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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Great Blue Hole, Belize.
    The Great Blue Hole in Belize is the largest sink hole in the world and offers an adrenaline pumping dive for anyone willing to go down it. With its amazing visibility and 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 advanced divers, but also beginners as it sits only 15m below the surface. There were originally two aeroplanes at this site, however one has disintegrated. The aeroplanes 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.

Have you got any other favorite dive sites you want to share?  Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Abu Saile Marsa Alam Egypt:
    Thing that distinguishes this place is the magnificence and beauty of coral, it’s a fantastic reef, tiny small bay where boats can moor inside, the main reef belongs to the red sea coast what means the reef is at the east side and the blue is at the west, to the north or to the south will be the dive depends on the time and the current – if exist – under the boat is easy and shallow sandy bottom, you can go to east side in the beginning of the dive where you can enjoy fantastic coral garden with colorful corals, soft, hard, salad coral,….. then a bit more to the east you will find huge pinnacle looks like big ball or looks more like mushroom, that’s why it’s called the mushroom pinnacle, it’s full of different corals and anemones, then decided to go to the north or to the south side, the place is full of different fishes, always there are a group of barracuda and good chance to find baby sharks, turtle or eagle ray.

    • Passionate about snorkelling. I do not dive. How would Abu Saile be? Love opportunities in the Red Sea as UK resident

  2. Elphinstone Reef Marsa Alam Egypt:
    A coral island in the middle of the blue, wich is one of sharks points, specially oceanic white tip, hummer head and some times tiger sharks, the east and west side are drop offs more than 100m depth with fantastic wall of mixed coral, many fishes groups are together, many cracks and gaps full of fishes, lion scorpion stone fishes, snakes eels and sometimes sharks.
    The north and south side are plateaus are the main part to dive with shark, they are slightly going deep till 30m then till 60, then more than 100m, you still able to see the same marine life like in the 2 sides of the reef.

    • Castle Rock and other dive sites in North Komodo aren’t always divable. Still Komodo is awesome diving. You’d think it would be here 😀

  3. Delsan Wreck, Tubbataha Reef, Palawan, Philippines
    Not a wreck dive, as the name implies. Just about any big animal underwater can be seen at Delsan.

  4. Hi Jennifer,
    I read your article and I think you missed to mention the ALIWAL SHOAL in South Africa as one of the most beautiful dive site in the worlds.
    If you (or somebody else) wanna join the spot, let’s keep in contact for further information 😀

  5. Wakatobi Dive Resort doesn’t get much better. 30+ unique dives in a week. Pristine coral and a house reef like no other.

    • Did you dive with your eyes shut? Why do you think Jacques Cousteau rated it as one of the best? Kelp forests, caves, blue water, pelagics, large schools and more in an off-shore reserve.

  6. The great Jaques Cousteau rated Aliwal Shoal as one of the best dive sites in the world – it is situated where temperate and tropical waters meet resulting in an incredible diversity of marine life, not to mention the sharks!!!!

  7. I rate Sodwana and Mozambique, some of these dive sites in the world I have dived most of these site and I still love comi g home to my own dive sites. Though Truuk Lagoon is a favourite.

  8. You for got this place, you forgot that place, etc, etc, etc… It is impossible to make a top 10 list or even a top 100 list detailing all the awesome places to dive on our planet. Diving is a very personal experience for the most part and what might be the best dive spot to one, might not be the best for another. We can all agree that diving kicks ass! ~ Live to Dive, Dive to Live ~

  9. Honestly the article looses its creditability when you see the Aurthor experience is that of Rescue diver and makes you doubt that they have actually been to any of these loactions let alone to be able to compare them with other dive sites around the world.

  10. Actually, I have three. The Wreck of the Rhone in BVI. Just about anywhere from Antony Key on Roatan. Finally and I haven’t been there in a long while, the Capone Islands off the west coast of Luzon, Philippines about 20 Km north of Subic Bay.

  11. I’d have to add Bonaire and specifically the post full-moon ostracods dives. There is nothing quite like turning your light off and watching these Magnificat creature raising from the bottom.

  12. There are 2 dive sites in Indonesia. I have chance to dive in Bali right now, so I can give some ideas:
    Every dive site has different characteristics. The most popular places are:
    – Tulamben (Liberty wreck and drop off, shore dive, recommended for night dive, too – moray eels, blue spotted rays, black tips, turtles, nudis, shrimps, barracudas, scorpionfish and so on),
    – Nusa Penida (good chance for manta ray any time, mola-mola from July to September, reef sharks),
    – Amed (reef wall with lobsters, eel garden, large schools of different reef fishes – trevally, snapper, bannerfish, surgeonfish, parrotfish etc.),
    – Padangbai (blue lagoon, drift dive, muck dive – nudibranchs, lionfish, octopuses, the reef is very colourful here)
    – Nusa Lembongan (drift dives, small crabs, nudis, scorpionfish, moray eel, lionfish and a variety of reef fishes),
    – Menjangan Island (national park with magnificent diving and snorkelling opportunities, lionfish, frogfish, eel garden, turtles, reef sharks)
    – Gili Tepekong and Gili Mimpang (for advanced divers, medium to strong current, shark point)

  13. Scapa flow – Orkney Islands- United Kingdom. Some of the most amazing diving I have ever done! German WW fleet sunk there so for wreck diving, you can’t get better. Plus seals, dolphin and so much more aquatic life! Give the UK a go guys!

  14. I have a couple of sites, here they are.
    1. Manta Reef island of Kandavu, Fiji. It is a cleaning station that has a consistent population of Mantas!
    2. Bears Den, Roatan a great dive that has you entering the reef through a small opening into a passage of about 30 ft. OPENING into a sunlit white sandy cavern, breathtaking!
    That’s my 2 cents worth.

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