In­done­sia

THESE 17,000-PLUS IS­LANDS ARE THE STUFF OF DREAMS FOR DIVERS OF ALL LEV­ELS

Scuba Diving - - 2018 Readers Choice Awards - — MARY FRANCES EM­MONS

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.

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