Article by Josephine Bell
Diving is one of the most enjoyable things you can do. By going underwater, you get to see so much wildlife that you just don’t see on land. Here we list some of the best diving locations in the world. Some of them are a long way away though, so you may want to search and compare (cheap holiday deals) before you commit to going, so that you can get the best deal.
Diving in the Surin and Similan Islands, Thailand
This string of islands sits near to the Thailand/Burma border, and provides a fantastic “wilderness diving” experience. There are many small dive sites around this area, which aren’t often visited by other people, so you really feel like you are out in the wild. The island of Koh Bon is surrounded by whale sharks, leopard sharks, mantas and game fish. Another similar site is Richelieu Rock, a popular spot for experienced divers.
Diving in the Maldives
If you want to get the best diving experience in the Maldives, the best way is to go on one of the dedicated live-aboard boats, which offer up to four dives per day. This is a great value way to have a diving trip, and if you go between the months of May and September you will almost certainly see manta rays. South Ari atoll and North Male atoll are two great places where you can see many turtles, sharks and many other colourful sea animals.
Diving in Rocktail Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
Although water here can be a bit cool, you will have the opportunity to see many tropical fish including some very big pelagic species. You may even get to see a humpback whale or a bottle-nosed dolphin or two. You might want to watch out for the tiger sharks and whale sharks though.
Diving in Rangiroa, Polynesia
At 250 miles from Tahiti, the beautiful Tuamotu Archipelago islands are an extremely remote place to dive. Rangiroa, which translates as “Long Sky”, is almost the largest atoll in the whole world, second only to the Saya de Malha Bank. Here you will see many mantas, dolphins, grey reef sharks, and maybe even the odd hammerhead shark. This is diving for those seeking an adrenaline rush.
Diving in Sulawesi, Indonesia
There is a lot of marine biodiversity around the small collection of islands near the tip of Sulawesi, so for the wildlife enthusiast diver this is an ideal spot. If you stay at Froggies Divers on Bunaken you will get a wonderful communal meal at the end of the day where you can chat with other divers about their day’s diving experiences. Indonesia is quite far away though, so as we said earlier, it may be a good idea to search various travel companies online to compare cheap holiday deals to ensure that you get the best value for your hardearned money.