17 best diving destinations in the world. Which ones do you know?

Diving is a great sport and if you have already tried it, you do not have to convince you. If you haven’t tried it yet, read on our blog how to become a diver and get ready to discover a new world. The PADI diver’s license entitles you to dive worldwide. Today we have prepared for you a list of the best diving spots around the world. Be sure to check our list.

List of the best dive sites in the world

Our list of diving sites is not closed and you can certainly add many places to this list. However, in my opinion, these places are noteworthy.

Bali, Indonesia

The greatest feature of diving in Bali is the richness and diversity of places – deep slopes and steep banks, coral ridges, one of the most famous shipwrecks in the world, volcanic outcrops and seagrass expanses.

The diving season in Bali lasts all year. The best diving conditions are from April to December, but sunfish and sharks are present from June to September.

Lush, exotic Bali is Indonesia’s jewel and a port of various tourist destinations. From luxury resorts to wild nature. You will find everything on this island. Every diver will find something for themselves.

Best dive spots - Bali
The best dive spots – Bali

Red Sea, Egypt

Hamata is an extremely attractive diving destination in Egypt. The coral reefs are one of the most beautiful and diverse in the world. Their view is breathtaking!

A stay in this place is a great opportunity to meet different species of fish and even dolphins. The huge attraction of Hamata is the wreck of a sailing ship, which sank in the local waters back in the eighties. Underwater life is thriving on its deck – it’s definitely worth observing and photographing.

Of course, there are many other places in Egypt that are prepared to receive divers. It is worth checking the various offers before choosing a destination.

Palau, Micronesia

Palau’s famous “stone islands” are a collection of rounded, leaf-covered islands that seem to float above the water’s surface. Traveling by boat among them will show a large number of secluded sandy beaches, perfect for a picnic away from civilization or an adventurous all-night stay.

The most popular dive site in Palau, the Blue Corner, is considered one of the best in the world due to the concentration of marine life. Jacques Cousteau considered Ngemelis Wall, commonly known as the Great Fall, as one of the best diving destinations in the world.

Throughout Micronesia, divers can meet the richness of marine life in every imaginable color and shape. The seas are inhabited by hundreds of types of hard and soft corals, anemones, colorful sponges, countless species of crustaceans, manta and fish.

Yucatan, Mexico

On the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, mother nature has carved some amazing phenomenon. They are cenotes – limestone karst wells connected by an underground groundwater system.

Diving in Cenotes you will definitely be delighted with the crystal clear water, perfectly filtered through limestone rocks. Imagine putting your equipment in a magical well in the middle of the jungle.

Under the water surface there are amazing rock formations carved by underwater rivers – caves, tunnels, stalactites, stalagmites, here and there you can surf in some small underground lake and get some fresh air. The water is so clean that it seems as if it wasn’t there at all.

Best dive spots - Mexico
The best dive spots – Mexico

Gulf of Thailand, Thailand

Thailand is an extremely important point on the diving world map. Very often it becomes the destination of diving trips. Natural conditions are not without significance here – warm and clear waters and excellent visibility.

We will certainly be surprised by the multitude of species of underwater creatures found in the local waters. You can easily meet sharks, manta rays and cute parrots. The local coral reefs are among the most spectacular in the world – certainly their photos will become a great souvenir from a trip.

When someone decides to go on a diving expedition, they will certainly not regret it – a great adventure and a lot of unforgettable impressions await them!

Coco Island, Costa Rica

Costa Rica and the nearby Coconut Island are a great destination for diving trips. Hawaiian salmon, dairy fish, parrots and hammerhead sharks appear here in great numbers. The latter usually make spectators staggering.

Dive bases are well prepared here. Diving training takes place, and you can easily rent the necessary equipment. It is also worth mentioning that according to legend, Coconut Island hides a lost treasure. Many have already tried to find him, to no avail. Maybe in the break between diving you will discover this lost treasure?

Canary Islands

In the Canary Islands everyone will find something for themselves – beginners will find dive sites of low difficulty, advanced can choose places with stronger currents. Importantly, some of the islands of the archipelago are discovered to a small extent – so it is a real treat for those who like to be pioneers in a given place.

Many dive sites have access to natural sunlight – thanks to this visibility is simply perfect, you can not miss anything.

In this area, we will explore mysterious caves, which contain manta rays, barracudas and countless hosts of shrimp and crabs. Noteworthy are also shipwrecks – some of them have been resting at the bottom since World War II.

Cape Verde Islands

The archipelago consists of 15 islands. Interestingly, there is no rainy season here, so the opportunity for diving trips is all year round. What you will find is crystal clear and warm water, and countless marine animals around. In the Cape Verde area we can visit shipwrecks and mysterious underwater caves.

The colorful, fantastic coral reefs are certainly the showcase of this region. The ocean fauna is also impressive – there is a high probability that we will meet crabs, lobsters, Atlantic sailfish or tuna. There are also numerous rockfish, paradise fish and flounder.

Raja Ampat, West Papua

According to many experts, it is one of the most beautiful diving spots. The islands that enter the Raja Ampat archipelago lie at the center of the Coral Triangle – the area where you will find the largest number of species of fish, corals, shells and molluscs around the world. It is worth going there from October to April. The water temperature is between 24 and 30 ° C.

Sipadan, Borneo

An interesting fact is that the discoverer of the island of Sipadan was the famous Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Diving with turtles and reef sharks is everyday life in this amazing place.

The most interesting places are South Point, Barracuda Point, Turtle Cavern. In 2010, protection was tightened and the daily limit of people diving around the island of Sipadan was limited to 120.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The world’s largest reef system, visible from space. Six species of turtles, 125 species of sharks, rays and chimeras, 400 species of soft and hard corals, as well as dolphins, whales and porpoises.

The most popular places are Ribbon Reefs, Osprey Reef, Cod Hole, Steve’s Bommie and North Horn. The best conditions on the Great Barrier Reef occur from late August to early December.

Galapagos, Ecuador

According to many experts, it is one of the best diving spots in the world. Galapagos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the second largest marine reserve in the world. You will find there a large herd of hammerhead sharks, as well as silky sharks, manta rays, eagles, turtles and sea lions. On land you will meet iguanas, iguanas and giant tortoises.

Best dive spots - Galapagos
The best dive spots – Galapagos


Belize is the country with the largest ecological diversity in the world. The landscape explodes with the lives of animals and plants with amazing endemic diversity. Underwater attractions are also unique.

There is a whole range of coral reefs, each with a unique characteristic, giving an unforgettable experience. Each dive will be unique, no matter how advanced the diver is.

Shallow, sandy water with many islets between the mainland and the reef. Hard corals, gorgonians, tunicates, and crustaceans of various species inhabit the coastal waters of Belize.

The domination of one of the species in a given Rafa lot gives the region a name. There are areas where there are many rays, or where a diver may encounter many sharks.

North Carolina, USA

The North Carolina Coast is becoming a popular holiday and recreation destination. This “Atlantic cemetery” has become the hippest dive site for wreck lovers. At the beginning of World War II, German submarines sunk many commercial ships here.

In the summer, the warm, clear Gulf Stream fills the wrecks with an immeasurable amount of tropical and sporting fish.

Tobermory, Canada

The water is cool but the experience is unique. Tobermory is located at the end of the Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula, where the clean, icy cold Georgian Bay and Lake Huron blend.

Here, you can penetrate areas where forests, gorges and remains of a former coral reef are hidden under water. Yes, there was once a tropical sea! For historic enthusiasts of wreck diving, 20 historic ships lie under these transparent, cold waters.

Baa Atoll, Maldives

Maldives is an island state built on a coral reef. This means that magical underwater cities among the reef can be found here at every turn. Addu Atoll, which is the southernmost, is especially popular among divers.

This atoll is considered the purest and least transformed by man. The richness of underwater life is amazing here. You can observe sharks, rays, water turtles and schools of colorful fish for hours

Istra, Croatia

Under water, you can discover not only the inhabitants of the Adriatic, sunken wrecks, but also underwater cave complexes. All these wonders can be found in the waters near the Istra peninsula.

The water temperature in summer is on average from 7 ° C to 24 ° C, but you have to remember that in different regions of the country you can feel its significant fluctuations. In addition to favorable weather conditions and a wealth of underwater attractions, a big plus of diving in Croatia is professional facilities and care for the safety of divers.

The best places to dive – summary

As you can see, diving is a great sport and an amazing adventure. You can travel around the world and visit unique places that are only available to divers. Each of these places still has a lot of secrets that are waiting to be discovered.

Maybe this will be your job or hobby? It all starts with the first step and the basic diving course. You can join a large family of divers today.


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