Where To Find The World’s Best Diving Spots


Dive straight into adventure with one of these incredible destinations

The nation’s favourite naturalist and broadcaster, David Attenborough, has returned to our screens with his highly anticipated new series, Blue Planet 2.

Exploring life under the sea, we were left in awe at the incredible footage of our planet’s marine life. Feeling inspired? We’ve teamed up with Booking.com to round up the world’s top diving destinations for you to explore.

1 Tulamben, Indonesia

Tauch Terminal Resort Tulamben & Spa

 Tulamben is a picturesque fishing village off the north-east coast of Bali, which quickly became known as one of the world’s best diving spots since a US cargo ship sunk there over 60 years ago. Tulamben is an ideal place for first time divers with plenty of diving schools around. If you don’t fancy diving, snorkelers can also explore the wreckages and soak up the tropical sun. This destination comes well recommended for diving by Booking.com users.

Where to stayTauch Terminal Resort Tulamben & Spa

Tauch Terminal Resort Tulamben & Spa 1

Set amongst tropical gardens you will find the Tauch Terminal Resort Tulamben & Spa. This beachfront diving resort boasts sweeping views of the ocean which you can enjoy from the swimming pool. Kick back with a cocktail or visit the hotel spa for a soothing massage.

2 Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia


This quiet hideaway is the go to destination for diving enthusiasts as it has easy access to many amazing diving spots, as well as being a great location in itself for exploring beneath the waves and soaking up island life. Semporna also has easy access from Kuala Lumpur, so if you want to combine your diving holiday with getting a taste for Malaysia’s buzzing capital then Semporna is the place for you.

Where to stay:Wanderer’s Inn

Wanderer's Inn
With a shared lounge, restaurant, sea views and a sun terrace, it’s no wonder that the Wanderer’s Inn is one of the highest rated accommodation options in Semporna. Quiet and serene, it’s a perfect place to relax whilst also being close to the top diving spots.

At the hotel you will find a range of rooms from beautiful sea view Queen rooms to dormitories making it suitable for all diving enthusastics.

3 Koror, Palau


The top reasons for visiting Koror are diving, snorkeling and reef diving, proving that divers love this island, here you can dive amongst coral reefs, clams and beautiful fish. As well as the crystal clear waters of the ocean there is also an amazing choice of restaurants and lovely museums to visit during your stay. The Rock Islands are also only a quick boat ride away for when you fancy exploring a new site.

Where to stay: Ms Pinetrees Hostel

Ms Pinetrees Hostel
Ms Pinetrees Hostel is a humble but highly rated hostel that offers both private and shared dorms making it a great option for those after a diving holiday on a budget. According to Booking.com customers who have stayed here, the staff at this hostel are friendly and are always on hand to answer your diving questions. Located within walking distance to the sea, shops and museums meaning so you can get the best out of your stay.

4 Avatoru, French Polynesia

 Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa

With an abundance of diving centers it is no wonder the stunning waters of Avtoru are rated highly by divers who visit from afar to see the great variety of marine life, and if you’re feeling brave you can even swim with sharks. The French Polynesia is as close as you can get to paradise with stunning clear waters and white beaches making it a perfect for a romantic couples diving holiday. Make sure to visit the nearby lagoon during your stay.

Where to stay: Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa

Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa 1
The gorgeous Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa is bordered by a white sandy beach and a turquoise lagoon. This hotel has a touch of Tahitian style with ten over-water bungalows as well as villas with their own private pools. This hotel offers many excursions including scuba diving, drift snorkeling, tours of the Blue Lagoon and visits to the Pink Sand Beaches. Paradise is only a plane ride away.

5 Bunaken, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia

Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort 1

 Visit this coral-fringed island for a tropical escape where you will be surrounded by friendly locals and have access to incredible diving facilities at Bunaken National Marine Park. With over 3,000 different species of fish to see, world-class walls to explore and the chance to swim with turtles it is a diver’s paradise. If you fancy spending some time on land make sure to visit the Manado Tua volcano for stunning views over the Island.

Where to stay: Cha Cha Nature Resort

Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort

Cha Cha Nature Resort offers cosy cottages with a private beach area and sweeping views of the sea and mountains. Enjoy a relaxing full body massage or take a snorkeling and diving trip with the resort’s own Padi affiliated diving and snorkeling centre. Each cottage is modern yet natural in design with a seating area.


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