Scuba diving is one of the most popular sea activities. It allows a visit into the underwater world that is laced with the most vivid perspectives and lets you indulge in the blue heavens underneath that hold infinite treasures!
Shipwrecks, caves and many other fantastic structures can be added to this thrilling experience. Each breath you take brings you closer to yourself and you approach a new world that emerges upon your first dive. Rightly said to be more like an exhilarating yet meditative experience, check out the following top 10 scuba diving destinations around the world:
1. Great Blue Hole, Belize
Wish to jump in the greatest deep sea diving experience? Then dive into the most enigmatic in the world. Currently ranked sixth, the great blue hole is a grandiose site. A beautiful sea body surrounded by a circular reef on all sides, the spectacular marine life of nurse sharks, giant groupers, and several types of reef sharks such as the Caribbean reef shark and the Blacktip shark urges you to stay underwater forever. The most stunning feature of this dive is the presence of remnants of its old “above water” days. At about 25m, it has ancient caverns surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites!
2. Barracuda Point, Malaysia
A tornado of a shoal of Barracudas is the most striking feature of this diving venue. At about 22m depth, you’ll see large number of barracudas swimming in a tornado formation. Furthermore, in a single dive, you’ll see turtles, whitetip sharks, batfish, hammerhead sharks, enough to mesmerise you for the evening!
3. Shark and Yolanda Reef, Egypt Red Sea
This is one of the most mesmerising scuba-diving venues. Situated at the tip of Sinai Peninsula, it is found at the conjunction of two gulfs, Suez and Aqaba, both having their own currents and species. A dive into it will leave you attached to the aquatic life there. A crossroad for many species like clouds of snappers, batfish, jackfish and unicorns, if lucky and not crowded, you may also get a peek at Blacktip Sharks. Filled with corals and glimpses of dolphins, vivid colours of the sea are the features of the reef. At about 150m deep, you’ll find the wreck of Yolanda, from which the reef gets its name.
4. Manta Ray Night Dive, Hawaii
Night Diver? Then why not the best? ‘Cause this dive boasts the most beautiful night dives capable of etching memories of a lifetime. Diving here with a huge number of Manta Rays can be the most satisfying dive for anyone. In this adventure, Manta Rays are attracted by the lights bought by the divers and boats. Many times, they can be seen playing and somersaulting with the light. Now this is the experience you wouldn’t want to miss.
5. Cod Hole, The Great Barrier Reef
Cod Hole is one of the best Diving Sites in Queensland, Australia. Known for large number of Potato Groupers/Cods from which it got its name, the dive also makes you experience harmless Whitetip Sharks and Napoleon Fish. Underwater visibility is excellent due to absence of currents. You can also feed the Cods, so if planning for the dive here, you know you’re in for a pleasant evening. Don’t forget your camera as this dive gives ample events for underwater photography.
6. USS Liberty Wreck, Bali
A fascinating dive that is also the most beautiful one in Bali. It is the wreck site of liberty ship that was sunk by Japanese torpedo to the nearest island. The volcanic eruption of Mount Agung made it slip into the sea. It is also an excellent venue for night dive. You will require a skilled diving instructor here, as it is the home of Garden Eels and Black Tip Sharks. The dive also offers the most vibrant photography experience!
7. SS Yongala Wreck, Queensland
Considered by many people as the best wreck dive in the world, SS Yongala was a steel passenger that was sunk by a cyclone. Even after more than 100 years, the wreck is in good condition. Featuring an amazing dive with plenty of aquatic spices to be awed, shoals of eagle rays and Manta Rays gliding by, many sea turtles, sea snakes, and huge schools of Barracudas can be spotted too. If lucky, you can also catch visuals of Bull Sharks, Humpback Whales and Minke Whales during November.
8. Elephant Head Rock, Similan Islands
The most famous spot of Similan Islands, Elephant Head Rock is situated on an island rock, one that has a shape of an elephant’s head. Home to many species of sharks like whitetip, blacktip and leopard sharks, it is most famous for its caves, swim throughs and arches that makes a wonderful play time experience for divers. Boasting a pretty diverse fish life due to the presence of strong currents, be prepared to be amazed by huge shoals of pelagic like giant trevallies and barracudas. This deep-sea diving may require some proper certifications as you are in for a swim with sharks!
9. Whale Sharks — Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Divers with shark fantasies will love it. Home of the whale sharks, situated between rich waters of Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, it has one of the breath-taking views of planktons and aquatic animals from one boat. The main reason for you to visit will be to be the vicinity of the whale sharks it shows off; not very easy to spot. The best time for a dive will in February. Nevertheless, if you want to have vividly coloured views in your photographs and a never forgetting experience, do visit this place.
10. Richelieu Rock, Thailand
When in Thailand, it is mandatory to dive in its most beautiful waters. Also called “the Whale Shark Magnet “, the waters of Richelieu Rock are home large numbers of these species. Again, your chance to catch a glimpse is in February. Even if you don’t see any Whale Sharks, the site is still fantastic, and you can spot many pelagic fishes like Barracudas, Giant trevallies and Dogtooth Tunas. You will also have good chances to spot a Manta Ray. Heaven for critter lovers, you can always find Porcelain crabs, Tiger Tail Sea Horses and Harlequin Shrimp along with many others.
The voice of snorkels, contemplating your own breathing and the vivid experiences of these waters will surely leave a mark own you!