Under the sea!
What lies beneath the surface of the ocean is often even more spectacular than what sits on dry land, and getting underneath and exploring is one of the most fulfilling experiences you can have. Of course, where you go all depends on your level of experience and expertise, but generally you will find dive spots for beginners, intermediates, and advanced divers at most destinations.
If you are an advanced diver, and you want to get out and explore some of the most diverse and breath-taking dive spots the world has to offer, then Asia is certainly up there with some of the best in the world. Not simply full of marine-life, but also jam-packed with the weird and wonderful, there are far too many top class dive sites in this region of the world to list. If you’re curious about where to go however, here are five you might like to check out.
Similan & Surin Islands – Thailand
With over 50 dive sites in the region, this archipelago sure has plenty to pack in. One of the main perks here is that visibility is renowned as being excellent, offering up to 40m on a clear day. Countless species of marine-life call this region home, with coral walls to explore, and many undersea caves for the weird and wonderful which lurk inside. October to May is a particularly optimum time for diving in this region.
Banda Islands, Indonesia
The deep waters around these small volcanic islands are filled with countless species of colourful fish, not to mention swooping manta rays and hammerhead sharks. There has been a distinct lack of fishing around this area, as it is quite undiscovered, which means plentiful marine-life to visit, as well as the rather deadly scorpion fish.
March to October is the best time to visit this veritable feast of diving heaven. There are around 50 dive sites in this region, home to a large amount of marine-life, including manta rays, dolphins, sharks, and the blue ringed octopus, to name just a few. The coral around here is also stunningly beautiful. Myanmar in general is a beautiful country, yet what lies beneath the ocean is just as mind-blowing.
Raja Ampat, New Guinea, Indonesia
This is often considered one of the best diving areas on the planet, mainly because the marine-life is said to be the highest on earth, with 75% of the world’s coral species residing here, as well as a huge 1309 different types of fish! October to December is the best time to visit, with great visibility as standard.
Andaman Islands, India
Undisturbed by human influence, mainly because this has only just opened up to tourism, the Andaman Islands are a weird and wonderful diving destination, with volcanic lava setting the landscape. There are a variety of sharks which roam around this region, including hammerheads, nurse, and leopard sharks, as well as a huge number of different species of fish and coral varieties.
These are just five of the top rated dive sites around Asia, with countless more on offer. For anyone wishing to explore what lies beneath, Asia is certainly your go-to.
Photo Credit: Stefan Krasowski