The oceans and seas of the world have hidden thousands of treasures to discover. Whether your are a seasoned diver or just starting out you will be no doubt be interested in knowing the world’s top diving destinations. So to help you have a difficult decision on where to go here are some of the world’s top diving destinations.
Polynesia brings thoughts of far off exotic destinations with swaying palm trees and sandy beaches. Situated in the remote islands of the Tuamotu Archipelgo is Rangiro one of the world’s top diving destinations because of its rich marine life and unspoilt shores and waters. While diving you will have the chance to observe dolphins, hammerhead sharks, reef sharks and more and when you are not in the water you can relax in paradise.
Rocktail Bay, South Africa
Head to the Maputaland Marine Reserve in South Africa for one of the world’s top diving destinations. Underneath the surface a spectacular array of tropical fish await you. The bay is also home to dolphins and humpback whales which provide an extra treat if you get the chance to see any. This is not one of the world’s most famous diving destinations but its relative lack of being known is part of what makes it one of the world’s top diving destinations. There is only one dive boat available and it can be taken from the Rocktail Bay Lodge. You will be guided by very friendly dive who will be happy to discuss the local species in depth with you.
The Maldives as a travel and diving destination are probably better known to you than the previous two mentioned here. To get the best bang for your buck join a live-aboard boat. This will allow you lots of dive time each day. Many days you will have the chance to take up to four dives. The waters here are full of beautiful marine life including manta rays, turtles, sharks and brightly colored reefs. The best locations to head for diving in the Maldives are North Mall atoll and South Ari atoll. The Maldives are the top diving destination in the Indian ocean and should be visiting by any diving enthusiast.
Little Cayman is one of the few Caribbean diving destinations that hasn’t been too spoiled. One of the most spectacular under water sites at this diving destination is the Bloody Bay Wall. This is an enormous sheer coral cliff that has a 7000 foot drop into a submarine trench. A site that you won’t want to miss!
Sipadan Island, Malaysia
Situated in the South China Sea is the tiny Malaysian island of Sipadan. It is one of the world’s top diving destinations especially if you enjoy turtles. Because this area is a top diving destination it attracts many divers and as a result the turtles are not very shy. This allows you to get fantastic up close encounters with these magnificent creatures. Other marine life found here are sharks, mandarin fish, sea wasps and barracuda. This is a diving destination that is suitable to only experienced divers as the water does have some strong currents.
Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
Far off into the pacific half way to Australia from Hawaii sits these relatively untouched islands and dive sites. In fact the dive sites around the Marshall Islands are the world’s least explored. This area is excellent for shipwreck diving, as the water is the final resting place to a number of ships including the USS Saratoga. This is a location for serious divers and it is costly but well worth it is you are looking for pretty much uncharted diving exploration.