The Best Dive Sites in Java island
The Hidden Paradise island
A 27-islands archipelago in the Java Sea and around 85 km from the mainland town of Jepara. Reefs in Karimunjawa are primarily fringing and patch with good coral growth and marine life. Five of these islands are domestically inhabited and together with 22 others form four major zones; Zone I is the core sanctuary area and is out of bounds to all, Zone 2 is the wilderness area open to limited tourism, Zone 3 is the utilization area, Zone 4 is the buffer zone There are also wrecks here at the islands of Batu Kunci, Karang Kapal, Karang Ketel, and Balulawang.
As a recognized dive site, the island of Karimunjawa in Central Java is one of which that missed, with the potential of the white sands, big wreck dive site, and shark population, it is actually time the site to be more opened for public.
Another great attraction is the shark reserve that you could enjoy beside diving and enjoying the tire whitesand beach. You could see up to six different types of sharks in the reserve currently.
The island of Menyawakan has been declared a national marine park and are protected. Diving varies from fringing reefs, atolls and wrecks, a good variety of species can be found including some rarest ones such as Crocodile fish and Leafy dy Scorpion fish. Drift diving is popular here os currents are often strong. There is also a small work to be found. Menyawakan island has much to offer to all sorts of divers, from novice to very experienced. Whale Sharks are being spotted all year round and recently one lucky group of divers had very close encounters with them on different locations on each of their three dives during one day.
The Wreck of Mitra
The Wreck of Mitra an Indonesian Pinisi freighter, which was put up on the reef by the Captain, who tried to save the cargo. Unfortunately for him, it sanks immediately. See it for yourselves. As one of divers once said after an early dive there: Even Steven Spielberg could not have done it better!
The Wreck of Biblis
One of the few wrecks in the world, which still has it huge bronze propeller intact. This wreck has been on the ocean floor for many years, so the coral life is amazing. Several big groupers are nearly always spotted on this wreck. Possibility to penetrate for trained wreck divers.
Is a very big submerged reef, where we from time to time find new dropoffs. This reef is so big, that there is still much to be explored. This dive site is home to very big Bumphead Parrotfish, and the occasional white tip reef shark.
An exciting dive site, with spectacular coral cover, which exceeds more than 250 different species, plentiful Batfish and the wrecks of two ships! One of the wrecks is a Pelni ferry, which sunk in the 50's. You will also see schooling barracudas, Skipjack Tuna, Hawksbill turtles, Lobsters and Giant dams. Usually a strong current sweeps this reef, giving you an exciting ride all the way around it.
This dive site is named after one of frequent diver guests. It was discovered mid/late 2000. The quality and variety of corals are extremely good, so good that one group of divers did three dives an this site in one day, and it was the first site they wanted to visit when they returned to the resort again.
Conveniently located on our own island of Menyawakan, this spot gives you the opportunity to come face to face with Hawksbill turtles and quite often Octopus too. Usually Crocodile fishes and Scorpion fishes are seen on your smooth drift back to the Resorts jetty.
The Wreck of Indonur
The Wreck of Indonur Dutch steam shipwent down in 1963. A huge warehouse was on fire on the beach, ft was mistaken for the lights of Semarang, and the captain went full speed up on the reef. Come and see 6 cm thick steel plates, torn apart like paper. Large riveted steam boilers. Great fish and coral life on the wreck is growing bigger and bigger each year. Excellent night dives on this wreck when you will have a chance to see Arrow crabs, Soft coral crabs and numerous other macro critters.
One of most remote diving but well worth the boat trip is one of the highlights of the archipelago. The exceptionally healthy Torpeo eef has remnants of torpedoes and grenades scattered across the ocean floor. Beside the torpedoes and the grenades, the reef has good variety of pelagic and the blooming soft corals are nothing less than fantastic!