Located in southeast Sulawesi, the Wakatobi islands are in Tukang Besi Archipelago and can be dived from resort and liveaboard. Uniquely, there are fringing and barrier reefs as well as atolls, ensuring incredible variety and fantastic diving, with large numbers of cetaceans.
Known as ‘The Four Kings’, Raja Ampat is an is an archipelago of majestic islands at the epi-centre of the Coral Triangle. Relatively unexplored until recently, it is the most bio-diverse marine region on earth and is now at the top of many divers’ wish lists.
Tropical Tavenui, with its volcanic mountains and lush rainforests, deserves every accolade and has earned rave reviews from even the most jaded divers. Spectacular soft corals fill world famous sites such as ‘White Wall’ and ‘Rainbow Reef’ in the Somosomo Strait.
Rangiroa’s huge lagoon opens out via two passes to the open ocean, where daily tide surges offer fantastic drift diving. Expect to see colourful fish,rays, turtles and dolphins, before the reef drops below 1,000 metres, where sharks and other pelagics congregate.
A picture-perfect island, Tikehau is graced with an oval crown of pink sand beaches and an azure lagoon teeming with marine life. Famous for its huge fish population and shallow manta ray cleaning station, divers can also encounter eagle rays, barracuda and grey reef sharks.
The Quirimbas archipelago comprises 27 of the world’s most undiscovered islands, remaining virtually untouched as a diving destination. Fringing them are some of the richest coral reefs in East Africa, often visited by huge game fish, turtles, humpbacks and other cetaceans.
Known as the ‘City of Gentle People’, you’ll be welcomed in Dumaguete with open arms and first class hospitality. Further down the coast, Dauin has some of the best critters in the Philippines, and both areas also offer plenty of opportunity for snorkellers and non-divers.
This central region of islands is deservedly famous for beautiful beaches, relaxed lifestyle and stunning dive sites. Cebu City is the international gateway and provides links to the most exciting dive spots including Malapascua, Moalboal, Dumaguete and Bohol.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tubbataha Reef is home to some of the best big fish diving in the Philippines. The sheer walls are covered in huge seafans and sponges, while barracuda, tuna and reef sharks, mantas, eagle rays and hammerheads patrol its waters.
Across the channel from Cebu is the beautiful island of Bohol, a tropical haven of natural beauty, with pristine beaches and colourful coral dive sites for both divers and snorkelers to enjoy. Land attractions include the resident tarsiers and the world-famous Chocolate Hills.
Often overlooked as a dive destination, Bali offers exceptional diving, from superb macro life to exciting drift dives and encounters with mantas. The wreck of the USS Liberty at Tulamben is the island’s signature dive, while the elusive mola mola are seen seasonally.
This region has few resorts, and consequently is best explored by liveaboard. Diving itineraries focus on the pristine and unexplored atolls of Meemu, Thaa, Laamu and in season, Huvadhoo Atoll, which is one of the Maldives' premier shark diving locations.
The most northerly of Tanzania’s offshore islands, Pemba island is still relatively unexplored and tourism is still in its infancy, making it a perfect time to visit. Divers can enjoy untouched reefs and some of the Indian Ocean’s healthiest corals.