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Whether you are an experienced diver who has already explored the popular spots in Bali 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.

Best Diving Places in the World

Here are some best places to scuba dive in the world and unique spots to discover on your next diving vacation.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Seven Mile Reef, South Africa

South Africa invite divers to enter their wild and woolly kingdom. The diving experience here is as varied as the people, ranging from great sharks to multitudes of small sardines. You will find tropical reefs in the northeast and temperate rocky reefs in the west.

From its northern border with Mozambique to Cape Town, we can follow the route of many species of sharks, from the great white to the bull, sand tiger, hammer, mako, tiger and even whale shark. And of course the great date of the Sardine Run, in addition to dolphins, whales, sailfish, seabirds, etc.

In Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal you can enjoy warmer waters, coral reefs and, of course, many sharks. Cathedral is one of the most popular dive sites in Aliwal Shoal, known for the shelter of jagged shark sharks during the mating season.

With the amount of fish species, spectacular falls and coral formations, 7 Mile Reef must be listed as one of the best dive sites in the world. What makes this reef so popular is its variety, including Blacktip Reef Sharks, schools of pelagic fish, huge moray eels and lots of turtles.

Even Black Marlin has been known to visit this beautiful reef. The ride is often interspersed with sightings of bottlenose and spinner dolphins, whales and humpback whales, depending on the season.

5. 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.

6. 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.

The best way to get to know the Azores Islands is by combining islands. In this case Terceira and Sao Miguel. The Terceira island is the second most important island of the archipelago. Its old town is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which is characterized by its steep and cobbled streets, its Renaissance style and the culture of its people. It is called the Violet Island, because hydrangeas of this color are abundant on this island.

The Sao Miguel island is the capital of the Azores. We can discover its colonial architecture and culture through the urban art that colors its walls. It is called the Green Island due to its humid climate and its exotic and abundant flora. One of the most charming places on the entire island of Sao Miguel, without a doubt, is a gigantic volcanic caldera known as Sete Cidades.

This corner must be in your list if you dare to see the Azores Islands. At less than twenty kilometers from Ponta Delgada you will arrive in an easy and simple way to this place. The best known lakes are Lagoa Verde and Lagoa Azul. When the sky is clear and the sun shines brightly you can see its intense green and blue colors that are what give name to both lakes.

To see this whole area, one of the best places to do it is the viewpoint known as Vista do Rei. At a very short distance there is a very curious building. At the top of the crater, a luxury hotel was built that eventually went to ruin. At present, this hotel only has its sturdy structure.

It is worth entering inside this installation and imagining what the life of the clients who were staying in these rooms should be like and listening to the grand piano that was installed in the entrance hall. If you go up to the upper floors there are several rooms with views of the blue lagoon and the green lagoon that are really amazing.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Caribbean Islands

Also called the Antillean Sea, the Caribbean is known for its islands and coral reefs that attract millions of tourists every year. It is part of the Atlantic Ocean, bordering Central America and South America. It is one of the largest seas in the world and communicates with the Pacific Ocean through the famous Panama Canal, reaching its deepest level (more than 7,600 meters) in the Cayman Trough, located between Cayman Islands and Jamaica.

Its tropical location helps the water temperature to remain relatively high and constant throughout the year which, together with the marine currents, favors the existence of a great biodiversity at the same time that makes it a pleasant diving environment.

Among its underwater scenarios, the Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest in the world and declared a World Heritage Site in 1996. The reefs of the Caribbean are full of places full of color, movement and life. Butterfly fish, surgeon, damsel or angel fish are the most common inhabitants of this environment, and yet other fascinating creatures such as sea turtles, eagle rays, sea horses or some sharks are also frequent in the area.

Swimming with the biggest fish in the world, diving surrounded by sharks or diving in disturbing blue holes are just some of the experiences you can experience while travelling the Caribbean.

Keep in mind that, although it is a very fun activity, diving requires more preparation than snorkeling. It would be crazy to dive 20 meters deep into the ocean without having some basic knowledge about how the oxygen bottle works, how to stay stable, or what to do if our ears hurt or we run out of oxygen.

If you are not convinced that you are going to like diving but you want to try it, you can do the test with a diving baptism, in which you will be given some basic notions and a professional diver will guide you during the dive. Have fun getting off the beaten path and trying out exceptional, underrated diving spots!
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huda said...

This was so cool to read through! Some of these places i never would have guessed made great places to scuba dive!

Nahashon Kyalo said...

I've always dreamt about travelling the world and scuba diving a long the way. When the time comes, I'll use your guide as a starting point. Thank you for sharing.

Jessa B. said...

i hope to learn how to dive before my trip to Bora Bora! I can't wait!!!

Czjai said...

My fear of deep waters has deterred me from trying scuba diving. How I wish I could muster up the courage to try this at least once in my life!

Brie said...

I have scuba dived before and my ears always pop. but I still think it is fun, these would be great places.

You, Me and Benny said...

OOHHH I need to do this!! I went once in Mexico and LOVED it

Chelsea said...

I've never been diving before, but I have a friend that moved to SEA to go and she has lived in Bali for the past 6 years! What a cool list!

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

I think scuba diving is awesome! I would love to be able to do that but alas. Enjoying the photos anyway

Lydia Smith said...

This is really cool but am so scared of swim not to talk of scuba diving. When I leg go of fears I will love to try it out.

thatdogmomma said...

My husband is a diver and would love to dive these locations! Much different than here!

https://www.positivityofmind.com/your-habit-determines-how-far-you-go/habit/12/04/2019/ said...

find location tips would love to be in each of these location

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