Diving in Hong Kong - 5 Best Dive Spots & Top Operators

Hong Kong is not just about the posh towns or the small villages; it is also home to several beaches. Due to this very reason, diving is one of the most popular activities in Hong Kong. The marvellous and exquisite underwater life is a treat for one’s eyes. The picturesque landscape and the breathtaking scenery underwater make your dive a truly divine experience. The aquatic diversity in Hong Kong amazes one as it is one of the often underrated marine destinations in the world. Here is a guide to fetch before you go diving in Hong Kong:

Best Sites For Diving in Hong Kong

1. Tai Long Van

Tai Long Van, Sai Kung
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With its crystal clear warm water and the strong currents, this beach has earned the popularity of being one of the best spots for diving in Hong Kong. The rich marine life is a treat for the eyes. The varied type of fishes and the plethora of aquatic plants underwater do not fail to amaze the diver. Swimming alongside the colourful fishes above the white sand bed, this experience is sure to last in one’s memory for eternity.
Location - East coast of the Sai Kung Peninsula, Sai Kung District

2. Port Island

Port Island in Hong Kong
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Port Island is also known as Chek Chau, which literally means Red Island. It has earned a place for itself in the UNESCO world heritage site for its red sand which covers the grounds of the island. It is also known as “Danxia Wonder at sea” and is also among the popular sites to go diving in Hong Kong for its red sands and the splendidly clear water.
Location - Tolo Channel, in the northeastern New Territories

3. East Dam

Volcanic Tuffs at East Dam
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The East Dam is a haven for divers, with its picturesque surroundings and the beautiful underground marine view. There is also a centuries-old volcanic rock which attracts the attention of divers into this place. The underwater environment is very complex due to the dam walls, and it also houses many sea caves which the divers can explore.
Location - Sai Kung Peninsula, New Territories

4. Breaker Reef

Underwater, Breaker reef
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Breaker Reef, otherwise known as ‘Shek Ngau Chau’ is one of the adventurous spots to go diving in Hong Kong. The reef is home to a large variety of corals and other marine life including large fishes like sharks. It is not as commercially exploited as the other islands and is uninhabited, so it makes for a perfect spot waiting to be unearthed. You need a large private boat to reach this dive site. The closest convenient pier is either at Hebe Haven (Pak Sha Wan) or Sai Kung.
Location - Tai Po District, New Territories

5. Ninepin Islands

NInepin Island in Hong Kong
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The Ninepin Islands are home to the ravishing hexagonal columns formed by the volcanic erosions. This island is a must for all divers who enjoy the landscape beauty as much as the underwater spectacle. The underwater view is as scenic as it is home to richly varied marine life including Chromis fumea, polychaetes, octopus, Echidna polyzoan, and much more.
Location - Sai Kung District of Hong Kong

Diving Operators in Hong Kong

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Diving in Hong Kong only becomes a memorable experience if it goes smoothly and without any hassle. And that is essentially where the role of diving operators comes in. They ensure a safe and secure dive whilst providing a smooth experience. So, here are the top 5 diving operators in Hong Kong

1. Splash Hong Kong

Location - Unit 5,1/F, Ko Fu House, 58-72 Fuk Man Road, Sai Kung, New Territories
Timing
Weekdays – 10:00 AM – 05:30 PM    
Weekends – 08:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Contact - +852 2792 4495
Email - [email protected]
Website - https://www.splashhk.com/

2. Diving Adventure Ltd

Location - 5th Floor, iHome Centre, No. Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 369 Lockhart Rd, Causeway Bay
Timings
Monday to Saturday - 11 AM – 9 PM
Sunday - 12 PM – 7 PM
Contact - +852 2572 2138
Email - [email protected]
Website - https://www.divinghk.com/

3. Mandarin Divers

Location - 4A, Kiu Fu Commercial Building, 300 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai
Timings – 12 PM – 08:00 PM (Closed on Sundays)
Contact - +852 3483 2233
Email - [email protected]
Website - https://www.mandarin-divers.com/

4. Pro Diver Development

Location - 20/F, 6, 12 Shing Lee Commercial Building, Wing Kut St, Central
Timings – 12 PM – 08:00 PM (Closed on Sundays)
Contact - (852) 3110 4141
Email - [email protected]
Website - https://www.prodiver-hk.com/

5. Urban Diver Ltd

Location - 19th Floor, 239 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai
Timings
Weekdays - 11 AM – 08:00 PM
Saturday - 11 AM – 07:00 PM
Sunday - 12 PM – 06:00 PM (SUNDAY)
Contact - +852 2333 8620
Email - [email protected]
Website - https://urbandiver.com/
Diving equipment is an absolute necessity while going on a dive. Ensure that the equipment you use is of good quality. The necessary kit for scuba diving includes
  • Diving Mask and Snorkel.
  • Wetsuit or Drysuit.
  • Scuba Gloves.
  • Fins.
  • Scuba Tank.  
  • Regulator.
  • Depth Gauge, Submersible Pressure Gauge (SPG), & Compass.
  • Dive Computer.

Tips for Diving in Hong Kong

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  • Make sure to contact an authorized diving operator. Research a bit about the company rather than randomly choosing one.
  • Make sure a diving instructor is with you when you go diving in Hong Kong.
  • Follow all the rules stated by your diving instructor.
  • Ensure that the diving gear is of good quality.
  • Cost of the dive may vary upon each diving operator.
  • While underwater, be alert at all times. Take extra precautions or avoid areas where sightings of large fishes have been reported.
  • Wear proper thermal protection as the water temperature in Hong Kong is exceptionally different from the seas of tropical destinations.
Diving in Hong Kong is an inexplicably soothing sport, the waters of this region make it even more magical. Book your holiday to Hong Kong now and swim in the clear water, atop the sand and in the company of some aquatic friends.

This post was published by Karthika Sindhu

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