There is always a new diving destination cropping up in Indonesia. That's not surprising when you consider all those beautiful islands surrounded by prolific coral reefs. As transport and island infrastructures improve, dive operators spread out to find potential locations for new resorts.
One of the most recent discoveries is Buyat Bay, just a few hours by speed boat from the famed Lembeh Straits. This charming area was first noted by a mining company, which operated in the nearby mountains. The mine is now closed but they left behind a staff complex on the coast with some simple bungalows that are being renovated as a dive lodge.
There are a dozen or so small islands scattered along this stretch of sea and each one is surrounded by pristine hard corals. Unusual topography with enormous boulders and pinnacles creates channels and coral-clad swim-throughs. The diving is fairly shallow, the fish life varied and there are many interesting critters nestled on the reefs.