10 Best Places to Dive
Outdoor enthusiasts are often faced with the desire to explore new territories and explore previously unknown places to fulfill their needs. Depending on the sport of choice and other factors, there is the challenge of choosing a location. Fans of skiing and snowboarding, kayaking and skydiving have a much easier time than those who like to explore the depths of the sea, dive into the uncharted underwater world and find themselves alone with the flow of life in the depths.
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If suitable places for skydiving and mountain skiing are for sure available in every country, it’s much more difficult to realize a dive into the depths of the sea. Carefully studying the diving map of the world, you can still decide on the route and allow yourself to dive into the wonderful underwater world – attractive and alluring.
The closest place to Ukraine is Eilat, the beauty of which does not leave indifferent neither fans of underwater sports, nor ordinary tourists. The Red Sea is fervently beloved by divers, but most of them opt for Egyptian resorts, not realizing that close by are the sights worth seeing. The most famous among the divers is the coral wall, the length of which reaches 500 meters. Coral forests – that is what distinguishes Eilat from most popular places. In order to get acquainted with their species, consider the multi-stage structure of the walls, the coast of Israel annually comes not only lovers of scuba diving, but also scientific researchers of the underwater world. Especially valuable is the sunken rocket ship “Satil”, the decks and cabins are overgrown with coral and algae.
You can get to the coast and on buses, and by booking a special excursion tour. Experienced divers can do without an escort, but those who dive relatively recently, should take care of an attendant. For beginners, there is an opportunity to participate in a one-day basic course, the cost of which is about $ 80. This price includes training, consultation with an instructor and trial dives with all necessary equipment.
Experienced divers know that the coast of Egypt – a unique area that allows you to fully appreciate the beauty of the underwater world. The Red Sea, whose waters attract divers, is rich in both flora and fauna. A distinctive feature of this place is no need to dive to great depths – at a distance of 5 meters underwater you can see the coral deposits, shoals of fish and amazing beauty of the various aquatic inhabitants.
Often beginners are offered here a shallow dive, the meaning of which is to use a mask without air cylinder. This method allows you to consider only a part of the wonderful world. Those who are used to diving deep and long, are provided with equipment and specialized suits. A Russian diving school, which opened its doors back in 2003, is based in Dahab. The local sight is called the “Blue Hole” and is recognized as one of the most beautiful places for diving on the planet.
Much farther away from Ukraine is a place called the “diving capital”. Heron Island is one of the most picturesque places on the planet, territorially belonging to Australia. The island became famous thanks to the Barrier Reef. The amazing structure and location of local corals attracts more and more divers from all over the world each year.
You can get to the coast of the island from any major Australian city, but it’s best to arrange your accommodation arrangements in advance. The most profitable is considered a full course, the cost of which includes meals, accommodation, a certain number of dives, and is equal to $ 500 a week.
The Great Barrier Reef is the main attraction of the underwater world of Malaysia. Due to the amazing structure of coral reefs and their centuries-old history of formation, the interest of divers in these places is growing every day.
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The entire coast is a protected area, on the territory of which it is forbidden to build houses and carry out any economic activities. Therefore, diving in the area is the key to a peaceful and secluded vacation.
Tourists who have been to Thailand, can safely say that this place is favorable for diving and diving to depth.
The reasons for this are as follows:
- the relatively low cost of renting equipment and specialized suits;
- the proximity of diving centers to large cities;
- the possibility of visiting the cave tours.
The place, which in the eyes of all travelers seems to be a paradise for lovers, is in fact one of the most picturesque places for diving. Divers come here to see with their own eyes the amazingly beautiful scenery underwater. Going to the Maldives is not worth it for those who have no experience in diving, because the depths are too deep for beginners.
You can get to the diving centers by special buses that ply the coast, but, as in the case of the Australian resorts, take care of your travel arrangements in advance. The cost of a seven-day tour reaches $1,500.
The Yucatan Peninsula, located on another continent, has been attracting divers for years. This popularity is due to the presence of underwater caves, the visit of which has become the main goal for tourists.
The surface of the water looks unremarkable and no tourist who has no idea what is hidden under these waters will experience interest in this place. However, experienced divers know that bypassing the entrance to the underwater cave, the diver opens up incredible beauty of this place. The cost of a day tour is about $ 100, which includes: rental equipment, food and travel from location to location. You can get to the locations from Playa de Carmen.
Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuador
Perhaps the most extreme and dangerous diving is possible in the waters of Ecuador. The fact is that the population of the underwater world in these parts consists of hammerhead sharks, white tip sharks and sea turtles. All of these animals are quite aggressive, which means that you can dive only if you have an escort. Among the other reasons that complicate diving in these waters, and include the water temperature, which remains consistently low throughout the year, and the presence of strong underwater currents.
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But overcoming all these difficulties is worth it to see the main attraction of the waters of Ecuador – a huge number of fluorescent crustaceans, which illuminate the coast and the water surface at night. Tours often start in the afternoon or evening just for tourists to see this amazing natural phenomenon with their own eyes.
Cape Jackson, New Zealand
The reason for the sudden love affair with the secluded cape off the coast of New Zealand was the wreck of the Soviet liner Mikhail Lermontov. Since far back in 1986, when it happened this tragedy, many years have passed, the place gradually grew coral, seaweed and gained fame among tourists from around the world.
The trend in diving, which involves visiting the wrecks and ships, was called – wreck diving. Devotees of this kind of travel travel every year to the big cities of New Zealand and from there, on a frequent ferry, in the direction of Cape Jackson. It is around this natural structure that a sunken cruise ship, dubbed the “Soviet Titanic” among the locals, rests 35 meters below the surface.
The east coast of the UAE can certainly be called the training ground for all divers of the world. Most experienced divers began their dives here. The fact is that the authorities of Fujairah have allowed not only an annual gathering of divers on the territory of the administrative unit, but also ordered the construction of artificial reefs for tourists.
Such a policy in terms of tourism has borne fruit and today the east coast of the UAE gathers newcomers from all over the world. The cost per dive here, taking into account the level of training of tourists, is $60. This price includes instruction and a test dive with an instructor.
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Despite the fact that the organization of underwater tourism is a very difficult task, even for experienced divers, the modern diving culture is developing rapidly and is gaining more and more followers around the world. Functioning diving centers, rental of equipment and suits – all this allows absolutely everyone to dive to the depths and see with their own eyes a completely different world.
Top 25: The World’s Best Scuba Diving Sites
Scuba diving is growing in popularity at an increasing rate, which is especially evident by how many fans of this water sport have appeared around the world in recent years, and how the 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 variegated 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 given 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 the only oceanic island in Malaysia, and it’s also a great place for scuba diving. The marine life is a delight to behold, with magnificent reefs, coral polyps, many species 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 you’ll find the British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos with a rich and thriving coral ecosystem. 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’s 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 ship 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 right 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 once made famous by Charles Darwin himself because you can find a myriad of unique plant and animal species, including underwater animals. It is an ideal area for scuba-divers dreaming of swimming with stingrays, eagle-eyed stingrays, whales, reef sharks, pelagic fish, and iguanas. The list goes on and on!
6. Ras Mohammed, Red Sea, Egypt Photo: Matt Kieffer
The Red Sea attracts a huge number of scuba divers from all over the world who come here to swim surrounded by luxurious 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 affordable for scuba divers on a tight 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 can’t expect to be disappointed when you reach this lagoon, famous for its 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.