17 Most Beautiful Marine Parks in Indonesia, from Sabang to Merauke! ~ As the largest archipelagic country in the world, Indonesia is surrounded by more than 17,000 islands spread from Sabang to Merauke. In fact, almost 2/3 of Indonesia’s territory is waters.
The territorial waters in Indonesia are famous for marine parks and the underwater world. Marine park is an area or marine area that is protected by the local government which is then functioned as a place of maintenance, protection, and preservation of the underwater ecosystem.
In addition to clear water with stunning blue shades, marine parks and the underwater world of Indonesian waters are also rich in biodiversity and coral reefs. Well, for this one we should be proud, because 18% of the world’s total coral reefs are in Indonesian waters.
The beauty of the marine park and the underwater world of Indonesia is also one of the triggers of the proliferation of diving activities or sports such as snorkeling, diving, scuba diving, and others. Paradise!
Not only that, the charm of marine parks and the underwater world of Indonesia has also spread to foreign countries, you know! Curious? Here are the 15 most beautiful marine parks in Indonesia that spread from Sabang to Merauke.
17.Karimun Jawa Marine Park (Central Java)
Karimun Java is an Indonesian archipelago in the Java Sea, It’s known for Karimun Java National Park, a marine conservation area with mangrove forests, beaches and coral reefs.
Sea turtles inhabit the waters around the islands, while deer and pangolin can be seen on land. Dive sites include a wreck near Kemujan Island. The largest island, Karimunjawa, has views of the archipelago from its highest point.
16.Thousand Islands Marine Park (DKI Jakarta)
The Thousand Islands are a chain of islands to the north of Jakarta’s coast. It forms the only regency of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. It consists of a string of 342 islands stretching 45 km north into the Java Sea at West Jakarta Bay and in fact north of Banten Province.
If you’re lucky enough, you can also see dolphins around the island.
15.Derawan Islands Marine Park (Bali)
Derawan Islands is like the typical dream of a tropical paradise with secluded white sand beaches, clear blue water and some coconut trees providing some shade. The islands are located in Berau district, of the coast of East Kalimantan and it is one of the bests diving spot in the world.
The archipelago consists of 31 small islands of which only 4 islands are accessible: Derawan Islands, Maratua Island, Sangalaki and Kakaban Island. In 2005, this archipelago was nominated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
14.Rubia Island (Sabang, Aceh)
Starting from the western tip of Indonesia, namely on the island of Sumatra, precisely in Sabang City, Weh Islands, Nangroe Aceh Darussalam Province, there is a Rubiah Island which has an area of around 2,600 hectares. Weh Island is a Nature Tourism Park based on the 1982 Minister of Agriculture Decree.
The best dive sites in Weh Islands include “The Canyon” (underwater volcanic rock structure with a depth of between 15 – 70 meters), “Batee Tokong”, “Sophie Rickmers” (134 meter long wreck that sank in 1940), Arus Balee ( strong ocean currents ), and Ideu Beach.
13.Takabonerate Marine Park (South of Sulawesi)
The national park features 220,000 hectares of atoll, said to be one of the largest in the world following Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands and Suvadiva in the Maldives. Included in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves, Taka Bonerate is the habitat of hundreds of fish and other biota, particularly at several diving sites.
Here you can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, take a leisurely walk on the white sand beach, canoe, go fishing. Best time to dive is between April to mid-May, and October to mid-November when the soft easterly winds do not whip up the waves.
12.Bunaken Marine Park (Sulawesi)
Bunaken has long been a favorite tourist destination for tourists . The National Park has 390 species of coral reefs, various types of fish, marine mammals, reptiles and birds. There are also 22 villages with 35,000 residents.
There are still more awesome. Bunaken has also been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List since 2005.
11.Togean Islands Marine Park (Central Sulawesi)
You can visit the big islands in Togean, namely Togian Island, Batudaka Island, Poat Island and Waleabahi Island. Seeing the beautiful sunset on Una-Una Island, diving on Kadidiri Island, can also swim with non-toxic jellyfish at Lake Mariona.
10.Wakatobi Marine Park (Southeast Sulawesi)
The main activity when visiting Wakatobi is nothing but exploring the spectacular underwater beauty. You can make almost all of the waters of Wakatobi as a place to dive or snorkel, but the most popular ones are Onemohute in Wangi-Wangi and Roma (Roma’s Reef) in Tomia.
9.Tulamben Underwater Park (Bali)
For tourist who try to explore Tulamben marine tourism, tourist will be welcomed with the beauty of coral reefs and various unique marine fish such as jack fish, lion fish, leaf fish, garden eels, pipe fish and many others.
8.Komodo Island Underwater Park (East Nusa Tenggara)
On Komodo Island, there are many dive spots, spread in central, southern, western, and northern Komodo. On the island of Komodo there are only Wainilu, Three Sisters, Pillarstein, Small Tatawa, Tatawa Besar, Siaba Kecil, Siaba Besar, Pink Beach, Pengah Kecil, Mawan, Batu Bolong, Manta Point, and others.
Manta Point, as the name suggests, is the most representative location for monitoring manta. Manta Point, manta can be found swimming in March to April and from September to November.
7.Pantar Strait Marine Park (East Nusa Tenggara)
The strait has strong waves and the sound is like the sound of a waterfall. Sometimes, the big waves can hit the wall and it can kill small to medium fish near the coast. On certain months between Octobers to November, the ocean will be safe for the divers.
There are, at least, 26 diving sites in this island around Kepa, Pura, Ternate, and Matap Tanjung Island. The sites precisely located at Half Moon Bay, Peter’s Prize, Crocodile Rook, Cave Point, The Edge, Coral Clitts, Baeylon, The Arch, Fallt Line, The Pacth, Nite Delht, Kal’s Dream, The Ball, Trip Top, The Mlai Hall, No Man’s Land, The Chatedral, School’s Ut, dan Shark Close. Jahe Papa beach (Alor) is the location where we can find shark, and at this location, divers can play with a group of friendly sharks. In the waters around Jahe Papa, you can also dive at night.
6.Marine Park 17 Island of Riung (East Nusa Tenggara)
17 Islands covering an area of 9,900 hectares consisting of sea and land are included in the conservation area of the Kupang Natural Resources Conservation Center.
Komodo eggs hatching in the conservation area of the 17th Nature Tourism Park, Riung Island, precisely on Ontoloe Island.
Nusa Penida is an island located in the southeast of Bali which is separated by the Badung Strait. Near this island there are also other small islands, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan. The waters of the island of Nusa Penida are famous for its diving areas including Penida Bay , Manta Point, Batu Meling, Batu Lumbung, Batu Abah, Toyapakeh, Crystal Bay, Malibu Point
You can find a group of sunfish between June and October each year, mola mola are usually found in the Crystal Bay area.
4.Lembeh Strait (Bitung, Sulawesi)
Diving in the Lembeh Strait. Weird and wonderful critters from north Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait is known as the muck diving capital of the world, and is one of the few places in the world where you will see the elusive hairy frog fish, pygmy sea horses, larger sea horses like the thorny seahorse, mimic octopus, wunderpus and flamboyant cuttlefish to name a few.
3.Banda Sea Park (Maluku)
Islands that are in the midst of the deepest sea in Indonesia are no longer foreign to marine tourism enthusiasts, especially those who like diving and snorkeling.
The main attraction of this island is the beauty of the marine park along with the diversity of fauna and flora that live in it.
2.Cenderawasih Bay Marine Park (West Papua)
The waters behind Papua Island do not only have whale sharks which are icons of the world’s largest fish. Cenderawasih Bay also holds the mystery of underwater life and the geological uniqueness that makes the world of science curious.
1.Raja Ampat Marine Park (West Papua)
Raja Ampat district located in remote Papua Barat. this location puts a million underwater beauty. Raja Ampat marine tourism is known as among the 10 best diving tours in the world. The charm and wealth of the underwater world, so the mainstay of Raja Ampat Regency penetrates the competition of tourism in Indonesia and the world.
This location is known as the richest tropical natural resource center in the world. raja ampat is a new district in Indonesia. This remote location in West Papua is only seven years old.