1. Raja Ampat is one of the top diving destinations of Indonesia
It’s situated in the middle of Indo-Pacific’s coral triangle which is home to the richest marine diversity in the world.
Not to worry, tropical scuba diving is allowed in these areas and due to regulations, you’re certain not to bump into a lot of other divers. You are more likely to come across the reefs wonderworld of marine diversity. Home to mola molas, blue-ringed octopi, pygmy seahorses, manta rays and crocodile fish, the Komodo Islands diving spots are a sight to behold even at night due to the waters high visibility.
Does it make it a puzzling masterpiece?
Of course, it does. However, for those who aren’t fans of surprise, you might find it reassuring that there are seahorses including pygmies, nudibranchs, hairy frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, mandarin fish, ghost pipefish and the endemic Banggai cardinalfish occupying these waters.
Although, these belong to the Indonesian territories, these areas known for their drier climates and uplifted limestone. With temperatures far from that of most of the nation’s aquatic areas, creatures residing in these parts are unique to that what you usually see in other parts of the country.
With great visibility and gentle currents, it shouldn’t be hard for you to spot, Leaf scorpionfishes, mandarin fishes and ghost pipefishes.
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5. Cenderawasih Bay
The waters of this bay are so vast and deep that it easily contains some of the nation’s largest marine life such as whale sharks, manta rays, and leatherback turtles. And if you are looking forward to more of an adventure, you can find more secretive marine creatures lurking in Japanese warships found in the water’s depths.
The visibility of these waters is so high that capturing fish and other marine creatures are capable with simple water-resistant cameras. Filled with typical marine creatures such as sea snakes, lobsters, boxfish and schools of fish (especially clownfish), these diving spots are also known for their pipefishes, ribbon eels, and wobegone sharks.
Adorned with illuminating archways and soft corals, you might be surprised by what you find. Filled with many different types of pelagic species such as the Napolean wrasse, sharks, rays and grouper, these waters mask some smaller marine life with them such as the frogfish, Ambon scorpionfish, and Halimeda ghost pipefish making for an adventure of a lifetime.
8. Forgotten Island
In addition to this, the volcanic islands that rise out of the deep blue waters in these areas are uninhabited and untouched making it the perfect sanctuary for some of the nation’s strangest, rarest and most mesmerizing of creatures. Among the list of the commonly seen marine life in these areas are the scalloped hammerheads, turtles, and Sea Snakes.
9. Banda Sea
Table coral was lava once flowed has also become a refuge for frogfish, juvenile sweetlips, Lembeh sea dragon, silvertip, and the humbled parrotfish.
10. Gili islands
How much more for a liveaboard diving expedition?
As gentle as the waters the aquatic creatures of these islands are quite docile that it wouldn’t surprise you to come across, reef sharks, manta rays or even the rare Mola Mola.
Here’s a list of things to consider while planning scuba diving holidays that might help you.