The Must-See Scuba Diving Spots in the World
Whether you are an experienced scuba diver or you are just starting out, there are a near-limitless number of places in the world to go diving. But, with such a vast world to explore, it may be difficult to know where the top scuba destinations are. However, look no further. We have a list of the top scuba dive sites in the world!
MEXICO — THE CENOTES
As one of the top scuba destinations in the world, the Cenotes provides divers with a truly special experience in deep, freshwater-filled sinkholes. The waters are vibrant turquoise blue and provide divers with a beautiful experience along the along its complex cave systems and underwater tunnels. Given the complexity of these dives, diving experience (ideally a minimum of 20 logged dives), along with the proper scuba training and scuba diving team, are a must for the Cenotes!
KONA, HAWAII — THE GOLDEN ARCHES
Hawaii is known for its beautiful coral reefs and marine life. In particular, Kona which is located on the southeast side of the big island of Hawaii is a top scuba destination for experiencing not only large schools of brightly colored reef fish, but some of the most intricate and stunning arch formations formed underwater by lava.
CALIFORNIA — MONTEREY BAY
Monterey Bay is located about 120 miles south of San Francisco and is widely known for its aquarium and ocean life. Monterey Bay is an idea scuba diving exploration for anyone interested in water diving, particularly close to shore. As a result, divers have the unique opportunity to swim alongside the vast sea lion population, while exploring the underwater landscapes amidst dense kelp forests
ANACAPA ISLAND, CALIOFRNIA — CATHEDRAL COVE
Anacapa Island is one of the eight islands that make up the Channel Islands, located off the shores of Southern California. As with most water off the coast of California, the water is cold! It’s typically no warmer than 70 degrees and can get below 60 degrees in the winter. This is why wetsuits and proper scuba gear, including cold water boots, is a necessity when scuba diving in the cold waters of the California coast. Like Monterey Bay, Anacapa Island provides divers the opportunity to experience marine life like never before, plus exploration of small underwater arches and small shipwrecks.
A little bit south of North America, in Central America, you can find some more must-see scuba diving explorations to be had. These include, but are certainly not limited to:
BELIZE — THE “GREAT” BLUE HOLE
The Great Blue Hole is one of the top scuba destinations in the entire world! Made popular by Jacques Cousteau back in 1971, divers have to take a 3-hour boat ride through rough water from Ambergris Caye. They can then explore this massive sinkhole that measures just shy of 1,000 feet across and over 350 feet deep. There’s very little marine life. Divers go to this destination to take in the breathtaking sights to be seen in this diving experience.
HONDURAS — UTILA
Utila is one of the smallest islands that make up the Bay Islands in Honduras. Utila is most known for having some of the largest encounters of underwater marine life. In particular, Utila is known as the “whale shark capital of the Caribbean”, as sightings of whale sharks are frequent.
If you travel a bit to the other side of the Pacific Ocean, you’d find a great deal of diving opportunities in Australia. Here are just a few of the must-see diving excursions available to you ‘down under’.
Osprey Reef is located off the coast of Queensland, Australia and is considered to be the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s largest coral reef system. Outside of the fact that the reef provides a magical diving experience among the world’s most beautiful underwater reefs, divers are flocking to this destination before it’s gone. Global warming and pollution have created threats to the Great Barrier Reef.
NORTH STRADBROKE ISLAND
With diving sites such as Shag Rock, Flat Rock and Manta Ray Bommie, the North Stradbroke Island has become one of the top scuba destinations in Australia. Divers are given the opportunity to swim up next to leopard sharks, grey nurse sharks, manta rays, turtles and much more.
And, if you head north of Australia and up to Asia, there’s still more must-see scuba diving adventures awaiting!
THAILAND — KO TAO
Considered one of the perfect diving locations for beginner divers, Ko Tao is located in the Gulf of Thailand. One sight to definitely check out is the HTMS Sattakut Wreck, a manmade shipwreck formed in 2011 when the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources sunk the ship in order to help encourage marine life to dwell in the area and continue to attract divers. Well, it worked! Large schools of fish and algae have now flocked to the shipwreck and have made it a new home. Divers can enjoy sights of stingrays, angelfish, barracudas, and crustaceans here.
JAPAN — ISHIGAKI ISLAND
Ishigaki Island is found in the Okinawan Prefecture and has become a popular diving destinations for divers seeking to swim alongside manta rays. From April through November, divers have a high chance of encountering mantas. Most divers will dive down to the ocean floor and wait for the manta rays to pass by overhead.
As you can see, this list can go on and on forever. There’s just so many diving opportunities in the world — — some already well-known, as noted here, and some that have yet to be discovered. Diving destination preferences may also vary from diver to diver, depending on their level of experience, interests, and also the cultural experience of the country or location they may dive in.
At the end of the day, it is imperative that scuba divers ensure that they have all of the necessary equipment and training required to explore these beautiful diving spots in the world. If you are located in or around the Inland Empire, contact the scuba diving experts at Signature Scuba Dive Shop TODAY at (909) 476 -8183 to find out more about the scuba equipment and instruction available to you!