Dive Alor have been diving there for the past 16 years and done 4,000 dives in the Alor Islands alone. These guys really know the sites because they are the origional founders of the diving in Alor.
Pelangi Indah Hotel is clean and comfortable with a garden setting. Boat is large with 14 diver capacity, large dry area, sun deck, twin engines, freshwater showers.
Don't miss out on the diving holiday of a lifetime. Dive Alor TODAY."
Frank Masters 2007
CV. ALOR DIVE
Jalan Gatot Subroto No. 33
85811 Kalabahi - Alor - NTT
Tel: +62 (0)386 2222663
Handy/SMS: +62 (0)81 339 648148
Kima bajo resort
and Bitung city in Lembeh
"excellent dive center, great service and choice for dive spots. "
Ahmad Mulla (Kuwait), 2010
"This is a new dive resort on the most southern island of Indonesia with many new dive sites and still many to explore and find. It's a small dive shop at the moment, we can handle 4 guests on a dive trip. A dive trip costs around 100$ depends to which divesite we go to. The resort has rooms starting from 30$ per night with all meals included. The diving is about the same as in Bali and much better then the Gilis or Thailand.
Mike, 2014, Owner of Anugerah Surf
Dive The World offers dive resorts in Bali and Sulawesi – Wakatobi, Manado, Bunaken Island, Togian Islands and Gorontalo plus diving liveaboards to Komodo, West Papua (Irian Jaya), Raja Ampat, Lembeh Strait, Bangka, Togeans, Alor, Banda Islands and Flores.
Blue Bay Divers Indonesia is a dive base situated on the island of Sahaung in front of the north peak of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. A small resort with a long, white sandy beach, surrounded by palms and mangroves - it is situated in the middle of a number of good dive areas and the natural uniqueness of North Sulawesi.
Sahaung is based in the Bangka/Gangga Archipel and offers a starting point for diving in the North Sulawesi areas : Bangka/Gangga Archipel, Bunaken National park and the famous Lembeh Strait.
PO Box 1721
Mobile: 62 - 812 430 2974
Janji Laut Resort
We are 4 french divers and we just opened a resort for divers near Manado in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. We are close to the world famous diving spot of Bunaken. We pick you up at the airport and bring you to our place where you will enjoy amazing divings, delicious international food, and good rest at our swimming pool in the tropical garden. Manado is just a little bit more than 3 hours from Singapore with frequent direct flights."
Gilles, 24 April 2014, Janji Laut Resort
From your room in Tasik Ria Resort to the diving boats in just a couple of minutes. Bunaken national park is only a 45 min boat ride away. Offer local dives which are only a few minutes by boat, or shore dives if you don't want to be away from the luxury of the pool bar or Matana spa.
JL Raya Trans Sulawesi
PO box 1618
Indonesia Tel. +62 431 824445
Fax + 62 431 823444
Siladen Resort & Spa
Bunaken National Marine Park
"Exclusively located in the heart of the world renowned Bunaken National Marine Park, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia just above the Equator on the lush tropical island of Pulau Siladen, we offer you an authentic, relaxing and a memorable experience. Opened in 2003 we are an ecofriendly, socially responsible boutique dive resort, which places high emphasis on the protection of the Marine Park and the environment. Enjoy a full range of activities, spectacular sunsets, quality service, peace, tranquillity and relaxation. Siladen Resort & Spa is a 5 Star PADI Resort. Here you will enjoy a safe, exclusive and memorable diving experience. Thanks to our strategic location in the heart of the Marine Park, over 50 premium dive sites are within easy reach of the Resort.”"
Ana Fonseca, 6 April 2015, Siladen Resort & Spa
Black Marlin Dive Centre,
"Professional and friendly staff in a breathtakingly beautiful setting."
Lembeh resort and Critters@Lembeh Resort
Tel: +62 438 550 3139 firstname.lastname@example.org
Would definitely dive with them again! Friendly but extremely professional. Fabulous for photographers. Very different diving as most of it is muck diving and
we are more used to the reef and pelagic diving of South Africa, Red Sea, Maldives and other such Indian Ocean diving."
Jenni Slabbert (South Africa), 2012
Courtesy Critters @ Lembeh
"Lembeh Strait is the mecca of critter diving, with more than 40 dive sites showcasing the biodiversity that Indonesia is famous for. Lembeh Resort, a truly spectacular boutique-style dive resort has been honored 4 years running by Travelers Choice Award - #1 in N. Sulawesi and Top 25 for BEST service in Indonesia. The Resort offers 14 spacious ocean view cottages with perfect views and spectacular sunsets over N. Sulawesi's highest volcano or 6 garden view rooms nestled in beautifully manicured indigenous gardens. In addition to modern room amenities, spa treatments and wifi are available. Lembeh Strait is world renowned for its rare marine life, the dive center Critters@Lembeh has the first and only dedicated photo center, full-time Photo Pro and Marine Biologist in the Strait. Boasting nearly 60,000+ combined Lembeh Strait dives, the professional and knowledgeable dive guides delight in uncovering the secrets of these waters. All Guides are fully trained and accredited. Each guide is trained to assist guests with "critter" identification. The in-house Photo Pro trains the guides in the skill of photography, to better assist underwater photographers with capturing those perfect shots.
Kristine Hobson, Lembeh Resort, 2015
We are a small British run dive resort situated on Lembeh Island (Pulau Lembeh). We offer free housereef diving on packages, and have
unlimited free Wifi and great international cuisine. We are the only operator in the area with on site photo professionals and can offer
sales of various underwater photography equipment.
We also provide Nitrox."
Simon Buxton (NAD-Lembeh)
Bangka Lagoon on Banka Island
The island of Bangka is sparsely inhabited and doesn't have the facilities for large numbers of tourists, its ecosystem is almost fully intact. This ensures not only amazing natural scenery but also fairly good numbers of species that are in decline worldwide. The presence of Dugongs and large numbers of Dolphins year round indicates that fish stocks are still intact and this attracts seabirds by the flock.
Bangka is a hidden jewel, a small resort just started last year but with potential and growth plans. Bangka Lagoon on Banka
Island just north of Sulawesi and the well known dive areas of Lembeh and Bunaken. A special one week package all-in board
and meals was 470 Euros with 12 dives."
John Suyker (Holland), 2011
Minahasa Lagoon Dive & Tours
Tel: + 62 823-9490-0107, + 62 811 986 348
Our Bali Admin office is located at:
Kuta Poleng Blok D-1
Jln Setiabudi - Simpang Siur
Kuta - Bali
Tel: +62 361 759669
Fax: +62 361 752729
(UTC/GMT +8 hrs)
Manager: Mr. Crispin Jones
Cell: +62 81 2381 1084
If dialed locally: 081 2381 1084
Sumatra is the fifth largest island in the world. The monsoon season starts in November and ends in February. May to September are the best months to go.
Tel: +62 652 3324133
Pulau Weh Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam
Tel: +62 652 3324555
Mobile: +62 823 60002100
"A very friendly, accepting and laid back atmosphere welcomes everyone to Rubiah Tirta Divers (RTD). With a well balanced mix of Indonesian and International staff, helpers, hangers-on, old friends and new customers. We have a PADI-Dive Course, Fun-Dive, Dive-Trip, etc.
Java contains the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. It is the hub for flights to other parts of the country. Java lies right of Sumatra and East of Bali.
The islands of Indonesia appeared through volcanic activity from west to east. In Java, the west part of the island is five million years older than the east.
Sea Pearl Dive Centre
Susilo 3 no 3
Tel: (021) 563-8265, 5696-5834, 560-6074
Fax : (021) 567-3475
Kalimantan is the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo.
Derawan Dive lodge is a cosy, intimate island operation just off the coast of East Kalimantan. Two specially commissioned fuel efficient speedboats, and fully self contained dive centre including NITROX. With mantas, turtles, reefs, macro and even a jellyfish lake on the agenda. Situated right on the beach, it's a mix of comfortable cosy atmosphere meets ecology.
Derawan Dive Lodge
RT III Kecamatan Pulau Derawan
East Kalimantan Indonesia
Tel: +62 431 824445 (24h)
Jl. Nyiur Melambai No. 3
Kabupaten Maluku Tenggara
Tel: +62 813 395 177 90
"Explore a huge unknowned area, be a pioneer! Max. group size 4 people PER BOAT! No others divers around! Be the first and only one! If you we do together an exploration dive and you like the dive you can name the dive site after you!! This is one of the best places for experienced divers who dived all our planet - one of the last place to explore unknown places with the world-famous amazing rich biodiversity of South-east-Indonesia - highest biodiversity under water on our planet! And of course we offer the full range of any doable course here in a perfectly safe and calm environment (no current, good visibility safe conditions, already astonishing under water experiences from the first dive on), we are a SSI Dive Center but our Instructors are also PADI members so also PADI courses are available. Introduction dive / OWC / AOWD / Rescue / EFR/React Right / Nitrox / PADI Divemaster / SSI Science of Diving / SSI Dive Guide and many specialties more will improve your diving skills and knowledge - just contact us for your individual request. We'll make you happy - promise!
Janosch, 2017, Kei Pirate Divers
West Papua is the Western half of the island of New Guinea (Papua New Guinea being the Eastern half). It was formerly known as Irian Jaya. Included in West Papua is Raja Ampat, an archipelago of many small islands together with the main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo.
Raja Ampat Liveaboards - Compare prices online. Book now & pay later.
The WWF calls Raja Ampat one of the top liveaboard dive destinations in the entire world. The marine survey of the area in 2001 found nearly 1000 species of fish species, many previously unknown. Powerful deep-sea currents channel nutrients into Raja Ampat's fringing coral reefs, blue water drop-offs and seagrass meadows, supporting the food chain that feeds the spectacular diversity of marine life.
A liveaboard trip is one of the best ways for divers to visit the Raja Ampat marine park area, but you can also stay at a resort.
"Excellent dive resort. Well managed with good, modern boats, efficient procedures. Diving is local around Birie Island or around Kri, Fam Islands or Hidden passage. Huge variety of dive sites to meet all needs and levels. All the diving is wonderful , exciting, astonishing. Huge quantities of fish on most sites. Local dive guides are really good and all the staff are charming and helpful
Belette, France, 2014
Kali Lemon Resort
Kusuma Bangsa Street #11
In Kwatisore Village
Mob: +62 81392117215 and +6281354136010
"Kali Lemon Resort is located in Cenderawasih Bay (Teluk Cenderawasih or Bird of Paradise Bay), a large bay in northern Province of Papua the west side was made a National Park in 2002"
"I would be happy to dive there again. Only here we can find Whale shark all the season.
It is better to visit this place at dark moon because all the bagan get small fish and whale shark eat small fish ( puri ). The location of the bagan ( a place for collection fish, fisherman life and stay there) moves from one coordinate to another . Boat accommodation was include our payment, except local hotel in Nabire where we stayed on arrival ( the plane landed afternoon) before going to the national park the next day, cost around 30-40 USD. "
Jupiter Weku, 2013
- Diving Southeast Asia
- by Beth and Shaun Tierney, 336 pages, 2009
From the authors of Diving the World, a new dive guide covering 400 popular sites in Southeast Asia. From the pristine, isolated reefs of Indonesia's Spice Islands to the lively marine and land environments in The Philippines' Puerto Galera. It also features helpful listings of where to stay, eat and drink and who to dive with.
- Diving & Snorkeling Guide to Raja Ampat & Northeast Indonesia 2016
- by Simon Pridmore and Tim Rock, 180 pages, 2016
Essential for your trip to Raja Ampat and Northern Indonesia.
- Coral Reef Fishes, Indo-Pacific and Caribbean
- by Ewald Lieske and Robert Myers, Harper Collins, 400 Pages, Paperback
An excellent, comprehensive guide to reef fishes, which is small and light enough to pack regardless of amount of diving equipment. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to identify the fish they see whilst diving the tropics.
Read the full review...
- Water proof Fish Species Guide to reef fish of the Indonesia
Fish species guides to be taken in the water.
- Journey Under the Sea
- by Linda Pitkin, Oxford University Press, 48 pages, Paperback
A photographic journey through underwater Indonesia.
Please send us your comments on diving in Indonesia. Do you want to recommend a diving centre? Let us know.
1 Coral Triangle, WWF. [Accessed 24 November 2014]
Photo credits: Tim Nicholson, Vovo Korst, David Collins, Jill Studholme, SCUBA Travel.