The Best Under the Radar Diving Places in the World

Whether you are an experienced diver who has already explored the popular spots or one who simply wants to have a rare experience away from hordes of tourists, consider venturing to a lesser-known location for your next dive. Here are some unique spots to discover on your next diving vacation.

Zanzibar Archipelago

The Zanzibar Archipelago is located off the eastern coast of Africa, near Tanzania, and offers dives for all levels of experience. Though you won’t find many sharks, there is an exciting variety of small marine creatures, including bottlenose dolphins, lionfish, and sea turtles. Head to the main island, Unguja, and decide what you would like to do. There are almost two dozen different dives to choose from.

Triton Bay, Indonesia

Triton Bay is on the island of Pulau Aiduma, situated off the southwestern coast of New Guinea. It is a great spot for macro photography and shallow dives among soft coral gardens and schools of all kinds of fish. There are over 30 dives to explore.

The Azores, Portugal

Among the options for diving at The Azores, Portugal includes spots where you can see caverns, shipwrecks, active underwater volcanoes, a plethora of colorful fish, and elusive but exciting sharks, rays, and mola molas. With an abundance of dives to choose from for all levels of experience, there is something here for everyone.

Rowley Shoals, Australia

Located about 160 miles off the coast of Western Australia, the Rowley Shoals is a remote but beautiful spot to dive. A range of marine life can be found here, from colorful coral gardens to reef fish to manta rays and hammerhead sharks. Getting here is quite a trek and you will have to stay on a liveaboard boat, but the scenery and marine life make the journey worthwhile.

The Best Under the Radar Diving Places in the World

Farne Islands, UK

Though the Farne Islands are a popular location for bird watchers, they are also a great place to go diving. Nestled in the North Sea off the coast of England, the Farne Islands are known for their many shipwrecks and a large colony of friendly grey seals. As in other non-tropical climates, you will need to be sure you have the right wetsuit for diving here. While surface temperatures are generally warm, even in the cooler months, deeper water can be quite cold.

Cape Tarkhankut, Ukraine

At the westernmost point of Crimea, Cape Tarkhankut provides a huge variety of options for divers of all levels of experience. Highlights consist of shipwrecks from different eras of time; the “Monastery” cavern; and the Alley of Leaders, an underwater museum full of states of former Soviet leaders and other sculptures.

Socorro Island, Mexico

You have to dive out of a liveaboard boat to explore Socorro Island, located almost 400 miles from the coast of Mexico. Large marine animals draw divers to this remote island. Depending on the time of year you visit, you can see dolphins, sharks, humpback whales, and giant manta rays.

Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia

The Rangiroa Atoll is the second largest atoll in the world and is a spectacular place to dive. A perfect place to drift dive, the tropical waters are full of dolphins, sharks, and green sea turtles. Very few people come here, making it the perfect place to get away from hordes of tourists and enjoy a truly unique dive.

Have fun getting off of the beaten path and trying out exceptional, underrated diving spots!

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