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As with so many things - regions are subject to the whims of fashion. While Africa remains a perennial favourite, the likes of Latin America are now appearing far more on the travel radar, and competing with the Far East for travellers' affections. However, when it comes to diving, there are few regions on Earth that can compare with the Far East making this a constant favourite for divers. As far as we are concerned the Far East (comprising South East Asia, China and Japan) is somewhere particularly special. For the most part it represents extremely good value for money (OK, maybe not Japan), is filled to the brim with spectacular land- and city-scapes, boasts heritage galore, food to die for and of course world-class diving. Finally, there's that great clincher - excellent service.
Why we think you’ll love it
- The best diving on Earth in the Coral Triangle.
- Incredible service at immaculate hotels.
- Excellent liveaboards from which you can reach some of the more remote and pristine areas.
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Our guide to holidays in Far East
So, where to start? There is just so much of interest for divers and non-divers alike in this wonderful region. Arguably the biggest draw is Indonesia which offers not only stunning and varied diving, but also some of the best hotels in the world and fascinating culture and adventure away from the diving.
The whole region conjures up visions of exotic scuba diving destinations and glamorous dive holidays, and the locations certainly live up to the dream. Away from Indonesia, there is Malaysia (including the wonderful diving to be found off the coat of Malaysian Borneo), the Philippines and Thailand; all must see dive hot spots where the days are long, packed with sunshine and the diving stands out for its unique ecology and beauty.
The marine life is endlessly varied with the smallest species hiding amid the lush corals right through to large pelagics that cruise the deep. Matched by the superior service surface side, these Far East destinations suit divers and non-divers alike. Quite simply, every detail has been taken care of to ensure that your trip exceeds your every expectation.