Diving is a great opportunity to explore a new underwater world. You can take eerie tours of shipwrecks, see marine wildlife up close and take in the colours of the reefs. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or you’re yet to achieve your PADI license, these diving hotspots ought to be on your bucket list.
The Great Barrier Reef
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is undoubtedly the most popular diving spot and for good reason. The marine wildlife here is incredibly diverse and there are so many different spots to dive. Heron Island has a huge range of coral and you’re almost guaranteed to see turtles here giving that it is a notable nesting site. Lady Elliot Island meanwhile is a great spot for catching sight of manta rays. The Great Barrier Reef even has one of the best shipwreck dives in the world – the SS Yongala. Cairns or Townsville are your best cities to stay – many diving centres and tour operators are based here and there’s a fantastic diving culture.
This exotic Indonesian island is a great location for learning to dive – there are many great schools here and the waters are relatively calm with lots easy but scenic dives. Bali’s waters contain a diverse array of sealife including manta rays, turtles and clown trigger fish. Some of the best dives include Crystal Bay where you can spot the rare Mola Mola and Liberty Ship Wreck, which is one of the easiest wreck dives in the world. There are lots of holiday rental villas in Bali situated on the coast that are near to the local diving shops and tour operators. Bali is best avoided during monsoons season when the waters are rough.
The Red Sea
The Red Sea off the coast of Egypt is full of incredible marine life. Some of its most unique creatures include dugongs and spinner dolphins. There are also a number of shipwrecks to explore from the easy Satil wreck to the more challenging SS Thistlegorm. Sharm el Sheihk is a good place to base oneself – here you’ll find plenty of hotels within walking distance of diving facilities. There are also liveaboard boats for a more unique form of accommodation.
Hawaiis’ waters are popular amongst divers for their diverse marine wildlife. The manta night dives are a highlight – there are specialist tours that can allow you to get up close to these majestic creatures. There are also chances to see tiger sharks in certain places around the waters of Kailua Kona (if you dare!). Kailua Kona has a great diving culture and there are many bars and hotels for sharing stories with fellow divers.
Great Blue Hole
The Great Blue Hole is a huge sinkhole off the coast of Belize. Here you can find everything from schools of dolphins to reef sharks. It’s also one of the best places to try out cave diving for the first time – there are chances to see stalactites and other cool rock formations under the water.