The best place to take your first diving mission? Bali, and here’s why.

In the event that it's your first time to dive in, why not do it in the best diving destinations there is on the planet? Yes, Bali, Indonesia and here are 3 reasons why.


The diving season is throughout the entire year!

Envision lying only 8 degrees south of the equator. You'll appreciate a tropical atmosphere in Bali the entire year. The normal temperature floats around 30°C that makes the ideal time for diving. Something else to observe is that from mid-March to mid-November, the climate is, for the most part, sunnier, less damp, and extensively the best and coolest time to visit and dive.


A handful of scuba diving zones in each corner.

South? East? North drift? Bali got you secured! Diving zones are actually all over the place! Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Sanur, Padang bai, Candidasa, Tulamben, Amed and a mess more offers diverse diving background! In the distance in Bali is likely getting you to turn out and appreciate the distinctive exercises there are. Scuba diver of all levels can appreciate the impressive diving course these spots can offer.


Diving locales for newbies.

Tulamben in the northeastern drift have great and simple conditions for figuring out how to dive, the water is generally clear and more often than not, there is no flow by any stretch of the imagination. You may likely hotshot your photography abilities due to the dark volcanic sands beneath, which gives a remarkable diverge from the striking corals and fishes. To add to the experience, you can likewise appreciate the dive on the USS Liberty Shipwreck. Pemuteran and also Padangbai offer astounding diving background under agreeable conditions and are considered as best destinations for night diving.


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Lombok Historical Sites and Temples to Visit After the Dive

There are a lot of fascinating sanctuaries around the west drift, and many of them are Hindu or old animist locales of love. Here is a list of temples in Lombok you should definitely visit after your scuba diving trip.


Pura Lingsar

Perhaps the main place on the planet where the Muslim and Hindu meet up to implore and celebrate. Worked around 1714, Pura Lingsar was initially in view of winning animist convictions of the time, and a portion of the first animist statues remain today. Perang Topat is a yearly celebration held at Lingsar and highlights a ritualized war with rice cakes, which likewise fill in as an offering to the God.


Pura Narmada

Around 10 Km east of Cakranegara in Narmada, Narmada Temple was built on 1800s as a copy of Segara Anak and Mt. Rinjani, the lake inside Rinjani's hole. The greenery enclosures at Narmada are delightfully kept up and encompass the pool and lake.

 

 

 

 


Suranadi Temple

A complex of three sanctuary found a couple of kilometers north of Narmada in Suranadi, is the most established and the holiest of the Balinese sanctuaries in Lombok, established by the sixteenth century Javanese minister, Danghyang Nirartha. Underground steams rise into reestablished showers, utilized for custom. Colossal consecrated eels live in the pools and streams here, and can once in a while be attracted out with an offering of bubbled eggs, To see a sacrosanct eel is viewed as extremely fortunate!


 

Muck Diving in Indonesia: Where to go for the best experience?

Indonesia holds a treasure trove of the most popular much sites in Asia. If you are a lover of the weirdest ocean stuff—a true blue muck diver—you should definitely explore these exciting  sites.


Bali

Ecstatic muck diving sites can be found in the eastern coast of Bali, Indonesia. Here you will find the USS Liberty Wreck that is clothed with beautiful corals. After so many years being submerged in the black sands of Tulamben, this wreck has fostered and became a home to a great variety of marine creatures: from crabs, and shrimps to pygmy seahorses, and mimic octopus.


Lembeh Straits

Lembeh Straits—the “muck diving capital of the world”. With sloping black sandy bottom studded with the strangest marine critters, this murky waterway is perfect for those who want an extra challenge to their

muck diving game. This site is a home to various species of nudibranch, octopus, frogfish, and seahorse.

 


North Sulawesi

This northern muck diving haven of Indonesia will surprise you with its magnificent muck sites. You can find great population of nudibranchs, pipefish, shrimps and crabs in this area. Pygmy seahorses, and octopi are also abundant.


 

Spooky Shipwrecks and Sculptures: Where to find them in Asia?

Add spoonfuls of thrill and excitement to your diving in Asia with these spooky but fantastic wrecks and underwater arts. Plus, these sites are not just notable for their aesthetics—they are also home to tons of sea organisms.


Living Sculptures (Bali, Indonesia)

Bali stays as outstanding amongst other spots for island escapes—particularly to dive. A portion of her best scenes submerged are man-made, from conventional Balinese figures to submerged craftsmanships. Carefully made and situated, these manufactured reefs were made by specialists to make consciousness of the reef's battle to get by even with contamination caused by people. The territory of Amed has the most differing submerged coral display, which incorporates a mermaid supported by the Body Shop, Ganesha statue, and a frightening infant's head.


Liberty Wreck (Tulamben Indonesia)

The Liberty lies on a black sand slant, relatively parallel to the shoreline and is just 30m seaward. She lies in the vicinity of 9m and 30m of water and is completely encrusted in marvelously hued anemones, gorgonians and corals. The shipwreck is 120 meters long and is really separated so you can't enter it, yet you can at present observe the weapons, toilets, boilers, stay chain and such like.


Artificial mantas and motorbike (Gili Trawangan, Indonesia)

With warm waters, high visibility and basic sightings of turtles, sharks and mantas, Gili Trawangan is a little tropical jumping mecca not very a long way from Bali. Shark Point and Manta Pointare her two most prominent dive locales, and you're nearly ensured to see and swim with a portion of the sea's most charming animals.

What's more, if a genuine one escapes you, don't stress—the biorock manta will dependably be there. Gili Trawangan has 63 biorock structures, went for reestablishing coral reefs and marine life. They're situated no deeper than 16 meters, so even swimmers can see them unmistakably. Maybe the most particular of which is the Deus Bio-Rock—conceivably the main motorbike on the island and found 6 meters submerged.


 

Diving in Indonesia: 3 Local Cuisines You Need to Try After the Dive

Diving is not just about taking a plunge into the country’s waters. It is also about exploring its culture—and the best way to do that is through its gastronomy. Take a look at this sumptuous cuisines you definitely need to try on your next dive trip to Indonesia!


Pepes (Banana Packets)

Pepes is fundamentally the same as Thai aeb, however it's the Indonesian rendition of an arrangement of fish, meat or tofu, blended with heaps of herbs and spices, wrapped in a banana leaf, and either grilled or steamed. It was initially a Sundanese cuisine from the Western piece of Java. Probably the most widely recognized forms of pepes incorporate chicken, fish, tofu, or mushrooms, blended with chilies, turmeric, shallots, garlic, candlenut, and lemon basil. What we adore so much is the packaging; since they are altogether wrapped in a banana leaf and cooked, the banana leaf gives an additional green quintessence to whatever is cooked inside.

 

Diving in Indonesia: 3 Local Cuisines You Need to Try After the Dive


Makassar Soup (Meat Soup)

Another adaptation of soto, which is numerous sorts of soup, however in Makassar they call it coto (articulated choto). It is a dark meat soup or stew initially from Makassar in Southern Sulawesi. For coto Makassar, meat and innards of the cow, are the main ingredients. The bowl of coto Makassar in Jakarta was exceptionally meaty, and included cow intestines, tripe, lungs (I think), and a couple of shapes of meat, all inside a cloudy dim broiled shelled nut based soup. It had a sour and nutty taste to it. Coto Makassar is totally unsalted, thus you can put how much salt you want. You can also add a crush of lime, and some sambal. Moreover, it's basic to eat coto Makassar alongside ketupat rice cakes.


Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice)

The famous Indonesian stir fried rice. Preparing this dish, the rice is mixed and fried in margarine and oil, prepared with pounded bean stew sambal, garlic, vegetables, chicken and egg. It is also blended with kecap manis which gives the fried rice its special Indonesian touch. nasi Goreng is easy to find in Indonesian streets—it is practically everywhere.

 


 

Top 5 Features on a Liveaboard That All Divers Wish For

Mega Explorer Construction

Liveaboard is one of the best way to dive, in our opinion and one of the best dive holiday a diver could ask for. From coffee shop talks to shipping of the idea, we are finally ready to unveil one of the latest projects that have been brewing for a good 3 years in the making. She sports several firsts in Southeast Asia’s class of LOB vessels that deserves a listing of its own:

Built for comfort, speed, power, endurance
Mega Explorer was built with hitting all these needs in mind; safety, environment, comfort, efficiency, endurance, and seakeeping properties (less rocking means less vibration, noise, and splashing) in mind. Modeling test prior to the vessel construction has validated that the hull design will result in very good sea keeping qualities, especially during harsh weather conditions.

A relatively low resistance level allowing for consistent progress under power when meeting head seas, and excellent pitch-roll and sway with seas from the sides. Drawing on decades of knowledge and experience in seafaring and engineering, the radical hull and superstructure design is poised to change the perception of what diving a live-on-board vessel should feel like.

All-weather Dive Deck
Onboard Mega Explorer, we have designed a dedicated dive platform located astern featuring an all-weather, ventilated enclosure; is a one-stop platform for kitting up and gearing down before and after dives. Gear up and down in comfort, shielded from all weather elements, still leaving ample space to move around even!

Hyperbaric Chamber
Long trips out at sea mean we lose access to medical facilities if we really need them in times of emergency. Mega Explorer comes equipped with an onboard hyperbaric/recompression chamber with built-in breathing systems (BIBS) and accompanying first aid room for emergency treatment of decompression sickness. Whether you’re an instructor, divemaster, a recreational diver, a technical diver or doing a technical diving course, you can dive with a peace of mind knowing that you’ll be covered in times of need. Better yet, get covered with a Dive and Travel Insurance.

Spacious
Space is a scarcity. When there is sufficient space for everything and everyone, it is definitely a luxury. There are large salons on the main and upper decks that provide various enclaves for dining, socializing and entertainment, while the flight deck and sun deck provide additional spaces for outdoor leisure. With 11 Double Cabins, 10 Twin Cabins and 1 Suite Stateroom (all cabins come with en-suite bathroom), Mega Explorer offers spacious accommodations and creature comforts that will suit every individual’s needs.

Jacuzzi
Get ready to be pampered even further with Jacuzzi tubs onboard. Surface intervals are an integral part of the liveaboard experience. Eat. Sleep. Dive. Repeat. That’s life on a liveaboard. Now, add Jacuzzi to that experience and adventure of a lifetime. The perfect cherry on the topping.

At 115 feet length overall and over 400 gross ton, Mega Explorer is truly in a class of her own. Drawing on decades of knowledge and experience in seafaring and engineering, the hull and superstructure design is poised to change the perception of what a diving live-onboard vessel should feel like.


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Facts you should know before diving the Igara wreck

Facts you should know before diving the Igara wreck

Before it struck an unmarked rock in the South China Sea on March 12, 1973, the Igara was an Italian oil/ore steamship voyaging from Vitoria, Brazil to Muroran, Japan. Contrary to what most people believe, the whole ship did not remain down the ocean floor. It was split into two parts: the rear was towed to Japan—built into a new ship, Eraclide, and the bow stayed underwater—marveled upon by divers all over the world who seek refuge in the waters surrounding Anambas Islands. It has been 45 years since it descended into the sea, here’s what the iron ore cargo ship looks like today.


Locally known as “Turtle Wreck”

The Igara got its nickname when afew years back, it was inhabited by a turtle. Even when the creature was no longer around the wreck, locals and tourist still call the disassembled cargo ship Turtle Wreck—after the marine creature that once made it its home.

Facts you should know before diving the Igara wreck


Igara’s coral-encrusted bow

More than four decades submerged into the sea, Igara still has not lost its beauty. In fact, its submersion has made it more appealing, especially to divers and marine enthusiasts. Igara is now covered  with various species of corals and sponges. Now, Igara is one of the most famous diving attraction in Anambas Islands.

Facts you should know before diving the Igara wreck


Marine paradise

The once expensive vessel that ships Brazilian iron ore has now turned to something better: a nirvana to both humans and underwater beings. Not only it is a glorious kingdom for divers all over the world, it is also a refuge to a great variety of ocean life. Igara houses reef fish, barracudas, groupers, snappers, and batfish. Nurse sharks also lurks around the stern of the wreck.

Facts you should know before diving the Igara wreck


 

Top 3 Dive Destinations to Explore this Year

Top 3 Dive Destinations to Explore this Year

2018 is a year of exploration! Why not sign up for an adventure? Dive right into these underwater nirvana, and be the first one to discover the wonders of their unexplored nooks and caverns.


Tioman Island

Ringed with aesthetical beaches and splayed with unsullied tropical rainforests, Tioman is the perfect island for a soulful retreat. But what really gives this island its charisma is its glorious underwater landscapes and biodiversity. Tioman is abundant with coral reef species, sea sponges and sea fans. It is also a home and hatching grounds to sea turtles.

Top 3 Dive Destinations to Explore this Year


Southern Riau

With its uncrowded and almost isolated nooks, Southern Riau is an epitome of serenity. But apart from this utterly valuable characteristic—especially for people who wants to get away from the hustles of the city—the real beauty of Southern Riau lies deep down its waters. Dive into its blue paradise and witness multihued coral reefs swarmed with different species of fish, nudibranchs, and occasional turtles.

Top 3 Dive Destinations to Explore this Year


Anambas

Anambas is a dive destination you wouldn’t want to miss. It is the home to the coral-studded Igara Wreck — an almost 45-year-old steamship that is now a playground to different species of fish. Anambas also boasts a splendid coast, clear blue waters and green forests.

Top 3 Dive Destinations to Explore this Year


4 Things You Didn't Know About Riau

4 Things You Didn't Know About Southern Riau

Riau is a province located in the central eastern coast of Sumatra along the Strait of Malacca and currently one of the richest provinces in Indonesia with plentiful of natural resources. Riau is derived from the word “riuh” which means crowded in Malay. Around 3,000 island can be explored here, the islands are small and close enough to one another which makes island hopping easy and inexpensive for adventurers like you. This beautiful island province has so much to offer!


Culture

Riau is an interesting place to visit with combinations of local heritage and culture from different influences like Chinese, Arab, Indian, European, Southeast Asian, even African seafarers and spice traders. One of its attractions are the bright colorful mosques with unique built. Try to live in their special traditional houses called Rumah Selaso Jatuh Kembar. A really cool home to live to because of its colorful and special design. The time-honored architectural house is well preserve due to its not usual structure. Natural wealth, art, and culture is one of the important areas of tourism in the Riau Islands. Majority of its islands are uninhabited and this fantastic place becomes a melting pot for different ethnic groups coming from other parts of Indonesia.

4 Things You Didn't Know About Southern Riau


People

In Riau provincial, population consists of diverse ethnic groups that uses a primary language called Malay. The region is considered to be part of the Malay world. A subgroup of the Malays are called Orang laut which are group of people who have a rich maritime culture, such as living in boats though in today’s time, many of them have permanently settled on land. You don’t have to feel that you do not belong in this hospitable place because most of the people living in Riau feel that cordial relationship is important as part of their historical tradition in welcoming new-comers in their territory. Most of the locals live much the way they did several hundred years ago, without TV, electric lighting, telephones, motor vehicles, grocery stores, hotels or other modern society trappings. A great way to experience a castaway life when you want to stay away from the busy cities. They also economically live in a industry rich in natural resources particularly petroleum, natural gas, rubber, palm oil and fibre plantations.

4 Things You Didn't Know About Southern Riau


Food

Riau has so many good places to visit and that means so much food to try! A various must try cuisines is no exception, and you don’t have to feel alone or homesick because people in Riau eat in a family style buffet. When you go to a restaurant, an array of dishes are piled in the center of the table and people fill their plate with little tastes of everything. With a strong influence from different cultures, Riau dishes comes from seafood, noodles, tidbits, fried, grilled and many more choices just like any other places that serve your favorite dish. If you are also into the adventurous side when eating, they also serve spicy and even exotic foods to try out. Drool yourselves with variant options of delicious delicacies.

4 Things You Didn't Know About Southern Riau


Dive Sites

The aquatic environment in Riau is pristine; its corals are super healthy. Its dive sites have diverse macro lives. You can also discover different marine species you’ve never seen before. Plenty of underwater creatures are there to guide you around their kingdom. If the top view of the ocean is just to plain for you to see, then dive under the water of Riau it is really different down there. You’ll be able to see a colorful and interesting world. It’s like a whole new dimension for divers when you dive in Riau. Imagine visiting a place where you and your fellow divers are the only one who have the same human physical feature and down there you’ll get along with the different faces of water species. Some of the fish may have weird figures or faces but hey! That’s the interesting fact about underwater. The unusual will always be the enthralling one. Don’t just create a vision in your mind! How about dive now and see it with your own eyes. Any dive sites in Riau are worth diving, give it a try!

4 Things You Didn't Know About Southern Riau


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3 Disturbing Facts About the Liberty Wreck in Bali

The famous Liberty Wreck in Bali is on the best go-to dive destinations of divers. It is considered as one of the great sunken shipwrecks in the world. Situated at the north eastern part of Bali, it is accessible all year round that is perfect for all levels of divers. But how well do you know this popular dive site? Read on as these are the 3 disturbing facts about the Liberty Wreck!


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1.More than just a

shipwreck

While it was named as the Liberty Wreck, it is not actually a liberty class ship because it is merely its name. USAT means United States Army Transport and it was a cargo ship built at the end of World War I and used during World War II by the Americans. However, it was not built to be a warship. It had served the US Navy in the war as the animal transportation. Other names of the wreck are USAT Liberty Glo, Hog Island Null No. 517, and SS Scooba.

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2.Nightmares of the wreck

The hitting of the Japanese torpedoed the ship and was beached over Tulamben and the Mount Agung eruption in 1963 were probably the worst nightmare of the sunken ship. However, there are speculations that up until now, there are no concise explanations regarding the 1967 attack of the Israeli Defense Forces on the US Liberty. It was said that the tragic story of the American ship was overlooked as 34 American sailors were killed and many others were wounded in the Israeli fighter jet bombing. Israel apologized for the “tragic error” and paid the victims’ families but suspicious theory arises which believe that the attack was done with malicious intent.

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3.The once abandoned

wreck

Who would have thought that the once deserted ship became one of the popular wreck diving sites? After the incident of torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942, it stayed on the beach of Tulamben for about two decades. It got back to the wonders of the ocean after the Mount Agung eruption and tremors pushed the ship where it fell on its side and broke into three pieces. But not until the early 1980s, it was again forgotten. During the last 50 years, it remained underwater and completely overgrown with beautiful corals and breathtaking macro creatures.

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US Liberty Wreck may be under the depths of the ocean but it will always be remembered for its breathtaking view which makes it well-known for all divers. Keep swimming and discover its wonders!


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