Best diving destinations in Asia
Once plunged into the depths of the sea, you will love the amazing colorful underwater world and marine life, hidden from prying eyes. If you have not dived yet, but want to try it, then proceed.
And if you have been diving for a long time and have a certificate, your luggage mainly consists of a wetsuit, fins, and masks, then you will be interested to learn about the most famous places for diving in Asia.
1. Similan Islands, Thailand
One of Top diving spot of Thailand, The year-round excellent weather conditions for diving definitely make Thailand one of the most popular diving destinations. The focus here is primarily on diving training.
Only 120 diving permits are issued per day, which cannot be booked in advance. Plan to stay as long as possible on a neighboring island and expect to be able to dive at Sipadan in one of four days.
2. Sipadan (Malaysia)
In this extinct volcano, breathtaking steep wall dives await you, which leads you to the mesopelagial zone at a depth of several hundred meters. Here, at Jacques Cousteaus favorite diving spot, glide through azure water and swarming swarms of mackerel before you meet hundreds of hawksbill turtles, barracudas, hammerhead sharks, manta rays and whale sharks on the reef.
3. Raja Ampat, Indonesia
More species have been sighted here than anywhere else on the planet, and new ones are constantly being added. Depending on which of the more than 200 diving sites you are on, you can try drift diving or mud diving and explore mangroves, shipwrecks, seagrass meadows, reefs, steep walls, caves, areas with hard and soft corals as well as black or white sand. The possibilities are unlimited.
4. Tubbataha Reef, Philippines
This is UNESCO World Heritage site consists of almost 100,000 hectares of untouched ecosystems and serves as a nursery for fish and coral larvae that later populate the Sulu-Sulawesi marine region.
5. Lu Dao, Taiwan
The initiates come to the green island Lu Dao to enjoy the best that Taiwan has to offer when it comes to diving and underwater photography. Once a penal colony, the tiny volcanic island now attracts numerous visitors who want to marvel at more than 200 species of coral and over 600 species of fish.
Best Time for Diving: Between May and September, you can expect uncomplicated but beautiful dives in the shallow water off the coast.
6. Kerama Islands, Japan
The breathtaking Japanese island chain Kerama is considered one of the best diving destinations in the world. In the sea off Yonaguni, the westernmost inhabited island of Japan, there is a famous sunken monument, which makes the site a beautiful and mysterious diving spot.
7. Komodo Island, Indonesia
This is located between Lake Flores (part of the Australasian Mediterranean) and the Indian Ocean, which is famous for its giant lizards and increasingly for its spectacular diving grounds.
Batu Bolong, probably the best diving spot, looks inconspicuous at first glance: A sunburnt rock protrudes from the sea and gives no indication of the wonders that lie beneath it. Beyond the surface of the water, however, you can expect an almost unreal splendor of colors from corals.
8. Malapascua, Philippines
You have never seen a threshing shark before, but would you like to? Then Malapascua is the perfect destination for you. At the Monad Shoal dive site, you are almost certain to encounter the elegant predatory fish that roam deep here.
9. Cocoa Island, Maldives
Cocoa Island in the South Male Atoll is the perfect destination for a luxury vacation. Thanks to floating, absolutely Instagram-ready rooms, crystal-clear water, immaculate white sandy beach and first-class diving grounds, you are certain to have an unforgettable trip.
10. Scuba Diving in India
India is a large country and its beaches spread over 8500 kilometers, on each of which underwater adventures await you. India is interesting for its islands, which are located both in the Arabian and Andaman Seas and offer an incredible abundance of underwater life, as well as the ability to dive from large diving bots with accommodation on board.
Diving in Goa
Goa is the smallest and richest state on the west coast of India and provides excellent access to the Arabian Sea. See List of Dive Sites in Goa.