THESE 17,000-PLUS ISLANDS ARE THE STUFF OF DREAMS FOR DIVERS OF ALL LEVELS
Indonesia is a perennial Readers Choice favorite, and it’s not hard to see why. Raja Ampat, in the country’s far east, is synonymous in the dive world with a mountaintop experience — a place where you can reliably see what the undersea kingdom might have looked like when the world was fresh and new. From Bali’s unique Liberty wreck that’s an easy shore dive, the country’s underwater riches sweep east and north through the Flores, Banda and Celebes seas, encompassing the walls of Wakatobi, the critters of Lembeh and the currents — and dragons — of Komodo. And it all comes wrapped in the warm smiles of a welcoming people who have raised hospitality to divers to an art form.