The best places for diving
Diving is a drug, once you try this fascinating sport, you will not be able to give it up for the rest of your life. Therefore, we offer 10 of the most scenic and intriguing places to dive.
The call of the ocean is a good reason to leave everything and go to one of the amazing and unique places, of which there are a huge number on the globe, to get acquainted with the beauty and inhabitants of the underwater world.
The seas surrounding the Bahamas are full of adventure, which especially attracts underwater enthusiasts from all over the world. There is a very diverse underwater world, which is abundantly represented by mollusks, crustaceans and fish. Numerous coral reefs form bizarre underwater caves and trenches, where, as a magnet, attracts divers. Around the islands you can find numerous shipwrecks and aircraft wrecks. Some are located here historically, and some were sunk on purpose to make the Bahamas even more popular for diving enthusiasts.
In addition to underwater adventures, visitors to the Bahamas can also find many interesting things to do on land. There is great nature, lots of history and architecture, and the many bars and restaurants offer non-stop nightlife. In general, going to the Bahamas, you can get a whole set of experiences.
Thanks to the fact that Papua New Guinea was formed by the confluence of three seas, this region is rich in flora and fauna. In addition to the many sea creatures, corals are of interest to underwater adventurers. Wrecks and airplanes from World War II make this place extremely popular with divers. The peculiarity of the region allows divers to do their favorite thing in solitude – explore the depths of the sea. You can be sure that there will not be numerous holidaymakers, filling the beaches and scaring away the underwater inhabitants. Every diving enthusiast tries to visit Papua New Guinea, because it is a true paradise for underwater exploration.
Naturally, Papua New Guinea is not only hospitable to divers. Regular tourists will also find here an excellent holiday, packed with various excursions to natural and historical monuments. For vacationers there are a variety of entertainment, so the rest will not be boring and monotonous.
The geographical conditions of the Galapagos Islands have made this a unique place for diving. Experienced divers are advised to carefully choose equipment when diving near these islands, as the water here tends to change its temperature. The fame of this place was brought by Charles Darwin, more precisely – the scientist’s research, based on which he wrote his famous theory of species. If the scientist found something interesting in the Galapagos Islands, which inspired his famous theory, then today’s adventurers with the latest equipment, surely will not be left without prey. The waters of the Galapagos are suitable for any kind of diving, which attracts many fans of this sport.
Rangiroa belongs to the Taita Islands, being the largest among them. It is interesting because its unique structure is home to numerous marine animals, the wealth of the underwater world of French Polynesia. Thanks to the climate here you can go scuba diving all year round.
The atoll will be of interest only to lovers of underwater beauty, as there are virtually no land-based attractions, hence, divers can be calm – no one will disturb them.
The Riviera Maya is the second largest reef system, which is undoubtedly one of the main reasons why divers feel just fine in this region. The underwater caves, which are full of marine life, are of particular value to depth enthusiasts. There is excellent nature and a wonderful climate that allows all kinds of diving.
In addition, tourists will be interested in exploring the terrestrial riches of the Mayan Riviera, represented by numerous natural exclusives, as well as historical cultural monuments. This land was home to the ancient Mayans, whose mysteries still occupy the best minds in the world.
The jewel of the reef system. It is home to the most rare and exotic species of marine animals, so divers from around the world rush here for the unique footage and a unique atmosphere of adventure. In general, a trip to the Great Barrier Reef should be well prepared, especially the theoretical part.
There are many endangered animals, you can also see more than 400 hundred corals. The Great Barrier Reef is a world heritage, a unique place in the world where the underwater depths reveal their secrets.
Diving in the Little Cayman Islands is recommended during the summer. This place is well known for its rare aquatic animals. Deep canyons and various underwater formations, allow divers to make all kinds of dives here.
The proximity of marine predators – sharks, will make the underwater journey is not only interesting but also impressive. In general, the Cayman Islands Minor is a great place to relax. Here you can find many exciting things to do, for example, observe rare species of birds or enjoy the pristine nature.
The aquatic flora and fauna of Bonaire is a great material for research. The geographical position of the island makes it suitable for diving. There are a huge number of underwater parks with many unique marine animals and fish, and in the pristine waters surrounding the island, the visibility is excellent, making it possible to take quality pictures of the underwater adventure.
Divers from all over the world appreciate this place for having a great time among the shipwrecks. It even has its most valuable exhibits – Japanese and American warships. The only thing that can mar the underwater adventure – a devastating cyclone, which in this part of the ocean – a frequent guest, so you must carefully plan your holiday.
The peculiarity of this place is that divers have only recently begun to seriously consider the place for their underwater walks, there are still many unexplored. The cost of the tour is quite high, and so far only a few can boast of their own pictures of this unique place.
This place is a unique opportunity to observe underwater life. It has everything to enter any diver’s unique underwater photo collection. Unique species of fish and sea animals, mollusks and invertebrates all play their colors in the depths of the clear waters that surround British Columbia.
Strong underwater currents may cause some inconvenience, but with the right approach, you can enjoy the underwater world of this unique place for a very long time.
Top 25: The World’s Best Scuba Diving Places
Scuba diving is growing in popularity at a rapid rate, which is especially evident in how many fans of this water sport have appeared around the world in recent years, and how sales of scuba diving equipment companies have increased.
During the dives you can both enjoy the beauty of the underwater flora and fauna and explore old shipwrecks, which can’t help but attract. Every enthusiast chooses a location according to their personal preferences, but some places have long been particularly popular among sophisticated diving enthusiasts, and in this list you will learn about 25 of these amazing places.
25. Maaya Thila, Maldives Photo: Shiyam ElkCloner
The Maldives has long been known as a great dive destination for its lush coral reefs and rich biodiversity of underwater life. The underwater island of Maaya Tila is only 80 meters in diameter, so it’s easy to explore in just one dive. You’ll see a wide variety of fish species here, including even Moorish idols, long-finned platypus, and motley parrotfish. The local waters are also home to a gray reef shark, but you’re unlikely to encounter one during your vacation.
24. Puerto Galera, Philippines Photo: Jjharvey8
Puerto Galera translates as the port of galleons (a type of sailing ship) and the local coast is where tourists from all over the world come to enjoy beautiful views and scuba diving. From tiny seahorses to pipe-winged ghosts, Puerto Galera’s coastal waters are home to an abundance of curious creatures. This resort is also great for the whole family, as there are suitable spots for divers of all skill levels.
23. The Big Blue Hole, Belize
In the area of the Belize Barrier Reef is a huge underwater sinkhole. This place became popular in large part because of the expeditions of the legendary explorer of the oceans, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who nicknamed the Great Blue Hole one of the best places for scuba diving. Diameter of the sinkhole is about 304 meters, and a depth of 121 meters, and you can explore it in just a few dives to fully appreciate all the beauty of the unique ecosystem.
22. Koh Tao, Thailand Photos: Ilse Reijs, Jan-Noud Hutten
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, this island resort is almost entirely dedicated to scuba diving. The island is surrounded on all sides by colorful reefs and full of exotic wildlife. If you’ve always wanted to swim with reef sharks or whale sharks, this is the place for you. But be warned, because Tau also has a bad reputation because of widespread cheating, murders, and traffic accidents.
21. Kailua Kona, Hawaii Photo: William Stamps Howard
It used to be the largest marine reserve in the world, but that title was later awarded to an Australian sanctuary. The waters off Kailua-Kona are a favorite destination for colorful tropical fish, giant sea turtles, sharks, rays, whales, and other underwater creatures. To be close to great dive sites, you can settle right in the cozy coastal town, which also has its own historical landmarks.
20. Utila, Honduras Photo: prilfish
Here you can see some of the most magnificent coral reefs in the world and swim with whale sharks and dolphins. Incredibly, Utila is a relatively affordable dive spot, and you can also just have a great time, resting and relaxing on the shore while eating delicious food and drinking refreshments.
19. Sipadan, Malaysia Photo: William Warby
Sipadan is Malaysia’s only oceanic island and a great place to scuba dive. The marine life is a joy to behold, with magnificent reefs, coral polyps, many kinds of exotic fish, sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, leopard sharks and long-winged sharks. From April to June the sea is so clear and calm that the bottom can be seen even through the 50-meter water column.
18. Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles Photo: w:en:Aquaimages contribs
What sets Bonaire apart from the neighboring islands of its archipelago (Aruba, Curacao) is how spectacular a place it is for scuba diving. The local marine park has about a hundred different scuba diving options to choose from, so you won’t get bored. Since this is not just a resort, but also a marine park, prepare to see an almost untouched underwater world in all its purity and beauty. The best time to come here is from September to December, when the sea is calmest, and it will be easiest to admire the reefs and watch the sea turtles, parrot fish, and mustachioed baby sharks.
17. Gili Islands, Indonesia Photo: Nuctuslasheca
Considered the turtle capital of the world, the Gili Islands offer amazing underwater scenery with all kinds of plants, reefs, coral polyps, green spiny parrot fish, mantas, and the famous bissa turtles. Swimming off the Gili Islands will appeal to experienced scuba divers and beginners alike. If you still want even more variety, the famous Bali Island awaits you nearby, which we’ll tell you about a little later.
16. Yap, Micronesia Photo: w:en:Aquaimages contribs
Few people know about the islands of Yap. It’s a tropical paradise because it’s located just 9 degrees north of the equator. Sophisticated divers love Yap for its incredibly clear water and variety of marine life. The islands are also popular with ordinary travelers, ecologists, and other nature lovers.
15. Bali, Indonesia Photo: Ilse Reij, Jan-Noud H
The island of Bali is widely known for its developed tourist infrastructure. Scuba divers also appreciate this place for its beautiful underwater views. From lush coral reefs to shipwrecks, underwater statues and temples, this exotic destination should definitely be on your personal wish list. You may come across sea turtles and stingrays with long tails.
14. Turks & Caicos Photo: Jared
Just south of the Bahamas is the British overseas territory of Turks and Caicos, where a vast and thriving coral ecosystem awaits you. Over the years, the place has become increasingly popular for its clear sea, pristine reefs and sand dunes. Luckily, the local authorities discourage serious development and control the activities of developers to preserve the pristine appearance of the islands and the underwater world as much as possible.
13. Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique Photo: Pifsc.noaa.gov
The Bazaruto Archipelago is a great place for scuba divers who prefer to swim in clear waters and explore coral reefs at an accelerated pace with underwater tugboats. Wrecks of shipwrecks can be found on the bottom and night diving is a particular pleasure. It is not uncommon to be accompanied by curious dolphins.
12. Phuket, Thailand Photo: Ilse Reijs, Jan-Noud Hutten
Thailand’s coastline is famous for its biodiversity and in the West this country is nicknamed the “Pearl of the South”. Enthusiasts of all levels can find a place to visit colorful coral reefs, shipwrecks or even underwater caves. As a bonus, it’s easy to get to the Similan Islands from here, another great destination for scuba divers.
11 Great Barrier Reef, Australia Photo: Jorge Lascar / Australia
This place is world famous for its magnificent views and the best areas for scuba diving. They don’t call it the Great Barrier Reef for nothing. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest and most thriving coral system, where diving enthusiasts from around the world flock.
10. Cozumel, Mexico Photo: Elaine
The resort island of Cozumel is a favorite destination among scuba divers and snorkelers. Scuba divers come here to visit 19 extraordinary coral reefs, underwater caves and caverns. The most famous attractions in the area are considered to be the caverns of the Punta Sur Reef Ecological Reserve and the coastal waters of Playa del Carmen, where you can meet dumb sharks.
9. Yongala, Australia Photo: Geoffrey Rhodes
The Yongala sank during the 1911 cyclone. Yongala tragically lost 112 lives. The ship was bound for Cairns from Melbourne and carried a highly prized thoroughbred, the Lincolnshire red bull and a famous racehorse, the Moonshine. The wreck was designated a protected shipwreck site in 1981 under the Historic Shipwreck Protection Act. Today the Yongala wreck is a popular diving site, and has long been inhabited by all kinds of representatives of the underwater world.
8. Ambergris Caye, Belize Photo: Ambergris Caye
If you’re looking for a place with a very rich ecosystem, the Belize Barrier Reef is the right place for you. Ambergris Caye is known for its warm waters and a variety of marine life, including mustachioed nurse sharks and long-tailed stingrays. It’s also within easy reach of Hol Chan Marine Sanctuary, where you’ll also find plenty of wonders.
7. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Photo: Aquaimages / English Wikipedia
This place was made famous by Charles Darwin himself, because countless unique species of plants and animals, including underwater creatures, can be found here. It is an ideal location for scuba divers dreaming of swimming with fat-tailed stingrays, eagle rays, whales, reef sharks, pelagic fish and marine iguanas. The list goes on and on!
6. Ras Mohammed, Red Sea, Egypt Photo: Matt Kieffer
The Red Sea attracts huge numbers of scuba divers from all over the world who come here to swim surrounded by magnificent coral reefs with their unique ecosystem. Visibility is excellent nearly year round. In addition, this marine reserve is relatively close to Europe, which makes it quite accessible to scuba divers on a limited budget. Ras Mohammed has underwater cliffs up to 800 meters high, and they are almost completely covered with colorful corals, which are constantly circling the colorful fish.
5. Caymans, British Overseas Territory Photo: Kfulgham84
These islands are considered the most popular diving destinations in the entire Caribbean. Here you can see a huge variety of marine life from stingrays to scalarecrows and swim around shipwrecks. The Cayman Islands have great weather almost year-round, so you can visit local attractions almost any time of year.
4. Palau, Micronesia Photo: Pixabay.com
Palau is considered one of the best places for scuba diving, largely because of its strong surface currents and rich underwater life. Booking lodging and excursions here is well worth it in advance. If you want to swim with dolphins, be sure to check out Dolphin Pacific, a recreational, educational and research center.
3. Papua New Guinea Photo: Aquaimages / en.wikipedia
The coastal waters of this republic are one of the best places for scuba diving. There are deep bluffs, shallow reefs, picturesque atolls and secluded lagoons. In addition, the local waters are full of wrecks from World War II. Papua New Guinea has so many places worth seeing in Papua New Guinea.
2: Beqa Lagoon, Fiji Photo: Mark Heard / Canada
The most famous scuba diving spot in all the waters of the Republic of Fiji is Beqa Lagoon. To get to the remote lagoon, you’ll have to take a one-hour boat ride from the archipelago’s main island, Viti Levu. However, you’ll certainly surpass your expectations, as this is where you’ll find its remarkable underwater topography and colourful coral polyps. The wise will advise you to go to such sites as Side Streets, Nisici Rocks or Caesar’s Rocks, because there are incredibly beautiful reefs and swim nose morays and other tropical fish.
1. Punta Gorda, Costa Rica Photo: WikipediaCommons.com
If you’re tired of the usual resorts with popular dive sites, head to Punta Gorda, which has its own unique underwater world with numerous schools of fish and eagle rays. Don’t forget to visit Murcielagos Island in northern Costa Rica and the Catalinas Islands if you’re interested in swimming with mantas, sharks, and colorful tropical fish surrounded by amazing coral reefs.