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Top Diving Destinations in Asia

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Diving has become an extremely popular sport, with resorts popping up around the world. These different spots stretch from South America to Asia and give you the chance to discover new sea animals, beautiful species and amazing nature. Diving trips to resorts in Asia are becoming more and more popular. We have compiled our favorite spots in Asia to dive to give you some inspiration for your next trip.


thailand similan divingSimilan Islands, Thailand


The Similian Islands is an archipelago, that consists of nine islands. To protect the cities from overfishing and too much tourism, all of the islands are part of the Mu Koh Similian National Park. It is often dubbed the best destination for divers that have just begun their diving career. The crystal clear, turquoise water around the island allows up to 30 meters of sight under water, where you can see coral reefs and sea animals of all sorts.


The best time to visit the islands is between November and April. Between May and October, the park is closed due to dangerous waters and to let the nature regenerate.


Due to their popularity, the Thai government prohibits tourists from spending the night camping on the islands. Most divers sleep directly on the boats – which adds even more fun to the whole trip. Apart from that, there are some possibilities on two of the islands (Ko Miang and Ko Similan).


If you plan a trip to the Similian Islands, you can start at any of the available cities – but keep in mind that while there are nine islands, there are diving spots only at some of them. Also, the islands are uninhabited, so do not expect any infrastructure – it is really only made for diving and to experience nature in its purest form!


Anilao, Philippines


Anilao used to be a secret diving spot in the Philippines, but it started to gain popularity over the last few years. Nowadays, it is more convenient to reach the island by bus and by ship than it was just a few years ago. Since it is pretty close to Manila, that city is usually the starting point for your travels.


Anilao is considered the first spot in the Philippines, where diving was actually established and popular. However, it offers more than just that; it is fairly common for tourists to go trekking as well as hiking in Anilao. Due to the region being inhabited and more developed in general, there are many tourist attractions on the main coastline too.


For diving, the sea offers many different, very colourful sea animals like turtles and sponges, but also many different fishes. Same as in many other parts of the world, overfishing and waste management is a threat to many species in the region, so there is always a lot of plastic in the sea, too.


nusa lembongan indonesia divingNusa Lembongan, Indonesia


Nusa Lembongan is one of three small islands located in the sea in front of Bali, together with Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida.


Approximately 5000 people are living here. It has become a popular travel destination because of the coral reefs and the forests. Due to that, the tourism on the island is quite well developed – you do no need to worry about your accommodation, because there are a lot of options in all price ranges. On the other hand, it is sometimes hard to get to the island when the sea is too heavy.


There are multiple beautiful places on the island to visit, such as the Coconut Bay, the Jungutbatu Beach and the Blue Lagoon. If you do not know what you should visit and how to get around, you might want to take a look at the guided tours that are offered on the island. Alternatively, you can rent a bike or a scooter to get around on your own, which is very popular on the island and on Bali in general.


Another tip: it is not recommendable to visit the island during Chinese New Year, since there are a lot of tourists on the island during that time, which makes the stay less relaxing.


The island has around 20 different diving spots, which all hold different treasures: in some places, you might be able to see the Mola-Mola if you are lucky.


In general, the island is more recommendable to experienced divers, since there are strong currents around some diving spots.


Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia


Pulau Sipadan is a small island and part of the “Ligitan group” – where is made of 6 islands. While there used to be a tourist resort up until 2004, it has since been closed and there is only a small military base and a police station on the island. Since the resort was closed, it can only be visited by a small amount of people during daylight and staying overnight is completely forbidden.


Nevertheless, there are some very interesting diving spots around the island, which are home to a huge number of exotic animals.


Kerama Islands, Okinawa, Japan


Japan normally is not known as a paradise for divers, but the Kerama Islands definitely are! The archipelago consists of 5 inhabited and 15 uninhabited islands and all of them are surrounded by beautiful, almost transparent seas. The water is inhabited by a lot of sea turtles and other interesting sea animal species. Due to being popular for travellers and tourists, the island offers a lot of dive shops, hotels and restaurants were English is spoken, and there are multiple tours available too.


Especially because Japan not normally is considered a popular destination for divers, the Kerama Islands are interesting for people that want to experience something out of the ordinary.


While these places are all a good option to start your diving adventure during your internship in Asia, don’t be afraid to look for other places – maybe some that are even less known!

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