The republic of Indonesia forms the largest archipelago in the world, with over 17,500 islands, many of which are considered world-class dive spots. Aside from the incredible diving, the beautiful green and lush landscapes, delicious food and friendly culture make Indonesia a fantastic holiday destination.
Among the most well known islands are Sumatra, Java, Bali, Kalimantan (formerly Borneo), Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), the Maluku Islands (better known as Moluccas: the original Spice Islands), and Papua.
Indonesia is one of the world's greatest areas for marine biodiversity. It contains 10-15% of the world's coral reefs and a huge variety of marine species; from the smallest critters to the largest pelagic. The area is well-known for its macro life and species are still being discovered!
The diversity of corals and animals is, beyond doubt, some of the best in the world and a diving trip to Indonesia will be one you never forget!
Land based attractions....
Indonesia has it all and more - visitors to this great country will find dry land as interesting as the underwater world!
Here is just a small selection of some of the many impressive sites you may wish to visit while in Indonesia.
Borobudur: Located in central Java, Borobudur is one of the largest and most visited Buddhist temple sites in the world. After a period of fast, this place lay abandoned and hidden for centuries, but lived on in stories. After major restoration work, Borobudur is now listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site and has regained its place as one of the wonders of the world.
Prambanan: A massive complex of ancient Hindu temples also located in central Java. The site dates back to several centuries, but was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in the 16th century. Since its re-discovery, restoration work is on-going but the whole park is still available to explore.
Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park: This National park, located in the East Java province, is named after its two mountains (Bromo and Semeru) and the Tenegger tribe who lives in the area. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth to admire volcanic scenery. The park is a dream for hikers.
Komodo National Park: Located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, Komodo National park is actually an archipelago and is home to the famous Komodo dragon. Aside from this, the park is home to one of the richest marine environments in the world with unspoilt corals and superb beaches.
Bali: Named the 'Island of Gods' Bali is a magnificent place to spend a few days before or after your liveaboard or even your entire holiday. Aside from numerous water activities, the island's unique Hindu culture and the smiling way of life will have you captivated.