With a diverse marine life, Asia offers some of the best diving experiences in the world. Here's our pick of some of the best dive sites in Asia.
Tubbataha Reef, Philippines
With over 7,100 islands in the Philippines, Tubbataha Reef is one of the best diving sites in the country. A huge diversity of marine life can be found here including stunning corals, manta rays, lionfish, turtles and sharks amongst others. Situated just off the southern Palawan, Tubbataha Reef can be reached by live-aboard boats.
An "institution" in the diving scene. Sipadan in Malaysia is at the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world, represented by turtles, barracuda, manta rays, hammerhead sharks and even the occasional whale sharks.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Raja Ampat is perfect for drift divers looking for a diverse terrain and marine life. From colourful soft corals and reef fish to large schools of fish such as sharks, manta rays, whales, and turtles, this unspoiled diving spot in Indonesia is perfect for divers of all levels.
Most diving in Palau happens around the islands to the south of the main chain. The popular lagoon near Malakal offers second WWII wrecks and pelagic fish. For sharks, manta rays and barracuda, Blue Corner will certainly not disappoint. Of course, a trip to Palau is incomplete without a visit to the amazing Jellyfish Lake in the Rock Islands where visitor can swim with soft jellyfish. An experience of a lifetime!
Similan Island, Thailand
Phuket is hardly a new destination. But divers will surely enjoy exploring the underwater world in Similan Island with its clear waters and sandy beaches. The eastern part of the island group features a variety of corals. Dive past Bommies covered in soft corals and numerous small marine critters. There's also the Elephant Head Rock which features groupers, giant turtles, and reef sharks.