Located in the Sulawesi Sea 35km off the east coast of Borneo, Sipadan lies right in the middle of the richest marine habitat in the world and is ranked in the top 10 dive sites in the world! Known to have more than 3000 species of marine life including large numbers of hawksbill and green turles, Sipadan was actually formed by corals growing on top of an extinct underwater volcano rising up 600m from the seabed.
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Redang Island (or Pulau Redang, as it is known locally) is located in the South China Sea, Approximately 45km northeast of Kuala Terengganu. Redang offers approximately 80% of the marine life species in the region of Philippines, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. With at least 20 dive sites, there’s definitely a high chance that you’ll get to spot something you’ve never seen before!
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Dayang Island (or Pulau Dayang, as it is known locally) is located approximately 65km west of Johore and is just next to Aur Island. With their crystal blue waters and abundant marine life, Dayang Island is one of Malaysia’s most popular island amongst divers all around.
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Mataking Island, one of the hottest dive spot in the Celebes Sea is located just 40 minutes from Semporna, a fishing town at east coast of the state of Sabah, Malaysia.
When the crystal turquoise waters of Mataking beckons, it is an offer that cannot be refused. Suit up and explore the 33 dive sites in and around Mataking and the surrounding islands of Pandanan, Bohayan, Timba-timba and Buhai Dulang. The marine life close to Kalapuan shore is just as magnificent as those found in the deep end; the house reef literally lits up in the night.
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Perhentian Island (or Pulau Perhentian, as it is known locally) consists of 2 beautiful unspoiled islands off the north eastern coast of Peninsula Malaysia. Approximately 21km of the coast of Kuala Besut, both Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian) and Perhentian Besar (Big Perhentian) houses about 30 resorts in total, catering to travellers from all around. Nature lovers would love these islands, with a huge range of marine life like turtles and reef fish just off any of the five large beaches and even more wildlife like flying squirrels, butterflies and monkeys inland.
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Tioman Island (or Pulau Tioman, as it is known locally) is one of Malaysia most popular island, where the white sand beaches overhung by towering palm trees are lapped by clear, calm, and warm water teeming with all sorts of tropical marine life.
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Located to the north of Mabul, Mataking is three times the size of Sipadan and is only a 40 minute boat ride away from Semporna on the mainland. The size of the island is about 40 acres.
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Sipadan Water Village is located on Mabul Island and the entire resort is built over water on stilts. This is to prevent damage to the reefs below and still ensuring that guests get a beautiful view of the scenary the moment they wake up.
Dive Travel Sipadan Water Village
Mabul Island is a small 20 hectares oval shaped island, ringed with sandy beaches and perched on the northwest corner of a larger 200 hectare reef. Lying 15 km to the north of Sipadan Island, only 15 minutes away by boat, the reef is on the edge of the continental shelf and the seabed surrounding the reef slopes out to 25m-30m deep.
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Seaventures Dive Resort is the ultimate diver’s paradise. Located off the north east coast of Borneo, just 1km from the white sand beaches of Mabul and only 20 mins from Sipadan’s world famous dive sites, Seaventures Dive Resort is the ideal base for your adventure holiday.
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A few minutes by boat from the islands of Sipadan and Mabul lays the exhilarating Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort sitting on its sturdy stilts on the shallow sandbanks of the Ligitan Reefs. Planned and built in full style as an airy, comfortable, sunny water village with no land in sight, it boasts a mile-long sandbank of powdery white sand where one can suntan at complete leisure while gazing out to the miles of brilliant turquoise stretching into the horizon offering the purest image of natural serenity.
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Located on one of the best beaches on the island, Laguna Redang Island Resort is set against a backdrop of fine powder-white sand, crystal-clear waters and emerald hills.
Designed as a modern interpretation of traditional Malay architecture, the low-rise resort blends harmoniously with the environment, making Laguna Redang Island Resort one of the loveliest resorts in the island.
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The Flora Bay Resort rests in the middle of the unspoilt Teluk Dalam white sandy beach on the south tip of Perhentian Besar (big island). Embraced by lush green hills and crystal clear blue South China Sea, Flora Bay Resort recalls a vivid tropical dream. Warm sands, the soft rhythm of lapping waves and gently swaying coconut palms relax your senses while our genuine hospitality and full service beach resort delights them.
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The Island Reef Resort is located above Genting village and has therefore a great view of the bay from the restaurant. You reach the resort over a long covered stairway that starts near to the jetty. The ten nice semidetached chalets are placed in a circle in a beautiful garden setting with many palm trees.
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Layang Layang, a coral atoll that is truly one of nature’s best creations. Dubbed “The Jewel of the Borneo Banks”, Layang Layang reveals, to many people’s delight the things dreams are made of… a truly magical marine kingdom of bottomless blue decorated with a kaleidoscope of nature’s most lavish seascape.
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Manado is the capital of the North Sulawesi province which is known for its rich marine biodiversity. Just East of Borneo and South of Philippines, North Sulawasi is one of the 32 provinces of Indonesia, of which the capital is Manado City. Diving areas for Manado Island includes Bunaken National Park and Bangka Island to name a few. The rich tropical marine life found in Manado make it one of the world’s renowned dive sites.
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The Raja Ampat area of Northwest Irian Jaya is filled with islands, surrounded by reefs and inundated with fish. The Raja Ampat archipelago encompasses nearly ten million acres of land and sea off the northwestern tip of Indonesia’s West Papua Province. Raja Ampat means “Four Kings,” and consists of the four large islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool, plus hundreds of smaller islands. Raja Ampat is also located in the “Coral Triangle”, the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, therefore the seas around Raja Ampat possibly hold the richest variety of species in the world.
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Komodo is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of islands and forms part of the Komodo National Park. Komodo lies between the substantially larger neighboring islands Sumbawa to the west and Flores to the east. In addition, Komodo is a popular destination for diving and scuba diving and is one of the most popular activities in Komodo National Park because of its high marine biodiversity, including whale sharks, ocean sunfish, manta rays, blue-ringed octopus and corals.
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ENA Villa represents an interesting of Balinese architecture complete with traditional thatched roof work. Each villa also has its own private swimming pool. Each room is charmingly different, created around a theme. Mixing natural colors and material such as coconut and teak wood, terracotta, stone, it has created a unique atmosphere for each one, whilst preserving harmony and unity between them.
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This resort is located at the Mokupa area east of Manado city. With a great view of the Sulawesi Sea, its just a half hour away by the dive boats to the Bunaken-Manado Tua Marine Park.
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Kungkungan Bay Resort is located in the very heart of Lembeh, giving access to forty dive sites, all within fifteen minutes of their private jetty.
Our unique over-the-water restaurant inspires visitors with its spectacular views of the remarkable reef below, the Lembeh Strait and the nearby tropical islands.
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This resort is located at the east coast of Lembeh Island. With your rooms right on the beachfront, you’re just minutes away from the tempting dive sites every single morning.
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NDC Resort Dive & Spa is located on the mangrove beach of Molas village, 7 km from the city at the northern tip of Sulawesi. Experience the beauty of Manado as you explore the world’s most unspoilt marine life.
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Bali is located in between Java and Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia. Being in the region where the Pacific Ocean meets the Indian Ocean, Bali basically lies right in the center of the world’s richest marine biogeographical region. With quite a few beautiful dive sites around Bali, divers are sure to enjoy the company of the rich marine biodiversity found there including over eighty genera of coral and almost twenty five hundred species of fish!
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Located on the other side of Manado from Bunaken National Park, the Lembeh Straits houses an underwater dream for photographers and divers alike. With plenty of dive sites just off the coast, theres always something new to see in the waters and divers just keep coming back, always anxious of what they are to find next. Keep a look out for the mimic octopus or harlequin shrimps next time you’re there!
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From Phuket, one can make a large range of choices to decide in making day trips to various beautiful dive sites around Thailand. In the list includes sites like Phi Phi Island, Shark Point, Racha Islands, The King Cruiser Wreck or even the West Coast with many more!
“The Nine Islands”, is located about 100km northwest of Phuket and is by far the most beautiful group of dive sites in Thailand. Being a national park, fishing is not allowed within the area and therefore fishes and other marine life thrive under the circumstances, making it one of the world’s best dive sites. Without any land based resorts, divers and tourists visiting the islands can choose to stay in liveaboards. Marine life to expect would be the tropical fishes like lionfishes or anemone fishes. Occasionally you may chance upon a leopard shark or two, or if you’re lucky enough, maybe a whale shark!
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Similan Islands, or “The Nine Islands”, is located about 100km northwest of Phuket and is by far the most beautiful group of dive sites in Thailand. Being a national park, fishing is not allowed within the area and therefore fishes and other marine life thrive under the circumstances, making it one of the world’s best dive sites. Without any land based resorts, divers and tourists visiting the islands can choose to stay in liveaboards. Marine life to expect would be the tropical fishes like lionfishes or anemone fishes. Occasionally you may chance upon a leopard shark or two, or if you’re lucky enough, maybe a whale shark!
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The South Siam liveaboard boats serve as a mobile dive platform stationed in the Similan Islands to which guests are transferred daily by speedboat. This way, you won’t need to look out for departure schedules any more as you can board on any day of the week.
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Koh Tao is an island located near the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand. The economy of Koh Tao is almost exclusively centered around tourism, scuba diving in particular. The island was named Koh Tao (turtle island in Thai) for its turtle-like geographic shape. Koh Tao is a small tropical island where incredible snorkelling and scuba diving are always avaliable, a rich jungle in the centre and surrounded by remarkably quiet, palm tree laced beaches. Koh Tao offers more than 20 dive sites, most of them in reach within 20 minutes by speedboat. Visitors are able enjoy crystal clear water almost all-year-round, with visibility often exceeding 30 meters. The weather is sunny most of the time except during the Monsoon month in November. If you are fortunate enough, you might be able to spot the spanish mackerel, filefish, coral shrimpfish or the poisonous scorpionfish. Look out for the occasional whale shark or manta ray swimming by!
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Krabi Province is one of the most beautiful destinations located in the southern part of Thailand. It is packed with spectacular scenery and pristine beaches that provides a warm and friendly atmosphere to everyone on Krabi. Krabi town is very close to the river mouth that opens to the great Andaman Sea. Krabi river flows about 5 km through the town and opens into the Andaman sea at Tambon Pak Nam. Quite a few other rivulets originating from the mountain ranges in the province , Kao Panom Benja ; the Klong Pakasai, Klong Krabi Yai and Klong Krabi Noy, also joins the sea at this area. Krabi is also an adventure seekers paradise. There are lots of scuba diving sites avaliable around the twin islands of Phi Phi and they are among the most famous dive locations located around the world. Dive operators are also located all along the province of Krabi. They will be able to help you in taking you on your first leap into exploring the magnificient underwater world of Krabi.
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South of Coron, on the northwestern coast of Palawan Island is El Nido. El Nido is dotted with some 2,000 islands and Palawan is regarded as the last nature frontier in the Philippines. It lies in Bascuit Bay which, in 1991, was declared a marine reserve. There are some 54,000 hectares of marine waters.
At El Nido Diving can be good year round and is very varied with lots of pelagics and excellent wall and drift diving. There are towering limestone cliffs, great beaches and clear waters. El Nido bay is home to dugong, dolphins, turtles and an amazing array of colourful reef fish.
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Other than being a city of increasing sophistication, Cebu still retains much of its provincial warmth and charm, with its colorful past. Apart from Cebu’s numerous man-made landmarks and institutions, it also features many miles of forest greens and ocean blue – a paradise to wildlife and the place for a perfect dive. There’s the 15,393-hectacre Central Cebu National Park, the 696-hectare Sudian National Park, the Kawasan Falls and the Bolok-Bolok Mineral Springs. Nearby Mactan Island boasts of world-class beach resorts. Cebu is certainly a place to take into consideration when it comes to diving trips.
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Boracay Island is the best destination for the perfect tropical getaway where people wants to escape from the hectic city’s life. There are many resorts and hotels lined along the White Beach, which is one of the most picturesque in the Philippines. Diving, Snorkeling and other Water Sports are very popular around Boracay Island. The incredibly clear waters help to enahnce the enjoyment of every activity in Boracay. All diving in Boracay takes place within a protected environment to help maintain the natural beauty of the surroundings both in and out of the water.
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Bohol is an Island Province located in the Visayas region. It is one of the 10th largest island in Philippines and its capital is Tagbilaran. With Cebu to the west, Leyte to the northeast and Mindanao to the south, Bohol is an island that is surrounded by many other islands. As a result, Bohol is fairly sheltered from typhoons and the heaviest of the rains.
Bohol has long been regarded as one of the best dive sites in the Philippines, especially along the southwest corner. Most of the dive sites are located on the four islands that are easily reachable from the mainland.
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Mactan is a coral island, 62sq km in area that lies just off the coast of Cebu. Because of Mactan’s proximity to Cebu City and the international airport there, the diving infrastructure is well developed and visitors can literally be in the water within an hour or so of flying in.
Whilst the island dosn’t offer the best sites in the Visayas region, there is plenty of choice and it attracts thousands of divers every year. The east coast offers the best variety of sites along its walls and the Hilutangan Channel that seperates it from Olango Island is extremely deep, therefore offering good oppotunities to see larger fish life.
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Marine fauna is abundant in Apo reef and there is a wide range of corals over there. Ranging from 400-500 different types of coral. Besides corals, there are also different types of marine life which includes sharks, manta and stingrays. About 500 different species of fish inhabit these waters in the Apo reef. Wall diving is second to none in Apo reef and you won’t have to go too deep to experience the wide variety of marine fauna and life.
Trips to Apo reef are generally arranged from Pandan Island Resort on the west coast of Mindoro Island, Pandan Island itself to the south, or from Puerto Galera, 125 km away. Most live-aboard boats feature the area in their itineries also.
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Puerto Galera is situated on the northern shores of Mindoro Island, Puerto Galera is known as worldwide for its diving and snorkeling. Just 130 kms south of Manila and 14 nautical miles from Batangas on Luzon island, the dive sites are easily accessable with most only an hour away from whichever beach or cove you are staying at. Snorkeling is usually good just offshore.You will not be disappointed with the diversity of diving on offer.
Puerto Galera is has a place of outstanding natural beauty, Puerto Galera is one of the most popular areas for diving in the country. It is also a jumping off point for live-aboard boats visiting Apo Reef, Coron Bay and The Sibuyan Sea. Once visited, the lure to return will be strong.
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In the mid-1960’s in Anilao, a whole coral reef was transplanted onto a large rock formation close to the shore. Contrary to popular belief at the time that the adventure would fail, the coral has flourished. As a result, diving has developed and is at the forefront of the industry in the Philippines, Anilao, to this day.
In Anilao, visibility is good and the opportunities for photography are excellent. Unfortunately, as Anilao develops, so some of the more negative aspects of this hIn the mid-1960’s in Anilao, a whole coral reef was transplanted onto a large rock formation close to the shore. Contrary to popular belief at the time that the adventure would fail, the coral has flourished. As a result, diving has developed and is at the forefront of the industry in the Philippines, Anilao, to this day.
In Anilao, visibility is good and the opportunities for photography are excellent. Unfortunately, as Anilao develops, so some of the more negative aspects of this have become evident. In particular, collection of corals and shells and over fishing are just some of the problems that Anilao and Batangas have to face. Fortunately, these problems are being addressed to. Most of the best dives are actually found around the islands of Sombrero and Maricaban, a short boat trip away from Anilao.
A short dive north of Anilao is the quiet town of Nasugbu where good diving is also abundant.
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The Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort has a unique and beautiful location on Malapascua. Its located on the beach front, within easy walking distance from the more crowded main beach but far enough away to give it a secluded, relaxed island atmosphere. The resort is clean and well maintained and is famous for its beautiful beach garden with its hammocks. Malapascua Exotic is also known for its friendly family style relaxed atmosphere.
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Surrounded by pure white sandy beaches, Malapascua is located just off the north tip of Cebu. A tiny island only 2km in width, Malapascua is still unspoiled from tourism and is ideal for a nice quiet getaway, at the same time enjoying the large pelagics like Manta rays in the many dive sites around. Malapascua is known for being one of the best shark diving locations in the world. The variety of sharks that you’ll probably run into are the Hammerhead sharks, White tip sharks and even the famous Thresher sharks.
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Tubbataha Reef is situated almost in the middle of The Sulu Sea with the islands of Palawan to the west and Panay, Negros and Mindanao to the east. The 33,200 hectare site was declared a National Marine Park in 1988 and a World Heritage Site in 1994. Thanks to local efforts, illegal fishing and coral collection have been stamped out and the gradual destruction that was taking place before 1988 has been halted and the reef is now back in pristine condition. The diving here is considered some of the best in the world.
The reef lies 182 km southeast of Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan Island and it is only reachable by live-aboard boats which can be found in Puerto Princesa itself. Despite its inaccessability, the reef is now extremely popular with adventurous divers, so early booking of a live-aboard vessel is advised to avoid disappointment.
Tubbataha is made up of two reefs, simply referred to as the North and South Reefs or Islets, that are separated by 4 nautical miles of water with surrounding depths that descend to around 1,200 meters. The North Reef is 4-5 km wide and completely encloses a sandy lagoon. The reef is shallow and some of it is uncovered at low tide. The South Reef is 1-2 km wide and also encloses a lagoon. On the southern tip is a islet with a lighthouse. This is used as a rookery for birds and is frequented by turtles.
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Hantu Island (or Pulau Hantu, as it is known locally) is located in Singapore waters, just a short boat ride off the southwest coast of Singapore. With 2 individual islands, Hantu Besar (Big Ghost) and Hantu Kecil (Small Ghost), visitors can actually walk between the islands during low tide. Although Pulau Hantu is located in the close vicinity of Pulau Bukom’s refineries, they still boast a very rich reef collection, popular amongst snorkelers and divers alike.
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The Maldives is located south of India’s Lakshadweep islands, and about seven hundred kilometers south-west of Sri Lanka. If your idea of paradise is a pristine tropical island with swaying palm trees and pure white beaches surrounded by crystalline lagoons of varying shades of blue, it will be at Maldives.
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