For the ultimate diving experience, these resorts around Asia from our own in Sipadan, Sabah to the one in Fiji provide the best of both surf and turf.

When torn between land or sea, why settle for either when you can have both. In Asia, there are many diving spots where you can relax in the intimate folds of nature before diving deep into the ocean depths to observe the most colourful sea creatures in their natural habitat.

Whether it is an indulgent massage and gourmet 6-course meal you're looking for on your holiday, or an adventurous dive into the deepest seabeds, here are 5 luxury diving resorts that will see to your every need. These resorts from the one in our backyard in Sipadan, Sabah, to the one in deeper blues of Fiji, come with so much natural beauty that they easily give these 5 unique cultural destinations a good run for their money.


Misool Eco Resort, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

The Misool Eco Resort is both a diving resort and eco conservation centre for reef corals and other endangered sea inhabitants. Located in the remote southern Raja Ampat, Indonesia, it is a private resort island nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands, in the very epicentre of marine biodiversity. The island and scuba diving sites are surrounded by no less than 1220sq/km of marine protected area where sharks and manta rays in particular are given refuge. With a maximum capacity of just 32 guests and a staff-to-guest ratio of 3 to 1, it offers exclusive diving tours where guests will get to witness for themselves the world's richest reefs.

Kapalai Dive Resort, Sipadan, Malaysia

Built to resemble a sunny water-village with not a single sign of land in sight, The Kapalai Dive Resort, only a few minutes' boatride away from the islands of Sipadan and Mabul, is the purest image of natural serenity. Dive spots are so close to the resort that they can be reached in just a few minutes by speedboat and some of them by just swimming from the dive center pier. Those who are ready to explore more than the tiny marvels of Kapalai’s macro life may do so by diving in Sipadan where big fish and turtles are abundant. Alternatively, guests can head to Mabul where its silkier and muddier bottoms offer a different but equally pleasant experience called 'muck diving'With a combination of sun and water in a unique and serene setting complete with friendly staff, Kapalai is an ideal destination for divers and non-divers alike seeking a retreat in the sun, sand and sea.

Four Seasons Resort, Maldives at Kuda Hara

Known internationally as one of the world's best scuba diving destinations, this resort at Kuda Hara is one not to be missed with delicious warm waters all year round and oustanding clarity. Immerse yourself in enormous shoals of butterflyfish and oriental sweetlips or drift the channels with white tips, hammerheads and whalesharks. Descend deep sea ridges with eagle rays, giant napoleans and blue marlin and spot turtles at dawn, dolphins at dusk and mass seasonal gatherings of manta rays. The possibilities here are endless if a true underwater adventure is what you're looking for. After a full day out at sea, return home to a room complete with opulent decor, outstanding facilities and top-notch staff service. It is the destination to be if you're going to the Maldives for diving.

Amanpulo Resort, Philippines

Described by many as the epitome of tropical paradise, the Amanpulo Resort has lived up to that name for the past 20 years with its location set on its own private island in the Sulu Sea. Amanpulo's facilities are planned in a spacious layout complementing the natural surrounding, so man-made architecture and works of nature go hand-in-hand to give your stay the best of both worlds. The resort’s casitas are situated on the beach, amongst the treetops or on the hillside overlooking the Sulu Sea for a truly unique one-with-nature stay. Each has its own private buggy allowing independent travel on the island, so you get total freedom to explore and go about on your own.

Wakaya Club & Spa, Fiji

This luxury private island retreat offers the best of gracious living with sophisticated, international cuisine and some of the finest scuba diving opportunities you're ever going to find, all in one place. The diving sites available just minutes away from your hotel rooms remains to this day one of the most secluded and pristine corners of the South Pacific so dive, swim and marvel at the most untouched seabeds of Asia here. From the moment you arrive at the Wakaya Club you'll be completely immersed in the serenity and tranquility of true island life, surrounded by only the bluest lagoons, powdery white-sand beaches, majestic cliffs and a protected coral reef.

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