This dive are is quite close to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta and many
efficient dive clubs provide all the necessary transportation and services to
these islands. The nearest islands are just 10 minutes from shore; the furthest
can take nearly two hours by speedboat.
Accommodation on the islands also vary dramatically. International standard
accommodations that cater to divers can be found on the islands of Putri,
Pelangi, Sepa, Kotok, Pantara and Matahari. Upmarket resorts, built in
cooperation with Japan Airlines, have gone up on Pantara Timur and Pantara Barat
islands. These are very posh, with all the comforts one might expect from a fine
hotel in Singapore or Hawaii. Pelangi and Putri islands offer somewhat less
toney accommodation. Putri has small bungalows, a restaurant and
bar, and sailboards can be rented. Pelangi is a larger resort and boasts fancy
cottages, tennis courts, and a popular restaurant out over the water. Each of these also has a shop
offering dive equipment rentals and compressors.
The dive possibilities are almost countless here. The reefs around many of
the 110 islands are excellent in terms of coral growth and fish life. What makes
the diving here just fair by Indonesian standards is the visibility, which
usually hovers around around 10-15 meters. It sometimes improves, but even then
only reaches 20 meters.
Daily rainfall here determines how good the visibility will be, but it is
generally best in the middle of the dry season, typically May through September.
With few exceptions, the marine life at most Pulau Seribu locations will include
and abundant variety of hard and soft corals, a good variety of reef fish and
some pelagics, turtle and an occasional shark.
There is an interesting reef of the western side of Piniki. The
reef starts at 5 meters, but has its best coral growth and fish life at around
Pulau Papa Theo
It is a simple wreck dive, with lots of marine life and an occasional
shark in the deeper waters at the stern end. There are parrotfish, some resident
groupers, many morays and a particular abundance of stingrays. The north reef is
of ten chosen for night dives.
This very small island is among the best diving sites in Pulau Seribu.
Excellent coral growth provides the backdrop for a good drift dive in 8-20 meter
depths. In areas, the coral is good to almost 30 meters.
A very good reef extends from the west around to the north, and along
the south-southwest edge of the island. The best diving is at 8-12 meters. You
can find lobsters here up to 30 centimeters long. The reef is also home to a
great number of moray eels.
The island sits on the western edge of the Pulau Seribu group, and thus
offers some of the best coral growth. The undamaged reef here is good for
snorkeling as well as diving. Pulau Kotok is the best in the islands for
snorkeling and off the beach diving. The west, north and east reefs are good to
20 meters. Because it faces the open sea, kotok is the place to see schools of
sweetlips, turtles and sharks. Small manta rays have been seen here. The area is
abundant in gorgonians and soft corals.
This island is basically a small sandbank surrounded by and immense
reef. The entire circumference of the reef is good, and in areas good coral
growth extends down to more than 20 meters. Since the island is one the fringe
of the Pulau Seribu, it is one of the best places to see larger reef fish and
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