Top 10 Dive Sites in Asia
Koh Tao Island, Thailand
With shallow coral reefs and calm waters, one could get the impression that scuba diving on Koh Tao Island isn’t so exciting. However, with whale sharks, bull sharks, leopard sharks, grey sharks, reef sharks, turtles, barracudas and many more, it is certainly never lonely. Whilst the shark population may appear worryingly high, no attacks have been reported in recent years and this Thai island remains a popular diving destination.
Three hours south of Manila, Anilao is renowned for its sea slugs, rare micro-critters and its potential for discovery. Not forgetting its larger fish too, Anilao is too, Anilao is an amazing place to satisfy an appetite for colour and variety under the sea – another dream for photographers and divers everywhere. an amazing place to satisfy an appetite for colour and variety under the sea – another dream for photographers and divers everywhere.
Hanifaru Bay, Baa, Maldives
Although now restricted to snorkelling only, Hanifaru Bay is one of the few sites in the world where great manta and whale-sharks can be seen together, feasting on plankton. A sight that only a small number are able witness, could you be one of the lucky few?
Puerto Galera, Philippines
A Man and Biosphere reserve of UNESCO as of 1973, Puerto Galera is right on the beach front and home to one of the most beautiful and diverse coral reefs in not only the Philippines but the world. With its stunning scenes both above and below the water, how could anyone resist the ‘Coral Triangle’ that lies within the Philippines?
Gili Islands, Indonesia
Sandy white beaches, sparkling turquoise water and the best diving locations situated close to the shore, the convenience and beauty of scuba diving on the Gili Islands is only enhanced by its biodiverse underwater kingdom of fish and coral as well as its huge turtle population.
Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Known by many as the ‘Hairball’, Lembeh Strait offers the photographer’s dream in traditional reefs, wrecks and both bizarre and rare marine life. The black sand serves as a contrast to the beauty of the colourful underwater paradise and with the convenient location – only a few minutes by boat from the shore – it is clear to see why Lembeh Strait is highly recommended by divers around the world.
Maaya Thila, Maldives
With both grey reef sharks and white tips, a well-known turtle, caves, rocks with swim through holes and a more than diverse marine life, if thrills and variety are what you’re after then this is the spot for you.
So often overlooked, Bali happens to be one of the best places for scuba diving in the world. With various ship wrecks to discover, coral reefs, deep drop offs, seaweed beds and volcanic outcrops – what more could you wish to see? Perhaps some diverse and beautiful marine life, because Bali certainly has that to offer as well!
Another underwater paradise, Phuket’s unusual and fascinating rock formations and diverse, colourful marine life makes it one of the highest on Just Love Travel’s list and amongst the top ten scuba diving sites in the world – but who are we to convince you? See for yourself!
Surrounded by over-water resorts that are supported by stilts and inspired by local Bajau architecture, it’s a wonder we even need to mention the incredible macro-marine life of Sipadan’s underwater world before you’ve booked a flight out there – but just for good measure, we’ll mention the bright blue sea and the white sandy beaches too.
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