Top 10 Volcano Mountains You Must Hike

Although boasting 17,000 islands, Indonesia may come to mind with lots of islands and beaches and sea, but you be surprised that it has just as many mountains. Being an archipelago that is situated at the confluence of the tectonic plates – Asian, Australian, Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, it has as many as 129 volcanoes making it the country with 13 percent of the world’s volcanoes. These volcanoes encircling the stretch of Indonesia has a name with a cool ring to it – Indonesia Ring of Fire.

The volcanoes, some active (some very busy) and some not, provides a naturally stunning scenery unlike any other. Some of the mountains are situated within an immense volcanic lake or some with craters that spurt blue fire.

The highest peak in Indonesia is the Puncak Jaya in Papua while the largest volcanic lake is the Lake Toba in Sumatra.

Here are Top 10 Volcano Mountain in Indonesia for you to visit:

Volcano Mount Bromo with Mount Semeru at the back, Java, Indonesia

Volcano Mount Bromo with Mount Semeru at the back spewing smoke. Photo by borderlys


Java

Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo, at 2329 m, is one of the most iconic mountain in Indonesia. This is due its majestic beauty, where it stands forebodingly within the Tengger caldera sea of sand while spewing off white sulphurous smoke. Mount Bromo is one of the most active volcanoes of the world and one of the frequent visited ones. Travelers from far and wide come here to view the sunrise over this mountain, where the ethereal landscape is not to be missed.

-> Read our Guide to Hiking Mount Bromo

Volcano Mount Ijen and its lake, Java, Indonesia

Volcano Mount Ijen and its lake, Java. Photo by Richard Liblanc

Ijen Crater

Ijen Crater or locally known as Kawah Ijen is another popular mountain of Java after Mount Bromo. Many travelers continue to visit here after Mount Bromo and the experience is refreshingly new. Inside the crater you will see a magnificent turquoise sulphur lake that exudes flames, blue fire at night and smoky white in the day.You will also meet many sulphur collectors on your hike up and be shocked by the condition of their work consuming the harmful fumes all the time. Ijen volcano contains the world’s largest acidic volcanic lake that shines in beautiful turquoise color. By night the lake will throw off blue flames which many hikers brave the dark for.

-> Read our Guide to trekking Ijen Crater

Hike Volcano Mountain Semeru, Java, Indonesia

Hike Mount Semeru, Java. Photo by Michael Day

Mount Merbabu

Mount Merbabu, the name translated as “Mountain of Ash” in Javanese, is the only volcano mountain in this list that is dormant. But even with that, it is still a volcano to be reckoned with. It lies adjacent to Mount Merapi towards the southeast at the height of 3142 m. It is a challenging hike up to the peak; there are two peaks – Syarif (3119 m) and Kenteng Songo (3142 m), forming a U-shaped valley, but with a guide, one can conquer Mount Merapi. The area of the mountain had been declared as a national park in 2004.

The nearby city to stay would be either Magelang or Salatiga *.

Hike Mount Merbabu, Java, Indonesia

Hike Mount Merbabu, Java. Photo by uncle.capung

Mount Semeru

Mount Semeru is the tallest mountain in Java, located at the east. It is also known as Mahameru by the locals, which means The Great Mountain, deriving from the mystical Hindu-Buddhist mountain of Meru and Sumeru, the gods. Climbing to the peak takes two hiking days, and it is relatively easy for seasoned hikers. The only challenge is the last slope up to the summit. Mount Semeru is an active volcano with constant smoke from its crater.

SUMATRA

Mount Krakatoa or Krakatau

Hike Mount Krakatau, Java, Sumatra, Indonesia

Anak Krakatau between Java and Sumatra. Photo by Paul Hessels

Krakatoa or also known as Krakatau, is a volcanic island situated in the Sunda Straits between Java and Sumatra of Indonesia. The eruption of Mount Krakatoa in 1883 had been noted as one of the most violent volcanic events ever recorded. The huge explosion blast over 4,000km all the way to Australia and India. This massive explosion cause giant tsunami and the dust from it stays in the stratosphere for several years after while killing more than 35,000 people.

Mount Krakatoa is still very much an active volcano and scaling it takes precaution and would require camping a night at Rakata Island, where you can enjoy the view of Krakatoa eruption at night. Else you can stay at the nearby hotels * on the mainland side.

Mount Kerinci

Mount Kerinci is the tallest volcano in Indonesia and the highest peak in Sumatra. It is located within the Kerinci Seblat National Park that is home to the endangered species – Sumatran Tiger and Sumatran Rhinoceros. It is still a very much active volcano with constant annual activities. The climb up this mountain would take 3 days 2 nights to reach the summit, or one day less if not. There are 15 lakes surrounding this mountain with one of lake being the highest lake in Southeast Asia at 1996 m which is called Gunung Tujuh Lake (Seven Mountains Lake – there are 7 peaks surrounding this lake). The biggest lake here is the Kerinci Lake at 4200 hectares. Most visitors would come in and stay first either at Padang or Jambi *, before transferring to Kerinci Sablat National Park.

Hike Volcano Mountain Kerinci, Sumatra, Indonesia

Mount Kerinci, Sumatra. Photo by WahyuS

BALI

Mount Batur

One of the more popular mountains in Bali, Mount Batur is an active volcano standing at 1700m, many travelers hike a do this short but can be quite tough 2 hours hike up the mountain to have a sunrise view over Bali and its surrounding islands. Getting here from Ubud might take some time but the climb and the view of the landscape and Lake Batur is all worth it in the end. It is also one of the popular activities to do when you are visiting Bali long enough to get bored of the beaches and sea and want to do some excursions.

Hike Volcano Mountain Batur, Bali, Indonesia

Hike Mount Batur, Bali. Photo by Kevin Poh

Mount Agung

Mount Agung, standing tall at 3142 m at East is the highest mountain in Bali. It holds a spiritual significance to the Balinese as the Mother Temple of Besakih. Legend has it that it is created by the Hindu God Pashupati when he split Mount Meru, which is the spiritual axis of the universe. This mountain can be scaled in 6-7 hours with a demanding hike. The hike itself is an adventure and many travelers find it a rewarding experience. On the way, you can visit the Pasar Agung temple, which is one of Bali’s nine directional temples. There is also the Besakih Temple, which stands dramatically on the southern slopes of Mount Agung.

Volcano Mountain Agung by the beach, Bali, Indonesia

Agung, the Indonesian volcano by the beach in Bali. Photo by Ben Godfrey

LOMBOK

Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani in Lombok is the second highest volcano in Indonesia at 3726 m. It is also among one of the most active volcanoes here. It ha a caldera of 50 km square with a crater lake in it called Segara Anak. Many pilgrims come yearly to this lake to make offerings to the gods and the lake. To hike this Indonesian volcano would take two days of demanding trekking but the view at the summit is all so worth it. Due to Lombok being one of the emerging travel places in Indonesia, you will find quite a number of travelers scaling this mountain with you but fret not as the beauty is for all to marvel at together.

->Read our Guide to Trekking Mount Rinjani

Hike Volcano Mountain Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia

Hike Mount Rinjani, Lombok. Photo by Blek

FLORES

Mount Kelimutu

Mount Kelimutu is home to the famous tri-colored lakes which people travel through long tortuous roads just to get to. The lakes are in hues of blue, green and red due to its volcanic substances and it changes colors depending on season and time making it somewhat magical. These magical lakes are the reason enough to scale Mount Kelimutu for. The highest peak here is Mount Kelibara at 1713m. Mount Kelimutu is situated in Kelimutu National Park in Central Flores of Indonesia.

-> Read our Guide to Mount Kelimutu National Park

Hike Volcano Mountain Kelimutu, Flores, Indonesia

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PAPUA

Bonus mountain as technically this is the hardest to scale and probably not everyone can do this as a mountain to hike, it is still notable as it is the highest peak in Indonesia.

Puncak Jaya (Cartensz Pyramid)

This is one of the world’s seven ultimate summit and the only mountain in Indonesia which has a glacier top. Puncak Jaya or Cartensz Pyramid is the highest point in between Himalayas and Andes, crowning it the highest island peak in the world. It lies in Lorentz National Park in Papua, Indonesia. The climb up this mountain is highly technical and tough, therefore it is well advised to get a guide and prepare yourself thoroughly for it. Conquering this mountain is part of the peak-bagging list of Seven Summits of the world.

Puncak Jaya / Cartensz Pyramid Volcano Mountain in Papua, Indonesia

Puncak Jaya / Cartensz Pyramid Volcano Mountain in Papua. Photo by Alfindra Primaldhi

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Guide to Diving Wakatobi National Park, Sulawesi

Wakatobi National Park, a collection of islands that may sound familiar to many but somehow seem elusive to most. It is definitely one of the Top 10 Diving sites in Indonesia, being home to more than 25 coral reefs and 900 marine species.

The name itself Wakatobi is a combination of the four main islands – Wangi-wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko. It is surrounded by the southeast Sulawesi district. It is now Wakatobi National Park and therefore actively being conserved. The untouched nature and amazing marine diversity and reefs had attracted many scuba divers from around the world.

The World Wildlife Fund had also been helping out the park management to improve and publicize its biodiversity. WWF released a film about Bajo, the nomadic sea tribe that lives on stilt homes around Wakatobi whom had been touted resourceful for diving with their handmade wooden goggles.

Map of Wakatobi, Sulawesi Indonesia

Map of Wakatobi, Sulawesi

Where is it

Wakatobi lies at the Southeast of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The capital is Wangi-Wangi, and the collection of islands lies in between Banda Sea, to the north and west, and Flores Sea, to the south and east.

Why go

Not only it is a world class diving site with incredible arrays of coral reefs and marine lives, it also have majestic pinnacles, ridges, ledges and overhanging cliffs. Diving here is an adventure itself that will be sure to wow even the most seasoned diver.

Beach at Wakatobi, Sulawesi Indonesia

Beach at Wakatobi, Sulawesi

While the sea is clear blue and serene for snorkeling and swimming. The beach almost deserted and long for quiet walks and peaceful sunbathing. The sunset is unforgettable over the crystal blue sea that seems to stretch endlessly.

The remoteness of the entire region itself is good enough reason to come to Wakatobi, you will be disappointed.

When is the best time to go

Indonesia has tropical weather and only two season of rain or dry. Come during dry season from June to September to maximize your day.

What to see

Sunset at Wakatobi, Sulawesi Indonesia

Sunset at Wakatobi, Sulawesi

Puncak Tomia (mountain) – you can hike up this mountain for a beautiful view of the surrounding islands.

Other notable tourist attractions in Wakatobi is:
Air Terjun Tirta Rimba (waterfall)
Lakasa Cave (goa)
Nirwana beach or Huntete beach
Bukit Kolemo (hill)

Catch the sunrise or sunset at Hoga which is praised for the most panoramic view.

Stargazing at night – the place is perfect with dark nights for sparkling stars.

What to do

Diving – explore the coral reefs and marine species like moray eels, dolphins, manta rays and sea turtles. There are many unexplored parts in the sea for divers with unbroken wall replete filled densely with hard and soft corals. You can do all sorts of adventure diving here and also night diving is notable for its beautfy for example in Marimabuk dive site.

Snorkeling – the calm and clear blue sea is ideal for snorkeling, with enough coral reefs to enjoy as well.

Dolphin watching – you can take the boat out to catch dolphins swimming by.

Island hopping – discover the rest of the islands dotted all over Wakatobi, few notable ones are like the inhabited Ndaa Island (pulau) which has white beach sand and Tomia Island for the best snorkeling spot.

Where to stay

Night Diving, Wakatobi, Sulawesi Indonesia

Night Diving, Wakatobi, Sulawesi

Most travelers will stay in Wangi-Wangi for the ease of transport as it is connected to the rest of the Wakatobi region to Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongo. Also most tourists come here to dive so they may stay in dive resorts which includes all dives and meals and transfers. Else you can choose to sleep in homestays or bungalows and if you want to splurge – luxury eco resorts.

For ease of transportation, the best place to stay is in Wanci on Wangi-Wangi Island *. There is no need to spend a night on the other islands as there is a speedboat or a boat that can take you to other Wakatobi regions, such as the Hoga, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongo. Prices for accommodation here range from as low as 150,000 Rp to 380,00 Rp for most options.

-> Find available hotels near Wakatobi National Park *

How to get there

By Flight
Most frequent flights will require you to fly to Makassar (Ujung Pandang) or Kendari from major cities in Indonesia and then take a connecting flight directly to Wangi-Wangi. Alternatively, you may fly to Bau Bau (Buton Island) and then take a boat to one of the Wakatobi’s island. Now Lion Air had launched a direct flight from Jakarta to Wangi-wangi but only on certain days.

Wakatobi airport is on the opposite side of the island from the city. From there you would need to get a transport to city either via taxi or ojek which you might need to wait 30 mins for and then take another 30 mins ride into town. An ojek costs about 5,000 Rp to get into city center while a taxi may cost about 250,000 Rp, remember to agree on the price before getting on.

Coral Fan, Diving, Wakatobi, Sulawesi Indonesia

Coral Fan, Diving, Wakatobi, Sulawesi

By Pelni boat / ferry
You can opt for the cheaper backpacker version of travel by taking a 10 hours boat from Makassar to Wakatobi on a pelni boat, it is only once a month at the first week. There is also boat from Bau-Bau to Wangi-Wangi, everyday departing at Murhum Harbor.

How to get around

To move between the islands of Wakatobi, you may have to charter your own boat else you may take the public boat. There are boats everyday with about 2 hours in between frequency, check there for the detailed schedule.

Where to go nearby

Makassar – fly back to the city as a springboard to other places in Sulawesi.

Tana Toraja – 300 km away from Makassar with at least 8-10 hours drive for ancient funeral rites and cultural village visit.

Diving, Wakatobi, Sulawesi Indonesia

Diving, Wakatobi, Sulawesi

Travel Tips

There are reported thefts around here so always be mindful of your belongings and where you are walking and your surroundings. Also, it is safer not to wander around in dark places or at night.

Photo credits from top: Rachel, Jenny, ourtechclub, q phia, q phia and Craig D

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Ijen Crater, East Java : Volcano, Acid Lake and Blue Flames

Ijen Crater, or known to Indonesians as Kawah Ijen, is one of the top recommended volcano in Indonesia to be visited. This active crater of 134 sq km has a landscape of volcanic cones of both Mount Ijen and Mount Merapi (not to be confused with the famous Mount Merapi in Central Java).

This group of stratovolcanoes lies in East Java. Inside the crater, you will see a magnificent turquoise sulphur lake that exudes flames, blue fire at night and smoky white in the day.

Here you will also find many sulphur collectors that hike up here to mine the minerals of Kawah Ijen but this had been highlighted badly recently in the media due to the fumes being harmful to human and its extremely harsh working conditions.

Map of Ijen Crater, East Java Indonesia

Map of Ijen Crater, East Java

Where is it

Ijen Crater lies nearby Banyuwangi and Bondowoso. Ijen plateau stood as the centre point of the large mountain range west of Banyuwangi and as part of Baluran National Park to the north.

Why go

Come to Ijen Crater for the largest acidic lake in the world and for the mesmerizing blue flames in the night. Besides, it is one of the best volcanic mountains of Indonesia with this one brimming with the rare sulphurs.

Besides it is less touristy and crowded than it’s sister Mount Bromo.

Acid Lake at Ijen Crater, Java Indonesia

Acid Lake at Ijen Crater, Java

When is the best time to go

June – August where there is less rain but more tourist
But that being said, Indonesia being a fairly mild weather of just rain and shine, most of the time is a good to go to Ijen Crater, just check for local weather as you head there.
Also try to avoid weekends if you do not want the crowd.

Workers carrying sulphurs at Ijen Crater

Workers carrying sulphurs at Ijen Crater

What to see

World’s largest acidic lake, which is in the brilliant turquoise color that captures not only the sunlight but every traveler’s heart.

Catch the miners hard at work, carrying a heavily laden basket of sulphur though you may be disturbed by it and feel sorry for them. Note in mind that the sulphur fumes are poisonous and these miners are subjected to it daily for extended hard-laboured hours.

There are coffee plantations cover the Ijen caldera floor where many travelers head there to visit the waterfalls, hot springs or just enjoy the dramatic volcanic scenery.

Sulphur fumes over Acid Lakes at Ijen Crater

Sulphur fumes over Acid Lake at Ijen Crater

What to do

Hiking up to Ijen Crater at night
There are few options for visiting Ijen crater, you can either start at 2 am or 4 am to arrive at the top of the crater by daylight. Many travelers recommend to do the night hiking up to Ijen Crater to catch the magical blue flames or also known as blue fire. To get this, you have to arrive at the top before sunrise of 6 am. The hike up takes 1.5-2 hours averagely and can be quite steep The good thing is at this time there are not many other tourists around as well. After being mesmerized by the blue flames enough, you can sit back at the summit and wait for sunrise which offers another spectacular view.

Walk around the Ijen crater rim
You can take a walk around the rim of Ijen crater or approach the lake which will take about 40 minutes walk.

Walk the crater rim of Ijen Crater

Walk the crater rim of Ijen Crater

Where to stay

Most travelers will choose to stay at Banyuwangi *and then head out to Ijen Crater at night or early morning depending on which adventure you choose. You can also choose to stay at the foothills of Ijen mountain range among the coffee plantations.

-> Find the best hotel deals near Ijen Crater *

How to get there

orker at suplhur mining, Ijen Crater

Worker at suplhur mining, Ijen Crater

If you need to fly in, the nearest airport would be Surabaya. From Surabaya airport to Banyuwangi, it would take another 10 hours by bus. You can also take the train from Surabaya to Banyuwangi which will take about 7 hours.

Via Banyuwangi, you can choose from all kinds of vehicles such as 4WD (costs 55,000 Rp) or motorbike or car to get to the starting point of the hike up to Ijen Crater.

You can also get to Ijen Crater via Bondowoso from either the northern or southern coast. This way is closer but much steeper and in bad condition, therefore, 4WD is essential here though costly. After that, most travelers will walk the last 8 km along the road to Pos Paltuding which is the starting point of the trek to Ijen Crater. The Ijen Crater’s lake is around another 90 minutes hike from here.

How to get around

You can get around in most preferred choice a 4WD and for more budget if via Banyuwangi you may take the motorbike or car. After that it is all on foot to hike up Mount Ijen to get to the crater and to walk around the crater rim.

Blue Flames (Fire) at Ijen Crater

Blue Flames (Fire) at Ijen Crater

Where to go nearby

Mount Bromo which is another volcano, about 6 hours away. Many travelers go there to catch the sunrise over Mount Bromo, which is a scene that promises to take your breath away.

From Banyuwangi, take a ferry onwards to Bali, a common popular route travelers take through Java to get to Bali.

Travel Tips

Remember to bring a mask to cover your nose as the pungent odour of sulphur may burn.
Also bring warm jacket as the trek at night is cold and temperature may drop to 5C.
Lastly, and insider tip says to climb to the right (anticlockwise) at the crater rim as the view from that side of the sulphur lake and entire area is spectacular.

Sulphur fumes at Ijen Crater

Sulphur fumes at Ijen Crater

Photo credits from top: Burmesedays, Richard Liblanc, Paul Hessels, Daniel Julie, Daniel Julie, Nate Robert, Dodi Mulyana and Paul Hessels

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Top 10 Best Diving Sites in Indonesia

Indonesia is little known to divers out there that Indonesia is actually one of the world’s best scuba destination even though it has many beautiful diving spots.

Indonesia has one of the longest coastline in the world stretching from the Indian Ocean to the east and Pacific Ocean to the west. Being part of the Coral Triangle of the world, Indonesia has a diverse marine life with 20% of world’s coral reefs. There are over 3000 fish species and 600 coral species to discover, where the dive sites come in diverse types from coral, steep walls, deep water trenches, wrecks and underwater volcanic mountains. To top it off, diving in Indonesia is affordable.

Coral reef and fishes at diving Bunaken, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Coral reef and fishes at Bunaken, Sulawesi. Photo by Ilse Reijs and Jan-Noud Hutten


The best time and weather to dive in Indonesia are during the dry season of April to December. But it is generally alright to dive all year round in Indonesia.

Forming one corner of the ‘Coral Triangle’, the epicenter of world marine biodiversity, and containing 20% of the world’s coral reefs, it will come as no surprise that it boasts the most diverse waters in the world.

Corals at Diving Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia

Corals at Raja Ampat, Papua. Photo by Lakshmi Sawitri

Raja Ampat

Hawkbill Turtle, Diving, Indonesia

Hawkbill Turtle. Photo by Ilse Reijs and Jan-Noud Hutten

Located just off the northwest tip of Papua (Irian Jaya), it is the most well-known dive site in Indonesia. Diving in Raja Ampat is one of the most talked-about activity in Indonesia travel. It is an archipelago of 1,500 small islands. The marine life diversity here is staggering with 1200 fish species, where a world record of 284 on a single dive in Kofiau Island was noted. Raja Ampat set itself apart from the rest of the world’s dive site. It is even coined the term Frontier Diving, where diving will take you over crystal clear seas, inhabited islands with the horizon stretch out beyond into infinity. If you are lucky and in the season, you can even catch whale sharks while diving!

-> Read our Guide to Diving in Raja Ampat

-> Find the best hotel deals in Raja Ampat at Booking.com *

Togian Islands

Diving in Togian Islands are also among the top activities in Indonesia that many know besides Raja Ampat. Just located North of Sulawesi, Togian Islands are a group of islands boasting secrets to amazing dives. This place is still largely unexploited, invoking feelings of diving in unexplored places. One of the best diving places in Indonesia and maybe even on earth, you will have to explore more than the 3 dive sites among these 56 islands The two top places to stay on this island are Black Marlin Dive Resort * and Kadidiri Paradise *.

-> Read our Guide to Diving in Togian Islands

Whale Shark Diving at Papua Indonesia

Whale Shark Diving at Papua. Photo by Marcel Ekkel

Komodo Islands

Diving at the Komodo islands is also known to many world-class divers. The Komodo National Park’s reserve offers what every tropical diving paradise does – calm and colourful shallow reefs, mountains of marine life from reef fishes to sharks, and deep walls and pinnacles. Komodo Islands is the epicentre of scuba diving for its rich marine life and coral reefs. Besides, on land, it houses the famous Komodo dragon, which is the largest lizard in the world. The place to stay on this island itself is the Komodo Resort *.

-> See our Guide to Komodo Islands National Park

-> Find the best hotel deals near Komodo Islands at Booking.com *

Bunaken Islands

Diving Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Diving Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Ilse Reijs and Jan-Noud Hutten

One of the top diving sites in Indonesia, Bunaken Island (Pulau Bunaken) is unsurprisingly very popular for divers around the world. The Bunaken Marine Park, located at the north tip of Sulawesi, is not only rich with marine lives, but it is also mesmerizing for its water so clear it is truly transparent. It has an amazing diverse marine life such as 70 different corals, five species of sea turtles, many fish species and even white tip and black tip reef sharks, the almost extinct dugongs, barracuda and even saltwater crocodiles! Bunaken island also features a world-class wall diving.

-> Read our Guide to Diving in Bunaken Islands

Bali Islands

No doubt there are reasons for Bali’s popularity, not only was it one of the best places to surf in Indonesia, but it is also one of the best places to dive here. Many divers find this place with excellent shore-based diving surrounded with a view of magnificent volcanoes and lush rice paddy terraces. Scuba diving in Bali gives you deep drop-offs, steep banks, coral ridges and famous wrecks from the world war, volcanic outcrops and seagrass beds. Choices of dive sites here including Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Tulamben and Candi Dasa. Divers favourite resorts here are Penida Dive Resort (Nusa Penida), Twin Island Dive (Nusa Lembongan) and Toyabali Dive Resort * (Tulamben).

-> Check out our Bali Travel Guide

Lombok and Gili Islands

Jellyfish at Diving Raja Ampat, Papua Indonesia

Jellyfish at Diving Raja Ampat, Papua. Photo by Lakshmi Sawitri

Just neighbour to the famous Bali, this sister island Lombok keeps its own secrets to spectacular diving with untouched coral reefs and pinnacles. You may even find Hammerhead sharks here and other wild marine life. besides being a peaceful holiday getaway, it features many adventurous dive to balance it with drop-offs, plateaus and slopes among fascinating corals and diverse marine lives. The most popular dive resort around here is the Manta Dive Gili Air Resort *

-> See our Lombok and Gili Islands Guide

Bangka and Belitung Islands

Bangka and Belitung Islands, just off Sumatra, offer over 25 dive sites that promise reef slopes and pinnacles of soft corals and rich marine life. You can also do a drift diving here with a negative entry and also descending pinnacles and giant granite rock formations that are clinging with beautiful corals.

-> Find the best hotel deals in Bangka and Belitung Islands *

Pulau Weh, Sumatra

Diving in Pulau Weh is well known for its rich ecosystem and off the beaten track in oppose to its famous distant sister Bali of Indonesia. A part of this island had been declared as wildlife protection is by the Indonesian government because it is the home to many rare species on land wild the coral reefs are bursting with a large and diverse variety of Indo-Pacific marine life. The remoteness of this Island makes the open Banda Sea all the more fascinating to dive in as the place is still bursting with a vibrant and natural reef system and a large variety of marine life that are not exploited. Seemingly only good dive resort on this island is the aptly named Pulau Weh Dive Resort *

-> Read our Guide to Diving in Pulau Weh

Manta Ray Diving  Indonesia

Manta Ray. Photo by prilfish

Wakatobi Islands

Dotted in the Banda Sea, the islands of Wakatobi – Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomea, and Binongki is another Indonesia’s answer to world-class diving. Rich with reefs along with barriers, corals and fishes, this national park is well protected, thus brimming with healthy marine lives. Diving here will also contribute towards the local community and the support for the marine park. Relatively new in the diving scene of Indonesia, the place is still practically untouched.

-> See Guide to Diving Wakatobi, Sulawesi

Diving Komodo Islands, Indonesia

Diving Komodo Islands, Indonesia. Photo by Ilse Reijs and Jan-Noud Hutten

Banda Islands

One of the best-kept secrets of Indonesia, this little-known diving site of Indonesia is bursting with healthy reefs of massive hard corals, sea fans, sponges, and marine wildlife of pelagic and reef fishes. Diving Banda Islands might bring you into critter havens of Ambon and also other undiscovered secrets that only diving exploration can bring.

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