The world is full of incredible scuba diving gems. In fact, there are so many that we just wouldn’t be able to write them all down. So, we have devised a list of the Top 10 Dive Sites Around The World which not only provide excitement and adventure but also contain all the natural beauty that the underwater world has to offer, with something for every type of diver out there.
Here are the Top 10 Dive Sites Around the world
- Ras Mohammed National Park, Red Sea, Egypt.
The Ras Mohammad national park is one of the best kept national parks in all of the Red Sea. Offering a beautiful selection of reefs and wrecks, this dive site is one of the best I have ever been to. At Yolanda and Shark reef, you will find areas rich with anemones, perfect currents for drift diving, drop-offs and a wreck full broken toilets and a BMW. Make sure you check before sitting on one of those toilet seats, as you never know what could be inside.
- Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island.
Sipadan Island in Malaysia is known as a hub for divers looking for beauty and adventure. Barracuda point is one of the best dive sites found around Sipadan Island. With an 800m drop off and a diverse selection of sea life, this dive site has everything that an accomplished diver is looking for. A common sight at Barracuda Point are the shoals of barracuda which swim in a formation which best resembles a tornado. With its strong currents, this site is perfect for drift dives.
- Great Blue Hole, Belize.
The Great Blue Hole in Belize is the largest sinkhole in the world and offers an adrenaline-pumping dive for anyone willing to go down it. With its amazing visibility and a vast array of corals sprawling the sides of this gigantic hole, this would be a dream dive for many. The Great Blue Hole is home to many Mako and Sharks. The depth of the hole is 124m and the best time of year to visit is between April and June.
- Liberty Wreck, Bali, Indonesia.
Known as the most famous dive site in Bali, this incredible wreck dive can be found from 9 to 30m below the surface. This dive site suitable for all scuba diving levels. With an abundance of sea life and practically no current, this wreck offers great visibility for up to 30m and is perfect for all you budding naturalists out there.
- Gordon Rocks, Galapagos Islands.
Gordon Rocks in the Galapagos Islands is known as the ‘washing machine’ with its super strong currents. However, with these super-strong currents come the most incredible sea life, including shoals of Hammerhead sharks. The minimum requirement for this dive site is 50+ dives due to the strength of the currents, however, if you are a regular diver this is a dream location with huge coral reefs as well as shoals of eagle rays, golden rays, and even manta rays.
- Blue Corner, Palau, Micronesia.
Known amongst divers as one of the best dive sites in the world, Blue Corner is known for its huge schools of fish including; tuna, wahoo, groupers and eagle rays which are only a small selection of what you can find here. Some of the most experienced scuba divers have been left in awe of the wonders that they have discovered at this dive site. If that is not enough for you, some of the show stopper sea life found in this location are hammerhead sharks, manta rays and whale sharks. Once you have experienced this dive site, you will not be able to stop at just one dive.
- Cape Kri, Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
With its exquisite coral gardens and its phenomenal marine life, this is one of the best dive sites found in Indonesia. Harboring over 374 different species of fish, it holds the record for most diverse dive site in the world. Not only can this dive site be reached by a live-aboard, but it can also be dived from the Papua Diving resort.
- Manta Ray Night Dive, Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
We had to mention at least one night dive on this list, and it has to be the ‘Manta Ray Night Dive, Hawaii’. With lights built into the ocean floor attracting huge schools of plankton, this provides a smorgasbord for Manta rays. This night dive guarantees close encounters with large manta rays, something that every diver should experience. Currents at this dive site can be extremely strong, however, if you dive on a good day, then you will get to watch the most unbelievable show that nature has to offer.
- The Yongala, Queensland, Australia.
Hosting a vast array of marine wildlife and a huge wreck, the Yongala dive site is an incredible dive for all types of scuba divers. Protected under the Historic Shipwrecks Act, entry into this ship is forbidden. However, around the wreck, you will find Manta Rays, Bull Sharks, Hawksbill Turtles, and Tiger Sharks. As well as beautiful coral formations. This dive site is a ‘must-see’ for any diver creating a bucket list.
- Arashi Aeroplane Wreck, Aruba.
This final dive site on our top 10 list is the Arashi Aeroplane Wreck. This site is perfect for not only for advanced divers but also beginners as it sits only 15m below the surface. There were originally two airplanes at this site, however, one has disintegrated. The airplanes act like a magnet for nearby marine life. This incredible wreck dive gives you the ability to go into the planes and see what fish have made their homes inside. With its strong currents, the Arashi Aeroplane dive site is perfect for a drift dive.
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