Few would argue that Indonesia is one of the top diving destinations in Asia. Not many other countries can boast of such a number of world class dive destinations housed within waters. The main dive sites include:
- Lombok and Gili Islands
- Manado and Lembeh Straits
- Pulau Weh
- Raja Ampat
Even more amazing is the amazing range of dives one can do within this sparse archipelago - muck diving in the Lembeh Straits, wreck diving in Bali, and large pelagics in Komodo and Raja Ampat.
The Indonesian archipelago spans such a large area that each region has its own dive season. Generally, monsoon season runs from November to March, while the dry season runs from April to October. Some people even choose to dive during off season, for example in Komodo, mantas sightings are more frequent during monsoon season.
Indonesia enjoys predominantly a tropical climate all-year round at coastal areas with average air temperatures rising to 31°C (88°F) in the day and falling to 23°C (73°F) at night.
Humidity throughout the year is generally high at about 75 to 95% .
As mentioned above, the Indonesian archipelago spans such a large area that it is not possible to generalise water temperatures. For example, waters at Nusa Penida, Bali requestly fall below 20°C (68°F), whilst the waters around Raja Ampat average around 29°C (84°F). It is best to check with the experts in advance of your trip.
The main international airports in Indonesia are the Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport in Jakarta and the Ngurah Rai Airport (Bali International Airport) in Denpasar, Bali. Domestic flights leave both these international airports at frequent intervals.