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Scuba diving in Asia can take you to areas that host a greater variety of marine life than anywhere else on earth. You can dive in the South China Sea, the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, or submerge in the area where these waters mix to form the epicenter of biodiversity – The Coral Triangle. Wreck diving on historic shipwrecks, wall diving on offshore pinnacles from a liveaboard or shore diving on a house reef are all possibilities when diving in Asia. The diving choices are as vast and exciting as the countries in this region.

Best Scuba Diving in Asia

Nha Trang

Diving around Nha Trang takes place in one of three locations. Hon Mun Marine Park, 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of Nha Trang, features pinnacles that slide from the surface down to 150 feet (50 meters). Macro and reef life is healthy here. Alternatively, Moray Beach, with its shallow sandy bottom, is great for training dives and, of course, for spotting moray eels...

Phu Quoc

Diving in Nha Trang takes place in two main areas.To the northwest of Phú Quốc, there are a series of dive sites that offer the ultimate conditions for those just learning the sport. The waters here are clear and calm, sheltered from the strong currents that affect other areas around the island. Marine life in these dive sites includes a variety of hard and soft...

Apo Reef Coron

Coron is a stunning eco-tour destination for any nature lover. Dramatic limestone cliffs surround magnificent lagoons of Coron Island and lush green vegetation gives this area a ‘land-that-time-forgot’ feel. If you want to combine jungle trekking and staggering natural beauty with some of the best wreck diving on Earth, look no further than Coron. This is the perfect...

Bicol

Bicol

Diving in Bicol is most famous for its whale sharks. Locals claim that this is your best opportunity in the entire world to swim among the graceful beasts. But don’t just come here for the big species. Take some time to appreciate the pristine beauty of the region both underwater and above it. You’ll find an abundance of pelagic and macro life as well as colorful...

Bohol

Five major areas make up the extent of diving in Bohol.Anda, a peninsula off of the eastern tip of Bohol, has caves, steep cliff faces and coral gardens to explore. Expect to see anything from a tiny seahorse to a migrating whale shark in this location.Cabilao is further offshore and requires a day trip to get there and back, but it’s worth it. If the time of year is...

Cebu

Cebu

Cebu and its surrounding islands are easy to dive save for a few exceptions. Visibility is fairly good and 50-66ft (15-20m) can be expected while the water temperature is typically warm, averaging at 84°F(29°C). Having a nitrox certification is a plus at certain sites which require more bottom-time. Dives usually take place from traditional boats called a bangka...

Leyte

Four major areas make up the extent of diving in Leyte. All of them are in the extreme southern tip of the island.Limasawa Island sits just off the southern point of Leyte. This area is perfect for all levels of diving. Environments include deep canyons, steep walls and healthy reefs. The current can be strong, but the variety of fish and huge black corals make any...

Malapascua

Malapascua remains relatively undeveloped and this tiny island is everything you would expect from a tropical island get away. Pristine white sand beaches, lush green palms and crystal clear water make this the perfect place to kick back and relax. Enjoy stunning sunsets, embrace the laid back vibe and enjoy incredible diving. Malapascua’s resident thresher sharks...

Mindanao

While Mindanao represents the third major group of islands in the Philippines, the area does not have the same diving infrastructure found in the Visayas and Luzon. This is due to the violence that has, in recent years, troubled the island and left tourists scared to visit. However, the diving in Mindanao is as good as the rest of the Philippines, if not better. Here...

Mindoro

With 75% of the world’s coral species, the second largest coral reef in the world and a huge variety of dive sites, Mindoro is a diving paradise. You will find a little bit of everything under the surface, from easy shore dives to penetrable wrecks and deep drifts. Puerto Galera is the main dive center in Mindoro. The good news is that it has a little bit of...