This up-and-coming Asian giant is known for its dive spots and great dive instructors to match the demand for excellent diving, and it’s a host to an equally large population of wildlife, which brings scuba enthusiasts from all over the world. Classified as one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth, Indonesia is a diver’s paradise waiting to be discovered. When it’s not busy being an economic powerhouse, it’s helping people get back in touch with the marine habitats that surround it. The best part is that there are always clear waters somewhere, divers can go diving year-round even though there is a recommended “dive season.”
May through September
Bahasa Indonesia, Malay, Javanese, English, Chinese
Malaria is common in the area and general precautions should be taken. It’s also wise to defend yourself from hepatitis and Dengue fever. Stomach problems should be addressed immediately. For dive sites, specifically, heed local warnings.
Indonesia is a mass of vibrant islands. There’s a lot to choose from, and scuba diving in the area can be a life-enriching experience. Travel around the country is so accessible that you could have multiple dive experiences that are vastly different from each other in just a few days of scuba. Enjoy!
The largest banknote of Indonesia is worth the equivalent of $10USD. That’s a good place to start when estimating costs. A dive tour will run more than that, of course, but you’re going to pay less than in a lot of the world.