Top 10 Destinations for Scuba Divers

1. GREAT BLUE HOLE – BELIZE

 

  • With a diameter of over 300m and depth of over 100m, this is a unique attraction for passionate divers.
  • Excellent visibility underwater.
  • Wide range of marine life, including Nurse Sharks, Hammerheads, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Parrotfish, Angelfish, and Butterfly fish.
  • Largest sea hole on Earth, surrounded by Coral reef.
  • Diving season: Year round; Best time between April and June; Rainy season from June to November.
  • Dive difficulty: Medium, not recommended for beginner divers.

© John C Bullas

© John C Bullas

 

2. BLUE CORNER – PALAU, MICRONESIA

 

  • Diverse marine life, including 13 different Shark species, Manta Rays, Napoleon Wrasse, Anthias and Butterflyfish.
  • Plummeting reef wall.
  • Excellent visibility underwater (up to 20 metres).
  • Diving season: Year-round.
  • Dive Difficulty: Hard, recommended for experienced divers due to strong currents.

© Charly W. Karl

© Charly W. Karl

 

3. THISTLEGORM – EGYPTIAN RED SEA

 

  • British Freight ship wreckage filled with motorbikes, train carriages, guns and automobiles.
  • Bombed by Germans and sunk in 1941; Wreck sits at a maximum depth of approximately 29 metres.
  • Giant Moray Eels can be spotted.
  • Diving season: Year-round; Water temperatures rise to 27 degrees between May and October.
  • Dive difficulty: Hard, most time spent in complete darkness.

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4. CAPE KRI – RAJA AMPAT, INDONESIA

 

  • Wonderful and unique Coral garden
  • Wide diversity of marine life (374 species of fish) including Sharks, Barracudas, Giant Trevallies and Manta Rays.
  • Depth up to 40 metres; Visibility up to 30 metres.
  • Diving season: Year-round; Rainy season from November to December.
  • Dive difficulty: Medium – Hard, as water currents are quite strong.

© Raj Ampat Islands

© Raj Ampat Islands

 

5. THE YONGALA – QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

 

  • Diverse biosphere, including Sea Turtles, Bull Sharks, Tiger Sharks and Manta Rays.
  • Beautiful Coral formations
  • 109 metre-long ship wreck, protected by the Historic Shipwrecks Act.
  • Diving season: Year-round, although different in summer and winter; Seasons are the reverse of the northern hemisphere.
  • Dive difficulty: Medium – Hard; Diving qualifications required.

© Richard Ling

© Richard Ling

 

6. BARRACUDA POINT – SIPADAN ISLAND

 

  • Wide diversity of sea life, such as Buffalo Fish, Coconut Crab or Sea Turtles.
  • Great Barracuda shoal (thousands) often seen in a tornado-like formation.
  • Depth of over 40 metres,  excellent visibility of about 30 metres.
  • Diving season: year-round; Best time from April to November; Rainy season between December and March.
  • Dive difficulty: Hard, due to strong sweeping currents.

© Chen Wu

© Chen Wu

 

7. BIG BROTHER – EGYPTIAN RED SEA

 

  • Sharp side volcanic cone dive with a beautiful Coral reef.
  • Frequent interaction with Sharks.
  • Italian shipwreck Aida II can be explored between 15 metres – 45 metres.
  • Diving season: June to August.
  • Dive difficulty: Hard, divers must have over 50 open water dives; strong currents.

© Derek Keats

© Derek Keats

 

8. MANTA RAY NIGHT DIVE – KAILUA KONA, HAWAII

 

  • Lights placed on the seabed to draw plankton which attracts Manta Rays.
  • Encounters with giant Manta Rays guaranteed 95% of times.
  • Diving season: Year-round, although tidal surge is higher in January – February.
  • Dive difficulty: Easy, although qualification required. Snorkelling also available.

© Paul Hirst

© Paul Hirst

9. MARY’S PLACE – ROATAN, BAY ISLANDS, HONDURAS

 

  • Beautiful Coral reef wall of over 20 metres.
  • Described as ‘truly magical’ and ‘like something out of ‘The Lord of the Rings’.
  • Diverse marine life, including Rainbow Parrotfish, Spotted Drums, Anemones, Seahorses and Filefish which change colours before your eyes.
  • Diving season: February to September.
  • Dive difficulty: Medium- Hard, due to sheer-walled crevices and 90-degree turns.

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10 GRAN CENOTE – RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

 

  • The best spot for cave and cavern dives in the world.
  • Clear, shallow waters, easy to navigate. Suitable for snorkelling.
  • Diving season: May to September.
  • Dive difficulty: Easy.

© Ken Thomas

© Ken Thomas

 

 

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