Clear blue seas, interesting shipwrecks, and colorful coral: this is definitely the perfect idea of great diving for enthusiasts. It doesn’t matter if you want to explore marine life or meander around wrecks, scuba diving is great for those who are curious about life under the sea. Go ahead, take the plunge and dive your way into an unforgettable vacation.
This island is off the coast of Venezuela, located in the Netherlands Antilles. This destination is considered one of the best places in the Caribbean to dive. It is protected for the past 25 years by a marine park. The water is almost always clear and calm most times of the year.
There are over 86 dive sites and a huge variety of protected marine life, include coral and fish. It is also known as a popular place for underwater photographers.
When heading there, remember that they charge $25 USD for the Bonaire Marine Park Regulations and Information sessions. It is mandatory, so don’t forget!
The Red Sea
This place is one of the most popular dive destinations for many reasons. First, there is so much to see, with over 1,000 fish species and invertebrates, and 200 coral species. Sitting between Africa and Asia, there is more than 1,000 miles of diving to discover. One of the most popular destinations is Brothers Islands, which has the most advanced reefs in the area.
There is also some of the best wreck diving here. Head over to Gubal Straits, where you can see some of the most intact wrecks. One of the best ways to dive here is to go on liveaboards. Many tour companies will take you to destinations of your choice, with many starting off at Hurghada or Sharm.
You can also consider taking day trips with reefs closer the shore, or even accessing shallow reefs for beginner divers.
Thailand is known just as much for its breathtaking diving as its beaches. Mu Koh Angthong National Marine Park is one such place. Its 42 islands covers over 250 square kilometers and is relatively close to Koh Samui, being only 35 kilometers away. It is a postcard perfect destination with its limestone peaks, caves and clear emerald water. The most popular islands are Sam Sao Island, Nai Phu Island, and Phaluai Island.
Many people opt to do day trips, but you can arrange multi-day trips depending on the tour operator. The national park is open year around, though the waters aren’t as clear between October and December.
Great Barrier Reef
This place is probably on everyone’s must-do list. There is over 1,800 kilometers of reef, with a huge variety for divers of all abilities. There are not only lots of marine life, but there are areas where you can do shore and wreck dives. Some of the most popular spots include the Coral Sea and Cod Hole.
There are so many options, from liveaboards to dive resorts. Make sure to choose the right option for you.
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