For those seeking an unforgettable diving experience, Asia boasts some of the world’s most spectacular dive sites. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or just starting out, there’s something for everyone. From the vibrant coral reefs of Indonesia to the crystal-clear waters of the Philippines, we’ve compiled a list of the top five must-visit destinations for any diving enthusiast. So grab your gear and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!
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Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar
A blissfully remote and untouched diving destination, Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago is home to incredibly diverse flora and marine life – manta rays, dugongs and whale sharks are a must-see. Getting to its top diving spots can be a slight challenge, with the most-loved sites spread across a fair distance. But with such amazing scenery to be found under the water’s surface, it’s well worth the effort.
Closed to the public until 1997, this spectacular region still feels relatively undiscovered and beautifully uncrowded (just how you want it). And with 300 limestone and granite islands, it’s well worth discovering for yourselves – just, maybe try and keep it a secret.
Similan Islands, Thailand
Thailand’s Similan Islands offer stunning crystalline waters, colourful coral reefs and plenty of undersea wonders for couples. From technicolour fish and manta rays to whale sharks and sea turtles, there’s oh-so much to see in this marvellous part of the world.
The undersea landscapes themselves are fascinating. With everything from gently sloping coral reefs to deep rocky gorges, there’s something for any type of diver at the Similan Islands.
Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Big fish, bold colours, waters brimming with life – that’s Indonesia’s wonderful Komodo National Park. Delve into the deep and meet some of the thousands of fish and coral species, and spot spellbinding underwater landscapes.
The main attractions here are the whitetip and blacktop reef sharks, but there’s also big creatures like grey and hammerhead sharks to seek out (if you dare). Prefer to ease into things? Swim alongside peaceful manta rays for a soul-stirring experience.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Favoured by those in-the-know, Indonesia’s Raja Ampat Islands seem made for unforgettable diving and snorkelling adventures.
Blessed with bright coral gardens, mysterious underwater caves and heart-stopping drop-offs, this magical spot is known for its biodiversity – think over 1,427 species of reef fish and over 600 coral species. Great barracudas, maroon clownfish, manta rays and sea horses are a delight to spot, so keep an eye out!
Sipadan Island, Malaysia
You’ll come across one of the world’s most stunning dive sites in Sipadan Island – Barracuda Point. With schools of thousands of barracuda fish (what else?), plus turtles, octopus, eels and hammerhead and whitetip sharks, this captivating spot is one for animal-lovers and thrill-seekers alike.
What makes Sidipan Island such a haven for marine life? With strong ocean currents, active volcanic islands, deep sea trenches and sea mountains, it’s the perfect environment for these creatures to live – and for divers to explore!
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