Even though it is quite busy for our liking, Thailand still offer excellent diving spots. Especially the West coast with Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai in the Similan national park and the infamous Richelieu Rock.
Possibility of seeing mantas rays, eagle rays, stingrays, guitar sharks, turtles, reef sharks, humphead parrot fish, Napoleons, gaterins... as well as a very good chance for 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 recognised as the best spot to learn about diving with over 50 dive schools competing to offer the best value for money on dive courses.
What do we like less 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 Tioman island and 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. 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 Raja Ampat or the Komodo Islands on the bucket list for many divers and we know why! This is definitely a great place for lovers of 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. Located between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, the area is subject to very strong currents that converge in all directions, sometimes dangerous, so diving is only for experienced divers.
What we love: good mix between big and small critters
What we don't like: quite hard to reach and expensive
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 and active volcanoes you'll find some pretty cool dive spots. The dive sites are countless and of a breathtaking beauty. Thanks to its diversity and the countless number of spot, beginners and experienced divers can find their happiness spot.
What we like: filipinos speak english, you can spot thresher sharks in malapascua and many large sharks in tubbataha reef.
What we don't like: quite americanised, 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, spider crabs, Spanish dancers, frogfish, pipefish and plenty of nudis in every cracks! It is not uncommon to also spot pelagic with mantas rays and whale sharks roaming around. 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!