Eight most amazing places to dive in the world
It is impossible to say where the best place in the world to dive is, because it all comes down to your personal preference. Whether you’re looking for up close and personal encounters with sharks or you just somewhere to enjoy a stunning view of a ghostly shipwreck, there is a dive to suit just about everyone. Here are eight of the best places to dive in the world.
Best for learning: UK
There is no better place to learn than in an environment that is comfortable for you. It has become popular to take a PADI diving course when you are on holiday, but in practice this means that you will be using a day of your holiday to learn how to do something. A much better idea is to take your introductory lessons in the UK before your holiday so that you can focus on actually going out to amazing dive sites when you are on location. Experience day provider Into the Blue specialises in beginner’s scuba diving lessons allowing you to master the basic concepts of diving in a safe environment.
Best for variety: Blue Corner, Palau, Micronesia
Palau is undoubtedly one of the world’s top diving destinations, and there is no site more popular than the Blue Corner. What really makes this area standard out is the incredible variety of sights. You’ll find reef sharks, sea turtles, barracuda, rays and much more biodiversity. Combine this with drops and a huge range of coral species – this is truly a special place to dive.
Best freshwater dive: Shicheng City, China
Freshwater diving is becoming more popular than ever before and there are some truly impressive sites that need to be on your diving bucket list. One example can be found in China’s Qiandao Lake. In 1959 the Chinese government flooded the Xin’an River in order to generate hydropower. This created the lake, which features the sunken city at the centre. The city is remarkably well preserved given that much of it was built in 200AD. Explore the city and you can find statues, homes and archways.
Best for liveaboard: Great Barrier Reef
For diving enthusiasts there might be no greater experience than living on a boat while exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Expect to see a little bit of everything while you are here – the famously stunning coral reef, schools of tropical fish, sharks, sea snakes, whales and dolphins, and that’s just the start. You can dive here all year round and the water never drops below 22 degrees, ensuring that you enjoy some of the most relaxed and pleasant diving available anywhere in the world.
Best for unique natural beauty: Great Blue Hole, Belize
A truly unique site is the Great Blue Hole just off the coast of Belize. It is an underwater sinkhole that plunges more than 120 metres deep. This is not a dive for beginners, but is undoubtedly a fantastic experience.
Best for whale sharks: Holbox, Mexico
Some of the most memorable scuba diving experiences are those that allow you to get up close to nature. One of the best examples comes in Holbox, where you can go swimming with whale sharks in the Gulf of Mexico. Whale sharks are enormous but completely harmless to humans, so you don’t need to have any concerns surrounding your safety. To swim alongside this majestic 14-metre long shark is truly something that you will never forget.
Best shipwreck: SS Thistlegorm, Red Sea, Egypt
The Red Sea is certainly one of the world’s most popular places to dive. With great visibility, excellent diversity of fish and stunning coral gardens, divers flock to Egypt to experience the beauty for themselves. But if you find yourself in this part of the world, you shouldn’t the SS Thistlegorm, one of the world’s finest shipwreck dive sites. The Thistlegorm was a British Merchant Navy ship that was sunk during World War II in 1941. The ship went down with a full cargo that included motorcycles, trucks, rifles and more, which are still intact and can be explored.
Best for visibility: Cayman Islands
If you’re looking for astonishing visibility from your dives, there might be nowhere better in the world than the Cayman Islands. The stunning azure waters offer an incredible 150 feet of visibility, allowing you to marvel at a tremendous variety of fish, turtles and more.