The 8 most exciting diving spots in the world
Diving is a small trip to another world. And I must admit, it is addictive! Here you relax on the beach and decide on one small dive. Then everything is in a fog: you buy equipment, get a diver certificate and start enthusiastically planning exciting underwater trips. There is only one thing left – to find out where else to dive with a scuba gear to get an unforgettable experience. Our list of the most amazing diving sites will help you with this. Well, ready for new dives?
Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
This is the largest reef on the planet and can even be seen from space. About 4,000 species of mollusks, 1,500 species of fish and 350 species of coral are found here, the colors of which the impressionists have never even dreamed of. To meet butterfly fish, a sea dog, a parrot fish, a gubana, a fly fish, a stingray, a moray eel or a whale are commonplace.
This is a popular place with a well-developed tourist infrastructure. The best diving spots are the Osprey Reef and Bommy Lighthouse. You can come here at any time, because the water temperature does not drop below 26 ° C. But it is better to plan a trip from June to September. In the remaining months there are many jellyfish.
Similan Islands (Thailand)
Thailand has many great diving spots. Damn interesting and fairly budget diving option for visitors to the country will be the Similan Islands. Swim alongside colorful corals, giant turtles, blue stingrays, groupers, lion fish, moray eels and leopard sharks. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a whale shark. And if you are a daredevil, then do not be afraid to touch her.
It is a good idea to buy a safari-style tour to live on a ship and dive when you like. Similans are considered one of the best places for diving not only in Thailand, but also in the world. Visibility in water varies from 20 to 50 m. In the rainy season, the islands are closed to visitors, so you should go here from November to April.
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If you love contemporary art, immerse yourself in the waters of Cancun. It is here that the only underwater art museum in the world is located. For an unusual exhibition, which is visited annually by 750 thousand tourists, 403 sculptures were created. Each of them was cast from a cement mixture suitable for coral growth. Thus, Mexicans are trying to attract public attention to the problem of reef extinction. The Caribbean Sea, whose temperature does not fall below +25 ° C, is ideal for diving.
Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico)
Here you will feel like Alice, diving into the mysterious rabbit hole. The fact is that the peninsula has the most ambitious system of underwater caves in the world. The ancient Indians called these caves “Cenotes”, considered them the gates to the underworld and dumped gifts and offerings in them. Most of the cenotes are in the jungle. The entrances to them resemble wells. You dive and after a few minutes find yourself in the realm of graceful stalagmites and impressive cave decorations. The water temperature is comfortable and keeps within +25 ° C +28 ° C, visibility under water reaches 85 m. Go here at any time of the year, except September and August, when hurricanes often occur.
Sipadan Island (Malaysia)
Jacques-Yves Cousteau called the underwater world of Sipadan a true rarity. The island is the crown of an extinct volcano that peeps out of the water. Its territory can be circumvented in half an hour, but even the largest archipelagos envy the sweep of the hectic life that boils under water.
Coastal reefs attract sea turtles. Therefore, the probability of meeting them here is much higher than in other places. At the same time, you can see not one turtle, but dozens of green giants. The water expanses around Sipadan were chosen by barracudas, caranxes, hammer fish, rainbow reef fish and reef sharks, which are used to divers and therefore allow themselves to be photographed from a fairly close distance. Huge flocks of barracudas, twisting in fancy spirals – this is an incredible sight!
The territory of Sipadan is a reserve. You can’t build houses here and every day no more than 120 tourists are allowed on the island. Water temperature is usually +27 ° C +30 ° C. The months most favorable for the trip are from November to April.
Imagine you can swim between two continents! Does that sound exciting? The Sylphra crack was formed due to the constant distance of tectonic plates from each other. There are no bright reef fish, and the water warms up only to +4 ° C. But the gigantic gorge with the rugged walls of two continents and the clear lake water with visibility of more than 120 m are amazing.
The gorge is conditionally divided into 3 parts: “chess room”, “Cathedral of Sylphra” and “lagoon of Sylphra”. The depth of the latter is only 3 m and the sun’s rays, breaking through the water column, fall on the green algae and create breathtaking pictures.