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Best places in the world to go scuba diving

Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef (Flickr by Simon Starr)

Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef (Flickr by Simon Starr)

During the summer months a holiday to a tropical destination is quite popular.  There are several things to do while on holiday in paradise and one exciting activity to partake in in scuba diving.  Scuba diving is a wonderful way to see all that the ocean has to offer up close.  If scuba diving isn’t up your alley then perhaps just snorkeling would be better suited for you.  But one this is for certain; with these scuba destinations you are sure to see the ocean at its finest.

The most iconic place to scuba dive for me is the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system in the world.  It is so large in fact that it can be seen from space!  The Great Barrier Reef is home to 1,500 species of fish and 400 species of corals.  The great diversity found here makes it one of the best dive sites in the world.  Not only does the variety of species attract divers to the reef but, so does the crystal clear water.  This is why one day I hope to scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef.  Not only does the Great Barrier Reef attract me to Australia but, so do its mainland attractions.

Another interesting dive would be to get up close and personal with one of the ocean’s greatest hunters, the Great White shark.  I know, it my sound scary but, in South Africa it is possible to cage dive to see these magnificent animals up close.  It would be a frightening and memorable experience to see Jaws up close.

The Red Sea (Flickr by omdaa)

The Red Sea (Flickr by omdaa)

If cage diving with sharks isn’t your cup of tea then perhaps a trip to Egypt to scuba in the Red Sea is.  I think a holiday in Egypt would be amazing!  It is one of my dreams to visit Egypt to see the Pyramids and Sphinx.  While in Egypt one might as well take advantage of what the Red Sea has to offer.   The Red Sea is home to a coral reef system that features 1,200 species of fish and 220 varieties of corals.  An interesting fact is that 10% of the fish are found no where else.  Although, it isn’t as grand as the Great Barrier Reef  it is still viewed as one of the best places to scuba dive.

Another dive spot this is popular is found in Thailand.  One thing that attracts divers to Thailand is the possibility to encounter the whale shark (largest fish in the world).  If I ever make it to Thailand I would plan a trip around March and April because these are the months when whale sharks are most frequently spotted.  It is unknown why Thailand is a hot spot for these gentle giants.  Not only are whale sharks famous in Thailand but, so are the reefs that surround the islands.  Scuba diving in Thailand offers some beautiful scenery that is sure to astound all who go.

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  1. comment by: Rob on Aug 10 at 18:53

    Thanks for this. I reckon Mexico also offers some good diving

  2. comment by: Rob on Sep 10 at 20:43

    Nice pic and photos. Not trying to show off but I have been snorkelling at The Great Barrier Reef and The Red Sea (Marsa Alam). Both were amazing. Also good was Mexico (Cancun area).

  3. comment by: sinbad on Sep 14 at 23:11

    No mention of The Maldives – they were made for scuba.

  4. comment by: David on Sep 18 at 19:12

    Hi Valerie,Your first picture is really amazing.I live in US near Hawaii and and over here top on my list to dive is the night manta ray dive off Kona, Hawaii. I know a couple people who have done it and it sounds amazing. It's a dive where you go out at dusk, they give you lights and all the divers go down to the floor and circle around a larger light, which attracts plankton. The plankton is food for manta rays, who feed at night. There you are sitting on the ocean floor in the darkness and a 10 foot wide manta ray comes sailing over your head. Awesome!

  5. comment by: fish tank ornaments on Aug 09 at 08:44

    Can i also suggest the Andaman Islands. They are relatively unknown and are an incredible place of serene beauty. They have great diving and deep sea fishing and you will get too see the full majesty of the Indian Ocean. Thanks for letting me comment on your blog :)

  6. comment by: Frank Zaya on Sep 24 at 04:00

    Underwater was amazing! If you love to diving, I would recommend Scuba Diving in phuket & around phuket, it boasts crystal clear water, spectacular reefs and rock formations, plus a colourful selection of marine life.

  7. comment by: cebu diving package on Jul 03 at 04:44

    This is one of the things that I am getting excited when I go scuba diving. I love to see beautiful sea creatures that are not commonly seen by most people.

  8. comment by: oslob whale shark on Jul 10 at 02:16

    I once saw a Philippine TV show which is called "born to be wild" featuring this Humphead wrasse (mameng in Filipino) which has a size of 4 foot long, but it is not in the great barrier reef, they took that coverage of mameng in Palau where there is a fish sanctuary that is strongly covered/prohibited by a law.

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