Indonesia is at the heart of the triangle of the biggest marine biodiversity in the world, with the most surprising diving spots. Places like Komodo, Raja Ampat, Bali and Banda are becoming known as some of the best diving destinations in the world, along with places like Sulawesi, already established as world-class areas. Besides these locations, Indonesia has more than 17 000 islands, 992 of which inhabited. It is becoming one of the most popular diving destinations because of its clear, warm waters, where you can explore caves, walls, coral reefs, and observe very many marine species like oceanic whitetip sharks, dolphins, turtles, lionfish, scorpionfish, manta rays, Pinnacles, different kinds of soft and hard corals, amongst many others.
Indonesia is the biggest archipelago in the world, with about 17 508 islands, located between the Asian Southeast and Australia. It shares a land border with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia. It also neighbors Singapore, Philippines, Australia, and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The location between two continents makes of Indonesia a transcontinental nation, with 1 904 569 km², the sixteenth biggest country in the world, in terms of surface. Being between the Pacific, Euro-Asian and Indian-Australian tectonic plates, Indonesia is a country with many volcanoes and frequent seismic activity, with at least 150 active volcanoes, including Krakatoa and Tambora. Due to its proximity to the Equatorial Line, Indonesia has a tropical climate with two distinct monsoonal wet and dry seasons. Average annual rainfall in the lowlands varies from 1,780 millimeters, and up to 6,100 millimeters in mountainous regions. Humidity is generally high, averaging about 80%. Temperatures vary little throughout the year; the average daily temperature range of Jakarta is 26–30 °C
To travel to Indonesia, you must have a valid passport or an internationally recognized document, valid for at least six months from the time you enter the country. Depending on the country of origin, you may need to request a visa before entering Indonesia through the Indonesian Embassy representative in your country. Visas can also be given at the entrance to qualified tourists, but only in international airports. If unsure about any question regarding travelling documents, please contact your travel agent or the Indonesian Consulate our Embassy in your town.
There is no obligatory vaccination needed to enter Indonesia, although having up-to-date vaccination against hepatitis A, typhoid, yellow fever, hepatitis B, rabies, measles, malaria, , rubella, dengue fever, diphtheria and tetanus is recommended. For more informations, please contact your doctor or the Indonesian Embassy.
Indonesia has three time zones, from UTC +7 to UTC +9, in the summer DST.
To communicate from Indonesia you can use public phones, available in any Wartel store, your cellphone by buying a prepaid card (Telkomsel , Indosat, XL Axiata) or through your country's roaming service. Also, you can use the internet available in most hotels, or in your phone.
Electricity in Indonesia is 220 volts by 50 Hz. The plugs and sockets are the Euro type, with two round pins.
Earthquakes occur constantly and tsunamis and volcano eruptions are all too common. Indonesia treats drug offences severely. The death penalty is mandatory for those convicted of trafficking, manufacturing, importing or exporting illegal drugs, and possession of these is all that is needed for you to be convicted. For unauthorized consumption of drugs, there is a maximum of 10 years' jail or very heavy fine, or both.
Which are the best scuba diving locations in Indonesia? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Indonesia, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.
Which locations in Indonesia have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Indonesia and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Indonesia? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Indonesia? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Indonesia.
Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Indonesia? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Indonesia. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in Indonesia? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Indonesia. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.
Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Indonesia? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Indonesia. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.