Dive Sites In Asia
In this part of Scuba Diving Point we have gathered information about Asian dive sites. Asia is the largest continent on the planet and it is naturally impossible to give any general guidelines or description that will be true for all Asian dive sites. Asia is traditionally defined as the landmass located east of the Suez Canal, east of the Ural Mountains in Russia and south of the Caucasus Mountains, the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea.
Asia can be divided into six regions: Northern Asia, Central Asia, Western Asia, Southern Asia, Eastern Asia and South-Eastern Asia. South-Eastern Asia is where you can find some of the most famous Asian dive waters, such as the coastlines of Thailand, Laos and Malaysia. Eastern Asia contains less renowned scuba diving countries like China, Japan and South Korea. The dive spots of the coasts of South Korea are for instance still comparatively well kept secrets. Popular destinations for scuba divers heading for Southern Asia are India, Sri Lanka and Maldives. The Maldives is an island nation made up by 26 atolls. Within the Maldivian territory you will find no less than 1,192 islets, but only about 200 of them are inhabited by people.
Western Asia is where you will find countries bordering to the Red Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea and/or the Gulf of Aden. Central Asia is a landlocked region of Asia that has no coastline. It does however have the huge Caspian Sea which is the world's largest inland body of water. In the Caspian Sea you can for instance encounter the Caspian Seal which is endemic to the lake. Unlike most seal species, these seals live in inland water. Northern Asia is usually defined as the Siberian part of Russia, but can sometimes also be considered to include Mongolia. Russia offers some astonishing ice diving during the winter. The country has over 37,000 kilometres (23,000 miles) of coastline along the Arctic and Pacific Oceans.
As mentioned above, Thailand is one of the most renowned dive destinations in Asia and thousands of divers from all over the world have obtained their scuba diving certification here. Phuket and Koh Samui are two of the most well frequented destinations for scuba divers and non-scuba divers alike. Thailand does however have much more to offer than just Phuket and Koh Samui. While scuba diving in Thailand, you can explore over 2,000 kilometres of coastline and a vast archipelago. Thailand borders to the Gulf of Thailand as well as to the Andaman Sea.
Thailand is subjected to monsoons, so it is always advisable to check the estimated weather conditions before you book a scuba diving trip to this part of Asia. From May to September, you can expect the southwest monsoon to cause warm and cloudy weather conditions. Between November and the middle of March, the northeast monsoon creates a cooler and dryer climate. If you know that you have a problem with really hot and humid conditions, the cooler season is to be preferred.