Palau is known for its clear blue water, healthy shark population, prevalence of pelagics and Jellyfish Lake. The diving in Palau is truly magnificent. The emerald islands are blanketed in lush green jungle and dotted around the tourquoise lagoon. It really is breath taking. Dive-wise, Palau offers a great combination of drift, reef and wreck diving with great chances to see several species of shark, manta ray and lots of pelagic fish
Papua New Guinea really is the intrepid traveller’s dream! Combining interesting culture with jaw dropping top-side scenery and world class diving, PNG promises not to disappoint. Diving PNG combines reef diving with drop off walls, wrecks and sea grass beds; and the variety of marine species is second to none with frequent sightings of sharks, rays and schooling fish.
Alor is situated in towards the eastern part of Indonesia. Alor is one of the best places in the world for muck diving, and boasts some stunning reefs. Not only will you find all the “unusual” suspects like rhinopia, several species octopus, all manner of crab and shrimp and many kinds of eels but you are likely to see several species endemic to Alor. Around full moon, schooling hammerheads can often be found around the island.
Raja Ampat has been hailed one of the top dive destinations for the last few years by many top publications. The sheer variety of marine life is staggering. The reefs are in great condition and offer fantastic opportunities to see reef sharks, wobbegong sharks, epaulette sharks and manta rays. It is common to see turtles and schooling trevally, barracuda and sweetlips on most of the dives in the area.
Komodo has made it onto my list for several years running because it never disappoints me. With stunning reefs, clear blue water and sometimes strong currents, it is a delight to dive. The variety of sites, from macro to wall to pinnacle to sloping reef means there is something for everyone. With common sightings of reef sharks and manta rays, turtles and schooling fish, not to mention several rare critters, I consider this destination fabulous.