Diving in Taiwan
Whilst you would not choose Taiwan as a dive
destination, there are plenty of creditable dive locations to learn to dive,
improve & maintain diving skills and enjoy the local underwater environment.
Main dive locations-
Kenting in the south has various dive
shops, accommodation ranging from hostel to resort style and plenty of
eating/drinking options. It is mainly shore based but with some organizing,
boat trips can be arranged. Shore dives are reasonable with a nice pinnacle
in the middle of Kenting Bay. In contrast to northern Taiwan, diving in this
area is largely year round.
Lanyu (Orchid Is) and Green Island via Taitung are good
options depending on seasonal weather influences such as typhoons.
Longdong Bay / North East- being the dive sites most
accessible to Taipei they are popular training sites in the summer months.
Numerous dive shops offer tanks and rental gear at reasonable cost. There
are regular bus/train services to these areas but carrying bulky dive bags
make arranging your own transport / taxi a better option. Most diving is
done off the rocks of Longdong Bay but if you follow the highway south for
approximately 2kms you come to the Longdong Marine Park. For a small fee you
can dive, use the facilities and enjoy a cappuccino in your dive intervals!
However, tanks are not available here.
Penghu Islands- Located in the Taiwan Strait and
serviced by regular flights from Taipei,Taichung, Tainan,Kaohsiung and
Chiayi .Ferries operate (seasonal) from Tainan, Kaohsiung and Putai(near
Diving here is boat based and seasonal (May to
November). Visibility (in May) was good but heed local advice re currents.
There are various accommodation options available in
Makung and on outer islands and hiring a scooter makes it easy to check it