Best Scuba Diving In Indonesia

Where is the best scuba diving in Indonesia? Read on for 6 places that should be on every diver’s To Do list. Komodo It’s not often that Komodo makes an appearance in the Top 5 of places to dive in the world – as a premier diving destination, it still remains relatively unknown. It’s my […]

Cenderawasih Bay – Whale Shark Capital Of The World

If you want prolonged, up-close encounters with the majestic but usually elusive whale shark, the biggest fish in the world, Cenderawasih Bay in remote far eastern Indonesia is the place to go Indonesia’s Cenderawasih Bay has become increasingly famous as a dive destination over the last couple of years thanks to the possibility of spectacular […]

A Weird And Wonderful World Underwater: Lembeh Diving March 2011

Indonesia’s northern Sulawesi has one of the greatest – and most unlikely – underwater environments in the world. Scores of fantastic-looking marine species – many of which are rarely seen anywhere else on the planet – are regularly spotted on the barren black sand slopes of the Lembeh Strait. You can see much larger versions […]

Scuba Diving Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo

Diving the island pearls of Indonesian Borneo’s coastline – Nabucco, Kakaban, Sangalaki and Derawan – from the Tambora liveaboard: the full text of my article for EZ Dive magazine. This story originally appeared in EZ Dive magazine, July 2010. Thanks to Dom at for his help and Uwe on Tambora for letting me on […]

Tambora Liveaboard Review

Tambora is a new luxury liveaboard that spends the entire year exploring Indonesia. This is a review of the boat itself, with photos and notes on the facilities and operation to help you decide if it’s the boat for you Introduction Tambora was initially recommended to me by my friend Dom, who runs the large […]

Diving Komodo Trip Report – November 2009

Komodo National Park offers some of Indonesia’s best scuba diving, from the temperate waters of the south to the tropical reefs of the north – in November 2009 I took a 10 day trip on MSY Damai to explore this amazing area for a third time. I’ve dived Komodo twice before – in December 2006 […]

MSY Damai Liveaboard Report

Possibly the most luxurious liveaboard boat currently in Indonesia, MSY Damai is trying a new approach in providing top notch diving and underwater photography MSY Damai is a new luxury Indonesian liveaboard launched in October 2009 by Alberto Reija, who previously worked on MSY Seahorse and Kararu liveaboards. Damai (the word is Indonesian for “peaceful”) […]

Komodo Diving: Dragon’s Domain

Going on a Komodo liveaboard is like undertaking an epic voyage – over 10 days, a typical Komodo dive route covers hundreds of miles and sweeps through ever changing and always breathtaking landscapes both above and below the water on a round trip through The Komodo National Park. This article was first published in EZ […]

S/Y Siren Liveaboard Review

Thinking about going on a scuba diving liveaboard on the S/Y Siren? Here’s a rundown of some of the practicalities about the boat that might help make your decision. I went on the S/Y Siren in September 2008 and subsequently had the account of our Komodo dive safari published in EZ Dive Magazine a year […]

Menjangan Island Scuba Diving

Hidden in the north-west tip of Bali is Menjangan Island, which boasts some of the most beautiful corals in Indonesia and is accessible to both scuba divers and snorkelers. Click any of the photos in this story for bigger versions. There are more photos not shown here in the Divehappy Menjangan Island photo gallery Table […]

Manuk – The Other Island Of The Sea Snakes

Gunung Api might be the island of the sea snakes, but it’s not the only place you can find these amazing creatures in the Banda Sea – Manuk is another remote volcanic island far from human contact where sea snakes thrive Gunung Api is the famous volcano of the sea snakes which most Banda Sea […]

How To Get To Raja Ampat

With direct flights from Jakarta to Sorong, it’s now easier than ever to get to Raja Ampat If you’re planning a dive trip to Raja Ampat, there’s good news – as of 2018, it’s now much easier to fly to Sorong, the city that acts as the gateway to Raja Ampat. Virtually all liveaboards depart […]

Banda Islands Scuba Diving

Indonesia’s Banda Islands are historically famed for their spices, but they also possess some excellent scuba diving around the coast line of this tiny five island group. We got four dives in at the Banda Islands after arriving there from Nusa Laut and before setting out the next day to head for the remote island […]

Nusa Laut Scuba Diving – Banda Islands, Indonesia

Lying to the east of Ambon, the island of Nusa Laut possesses some stunning hard coral seascapes – the sheer size and variety of corals here is absolutely stunning Day 2 of our Banda Sea trip saw us heading from Ambon to Nusa Laut, a small island that’s just to the east of Ambon and […]

Ambon Scuba Diving – The Twilight Zone

Ambon is fast gaining a reputation as an unmissable muck diving destination, with a density of amazing underwater critters to rival Lembeh. The Twilight Zone is the main Ambon dive site that repays repeat visits Day 1 of our Banda Sea trip on MSY Seahorse saw us getting some easy but deeply rewarding dives in […]