Scuba Diving

Southeast Asia Scuba Diving

Southeast Asia has some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling sites in the world.

There are dive sites suitable for all levels of diver from complete beginner to the most experienced.

Photo credit Ilse Reijs and Jan-Noud Hutten on flickr.

Scuba Diving Locations

Yellow Boxfish. Credit rickard Zerpe on flickr

Thailand has an incredible variety of diving locations. Koh Tao is one of the most popular locations on earth for beginner divers courses. The Andaman Sea has a number of world class dive destinations.

Scuba Diving in Bali. Credit Marvin Meyer on Unsplash

Diving in Bali has it all, wonderful coral reefs, fish of all shapes, sizes and colours, wreck dives, cave dives, you name it and Bali probably has it on offer.

Scuba Diving in the Gili Islands. Credit Guillaume Marques on Unsplash

The Gili Islands in Indonesia offer stunning locations for scuba diving with incredible scenery on land and some of the best marine life in the world underwater.

Your Scuba Diving Questions Answered

Scuba diving in Bali. Credit Sebastien Pena on Unsplash

Read our guide to learning to scuba dive

Is It Safe?

Like most activities it is very safe as long as you learn and follow the skills and safety rules. As part of any diving learning programme you will be introduced to the safety procedures and taught and evaluated on the necessary skills to dive safely.

Diving accidents have actually reduced in recent years despite much larger numbers of people taking part each year.

Do I Need To Be Able To Swim?

Yes you do need to be able to swim but a basic swimming ability and fitness is generally enough.

As long as you are comfortable in deep water, bearing in mind the sea is likely to be much deeper than your local swimming pool, and can swim short distances you should be ok. Remember however that even on basic courses you will be required to swim for short distances.

Will I Enjoy It?

It’s obviously a difficult question to answer as everyone is different, however most people enjoy the experience and many people find that they want to continue to make additional dives once they have been diving.

Most dive schools will offer a “Try Dive” so that you can experience scuba diving in a controlled way without having to undertake a full course. These sessions may be free or, if paid, offer you a discount off a full course.

Can Children Learn To Dive?

Generally children need to be at least 10 years old to complete basic dive training although it is important that they have the maturity to undertake the physical and mental aspects of the training.

Some dive centres will also offer kids scuba sessions for children as young as 8 which are generally confined to the swimming pool.

Pinstriped Wrasse. credit Francois Libert on flickr

Can Someone With Medical Conditions Dive?

It very much depends on what the medical condition is and, in some case, the severity.

All dive schools will be able to advise but if in doubt, check with your doctor before you travel.

Can People With A Disability Learn To Dive?

Yes they can but it is important to know that to become certified everyone must be able to complete the basic skills and knowledge of the course. These are there for important safety reasons and so cannot be overlooked.

People with a disability, physical or mental, can often make adjustments to be able to complete these areas although it may take longer that for those without disabilities.

Many people with disabilities who have issues with movement find that the underwater experience is especially rewarding.

Some dive schools may have dive instructors with more experience and knowledge in supporting disabled divers. Disabled Divers International (DDI) specialise in scuba diving for people with disabilities.

Do I Need My Own Equipment?


All dive schools, at least the good ones, will provide all the equipment required to learn to dive. Some people will prefer to buy their own mask, snorkel and / or fins but most will wait until they have completed their course and decide to do more training.

If you start diving regularly you may want to buy your own wetsuit, dive computer etc. The vast majority of dive shops will supply equipment for courses and dive trips however.

Read our guide to learning to scuba dive

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