Any scuba diver will always swear by his love for the seas, just like Poseidon, the God of Seas and will never leave any opportunity to go diving into newer waters each time. Scuba diving destinations are now spread all across the globe, with some more popular than the others and some waters more treacherous than the others. Depending on your skill set in diving and your budget, you can pick out a new place each time you decide to dive in, from the list we have curated just for you. Armed with your scuba gear, with the love for the sea bubbling in your heart, you can try these locations for diving as well as for enjoying the beautiful canvas underwater, splashed with colors of aquatic life. The waters at all these locations have a thrill attached to them of spotting not only unusual marine life but an occasional shipwreck at times too.
SS Yongala, Australia
Australia is one country that is galore with diving spots that favor the amateurs as well as the pros. The place is home to world’s largest and the healthiest coral reef which is home to a massive community of fishes. Almost 1500 species of fish, sharks, whales, giant sea turtles, and porpoises inhabit these waters, enhancing the thrill of diving and making the waters mystical. The site gets its name from a ship The Yongala, which sank during the cyclone of 1911, taking down 122 people with it. The wreck is what pulls the crowd to this place as you would need to dive in several times to completely explore this Great Barrier Reef’s signature shipwreck. And while you are exploring, do not get intimidated by gigantic sea turtles and sea snakes, which seem to come right of a Jules Verne book. If you are keen on it, while visiting Australia you can also venture out to Osprey Reef, The Whitsundays, and Ribbon Reef which are equally splendid and are known for their coral reef landscape. Yongala has been given an official protection under the Historic Shipwrecks Act. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral structure and the only living structure that is visible from the outer space. Why take the long route to space to see when you can just dive in and feel it in Australia !.
Best time to dive: Between August and December. Whale sighting months are March and April
Stingrays, whales, iguanas, golden rays, white tip reef sharks, pelagic fish, and Charles Darwin are the ones who made this destination popular. Charles Darwin had come up with the theory of evolution while he was here in the 1800s. And how well the place has evolved indeed! Galapagos is a cluster of 20 volcanic islands but the real explosion of wildlife is what happens once you dive in. Penguins, dolphins, sea lions; you name it and the sea animal would appear right next to you, giving you company underwater. The popular dive sites at Galapagos are El Arco and El Arenal on the Darwin Island, Roca Redonda, and Cape Douglas.
Best time to dive: All year round
You cannot think of scuba diving without thinking about this Island of Gods that features in every scuba diver’s ‘been there done that’ or a ‘to-do list’. The scenery at Bali is resplendent with colors from the coral reef and the finned creatures welcoming you underwater. Indonesia is a part of the Coral Triangle and has almost 20 percent of the world’s coral reef treasure. There are underwater volcanoes, shipwrecks, deep sea trenches, gorgeous corals reefs, and sighting of some sunken statues and temples too if you pick the right dive spot. A huge school of big-eyed trevally will greet you while some goatfish and wrasse provide you feet therapy by nibbling at them. The shipwreck of the Liberty in Bali is quite famous for its black sands along with the anemone and gorgonians that adorn the spot. Other exotic diving locations in Indonesia have names like Bunaken, Lembeh, Komodo, Gili Islands and Pulau Weh.
Best time to dive: April to December
Maaya Thila, Maldives
Ah! For the love of beaches and for the love of diving, Maldives is the place to be. There is a whole universe filled with bull sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, parrot fish, Moorish idol, tall fin batfish, parrotfish, and magnificent corals, waiting to be explored by you in the waters at Maaya Thila. You can navigate the entire dive spot in one go as it stretches for only about 80 meters or so. Diving regulations in the Maldives are quite stringent, allowing for a maximum depth of 30 meters for diving. Snorkeling can also be done here. The Maldives is also famous for having the largest population of reef manta rays and oceanic mantas. Okobe Thila, Kandooma Thila, Kuredu Express, Broken Rock, and Kudarah Thila are some other interesting dive locations across that can be added to your itinerary if you are planning a long stay in the Maldives.
Best time to dive: December to April
The Blue Hole, Belize
Belize shot to fame when the famous diver Jacques-Yves Cousteau named it as one of the best places to go scuba diving in the world. With dimensions like 1,000 feet across and 400 feet down, it takes several dives to fully explore the Blue Hole. The great blue void in the water is dotted with the coral reef on its periphery. As you dive in, salt water makes way for fresh water after about 15 meters. Surrounded by ginormous tuna, pelagic and several of their water mates, a descent of 25 meters brings you to the stalactites and stalagmites in the underwater caverns. Belize falls right between Mexico and Guatemala, getting the best from both these places. Ambergris Caye, Long Caye Wall, The Elbow, and Silk Cayes Canyon are other fascinating scuba diving locations in Belize.
Best time to dive: November to mid-April
With scuba diving fast changing tracks from being done by just a few to becoming one of the top water activities in the world, there is a whole hemisphere full of locations that one can explore for it. Fiji Islands, Palau, Red Sea in Egypt, Thailand, Hawaii, Philippines, Honduras, and Sipadan in Malaysia make it to a more exhaustive list on the best places to go scuba diving across the globe