Dive, dive! At least, that’s what we all imagine hearing while playing all cool in the bathtub. But some of us are all about more than that, and travel all over the world in order to find the ideal diving spot. For all of you, here are the most impressive and amazing underwater destination. Take a deep breath and let’s dive right into it.
30. Jellyfish Lake, Palau
The golden jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake may be unique, but would you really do that?
29. Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, Caribbean Sea
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef might be one of the greatest dive spots in the world: 500 species of fish, 350 species of mollusk, 2 species of crocodiles, 65 species of coral, and a population of about 1,500 majestic manatees.
28. Raja Ampat Reef, Indonesia
Right between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Raja Ampat Reef is one of the most incredibly biodiverse reefs on the planet. Stunning.
27. Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia
It may be no motion picture, although we’ve already found Nemo. The most popular attraction at Barracuda Point is the barracuda tornado, an actual convergence phenomenon found nowhere else on the planet.
26. Bajo Alcyone, Cocos Islands, Costa Rica
At Bajo Alcyone you can find sharks, whales, whale sharks, eels, and rays. However, Bajo Alcyone is also one of the few places in the world to see the rare, unusual, and endemic Cocos Blenny.
25. Silfra, Iceland
The cold waters of Silfra in Iceland are crystal clear, so you can actually see how awesome the crevasse you’re diving in is. The rift that separates the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, slowly drifting apart, making the site ever-changing and subject to unique geological phenomena.
24. Underwater Art Museum, Manchones Reef, Cancun, Mexico
Off the coast of the Isla de Mujeres in Cancun lies an unusual sight that made the blog rounds at the end of last year. A team of Mexican artists completed their underwater installation of hundreds of sculptures across two distinct underwater galleries.
23. Manta Reef, Tofo, Mozambique
A world famous site for Manta Ray sightings, the rays don’t actually live in the reef, nor do they breed there. Instead, the rays will swim up to the “cleaning station” where schools of cleaner fish will swarm them, symbiotically eating away the parasites covering the bodies of the rays.
22. Arashi To Malmuk, Aruba
At Arashi you’ll have the opportunity to witness the even-more-stunning and even-more-bizarre blue parrotfish, an endemic species that looks an awful lot like it got lost on its way home from a Dr. Seuss rave.
21. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier need no introduction. Few ecosystems on the planet come close to matching it for biodiversity. This is the reef to end all reefs.
20. Bloody Bay Wall, Little Cayman, Cayman Islands
Widely regarded as the most beautiful drop off in the Caribbean, Bloody Bay Wall shows up on nearly every “Top Dives” list ever. The drop, traveling from 18 feet deep to well over 100 feet, seems out of this world.
19. Rurutu, French Polynesia
One of the world’s most important breeding grounds for Humpback Wales, Rurutu offers the diver the opportunity to get up-close and personal with dozens of the ocean’s gentle giants. That sounds a bit kinky to me.
18. Bali, Indonesia
They’re big, really awkward-looking, and incredibly rare, and Bali is their home. The Ocean Sunfish looks a bit odd, but it’s not the only interesting thing to see here.
17. Andros Barrier Reef and Islands, Bahamas
The Andros Islands and Reef are home to some of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. Of the seven living species of turtle found on this planet, you can see four of them in the Andros.
16. Bunaken National Marine Park, Indonesia
At Bunaken National Park, you may enjoy 390 distinct species of coral, thousands of other species of fish, marine mammals, reptiles and so on.
15. New Caledonia Barrier Reef, New Caledonia
As an epic double-barrier reef, New Caledonia Barrier Reef is home to a high concentration of endemic species, most of the endangered dugongs of the world, and is one of a few major nesting sites for the green sea turtle.
14. Shark and Yolanda Reef, The Red Sea, Egypt
These reef twins are part of the same underwater coral mountain. The Yolanda Reef is also home to an abundant supply of unique marine toilet, lost off a cargo vessel in the 70’s.
13. Cenotes, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
These incredible cavern systems litter Mexico, and are a main attraction for divers of all experience levels. Several were used as part of religious ceremony, and contain everything from gold-wrapped artifacts and the remains of human sacrifices, to dozens of feet of blue pigment settled at the bottom. Don’t get any ideas.
12. Stingray City, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
The abundance of stingrays that are consistently found here is incredible. Tour after tour has gone out to the location over time, such that the stingrays actually welcome human interaction, allowing themselves to be fed and more importantly, petted.
11. Klein Bonaire, Bonaire, Antilles
Klein Bonaire is a diver’s paradise: rainbows of coral housing a near-endless endemic fish population, green moray eels, yellow-tail snappers, basket star fish, gray parrot fish, barracudas, butterfly fish, or nurse sharks and so on. Stunning.
10. Banco Chinchorro, Mexico
Part of the second largest barrier reef in the world, and home to over 200 shipwrecks, Banco Chinchorro is known for some legendary diving. This is virtually virgin underwater territory.
9. Crystal River, Florida
Crystal River pretty much guarantees an up-close-and-personal interaction with one of the 400+ sea cows that have migrated there for the winter.
8. S.S. Thistlegorm, The Red Sea, Egypt
Sunken in 1941 and then discovered by Jacques Cousteau in the first half of the 1950’s, the SS Thistlegorm became a popular dive site. For its distinct look in the Red Sea, as well as the extensive amount of cargo that sunk with it and can now be explored, the SS Thistlegorm is one of Time’s top ten wreck dives of all time.
7. Buck Island, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
Buck Island is home to one of the few “underwater trails” in the world, a circuit marked by regular markers that include information on local undersea flora and fauna. I wouldn’t have thought of that.
6. Maaya Thila, Maldives
The Maldives are well-known for their exquisite diving and Maaya Thila is not only popular for its incredible day and night diving, but is also well-known for it’s large white tip shark population.
5. Buccoo Reef, Tobago
Ranked by Jacques Cousteau as the “third most spectacular reef in the world,” Buccoo is one of the world’s most beautiful reefs. Nearby is the Nylon Pool, which is said to have magical healing properties.
4. Nakwakto Rapids, Canada
Hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as “the strongest rapids in the world”, the Nakwakto Rapids are still one of the premier coldwater dive spots in the world.
3. Dean’s Blue Hole, Long Island, Bahamas
The world’s deepest known “blue hole” or underwater sinkhole, Dean’s Blue Hole drops down 663 feet, with a small cavern about halfway down. It’s like a wormhole, waiting to suck you in.
2. Bight Reef, Turks+ Caicos
Judging by this picture, I guess there is no reason in explaining why a trip here would be totally worthi it. Beautiful.
1. Dimakya Island, Philippines
Sitting at the bottom of the ocean, looking up on a beautiful, sunny day and having these silent, deadly yet stunning creature pass by sounds like a perfect day to me. Hpw about you?