by Charles Roring in Manokwari of West Papua - Indonesia
Scuba divers, when traveling to Indonesia, often feel sad because the visibility in the waters around the coral reef site is not good. They have spent a lot of money to come to Indonesia but the under water beauty which they expect from the many of the coral reefs cannot be enjoyed.
The visibility of the under water depends on many factors. The most important one is weather. If you come to scuba dive in Indonesia during rainy season you will not fully satisfied with the dives they you experience. During the rainy season, run off of organic and inorganic debris from the land make the water dirty. It takes time for the marine organism to consume and decompose this debris. Traveling during a rainy season is not recommended.
The sea water will clean again after two or three months dry season. This is the right time for scuba divers to come to Indonesia. When is that? It is around June to September. If you are not sure about the best time to dive in Indonesia, I suggest that you contact the diving operators or resorts and ask them about this. Scuba diving is breathing under water with man made equipment. So, make sure that the diving equipment you will bring is in good condition. Also read: Coraf reef sites in Papua Indonesia; The Change of Gender in Yellow Tailed Anemone Fish; Preserving the coral reefs in Indonesia