With over 3000 species of fish and 600 species of corals, it is not strange that this part of the world is called the coral triangle. The diversity in marine life is enormous what makes diving Indonesia a joy for every diver. With an Indonesia liveaboard, you can explore one of the 13000 islands and islets that make the Archipelago. The most popular destinations are Komodo and Raja Ampat where you can dive with manta rays or explore untouched reefs.
Nowadays liveaboards are exploring more of the archipelago then ever before and you can make cruises to Cenderawasih Bay, Halmahera, Alor or join a crossover trip from Raja Ampat to the Banda Sea. With so much choice in dive sites, it makes it possible for the thrill-seekers to dive pinnacles and reefs in strong currents what brings along the larger marine life such as Sharks, Manta rays and other pelagic fish. for those less experienced or just want to have a gentle dive there are plenty of dive sites where you can wander around the reefs in a gentle current or go for a muck dive where you find plenty of small critters such as the flamboyant cuttlefish or nudibranchs in all the colours of the rainbow.
Top Liveaboard Destinations
How To Get There
The 2 major international airports are in Jakarta and Bali. You can get here by direct flights from countries in Asia as well as Australia. For some of the Indonesia Liveaboards, you need to take 1 or more domestic flights to the port of departure/disembark. Make sure you check the itinerary before you book your flight ticket.
You can dive from an Indonesia liveaboard year round but it is hard to say what would be the best diving season. This depends on where you want to go and what kind of marine life you prefer to see. A Komodo liveaboard can be booked year round but if you want to see the Mola Mola your best change would be around July. Whereas most liveaboards to Raja Ampat only have trips from October until April.
For over 140 countries there is no need to get a visa to enter Indonesia. On arrival, you will get a stamp in your passport that allows you to stay up to 30 days as a tourist. The stay cannot be extended.
Would you like to stay longer then you can apply for a visa on arrival at the airport for 30 days that can be extended for another 30 days in an immigration office in Indonesia.
Another option for those who would like to stay longer than 30 days you can apply at the Indonesian embassy abroad for a B-211 visa what gives you the opportunity to stay for a maximum of 60 days.
Visa requirements can change so before your departure you are better off visiting the official Indonesian immigration website for the latest changes and to have a look if your nationality is on the list of 140 countries.
Before departure make sure your passport is still valid for at least 6 months on the date you plan to arrive back home as well you need an empty page for the stamps.