Diving Jakarta and Surabaya in Java, Indonesia

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Java is the 5th largest island in Indonesia and it sits between Sumatra to the east and Bali to the west. Roughly 60% of all Indonesians reside on Java which makes it probably the most populous island on the earth (135 million inhabitants). A number of the largest cities in Indonesia are additionally situated on Java, together with Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, and each Surabaya and Jogjakarta.

For many who live in Jakarta and need a break from the town, scuba diving in Pulau Seribu (the Thousand Islands) is inside straightforward attain, in addition to the dive websites of Ujung Kolon and Krakatau.

Whereas the diving off Jakarta might not rival that present in different elements of Indonesia you’ll discover all kinds of marine life on fairly offshore coral reefs which makes for straightforward, handy and gratifying weekend journeys.

Pulau Seribu

Though Pulau Seribu actually interprets to the ‘Thousand Islands’ there are solely 110 islands that lay off the coast of Jakarta within the area encompassing the Pulau Seribu Nationwide Park.

Whether or not you're already a licensed diver or beginning out with the PADI Open Water Diver course, the Thousand Islands are on Jakarta’s doorstep and supply a variety of dive websites for all ranges.  In case you are planning to in a single day on one of many islands, the islands situated furthest off shore usually have one of the best visibility and reefs.

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Papa Theo Wreck: This metal cargo ship stays comparatively intact on the sandy sea flooring.  The Papa Theo lays in 32 metres / 104 ft of water at its deepest level and round 15 metres / 50 ft at it’s shallowest. The edges and deck of the wreck are encrusted in corals together with lace corals and lengthy sea whips. Widespread sightings right here embrace groupers, boxfish, moray eels, stingrays and occasional passing turtles and reef sharks.

Kotok Home Reef: That is a simple sloping website with a man-made reef and affordable fish life. The rubble patches listed here are good for looking for critters together with nudibranch and moray eels. Visibility might be restricted however on clear days when the solar is shining this can be a very nice dive. Regular sightings right here embrace butterflyfish, anemonefish, damsels, gobies and occasional blue noticed stingrays.

Poso Wreck:  Situated near Pulau Karang Congkak the Poso wreck website is a sloping patchy coral reef right down to a flat sand backside. The wreck attracts quite a lot of marine life together with small faculties of fusiliers, barracuda, groupers and batfish which hover within the shaded sections. Critter life right here is sweet and quite a lot of shrimps, nudibranch and blennies have made the wreck their residence. Passing turtles and stingrays burying within the sand are a spotlight.

Krakatau & Ujung Kulon

Krakatoa is certainly one of Indonesia’s most well-known volcanoes and it's situated near Jakarta within the Sunda Strait. It has erupted repeatedly with probably the most damaging eruption occurring on August 27, 1883. The eruption was one of many deadliest volcanic occasions in recorded historical past and explosions have been so violent that they have been heard three,110 kilometres (1,930 miles) away in Perth, Western Australia. At the very least 36,417 deaths are attributed to the eruption and the tsunamis it created.

Diving round Krakatoa can be undertaken as a weekend journey from Jakarta, though it should require slightly extra planning than a visit to Pulau Seribu. Diving here's a distinctive expertise with underwater surroundings created by lava flows. Dive websites function caves, swim throughs and odd formed formations. Don’t anticipate to see an excessive amount of coral, however fish life is assorted.

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Karang Serang: When diving right here there are sometimes thermoclines and currents which make this website extra appropriate for knowledgeable divers. Hold an eye fixed out to the blue as a result of the tougher circumstances and currents appeal to greater predators together with tuna and barracuda.

Karang Copong: This website is situated close by of the northwest tip of Peucang Island and is greatest recognized for its underwater tunnels which lead into large caves. That is one other nice website for divers who take pleasure in fascinating topography and there are many extensive angle underwater images alternatives.

Tanjung Layar Lighthouse: Situated on the tip of Ujung Kulon Nationwide Park the lighthouse is the landmark for triangulating a rocky dive location off the west level of the peninsula. Visibility can attain as much as 20 meters/65 ft right here and though coral is scarce, the underwater valley of boulders is residence to giant Barracuda.

Wreck Diving: There are a number of giant wrecks within the Straits together with the united statesHouston and HMAS Perth. The Houston lies in shallower water to the north on the sting of the Java Sea.

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Surabaya

Surabaya is Java’s second most populous metropolis after Jakarta. Situated on the north japanese coast of Java island, on the Madura Strait, it is likely one of the earliest port cities in South East Asia and the Provincial Capital of East Java. In case you are trying to change the crowds of Surabaya for corals and marine life, one of the well-liked spots for diving is Pasir Putih Situbondo (White Sand Situbondo).

Pasir Putih Situbondo: This space provides straightforward diving circumstances on fairly coral reefs with quite a lot of reef fish. Incessantly noticed species right here embrace giant pufferfish, moray eels, lionfish, parrotfish, stingrays and vibrant aggregations of chromis and damsels above the reef. Macro underwater photographers gained’t be dissatisfied right here both with a variety of nudibranch, macro shrimps and camouflaged backside dwellers to seize on digital camera.

Surabaya and Bali Mixtures

As a result of Surabaya’s proximity to Bali, in case you are taking a scuba diving course in Surabaya, some dive operators will make the open water (ocean) dives within the Menjangan Nationwide Park in north-west Bali. Two nice places in a single program!

Are you at present based mostly in Java and need to attempt diving for the primary time? Or are you a licensed diver and need to be a part of an area dive journey? Find a PADI dive shop in Java and begin your subsequent journey.

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