Indonesia Dive Resorts

There is no surprise that Indonesia hosts some of the world's best and most biodiverse dives. This archipelagic country is the largest of its kind, boasting 13,466 islands which lie between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. 

Aside from household names like Raja Ampat, Bali, and Komodo, Indonesia hosts dozens of other amazing dive regions and even more if you count other remote and undeveloped areas.  Most of the best dive areas are located in Central and East Indonesia.

Except for the Banda Sea, and certain dive regions that are incredibly remote, most of Indonesia can be dived through a land-based operation. Depending on where you dive in the country, you can find a wide range of options--from budget-friendly dive hostels to ultra-luxury dive resorts. 

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Indonesia Dive Resort Areas

In alphabetical order, here are some of the best dive resort areas in Indonesia.

Ambon Bay, Maluku 

Best known for the excellent muck dives, there is a number of reasonably priced and reputable land-based dive operations in the area. Ambon is also often included as the final stop or starting point of liveaboard trips to the Banda Sea or Raja Ampat, making it a great option for an extension after or before your trip.

Alor, East Nusa Tenggara

If you're looking for an off-the-beaten-path location with pristine reefs, incredible diversity, teeming with marine life, look no further. You won't find much large marine life in Alor, but if you're lucky you might be able to spot some reef sharks and a mola or two while diving, or a pod of resident whales from the boat. There is a limited number of dive ops, but this area is really worth a visit. 

Bali

The ever-popular tourist spot Bali is still going strong, with the unique USAT Liberty Wreck off its northeastern coast, excellent muck dives along the eastern and northern coastlines, and the world-famous Manta Point and Crystal Bay off the coast of Nusa Penida, known to be reliable places to see manta rays and Mola molas respectively.

In Bali, you can find a very wide range of options for any budget. Choosing a reputable dive operation is key to having a safe and enjoyable experience while diving Bali.

Don't hesitate to ask us for recommendations or check out this dedicated page on dive resorts in Bali

Komodo, east Nusa Tenggara

Apart from being known for the endemic Komodo dragon, Komodo National Park is world-renowned for its thrilling drift dives with colorful corals in various formations teeming with marine life, big and small.

While liveaboard diving is the way to go to dive Komodo, from north to south, in less time, there are numerous great land-based options close to Labuan Bajo for divers who prefer staying on land.

Lembeh, North Sulawesi

Often coined as the world's capital for muck diving, The number species that you can cross off your critter list within a week of diving Lembeh Strait is staggering, to say the least.  The dive guides in the area are also known for their exceptional ability to help photographers find the rarest and tiniest critter that is almost impossible to see with the naked eye.

There is a wide range of land-based options in Lembeh, from laid-back guesthouses with minimal amenities to luxury boutique resorts.

Manado & Bunaken, North Sulawesi

Manado is the gateway to diving the world-class Bunaken National Park and nearby Bangka Island. Bunaken is well-known for its pristine coral walls while Bangka Island offers untouched reefs with colorful soft corals. Both islands are frequented by a wide variety of marine life, big and small.

Great macro sites also exist along Manado Bay. Great dive resorts can be found near Manado Bay and on Bunaken and Bangka Islands.

Raja Ampat, West papua 

The holy grail of Indonesian diving, Raja Ampat, also hosts great dive resorts many of which feature over-the-water-bungalows. The dive resorts in the archipelago are scattered among its many islands, but in general, there are two main dive resort areas: northern Raja Ampat and southern Raja Ampat.

Visit our dedicated page on dive resorts in Raja Ampat for more information on these areas and dive resort options.

Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi 

Last but not least, we've got Wakatobi, an ultra-exclusive scuba diving destination with incredibly healthy reefs and world-class marine biodiversity. Named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2012, Wakatobi is really exclusive and protected that there are very few dive operations in the area. 

Find more information on the diving season, marine life, dive sites, and how to get to the destination of your choice on our guide diving in Indonesia.


Dive Resorts in Indonesia

With such a diversity of diving and resorts on offer, choosing where to base yourself can be a tricky task. Bluewater Travel can help you book a dive resort in Indonesia and over 40+ destinations in the world at the same price or even lower than booking any other way. We have expert knowledge on the boats, cabins, diving, and logistics, so here are some Staff Picks to start you off.  Email us today or leave us a message through the live chat box to start planning your dream dive vacation in Indonesia! 

Siladen Resort & Spa, Manado & Bunaken
This exclusive island dive resort sits in the heart of Bunaken National Marine Park. Boutique beach-front villas combine with excellent service to create a secluded haven, perfect for relaxing and soaking up the tranquil atmosphere after a day’s diving.
 
An award-winning resort that seamlessly achieves the ultimate in luxury whilst striving to reduce environmental impact. High-end villas nestle amongst lush tropical forest leading to a private beachfront, creating the exclusivity and exceptional customer service Bunaken prides itself in.
 
Lembeh Resort, Lembeh Strait
The luxuriously dreamy vibe of this secluded cove resort is hard to replicate. Tasteful private cottages dotted through the jungle boast stunning sea views, and the resort’s heart-warming charm is enhanced by hospitable staff and a relaxed tropical vibe. 
 
A remote luxury resort located right next to the exceptional reefs of Wakatobi Marine Park. Excellent service, comfortable beach-side bungalows and a relaxed air of tranquility combine to create an exceptional all-inclusive experience.
 
Misool Eco Resort, Raja Ampat
Built entirely of reclaimed timber and with conservation at its heart, this remote eco-resort offers the utmost in privacy and seclusion. Exclusive traditional-style villas and cottages are dispersed around the private island’s pristine beaches, creating a unique tropical hideaway. 
 
The pristine white beaches and lush jungle of this uninhabited island create a perfect backdrop for the resort’s traditional over-water bungalows.  Locally sourced materials and sustainable practices are at the forefront of this eco-resort, with high standards and great service adding a touch of luxury in an unspoiled paradise.
 
Sorido Bay Resort, Raja Ampat
Nestled in tropical jungle on Kri Island’s Sorido Bay, this private beachfront resort exudes personalized service and famous Indonesian hospitality, showcasing a passion for its local roots. Modern bungalows with splendid ocean views create a cozy ‘home away from home’, and the resort’s passion for conservation makes it the ideal getaway for nature lovers and divers alike.
 
Elegant villas set amongst beautifully kept grounds create an oasis of peace and tranquility at  this secluded Balinese-style resort. Located on the island’s northeast coast, fantastic personal service and attention to every last detail provide the perfect escape from modern life.
 
A remote private island resort set in the stunning scenery of Komodo National Park. Spacious and elegant beachfront villas mingle with the surrounding vegetation to create a unique retreat and the perfect balance of comfort with a respect for the surrounding environment.
 

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