When I want to see beautiful things in crystal clear water, my choice is to dive Indonesia Hands down, it’s my favorite destination and it’s why I’ve been there several times. To date, I’ve been diving in the following places in Indonesia:

Indonesia is also where I learned to dive and where I learned to take underwater pictures. If you’re looking for a wonderful diving vacation, I highly recommend it with the following warning: Once you dive there, you may not want to dive anywhere else! If you’re like me though, being in the water is the most important part of diving. I just love the sound of silence, interrupted only by the bubbles from my regulator.

Here are some of my favorite Indonesian diving photos, taken by me and my friends. I hope they inspire you to gather your gear, book a plane ticket, and dive Indonesia:

Water so clear, you can see to the bottom

Dive Indonesia - Two boats in Manado. The water is so clear, you can see all the way to the bottom
Near our dive resort – Manado, Indonesia

Indonesia is nudibranch heaven

Raja Ampat Liveaboard - nudibranch
A very colorful Nudibranch

You’ll find Nemo and his friends

Clown anemonefish
Clown anemonefish in Gili Trawangan

Wobbegangs rest in the day & hunt at night

Dive INdonesia - Wobegang shark
Wobbegongs rest during the day and hunt at night – photo by Michal Wronski: used with permission

Some nudibranchs are totally bad-ass

Raja Ampat Liveaboard - White nudiobranch
A nudibranch, chillaxin’ on a rock.

You’ll see millions of schooling fish!

Raja Ampat Liveaboard - me surround by millions of fish
My friend, Rafael, surrounded by millions of fish.

I mean millions!

Me, surrounded by bait fish and mobula rays
Me, surrounded by fish and mobula rays – photo by Michal Wronski: used with permission

This Napoleon Wrasse loves to dive Indonesia!

Raja Ampat Liveaboard - Napoleon wrasse
Napoleon wrasse

Tiny pygmy seahorses hide in the coral

A small red pygmy seahorse
If you look real hard, you’ll find pygmy seahorses! Photo by Patrick Stossel: used with permission

Marble Rays appear out of nowhere

Raja Ampat Liveaboard - Marbel ray
Marble Ray – sometimes called a Black Blotched Fantail Ray

Epaulette sharks – only in Indonesia

Raja Ampat Liveaboard - Walking shark
Walking Shark (Epaulette Shark) – Only in Raja Ampat

Hermit crabs come out to play at night

Raja Ampat Liveaboard - Hermit crab
Hermit Crab. Amazingly beautiful

Coral, coral, everywhere

Bubble Coral
Bubble Coral

So many islands, there’s always somewhere to dive!

Some islands in Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Indonesia has over 17,000 Islands – Photo by Rafael Novielli – used with permission

Indonesia is part of the coral triangle, and it’s the most fantastic place I’ve ever had the pleasure of diving. For underwater photographers, to dive Indonesia is to dive on some of the most photogenic sites on the planet.

So find a deal and go!

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Michael is originally from Canada but now resides in Atlanta, GA with his husband, Halef, who also writes here. He is a Couchsurfing expert and has traveled to over 40 countries to date. Currently saving all his money for a Round the World adventure.


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