Diving in Taiwan is plentiful and very accessible. There are no shortages of dive spots around the main island of Taiwan as well as the surrounding islands like Orchid and Green Island.
Xiao Liu Qiu Turtles
Experienced divers will like the freedom of picking up a few cheap tanks and heading to various walk in spots in Kenting in the south or Ilan in the north. There is also no shortage of opportunities to get your PADI certification in Taiwan as prices are relatively inexpensive and dive spots are just a short drive away. Within two weeks you’ll be diving like a pro.
Coral Reef Protecion Efforts Far and Few Between
Divers should be aware that many of the fish have been fished out of many coastal spots. Also, many reefs have been damaged or killed. Taiwan is slow to start efforts to preserve its coastal habitats.
Nonetheless, there are many small things to look as well as plenty of sea snakes, cuttlefish, turtles, tropical fish, and even hammerhead sharks which appear off Green Island from January-February.
Most dives are shore dives, however, Kenting has a few boat dive spots. Orchid Island and Green Island both have more boat dive options including a shipwreck dive off Orchid.
Some Local Dive Operators
Pictured below, ferry arrival to Orchid Island. Orchid Island is a great spot for a dive weekend.