DIVE INDONESIA, DIVE DESTINATION
For the third consecutive year, Indonesia has crowned World’s Best Scuba Dive Destination in the Dive Travel Awards 2018, besting the Maldives, Palau, The Philippines, Egypt, and Australia, said prestigious Dive Magazine.
For the third year running now, Indonesia was again crowned this year as the Best Scuba Diving Destination in the World having again won the most votes in the Dive Travel Wards 2018, thus successfully retaining the title since 2016.
What’s more, this year Indonesia also dominated the Dive Travel Awards 2018 by emerging champion in all 3 categories, which are: as The Best Scuba Dive Destination in the World, The Best Dive Centers and Resorts in the World, and The Best Dive Liveaboards in the World.
“This is truly a spectacular achievement! Dive Magazine is the major reference for professional and amateur divers across the world. The awards and acknowledgements by the magazine and its readers are solid proof that Indonesia’s marine attractions are indeed the Best in the World!” said Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya joyfully on Friday 16th November 2018.
Just as last year, Indonesia raced straight into the lead and staying there, while The Philippines consolidated at second place mid-way through the voting.
Illustrating the overwhelming richness of Indonesia’s underwater life, Dive Magazine highlighted some of the Indonesian thousands of islands most spellbinding dive hotspots that include Raja Ampat in West Papua, considered the most biodiverse region on the planet; Bunaken, the Lembeh Strait, and Wakatobi representing Sulawesi’s stunning underwater wonders; as well the tiny island of Gili Trawangan, off the coast of Lombok that has become a tech diving and general recreational dive training mecca.
Continuing ndonesia’s domination in diving and its facilities right to the Best Dive Centers and Resorts Category, the country amazingly took all 5 top spots , placing altogether a total of 8 dive centers and resorts among the world’s top ten list! Again taking the top spots are Siladen Resort & Spa, a boutique dive resort located on Siladen Island, a lush tropical island in the heart of the Bunaken National Marine Park near Manado in North Sulawesi. And, still within the Bunaken National Marine Park, the Bunaken Oasis Resort & Spa which prides itself on offering 5-star services while keeping its ecological footprint to a minimum, took 2nd place on the list.