For dive travel the indo-pacific region contains the most marine rich environment in the world with a wealth of world class diving destinations to choose from. Many of the countries also offer rich cultural environments to experience along with the benefits of a scuba diving holiday. The only difficulty is choosing which diving destination to visit. In aiding you to select a dive travel destination, we have compiled general overviews of the major dive travel destinations below, which have further links to more detailed dive travel information for each of the diving destinations.
The sheer diversity of diving within the indo-pacific region is vast, and so is the development of the different dive travel destinations. Some of the dive travel destinations are very well developed with resorts and the like and others are not developed at all.
In some of the areas some of the best diving is serviced by liveaboard diving safaris. If you are planning a purely divers only holiday, ie not taking no diving spouse or family, then some serious consideration should be given to a live aboard holiday. A liveaboard holiday will allow for four dives a day and the ability to reach the most pristine areas for your scuba dive travel vacation.
Indonesia is in the center of the Indo-Pacific bio-sphere, one of the richest and most diverse marine habitats on the earth. The rich diversity of marine fish also extends to an equally rich diversity of marine corals. Conditions are exceptional and visibility consistently in the 25-30m range.
- Climate: 29-31°C
- Reef Diving, Wall Diving
- Best Time to Dive: April-October
- Water Temperature: 26-27°C
Malaysia has many good dive destinations but none as good as Palau Sipadan. An atoll island sitting on top of an underwater volcanic island, it offers pristine reefs, wall dives on 600m drop offs, current drift dives, and the easiest of shore diving. Kota Kinabalu also sees the arrival of whale sharks between January and April.
- Climate: 26-30°C
- Reef Diving, Wall Diving
- Best Time to Dive: May-October
- Water Temperature: 25-30°C
Thailand offers scuba diving in the gulf of Thailand, out of Pattaya, Koh Samui & Koh Tao, and in the Andaman Sea mostly out of Phuket. The diving in Phuket is the main draw with the diving in the more north part of the Adaman sea, which can only be reached by live aboard boat, considered to be the most pristine. Sea mounts, dramatic granite outcrops plunging to depths, caves, tunnels, swim throughs, and extensive fringing reefs offer a great variety for all divers.
Thailand has a large variety of diving, (read more in our details section) and an even larger array of other activities to enjoy as well, including elephant tours, night life, Buddhist temples, Thai massages, first class shopping the world’s best food, etc…. all at great price. Thailand has something for all vacationers and all divers.
- Climate: 21-34°C
- Reef Diving, Soft & Hard Corals, Some Wrecks
- Best Time to Dive: Andaman Sea in November-April, Gulf year round except November
- Water Temperature: 27-31°C
The Philippines consisting of 7107 islands and islets comprises the second largest archipelago in the world. Most diving is done on part of its 34,000 square km of coral reef. Quality wreck diving can also be experienced in Subic Bay (now open to divers) and also in Coron Bay where a Japanese fleet can be found.
- Climate: 23-36°C
- Reef Diving, Wreck Diving
- Best Time to Dive: April-May
- Water Temperature: 25-31°C