There are so many reasons why you should come and cave dive in Indonesia. Let us tell you 5 of them!
Being a cave diver often means having a sense of adventure and a taste for experiencing new things, so why not travel to Indonesia for your next cave diving holiday ?
If you’re thinking that now might not be the right time to travel, come on! You’ve probably been diving in muddy tunnels, cold waters, sometimes with zero visibility, passing tiny restrictions that would freak any claustrophobic out … so don’t tell us you’re afraid to jump on a plane (or maybe 3!) to discover a new destination! (We’ve put everything in place to respect international travel regulations and social distanciation of course).
1) Indonesia: a brand-new cave diving destination.
Cave Diving in Indonesia is a fairly new activity. Even though the Scuba Diving Industry is booming and the country receives thousands of open water scuba divers every year to dive its most iconic spots (Komodo, Raja Ampat, Bali to name some…), almost nobody knows that Indonesia is becoming a hot spot for cave diving in South East Asia. The first record of cave diving exploration was in 2007 when an international team of biologists and cave divers came to Sulawesi for a scientific mission and unraveled quite a few caves. Since then a few explorations have been conducted by different team before we landed in the Sulawesi Tenggara in 2016. From this year until now we’ve spent most of our free time exploring, diving and mapping underwater cave systems until October 2019 when we decided to start the Sulawesi Dive Trek and create the first Technical / Rebreather / Cave diving center in the area.
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2) Indonesia: a new spot to add to your (too short) cave bucket list.
As an avid cave diver, you’ve probably been travelling a lot to fulfill your passion. Among the top world famous spots, many of us have been to Mexico, Florida, the Lot region in France, and probably other places like the Bahamas, Thailand, Hungary, Spain and the Philippines for the most adventurous! These spots are on every cave diver’s bucket list and, like every cave diving addict, we’ve been on each of these destination a fair amount of time and are always craving for new destinations to experience.
Well , good news ! You can now add Indonesia on top of it! With more than 20 systems opened to cave travelers ranging from cavern to caves requiring multi stage or even rebreather and a huge diversity of cave types you will hardly get bored by this amazing location. And did i forget to say that and a few hundred are still yet to be explored ?
3) Indonesia’s cave exploration potential is limitless.
For the numbers, Indonesia is 5500km long, has more than 17.000 islands, 700 dialects and around 400 different ethnic groups. Cave wise, Indonesia has an estimated 150.000 square kilometers Karst surface area, spread across the whole country.
At Sulawesi Dive Trek, we’ve been exploring the Sulawesi Tenggara province for the past 4 years, poked our heads in a couple hundreds of cavities, from the smallest dirty pound to the biggest gigantic sinkholes with hundred meter high walls. We’ve had many disappointments (explorers will understand what I am talking about) but we’ve been awarded a few times with incredible discoveries: fracture caves, sea springs, shallow intimistic maze-shaped caves, outrageously deep prehistoric sinkholes, incredibly decorated and crystal-clear dissolution caves! The diversity of caves in the area is just mind blowing and turns every exploration trip into a very exciting adventure!
And guess what, you can be the next explorer as there’s more than a hundred other unexplored places! And we’re only talking about one province! We have yet to discover South Sumatra, East Java & West Papua. The potential is such that we surely won’t have enough of a lifetime to totally explore them. So, if you are an avid adventurer and want to join one of our exploration trips or just make one of your own, now is the best time! Click Here for more information about our past or upcoming explorations.
4) Indonesia is the best place to combine cave and ocean diving!
Not going to lie, many of us also enjoy chilled dives on beautiful coral reefs (and some of us just hate the idea of being compromised with dirty fishes) and Indonesia is known to be the best country when it comes to open water diving. Situated in the heart of the coral golden triangle, you’ll find the biggest biodiversity in the world and pristine reefs.
Wakatobi National Park (located in South-East Sulawesi, Indonesia between the seas of Banda and Flores) is the third largest marine park in Indonesia and was named « Underwater Nirvana » by Jacques Cousteau. The 900,000 hectares of coral reefs host the highest numbers of reef corals and fish species in the world, respectively 750 coral reef species (out of 850 in the world) and 942 fish species, among which you will also spot dolphins, turtles, whales, sharks and a wide variety of rays.
And cherry on the cake, it is next door from our amazing caves, so you can definitely think about organizing a trip that would combine fantastic cave diving with top class reef diving. No other place in the world will give you this opportunity.
5) Indonesian culture is amazing.
What makes Indonesia such a nice travel destination ? There’s only one answer: diversity.
- Diversity of culture: Travelling from one province to another will transport you to a different universe yet with a common background of “Indonesianity”.
- Diversity of landscape: tropical forests, volcanoes, coral reef, caves, cities, temples, just name them. Indonesia has everything to offer to the enthusiast traveler, just make your choice and enjoy.
- Diversity of food: each province and each culture has its own culinary identity, from cheap street foods stalls to high end restaurants, you can be sure that you will find something to satiate your appetite in Indonesia.
Overall, the locals are all very welcoming and deeply nice. Whatever their religion and their culture is, they will always welcome you with a warm smile and true generosity. They are always helpful with tourists and will bend over backwards to make your life easier, making it probably one of the safest countries in the world for travelers. You will definitely enjoy every minute of your time there. (Lonely Planet is a good source of information for new travelers).
These few reasons should already be enough to make you want to discover this new amazing cave diving location. Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions or want to plan your next cave diving trip. Due to the remoteness of the place, all our trips are tailor made and we will do everything we can to offer you the most memorable cave diving adventure of your life !