Asia, a continent with diverse maritime life. With thousands of islands within, almost each of the islands have its own uniqueness and beauty kept and hidden under the water. Paradise that can only be found under the surface, deep down of the ocean. Southeast Asian coral reefs have the highest levels of biodiversity for the world’s marine ecosystems.
Kapalai House Reef, Malaysian Borneo
Often overlooked in the excitement over neighboring Sipadan, Sipadan-Kapalai Resort’s house reef is one of Asia-Pacific’s hidden gems. The resort itself is stunning, built entirely on stilts on a sandbank in the middle of the Celebes Sea. It’s this unique setup that gives divers access to the shallow, sandy house reef, which is ideal for long, leisurely macro-hunting dives. Kapalai’s jetty and several small wrecks are all part of the house reef, providing perfect cover for rare creatures like the flamboyant cuttlefish and blue-ring octopus, as well as mandarinfish mating at sunset.
Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, Philippines
An atoll coral reef located in the Sulu Sea, 98 nautical miles (181 km) southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. UNESCO declared this as a world heritage site in 1993. The Philippines’ Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park is filled with abundance marine life. Sharks, turtles and reef’s fish can be found swimming around. The UN describes the area as “a pristine coral reef with a spectacular 100-meter perpendicular wall, extensive lagoons and two coral islands.”
Cannibal Rock, Komodo, Indonesia
With a name capture a sense of untamed wilderness, Cannibal Rock, named for a Komodo dragon seen devouring one of its own on a nearby beach. Cannibal Rock lies within southern Komodo’s Horseshoe Bay, a beautiful and wild U-shaped tract of water that provides safe harbour for ships and marine life alike. The dive site itself is a large mound rising up from the bottom, layered with wave upon tangled wave of soft and hard corals, amongst which lurk giant frogfish and monster nudibranchs, while massive schools of fish race around the rock’s curves.
Rangali Madivaru, Ari Atoll, Maldives
Rangali Madivaru, a great spot to see manta rays in the Maldives. A shallow ridge at around 20 metres, there are actually several manta-cleaning stations along its top. Divers can position themselves beneath the cleaning stations on the ridge, leaving the mata rays undisturbed and thus likely to stay for much longer. It’s not uncommon to have four or five giant mantas wheeling around the stations for an hour or more, leaving even the most jaded divers smiling through their regulators.
Maaya Thila, Ari Atoll, Maldives
Part of a strictly enforced marine reserve, Maaya Thila is a sloping, layered pinnacle that starts at only six metres. The thila’s shallow flat top and numerous overhangs and caves makes it a tremendous site for spotting whitetip sharks patrolling, turtles resting and metre-wide stingrays hoovering across the coral. Schools of tuna, barracuda and Moorish idols prefer the larger caves, while plenty of macro critters like mantis shrimp also nestle within the thila’s many fissures.
Tulamben – the wreck of the USAT Liberty, Bali
The small fishing village of Tulamben hosts one of the most popular dive sites on Bali. During World War II, a Japanese torpedo sank the USAT Liberty, a U.S. Army transport ship. The 120-meter-long wreck is now home to a variety of fish species, such as batfish, angelfish, puffer fish and hawkfish. Care to visit Bali? find yourself a perfect tour to explore the diving sites and the land of culture here!!!
Hardeep Wreck, Pattaya, Thailand
Hardeep is a challenging shipwreck to dive. But for dedicated wreck divers, it’s worth the effort — this WWII ship was sunk by an RAF B24 Liberator squadron off the east coast of Thailand in 1945, and lies on its side at around 25 meters. Its positioning means that its side portholes now form an arching roof, which dramatically streams light down on divers penetrating the wide-open hull. Seventy years of coral is encrusted around every railing and shard of metal, making the Hardeep a truly evocative dive.
Big Mushroom, Green Island, Taiwan
When you are thinking to visit Taiwan, if you are a diver and love to see the majestic and amazing underwater beauty, then you have probably heard of this diving spot.
Resembles its name, Green Island’s Big Mushroom is a remarkable site. A massive cluster of the stony lobe coral Porites lobata rises 12 meters from the ocean bed, creating a gigantic bulbous mass 30 meters in diameter. Some estimates date the coral at over 1,000 years old. It’s managed to survive being struck not once, but twice, by submarines, and soft corals now grow in the indents, making for a surreal and fascinating dive.
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