Dive Suggestions

Traditional liveaboard schooner – made for divers.

K M Bidadari is a custom built Indonesian Phinisi schooner. She is perfectly equipped to ensure divers see the best of the many destinations amongst the hundreds of islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago. There are many areas that offer remote and pristine dive destinations, the choice is yours! Let us know what interests you and we will work together to plan your unforgettable dive charter.

Our experienced dive masters dive these waters nearly every day, all year long. We know the dive sites, the currents and the marine life. Our passion and knowledge of the area will keep you amazed throughout your safari with us.

Raja Ampat – Diving Sites 

Dampier Strait 
You’ll meet schools of fusiliers, surgeonfish, trevalliers, rainbow runners, sweetlips and bannerfish. Particular thing about the site is that you will be able to hear “fish thunder”, the loud sound made when great numbers of fish move through the open water.

Penemu
During one survey undertaken by regional authority on fish identification that took only 4 days and 11 sites, the scientists recorded a total of 707 fish species in the 5600 ha of Penemu protected area. The average number of species on sites was 281 species, which is considered as exceptionally diverse. On one site they noted 357 species, and that makes it the second highest fish count on one dive.

The hard corals are home to Indian lionfish, as well as several species of dragonets, and for attentive ones the Pontohi pygmy seahorse.

Farondi
Farondi islans offer many different dive sites, where you can go on the look for wobbegong sharks.

Misool National park: Jilliet, Fiabajet, Walib, Wajil, Jef Pele, Mesenta, Boo.

In these waters is the best visibility around Raja Ampat, up to 40 metres.

Gorgonians, barrel sponges, dendronephtya soft corals and various forms of acropora, schools of unicorn fish, surgeon fish and blue dash fusiliers swarming around you, green turtles, blue and yellow angelfish, titan trigger fish, oriental sweet lips and many species of butterfly fish. You can stumble upon huge Platax teira bat fish, or great hammerhead sharks. Now, rare in most of the places in the world, Napoleon fish is quite common in Raja Ampat.

Fam South
Angel Fishes in all the wonderful colours and forms. “bi colour” – yellow and blue halves, “keyhole” – navy with a white “keyhole”, “Lamarck’s” – black and white stripes, “3-spot” – bright yellow with blue lips. Masked rabbit fish swimming in pair, black and white banded ea snakes and one true rarity around the ocean are tridacna clams, some being over a meter long and as it is believed over a 100 year old

Arborek
Hard coral gardens of Arborek are permanently visited by Manta Rays, and it’s possible to see 10 to 15 of them only in one dive. Beside this particularity, you’ll be able to see the thousands of Oxeye Scads.

Komodo Island – Diving Site

Gili Lawa
Schools of jacks, giant trevally, and white tip reef sharks, surgeon fish, smaller reef fish that float amongst the fields of staghorn coral. Dolphins will make an appearance, often chasing the large schools of fusiliers. The reef is full of bronze and rust coloured sponges, soft tree corals, and in the shallow water there’ll be thousands of anthills. Damselfish, large cuttlefish, pyramid butterfly fish, hawks bill turtles and some red octopus’.

North west side of the island is interesting for Schools of yellow-ribbon sweet lips, black snappers, bluefin and big eye trevally, and white tip reef sharks.

Castle Rock is more exposed to the currents, but great site for experienced divers. There you can see white tips, black tips, grey reef sharks, and big trevally. It’s also a favourite hunting place for bottle nose dolphins that can be spotted often while diving.

Komodo National Park
On Monco, there’s mini wall with cracks full of glass fishes. It is a really good place for looking at smaller animals like bat fishes, tiny shrimps, nudi branch, also having black corals. This site is also good for night dive.

The Red Beach, or Pantai Merah , great for snorkelling and diving too.  Yellow damsels, regal angelfish, checker board wrasse, masked unicorn fish and school fish of striper fusiliers. Blending with sponges, you can spot frog fishes, there’ll also be mantis shrimps, crocodile fish, shrimp gobbles, and burrowing jaw fish.

Padar and Rinca
With a number of rocks and swim troughs, there’ll be bunches of brown leather corals, bright yellow sea cucumbers, red and purple urchins are quite common. The schools of fusiliers, snappers, six banded angelfish and box fish.

Horseshoe Bay
Sharks, barracuda, large coral blocks covered with lots of hard and soft corals, feather stars, nudi brachs and frog fishes, nurse sharks, torpedo rays, special crabs like the Zebra crab, sea urchin shrimps, frog fishes and scorpion fishes.

Rinca North
While diving in the waters of area of Rinca North you’ll be able to see the jaw fish, sand eels, bump head parrot fishes, butterfly fishes, often sharks and groups of jacks, grey and humpback snapper.

North Maluku – Diving Site

Nusa Laut & Saparua
If you go deep enough, you’ll probably find sharks, or Kuhl’s blue spot stingrays. The reef slope is consisted of brain corals, pore, table corals, as vase, tube and barrel sponges.  Humpback snapper, black tail snapper, you’ll spot snappers just everywhere. Emperor angelfish, trigger fish, all-yellow canary wrasse, big nose unicorn fish, pacific double-saddle butterfly fish, green-throat parrot fish – there are just too many fish species, which makes this site so significant and interesting.

Koon
Dog-toothed tuna, schooling barracuda and jacks, and specially you should look for ghost pipe fish, and orangutan crab. There will be numbers of red-toothed trigger fish, surgeon fish, huge trevallies, and giant morays. Seascape is filled with hard and soft corals, including ubiquitous orange dendronephthya, and cabbage corals.

The other spots for dive will be around Banda Neira outer reefs, Misool National park, Farondi, Fam Island and Arborek.

Banda Sea – Diving Sites

Komba island
Komba Island and it’s volcanic scenery, with black sand and colourful corals. There are many kinds of Dart fish, like Fire Dartfish, Spottail, Twotone and Zebra Dart fish.

Reong island, and Water island
Are great for afternoon and night dive.

Gunung Api
Amazing Gunung Api, even it was destroyed by eruption, the reef recovered so fast, on amazement of scientists. Here you can find rich marine life, with table corals being big as houses, and cabbage patches looking like underwater fields. Fusiliers, green snout parrot fish, sling jaw wrasee and cuttlefish, trigger fish, and even clown trigger fish can be spotted here. If you’re persistent enough, you’ll be able to see long nose hawk fish.

Banda Neira outer reefs
Extremely rich waters of Banda Neira will surprise you. You’ll be able to spot schools of snappers, big emperor and blue-girdled angelfish, wrasses, pinnate bat fish, and great number of banner fish, unicorn fish, fusiliers, jack fish, rainbow runners, white tip sharks, dog toothed tuna, Napoleon wrasse, and hawks bill turtles.

Suanggi
Incredible site and all it’s species, with the list that would go on and on. The species like midnight snapper, bump-head and blunt-head parrot fish, turtles and sharks. The seascape is dominated by all kinds of hard and soft corals, like laminar coral, blue coral, brown daisy coral, dome coral and crispy coral.

The other sites that will be on our route are: Nusa Laut, Molana, and Luci Para.

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