Maaya Thila, Maldives
Maldives is a very popular dive site with exotic underwater flora and fauna; and beautiful coral reefs. Since it is isolated from large landmasses, it has seasonal sea currents that pass through new channels to form different atolls which are teeming with rich marine ecosystems. You will encounter fascinating fish species such as wahoo, tuna jacks, dogtooth tuna, butterfly fish, trevally’s and other rare species like the giant Napoleon Wrasse. There are also whale sharks, anemones, eels, manta rays and turtles.
Puerto Galera, Philippines
The Philippines is made up of seven thousands plus islands and today, is considered one of the top destinations to go scuba diving. Puerto Galera is the best place to see bounteous marine life and magnificent coral reefs, making it a favorite among underwater photographers.
The Blue Hole, Belize
Belize is famous for the Blue Hole, which is one of its best preserved marine ecosystems. While it is slowly gaining popularity among tourists, scuba divers can still take advantage of its anonymity.
Koh Tao Island, Thailand
Off the gulf of Thailand is a resort island that is specifically dedicated to scuba diving as it is surrounded on all sides with colorful reefs. If you want to dive with grey reef sharks and whale sharks among others, this is the place to do it.
Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Hawaii is a huge marine reserve that was once considered the largest in the world (Australia now holds that title). Some of the marine animals to see include school of colorful tropical fish, giant sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, whales and many more. Lodge in the historic coastal town of Kailua Kona in order to be close to great diving spots.
The Caribbean is home to a great number of diving sites and probably one of the most cost effective and beautiful sites to go diving in would be the Utila Island. Some of the famous dive sites that you can visit include the Spotted Bay, Joshua’s Swash, Black Hills, West End, Blackish Point, Great Wall, and CJs Drop Off.
The only oceanic island in Malaysia, Sipadan is one of the best destinations to go scuba diving as it is teeming with marine life which include hard and soft corals, hammerhead sharks, white tip sharks, leopard sharks, and sea turtles.
Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
Bonaire stands out among its sister islands Aruba and Caracao for being a spectacular scuba diving destination. It is actually a marine park with over 100 diving opportunities, so you will have something new to visit each day for the duration of your summer vacation. Since it is also a marine park, you can expect to see the underwater world untouched and unspoiled by man. You can visit Bonaire from September to December when the sea is its calmest and explore the reef for nurse sharks, sea turtles and parrot fish.
Gili Islands, Indonesia
The ‘turtle capital of the world’, Gillis offers amazing underwater visuals with plenty of plant and marine life such as the bumphead parrot fish, manta rays, black and white tip reef sharks, hawksbill turtles and a wide range of hard and soft corals. It is also near Bali, so you can easily have the best of both worlds.
Though only a few people know of this little island, Yap Island is just 6,000 miles from Los Angeles or just an hour’s flight from Guam. Scuba divers will love its pristine waters and copious marine life. It is also popular among explorers, ecologists, and those who are into nature.
Bali has always been known for its tourism industry. Scuba divers however, know it for having the best diving spots in the world. People from all over the world make their way to Bali annually to enjoy rich diving spots full of marine life.
Grand Turk, Turk & Caicos
The islands of Turk & Caicos are now beginning to be popular tourist destinations due to their clear waters and untouched reefs, drop offs and dunes. This is due to the government’s efforts to stop all large-scale development in order to protect its natural environment.
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
For jet-setting scuba divers, Mozambique offers four secluded islands with great coral reefs and clear waters. It also offers ship wreck exploration and night diving where you can swim through sunken ships or swim along with curious dolphins
Thailand, which is known as the “Pearl of the South,” is famous for its marine life teeming coasts. It also provides a wide range of diving opportunities for all levels of enthusiasts who may want to visit ship wrecks, coral fields and underwater caves.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is known for its natural splendor and awe-inspiring underwater world. This is an unforgettable spot to dive in as it is the home to myriads of fish species including great white sharks.
Cozumel is a popular scuba diving and snorkeling destination which is famous for its ‘balneario’ or seaside resort town. Scuba divers can explore its 19 unusual reefs, caves and underwater caverns for that unforgettable summer experience.
The Yongala, Australia
The Yongala sank during the cyclone of 1911 where 122 people were killed. The ship that was en route from Melbourne to Cairns was also carrying a red Lincolnshire bull and a famous racehorse called Moonshine. Consequently, in 1981 the site was given official protection under the Historic Shipwrecks Act. Nowadays, the wreck is a famous site for scuba divers and houses a great diversity of marine life.
Ambergris Caye, Belize
For divers who are looking for a diverse ecosystem, Belize offers a great number of reefs. The Ambergris Caye is known for its warm waters where you can swim along with nurse sharks and stingrays at the Shark Ray Alley. There is also the Barrier Reef, which is just a part of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Though the Galapagos Islands were originally made famous by Charles Darwin, it is now famous for its diverse underwater marine life. This is perfect for divers who want to experience wildlife creatures such as sting rays and golden rays; whales, white tip reef sharks, pelagic fish, marine iguanas and so much more.
Ras Mohammed, The Red Sea, Egypt
One of the most famous scuba diving sites today, the red sea is very unique due to its underwater ecosystem and great number of reefs. Its good visibility all year round, clear water teeming with marine life and its close proximity to Europe makes it a budget-friendly option for Europeans who want to go diving. You can also choose from a number of locations one of which is the Ras Mohammed national park for an even more unique diving experience.
Cayman Islands, British Overseas Territory
Known as the “king of all Caribbean diving sites,” it provides a great opportunity to see a wide array of saltwater creatures from stingrays to angelfish. It is also known for having good weather condition all year round.
Currently rated as the “hottest dive spot on planet earth,” Palau is well-known for its quantity of pelagic and strong currents. If you want to swim with the dolphins, you can do so at the Dolphin Pacific, which is located between the typical forests that are covered with limestone islands.
Papua New Guinea
Papua was once hidden from divers, but is now known for having everything a diver could hope for. This includes deep drops, shallow reefs, atolls, and private lagoons. If you are into ship wrecks, Papua is a good place to explore as it has many ships that are originally from World War II.
Beqa Lagoon, Fiji
Fiji is renowned for its many diving sites, though the Beqa Lagoon is the most famous of them all. With approximately an hour’s boat ride from the main island of Viti Levu. What sets this diving site apart is its unique underwater topography and colorful soft corals. Once underwater, you can request your tour guide to take you to the Side Streets, Nisici Rocks, and Caesar’s Rocks for their cool formations, blue ribbon eels, and tropical fish.
Punta Gorda, Costa Rica
If you are tired of the normal fare that other diving sites offer, then you can enjoy the exquisite variety found in Costa Rica’s diverse underwater world which is home to massive schools of fish and the eagle rays at Punta Gorda. You can also visit Murcielagos and the islands of the Catalinas to see some manta rays, sharks, multi-colored tropical fish and amazing coral reefs.