BEST COUNTRIES IN ASIA FOR DIVING
Photography taken by Alan Duncan: Glass Anemone Shrimp
Prestine diving / Wrecks / Great diversity of marine life / Big pelagics
- Sulawesi (known as Celebes): archipelago composed of 56 pristine islands / All is there: spanish dancers and nudibranches, ghostpipe fish and tiny seahorses, sharks and dolphins / Wakatobi is 25 coral reefs and 900 marine species / Tomini Bay is known as the quietest bay on earth to chill out!
- Lembeh is a worldwide reference for muck diving with hairy frog fish, coconut octopus, wonderpus, black pygmy seahorse.
- Bali: Liberty wreck in the north east part lie 50m away from the beach 5 to 35 m deepx Bali: mantas point (Lembongan island) / Mola Molas (Crystal Bay, Lembongan island) in july, august & september
- Lombok: Hammerhead sharks / Whale sharks
- Papua: Raja Ampat: Unspoiled reefs / small stuff and big pelagics: mantas, whale sharks...
Photography by Paco Iglesias: Leaf fish
Photography by Philippe L'Homel: Nudibranch (Phillidiidae family)
DIVE MICRONESIA (means "small islands")
Situated North of Papua New Guinea, between Hawaii and the Philippines, Micronesia is formed by 2000 islands / Crystal clear blue water / very famous for wrecks.
- Many of the islands are the summits of huge underwater mountains or rims of sunken volcano craters peaking through the water surface forming tropical lagoons.
- Palau: Sharks there
- Yap: Mantas there
- Chuuk (Truk Lagoon), and the Marianas and Marshall Islands: is most famous for the historic World War II wrecks.
Photography by Koos: Plane wreck at 44m Subic Bay, Philippines
Full of wrecks (shipwrecks and aircraft crashed) / 7100 islands to visit / muck and macro diving here which offers wonderful photographic opportunities / big pelagics
- Siquijor and Boracay island: big pelagics will pass by like whale sharks
- Pescador Island, Balicasag Island and Cabilao: full of sea life and excitement / Steep walls with goog chanve to spot Thresher Sharks.
- Apo Island, Apo Reef and Tubbataha Reefs: pelagics, Sharks, Tunas and schools of Barracudas and Jacks.
- Coron: famous for its World War 2 wrecks, over 10 Japanese boats to be explored in shallow water – all set in a backdrop of astonishingly beautiful scenery.
- North side of Busuanga Island, at Dimakya island: you can dive with dugongs
- Close by Cebu: a giant chimney of more than 20m diameter is an impressive dive site to discover
- Okinawa: Found in February 2000, fifty-five years after her sinking, the wreck of the USS Emmons beckons divers from all over the world.
Photography by Alan Duncan: Red Lion Fish
Photography by Myriam Byrd: Green Turtle at Temple of the Sea
- Perhentians islands: 2 paradise islands surrounded by plenty of dive sites each very different regarding underwater scenery and marine species / There you can snorkel with giant sea turtles and reef sharks / some wrecks (like the sugar wreck) are amazing to dive when good visibility.
- Borneo (Semporna Archipelago) : giant sea turtles swim alongside schools of sleek reef sharks / Mabul & Sipidan (Barracuda point), south of the archipelago, are attracting diversfrom all over the world / Muck diving
Photography by Alan Duncan: Whale shark at Sail Rock, Koh Phangan
The country of smiles where you can relax, have fun and dive all year round: Adaman sea and koh chang from Oct- May and koh tao, phangan and samui from May-Oct.
- Similan islands are 9 main islands which are great to go around in liveaboards. It's always cool to wake up directly on the spots! / mantas there from February
- Sail Rock dive site between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan would be the spot I highly recommend in the gulf of Thailand / whale sharks are there all year but mostly in Oct-Nov and Feb-May / an amazing chimney and a canyon are funny to dive
DIVE WRECKS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
The location of the Seven Skies can make visiting her an interesting experience, she sank at location: [2°38' N, 105°13.5' E] approx 220km NE of Singapore. Whilst there have been numerous disputes; in 2005 it was finally resolved that the wreck is in Indonesian waters meaning liveaboards need to clear Indonesian customs before visiting the wreck.
Photography by Koos:The Seven Skies tanker in south China sea
Maldives counts around 1200 islands and is streching over 750 km in the indian ocean. Holidays on a liveaboard there is the best option we recommend.
- One of the best dive site: Maya Thila (depth 6 to 30 meters) because of its rich biodiversity of marine life
- Amazing Drift dive at Banana Reef
- Maldives Liberty Wreck lies at 35 meters deep and is 110 meters long!
Coral tables - Maldives