71% of the earth’s surface is covered in water. So, it probably comes as no surprise that so many of us want to explore the worlds beneath the waves. Whether you’ve been diving for many years or you simply have an enthusiasm for exploring what lies beneath the surface, this planet of ours offers up some spectacular dive locations. This article lists 5 of the world’s best diving locations! You have to see them to believe them.
1. Galapagos Archipelago
The Galapagos Archipelago is a group of 13 major islands that holds some of the most beautiful diving views in the world. If you love diving with sharks, The Galapagos Archipelago is the location for you! Between May and November is the best time to see sharks but Hammerheads are prominent here all year round. The cold undercurrents here contribute to the variety of marine life, resulting in a wide range of ecosystems, fish populations and coral reefs.
2. Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines
Malapascua Island is an idyllic island situated off the north coast of Cebu and is world-renowned for its incredible diving opportunities all year round. Malapascua gives divers the chance to dive in deep with thresher sharks, explore beautiful coral reefs and experience the stunning colour displays of the varied marine life. And what’s more, these diving experiences are available all year round. Malapascua Island is one of the only places in the world where you can reliably see thresher sharks and it is arguably the best place in the Philippines to experience big fish encounters.
3. Thistlegorm – Egyptian Red Sea
If you enjoy exploring shipwrecks, diving the Thistlegorm in the Egyptian Red Sea is something you should definitely experience! The Thistlegorm was a giant cargo ship that sunk in 1941 after being bombed by German planes. The crew survived, all but 9, and the cargo ship sunk to its final resting place at the bottom of the sea – taking all its cargo with it.
Today, divers can explore the Thistlegorm, laying at a depth of 29 metres, and discover all its cargo still inside, including tanks, jeeps, trucks and so much more! Marine life has made the site their home and divers have even reported seeing giant moray eels swimming amongst the wreck. So, if exploring ship wrecks is something you enjoy, the Thistlegorm is definitely one to add to your list!
4. Blue Heron Bridge – Riviera Beach, Florida
If you enjoy discovering unusual and unique marine life, you will love exploring the life lurking in the waters of Riviera Beach’s Blue Heron Bridge. This diving spot is hailed as one of the best in the Americas and certainly offers a great variety of marine life! With months of tropical warm water for diving in, from late spring until late fall, Blue Heron Bridge makes for a great place to dive. Take a trip to Florida and experience for yourself why Blue Heron Bridge is such a unique and beautiful diving location.
5. Manta Ray Night Dive – Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Hawaii, one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in the world and also regarded as one of the most memorable dive locations on the planet! If you want to experience the best diving has to offer, you definitely don’t want to miss the world-famous manta ray night dive that Hawaii has to offer. Manta rays flock to Hawaii to feed on the plankton there and their feeding sessions make for incredible shows. Divers can watch in amazement as the manta rays summersault through the water and actively interact with each other. You’re guaranteed a close-up encounter with these incredible creatures like never before. The manta ray night dive in Kailua Kona, Hawaii is certainly not one to miss!
Where Would You Go Diving?
If you were given the opportunity to go diving anywhere in the world, where would you go? The 5 diving locations listed in this article are a must! If you’ve been diving in any incredible locations, let us know in the comments below. We love reading your dive, seeing pictures and hearing all about your dive experiences.
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