When you say scuba diving destinations, lots of Asian countries make it to the list of every diver out there.
A place not only rich in culture but also a spot for passionate divers, Asia is the continent to visit. Marine diversity is one thing that you can expect when you venture its waters. It is a place that holds numerous diving sites that scatter all across the continent. From different rare species of sharks to teeming schools of fishes, here are some of the top diving destinations in Asia:
- Monad Shoal of the Philippines
The Monah Shaol is an ideal site when you want to gaze at the majestic long-tailed thresher sharks. This spot resides near the popular island of Malapascua. These sharks rarely appear in any other places in the world, which makes it really exciting. Not only do thresher sharks lurk here, but you can also see other species like the Hammerheads and Whitetips. You can also marvel at the different species of rays, eels, squids, octopuses.
- Tiger Reef of Malaysia
This reef is found in the Coral Triangle of Malaysia which you can find on the island of Tioman. This is a spot where the Pacific and the Indian oceans meet, so biodiversity is abundant. Stimulate your eyes as you watch this reef’s colorful corals, sponges, and marine life; however, don’t stray too much as the current in this reef is quite strong. Despite this, divers still venture and admire the barracudas, snappers, tuna, and the occasional sharks and rays passing by.
- Koh Bida Nok and Koh Bida Nai of Thailand
These sites in Phuket are known to have a dense population of marine life and are taken as Thailand’s pride. You can consider this as the home of one of the most beautiful coral gardens and walls. It is also a great location for snorkeling as the reefs here are shallow in nature.
- Tubbataha Reef of The Philippines
Tubbataha contains 600 species of fishes, 374 species of corals, 13 species of whales and dolphin, and 11 species of sharks; indeed this is truly an amazing gem in Asia – one that you can only access during specific months of the year. The Tubabataha Reef in Puerto Princesa is the home to several marine and bird varieties. Also, underwater volcanoes that are extinct lie on the seafloor which is an awesome sight to behold. It wouldn’t be a part of the 7 wonders of nature and a world heritage for nothing.
- Broken Rock of Maldives
Maldives is a place of many small islands in Ari Atoll in the Indian Ocean. One of the most popular spots that you can visit in this atoll is the Broken Rock of Maldives. It has a canyon with two different sites and is full of great corals and sea fans. It’s best enjoyed when you’ve fully trained for diving.
These are only some of the best diving spots in Asia; there are still a lot out there that you should explore and enjoy.