Asia: Best places where the dive sites are as good as the hotels

Adventurers always like an “escape” trip, which takes them to a strange, isolate or wild, challenging place to experience the exciting feeling of exploring a new land. If you often travel to new places on the land, it’s time to explore the world in the sea, like some dive sites. Marine world is an amazing world with various marine species, colorful corals and mysterious wrecked ships on the seabed. Now, let’s find out top places to dive and best hotels to stay in Asia.

1. Pamalican Island, the Philippines

If you would like to have a private diving trip, let’s visit Pamalican Island in the Philippines. Belonged to Aman resort, this private island is a paradise where you can soak in the wild environment and enjoy, relax in a fresh landscape. It is located in the Sulu Sea, a famous area to see a diverse marine world with a great number of marine species and crystal-clear seawater. You will be enchanted by beautiful dive sites and pristine beaches around the island.

Diving in Pamalican Island, the Philippines

Hotel:

Amanpulo hotel has 40 rooms, including near-sea rooms, on-the-tree rooms, and on-the-hill rooms, each of which brings you different experiences and feelings. Moreover, you can choose a villa to stay, which includes private chefs, housekeepers, and a buggy.

Amanpulo hotel's swimming pool

2. Similan island group, Thailand

Mentioning about Phuket, almost sea divers will think about crowded beaches and “looting” taxis and don’t like this Asian dive site. However, traveling one more hour from this over-industrialized area, you will reach Khao Lak town, the gate leading to Similan island group. These 9 islands are the most well-known dive sites in Thailand which attract a great number of divers every year. Ko Tachai is the most famous island in this group.

Diving with turtle in Similan island group, Thailand

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Hotel:

Casa de La Flora in Khao Lak offers you the best view of Andaman Sea. Having series of spacious rooms and villas, this luxury resort leads straightly to Bang Niang beach.

Casa de La Flora, Khao Lak Resort, Thailand

3. El Nido, the Philippines

Another site in this list is El Nido in the Philippines. Diverse marine ecosystem is the main attraction of this area, including manta ray, sea turtle and so on.

El Nido paradise

Hotel:

El Nido Resorts in Pangulasian Island is a green resort hiding inside an isolated place of El Nido. It has a private club for visitors to relax and enjoy their day under the sunlight.

El Nido Resorts

4. Bali, Indonesia

Let's escape from the crowd of tourists in the South Bali and get in a shuttle bus from Denpasar to get to the East Bali, the gate leading to many wonderful dive sites in Bali. Divers always like diving in Indo Islands, and Liberty Wreck in Tulamben, where you have a chance to see a lot of colorful corals and beautiful fishes.

Bali, Indonesia

Hotel:

The Griya Villas and Spa has 14 villas, each of which includes overflow pool for you to relax. Besides, this resort offers you many yoga classes and Bali-style Spa services.

The Griya Villas and Spa

5. Yaeyama island group, Japan

Besides cherry blossoms, pagodas, temples, and seafood markets, in the South Japan, Okinawa offers visitors a lot of beautiful dive sites. Diving into crystal-clear water, you will be so enchanted by this wonderful Asian attraction. Yonara Channel is a good site to see manta rays while Yonehara Out Reef and Uganzaki are beautiful dive sites with picturesque corals.

Yaeyama island group, Japan

Hotel:

Hoshinoya Okinawa located on Taketomi Island offers you not only interesting water games but also Japanese spa, such as wrapping your body with seaweed and have a bath in cypress wooden pool.

Hoshinoya Okinawa

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6. Maldives

Just some steps from your hotel, you can see amazing marine lives just under the wooden paths in the villa. There’re lots of famous luxury hotels floating in the sea surface of Indian Ocean, which brings you an exciting feeling.

Moreover, you can see some big, and maybe dangerous marine species like sharks, rays, and tunas. There are over 15 coral islands, so, you can dive to get the awesome view of the impressive scenery. What's more, 7 wrecked ships on the seabed are welcoming you to explore, including Maldives Victory and Kuda Giri.

Maldives dive site

Hotel:

Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi provides divers with various diving activities, including South Ari coral island tour. If you don’t want to get wet, let’s visit SpaQuarium to find out the marine life with the guide at the resort.

Maldives paradise at night

7. Puerto Galera, the Philippines

Another paradise in South Marina for divers is Puerto Galera. Whatever you want to explore, wonderful marine world, mysterious wrecked ships, or special reefs, Puerto Galera has it all. When visiting this magic world, you may meet some white sharks sleeping in Shark Cave or swimming with mullets in Canyons.

Hole in the Wall at Puerto Galera

Hotel:

Infinity Resort is located among pristine forests and mountains. You can relax with massage or spa-by-fish service in Malasimbo Spa and sight Malasimbo Mountain in Oriental Mindoro.

Infinity Resort and Spa

8. Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Quoc is one of must-come dive sites with many attractive dive places such as An Thoi Islands and Turtle Island which take 1 hour traveling from Indochina Peninsula. There are many colorful corals and diverse marine species such as stonefish, peacock bass, and tuna.

Diving in Phu Quoc

Hotel:

Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island has 121 rooms with the best view of beautiful nature in this beautiful island. After a long journey, let’s have a rest with spa service.

Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island

9. Gili island group, Indonesia

Let’s come to swim with sea turtles in this island group. Formed by 3 islands, this area has about 25 dive sites. It’s located in a sea turtle preservation. That’s why you will see lots of sea turtles in these dive sites, especially in Meno Wall, Halik Reef and Gili Air Wall.

Bounty Wreck, Gili Islands

Hotel:

Mahamaya Boutique Resort is an environmentally friendly resort in Gili Meno Island. With sea-view villas or spacious rooms, this resort reaches a perfect balance between environmental friendliness and luxury.

Mahamaya Boutique Resort

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10. Sabah, Malaysia

Swimming with clownfishes in Tunky Abdul Rahman National Park, one of the world-class dive sites in Malaysia, is an interesting experience. This National Park is a popular place for both divers and macro photographers, and the ideal landscape to explore Manuka Island, Sapi Island, and Mamutik Island.

Sabah, Malaysia

Hotel:

Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa located nearby is a paradise accommodation to take a rest after diving activities.

Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

These are top ten dive sites as well as best quality hotels and resorts in Asia for you to visit and stay. If you want to experience an exciting diving trip, let’s come to these landscapes and enjoy the best moment in your life.


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