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Best Scuba Diving in the World

Clownfish, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia photo by In Veritas Lux Clownfish, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia photo by In Veritas Lux

I have put together a list of some of the World’s Top Diving Sites. My Top Ten Diving List is compiled from many articles which I summarize below. These include scuba diving articles from Scubatravel.co.uk, Orbitz Travel Blog, About.com’s Carribbean Travel Section, Goyot.com and more. Does dropping into one of Jacques Cousteau’s favorite places, the Blue Hole in Belize or visiting the sardine migration in May or June off the coast of South Africa or wreck diving WWII ships at the Bikini Atoll sound fun. Well read on. I have compiled a nice list of Great Diving Spots, great scuba diving locations and diving resorts.


The Great Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef, Belize
Great Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef, Belize photo by USGS
 

Top Diving Sites from Around the World

  1. The Maldives
  2. Bonaire – Netherlands Antilles
  3. The Bismarck Sea – Papua New Guinea
  4. Blue Corner Wall – Micronesia
  5. Great Blue Hole – Lighthouse Reef, Belize
  6. Provo – Turks & Caicos, Caribbean
  7. The Bahamas
  8. The Red Sea
  9. Little Cayman – British West Indies
10. Coral Sea – Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Content

Top 10 Dive Sites – ScubaTravel.co.uk
Top Ten Dive Sites – Telegraph.co.uk
Best Cayman Island Dive Centers – GoCaribbean.About.com
10 Best Diving Adventures – TheGuardian.com




Top 10 Scuba Diving Hotels

  • Top 10 Best Diving Hotels

  • Lizard Island Resort – Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Turneffe Island Lodge – Turneffe Atoll, Belize
  • Bonaire Buddy Dive Resort – Bonaire, Caribbean
  • Cobalt Coast Dive Resort – Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Ocotal Beach Resort – Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
  • Vatulele Island Resort – Vatulele Island, Fiji
  • Wakatobi Dive Resort – Onemobaa Island, Indonesia
  • Hotel Ilio – Elba, Italy
  • Badian Island Resort & Spa – Cebu, Philippines
  • Palau Pacific Resort – Koror, Republic of Palau

This great list of Diving Resort Hotels was compiled by Goyot.com. These diving resorts span the world from diving wrecks in the Republic of Palau in the Pacific Ocean to scuba diving the coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Yellow Snapper in the Maldives - james_wick
Yellow Snapper, Maldives photo by james_wick

Top 10 Diving Locations in the World

  • Top 10 Diving Sites of the World

  • Rocktail Bay – Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Rangiroa – Polynesia
  • Sulawesi – Indonesia
  • The Maldives
  • Little Cayman – British West Indies
  • Cocos and Malpelo – Eastern Pacific
  • The Bismarck Sea – Papua New Guinea
  • Sipadan Island – Malaysian Borneo
  • Surin and Similan Islands – Thailand
  • Bikini Atoll – Marshall Islands

This list of favorite dive sites was created by the Guardian. This list has a good range of diving adventures that include wreck diving WWII ships at the Bikini Atoll to drift diving the Bismarck Sea with an abundance of marine life like sea slugs, seahorses, and over 800 other marine life.

Flamingo Tongue Snail, Bonaire - laszlo-photo
Flamingo Tongue Snail, Bonaire photo by laszlo-photo

Top Ten Dive Sites

Top Ten Dive Sites

Scubatravel.co.uk made this Top 10 Dive Sites of the World list from votes from it’s readers.

  1. Yongala – Australia
  2. Blue Corner Wall – Palau, Micronesia
  3. Barracuda Point – Sipadan Island
  4. Thistlegrom – Eqyptian Red Sea
  5. Shark and Yolanda Reef – Eqyptian Red Sea
  6. Navy Pier – Western Australia
  7. Manta Ray Night Dive – Kailua Kona, Hawaii
  8. Richelieu Rock – Thailand
  9. Elphinstone Reef – Eqyptian Red Sea
10. Big Brother – Eqyptian Red Sea

So 4 of the top 10 diving sites from this reader voted list were from the Egyptian Red Sea. However ScubaTravel include a few Australian diving sites and of course the Blue Corner Wall in Micronesia with it’s amazing range of marine animals including the famous stingless jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake in Palau.

Scubatravel.co.uk also has another great diving site list called Top 100 Dive Sites


Top 10 Diving Locations

Top Ten Diving Spots

This is an older article from Telegraph.co.uk written in 2001 but the diving sites are still top notch.

  1. Bismarck Sea – Papua New Guinea
  2. Palau – Micronesia
  3. Little Cayman – British West Indies
  4. Cocos Island – Costa Rica
  5. Desroches Island – Amirantes
  6. Red Sea
  7. The Bahamas – Western Atlantic
  8. Sulawesi – East of Borneo Indonesia
  9. Fiji – South Pacific
10. Bonaire – Netherlands Antillies

This list includes scuba diving Fiji with it’s good year round diving and an amazing amount of marine life for viewing.

Global Coral Reef Mapping NASA
Global Coral Reef Mapping NASA map by NASA

2009 World's Best Diving and Resorts

World’s Best Diving and Resorts

SportsDiver.com compiled a list of the Best Diving Resorts from around the world. They list selected properties from around the world with some videos and links to articles about them. I also list below some good articles from SportDiver.com.


Top 10 Dive Sites for a Caribbean Vacation

Top 10 Dive Sites for a Caribbean Vacation

  1. Grand Cayman – Cayman Islands
  2. Cozumel – Mexico
  3. Bahamas
  4. Dominican Republic
  5. Bonaire – Dutch Caribbean
  6. US Virgin Islands
  7. Utila – Honduras
  8. Curacao – Dutch Caribbean
  9. Turks & Caicos
10. Belize

Orbitz list these as the top locations in the Caribbean for Scuba Diving. They also list some nice Caribbean Vacation Resorts to stay in including Sunbreeze Hotel in Belize, the Ocean Club Resort in Turks & Caicos, the Reef Resort in the Grand Caymans and several other great resorts for a fun diving vacation.

Hawksbill Turtle, Blue Corner, Palau by Ian McKinnon & Kelly Barnett
Hawksbill Turtle, Blue Corner, Palau photo by ctsnow


Best Bahamas Dive Resorts and Dive Centers

Best Bahamas Dive Resorts and Dive Centers

1. Nekton Dive Cruises – Cayman Islands
2. Viva Diving – Club Via Fortuna
3. Sunn Odyssey Divers
4. Stuart Cove’s Agua Adventures

This list from About.com has links to the mentioned diving resorts and will make novice divers to expert divers happy.




Best Cayman Islands Dive Centers and Dive Resorts

  • Best Cayman Islands Dive Centers

  • Cayman Diving College / Divers Down
  • Compass Point Resort – Ocean Frontiers, Ltd.
  • Cobalt Coast Resort & Suites – Divetech Ltd.
  • Sunset House Hotel – Sunset Divers
  • Red Sail Sports – associated with multiple hotels
  • Little Cayman Beach Resort – Reef Divers at Little Cayman

Another great article by About.com about diving resorts in the Grand Caymans. They have links to all these great Grand Cayman Vacation Resorts.

Clownfish, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia photo by In Veritas Lux
Clownfish, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia photo by In Veritas Lux

10 Best Diving Adventures

10 Best Diving Adventures

The Guardian has a great article about 10 Diving Adventures around the world from spotting sea cows in the Philippines to seeing hammerhead sharks and sea lions in Baja California.

  1. Pulau Weh – Indonesia
  2. Dolphins and Turtles – Greece
  3. Dugong Spotting “Sea Cows” – Philippines
  4. Unspoilt Reefs – Tanzania
  5. Manta Rays – The Maldives
  6. Hammerheads and sea lions – Mexico
  7. Killer Whales – Norway
  8. Sardines and Sharks – South Africa
  9. From Rays to Whale Sharks – Oman
10. Drift Diving – Micronesia

Did you ever want to put on a dry suit and swim with the Killer Whales? How about visiting the sardine migration in South Africa and seeing the feeding frenzy or just plain diving coral reefs with turtles, sharks, and Napoleon wrasse in Pulau Weh, Indonesia. The Guardian gives some great adventure diving ideas in this article.



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