Orchid Island's Scuba Diving

Orchid Island is a volcanic island in southeastern Taiwan. It is washed by the Bashi Channel in Luzon Strait. It is a unique picturesque place with pristine nature against a backdrop of marvellous mountains. Here you will see many rare tropical plants, including endemic species. The island is very popular with divers due to the diverse underwater life. Here you can come across dogtooth tuna, spotted rays, giant oceanic manta rays, and sea snakes. The underwater landscape presents small reefs, coral gardens and impressive walls. There is a shipwreck at the bottom that has become home to large fish.

Getting There

Orchid Island is just 80 km away from Taiwan International Airport. There are several ways to get to the island. The first is by plane, the trip will take 30 minutes. The second is by ferry. The trip will take 3 hours.

Forecast

The climate on Orchid Island is suitable for all year round diving, except for the season of brief rain showers (from May to August). The most comfortable time for diving is from September to December when the average air temperature is + 22...+32 °C, and the water warms up to +20...+31 °C. The coldest months are January and February (+18 °C).

Dive Spots near Orchid Island

Reefs, walls and a wreck are the main dive spots of Orchid Island. Here, you will see picturesque coral gardens, which have become home to bright tropical fish. A sunken Korean oil tanker, which lies at a depth of 30 meters, is a place of special interest.