The best diving directions of the summer season
In his previous articles, which have already gathered – wow! – as many as five, I told you about what diving tourism is and who such divers are. Ahead – the summer season. And this means that neither the Maldives, nor Phuket, nor Egypt, which has already become native, are waiting for divers in the coming months. So where should a person go scuba? Or rather – where can I “file” a diver in the summer? Of course, the Mediterranean and European countries are luring the “high season” – the same Malta, Croatia, Spain, Turkey, Tunisia … only here diving there, by and large, is very mediocre.
So now we will talk about the best diving destinations of the summer season. That is about those resorts where summer is not just suitable, and it is the best time for diving. For example, contrary to the habit of our compatriots to fly to Southeast Asia in winter, many islands and resorts of this region are waiting for an influx of tourists from March-April to November! Is amazing? But a fact! So read on, and you will find the best, even if sometimes unexpected options for divers.
“High season” for diving in the Andaman Sea, on the most popular Phuket and Similan Islands, ends in March. But this does not mean that Thailand does not wait for divers in the summer – the high season in the Gulf of Thailand begins in April, and the islands of Koh Samui and Tao wait for divers to September inclusive. It is best to locate on Samui, from where daily “daily bots” depart to the island of Tao and nearby dive sites. However, it is worth warning that there can be quite a lot of divers under water, and visibility can sometimes leave much to be desired.
Most of the Philippine islands indulge tourists with good weather from November to May inclusive, but, as if specifically for divers, there are a few exceptions. First of all, the resorts of the central region of Vizayas are naturally protected from typhoons, since they are “hidden” inside the archipelago and do not have a pronounced rainy season. Famous and popular among fans of scuba diving, the islands of Bohol, Dumaget, Sumilon, Siquihor, Panglao, Balikasag and Apo await divers all year round, although from July to October short rains are most likely there.
But the present summer treasure of the Philippine Islands lies in the heart of the Sulu Sea – this is the Tubbatakh reef. This national marine park consists of two coral atolls, separated by eight kilometers of strait. Back in 1993, it was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This care allowed the reef to preserve populations of various reef and ocean dwellers: various kinds of stingrays and sharks, perches and barracudas frolic in its waters. The Tubbatakh Reef is available for diving only in the short period from March to June, and it is during this time that a lot of divers are moored off its banks.