It doesn’t take long to hear about scuba diving in a group of travelers. Scuba diving is a great activity for family vacations, romantic getaways, or adventurous backpacking trips.
I’ve always wanted to learn to dive; it opened up a new world of discovery. You’ll discover coral reefs that are teeming with exotic fish, plants, and wrecks as you explore the depths.
Here’s a list that includes some of the most popular diving spots in the world, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver looking for new destinations to explore.
1. The Blue Hole
You can see why Blue Hole is one of the most popular dive sites around the world. This strange site, ranked by Discovery Channel as the world’s most incredible place, is actually a huge marine sinkhole. The famous explorer Jacques Cousteau declared this to be one of the best diving spots in the world.
The hole is approximately 300 meters (984 feet in diameter) and 125 meters (410 feet) deep. Here, the waters are crystal clear, giving you a chance to spot reef sharks as well as bull and hammerhead sharks. Half-day tours with two dives start at USD 130. Trips to the Blue Hole, 3-tank full-day tours, start at $300 USD. One-tank dives start at USD 55.
Thailand has a variety of great dive sites, including Phuket, Ko Tao, and the Surin Islands. You can dive anywhere in Thailand and have a great time, but the best diving sites are near Ko Tao or the Similans.
Ko Tao offers a great place for beginners to learn how to dive. You’ll find plenty of diving shops for beginners and professionals on the island. Open Water certification is around USD 300, and single-tank diving costs less than $50. Full-day trips cost about USD 75.
3. Gili Islands
In recent years, the Gilis of Indonesia has been incredibly popular. And for good reason. Here, the reefs and water provide an amazing backdrop for your diving. In addition, the reefs surrounding the islands are better preserved than other reefs in the region. There are many reasons to visit this island, including the fact that it is cheaper than its neighbor Bali. There are also multiday snorkeling trips that are cheap.
The cost of an open water certification is around USD 400, while a single tank dive costs around USD 40. A full-day tour costs USD 60.
Sipadan, located in Malaysia, is one of the top five dive sites on the planet. This place is alive with life. Turtles, corals, fish schools, sharks, and dolphins are all there. You will not only see them, but they’ll be in abundance and variety.
This was my favorite dive site in Southeast Asia, so don’t miss out if you haven’t been here before! Single-tank diving starts at USD 35.
5. Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is a must-see. The world’s largest reef is located off the coasts of Australia. It has the most tropical coral and sea life you can imagine. It’s almost 350,000 square kilometers, so large that you can see it even from space. The reef is visited by over 2 million people every year. Unfortunately, climate change has a devastating effect on the coral reef. Don’t miss the chance to visit it while you can! Scuba diving on the great barrier reef is one of my favorite things to do, even though a fish poops in front of me.
The price of a full-day Great Barrier Reef dive trip starts at around USD 200.
Hawaii offers some of the best scuba diving in the world. Hawaii is surrounded by reefs, and there are many animals to see. It’s hard to visit Hawaii without diving. It’s not surprising that Hawaii is one of the most remote archipelagos in the world. There’s a lot going on underwater. The most common creatures are seals, turtles, and mantas. However, if you go between December and May, it is possible to see humpbacks or even whale sharks.
North of the islands, the area has been designated as the largest marine preserve in the United States. This will ensure great diving for many years to come. In addition, Hawaii is a great diving destination for Americans who travel abroad. Don’t miss it!
Dives for beginners begin at USD 215, while 2-tank dives begin at USD 189 and $159 in the afternoon.
Coral reefs surround tropical islands like Micronesia, making them a beautiful destination. Micronesia is one of the best diving destinations in the South Pacific because of dive sites such as the Blue Corner. You can also explore many World War II wrecks. You need to look no further if you are looking for a place that is less visited, cheap, and pristine. The cost of single-tank diving is USD 75, while two-tank diving costs $100-150 dollars.
This tropical paradise, located in the Philippines, is (not surprisingly) also a diving heaven. There are plenty of reefs and eels to be found here. This is the most popular diving spot in the Philippines and with good reason. If you get tired of swimming in the ocean, you can relax on the beautiful beaches. Double the fun!
Open Water Certification costs approximately USD 465, while single-tank diving is USD 50.
9. Fernando de Noronha
It’s not well-known to travelers, but this place is a world-renowned diving destination. In fact, it’s the best diving spot in Brazil. So, it’s not surprising that Fernando de Noronha is gaining in popularity. The blue waters surrounding these islands are full of life. Swim with dolphins and turtles. The Corvette V17 is one of the most beautiful wreck sites in the entire world.
This is not only one of the most beautiful dive sites in South America but also one of my favorite places in the entire world. The islands can only host a small number of tourists, so you won’t have to share this paradise with many other people. Two-tank dives cost around USD 150.
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