Scuba Diving In Asia
In this section of the articles library you will find information about scuba diving in Asia. We aim to include articles regarding not only the well-known dive destinations, such as Koh Samui in Thailand and Vanua Levu in Fiji, but provide information about less famous dive sites as well from all parts of Asia.
When you plan to go scuba diving in Asia you should always check if the monsoon will affect the area that you are interested in visiting. Some parts of Asia are highly affected by various monsoons, and might for instance only offer seasonal diving. The monsoon can reduce the visibility or make it hazardous to dive certain dive site due to dangerous water patterns or storms.
Thailand is a place where a lot of beginner scuba divers choose to train for their dive certificates since Thailand offers safe diving environments, a wide range of dive schools and comparatively low prices. Since Thailand is located very close to the equator, you can experience pleasant water temperatures year round. The Thai weather is affected by the monsoons. The southwest monsoon creates a warm and cloudy season from May to September, while the northeast monsoon makes the climate much cooler and dryer from November to mid March. Scuba divers from temperate regions will often prefer to go scuba diving in Thailand during the cooler season when the humidity is lower.
Thailand has over 2,000 kilometers of coastline and a large archipelago with a myriad of larger and smaller islands. You can dive both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea during while in Thailand. Koh Samui and Phuket are two of the most well-known tourist destinations in Thailand and they are popular among scuba divers too. More advanced divers usually like to explore the rest of the Thai coast as well, since the waters around Koh Samui and Phuket can be a bit crowded.
Close to Thailand you will find Malaysia, a less frequently visited country that also offers great diving opportunities for those interested in scuba diving in Asia. Malaysia is made up by two different parts of land that are divided by the South China Sea. In the Malaysian waters you will find beautiful coral reefs and a prolific marine life. Sipadan Island is one example of a dive site that is well worth a visit for anyone who likes to go scuba diving in Asia. Famous underwater researcher Jacques Cousteau used to refer to this dive site as “underwater heaven”. Those fond of hammerhead sharks should not miss Pulau Layang-Layang, a dive site located not far from Sipadan Island, since Pulau Layang-Layang is where scalloped hammerhead sharks gather to breed in April and May. This dive site is however not recommended for novice scuba divers since the currents can be very potent. The underwater visibility can sometimes be so great that scuba divers become confused and disoriented. An underwater visibility up to 55 meters (164 feet) is not uncommon in these waters. The water temperature is typically around 26 - 30°C (79 - 86°F). During the period from November to January, the sea can turn very rough around Pulau Layang-Layang because of the monsoon.
Scuba Diving in Asia Articles:
Philippine history scuba diving - Information about historical dives in the Phillippines.
Scuba diving Fiji - An introduction to scuba diving in Fiji.
Scuba diving in Malaysia - Guide to Scuba diving in Malaysia.
Scuba diving in Thailand - Brief guide to Scuba diving in Thailand.
Scuba diving Thailand - Guide to Scuba diving in Thailand.