What to Know About Diving in Indonesia

While most of our work at Northeast Scuba revolves around our local area, we also love to help our customers prepare for diving trips they take all over the world. One of the more popular destinations for divers is Indonesia, due to the ocean conditions and wide variety of ecosystems to explore.

If you’re interested in taking a dive trip from Massachusetts to Indonesia, here are a few things you should know:

  • Best spots for beginners: Dive conditions can range quite widely in Indonesia, so it’s important to know where the most consistently friendly spots for beginners are. Even though Bali is perhaps the most-established tourist destination in Indonesia, its dive sites tend to be for more experienced divers, with a few exceptions. Manado tends to be good for beginners, as there is good visibility and more stable conditions.
  • Safety: Anyone who is traveling to a new country on the opposite side of the world is likely to have some concerns about whether it’s safe to travel in that country. As with basically any country, there are potential trouble spots, but those can be easily avoided for you to have a safe vacation. The vast majority of people who vacation in Indonesia have a wonderful, unforgettable experience that they will cherish forever.
  • What’s the best diving spot in general: If you’ve got some experience in diving already, you have a pretty wide range of options available to you. Liveaboards are probably the best way to experience Indonesia’s diving destinations. There are several routes, including Komodo National Park, where you can get some excellent scuba diving and also see Komodo dragons. Farther east you’ll find what many consider to be the best diving in Indonesia in Raja Ampat. There are not many other divers, and there’s a very frontier-esque feel. You’ll likely find the greatest biodiversity in Brunaken Marine Park, near Manado. You’ll also find some very bizarre animal life in the Lembeh Strait.
  • Current safety: Most of the dive sites you’ll visit in Komodo or Flores will have strong currents—that whole part of the world has some of the strongest oceanic currents you’ll find anywhere. The strengths of these currents, however, depend on the specific location, the time of the day and the time of the month. Your divemaster or any diving specialist will be able to give you information specific to your destination.
  • Language barrier: For the most part, English is very widely spoken in the tourist destinations in Indonesia, so you don’t have to worry about cramming some language sessions. This is helpful because, depending on where you go in Indonesia, there can be different local dialects and language quirks you’d need to consider. It’s always helpful and polite to have at least a few common words you know in the local tongue, but you don’t have to worry about being fluent.

Looking for more information about an Indonesian diving excursion? Contact Northeast Scuba today about dive trips from Massachusetts and we’ll help you start planning.

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