July 29: The World’s 9 Top Diving Destinations

It doesn’t take long before the topic of scuba diving comes up during travels, especially when visiting a new destination with fellow travelers and friends. And why not? Scuba diving is the perfect activity for any type of getaway, may it be a romantic rendezvous or an adventurous backpacking trip– and everything in between. It opens up a whole new world of exploration, allowing one to traverse through mysterious depths and uncover a whole new appreciation for the fragility of our oceans.

Whether you’re a newbie diver looking to get started or an enthusiast looking for the perfect place to dive, here are nine of the world’s best diving spots in 2021.

Suit up and experience marine life at its finest!

Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia

Dive around a wall of coral where sharks come cruising by, and groups of barracuda surround you. At Barracuda Point, divers are guaranteed to see immaculate marine life, and we mean lots of it. Occasional strong currents blast over an underwater prairie that’s home to white tips, turtles, grouper, jacks, bumphead parrotfish, and of course, barracuda, which is the main reason for its name.

Blue Corner Wall, Palau, Micronesia

The unforgettable wall dive is favored by pelagics, hence the upwelling. Divers should expect to see sharks, barracuda, eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse, snappers, jacks. But if you can tear your eyes away from the various schools of fish swimming around the perimeter, you’ll find that the wall hosts thick coral with morays, nudibranchs, and mantis shrimps, these being only a few of the attractions.

The Yongala, Australia

The Yongala ship sank during a cyclone in Queensland, Australia, in 1911, killing 122 people, a racehorse called Moonshine, and a red Lincolnshire bull. It had no telegraph facilities and could not be warned of the weather ahead. The ship is located 90 km southeast of Townsville, 10 km away from Cape Bowling Green.

Today, visiting the shipwreck promises a chance to experience marine life at its finest, where manta rays, sea snakes, octopuses, turtles, bull sharks, tiger sharks, clouds of fish roam, and spectacular coral lies.

Thistlegorm, Egyptian Red Sea

You’ll need several visits to successfully give this large wreck justice!

Thistlegorm is a World War 2 shipwreck located in the North of Red Sea in the Strait of Gubal. It is a former 128m long British transport ship that sunk in 1941 after a German air attack.

Upon visiting this unique dive site, diving enthusiasts will be able to explore war artifacts underwater composed of two locomotives, two tanks, Army Trucks, jeeps, Motorbikes, Boots, stacks of rifles, and various spare parts for planes and cars! You’ll also encounter batfishes, a resident turtle, Barracudas, Snappers, schools of Jacks, and all the usual reef fishes of the Red Sea. Indeed a marine experience filled with so much history!

Shark and Yolanda Reef, Egyptian Red Sea

The Shark and Yolanda Reef offer divers three dives in one– anemone city, shark reef with its spectacular drop off, and the wreck of the Yolanda!

Currents make this wreck site the perfect spot for drift dives and viewing pelagic fishes. Anyone looking to scuba dive at this reef is recommended to start at Anemone City before drifting to Shark Reef and its drop-off. Finish up on the wreck of the Yolanda and its cargo of toilets!

Manta Ray Night Dive, Kailua Kona, Hawaii

With underwater lights placed on the ocean floor attracting infinite amounts of plankton, Manta Ray Night Dive is the perfect dive spot to see huge beautiful manta rays of Kona, Hawaii. The manta rays will get so close to you that you have to move to avoid them accidentally hitting you.

It will, indeed, serve as an unforgettable encounter with one of the most beautiful marine species in the world!

Great Blue Hole, Belize

The Great Blue Hole in Belize is a deep, wide hole outlined by coral reefs and inhabited by sharks. And we dare say there isn’t another sight like it!

Think 30 m visibility while coming over the bathwater, a warm reef of vibrant colors, then descending into a cold, deep blue hole where the water begins to waver and shimmer as you enter– there’s also a transition from salt to fresh water at about 15 m. Divers can watch enormous tuna fishes and other pelagics dive into the hole to clean themselves. Descend another 25 m to explore the stalactites and stalagmites of ancient caverns.

USAT Liberty, Bali, Indonesia

The USAT Liberty wreck is very popular with photographers, and it’s not a surprise. The wreck brims with anemone, gorgonians and corals, Hawksbill turtles, and interesting small stuff like beautiful purple Scorpion Leaf Fish and Ornate Ghost Pipefish. Divers will also see larger fishes like the Great Barracuda and Flapnose Ray.

Navy Pier, Western Australia

Extending 300 m from shore, the T-shaped structure of Western Australia’s Navy Pier is 300 m wide, including two outlying “dolphins” (platforms for larger ships to tie up to). Although it’s a very defined and somewhat compact site, divers could spend five days diving there and not be bored, particularly at night. Each dive promises lots of nudibranchs and flatworms, eels, woebegone and white-tipped sharks, octopuses, lion and scorpionfish, stargazers, and the usual smaller finned friends. Sometimes you’ll even come across huge rays dozing in the sand.

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