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Enthusiastic About Diving? Make Sure You Know The World’s Top Diving Spots

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There are so many wonderful dive sites around the world that, for those who are avid divers, it can be tough to decide which to check out. These are 10 of the world’s top dive sites.


Rocktail Bay, South Africa

This area is part of the Maputaland Marine Reserve and contains many tropical fish in its cool, clear waters. Rocktail Bay Lodge is the only place in this region where you will find a dive boat. On your way out to the dive site you can expect to catch a glimpse of humpback whales and bottle-nosed dolphins, if you are lucky.

Rangiroa, Polynesia

This remote, stunning location is actually the second biggest atoll on the globe. The amazing lagoon has some exciting diving on offer. Larger species that you can hope to see include manta ray, dolphins, grey reef sharks and even hammerhead sharks.

Sulawesi, Indonesia

In the dive sites around these Sulawesi Islands you will find some of the most diverse marine life the world has to offer. There are a huge variety of different species of fish, corals, flat worms, nudibranchs and even shark. You may even be able to spot some pygmy seahorses. As the Bunaken National Marine Park is highly invested in sustainable tourism, you will have to pay a fee to dive, which will go to local communities.

The Maldives

Any of the Maldives’ islands provide a great location for diving, but some of the best dive sites can be found off the North Male atoll and the South Ari atoll. Between May and September you are more likely than not to be able to see manta rays, although they are there during the whole year. You should also be able to see schooling fish, sharks, turtles and plenty of reef life.

Little Cayman, West Indies

On this small island, you can hope to find some amazing diving, free from pollution. Be sure to check out Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson’s Point. There is a huge coral cliff and a 2,000 metre drop into a large submarine trench. You won’t see a lot of sharks or big fish, but it is a beautiful and relaxing site for diving.

Cocos and Malpelo, Eastern Pacific

Only drivers and coast guard members are allowed to visit these two remote islands. On these marine reserves, you are almost guaranteed to see schools of hammerhead sharks, along with silky sharks and white tip reef sharks. You can also see schools of jacks and tuna.

The Bismark Sea, Papua New Guinea

Other than the obvious large species, in this area you are sure to see some small and interesting sea creatures. These include pygmy seahorses, squat lobsters, dwarf scorpion fish and sponge crabs. There is also some amazing night diving.

Sipadan Island, Malaysian Borneo

Although the strong currents mean this is not a great place for less experienced divers, it is a great place to visit. You are likely to see plenty of turtles, sharks, mandarin fish and seas wasps.

Surin and Similan Islands, Thailand

You should come to these island dive sites if you would like to see manta rays, whale sharks, leopard sharks and game-fish. There is also a great deal of macro-life to see in the area’s coral.

Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands

The Bikini Atoll is the ideal location for anyone who wants to go wreck diving. It was once an atomic test site and is now home to the wrecks of more than a few warships. There is lots of beautiful fish life to see at these little explored dive sites.

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