Liveaboard diving in Indonesia can be one of the most rewarding experiences. With over 17,000 islands Indonesia is the World's second largest archipelago state and with over 80,000km of coastline, the country offers divers the opportunity to delight in a fantastic array of marine life. Indonesia is home to 15% of the World's coral reefs and has over 4000 recorded different fish & invertebrate species - with many more yet to be identified. Diving in Indonesia is so varied and there is plenty to appeal to even the most seasoned diver, from muck diving and the fast paced currents around Komodo to the soft corals and colourful fish dives in Raja Ampat or discover new sites in off shore islands of the Banda sea. You can see many shark & ray species along the way including white tip, grey reef and wobbegongs as well as tiny critters and a sheer diversity of fish. Dive Indonesia with Siren Fleet liveaboards and discover the beauty of this archipelago.
"I have dived twice with Siren Fleet (in Indonesia) and both trips were a fantastic experience. The boats were very comfortable with fabulous food. The crew were friendly and helpful. The dive destinations were excellent. They were thoroughly enjoyable trips and I know I will be back." Andrew Trevor Jones, Australia, Komodo 2012, Raja Ampat 2013.
May - November, 10 nights from 2950Euro Diving in Komodo National Park is best done by liveaboard, which allows you to explore the Komodo dive sites to their fullest. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1991, the park and surrounding area boasts one of the world's richest marine environments, with over 260 species of reef building coral, 70 species of sponge, marine worms, mollusks, echinoderm and crustacea, over 1000 species of fish, marine reptiles and marine mammals. The waters of the Sunda Sea teem with life from reef sharks and manta rays to bobtail squid and the minute "lady bug". Other notable species include pygmy seahorses, frogfish, nudibranchs, Napolean wrasse, trevally jack and groupers.The diving here is varied from shallow muck dives, sloping reefs and dark volcanic sand, sumberged pinnacles and steep reef walls. Currents can be strong but bring with them all the delights of diving in Indonesia. Let Siren Fleet liveaboards take you there!
Just a short flight from Bali, the S/Y Indo Siren's first stop on this 10 night diving adventure, is the muck dive spot of the "Unusual Suspects", in Bima Bay. We spend the night here before sailing on to Sangeang Island with its dark volcanic sand or Gili Banta. By the third day we are diving within the Komodo National Park in the areas of Gilli Lawa Laut and Batu Bolong where strong currents can be experienced, bringing with them grey reef and white tip sharks and schools of snappers and fusileers.
Our Indonesia Liveaboards stop at either Rinca or Komodo islands to make a walk with the dragons before cruising southwards to Nusa Kode where in the shelter of Horseshoe Bay are numerous dive sites incluing Cannibal Rock, Torpedo Alley and Yellow Wall. Across the strait on the south of Komodo Island we spend the day diving the aptly named Manta Alley before returning northwards once again to dive sites that were not viisted during the southward journey. Our final day is spent in Bima Bay, where the calm waters offer the perfect spot for some kayaking or water skiing.
November - June, 10 nights from 3200 Euro Raja Ampat is all about diversity, not only of marine species but also of dive sites. Recently declared a marine sanctuary to 46,000 square km park gives you wildly different dive experiences. From pelagic drift dives to magical muck dives and even some habitats that are special to Raja Ampat such as clear water mangroves with corals growing right next to them; There are thousands of potential dive sites in Raja Ampat. Exploration is still continuing and on every trip there are chances for new and amazing discoveries.
Departing from Sorong the S/Y Indo Siren cruises southwards towards Misool, stopping for "muck" dives on the dark sand slopes of Batanta where its critters galore! We then spent up to 3 days diving a variety of sites in the Misool area for their stunning corals, including Boo Windows and Gorgonian Passage where sea fans dominate the scenery. Heading back northwards we dive around Fam Penemu & Yangeffo islands. Here we find the site of Citrus Ridge, where carpets of brightly coloured soft corals can be found close to the surface which, illuminated by natural sunlight, make this dive site spectacularly beautiful.
There is time for snorkelling in the mangroves and a visit to tiny Airborek Island along with a dusk dive at the pier before heading on to Mansuar for some manta ray action at Manta Sandy. In the Dampier Strait there are the fish and lots of them, in more shapes and sizes than anywhere else in the world. Not only are there numerous species, but all the levels of the food chain are well represented – from pygmy seahorses to larger pelagics. The most famous sites include Cape Kri and Sardine where speedy drifts can be expected. The reefs in Raja Ampat just buzz with life! Manta rays, wobbegong sharks and epaulette sharks can all be found in the waters of the Four Kings.
October & May from 3100Euro Diving the Banda Sea's remote islands is only possible by liveaboard. The region stretches from Nusa Tengarra in the south to Raja Ampat in the far north with Ceram Island at the centre. Dotted in between are the tiny islands of Lucipara, Banda Neira, Gungung Api, Manuk and Nila. Siren Fleet 10-14 night discovery trips give you the opportunity to combine diving in these remote islands with diving in Flores and Alor in the south, Ambon just south of Ceram and Raja Ampat to the far north. Each trip provides a superb combination of walls and pinnacles, coral gardens and muck diving with the chance to explore new sites and find new creatures.
Flores to Raja Ampat14 nights S/Y Indo Siren
Departing from Maumere, the first stop on this S/Y Indo Siren diving safari is Adunara Island where we pass through the narrow channel to dive the southern sites of the Lesser Sunda Islands. We travel northwards through the Pantar Strait to Pulau Pura before heading into the Banda Sea and to the island of Gungung Api, known for its abundance of sea snakes and excellent fish life. Lucipara atolls are a fantastic place for large pelagic encounters and we spend 1 day here before cruising onwards to Banda Neira and Pulau Koon. Our final diving days are spent in the Raja Ampat region around Misool and the Fiabacet Islands. Disembarkation on day 15 is in Sorong.
Raja Ampat to Ambon10 nights S/Y Indo Siren
Departing from Sorong our first stop on this 10 night diving adventure are the sites of Waigeo- where manta rays are commonly seen coming in to be cleaned. S/Y Indo Siren then moves onwards to dive Misool and the Fiabacet Islands, known for their fantastic and diverse corals that attract a wide assortment of marine life. Departing the Raja Ampat region we pass through the rich channel of Koon Island and into the Banda Sea. Dive at Banda Neira and Pula Nusa Laut before our final day spent in the harbour of Ambon. Disembark at Laha airport on day 11.
Indonesia is a tropical country, and the climate is fairly even all year round being roughly divided into two distinct seasons, 'wet' and 'dry'. The east monsoon, from June to September brings dry weather while the west monsoon, from December to March, brings rain. The transitional period between these two seasons alternates between gorgeous sun-filled days and occasional thunderstorms. Even in the midst of the wet season temperatures range from 21-33°C (70-90°F), except at higher altitudes which can be much cooler. The heaviest rainfalls are usually recorded in December and January. Average humidity is generally between 75% and 100%.The Banda Sea has average water temperatures of 26°C (79°F) – most guests will find a 3mm shorty sufficient. For those who feel the cold easily it is advisable to bring your own 5mm suit.
The Flores Sea with its usually clear blue waters, great visibility has water temperatures of approx 26-28°C (79-82°F) – a 3-5 mm shorty is sufficient for most divers, however diving in the the Sumba Sea around Southern Komodo and Rinca Islands the water temperature drops to an average temperature of approx 24°C (75°F) and can go as low as 21°C (70°F) – a 5mm long suit is advised. Hood and booties are strongly recommended for these cooler waters.
Indonesia Liveaboard Diving Blog from our Cruise Directors