Scuba diving has become one of the most popular vacation activities.
It’s no wonder, because vacation is no longer considered only a period of relaxing, but also of excitement and new discoveries.
Scuba diving destinations are the best choice for adrenaline junkies, but also for those people who simply want to experience all the beauty and the richness of the underwater world, because “Under the sea, darling it’s better”.
Here are our top five choices for those of you who want to get to know the world beneath the water.
Australia, Great Barrier Reef
The world wonder and only living structure visible from the space will be enough to amaze even the ones who think they’ve seen it all.
Queensland’s Great Barrier coral reef is made of 300 coral cays, 600 continental islands and around 2,900 individual reefs. Diver enthusiasts and professionals will enjoy this place because of the biodiversity.
If you decide to visit, you may be able to see some endangered species, such as Green Sea Turtle or Dugong.
It’s difficult to single out just one place in Egypt that should be visited for the purpose of scuba diving. The Red Sea is one of the warmest seas, it is, at some occasions, painted with beautiful red hue reflected by the algae, it has very little wave movements and it offers great visibility.
You will easily spot the amazing marine life in crystal clear water. Among many living organisms you can see are dolphins, sharks, 200 species of coral, feather stars, etc.
Some of the best locations are Sharm El Sheikh on the Sinai Peninsula, Ras Mohammed, Marsa Alam, Hurghada and Daedalus Reef.
French Polynesia, Rangiroa
The islands of Polynesia, besides offering picture-perfect vacation scenery are word-class diving locations.
Eleven of the 118 islands have diving centers (Huahine, Bora Bora, Raiatea, Rangiroa, Moorea, Tahiti, Tikehau, Nuku Hiva, Rurutu, Manihi and Tubuai).
If you can’t see them all, we recommend you opt for Rangiroa which is the second largest atoll in the world. One of the best places to scuba dive!
The calm lagoon of Rangiroa is perfect for enthusiast to get to know the incredibly rich marine world. For the experienced divers, looking for some thrill there are passes with strong currents (Tiputa Pass and Avatoru Pass), where they can see up to 50 sharks circling around.
Thailand, Koh Tao and Koh Lipe
With its many exotic islands, spicy dishes and breathtaking beaches, Thailand is definitely one of those places you have to visit in your lifetime. If you are in it for the diving, even better.
To save you the trouble of having to choose among the numerous heavenly diving spots in Thailand, we’ll simply say that Koh Tao and Koh Lipe will provide you all the pleasures of Thailand combined.
Diving in Koh Lipe will surely amaze you with its colorful marine life, dramatic caves and eye-catching coral reefs.
Thera are lots of cheap flights online to Thailand, so look for them in advance.
Belize, Great Blue Hole
Jacques-Yves Cousteau marked The Blue Hole as one of the best places to go scuba diving. If you need any further reassurance, it is declared the UNESCO World Heritage Site. And for a good reason.
The Belize’s diving paradise has almost perfect circular shape and it’s about 300 meters wide.
The astonishing flora and fauna and crystal clear water are one of the best treats of this destination. You can even see Caribbean reef sharks and bull sharks. For divers who like to explore geographical phenomena, it will present even greater pleasures.
No matter which of these 5 places you choose as your next diving destination, you won’t regret it. They all offer different experiences, but equally astounding.
Over to You – Do you have an amazing diving spot to be the 6th addition to the list!?
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