Helios7 brings you top 10 Scuba Diving Destinations in the World. If you are passionate about diving that includes destinations ranging from Thailand to the Red Sea, passing through the Caribbean or the Great Barrier Reef.
Top 10 Scuba Destinations of the World
1. CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA
The city of Cairns, north of Australia, is considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Here you will pass if your objective is to know the largest reef in the world. A dream for any lover of diving in which 2,000 kilometers of practically everything. Of course, the sooner you enjoy it better before it’s too late.
2. BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Bora Bora is home to one of the most popular places to see sharks. With at least 16 species of shark, divers can get to see many of these magnificent creatures, including blacktip sharks, lemon sharks, gray sharks, whitetip sharks and hammerhead sharks. Also, if we dive into the end of July and November, we can also have the opportunity to ‘cross’ with the humpback whales who migrate through these waters.
3. EILAT, ISRAEL
The Red Sea can not miss this list of ‘must have.’ Diving here is relatively easy: a water temperature ranging from 21-25 degrees, little or no current and great visibility (up to 30 meters). Israeli marine biologists are carrying out major reef restoration projects in the area over the past ten years. Eels, shipwrecks, corals and large schools of fish are just a clue to what to expect.
4.ISLA DARWIN, GALAPAGOS
The 20 percent of the marine life of this destination is not found anywhere else in the world. Whale sharks (late June to October), hammerhead sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, eels, penguins and marine iguanas are just a few of the sightings that make scuba diving in Galapagos unique. It is the ideal destination for the traveler who wants a vacation that revolves around diving.
5. KOH TAO, THAILAND
Koh Tao is a diving paradise and a good place for those who want to get started in the world of diving. Located on the Gulf of Thailand, north of popular Koh Samui (the second largest island in Thailand known for its luxury resorts) and Koh Phangan (the island where the celebrations of the Full Moon are celebrated), life in Koh Tao revolves around the water.
Essential: HTMS Sattakut Wreck
Bonaire is a destination that has captivated divers for decades and still does not age. 30 meters of visibility all year, 86 marked diving points, more than 469 species of fish including reef squid, seahorse, blue parrotfish, blue parrot … are some of the reasons why many of the lovers Of the diving that discover this small island of the old Dutch Antilles decides to return.
7. ISHIGAKI ISLAND, JAPAN
Described as one of the most outstanding diving islands in Japan, Ishigaki Island is one of the best spots for scuba diving in the world. That yes, the diving here is only done between the months of April and November.
8. TULUM, MEXICO
The cenotes and cave diving is much more difficult to dive in open water because you can not always make a vertical ascent in an emergency and there is many other factors ‘risk’ in such dives. Having said that, performing one of these dives in Tulum will be a unique experience.
9. AMBERGRIS CAYE, BELIZE
The Belize is a dive that is not made precisely by marine life but by the natural beauty of the site itself. Caves, stalagmites, and stalactites begin to appear at a depth of about 36 meters.
10. ISLAND OF ANACAPA, CALIFORNIA
Warning: the water is cold. Even in summer. In Anacapa Island, you should expect a maximum of 21ºC in August and 15ºC or less in January. However, we know that the cold is no impediment if you enjoy diving is just enough to go well prepared. Once the temperatures are taken, exploring the depths of this area will leave you with your mouth open. With a maximum visibility of about 15 meters, we can find from kelp forests and small shipwrecks to playful sea lions, seals, rays, giant basses, etc.