Diving in the Similan Islands: No Pain, No Gain

Scuba diving at similan islands

The diving scene on Thailand’s west coast can be quite intimidating for newbie divers, but experienced ones appreciate the challenging currents and depths in these waters. The Similan Islands are the perfect object lesson in the rewards that come with a little added difficulty. The Similan Islands are made up of nine landmasses and smaller […]

The Hidden Wonders of Tubbataha Reef

View Of Coral Reef

One of the Philippines’ most precious natural treasures is also one of the most difficult to reach. Set in the middle of the Sulu Sea about 150 kilometres east of Puerto Princesa, the Tubbataha reef is part of a 970.3 square kilometer Marine Protected Area that in turn is part of The Coral Triangle, an […]

A Diving High Off Hon Mun Island, Nha Trang

diver swimming among a school of fish in the caribbean sea

The island of Hon Mun near Nha Trang was set aside as a protected area by the government in 2003 – good thing too, as the 350-plus species of coral and colorful nudibranch specimens now thrive under the enforced absence of fishermen. In the fishermen’s place, divers now explore the depths under Hon Mun, finding […]

Water Sports In Brunei Amidst Abounding Marine Life

Brunei is blessed with a marvelous collection of marine life which has grabbed attention from all around the world. With a coastline of some 160 km along the South China Sea and many attractive beaches (e.g. Muara, Meragang and Pantai Seri Kenangan), water sports enthusiasts will be glad to discover that Brunei offers a lot […]

Brunei’s Natural Splendor

Tropical beach in the Dominican Republic at dawn

Brunei is rightly proud of its conservation efforts, most recently joining the Heart of Borneo initiative which is acting to save one-third of Borneo’s rainforests where endangered species such as the orang-utan, pygmy elephant and clouded leopard can be found.  More than 70% of Brunei’s land area is covered by primary rainforests, and the country […]

An Undiscovered Country: the Mergui Archipelago

helmet diving silhouettes

The waters of the Mergui Archipelago have only been open to international divers since 1997, so much remains unexplored. This is truly the world’s final diving frontier – a chain of 800-plus islands in the Andaman Sea that can only be reached by liveaboard boats from the Thai towns of Phuket, Khao Lak and Ranong. […]

The Underwater Treasures of Sipadan Island

Fish hiding in its anemone

Among Southeast Asia’s diving sites, Sipadan Island near Sabah sets some of the highest bars of all for visiting divers. Only 120 dive permits are issued every day, and dives are permitted only between 8am and 3pm. Divers need to show advanced open water certification, or at the very least 20 logged dives, before they’ll […]

Here Be Dragons: Komodo Island’s Amazing Diving

Aquarium coral

The amazing wildlife beneath the Komodo Islands’ adjacent sea deserves almost as much attention as the dragons that brought this Indonesian island group to the world’s attention. 20 metres beneath the surface, divers can descend to an alternate dimension where gravity does not exist and alien lifeforms proliferate. Colorful corals provide a picturesque home for […]

Lone Sharks: Diving With The Gentle Giants Of SE Asia

Diver swimming with Whale shark, underwater view, Cancun, Mexico

My face just beneath the surface of the sea, breathing rapidly through a snorkel after a hurried leap into the water, I looked where the guide was pointing but saw nothing. After half an hour on the Filipino outrigger, was this nothing but a false alarm? Then there it was, suddenly, a huge dark shape […]

Divers Down in Southeast Asia

Scuba diver reaches towards a majestic manta ray underwater.

When it comes to scuba diving, Southeast Asia offers world-class quality, easy accessibility, and value-for-money. Scuba divers the world over tend to agree. Here we summarise the ocean diving potential and reality in each of the 10 ASEAN nations. Brunei Darussalam: Scuba diving in Brunei is on the up. The small ASEAN nation boasts 4,500 hectares […]