The 20 Best Places in the World for Scuba Diving

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There is a fascinating world, deeply distant but at the same time very close to us: the abysses. In the depths of the sea, sunlight filters through the water and allows you to glimpse a colorful and almost ethereal life that populates an existence made up of caves and sea gardens. A hushed world, at times magic, which affects the soul of many people. Easy to understand why. Find out with us the 20 best places in the world to go scuba diving: which one do you miss to visit?

20 - Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

Ras Mohammed National Park extends in the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula: it is the only Egyptian national park. On the side facing the Red Sea you will find more than 20 beautiful sites perfect for diving. A stone's throw from Sharm el Sheikh you will swim next to colorful fish!

19 - Turcs and Caicos, Caribbean Sea

A coral archipelago, known since the 70s as an excellent destination for scuba diving. Many islands are uninhabited, so they are also perfect for an escape from busy city life. It owns one of the largest coral reefs in the world. An ideal location for snorkelers as the reef is close to the shore and shallow.

18 - Little Cayman, Cayman Islands

It is the smallest of the islands of the archipelago of the same name and is a real pearl! It is trying hard to resist the environmental threats caused by the sadly increasing level of pollution in the area. A place of great charm, even if very contained. At the far north you will find Jackson Point, where the coral reef drops into the deepest abyss after a drop of nearly 2000 meters!

17 - Silfra Lake, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

The waters of this lake are one curious stage, but interesting. Optimal visibility in these crystalline waters, so much so that from the surface you can see the cracks due to the meeting of the two continental plates. The proximity to the geysers means that the waters are not so cold and some fish swim there. The lagoon offers a breathtaking spectacle: an incredible place!

16 - Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands

Yes, yes: you got it right! We mean the theater of the famous atomic tests. In spite of what one might think, underwater flora and fauna are very respectable. It is a locality suitable for the bravest which provides special and unique dives. On the seabed rest, in fact, the wrecks of numerous warships.

15 - Mauritius Island, Republic of Mauritius

The coral reef surrounds the island for three quarters. The east coast is lapped by colder currents, but it has beautiful points. You will also find fantastic desert islets where you will have the impression of diving into uncharted waters. There aquatic fauna here is rich and colorful. If you are experienced enough, enter the intricate architecture of the rocks of the south coast.

14 - Zanzibar, Tanzania

A heavenly sea with a wonderful coral reef awaits you. In Zanzibar many of the best sites for diving they are ideal for beginners. Chole Wall and Coral Gardens, just 15 meters deep, will amaze you. The other most spectacular points are located 30 meters away. Warning: don't be fooled! Despite the minimal difficulty of diving, the islands of Tanzania offer spectacular experiences even to the most experienced divers.

13 - Sulawesi, between Borneo and the Moluccas

The area is very well known for beauty of its seabed. The value of these waters does not stop there: it is very important on a scientific level. Indeed, there is a marine environment ad high concentration of biodiversity. Absolutely not to be missed is the marine park of Bunaken, among the best sites in the world of this kind.

12 - Maldives

More than a thousand islands surrounded by fine sand with rich atolls colorful submarine life of the coral reef. From May to September you can meet the mante, while near the North Male and South Ari atolls you may come across sharks and sea turtles. In addition, in the Maldives you will find the best tours and diving centers in the Indian Ocean.

11 - Hurghada, Egypt

One of the favorite destinations for several reasons: the seabed is one of the most beautiful and lush in the world, the clarity of its waters is legendary, reaching it is simple and cheap.
What more could you ask for?

10 - Perth, Australia

E' the kingdom of uncontaminated nature and pure water. Just over 20 km from Perth is the splendid Rottnest Island: a magical place surrounded by coral reefs and rich in vegetation. A great dive site! Remember to immerse yourself also in the green of the surrounding nature on dry land. You might also come across quokkas, the curious kangaroo-like marsupials with an always happy face.

9 - Rangiroa, Polynesia

It is an atoll of the Tuamotu archipelago, in Polynesia. The island, large and very beautiful, has one coral reef and one extraordinary underwater fauna. Here you can experience the thrill of swimming side by side with the Dolphins. In this place, then, a particular phenomenon takes place that you can also exploit for your enjoyment: the currents created by two channels allow the passage of water only twice a day.

8 - Raja Ampat, Indonesia

It is a vast archipelago, elected in 2007 among the richest coral reefs in the world. Lovers of underwater photography they come from all over the planet to observe this unique biodiversity.

7 - Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea

Difficult to reach, but totally worth it! Here you will find the largest biodiversity on the planet. Mangroves, coral reefs, fish of all kinds and colors, dolphins and volcanoes. Do we need to add more?

6 - Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

If you fancy a long but unforgettable journey, the Galapagos Islands are perfect! Unesco World Heritage with more than 400 endemic species, including the famous giant tortoises. By diving you will enjoy a show that is nothing short of fascinating, with thousands of hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and colorful fish.

5 - Cocos Island, Costa Rica

A completely wild island, the Northern summit of the Golden Triangle (formed by the Colombian Malpelo and the Ecuadorian Galapagos). Three wild islands frequented only by divers and coast guards. Cocos Island is one marine reserve, with endemic species and very rich in biodiversity.

4 - Richelieu Rock, Thailand

From Phuket to Koh Samui the sea is among the most beautiful on the planet. It is also among the most interesting for diving enthusiasts. In Sea of ​​Adamanne there is a strip of islands, well known among enthusiasts, but not very popular. Here you will find a large variety of colorful fish, coral and whale sharks and leopard.

3 - Kona, Hawaii

On the Kona coast the best dives are done at night. Rays of very powerful light attract plankton and with it mante. An incredible sight: these majestic animals literally fly through the water, moving gently with an almost unreal rhythm. It seems that the best time to have these particular encounters is on a waxing moon night.

2 - Great Blue Hole, Belize

One of the most suggestive underwater places in the world! In the center of Lighthouse Reef Atoll, the Great Blue Hole awaits you. It is an underwater karst sinkhole, almost perfectly circular, more than 120 meters deep. The almost vertical walls are decorated with splendid stalactites of over 15 m!

1 - Palau, Republic of Palau

Elected one of the "Seven Underwater Wonders of the World" thus hosts many legendary diving sites (including Blue Corner, Jellyfish Lake, Chandelier Cave, Peleliu Express) to be obviously at the top of this top 20. Also here you can find several wrecks of the Second World War. You can't ask for anything better!

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