As the largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia is rich in diving sites with their own different landscapes and qualities that communicate the beauty of their natural resources separately. It is then important to consider for a liveaboard in Indonesia for diving or a planned vacation to the islands to select the destinations that will cater to both their needs and preferences to the fullest. After all, there are cruises with specific routes, such as Raja Ampat and Spice Islands cruises, or itineraries in Komodo and Sulawesi, that cover distinct areas.
Located in Nusa Tenggara is the Komodo Island National Marine Park, which is a popular scuba diving site. It has strong currents that bring plankton closer to shore and in shallow water, and the rich harvests attract manta rays and whale sharks to come and feed. There are also a great amount of filter feeders – mainly sea squirts, crinoids, sea apples, and tunicates – along the field of the walls. Protected bays also dot the park, making them safe places for pygmy seahorses and frogfish to flourish in peace. Komodo tours on land are usually included in the visits to the island as well, in order to see the largest lizards in the world – Komodo dragons.
Raja Ampat is also an attractive destination for West Papua liveaboards as it has acquired a lot of acclaim from experienced divers that have been to the area. It is the home of an astounding number of fish and coral species and is a harbor for crowded sea floors filled with fish and manta rays that litter the reefs. Famed whale sharks and wreckage from World War II can be seen in more remote locations like Cenderawasih Bay and Triton Bay. Routes to liveaboard in Indonesia that pass through Raja Ampat usually take between 8 to 14 nights.
The Banda Islands and Ambon are also picturesque locations for both the beginner and the seasoned diver – the earlier no longer sleeps in the shadow of other renown diving sites around Indonesia and is recognized as a wild destination, while the latter boasts more of the scenic Indonesian seascape of a thriving ecosystem of fish, reefs, mobula rays, sharks, and dog-toothed tuna.