As enthusiasts scuba divers, we know perfectly the Indonesian underwater wonderworld. There is such a diversity of dive sites in the Archipelago, that anybody can get fulfilled. Either you are a critter hunter looking for the best muck diving, or a wide-angle approach diver seeking pelagics and schooling fish, Konjo Cruising designs for you the best liveaboard experience.
We are specialized in organizing off the beaten path escorted scuba diving liveaboard. With set update departures, those cruises are designed for individual and small group travellers. Our departures are guaranteed from 6 to 8 passengers, and host a maximum of 12 guests. Meticulously selecting the right timing of the year and some 5-star dive sites, we share our expertise of the visited location. Our aim is to provide our guests with the best underwater experience. Channeling an exploratory spirit, Konjo Cruising takes pride in offering the exclusive opportunity to dive into uncharted dive sites.
The Indonesian archipelago offers an endless list of possible Scuba Diving Liveaboard itineraries. This unique flexibility is only limited by our own imagination and knowledge. Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi, Moluccas, and West Papua can be explored through multiple routes. Here are some classic Scuba Diving Liveaboard itineraries, which can easily be realized. We published them for our readers to get a more accurate vision of the highlights, and the main dive sites of the described location. In case of individual booking, they will be readjusted by the cruise director of your selected vessel. For special charter requests, we personalize these itineraries to our clients’ wishes.
Indonesia ranks in the top 5 of the best Liveaboard diving destinations in the world. It offers some world-class diving, and compete with the Red Sea (Egypt and Sudan), The Maldives, The Philippines or the Pacific islands (Galapagos, Socorro, Coco Islands and Malpelo).
The Archipelago encompasses 14.o00 islands. It is made out of some large untouched areas, where Mother Nature is queen. This wilderness is only reachable by boat, and offers an amazing playground for the growing Indonesian fleet. By embarking on a boat, you can also circumnavigate a largest area and see the best dive sites that this destination has to offer.
Your restaurant, dive center and hotel are all gathered on a liveaboard vessel. Definitely the best way to truly devote yourself to your passion. Diving, eating, sleeping and repeating it everyday will be your motto for a whole length of your Scuba Diving Liveaboard. Chats about present, past and future diving experiences and travels, are parts of every friendly lunch and diner. Surface intervals are dedicated to identify critters and fish you spotted during the day, while filling up your logbook.
Embarking on an Indonesian traditional Phinisi vessel is an experience by itself. Even if the steel liveaboards are proliferating in the country, those vessels are still channeling the Indonesian original spirit. They bring together the class of a wooden sailing boat with the efficiency of the modern diving liveaboard engineering.
Liveaboards are migrating following the season of the winds . The eastern and southern wind monsoon appears from June to September, whereas the western and northern wind are blowing from December to March. In the middle of these periods, a windbreak allows the vessels to move to their next destination. This window offers a unique opportunity to do some island hopping, and reach this divers’ paradise lost.
You can go on a diving liveaboard all year long in Indonesia, you just have to choose the right timing to visit the area you are interested in. The two landmark cruises are organised in the Komodo and the Raja Ampat National Parks. Each of them has its own specificity. Cruises in The Banda sea, Halmahera and Triton Bay will definitely seduce returning or more adventurous divers. They also offer the guarantee of being alone on site, and some very special marine encounters.
Located in the heart of the Coral Triangle, the Indonesian Archipelago is on the crossroad of some of the major oceanic currents circulating in between the Indian and the Pacific Ocean. This Indonesian throughflow breathes new life into some of the most productive and thrilling coral reefs on the planet. Ensuring a good regeneration of the biomass brings vital nutrients to the shoals. Upwelling currents are slowing down the global warmth of the ocean, and attract plenty of pelagic.
While some barrier reefs are enduring severe coral bleaching around the world, Indonesian ones are still enthralling divers from all around the globe. It hosts the most numerous numbers of coral species on the planet, in an unrivaled density. Massive sea fans are “fighting” with blossoming Dendronephthya soft coral and expending Acroporas in the sea bed conquest.
The diversity of the seascapes is breathtaking. Divers are navigating between submerged ridges, underwater arches, and caves, or swim through. Volcanic sandy slopes, rocky outcrops, seamounts, or steep walls, are offering endless scuba diving experiences.
The quantity and the different kind of fish you can see in Indonesia stay unrivalled. Barracudas, snappers, trevallies, surgeon fish, trigger fish and fusiliers are hovering above the reefs, all well organized by species. Turtles, napoleon, spanish mackerel and dog tooth tuna are also commonly seen.
Indonesia offers plenty of exhilarating interactions with large marine animal. Blink at the elegant manta rays gliding over your head, dive with schooling Hammerheads, or brush past the gentle whale sharks. The archipelago is also the best place in the world to observe the oceanic Sunfish, the wobbegong or the walking sharks. It is a matter of time for Thresher sharks’ cleaning station to be fully discovered. And last but not least, you may be lucky to glimpse a cruising whale or a pod of playful dolphins from your vessel. Or maybe meet with the elusive Dugong…
Macro Fauna and invertebrates
The reefs of the archipelago shelter an abundant macro marine life. Endless species of nudibranchs, shrimps and crabs are feeding on these vibrant reefs. An invertebrate paradise covered with soft coral, sponges, sea stars, tunicates and sea cucumbers. With mesmerizing shapes and colors, they are attracting enthusiasts’ macro lens photographers and fans of marine biology. Every species of Pygmy seahorses is represented, but also coleman shrimps, orang-utan crabs, Phyllodesmium nudis etc… all deserve to get the best shot.
This special kind of immersion is really specific, and cannot be enjoyed by every diver. Scanning a mix of black sand, short soft coral and rubbish becomes a worldwide passion for critters’ lovers. You will be staggered to find that many weird crawling animals under water. Hairy frogfish, ghost pipefish, seamoth, flamboyant cuttlefish, mimic or blue ringed octopus… Truly astonishing.
Indonesia can be dived all year round.
Here are the main seasons:
From July to September: Komodo, Kalimantan, Cendrawasih Bay, North Sulawesi, Bali.
From the end of September to December: Everywhere. We are advising Banda Sea, Halmahera, Raja Ampat, South Komodo and Alor.
From January to April: Raja Ampat, Halmahera.
From April to June: Everywhere.We are advising Raja Ampat north, Halmahera, North Sulawesi, Triton Bay.
West Papua is probably the best place to spot them with Triton Bay and Cendrawasih Bay. They are there all year long, but easier to be visited respectively from July to September, and in March-April and November-December. Derawan (Kalimantan) et Gorontalo (Sulawesi) also offer options to have encounters with Whale sharks.
Mainly in the Banda sea. The best season goes from September to the end of November. They are also commonly seen in South Lombok or in Alor but as a smaller groups.
They can be seen in Bali all year round in Manta point, Nusa Penida. Komodo National Park is also a landmark for Manta rays with its well known dive sites Karang Makassar and Manta Alley. They are visible all year round, but more numerous in April-May and October-November.
Raja Ampat, with its rich waters have a large population of Manta rays. In the Dampier Strait, the Manta Sandy and Manta ridge dive sites are the most famous to see them. Kawe island with Eagle Rock, and obviously Misool with the famous Magic Mountain gives also good opportunity to have manta rays encounters. Derawan, located in the North East Kalimantan have also a great population of Manta Rays.
In Nusa Tengarra with the North Sumbawa, in the South Komodo and Alor. Sulawesi with the Lembeh Strait is the muck diving Mecca. The bay of Ambon is the other famous muck diving area. Both are attracting enthusiasts underwater photographers and marine biology aficionados. You can dive there all year round.
An average temperature of 28 degrees. A 3mm wetsuit is recommended. It can drop to 19 degrees in Alor or Nusa Penida (Bali) during the upwelling currents season (July to October). Bring your 5mm wetsuits if you are thinking about coming in these places at this time of the year.