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Top ten dive sites around the world

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Experienced scuba divers long to explore underwater kingdoms, surrounded by strange and wonderful wildlife. Use your savings to finance trips to some of the top ten dive sites in the world.

One of the best dive sites in the world is Yongala in Queensland, Australia. This shipwreck site is the final resting place for the SS Yongala, a ship that sank in 1911 during a tropical cyclone. You will see bull sharks, leopard sharks, manta rays and sea snakes. You may even feast your eyes on minke and humpback whales.

Swim with Barracuda

Barracuda Point is located in Malaysia off Sipadan Island. Divers find themselves surrounded by jackfish, sea turtles and barracuda. Add hammerhead sharks and rays to the tumultuous site and you have a dive to remember.

If you plan to visit Bali, check out the USS Liberty Wreck. This sunken ship was hit by a Japanese torpedo during World War II. 

Lighthouse Reef Blue Hole in Belize is considered one of the most thrilling dive sites in the world. The diameter of the hole is 1,000 feet while the depth is 450 feet. Created during the Ice Age, this site lets you marvel at stalactites and a dizzying view of the sky as you look up through the hole. Hammerhead sharks keep you company as you explore.

Plan a trip to Tofo, Mozambique and swim with mantas measuring 19.68 feet. The dive site, aptly named Manta Reef, serves as a cleaning station. Watch smaller fish attach themselves to manta and feast on parasites that make their home on the mantas’ wings and fins. Dragon moray eels, frogfish, whale sharks and bowmouth guitarfish lurk nearby.

Manchones Reef in Cancun, Mexico features statues beneath the water. Exhibits include 400 statues of people called The Silent Evolution. Barracuda, lobsters and moray eels swim throughout the man-made reef.

Dive at Yonaguni Jima, located in Yaeyama Islands, Japan and spy an ancient pyramid beneath the ocean. Standing 82.02 feet tall, the Mayan-like pyramid is a relic of an ancient city that might have sunk because of a long forgotten earthquake.

Monster-sized Squids

Monster-sized squids await you when you dive at Santa Rosalia in Mexico. Diving in the Sea of Cortez, you come face to face with the Humboldt squid. It can grow up to six feet long and is armed with tentacles laced with teeth. It also boasts a vicious beak that can tear fish apart. Humboldt squids gather in the Sea of Cortez and dine upon other marine life. Go searching for them if you dare.

Utila Island in Honduras offers a range of reefs extending 450 miles. Located in the Caribbean Sea, the site features marine life that includes the awe-inspiring whale shark. Visit during the spring or fall to swim with these animals that can tip the scales at 20 tons and grow up to 30 feet in length.

Famous photo shot in Utile island - Honduras

Swim through underwater caverns and caves when you dive at Cenotes, an area located in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. The Cenotes are limestone sinkholes filled with freshwater. You will marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites as you glide through turquoise waters.


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