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Guidelines for Diving in Indonesia

Diver Experience

We require you have a minimum of 30 logged dives to join a Raja Ampat itinerary and 50 logged dives for Komodo and Banda Sea itineraries. You should also be qualified to Advanced Open Water or equivalent.

To dive with a dive buddy you must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following your guide. If you are an Open Water Diver when joining our Indonesian itineraries we will ask you to complete the Advanced Open Water course on board.

Inexperienced divers may be asked to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience. Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.

The maximum depth for diving with Emperor Indonesia is 40 metres with an equally qualified buddy. Your maximum diving depth will be dependent on your level of training and experience.

It is your responsibility to check what depths your insurance policy covers before arrival. Decompression diving, solo diving and technical diving is strictly prohibited.

To help gain experience and confidence, it is possible to complete the Advanced Open Water Course and Nitrox whilst on your trip. Click here for the price list.

We are happy to help you with any questions about experience levels, suitability of dive sites and courses, contact

Skills Review

Many agencies recommend a Skills Review if it has been longer than six months since your last dive. Emperor Indonesia advises divers to follow the agency recommendation for safety reasons. The Skills Review should be completed prior to your arrival in resort and signed by an instructor in your diving logbook. Evidence of the date of your last dive should be shown in your log book to avoid problems on check-in. In the interests of safety, Emperor Indonesia reserves the right to restrict diving activities if the instructor has any concerns regarding diver safety.

About Currents & Visibility

When looking for dives with larger marine life we are reliant on the current as this is when we get the most 'action dives'. Currents can vary from really gentle to extremely strong. Many dive sites are transformed by medium-plus currents giving us lots of encounters with sharks, trevallies and schooling reef fish.

The 'action' is found at the point when the current is rushing against the reef. Divers who need to get to this point may need to descend quickly (sometimes a negative descent) and use leg work to fin against the current. Therefore, a good level of fitness is needed to enjoy the best action.

The moon phase and seasonal changes have a big impact on current strength and visibility.

Visibility is changeable and can range between 10 - 40m+ depending on conditions, current and the season.

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