the top 3 are my personal preferences out of the dive sites I've visited
1. DUMAGUETE hAS SOME OF THE BEST MUCK DIVING I'VE EVER SEEN!
Dumaguete is the largest town next to Dauin, the location where I stayed and dove. I went with Fun and Sun Dive Center which offered both diving and a room. The diving is pretty amazing but the MUCK DIVING is truly spectacular. APO ISLAND is also a popular dive site but is normally an all-day affair, as the island is far away. This area has a village appeal to it. A small church, a mountain to climb, and the normal hustle and bustle of small-town life. It's somewhere I'd go back to not only for diving but for the rural feel.
2. NUSA LEMBONGAN IS CRYSTAL CLEAR DIVING
This was some of the coldest diving I did in Asia. I'm talking face, fingers and toes were numb! It's rare to see such CRYSTAL CLEAR water when diving. It was also the time of year that I was diving. This is where you come to see MANTA. As luck would have it I saw none. Lembongan was probably the most organic when it came to culture. From the dress to religion, it was fun and eye-opening.
3. PULAH WEH IS INDONESIA'S KAUAI AND STUNNING DIVING
Amazing island, check. Gorgeous diving, check. Laidback and chill islanders, check. Pulah Weh has a SURFER VIBE. No one is in a hurry and they know how to relax. One thing you should know. They are under SHARIA LAW on the island but because they are a tourist destination they're really laid back and forgiving. If your a woman, don't be afraid! Did I mention the diving was great 🙂
fun places to see and visit
take a ride on a tuk-tuk though dumaguete.
Dumaguete sounds more like an apocalyptic movie than a city. The name is cool and the city is cute. There are a few photo ops with City Name Signs near the dock and even an outdoor shopping area. Catch a ride on a Tuk-Tuk for fun. It's the best way to get the vibe of a town.
Walk along the beaches of nusa lembongan.
The Beaches are beautiful! Lots of restaurants and B&B's. Just the place to relax. Warning! The pancakes are not what your mother would make. For some reason, they don't cook them all the way.
visit the small village near Lumba lumba dive center
This is not a tourist destination but if you like tiny villages this is for you. There is plenty of photo ops and you can observe how real Indonesian's live. Minus the hustle and bustle of a big town.
Hire a motorbike guide to Casaroro falls.
When I first got here I was really afraid of motorbikes. Not so much anymore but I clung to my driver like a spider monkey. Casaroro falls is a great excursion if you have time. Be ready to puff up a lot of stairs.
Walk the streets of lembongan, discover ancient buildings and fabulous hindu statues.
This is where I discovered the Dance of the Dragons. I was out walking one night and happened to come across a group of people performing a play with dragon costumes. It looked and felt like a local thing. They were not there to collect money from tourists. It was completely natural and organic. I loved it! One of my best memories from Indonesia. So many buildings and statures to admire around town.