Australia

Western Australia

A narrow tropical reef plunging into a bottomless abyss surrounds Christmas Island, a volcanic atoll 360 km south of Jakarta. Spectacular walls covered with fan corals, pelagics including tuna, trevally, reef sharks and maori wrasse, the occasional hammerhead and whale shark, and underwater caves provide for some exhilarating diving.

 

Sea Indian Ocean
Number of Dive Site 40
Experience Level Intermediate – Advanced
Depth 5 – 40 m
Visibility 15 – 50 m
Currents Can be strong
Surface Conditions Can be rough
Water Temperature 24 – 30
Good For Wall diving, caves, big animals and reef life
Number of Days 1 week
Available Resorts and day trips
Best Time to Go Year Round

 

The Cocos Keeling Islands, a 1.5-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur, are 24 smaller islands forming a U-shaped coral atoll. The diversity of diving is among the best in the world: pristine gardens of hard and soft coral, with the waters around the atoll abundant with pelagics (sharks, giant barracuda, big-eye trevally, dog-tooth tuna, mantas and dolphins) and the shallower reef hosting the smaller marine life and lone dugong. They are Australia’s best-kept holiday destination secret.

 

Sea Indian Ocean
Number of Dive Site 30
Experience Level Beginner – Advanced
Depth 5 – 40 m
Visibility 15 – 50 m
Currents Can be strong
Surface Conditions Can be rough
Water Temperature 26 – 29
Good For Reef Life, coral gardens, big animals
Number of Days 1 week
Available Resorts and day trips
Best Time to Go Year Round

 

Ningaloo Marine Park is the world’s longest fringing reef stretching over 260 km from Coral Bay to Exmouth and is renowned as the most reliable area for regular visits by Whalesharks. At the start of coral spawning in March, these congregate along the reef to feed. Only snorkeling is allowed with these gentle giants.

 

Sea Indian Ocean
Number of Dive Site
Experience Level Beginner – Advanced
Depth 3 – 20 m
Visibility 10 – 30 m
Currents
Surface Conditions
Water Temperature 22 – 29
Good For Whale Sharks
Number of Days 3 days
Available Resorts and day trips
Best Time to Go Year Round

 

Eastern Australia

The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest reef system consisting of thousands of individual reefs and hundreds of islands, stretches more than 2,000 km along the Queensland coastline. The astonishing diversity of marine life (30 species of dolphins and whales, 6 species of sea turtles, more than 1,500 species of fish and 400 species of coral) leaves you spellbound. To the east of the Great Barrier is the Coral Sea – uninhabited islands, submerged reefs, deep-sea mountains and sand cays. In contrast to the massive shallow Great Barrier Reef, the topography of the Coral Sea formations includes spectacular walls, steep drop-offs and lone seamounts, as well as shallow gardens and gentle gradients.

 

Sea Pacific Ocean
Number of Dive Site 250 +
Experience Level Beginner – Advanced
Depth 3 – 50 m
Visibility 10 – 50 m
Currents Can be strong
Surface Conditions Can be rough
Water Temperature 24 – 29
Good For Reef life, pelagics, walls, coral, macro
Number of Days 1 – 2 weeks
Available Resorts, day trips and liveaboards
Best Time to Go Year Round