Scuba Diving Indonesia
Home to over a quarter of the world’s marine life, the Indonesian Archipelago is famous for its world class diving and exciting underwater beauty.
Known as the Islands nation, it has more than 18,000 islands spread throughout the country. Because of her location, and geology, Indonesia is blessed with the most diverse landscape, from fertile ricelands on Java and Bali to the luxuriant rainforests of Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi, to the savannah grasslands of the Nusatenggara islands to snow-capped peaks of West Papua.
Culturally, Indonesia fascinates with her rich diversity of ancient temples, music, ranging from the traditional to modern pop, dances, rituals and ways of life, changing from island to island, from region to region. Yet everywhere the visitor feels welcomed with that warm, gracious innate friendliness of the Indonesian people that is not easily forgotten.
Her wildlife ranges from the prehistoric giant Komodo lizard to the Orang Utan and the Java rhino, to the Sulawesi anoa dwarf buffalos, to birds with exquisite plumage like the cockatoo and the bird of paradise. This is also the habitat of the Rafflesia the world’s largest flower, wild orchids, an amazing variety of spices, and aromatic hardwood and a large variety of fruit trees.
Indonesia is part of the epicenter of marine biodiversity, hosting a greater variety of marine life than anywhere else on earth and the diving is outstanding.
There’s exhilarating drift diving, extensive reef diving, fantastic night diving, unique muck diving and breathtaking steep walls. Tec divers probe the deep trenches and wreck divers love the many World War II relics. Still one of the few relatively undiscovered dive locations, Indonesia has something for divers of all levels.
It’s impossible to savor all of Indonesian diving on one trip, so you should have an excuse to return again and again.
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Kalimantan – Borneo – Out in the Makassar straight lie a number of islands (Derawan, Maratua, Sangalaki, Kakaban, Samama) are famous for the large gatherings of manta rays and breeding grounds of turtles.
Sulawesi – is home to some of the most varied and incredible diving in the world. Bunaken National Park and Lembeh Strait, (world’s best critter diving) in the northern part of Sulawesi. WaKaToBi is in South – Eats and is widely recognized as having the highest number of reef and fish species in the world.
Sumatra – Sumatra is more renowned for its tigers and orangutans, its volcanic lakes, and high mountain treks, and is relatively unknown as a diving destination. The best diving is found in the shelter of smaller islands such as Pulau Weh on the northwestern coast. Bintan Island is easy access from Singapore so it is a good weekend diving destination.
CLIMATE: Indonesia has a tropical climate with just two seasons. The dry season starts in April and lasts until October, which is the best time to travel, though monsoon season, from November and March is fine to travel as well. It’s quieter than in the high season and the rain is generally limited to a couple of hours at the end of the day. On most of the islands there’s little difference between the winter and summer, with temperatures averaging 25C-30C all year round.
TIME ZONE: Indonesia has three time zones—Western Indonesia Time which is GMT +7 (covering Sumatra, Java, Madura, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan), Central Indonesia Time which is GMT +8 (covering East and South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali, Nusa Tenggara) and the last is Eastern Indonesia Time which is GMT +9 (covering Maluku and Irian Jaya). The capital Jakarta is GMT + 7 or 16 hours ahead of US Pacific Standard Time.
LANGUAGE: Bahasa Indonesia is the national and official language in the entire country.
ELECTRICITY: Electric power supply is 220 volts in all regions. So be careful with your 110-volt electronic equipment. The sockets will only fit with with two pins rounded-tip plugs (technically known as Type C, E, and F) or use adaptors.
CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS: The Indonesia Rupiah (Rp) is also called IDR. IDR and US$ are the most acceptable currencies. Most tourism resorts have money changer facilities. When you are traveling to remote areas it is advisable to exchange your money and clear your check. Credit cards are only acceptable in big hotels, restaurants, shops and traveling agencies.
GRATUITIES: Most hotels add a 10% service charge to the bill on top of the 10% tax. In restaurants where service charge is not added, a tip of 5 to 10% on the bill will be appropriate depending on the service and type of establishment.
PHONE & INTERNET SERVICE: Country code +62. Most hotels and many restaurants in large cities provide internet connections or free WiFi.
VISA & PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS: All travelers to Indonesia must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival, and have proof (tickets) of onward or return passage. Visa upon arrival is $35 Payable by USD cash only. Please check with your country if you are eligible for visa upon arrival. Visa-on-Arrival are valid for 30 days and are extendable with another 30 days to be applied at Immigration offices in Indonesia.
CUSTOMS: Maximum items allowed by customs when you visit Indonesia, 1 liter of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes OR 50 cigars OR 100 grams of tobacco, Reasonable amount of perfume per adult, meaning if you arrive drenched in perfume the customs probably will not mind you carrying loads of bottles, Cameras, video cameras, portable radios, cassette recorders, binoculars and sport equipments are admitted provided they are taken out on departure. They must be declared to Customs.
DEPARTURE TAX: An airport tax of IDR150,000 – IDR200,000 is levied by airports on departing passengers on international flights and IDR30,000-IDR75,000 for those on domestic routes. Airport tax must be paid in Rupiah cash.
GETTING THERE: Most all major cities are connected by direct international flights and many carriers fly passengers to Indonesia’s towns and remote locations.
Bandung: Husein Sastranegara International Airport (BDO)
Jakarta: Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK)
Solo City: Adisumarmo International Airport (SOC)
Yogyakarta: Adisucipto International Airport (JOG)
Banda Aceh: Sultan Iskandarmuda International Airport (BTJ)
Batam: Hang Nadim International Airport (BTH)
Padang: Minangkabau International Airport (PDG)
Medan: Kuala Namu International Airport (KNO)
Palembang: Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport (PLM)
Pekanbaru: Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport (PKU)
Tanjung Pinang: Raja Haji Fisabilillah International Airport (TNJ)
Balikpapan: Sultan Aji Muhamad Sulaiman Airport (BPN)
Makassar: Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG)
Manado: Sam Ratulangi International Airport (MDC)
Lesser Sunda Islands
Denpasar (Bali): Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
Mataram (Lombok): Lombok Praya International Airport (LOP)
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