The 10 Best Dive Spots In The World You Cannot Miss
Scratching under the surface often leads to experiences that have been seldom explored but are are often beautiful in nature. One such exhilarating experience under the surface is scuba diving. From discovering the picturesque variety of marine life to capturing a glimpse of the marvels of mother nature, take this opportunity to dive into the deep waters of the sea and explore what’s on the other side. It does not matter if you can swim or not because of the fascinating views that await you do not discriminate between swimmers and non-swimmers. Carefully crafted for both novice divers and accomplished ones, check out these exciting 10 best diving spots in the world and treat yourself with some subtropical joys under water.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
One of the largest and healthiest coral reefs that are the habitat of a spellbindingly beautiful and diverse variety of marine life, head to the Great Barrier Reef and dive into the famed Australian waters. Interestingly, the aboriginals who you’ll meet during your Australian backpacking sojourn, revere the reef as it is an important component of their spirituality. True to its name, the Great Barrier Reef, also a UNESCO Natural Heritage, hosts the largest variety (more than 3000) of living organisms in itself and can also be witnessed from space. Do we need to give you any more reasons to go? Well, then find out why David Attenborough felt it was better to dive into the Great Barrier than a take trip to the moon.
Northern Arch Dive Site, New Zealand
Offering some excellent wrecks to dive in New Zealand, explore the different marine habitats of NZ, which is also home to a variety of seagrass beds, reefs, cliffs, and rocks, gathering a colorful assembly of marine life. Don’t forget to say hello to the different kinds of anemones, starfish, crayfish, and octopus residing in the rocky reefs of the Northern Arch. With its tapestry of caves, kelp, and critters, the Kiwi islands offer a distinct view and experience of its tapestry of caves, kelp, and critters that are not found elsewhere.
Gili Trawangan Islands, Lombok, Indonesia
Ideal for beginner divers, head to Lombok in Bali and discover the deep blue secrets of the magnificently blue sea. Blessed with a bohemian vibe, a laid-back atmosphere and a range of dive sites, this is an absolutely unmissable experience especially if you are backpacking across Bali and are eyeing some pristine downtime, quite literally. You could also club this experience with a fortnight escapade into captivating lands of Bali and come back with a memory which will last a lifetime.
Shark Point Diving, Phuket, Thailand
A marine sanctuary in itself, experience the thrill and fear as you head closer to the mighty shark and dive in at the Shark Point Dive Spot in Phuket. One of the most popular multi-pinnacle diving site in South East Asia, the region is carefully conserved by the Thai Government so as to sustainably maintain the richly diverse marine spot. Recommended for the more experienced divers, you can easily club the shark point diving expedition with the beach hopping experience in Thailand.
Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
The Andaman Islands are a gift to the Indian subcontinents by the almighty and cannot be missed by sea, wildlife, nature and adventure lovers. Make it a point to include this experience in your backpacking trip to India, and be prepared for an unreal experience. Crystal clear waters where even your reflection will be brighter and your mirror will be an incompetent tool in comparison to the waters, head to the Andamans before the Indian Monsoon season which begins in May.
Koh Rong, Cambodia
A relatively unexplored and an untouched village with a few backpacker hostels located on the fringes of the region, head to diving in Koh Rong after a 120-minute boat ride from Sihanoukville. Witness some infrequently spotted marine life such as cat sharks, blue spotted rays, horned starfish, seahorses, cobia, scorpionfish, stingrays, sea stars, nudibranchs and several species of eels. You could also explore Samloem for some underwater sand safaris and night dives. A great possible addition to your South East Asia Backpacking trip, do not miss Koh Rong when you are in Sihanoukville for the world.
Indulge in the sub-tropical pleasures of Maldives and explore its richly diverse diving sites. Blessed with more than a thousand islands in its pleasantly palmy coastline, explore the especially Maldivian soft corals amidst its several dive spots which include Okobe Thila, Kandooma Thila, Kudarah Thila amongst several others in North and South Male. With no dearth of tunnels, caves, arches, grottoes, chimneys, and other shadowy spaces as you swim across to witness the region’s beautiful invertebrate diversity.
Great Blue Hole, Belize, South America
A small country situated between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is a beautiful little surprise. Home to about 400 islands, marble white sandy beaches, and one of the longest barrier reefs in the entire western hemisphere, Belize is one of the finest albeit an underexplored scuba diving destination. To witness one of the widest variety of marine life and crystal clear waters, head to Belize in November and April so that you get the best of your experience.
Bull-Shark Dive, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
An out and out for adventure freak destination that’s not recommended for novice divers, head to the Blue-Shark Dive Spot in Mexico, especially between the November to March period to make most of the underwater migration of marine life, especially the Bull-Sharks. Every year, the female bull sharks head the shallow waters and that’s how you get to witness the magnificent beast in its natural habitat. A 40-minute excursion, this experience is ideal for your adrenaline hunting cravings.
Evans Cape, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Famed as one of the best cold water diving spots in the world, the Evans Cape of South Africa is an all-encompassing visual treat that gets narrower as you descend after the first dive. Nestled between two peaks, the wrecks host a rich sea-life such as soft corals and a variety of fish. Other than Sharks, you could also spot some whales, especially between the October and February months.
A thrilling and a life-changing experience for most, diving cannot be missed by sea-lovers, wildlife spotters and adventure seekers of all kinds. A definite feature of most backpackers’ and adventure travelers’ bucket lists, Team Go Discover Abroad makes sure that all your diving activities are carried out and trained under PADI Certified trainers. Drop us an email at [email protected] to let us help you get ready for your diving escapade abroad.