It is an intimidating and tedious task to pick out the top 15 Scuba Diving Sites in the world. How should I approach this, I contemplated. There are literally thousands of dive sites in the world, and of course, each and every site has its own pluses and minuses, not to mention that what one diver may like, may not be another’s cup of tea. However, after examining all of the available information, spending hours sorting, and studying so that you do not have to do the research, I have come up with what I feel is a list of the most fantastic and incredible scuba diving sites on the planet, each offering a different specialty. Now I will share with you my list (not in any particular order) and tell you why I chose them!
- The SS Yongala Ayr is a shipwreck located in Queensland, Australia. Having found her final resting place at the bottom of the ocean in 1911 at the hands of a storm, many varieties of sealife now call her home. Voted by many to be the very best scuba diving site in the world.
- Thistlegorm, located in Egypt’s Red Sea is a fully preserved wreck that still allows scuba divers to go in and have a look around the cargo hold, still carrying some fantastic trucks and motorcycles after all of these years. Having been flung to Davy Jones’ locker in the 40s, the history alone is worth the dive. Located in the Straits of Gubal, this one needs to go on your “must-dive” list.
- The Blue Corner Wall located at Palau in Micronesia offers scuba divers the very best a scuba diving site can offer, sheer drop off, caves, and unbelievable sea walls. Not to mention the marine life is awesome and rare.
- Barracuda Point at Sipadan Island in Malaysia is the very best place for a scuba diver to find huge fish, and lots of them. Whether you are an amateur or professional ichthyologist, you will not be disappointed with this breath taking scuba diving site.
- Kailua Kona, on the Kona coast of Hawaii is the best scuba diving site in the world to experience Manta Ray diving. Offering the dive as a night dive only adds to the ambiance and mystical feeling the dive gives to the diver. Most certainly one of the best scuba diving sites anywhere.
- The Blue Hole located about forty miles off the coast of Belize City in Belize offers divers a huge ring of coral around the edge of a huge hole. Ease out the edge and take a straight down dive into the hole. Home to a couple of species of sharks; take it all in as you experience stalactites and stalagmites like in no other scuba diving site that exists.
- Sha’ab Rumi South, in the Sudan of South Africa offers scuba divers many opportunities to get an up-close view of sharks. With an amazing level of visibility and the fantastic corals as backdrops, this has to be included on anyone’s best scuba diving sites in the world.
- Grand Central Station on Gizo in the Solomon Islands, which are located in South Pacific Ocean, is a fantastic dive. Like its named counterpart, there is a lot of traffic in Grand Central Station; however, in this spot, it is the fish that crowd the “halls”. With tremendous amounts of sealife, this is the place to take the time to photograph one of the best scuba diving sites on the planet!
- Darwin Island located on the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean is THE place to go to see sharks. With varieties such as hammerheads, whale sharks, Galapagos and silk sharks, while you are not guaranteed to see a shark, you are more likely to see one than not, making this little jewel well worthy of the title top fifteen scuba diving sites in the world.
- Manta Point, just off the small islands of Baros is one of the premier scuba diving sites to find Manta rays. Just as the name suggests, there is no other location in the world in which to see more manta rays. Located in Maldives, the whole area is a diver’s Eden!
- Ningaloo Reef located on the coast of Western Australia starting from Shark Bay, all the way north to Cape Range. With more sealife in one place than most divers will be able to see in a lifetime, and such treats as hump back whales and Woebegone sharks, this site earns its ranking as one of the best scuba diving sites in the world.
- Poor Knights of New Zealand is probably one of the most ill named scuba diving sites in the world. Located on the northland area of New Zealand’s North Island, the diving area is rich in some of the largest tropical fish you will ever encounter. Teeming with marine life, you may feel like you are diving in the world’s largest aquarium, as the visibility is awesome as well.
- Bloody Bay Wall on Little Cayman in the Cayman Islands, features some of the biggest and most unique sponges you will ever see on a dive. Add to that the incredibly diverse and magical corals that you find here, and you will never question how this dive made it to the list of the top fifteen scuba diving sites in the world.
- Ko Bida Nok is part of Ko Bida Island in Thailand. A rocky wall, large boulders, swim throughs and shallow reefs. Boasting such sealife as corals, turtles, leopard sharks, and cuttlefish, the riot of colors and textures make this a one of a kind dive site!
- La Parguera in Puerto Rico features a black coral forest, full reef coverage and an active and voluminous sealife equal to any in the world, earning it the final spot on my top fifteen scuba dive sites in the world. This beauty of a dive is still somewhat of a secret and as such lends itself to captivating dives uninterrupted by throngs of divers.
There you have it! The Top Fifteen Scuba Diving sites in the world. Just compiling this list has given me dive fever; I have a vacation to plan! So until next time, may all of your dives be spectacular!
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