Scuba diving is one of the best activities to do when you are on a nice tropical island. Under the sea, down where it’s wetter, you’ll find coral reefs teeming with life, Nemo’s cousins, lots of fish, plants, and beautiful colors. Whether you are looking to start or looking for new places to go, here’s a list of some of the best places to go diving in the world:
The Blue Hole
The Blue Hole in Belize is one of the most famous dive sites in the world. This site was made famous by Jacques Cousteau who declared it one of the top ten scuba diving sites in the world. You can dive in crystal-clear water and see several types of reef sharks as well as the bull shark and hammerheads.
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Thailand has a number of famous dive sites: Phuket, Ko Tao, Similan Islands, and the Surin Islands. In fact, you can pretty much dive anywhere in the country, though the best diving is near Ko Tao and up near the Similans. Moreover, Ko Tao is a cheap place to learn to scuba dive. There’s a plethora of places here and something for both beginners and experts. Just watch out because some of the places are very touristy and the fish aren’t as in abundance as they used to be.
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The Gilis in Indonesia is the new hot spot, with people flocking here in ever increasing numbers. And for good reason: the reefs and waters here provide some amazing visual sights. The islands are surrounded by a great reef system that is better preserved than others in the area. And with the island cheaper than its neighbor, Bali, there is even more reason to come here.
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Located in Malaysia, Sipadan is possibly one of the best five dive sites in the world. The place is teeming with life. You will see turtles, cave systems, sharks, dolphins, schools of fish, bright coral, bright fish, and everything in between in such sheer volume, your head will explode. It was my favorite place in Southeast Asia.
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Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef needs no introduction. Everyone knows about it. Located off Australia, the world’s longest reef has all the tropical sea life and coral you could ever imagine. No visit to the country is complete without a visit to the reef. Diving the great barrier reef was one of the best things I ever did, despite the fact a fish pooped in front of me.
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Hawaii has some great scuba diving. The islands are ringed with reefs and wildlife. It’s pretty hard to come to Hawaii and not dive. There’s just so much going on under the water here that you shouldn’t miss. The area north of the islands was just made into the largest marine reserve in the United States, ensuring great diving for years to come in an even larger area of the ocean.
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Tropical islands as beautiful as Micronesia always have one thing in common: they are encircled by vibrant coral reefs. Sites like the Blue Wall make Micronesia one of the top destinations in the South Pacific. It’s out of the way, inexpensive, and pristine. What more could you really want?
Located in the Philippines, this tropical paradise is also diving paradise. You’ll find all the usual suspects here, as well as abundant reef systems. It’s the most popular place to dive in the Philippines and with good reason. When you are done swimming below the sea, you can enjoy the beaches above the water.
Fernando de Noronha
This off the beaten path place is in Brazil, though in recent years Fernando de Noronha has grown in popularity. Here you will find lots of life among the blue waters that circle these islands. You’ll be able to swim with turtles, dolphins, and much more. This is one of the best dive sites in South America and one of my favorites in the world. Plus, the islands are only allowed a limited number of visitors so you won’t be sharing this paradise with lots of other people.
Learn more about traveling to and diving these islands with my guide to Brazil.
Egyptian Red Sea
The Red Sea, with its clear turquoise blue water, has some excellent dive sites. The best of the reefs are absolutely stunning with a real diversity of life. From Sharm El Sheikh to the wrecks at Sha’ab Abu Nuhas to the Thistlegorm and Ras Mohammed, you’ll find excellent diving all over the Red Sea.
So whether you are a beginner or an expert, make sure you visit these dive sites for some excellent scuba diving. They will take your breath away.
P.S. – Want some more islands to dive around? Here are some of my favorite tropical islands in the world.