Asia is home to some of the world’s best dive sites. With sparkling clear waters, warm temperatures, and a plethora of marine life, divers from all over the world visit the destination every year. I’ve put together a list of the 5 Best Dive Sites in Asia.
Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Difficult to reach but worth the effort, the crystal clear waters of East Kalimantan are one of Indonesia’s best dive sites. South of the more famous Sipadan area, the reefs are teaming with big fish and crustaceans but what draws most divers are the majestic Manta Rays that congregate in the waters. Often seen in massive numbers, the bat like gentle giants are a sight to see.
Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar
Comprising of more than 800 breathtaking islands the Mergui Archipelago is a playground for divers. Its location is virtually isolated making it perfect for the diverse marine life that call it home.
Komodo Island, Indonesia
The water of Indonesia holds one of the greatest varieties of marine life in the world. With over 17,000 islands, it is the world’s largest archipelago making it a stunning destination for divers. Home to more than 600 varieties of coral and 3000 fish species these waters draw divers from all over the world.
Tubbataha Reef National Park in Sulu Sea, Palawan
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Tubbataha Reef National Park, located in Sulu Sea, Palawan is home to a spectacular display of an underwater ecosystem. Divers travel to this remarkable site to see the 13 species of dolphin, 11 shark species, and innumerable fish and coral.
Similan Islands, Thailand
Regarded as one of the 10 most fascinating dive sites in the world, the Similan Islands is part of the Andaman Sea. With clear, blue water and endless visibility divers never tire of exploring the underwater garden.
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