Dive in Indonesia
Diving the Indonesian Archipelago
Set in the midst of the Coral Triangle, the Indonesian Archipelago is a global biodiversity hotspot housing more than 76% of the world coral species and more species of reef fish than anywhere else on the planet. The region is earth’s largest archipelago, encompassing an impressive 17,500 islands of varied stunning landscapes and cultures.
Indonesia boasts a tropical climate, stretching for more than 5000 km on either side of the equator. This geographic variability means the water temperature and rainfall seasons will change regionally. The diving season in Indonesia is year-round, with scheduled trips during the dry season in the Komodo region from April to October. Dry season in the Raja Ampat and Banda Sea regions are during the northwest monsoon between October and April.
Scubaspa ZEN Indonesia covers a range of itineraries where you can experience the finest of Indonesia both above and below the surface. Breathtaking scenery in combination with spectacular diving through volcanic reef hotspots will be the status quo on Scubaspa ZEN Indonesia voyages.
Diving with Scubaspa ZEN Indonesia
Diving with Scubaspa is a pleasurable, relaxed experience with all dive-related activity taking place on our diving Dhoni dive boat, which accompanies the main vessel. This ensures Scubaspa ZEN vessel stays dry and is undisturbed by noise and activity. Twenty one meters in length, the dive boat carries all the equipment, including air and state-of-the-art Nitrox membrane compressors. Purpose-built for comfort with ample seating, multiple entry points, and toilet and shower facilities, our diving dhoni elevates your liveaboard diving holiday to true luxury.
Divers will be required to hold an Advanced Open Water certification or equivalent as many sites require experience. They will be taken excellent care of by our knowledgeable multilingual dive masters/instructors and boat crew who will ensure divers truly enjoy all the magnificence of diving Indonesia.
Dive in Komodo
From April to September, Scubaspa ZEN Indonesia will take divers on an incredible journeys over seven to ten-night expeditions in Komodo National Park. The National Park, originally conceived in order to protect the famous largest living lizard, the Komodo Dragon, now additionally includes the marine environment. It is located approximately 400 km east of Bali between East and West Nusa Tenggara islands. Due to its location in the Flores Sea, where southward flowing Pacific currents merge into the Indian Ocean through narrow, deep channels via the Indonesian Throughflow, Komodo dive sites tend to have strong currents and an upwelling of nutrient-rich water. This means a lot of marine life activity and excellent drift diving!
Under the surface, submerged seamounts, pinnacles, channels and plateaus house a myriad of marine life, with hundreds of species of hard corals, plentiful fish, manta rays, turtles, dolphins and macro critters such as shrimps, nudibranch, and pygmy seahorses.
Famous dive sites such as Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, the Yellow Wall of Texas and Shotgun are all sure to impress every diver.
Dive in Raja Ampat and the Birds Head Seascape
“Raja Ampat” means “Four Kings” referring to each of the four main islands; Misool, Salawati, Batantas, and Waigeo. Nestled into the Northwest corner of the Bird’s Head Peninsula in Indonesia’s West Papua province, the archipelago contains seven Marine Protected Areas covering an extensive 9,100 square kilometres.
Notably one of the most biologically diverse locations in the world, (boasting the record amount of fish species ever recorded in one dive!) the Bird’s Head Peninsula hosts 574 species of coral, while Raja Ampat itself hosts 553 species, it is the absolute epicentre of diversity.
Exceptionally photogenic, steep limestone cliffs rise out of the sparkling turquoise waters surrounded by pristine fringing coral reefs, blue water drop-offs, mangrove flats, and seagrass beds. Water temperatures are generally between 24 and 29 degrees Celsius and strong currents characterize many of the dive sites in the region.
Visiting areas such as Dampier Strait, Gam, Mansuar and beautiful Misool, the greatest of Raja Ampat, divers will have their dreams come true on board Scubaspa ZEN Indonesia. Through topography filled with vertical walls, caves, lagoons and slopes, you can find manta rays at their cleaning stations, sharks, turtles, pygmy seahorses clinging to gorgonian fans in the current, and more excellent macro life. Out of the water, look out for the exceptionally rare and endemic birds including the bird of paradise.
Dive in the Banda Sea and Ring of Fire
The Banda Sea is famous for its crystal-clear waters and with sheer walls covered in bountiful soft corals, sea fans, and sponges. In October and early November, the possibility to witness schooling hammerhead sharks cruising past puts this region on the avid diver’s bucket list. Not only a place for the large pelagics, Banda is home to many secret wonders. The exceptionally remote region has a low population and dives sites are only accessible by liveaboard, thus the marine ecosystems here are in a near-pristine state.
The surface waters in Banda region are usually between 26 and 29 degrees Celsius. However, due to the oceanographic conditions in this region, dive sites can also be subject to cooler nutrient-rich waters upwelling and thermoclines, dropping down to a fresh 21-22 degrees Celsius. A full 5mm wetsuit is recommended for diving in this region.