Padang is centrally located on the western coast of Sumatra and is relatively undiscovered as a dive destination.
A group of small islands with a variety of different dive sites with Indian Ocean visibility and marine life lie just off Padang. These include Sikuai,
Pasumpahan, Sironjong, Sirandah, Pagang, Bintangur and Marak. The reef is fairly damaged in places, but this doesn't always have a direct effect on the quantities of fish, rather it is the variation of species that changes. There is also the attractive hull of the Kapal Wreck, which promises good bottom times from its shallow position. Further off the coast are the larger Mentawai Islands - renowned among surfers, but still relatively unexplored by divers.