Whether you are an advanced diver or a beginner, you might want to start planning your next adventure near great waters where you can improve your skills. There are fantastic diving spots around the world where you can see unique creatures, take part in conservation projects, and learn more about the life under the sea. If you have your equipment ready and waiting, check out the below list of destinations for inspiration.
1. Komodo, Indonesia
There are over 15,000 islands in Indonesia, and most of them have their own ecosystem and flora and fauna. Likewise, the shores of the islands are diverse, so you will find a colorful scene when you get under the water. Make sure that you get a boat and go and visit some of the best islands in Indonesia, including Komodo for an ultimate diving experience. There are corals, sharks, and colorful tropical fish to check out.
2. Conzumel, Mexico
This destination is popular for those who like spending a long weekend diving in Mexico. You can get great flight times from most airports in the US, and visit the Palancar Reef, go on a day’s expedition, or simply book a dive trip around the shores. Some of the largest coral pillars can be found near Conzumel, and – of course – you can take advantage of the hospitality of Mexico and South America, trying great beach food and engaging with locals to pick up some diving tips.
3. Puerto Rico
If you live in the East Coast, Puerto Rico is close enough for a long weekend or a few days of diving holiday. Be sure to check out the Mosquito Pier where you will find hawksbill turtles and stingrays. The biodiversity of Puerto Rico is hard to match, over and under the water. You can fly there in only a couple of hours, and – due to the popularity of the site among divers – you can hire equipment and local guides at a reasonable price, so you can make the most out of your diving adventures.
4. Costa Rica
Of course, Costa Rica is one of the best places to visit for a beach holiday, but its diving sites are also amazing. Almost all of the beaches of Costa Rica are close to natural reserves, and you can get guided tours around the shores, as well as individual dives. If you are looking for an unusual dive, you should visit the El Bajo del Diablo by Cano Island. The Devil’s Rock is under the water and you can find giant rays and different sharks living around it.
5. Gozo, Malta
The Mediterranean island of Malta has plenty of history, and if you would like to find shipwrecks and check out the fish that lives here, you can find a couple of underwater caves and snorkeling spots. You can find the best and most pristine waters around the shores of the smaller islands; Gozo and Comino, and get a boat hire to deliver you to your selected diving spot. Scuba diving schools also offer tours and training in Gozo.
6. Palau, Philippines
The unspoiled waters of Palau in the Philippines offer great scenes and fantastic vision. You should check out the dolphins and the nudibranch. The waters are deep and the currents are strong around the Philippines, and you should get some navigation aids to make sure that you can find your way back and monitor your progress. Check out the Shearwater Teric dive computer if you would like to monitor and record your dives and find the exact spots again after you return to the Philippines.
The islands that got Darwin to think about the evolution and the species also have a great underwater biodiversity that you must check out. It is, however, important that you book ahead, as there are a limited number of visitors allowed in certain sites at a time. Your best bet might be to go on a guided diving tour or exhibition. You will not have to try and find the different sea creatures and spend time searching for the right sites. You can also stay out of the way of the protected species.
The Maldives is not only a great place for a luxury break, but also offers great places for divers. As the population of the islands is limited, you will see the natural environment around the Maldives and find crystal clear waters. You might want to go out on a boat trip and sail around the shores, checking out the different ecosystems at various parts of the shores.
9. Red Sea
If you are keen on history and would like to see some of the oldest shipwrecks and witness how sea creatures have turned them into a living and breathing home, you should visit the Red Sea for diving. Whether you arrive in Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, or Israel, you will be able to visit the famous Giannis D, Carnatic, Dunraven, see whitetips, hammerheads, and nudibranchs.
10. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
There’s simply nothing that compares to visiting the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. If you are a conservationist, you can see an exhibit that shows the impact of bleaching on the living coral. Due to the rising temperatures of the sea, some of the corals have turned completely white. You need to be aware that – due to the protected nature of the area – the number of visitors to the Great Barrier Reef is limited, so you should book your tour ahead. It is not allowed to dive on your own, and conservationists and scientists will guide you under the water.
Whether you love the deep waters or are in love with shore and scuba diving, you will find your dream destination on the list. From rare and protected species to coral and shipwrecks, underwater cliffs and caves, there are plenty of things to see under the ocean. Plan your next trip for a few days or embark on an expedition to get closer to these unique and vulnerable creatures.