The island nation of Indonesia straddles the equator between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and lies at the heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’ - the epicentre of the world’s marine biodiversity. Nowhere on earth can visitors experience such a range of spectacular diving - from encounters with huge whale sharks and oceanic manta rays, to muck dives with beautiful Rhinopias and the exceedingly rare psychedelic frogfish.
Separated by the South China Sea, Malaysia is divided into Peninsula Malaysia on the Asian mainland, and East Malaysia in Borneo. Both parts of this fascinating country offer a wealth of different destinations - from beautiful islands and deep jungles, to modern cities and villages steeped in history.
There is nowhere on earth quite like the Maldives. With its pristine white sandy beaches, over-water bungalows and extensive healthy reefs, the Maldives provide front row access to a spectacular abundance of beauty and marine life - including some extraordinary big fish encounters. Comprised of over 26 ring-shaped atolls and more than 1,000 coral islands, the planet’s lowest lying country is the perfect tropical holiday destination and a worthy ‘bucket list’ addition for any discerning diver.
The Philippines is defined by its breathtaking landscapes, diverse marine life, lush rice terraces and mountain slopes, graffiti-splashed jeepneys, and the smiling, friendly people of this island nation. With a unique cultural heritage, experiences here are a world apart from the rest of Southeast Asia and the Philippines is fast becoming the ideal holiday destination for divers, sun worshippers and adrenaline junkies alike.
Thailand has long been a firm favourite of divers who come in search of some of Asia’s most accessible diving and beautiful sites, famed for their colourful coral reefs, abundant marine life, and stunning tropical island scenery. A blend of beauty, ancient traditions, gilded palaces and incredible food, a vacation in amazing Thailand, also means enjoying the gorgeous weather, the great hospitality of the local people, the striking beauty of the land and its fabled white sand beaches.
The Pacific is a vast blue wilderness punctuated by isolated arcs of green - chains of islands that rise from the oceanic depths as towering pinnacles of rock, coral and lush forests. Visitors can dive pristine reefs and historic wrecks, encounter sharks and manta rays, explore the beautiful landscapes and stunning beaches, and immerse themselves in the welcoming cultures. The Pacific is surely the ultimate divers adventure destination.
What better way to kick off 2019 than with some New Year’s resolutions! The ZuBlu team have already made a few of our own - and we’ve stuck to them so far! - but we thought we’d share a little inspiration and help you turn your underwater New Year’s resolutions into reality! It’s never too late to set some goals for the year, so dive in and discover how you can ‘Be Adventurous’, ‘Explore somewhere pristine’, ‘Learn something new’ or ‘Dive Green, Explore the Blue’.
If you’re looking for some exciting adventures in the new year, then Asia is the place to be! Few other places in the world have so much to offer, so whether you’re looking for diving adventures, jungle trekking, or anything in between, we’ll help you be more adventurous in 2019.
FUVAHMULAH ATOLL, MALDIVES
Want to dive with a tiger shark, encounter schooling hammerhead sharks, or watch oceanic manta rays gather to mate? Well, there is only one place in Asia where you can guarantee such incredible underwater experiences - Fuvahmulah Atoll, the adventure-diving capital of the Maldives! Find out why so many divers are raving about this remote atoll and the pioneering dive centre who have made this atoll so famous.
Incredible diving? Check… Ancient jungles? Check… Beautiful beaches, meandering rivers and towering mountains? Check, check, check… Sabah in northern Borneo ticks so many boxes that we can’t help but recommend this beautiful part of the world as our top adventure travel destination for 2019. Discover how you can combine diving, jungle explorations and more in the ZuBlu guide to Adventure Travel in Sabah.
Getting off the beaten track and exploring a pristine destination might seem like a difficult task in this day and age, but Asia offers so much for those willing to explore - including pristine, undiscovered islands and reefs often just over the horizon. Liveaboard trip might be the best way to experience these remote locations, but there are now a few resorts that offer you an incredible opportunity to experience the joy of discovering a little-explored environment.
EAST SUMBAWA, INDONESIA
Nestled away in a private bay in East Sumbawa, Kalimaya Resort offers you the chance to enjoy a unique dive experience in a remote and pristine part of Indonesia, while relaxing in the tranquil surroundings of a beautifully-located, boutique resort. The resort is the only one to offer diving around the little-explored reefs and islands of West Komodo and East Sumbawa, as well as more well-known sites at Gili Banta and Sangeang.
Triton Bay and the Kaimana Marine Protected Area are the final frontier of diving in Indonesia. With its unique underwater reefscapes, colourful soft corals, incredible fish life and endemic species, Triton Bay stands as a time capsule from the past - remote, pristine and awaiting exploration. Read on and discover how you can explore this glorious area by booking a trip at the only resort in the area - Triton Bay Divers.
Want to learn to dive, but don’t know where to start? Or are you already certified and would love to improve your skills or even go professional? Well, ZuBlu has made it easy for you to find your ideal dive centre or resort and learn something new today! To start you off, here are ZuBlu’s favourite places to learn to dive in Bali and the Philippines.
HAI TIDE RESORT, BALI, INDONESIA
Surrounded by white sand beaches, coral reefs, amazing scenery and some great surf breaks, Hai Tide Beach Resort is a perfect choice for anyone looking for some diving combined with water sports, family time or simply relaxing on the beach. The resort’s newly built dive centre with its dedicated training pool is one of the best in Bali - making Hai Tide Beach Resort one of our top recommendations for those looking for a great dive course in Bali.
Evolution is a small, friendly resort that takes great pride in offering what it describes as ’progressive diving’ in one of the Philippines’ best all-round dive locations - Malapascua. The resort's award-winning dive centre, great location, brilliant atmosphere and its very obvious commitment to making sure students are both well-trained and loving it, makes it very easy indeed for ZuBlu to recommend Evolution as one of our favourites in the Philippines.
Sustainable travel is at the heart of what we do at ZuBlu and we’re proud to work with resorts that go above and beyond to protect the marine environment. As part of ZuBlu’s commitment to conservation, we’ve recently partnered with The Reef-World Foundation and will be promoting its Green Fins initiative to our guests. So if you want to ‘Dive Green’ while exploring the blue in 2019, what better way than by booking a trip to one of our favourite Green Fins member resorts in Indonesia and Malaysia.
CENINGAN DIVERS, BALI, INDONESIA
The award-winning Ceningan Divers is a peaceful retreat where you can relax, explore Lembongan and Nusa Penida and dive the islands’ world-class sites in search of mola mola and more! Created by a group of passionate divers, Ceningan Divers offers high standards of training and safety, a fantastic guest experience and a firm commitment to the environment and sustainability.
Scuba Junkie needs little introduction if you have done any research on sustainable dive travel and marine conservation in Malaysia, as the company has been at the forefront of both in Malaysia for many years. Scuba Junkie are now expanding into Indonesia with new dive centres and resorts in Kalimantan, Lembongan and Komodo - all with the same mission of making dive travel as sustainable as possible.
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