The Jakarta Post
See-through sea: A fisherman tries to reach the shore of one of the Fam Islands. (JP/Seto Wardhana)
News website CNN recently ran a listicle article on the 10 Best Dive Sites in Asia.
Four of the locations mentioned are from Indonesia, namely Derawan in East Kalimantan, Raja Ampat in West Papua, Komodo Island in East Nusa Tenggara and Tulamben in Bali.
The other six are Sipadan Island in Malaysia, Similan Islands in Thailand, the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar, the Andaman Islands in India, Kerama Islands in Japan and Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park in the Philippines.
“Off the northwestern tip of Indonesia's West Papua province, the Raja Ampat Islands have the highest recorded diversity of fish and coral on earth -- an amazing 537 coral species and 1,074 fish species can be found here, according to The Nature Conservancy,” CNN writes.
Tourism minister Arief Yahya appreciates the inclusion of the four Indonesian destinations in the article, “There are still more underwater destinations that haven’t yet covered by CNN,” he says.
He mentions other destinations such as Wakatobi in North Sulawesi, Morotai in North Maluku, Banda Maluku, Bunaken and Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi, Gili in Lombok, Karimunjawa in Central Java, Anambas in Riau Islands, Mandeh in West Sumatra, Belitung in Bangka Belitung, Tanjung Lesung in Banten and much more.
“There are hundreds of diving spots in Indonesia, we’re confident that Indonesia is still the best when it comes to underwater tourism,” Yahya adds. (asw)