Where to go diving in Asia? The most amazing places to scuba dive...
Even though it is quite busy for our liking, Thailand still offer excellent diving spots. Discover the West coast with :
Koh Tachai in the Similan national park
Possibility of seeing : mantas rays, eagle rays, stingrays, guitar sharks, turtles, reef sharks, humphead parrot fish, Napoleons, gaterins... and a good chance to see Whale Shark.
Richelieu Rock, is always listed in the top 10 dive sites in the world! It can be described as a big aquarium with more or less everything from the whale shark to the seahorses...
With easy dive sites and conditions, Koh Tao on the East coast is recognized as the best spot to learn about diving with over 50 dive schools competing to offer the best value for money on dive courses.
Negative point about Thailand : dive sites are usually busy with divers…
Malaysia has a rich and diverse marine biodiversity that makes it one of the most popular destinations in Asia for a diving trip. Off the coast of Peninsular Malaysia, you will have the choice between :
The Perhentian Islands renowned for their magnificent dive spots.
In eastern Malaysia, off Borneo, on the famous Coral golden triangle, the diving sites are called Sipadan, Layang Layang, Mabul and Kapalai.
The best spot is probably Sipadan, a protected marine sanctuary for many species of sea turtles, sharks and schooling fish.
Our advice : other destinations offer world-class diving spots and it's up to you to explore them.
True paradise on Earth, Indonesia has some pretty awesome dive spots such as :
The Komodo Islands
Diver, you should put them on you bucket list ! Especially if you love macrofauna and big pelagic alike. Not to mention the magnificent landscapes of the Sonde archipelago and the encounter with the famous Komodo dragons when stepping foot on land. Subject to very strong currents that converge in all directions, this area is sometimes dangerous, so diving is only for experienced divers.
What we think : Good mix between big and small critters but often quite hard to reach.
Leaving for a diving trip to the Philippines you're sure to live an exceptional experience. This vast and complex archipelago, consisting of 7 107 Islands, of which 2 000 only are inhabited and 2 400 islands have not even received a name! It offers travellers diverse landscape between : White sand beaches, Tropical forests, mangroves, Lakes, Mountain, Active volcanoes.
You'll find some pretty cool dive spots because they are countless and of a breathtaking beauty. Beginners and experienced this diversity will allow you to find the spot of your dreams.
What we like: you can spot thresher sharks in Malapascua and many large sharks in Tubbataha reef plus some great macro life and muck dives but the food in the Philippines is not the best in Asia.
While (...and also probably because) Burma is not yet on the map for most divers, we think it truly is the best dive spot in Asia. A diver's paradise still very little known and explored there are 800 Islands in Mergui Archipelago and countless pinnacles to explore! Best visited from a liveaboard, it is a perfect playground for divers wishing to get off the beaten track. The beauty both above and below water makes every cruise here exhilarating. Several dives in Burma pass under the Islands offering a unique underwater panorama.
Myanmar is a dream come true for Macro life lover with:
- seahorses, harlequin shrimp, spanish dancers, frogfish, plenty of nudis and shrimps in every cracks!
What we like most? No need to share! In Burma, you are usually alone on every dive site!
If you want to go diving in Burma, the smiling seahorse has just what you need: a friendly staff, comfortable boat, exceptional service and breathtaking diving. We are waiting for you to discover our paradise on Earth!
And you, do you have any diving Bucket list?