Experiencing the thrills of diving is great wherever you do it. Even your first ever dive at the local training pool is exhilarating. But there are some places on the planet that just seem like they were made for diving. South East Asia scuba diving holidays are without doubt some of the best in the world but with so many sites to choose from it can be little overwhelming picking just one.
If you’re thinking about exploring the waters in this part of the world, then it’s worth doing a little research before you go. To get you started we’ve picked out just a few of the very best South East Asia scuba diving holidays to whet your whistle.
Sipadan Island, Malaysia
This incredible island off the coast of Borneo is a pinnacle of limestone rising 2000 feet from the ocean floor island. It is better suited to more experienced divers because the currents can be strong and a 200o foot drop off into the abyss should not be trifled with.
The rewards diving in Sipadan are exceptional. It is famous for the schools of adolescent Barracuda that circle the waters – looking up through the eye of a shoal of meter long ‘adolescent’ fish (with big teeth) is quite an experience! Hammer head sharks can also be seen and the turtles are some of the most common in Asia and have grown used to divers, allowing for some great interaction.
The sheer volume of marine life from the small to the large makes this one of the best dive sites in the world and should be part of your South East Asia scuba diving holidays.
There are almost too many highlights of diving at Sulawesi to mention. Just east of Manado is the incredible Lembeh Strait. It’s teeming with weird and wonderful marine life that’s not quite like anywhere else in the world. You might also want to check out the Bunaken national park off the north east tip of Sulawesi. It’s known as something of a Mecca for divers of all levels and really not to be missed.
Similan and Surin, Thailand
Made up of nine granite islands just a few hours west of Phuket, these clear waters are bordered by pristine beaches and exclusive resorts. The fact that the islands are otherwise uninhabited means the diving is pretty exclusive too. Visibility in the water is some of the best anywhere and the varied underwater topography makes for some really exciting diving.
More famous for it’s unique land-dwelling creatures, Komodo nevertheless offers some world-class dive sites. With around fifty dive sites to choose from in the protected park, and with rich marine life to explore, it’s a great place to come for divers and snorkellers too. Check out the sharks, rays, whales, octopuses and turtles all swimming in and out of some of the rarest coral life in any water, anywhere.
Tubbataha Reef, Philippines
Ranked as one of the top ten dive sites on earth by CNN, this site southeast of Palawan is a place where everything is big. Because the water is so clean, the marine life lives longer and grows to ludicrous proportions. That’s just one of the reasons why this place is so unique. Expect kaleidoscope colours and rare marine life in epic numbers.
We could go on forever about the quality of South East Asia scuba diving holidays. As well as these stunning sites, honourable mentions must also go to Manado, Banda and Mergui amongst many others. Of course, the only real way to know which site is the very best is to get out there and try them for yourself. Well, what are you waiting for?