Asia’s Top 10 Diving Mecca

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1. Similan-Thailand

The Similan Archipelago is regarded as the most beautiful and undamaged island in the world, with a rich and varied marine life, and spectacular coral reefs, which provide deep-sea divers with a world-class underwater paradise.

With the blue sea and vast sandy beaches, the beautiful sea view attracts thousands of tourists every year and is a world-famous diving paradise. Similan Island, known as the “Coral Garden”, can enjoy the gorgeous colors of coral.
Similan diving is mainly based on liveaboard diving trips. With strong mobility, you can fully appreciate the characteristics of each dive site. The underwater landscape of Similan is composed of huge granite and rich corals of various colors, which has a completely different experience from other dive sites. .

[Location]: Located in the Andaman Sea, 90 kilometers northwest of Phuket, Thailand, it is a combination of 9 islands.

[How to get to Similan]:

1. From Bangkok:
You can choose a car. Take the khaolak from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok. For a 12- or 13-hour journey, the white bus fare is 450 baht/person, and the night bus fare is less than 1,000 baht/person.

2. From Phuket Airport:

AirAsia flies directly from Bangkok to Phuket. It is very cheap to book in advance. It is only more than 100 yuan including tax. It takes more than an hour to reach the universal airport, and then a 1.5-hour bus to Thaplam Pier, and then take a boat to Similan. It is strongly recommended to take it Go by plane and save energy for snorkeling.

3. From Phuket Patong Beach:

Several major beaches in Phuket can directly book a 1-3 day trip to Similan. But it is to get up at 6 o’clock, take a two-hour car ride to (khaolak) Koala’s dock, and then take a boat to Similan Islands. Because of getting up early, the hotel’s breakfast is not up to date, so it’s best to tell the hotel one day in advance.

2. Turtle Island-Thailand

Turtle Island, also known as Koh Tao, is a small island with an area of only 8.5 square miles. However, it is rich in coral reefs and marine life. Therefore, it provides unique natural conditions for becoming an excellent diving destination. It is the best in Thailand. A famous diving spot. Another reason that Koh Tao is so popular with diving enthusiasts is that there are more than 30 warm water dive sites with gentle currents near the island, which are very suitable for learning to dive. Moreover, the diving training here is relatively cheap. It is the largest diving training center in Southeast Asia. 60% of the diving certificates in Thailand are issued from here.

It is said that there are more than 200 diving shops on the island, and international diving training institutions such as PADI, SSI, CMAS, TDA, BSAC, etc. all have agency training institutions on the island. Once you dive into the water, you will fall in love with the feeling of being immersed in the sea. Apart from the sound of your own breathing, there are only countless little elves around to accompany you, accompany you to feel the peace in your heart that you have never had before.

[Location]: Located in the west-north direction of Koh Samui, the straight-line distance is about 64km, and it takes one and a half hours to sail.

[How to get to Turtle Island]:

1. From Bangkok:

Option 1: Direct flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui, about 3,500 baht, 2 hours by boat from Koh Samui to Koh Tao, this method is suitable for travel without money;

Option 2: Fly from Bangkok to Surat Thani by AirAsia, and book a ticket in advance for just over 700 baht. You can buy a car and ship combination from Surat Thani to Koh Samui on the plane, or you can buy it at the airport after getting off the plane. As soon as I arrive at Surat Thani Airport, I will see the car and ship intermodal transportation company immediately. Purchase the car and boat intermodal transportation to Koh Phangan (500~600 baht/person). After about 3 hours, we will arrive at Koh Phangan and disembark. Then walk to the ticket office of the pier, buy a ticket to Koh Tao at the Lomprayah counter (450 baht/person), and arrive at Koh Tao in about 3 hours. This method is cost-effective, saves time and is relatively time-saving. Cheap

Option 3: First go from the airport to Khao San Road. Lomprayah’s vehicle and ship combined transportation will have many agents on Khao San Road. You can shop around. Someone bought 3 tickets and cut them to the price of 1000B/person. The normal official website price is from Bangkok- Koh Samui is 1400B/person, and then take a boat from Koh Samui to Koh Tao.

2. From Samui Airport:

It takes 2 hours to take a boat from Koh Samui to Koh Tao. It is best to book a ticket for the combined transport by car and ship in advance. After booking the ticket, you will get a confirmation letter or itinerary, and there will be a bus waiting for you at the airport gate and taking you to the pier. , You can book tickets at the agency after arriving at the airport without booking in advance.

3. From Koh Phut Beach and Mae Nam Beach:

Boats depart from the piers of Bophut Beach and Mae Nam Beach, and the round-trip price is around 850 baht. From Koh Tao to Koh Samui, there are two flights a day, leaving Koh Tao at 9:30 in the morning and 15:00 in the afternoon, and arriving at Koh Samui at approximately 11:30 in the morning and 16:40 in the afternoon. There are many agents on Koh Samui, but they usually go to Nangyuan Island together. Travelers who like Koh Tao can choose to book a hotel on Koh Tao for a few more days.

3. Koh Lipe-Thailand

The underwater landscape of Lipe Island has its own unique places, especially in the soft corals, you can see whale sharks, green turtles and eels swimming unsuspectingly.

LIPE does not need scuba diving to see NEMO clownfish and colorful cockscomb corals. The islands around LIPE can find exclusive beaches that belong only to you and TA. With LIPE you will be tired of the blue sea and silver sand, LIPE and other Thai ones. The tourist destination is also super-developed, and there is no such thing as Hainan’s pit passengers. LIPE snorkeling at low tide and inadvertently finds itself trapped in coral bushes. LIPE and surrounding islands can enjoy rich marine life. , LIPE are mostly resorts for locals in Thailand and Malaysia.

[Location]: Located at the southernmost tip of Thailand, on the coast of South Andaman, but closer to Malaysia.

[How to get to Koh Lipe]:

1. From Bangkok:

After flying to Bangkok, then transfer to HAT YAI, about 700 baht, and then take a car + boat joint way to reach LIPE (note the connection point of the car and ship transportation), and it takes 5 from Hat Yai Airport to Lipe hour. (2 hours by car, 2 hours + boat). (Thailand visa only)

2. Departure from Langkawi: Langkawi Airport to Kuah Town Jetty is about 25 kilometers, 20 minutes drive 24RM, all boats from Langkawi to Lipe depart from Kuah Town Jetty, the time to Lipe is 1 hour 45 Minute. The sailing time is 1.5 hours ahead of schedule. Check in at the small house in Telaga Terminal. The so-called check in is to fill in the Thai entry card and take the ferry ticket with the reservation form. Then get on the BUS, after about 50 minutes, to Kuah Town Ferry. Then leave the country, hand in the passport, board the ship, the ticket is about 124RM. (Malaysia + Thailand visa required)

4. Sipadan-Malaysia

Sipadan is like Mecca in the eyes of pilgrims, and Sipadan in Sabah is like a paradise in the eyes of divers. Sipadan is a small mushroom-shaped ocean island in the North Celebrity Sea 36 kilometers away from Semporna Port. Sipadan is blessed with unique conditions, and after 5 meters of shallows, there is a deep blue sea with a depth of 600 to 700 meters. So in 1993, after an influential diving magazine visited Diving Friends, they agreed that Sipadan is the most “sea diving” in the world and the top of the world’s top five cliff diving. The water temperature is mild, the current is gentle, the visibility in the water is also upper-medium, and the fish is abundant. It is a world-famous diving paradise.

Sipadan limits the number of people on the island each day. If you want to go to the island, you need to book in advance and pay in advance: you must contact the dive shop before departure to confirm that the arrangements are in place. Some dive shops in the surrounding area may not yet have the qualifications to go to the island, so you need to know in advance. In addition, to go to Sipadan you need to have at least aow (Advanced Open Water Diving) certificate, and to go to the famous “turtle cave” you also need a special cave diving certificate.

[Location]: Sipadan is located in the southeast of Sabah, 36 kilometers from Semporna Port on the North Celebes Sea.

[How to get to Sipadan]:
1. From Kuala Lumpur/Kota Kinabalu:

From Kuala Lumpur/Kota Kinabalu to Tawau, AirAsia tickets cost about RMB 240. There are three ways to get from the airport to the town of Semporna: Take a taxi: You can buy a taxi ticket from the airport and then take the ticket to find the driver. For a car for 90 MYR, it would be better if you can find someone to carpool; secondly, you can take a bus from various resorts to the airport to pick up people. If there is a free seat, you can take 30 MYR per person, but you can only leave until their guests arrive; or Just take the airport bus, 40 MYR per person. You can go to Sipadan by boat from Semporna. It takes about an hour and a half by speed boat.

2. Starting from Semporna:

Since Sipadan will not provide accommodation, ordinary tourists will live in Semporna. There are many diving institutions here that will set up a itinerary to Sipadan. You can make an appointment in time. Sipadan diving requires a certificate.

5. Mermaid Island-Malaysia

Mermaid Island, does it make people think about it just by hearing its name? The island is located on the northwest coast of Sabah, Malaysia. It is a well-known diving destination in Malaysia. It is known for its large number of dugongs. People call them “mermaids” and attract tourists from all over the world. Mermaid Island is full of tall and lush palm plants, the beach is long and pure, and the sea is crystal clear. You can sip the sweet coconut water while watching the charming scenery.

[Location]: Located on the outskirts of Kota Bahru, it is about an hour’s drive from Kota Bahru, the capital of Sabah, Malaysia, and a 45-minute boat ride from Kota Bahru Jetty.

[How to get to Mermaid Island]:

1. From Kuala Lumpur:

From Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu, the air ticket generally only costs about 200 RMB. After arriving at Kota Kinabalu Airport, it can be reached by car and boat combined transportation. It is recommended to register for a group at Mermaid Island. The cost includes round-trip transportation.

2. From Kota Kinabalu:

From downtown Kota Kinabalu, it takes an hour and a half to drive to Kuala Abai Pier, and then take a 45-minute speedboat to reach Mermaid Island. It is best to report for a diving tour, and the cost includes transportation to and from the island.

6. Dandan Reef (Layang Layang Island)

The island’s underwater visibility, 2,000-meter-deep cliffs and superior conditions such as ocean views have made Layang Layang Island one of the top ten diving resorts in the world. When checking the data, it was found that the island is also known as Danwan Jiao, one of China’s inherently sacred and inviolable territories of the Spratly Islands. It has been occupied by Malaysian troops since 1979. When it can be taken back and dived, it will not count as a foreign country~ ~

Due to the inaccessibility of people, this place is like a gem in the deep blue sea, becoming the dream of all divers. She stood silently in this paradise-like sea, waiting for visitors to explore the beauty. Layang Layang Island is not only a paradise for divers, but also a paradise for migratory birds, where thousands of birds gather, and the spectacular scenes often teach bird hunters fascinated.

[Location]: South-central Nansha Islands, south of Andu Beach, 12 nautical miles south of Guangxing Reef, and 165 nautical miles northwest of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia is called Layang Layang Island.

[How to get to Layang Layang Island]:

1. Departure from Kota Kinabalu: Take a flight to Kota Kinabalu. Since Layang Layang Island has an airstrip, it will take 1 hour to arrive by a small plane from LayangLayang Hotel.

7. Tioman Island-Malaysia

Tioman Island, located on the east coast of the Malay Peninsula, is one of the most beautiful pristine islands “raised in a deep boudoir”, and it is also a popular diving paradise.

There are thousands of marine species here. Tourists can come here to enjoy snorkeling, deep diving, windsurfing, jet skiing, banana boat, canoeing, surfing, speed boating, sea fishing and various exciting sea recreation activities, as well as sharks, Sea turtles, clown fish, sea anemones, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, corals and other colorful marine life play in the water room. Go to the Ocean Park and Ocean Museum to learn more about the mysterious underwater world. Don’t worry about tourists who don’t know how to swim. Put on a life jacket and bring diving equipment. They can go into the water safely under the guidance of professional diving instructors and enjoy the beautiful ocean world.

[Location]: Located in the east of Malaysia, it is the largest of the volcanic archipelago composed of 64 small islands. It takes 55 minutes to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Tioman Island.

[How to get to Tioman Island]:

1. From Kuala Lumpur:

Route 1: Buy a ticket from Kuala Lumpur’s Pudu Station (HentianPuduraya) to Mersing Station (Mersing Port). After arriving at Mersing station, take a taxi for RM10/set (4-person car) to Mersing Pier. Buy ferry tickets at the terminal counter, the fare is RM70/person/two-way, the most recommended. Route 2: Charter a car from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Mersing (Port of Mersing), and then take a boat to the island. Route 3: The plane goes to the island, and the plane takes off from the Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur. You can taxi directly to the Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur.

8. Tulamben-Indonesia

Tulamben is a seaside town in the northeast of Bali. There are no banks, no decent cafes and bars. The sea here has the light of diamonds. The characteristic of the coast is not white dense sandy beaches, but dark volcanic rocks. .

But here is a paradise for divers. Known as one of the 50 most beautiful diving resorts in the world. If you want to dive, you don’t even need to go out to sea, you can dive directly from the shore. The water flow is gentle, the water quality is clear, and the visibility is high. The biggest feature is a Liberty Wreck under the sea. About 400 species of fish use this as their home, including big guys like sharks, dragon head parrots, and giant groupers.

[Location]: Located in the northeast of Bali.

[How to get to Tulanben]:

1. Starting from China:

There are currently many domestic routes that can fly directly to Bali. AirAsia’s ticket prices are relatively cheap, and flights to major cities are denser. The prices are around 1000-2000. The original map is in Bali, so don’t worry about other traffic. problem.

2. From Kuala Lumpur:

You can get a free transit visa within 3 days of transit in Kuala Lumpur. When you get off the plane, turn left directly at the lobby. Wait 5-6 minutes. You need to show your passport and your next flight ticket. So from an economic perspective, Kuala Lumpur is more cost-effective.

9. Manado-Indonesia

The island is suitable for the growth of coral reefs due to its suitable climate, sufficient sunshine and stable water flow. The coral area in the world is 384,300 square kilometers, and Manado, Indonesia has about 60,000 square kilometers, accounting for the world’s total 15.265%. Coupled with the special submarine fault terrain, Manado has a unique marine ecology, whether it is the types of tropical fish, deep-sea fish, various coral reefs, it is dizzying, and it is a love of diving and snorkeling. Diving resort.

Snorkeling on the shore, you can see diverse and multi-colored sea anemones, soft and hard corals, starfish, as well as clown fish, butterfly fish, lion fish, devil fish, etc. that are swimming in these sea anemones and corals. Hundreds of tropical fish; and if you dive into the deep seabed, you can also see creatures such as Napoleon fish, sea turtles, moray eels, sunfish, and the peculiar peasant seahorse. What is even more surprising is the Lekuan ) Submarine faults.

[Location]: Located in the northeast of Sulawesi Island, Indonesia, extending northward into a smaller island, 48 kilometers from the capital.

[How to get to Manado]:

1. From Jakarta/Bali:

Manado Airport is one of the main tourist airports in Indonesia, so you can fly to Manado in Indonesia. There are buses and taxis at the gate of Manado Airport. You can get on the bus after you negotiate the price. It takes about 100,000 IDR to get from the airport to the city.

2. From Kuala Lumpur:

Kuala Lumpur is also a large tourist airline transfer station in Southeast Asia. If you go to Manado, consider connecting from Kuala Lumpur, which is more cost-effective.

10. Great Barrier Reef-Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is located in Australia and consists of more than 1,000 coral islands. It stretches from Bundaberg north along the coast of Queensland in the South Pacific, and some beaches stretch for 140 kilometers. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the wonders of the world. There are various wild animals and plants in the reef. The Bundaberg area has many streams and estuaries, which are ideal places for fishing. If you want to fully appreciate the charm of the Great Barrier Reef, the best way is to dive in the Great Barrier Reef.

The heart-shaped island is a peculiar landscape of the Great Barrier Reef, a famous scenic spot in Australia. It is also one of the must-see attractions in the Great Barrier Reef. When viewed from the air, it is a natural heart-shaped, plus the Great Barrier Reef itself is very beautiful The water color and the scenery are even more beautiful.

When the sea is calm, the cruise ship passes here, and the colorful and multi-shaped coral scenery continuously under the boat becomes the best underwater wonder that attracts tourists from all over the world to watch. In the Great Barrier Reef group, the colorful coral reefs are red, pink, green, purple, and yellow. Some of them look like a peacock with an open screen; some are like red plums in snow; some are round like mushrooms, some are slender like velvet antlers; some are white like flying frost, some are green like emeralds; some are like Lingzhi… Unexplainable, it forms a unique and spectacular natural artistic picture in various poses.

[Location]: Located in the southern hemisphere, it runs through the northeastern coast of Australia, from the Torres Strait in the north, to the south of the Tropic of Capricorn in the south, and the nearest land city is Cairns.

[How to get to the Great Barrier Reef]:

1. From Cairns:

After arriving in Cairns, you can book a variety of Great Barrier Reef attractions, or you can make a reservation before you travel. There are two ways to get to the Great Barrier Reef. One is to take a small plane and the bus from the flight company to the hotel to pick you up to the flight location. You can overlook the entire heart-shaped island from the air. The destination is the activity platform to the Great Barrier Reef, but the cost is relatively expensive, about 2,000 yuan per person. The second is to go by boat. The relative price will be relatively cheap. You can consider it.

2. From other cities in Australia (Sydney, Gold Coast, Melbourne):

If you have an itinerary in other cities (AirAsia has flights to these three cities), the domestic flights are about less than 1,500, which is much cheaper than domestic airlines. From other cities to the Great Barrier Reef, you must first fly to Cairns Yes, Cairns has a well-developed tourism industry, and the projects that can be traveled are also very clear. You can see all kinds of travel agencies on the streets of the town.