South Korea’s diving is mostly done on the South East coast and around Jeju Island. There is great versatility in the marine flora with some areas flourishing with soft corals and other with kelp forests. These areas are also ideal for underwater photographers many things to capture. Some highlights include the shipwrecks at Uljin and the Porpoises at Namhae.
Japan is one of diving’s best kept secrets. What a lot of people don’t know is that it’s one of the largest coral habitats in the world and has over 200 coral reefs. These reefs attract species of all sorts including some spectacular large species such as Hammerheads, Dolphins, different species of Whales and Manta Rays. There are shipwrecks, there are shore dives and boat dives, there are technical dives, there are dives for beginners, and it’s possible to dive here year-round. This is not a place to be missed.
Macau is a volcanic area which means that the topography underwater features some unique rock formations, caves and caverns to swim through. Even though underwater it may not be the most colourful, there are still over 400 marine species to be seen.
Hong Kong may not be the first place divers think of diving, but for travellers who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the large city, they can dive here and see the schools of fish and many anemones here. The water temperatures can reach up to 27 degrees Celsius but the visibility is less than usually desired, only a few metres.
China has many locations to, literally, dive into history, with a spectacle being diving under the Great Wall of China and into the Ancient City in the Qiandao lake near Shanghai.
Taiwan is surrounded by beautiful diving areas, contrary to popular belief. Green Island is the kind of dive area which provides beautiful reef dives teaming with life, but for the more advanced divers a drift dive at 30 plus metres past schools of Hammerhead sharks. There are spectacular species to spot in the different sites ranging from the tiny but fantastic Nudibranchs to Sea Turtles to Whale Sharks.