Best Places to Scuba Dive3 min read
Sure, you can easily get a 360-degree view of the depths of the ocean on Google’s Street View these days. But how much cooler would it be to view it all firsthand?
From shipwrecks and caves to coral and fish of all colors and sizes, the underwater adventures you can experience during a scuba dive are endless; no avid traveler would want to miss out.
Whether you’re an experienced scuba diver or not, we guarantee you’ll love these incredible diving destinations.
- The Great Barrier Reef, Australia: The Great Barrier Reef is the largest in the world—in fact, it’s so big that it can even be seen from space! Stretching almost 1,500 miles along the northeastern coast of the land Down Under, there are over 4,000 separate reefs, cays, and islands and over 1,500 species of fish. The Great Barrier Reef is also the burial ground for around 1,500 shipwrecks as well, making it the cream of the crop of scuba diving.
- The Red Sea, Egypt: Another great diving destination, the Red Sea is home to hundreds of miles of coral and over 1,200 types of fish. The crystal clear warm waters of the Red Sea provide great visibility and a comfortable swim, and there are plenty of instructors to teach you how to dive if you’re a first-timer. Even though the Red Sea doesn’t boast the same number of shipwrecks as the Great Barrier Reef, it’s still the most popular wreck dive in the world.
- Turks and Caicos, Caribbean: Since many of the islands that make up Turks and Caicos are uninhabited, much of the local marine life has been largely undisturbed. Enjoy the colorful sea creatures, calm waters, and even wall diving at the third largest coral reef system in the world. Since many of the reefs are shallow and close to the shore, this is also a great spot for snorkelers.
- Cozumel, Mexico: For a truly vibrant scuba dive, Cozumel is the place to be. Since there are over a hundred diving operators on the island, you can try any type of dive you want, including deep dives, night dives, and even underwater photography dives if you want to save the memories.
- The Rainbow Reef, Fiji: Among the incredible marine wonders in the cerulean waters of the Somosomo Strait there is a massive wall of coral that is a must-see for avid scuba divers. The average trip starts in a cave that leads to an incredible hill of coral, the Great White Wall. Even though the slope consists of lavender coral, the way the light permeates through the ocean water creates a unique optical illusion, making it appear as though it goes for miles into the deep abyss of the ocean.