September 7, 2019
It’s well known, Asia is one of the most beautiful continents in the world to travel and dive. The landscapes are magnificent, the local populations nice and the seas and oceans offer a great diversity in corals and underwater fauna. It is undeniably a true paradise for diving enthusiasts. Here is a selection of the best spots in Asia. Prepare yourself for a unique breathtaking show.
THE PHILIPPINE ARCHIPELAGO
The Philippine archipelago is the ideal destination for diving. With 7,107 heavenly islands, and with more than 36,000 kilometers of coastline and seabed home to the richest marine ecosystem in the world, the Philippine archipelago is one of the most beautiful diving destinations in ‘South East Asia.
Best spots: Tubbataha reef- Malapascua – Monad Shoal – Coron – Busuanga – Gato Island – Calanggaman Island – El Nido, Palawan – Dona Marilyn wreck – Lapus Island – Malapascua – Panglao & Balicasag, Bohol – Pandan Island.
BALI ISLAND IN INDONESIA
Bali is an extraordinary island for divers and close to the volcanic shores of Amed, Tulamben, Lembongan and Penida you will find an amazing marine ecosystem, and Manta rays. Located in the heart of the “Coral Triangle” the island has more than 3,000 species of fishes and almost 700 species of corals. Whether you are an expert, amateur or beginner, in Bali, there is something for all levels and all tastes. Most of the world-famous dive sites are between the villages of Tulamben and Amed.
Best spots: Amed – Sidem – Tulamben – Batu Belah – Menjangan – Tulamben drop off – Tulamben Coral Garden – The Fallen – Wreck Liberty.
MYANMAR – BURMA
Diving in Burma is a stunning experience, as there are so many possibilities: reefs, walls, drifts, dry, caves, and vertiginous drop-offs. Open only to tourism since 1997, Myanmar has not suffered too much from any human interaction and offer preserved reefs and undiscovered land. The area is still almost virgin and in good condition.
Best spots: Mergui Archipelago – Burma.
ISLAND OF SIPADAN IN BORNEO – MALAYSIA
Sipadana is a mythical island for divers and is ranked among the best diving sites in Asia. The island is perched on a vast coral reef located at the top of an ancient volcano forming a vertiginous underwater cliff sinking at about 600 m below the surface. This geological singularity favors an incredible underwater biodiversity (3,000 listed fish species). A true underwater paradise.
LAYANG LAYANG ISLAND IN MALAYSIA
In the middle of the South China Sea, lies Layang Layang, an artificial island built over a small atoll composed of 13 coral reefs connected between them. Surrounded by coral reefs and dizzying drops of more than 2000 meters deep, this atoll lost in the middle of nowhere is famous all over the world for its rich seabed and hammerhead sharks.
Best spots: Sites: Dogtooth air – Gorgonian forest – Shark Cave – Wall – Snapper.
ANDAMAN ISLAND – INDIA
Located in the Bay of Bengal between India and Burma, the Andaman Islands that belong to India and not to Thailand offers breathtaking landscapes of shite sand deserted beaches, mangroves, rainforest, and unexplored coral reefs. Most of the diving is done south of Havelock Island or Neil Island. V.
Best spots: ‘The Wall’ on Havelock Island – Dixon’s Pinnacle.
THE GILI ISLANDS IN INDONESIA
Gili Trawangan is now a must-see destination for diving in Indonesia. It’s the largest of the 3 Gili Islands, and it offers no less than 25 dive sites, revealing the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. Covered with multicolored corals, the island is the playground of a beautiful fauna, dense and varied. The sites are easily accessible to all types of divers.
Best spots: Halik – Manta point – Shark point – Stingray – Deep Turbos – Jack point.