Daniel is a copywriter who has well and truly been bitten alive by the 'travel bug'. After ticking off several North American National Parks and exploring Europe by train, his sights are now set on South East Asia. Usually with at least one camera locked and loaded, you'll find Daniel wherever there are mountains, lakes or beaches.
Diving into the unknown, discovering a world beneath the waves, where enchanting marine sinkholes and vibrant coral reefs await. From the vibrant reefs of the Gili Islands to the exotic allure of Micronesia, these underwater paradises are perfect for both beginner and expert divers!
The Blue Hole, Belize
The Blue Hole in Belize is a mecca for divers, considered one of the top five locations for marine exploration, according to famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. The site is actually a marine sinkhole, with a max depth of around 410 feet and a diameter of 984 feet. Thanks to its crystal-clear waters, divers can easily see sharks, sea turtles, and coral when exploring the Blue Hole.
Gili Islands, Indonesia
The Gili Islands have seen a boom in popularity recently thanks to their beautiful reefs and waters. What sets the Gilis apart is the remarkable preservation of their vast reef system, making them stand out among other destinations in the region. For those not keen on diving, it’s also a great destination for snorkelers, with a variety of cheap tours available.
If you want to swim among wildlife, you’ll want to get yourself to Sipaden pronto. Along with the Blue Hole, the Malaysian Island is considered in the top five diving sites and attracts divers from across the globe. When you enter its waters, you are more than likely to swim by turtles, dolphins, schools of fish, and just about every form of recognizable sea life.
If you’re traveling in the South Pacific and looking for a new dive spot, Micronesia is the place to head to. With bustling coral reefs, abundant sea life, and World War II wrecks to explore, there is something for every kind of diver. It’s also far less visited and, as a result, quieter and cheaper than other well-known dive spots.
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
As one of the best dive sites in South America, Fernando de Noronha offers diving enthusiasts a chance to swim alongside some of the sea’s most famous residents, including turtles and dolphins. Brazil’s number-one diving spot is also the resting place for several wrecks, including the Corveta V 17, a Brazilian Navy ship, and Navio do Leão, a ship laying just 26 feet below the surface.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
You would truly have to be living under a rock to not know about the Great Barrier Reef and its allure for divers. It is the world’s largest reef and home to some of the most diverse sea life. Unfortunately, due to climate change and mass tourism, the reef has been struggling recently. So if you do visit, make sure to pay attention to advice from the Australian government on the things you can do to help protect this natural wonder.
The only American location to make it onto the list, Hawaii is home to some beautiful diving locations. Its northern islands have been preserved as America’s largest marine reserve, where you might even see whale sharks and humpbacks if you visit between January and March!
Boracay, the Philippines
Boracay is the Philippines’ most popular place to dive, and once you visit, you’ll quickly find out why. An underwater paradise, you’ll come across all the classic wildlife here, from clownfish to sea snakes. As an added bonus, Boracay has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, so after a dive, you can kick back with a cold drink and soak in the sun.
It’s simply too difficult to pick just one spot in Thailand for this list; the Southeast Asian nation is truly a dream destination for those who want to explore what lies beneath! From the Similan Islands to Ko Tao, you will be spoilt for choice in Thailand. If you’re on a budget, head for Ko Tao, where lessons and certificates are one of the cheapest in the region!
The Red Sea
Resting between Africa and Asia, the Red Sea offers out-of-this-world waters and wildlife that would impress even the most veteran divers. Due to its location, the water temperature is more or less consistent year-round, making it the perfect destination no matter the month. It’s a hotspot for wrecks and teeming with remarkable biodiversity.
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