World’s Best Diving Locations
Deep sea diving is one of the most thrilling and exuberating experiences known to man. We bring you a list of our Top 7 Diving Spots (in no particular order). Enjoy!
1. Maaya Thila, Maldives
This is the most popular diving destination in the Maldives. Typically, it has a very weak current so is suitable for inexperienced divers as well as the seasoned professionals. It boasts a great range of aquatic life and its most famous attraction is its abundance of white-tip sharks.
2. Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia
Diving at Barracuda Point is a must for all underwater fanatics. Prepare to be transported to another dimension as you delve deep into the fast currents and lay your eyes on thousands of barracudas moving in a tornado-like fashion.
3. SS Thistlegorm, Red Sea, Egypt
A perfect combination of diving and time travel – The SS Thistlegorm was bombed and sunk by the Germans in World War II and has remained on the bed of the Red Sea for over 60 years. The vessel still remains very much intact, holding trucks, motorbikes and guns within its cargo. Along with this, the dive showcases lots of wildlife, including lionfish, scorpionfish and sea turtles.
4. Richelieu Rock, Surin Islands, Thailand
This is one of the best diving sites in Thailand – the site is situated right in the middle of the Andaman Sea, closest areas include Phuket (200km) and Khao Lok (70km). It is rarely reachable as a day trip destination and therefore mainly used by liveaboards that pass the site on their route. Experienced guides will prepare you for the strong currents at the 30 to 35 metre depth and let you explore the wonders of this whale shark and manta ray hotspot.
5. Shark Cage Diving, Gansbaai, South Africa
Dyer Island, a few kilometres from Gansbaai, is home to 50,000 seals, penguins and seabirds, making it a perfect playground for hundreds of Great White Sharks. The diving excursion will take up between 3 to 5 hours and gives divers an opportunity to see up to five Great Whites at a given time – extremely lucky divers have seen up to eighteen! The excursion can be viewed from the surface of the boat or in an underwater cage (for the daredevils amongst us).
6. North Horn, Osprey Reef, Australia
North Horn is known for its fantastic diving conditions, clear waters and wonderful visibility of more than 40m. Like Gansbaai, Osprey Reef is known for it vast shark population. Divers can expect to see many species of the Great Barrier Reef’s sharks, including grey sharks, silvertip sharks, white-tip sharks and if your lucky – the elusive hammerhead shark!
7. Kailua Kona, Hawaii, USA
The world famous manta ray night dive had to feature on our list! This dive is incomplete without an underwater flashlight and camera. A stunning light display is connected at the bottom of the shore to attract masses of phytoplankton. These amazing creatures will blow you away as they gracefully glide underwater, gobbling the phytoplankton.