Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in China

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in China

Scuba diving information in China

Scuba diving in China is relatively new. Despite the usual bad visibility, due to industrial waste and intense fishing practices that depleted the marine life, there some interesting sites worth mentioning, two of them being fresh water sites. In Qiandao Lake (Thousand Island Lake), at the foot of the Wu Shi Mountain, lays an 1800 year-old city known as Shi Cheng (Lions City). Flooded in 1959 for the Xin'an River Dam project, the city remains undisturbed at a depth of 26 to 40 meters. This is a Ming Dynasty Walled City, with 6 to 7-meter walls and 5 gates, of which the northern gate is still intact with the door, houses, huge tablets with poems inscribed, all this intact after 50 years under water. The best season to dive Qiandao Lake is from April to October. In Tian Jin is a submerged part of the Great Wall of China, laying at 5 to 35 meters. Divers have the opportunity to swim through thousand-years old turrets and a 5-meter archway. The south of Hong Kong has worse visibility than other areas but it also has some areas extremely rich in soft coral, clown fish, anemones, gobies, shrimps, crabs, nudibranchs, octopus and cuttlefish. There are also opportunities to learn to scuba dive in Beijing and Shanghai, Sino Scuba and Big Blue being two reputable companies. Hainan Island may have some good sites, Chinadive being the diver's best bet to get there.

Geography and climate

China is a vast country in Eastern Asia with the world's largest population. On the border between Tibet and Nepal lies Mount Everest, at 8.850 meters, the highest point on earth. Along with coasts on the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, it borders 14 nations: Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam to the south; Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to the west; Russia and Mongolia to the north and North Korea to the east. The climate is extremely diverse, from tropical regions in the south to subarctic in the north. North China has four distinct seasons with intensely hot summers and bitterly cold winters. Southern China tends to be milder and wetter.

Entry requirements

To enter China, most travelers will need a passport and visa to visit mainland China. In most cases, this should be obtained from a Chinese embassy or consulate before departure. Visas for Hong Kong and Macau can be obtained through a Chinese embassy or consulate, but must be applied for separately from the mainland Chinese visa.

Health and safety

Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from infected areas. Vaccinations against tuberculosis, Japanese encephalitis, diphtheria, hepatitis A, malaria, rabies, tetanus and typhoid are advised. Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is endemic in the central Yangtze river basin. Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water. Hepatitis E is prevalent in northeastern and northwestern China and hepatitis B is highly endemic. There have been sporadic outbreaks of avian influenza and dengue fever. Industrial pollution, particularly of the air, is said to be a significant health hazard in China. Water is not safe, so drink only bottled water. Please contact your doctor before traveling. Violent crime remains low.

Time zone

UTC +8


A calling card, which can often only be bought locally, is the best option to make international calls. It is possible to roam onto Chinese networks, but calls will be very expensive. For a short visit, consider renting a Chinese cell phone. Internet cafes are abundant throughout China.

Power and Electricity

220V/50Hz (US/European plug for 2-pin, Australian plug for 3-pin)

Scuba Diving locations in China

Which are the best scuba diving locations in China? Below, you will find a list of all locations of China, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.


Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in China

Which locations in China have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from China and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in China

Which marine species can I observe in China? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in China

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in China? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in China.

Scuba Diving centers in China

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in China? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in China. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

There are no diving centers available

Liveaboards in China

Which liveaboard can I dive with in China? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in China. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

There are no liveaboard available

Accommodation in China

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in China? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in China. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.

There are no accommodation available