Stretching from the Indian Ocean in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east, the Indonesian Archipelago is blessed with some of the world’s most spectacular underwater splendor. Filled with an abundance of fascinating sea creatures, colorful coral reefs, thousands of tropical islands fringed with sparkling white beaches scattered among crystal clear blue waters, there is no doubt that Indonesia must be the world’s ultimate dive destination.
Confirming the title, Dive Magazine, world’s most prominent Scuba digital magazine, recently voted INDONESIA as The Most Popular Dive Destination 2017.
Following the poll that used the 1 IP address 1 vote system and conducted since October 2016, Indonesia gained an astonishing 22,552 votes from netizens across the world, surging far ahead of the other competing countries. The neighboring country of Papua New Guinea took second place with 6,089 votes, followed by the Philippines in third place counting 3,313 votes. Indonesia ran way ahead ever since 3 months ago, so much so that the e-vote system actually needed to be stopped for a while.
At the polls, Indonesia overwhelmingly outranked others among world’s favorite dive destinations that included the Maldives, the Bahamas, Palau, Thailand, The Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Australia, and more. Also renowned for its diving attractions, the Maldives was placed 5th in the list with 2,024 votes, while the Bahamas took 9th place with 995 votes followed closely by Palau in 10th place with 983 votes.
The fabulous underwater beauty of Indonesia has always attracted divers and snorkeling enthusiasts from around the world.
In Dive Magazine are numerous reviews of Indonesia’s many fantastic dive spots . Among which are Raja Ampat in West Papua, the Alor archipelago and Komodo Island in East Nusa Tenggara, Nusa Lembongan in Bali, and the Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi that have frequently received awards and have remained among the top 5 best dive spots in Asia Pacific as well as around the world.
The fabulous dive sites in Indonesia have for years been recognized by Scuba Diving, a traveler’s guide magazine for divers and snorkeling enthusiasts.
(Source: Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia)