Fishing in Indonesia – 25 Best Indonesia Fishing Spots & Top Sport Angling Charter Tours

Your fishing in Indonesia experience should be amazing.  With tens of thousands of Islands offer best Indonesia Fishing Game or recreational sport fishing in various locations. Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia as the world’s largest archipelago consisting of 17.508 islands with over three million square meters sea territory make it very perfect recreational sport fishing in Indonesia. Indonesia situated in strategic between the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. Andaman Sea, Banda Sea, Flores Sea, Savu Sea, Arafura Sea, Java Sea, Celebes Sea, Molucca Sea and Timor Sea are the best fishing spots in Indonesia make it greater sport fishing area offer extremely pleasurable for the anglers.

Indonesia has several main land namely Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Papua and two major island group namely Lesser Sunda Island and Maluku Islands. Indonesia has popular Strait namely Malacca Strait, Bali Strait, Dampier Strait, Karimata Strait, Lembeh Strait, Macassar Strait, Sunda Strait and Riau Strait.  

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As maritime country, Indonesia has very rich marine life. The coral reefs is very beautiful where the sea has abundant fish resources. For the anglers, fishing in Indonesia offer the fantastic challenge. There a lots of big fish and even the monster fish you can easily hook up here in a vast sea waters. Almost all saltwater fishing techniques can be applied such as trolling, popping, jigging, casting and others. With all the techniques, the giant trevally, yellow fin tuna, escolar, blue fin, snapper and grouper are easy to catch. There are specific location to catch specific fish target in Indonesia. Anglers can easily choose the delicious spot to fish.

Here is the greatest Indonesia Fishing Spots to Conquer:

  • 1. Andaman Sea, Aceh
Andaman Sea Fishing, Photo Taken by SWI Fishing Team

Andaman Sea is one of the top fishing destination in world. Andaman Sea is open sea located between Southeast Bengal Strait of Aceh, West Myanmar and West of Thailand which is part of Indian Ocean with average depth of 870 meters and maximum 3.777 with the total area of the sea of 797.700 kilometers square. Andaman Sea is a monster fish barns with abundant of fish resources.  There’s no large scale commercial fishing in this area make the fish can grow up in giant sizes. Fishing in Andaman offer many species fish catch. There are the rich coral reef in the ocean where not many fisherman knows the spots where you can angling abundant big predator. Many anglers from around the globe recognized Andaman Sea is fantastic fishing spot. There are many fish target ranging from GT, YFT, Dogtooth Tuna, Giant Grouper, Ruby Snapper, Escolar, Bigeye Tuna, Marlin, Barracuda, King Mackerel, Mahi-mahi and many other species of trevallies family. In Andaman Sea has many fishing spots suitable for bottom fishing in the deep sea, trolling, jigging and popping and it’s excellent for heavy duty fishing. Do you want to fish between Aceh, Weh Island & Andaman Sea, Check out our offer below:

  • 2. Weh Island, Aceh
Sabang Weh Island Fishing, SWI Fishing Leaflet

Weh Island is one of the best fishing spot in Indonesia. It not only popular as one of the best diving destination in Southeast Asia, but also the fish resources. A variety of giant monster attract many angler from around the world to conquer the thrill of catching world class fish such as Giant Dogtooth Tuna, YFT, Huge Giant Trevally, Giant Grouper, Ruby Snapper, Marlin, Mahi-mahi, Wahoo, King Mackerel, Amberjack and many others. The coral reef areas around Sabang Weh Island are known for their large variety of fish species. A rare megamouth shark species was found in this island. A present of abundant dolphins which is become one of the popular attractions nowadays that show presence of food and oceanography relation to water quality parameters. That means, the presence of high nutrient for big fish around the waters. Weh Island is located in the Andaman Sea which is a volcanic island just 45 minutes off from Banda Aceh by fast ferry which is the main gate way to this paradise island through Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport. If you are happy to conquer the fierce of the big fish, you can check out our fishing charters in Pulau Weh below:

  • 3. Krakatau Island
Krakatau Fishing via Google

Krakatau Island is volcanic island popular by it eruption in 1883 caused appear the new island of volcano namely Anak Krakatau. Krakatau or Krakatoa become popular tourist destination in Indonesia and famous national park. Fishing in Krakatoa is one of the best Indonesia fishing spots. Strong waves and big fish offer fantastic fishing where you can catch trigger fish, spotted grouper, black marlin, Yellow fin Tuna, Giant Trevally, sailfish, Moorish idol fish, red spotted grouper and other reef fish. Krakatau Island is located in Sunda Strait where many kinds of predator fish immigration. Krakatoa has a reputation of perfect fishing ground for both shallow water and deep waters. You can hook up many kinds of Pelagic fish.

  • 4. Flores Sea
Flores Sea Fishing, Photo via Picuki

Flores Sea cover 240,000 square kilometers bordered by Sulawesi Island in the north, Sunda Islands, Flores Island, Savu Sea, Indian Ocean and Sumbawa in the south, Bali Sea in the west, Java Sea to the northwest and Banda Sea in the east and northeast. Flores Sea has deep part of 5,140 meters. Flores sea are very good for sport fishing charters and one of the best fishing spot in Indonesia with many kinds of fish to catch namely GT, Dogtooth, Skipjack Tuna, Ruby Snapper, Barracuda and others. You can depart to fish from the island below:

I. Alor Island

Alor is world class fishing spot located in Indonesia with high nutrient and very fertile make Alor has variety of pelagic fish and deep sea fish (Demersal). Besides of famous its underwater attraction, Alor Island also popular as fishing destination and the top fishing spot in Flores Sea. The popular heavy duty fishing spots in Alor namely Dragon Spot, Rusa Island, Batu Gunting, Sea Mount, Volcano and others deep sea spot. These spots can be reached by big boat due to strong current.

II. Lembata

Lembata is group of Islands in Solor Islands located between East Flores and Alor Regency bordered by Flores in the north, Alor Strait in the east, Sawu Sea in the south and Boleng and Lamakera Strait in the west. An island in Lembata called Lamalera is well known by its old history of catching sperm whale. Besides, this island is one of best place to fish in Flores Sea.

III. Sumba

Sumba Island is one of the potential game fish with potential catch. Sumba with two other islands in Flores Sea namely Alor and Lembata are the prestige popping ground. Sumba has also deep drop off conditions that promising the jigging ground, but popping is much better here.

IV. Komodo

Komodo fishing trip normally start point from Labuhan Bajo. Komodo Island is well known as the origin habitat of Komodo dragons and recognized as UNESCO heritage along with Padar Island, Rinca Island, Gili Montang, Banta Island and some part of Flores Island. in this island you have the opportunity to catch Giant Trevally, Tuna, Snapper and many others.

V. Rote

Rote Island offers spectacular fishing game off shore the islands. You will have the opportunity to fish the Kingfish, wahoo, GT, Tuna and other fish.

VI. Sumbawa

Same as Sumba, Sumbawa Island offer adventure fishing tours to catch Dogtooth, Yellow fin tuna, and GT in sea mount spots. Your reel will screaming out when the GT smash your popper and trying to dash down into deeper waters.

VII. Pantar

Pantar Island is the second largest island in Alor. Pantar is very rich with variety of coral reefs and the wealth of marine life. Pantar Strait has abundant nutrient-saturated and support the creatures growth rapidly. The rich of the marine resource become main of economic through fishing in Pantar besides of agriculture and tourism.

  • 5. Savu Sea
Savu Sea, Photo via Google

Savu Sea is a small sea named after the island of Savu (Sawu). The sea are located between Savu and Rai Jua to the south, Rote Islands and Timor to the east, Flores and Alor Islands (Flores Sea) to the north, Sumba Island to the west and flows into Indian Ocean and Banda Sea to the northeast. Savu reached around 3500 meters depth with the spans from the north to south about 200 kilometers. To fish in Savu Sea, you can take a fishing charters from Kupang which is the capital of East Nusa Tenggara Province. Savu Sea is one of the top great fishing spot where you can see abundant marine life. Savu Sea also known as Savu Sea National Marine Conservation Area with Solor Sea that has been known as Sea National Marine Conservation and the Largest Marine Park in Southeast Asia. Savu Sea is part of Triangle Coral which home to world’s most abundant variety of corals and sea life. At least it has 500 species of corals and 300 species of fish in this largest conservation in triangle coral and become the immigration of 14 kinds of Cetacea including Blue Whale and Sperm Whale. The present of species of dolphins in the waters such as Fraser’s dolphins, Pantropical Spotted Dolphins, Battlenose Dolphin, Spinner Dolphin, Risso’s Dolphin, Rough-toothed dolphins, and striped dolphin related to presence of food and large immigration of several species of fish such as tuna. Fishing in Savu, you will aiming to snare yellow fin tuna and the hard fighting of mahi-mahi.

  • 6. Biaro Island
Biaro Island Fishing, Photo via Facebook

Biaro Island is one of the best places to fish in Indonesia. Big current and rich of species of fish. With the drop off and surrounding by beautiful coral reefs like sea mount reefs keep a lot of big fish to catch. Biaro Island often held the international fishing tournament. Biaro Island is one of fishing and tourist destination in which is close to Manado City, North Sulawesi. Biaro is alternative tourist destination in North Sulawesi. The main tourist destination are Bunaken & Siladen which is popular its beautiful underwater attraction. But the waters aroun Biaro become favorite fishing location and greatest sport fishing with rich of species of fish. Besides, it has also the diving spots namelu in Tumora Beach, Buang Bay, Kalakuhi Beach and Tope Bay.

  • 7. Bali
Bali fishing, Photo via Balitripservice

Fishing in Bali is one of the most popular things to do. Bali Fishing Spots are among the top Indonesia’s fishing destination. Bali as the main tourist destination in Indonesia offer many kinds of fishing activities ranging from Bottom fishing, Casting, Trolling, Jigging, Shore fishing, Popping and Night Fishing. Bali is great fishing adventure for deep water game fish, no matter you are diehard anglers or just casual angler who want to try the thrill of reeling of big fish. Bali has completely and well provide fishing charters. The prime catch of species fish in Bali are Tuna, Dorado, Mackerel, Marlin, Rainbow Runner, Trevally, Bonito and Baracuda. The fishing spots in Bali are scattered in Nusa Penida Island, Padangbai, Nusa Lembongan Island, Nusa Ceningan Island and Serangan Island.

  • 8. Luwuk Banggai, Sulawesi
Luwuk Banggai Fishing, Photo via Instagram

Luwuk Banggai is one of best fishing spots in Indonesia with variety fish barns. There are always surprises fishing here. Lots of monster, giant fish predator that’s will attract professional anglers to conquer this spot. Many angler will be tempted by fish that hook up quickly after the lure goes down. One of the best spots in Banggai is in middle of Banggai Sea with a depth of 80 to 300 meters covered by cluster coral which is inhabited by sea monsters. Some of the best fish to catch here including Tuna, Amberjack, GT, Escolar, Oil fish, Oar fish and Snapper.

  • 9. Aceh Island
Aceh Island Fishing, Photo Taken by SWI Fishing Team

Aceh Island is one of fishing paradise in Aceh. Many local fisherman they come to fish in this island. Aceh Island has abundant fish species ranging from reef fish such as Grouper, Snapper to huge monster. Aceh Island has numerous fishing spots with variety of catch. You can hook up Giant Trevally, Dogtooth Tuna, Skipjack, Wahoo, Marlin, Sailfish, Bigeye Tuna, Amberjack, Mahi-mahi and many more. It also has GT spots where in certain time you will catch huge GT. Please find out our offer Aceh Island Fishing Charters below:

  • 10. Banda Sea
Banda Sea Fishing, Photo via Google

Banda Sea is located in Moluccas Islands, Indonesia and part of Indian Ocean. Banda Sea separate by several big islands, Halmahera Sea and Seram Sea. In this Banda Sea also has Aru Sea and Kei Sea. Sport fishing charters still under development whereas the angler can book the conventional fishing boat. Banda Sea has hundreds of islands. You can take a fishing trip from Banda Islands. Banda Islands also popular as one of diving destination in Indonesia. Banda Sea has natural and healthy coral reefs while big fish and pelagic are often sighting. By fishing you can catch doggie tuna, GT, Red tooth trigger fish and many others.

  • 11. Biak Island
Biak Island Fishing, Photo via Sahabatmancing

Biak Island is located in Cenderawasih Bay near the northern coast of Papua, Indonesia. The island has many atolls, reefs and corals. Biak Islands has numerous small islands and really perfect place for sport fishing in Indonesia both jigging and popping or also the trolling technique. Biak Islands or also known Geelvink Island has three mainland namely Biak, Supiori and Numfor. To fish in Biak, Frans Kaisiepo Airport is the main gateway to this fishing paradise. It has abundant resources of marine life making this island in eastern part of Indonesia as one of the top fishing spots with excellent geographical location. The waters of Biak has the contour of the sea with the coral showed up on its surface. Popping is a perfect technique to target the monster reef such as GT. Biak has also popular catch namely Giant Red Bass.

  • 12. Simeulue Island

Lying in Indian Ocean western coast off Aceh, Simeulue Island is excellent place for fishing. Aside of popular world class waves for surfing, Simeulue kept a secret of its richness of the marine life. Even some of the fisherman from other part in Aceh such as Banda Aceh, West Aceh and even from North Sumatra come to fish in this heaven. Surprisingly its one of the top Indonesia fishery producers and largest lobster exporter.C

  • 13. Kaimana
Kaimana Fishing, Photo via Timikafishing

Kaimana is one of the best Tuna fishing spots in Indonesia. The best time to fish in this place is during December to April. The giant predator can be catch up to 80 kilograms (176lbs). Kaimana is part of Sea Conservation Area in West Papua, besides it’s a small port town and capital Kaimana Regency. Besides popular as saltwater fishing ground, it also popular freshwater fishing spot. You can catch the trophy-sized of giant Papua Black Bass, Barramundi, Tiger Bass, Spot Tail Bass, Golden Saratoga, Barramundi, and other Bass species. In Kaimana waters you can also hook up GT, Barracuda, Bonefish, Kingfish, Tarpon and Snapper.

  • 14. Karimunjawa
Karimunjava Fishing, Photo via Karimunjawaopentrip

Karimunjawa or Karimunjava is the islands in Java Sea and popular as Karimun Java National Park, a marine conservation area with mangrove forests, coral reefs and its marine life. Karimunjava is one of top angling spots in Indonesia with variety of catch such as Mackerel, Tuna, Sea Bass, Snapper and giant trevally.

  • 15. Pelabuhan Ratu
Pelabuhan Ratu Fishing, Photo via Mediapancing

Pelabuhan Ratu (Harbor of the Queen) is a waterfront district in Sukabumi, West Java overlooking to Indian Ocean about four hour drive from Bandung. Pelabuhan Ratu Bay is popular tourist attractions where the stretches white sand beaches spoiled the eyes. Besides, it’s also popular as surfing destination in West Java. Pelabuhanratu has a lot of sharks, sailfish, wahoo and tuna. Besides of amazing deep sea fishing in Java Sea, Pelabuhanratu has also many shore fishing spots. Pelabuhanratu really amazing, there are a lots of traditional fishing boats lined in the coastal at breathtaking pristine beaches. If you like fishing with local fisherman, you can rent a traditional boat like Jukung same as Bali.

  • 16. Ujung Kulon
Ujung Kulon Fishing, Photo via Michael Risdianto

Ujung Kulon is one of ideal game fishing spot and it’s perfect for both amateur angler and professional fisherman. Undoubtedly you will feel the thrill of the excitement of fishing tour. Ujung Kulon is challenging angling spot where there are many fishing spots scattered in Sunda Strait and the island nearby. Panaitan Island and Sunda Strait are among the best fishing destination in Ujung Kulon. You can conquer the thrill of catching black marlin. You can also hook up the grouper for lunch.

  • 17. Binuangeun
Binuangeun Fishing, Photo via Instagram

Binuangeun is a fishing village in Lebak, Banten Province facing to Indonesian Ocean. 5 hours by boat from Pelabuhan Ratu or from Ujung Kulon. The closest islands from Binuangeun is Tinjil Island and Deli Island. Binuangeun has also a nice Binuangeun Beach and Binuangeun Bay. Many fisherman from Binuangeun also come for fishing in Pelabuhanratu. Binuangeun is also a favorite place for sport fishing especially from Jakarta which is only 4 hour drive from Jakarta or 20 kilometers from Malingping. It has many spot fishing with plenty of fish to catch ranging to reef fish to wahoo.

  • 18. Mentawai
Mentawai Island Fishing, Photo via Spotmancing

Mentawai Islands is one of surfing destination in Sumatra. Fishing lately become popular activity after surfing. You can hook up the Spanish Mackerel, Tuna, Barracuda, Coronation Trout, Trevallies, Rainbow runner, Sailfish and mahi-mahi. Mentawai strategically fishing spot located off the island of Sumatra. The condition of deep drop off and deeper reefs allow you to catch big fish off shore. Trolling, jigging or livebait fishing are suitable technique. Siberut Island is also one of fantastic place to fish in Mentawai Island.

  • 19. Nias Island
Nias Island Fishing, Photo via Dadimancing

Nias Island is surrounded by Indian Ocean and fantastic spots for pelagic fish fishing such as Marlin, Mahi-mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish and Tuna. A pretty much of fish resource make Nias Island become popular big game fishing lately after surfing. Nias same like Simeulue has great place to fish from shallow reefs to drop offs into the deep further out to the open sea. Big boat are perfect to conquer the spot where strong current are often happened.

  • 20. Lombok
Lombok Fishing, Photo via Lombokfishingadventure

Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara has many best fishing spots including Giant Trevally spot. Lombok is one the top marine tourism in Indonesia and many tourist visit Bali they are also visit Lombok where there’re ferries from Bali to Lombok. Lombok has a lots of fishing spots scattered in many islands such as Trawangan, Gilis, and also deep sea fishing. There many spectacular fish to catch from GT to Marlin.

  • 21. Awang Bay
Awang Bay, Photo via Boatcharter

Awang Bay is very potential of an offshore fishing industry. Many local fisherman with big boat depart to fish from Awang Bay. Awang has caught many kinds of tuna, such as YFT and Skipjack tuna. For angler who want to try to conquer the spot in this place, you are welcome and you have opportunity to try the trill of catching Tunas.

  • 22. Natuna Sea, Riau Islands
Natuna Sea Fishing, Photo via Google

Natuna Sea has abundant fish resources and lately it was many cases of illegal fishing activities from other countries. Many kinds of tuna fish can easily catch here. Natuna Islands are an archipelago of 272 islands and perfect fishing ground.

  • 23. Fak-fak Sea
Fak Fak Sea Fishing, Photo via Google

Fak Fak Sea is a great fishing spots and paradise for tuna fishing in West Papua. The sea is very deep inhabit large tuna. The best time to catch tuna in this place is during November to January where there are large immigration of fish.

  • 24. Halmahera Sea
Halmahera Fishing, Photo via Kieraha

Halmahera Sea has abundant fish where you can catch giant groupers, sharks and schooling fish variety in the steep drop off spot offshore. International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and The Billfish Foundation (TBF) has made Indonesia’s biggest international fishing tournament in Widi Island, South Halmahera in 2017. The tournament held and took place at the sea off Widi Island no more than 75 nautical miles. It’s mean, the Halmahera has very rich with of fish and perfect fishing destination in Indonesia.

  • 25. Arafura Sea
Big Grouper in Arafura Sea, Photo via Google

Last best Indonesia fishing spots is in Arafura Sea that lies in the west of the Pacific Ocean between Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia. Arafura Sea is shallow water with a depth of 50-80 meters. It bordered by the Torres Strait through the Coral Sea to the east, Gulf of Carpentaria to the south, Timor Sea to the west, Banda and Ceram Seas to the northwest. To fish in this sea you can depart from Aru Island, Moluccas. Arafura is barns of Red Snapper, Grouper and other snapper species fish.

If you catch the fish in Indonesia, get used to catch and release to maintain its sustainability of ecosystems. Fishing in Indonesia is just to enjoy the thrill of catching big fish and sport fishing game adventure for pleasure. Anyway thanks for reading our article of top fishing spots in Indonesia & fishing charters trip.

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