UW360 looks for love in eleven intimate romantic destinations in Asia Pacific
Diving. It may not hold the romantic essence of cupid’s bow, nor have the sensual touch of a bed of roses, but to those couples who adore the world below the waves, it can be the perfect getaway. Far from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life, like tender-loving dolphins, you and your partner journey the blue side by side, into a world where love dances like a sardine baitball under attack from sailfish, and romance headbutts you like a territorial titan triggerfish. This is our valentine to you, our readers – 11 Top Romantic Dive Getaways in Asia Pacific:
Slip into the quiet life, where evenings are set against a backdrop of azure waters, white beaches and tangerine sunsets. The Maldives, perhaps the go-to romantic getaway, never lets you down. With incredible encounters below the waves, and relaxing scenes above it – this is a top destination for lovebirds looking to roost far away from the trials of the modern world.
Hosting an incredible collaboration of reef art and marine life in this one-off park, Komodo is one of the intimate destinations that offers both relaxation and exploration. With gliding mantas in the shallow currents, dolphins breaching the surface and sharks on the reefs, both you and your partner can share an experience unlike any other.
Beqa Island, Fiji
In this underwater wonderland, love flows with the eastern currents, and divers can come face to face with tiger and bull sharks. On quiet beaches, and to the sound of traditional Fijian music, companions make lifelong promises and stick to them. To those who know, Beqa Island is love island.
Mabul Island, Borneo
A small island with big opportunity. Mabul Island offers those on a getaway the chance to sit back and relax on the island beaches, or for some adrenaline-fuelled underwater encounters. With a short boat ride to Sipadan – an island with arguably the best diving in the world – Mabul is best placed for offering couples the diving experience of a lifetime.
Lang Tengah Island, Malaysia
Set off the sleepy town of Terengganu, Lang Tengah attracts a wealth of guests to enjoy the amenities that the island offers. Lang Tengah offers those who visit something unique in natural beauty. From cliff jumping into cool-blue waters, to scuba diving through the love arch for photographs – this small island is geared for couples looking to capture a special memory.
Manado and Bunaken National Park, Indonesia
Rich and unspoilt reefs, pristine and abundant soft coral, and marine life in huge concentrations, diving around Bunaken will capture your heart – magnificent dive sites fit for a grand piano concerto to fully capture the feeling. Relax on the white sand beaches and dive the shallows – it’s a world you won’t want to miss.
Gili Trawangan, Lombok
Hammocks in the shallows, and swings on the shore, the beautiful layout of the most popular Lombok mini-island is ideal for any couple looking for a calm retreat. Crystal-clear waters with incredible visibility are home to a plethora of turtles, sharks and stunning coral.
Pulau Rawa, Malaysia
A hidden jewel of the Malaysian coast, Pulau Rawa has benefitted by being overlooked as a top dive destination. Pristine coral, and plenty marine life in the shallows, means that anyone staying on this tucked-away tiny island is guaranteed intimate one-on-one encounters.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
One of the most biodiverse locations in the world, Raja Ampat is regarded as a top spot for sub-aqua encounters. The incredible range of marine creatures, from pygmy seahorses to wobbegongs, is enough to create an engraved memory. From the Americas to Europe, divers come to experience an untamed world. Raja Ampat captures the heart.
Nusa Islands, Indonesia
Far from the huge crowds of Bali, the famed trio – Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida – offer those looking for a bit of relaxation with quality diving exactly what they desire. Already taken advantage of the diving? Then you can enjoy the water-sports activities, mangrove forests and hidden beaches. With an endless list of things to do on the islands, they’re one of our favourite romantic getaways.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The most famous diving site in the world may seem over-dived, but for a couple looking to create dive memories it’s the ideal location. The thing is, the GBR is so big and offers a range of adrenaline-fuelled dive encounters. From Cod Hole to the SS Yongala, there is a range of marine life and underwater seascapes to experience. It’s a site to tick off the bucket list, and the ideal valentine’s retreat.