Top 3 Dive Sites in the World that you need to explore in 2019

1) Australia

With the world’s largest and healthiest coral reef system, Australia is revered for a truly magical place. It is home to the world’s most diverse sea world with over 1500 species of fish, whales, sharks, porpoises and giant sea turtles. This ultimate diving destination is majestic, intriguing and just a little bit terrifying at times.

Dive deep: Most popular dive sites:

  • Ribbon Reefs, Northern Great Barrier Reef – One of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays.
  • Osprey Reef – This is perhaps its most famous dive site for its shark feed. You can also watch Manta rays swim past this site.
  • SS Yongala – It is the Great Barrier Reef’s signature wreck ship that went down during a 1911 cyclone. Everything is supersized here – sea snakes the size of your bicep and sea turtles so big they look prehistoric. The wreck is colorful and worth several dives to see it all.
  • The Whitsundays – Perfect for diving as well as activities like sailing and island exploring

2) Galapagos Islands

Imagine a realm where penguins swim in equatorial seas, no one bats an eye at four-eyed fish, and iguanas are found eating algae submerged in the saltwater. Imagine dolphins leaping about in phosphorescent water and becoming the new friend of a playful sea lion pup. Open your eyes… you are imagining diving the Galapagos.
An internationally acclaimed dive site in the world, this unique cluster of 20 volcanic islands truly are a marvel to explore.

Dive deep: Most popular dive sites:

  • El Arco, Darwin Island – One of the world’s top 10 dive sites, you encounter schooling hammerheads, whale sharks, spotted eagle rays, prowling Galapagos and silky sharks.
  • El Arenal, Darwin Island – The distinctive Darwin’s stone arch is just above the water and the dive site slopes off the arch.
  • Roca Redonda, Isabela Island – Off the north coast of Isabela, this dive site is the tip of an underwater volcano that rises from the sea floor and emerges as an island. You’ll find Galapagos sharks, schools of hammerhead sharks, barracudas, sea lions and numerous sea horses in the shallows
  • Cape DouglasFernandina Island – This dive site is a great spot to watch penguins “fly” past. Done as a drift dive, you can also see fur seals and Galapagos sea lions mingling with munching marine iguanas.

3) Indonesia

With one of the longest coastlines in the world, there are so many bright and colorful dives to choose from. What’s cool, is that Indonesia is a part of the Coral Triangle of the world, which means that this one country has 20% of the world’s coral reefs, deep water trenches, sunken wrecks, and underwater volcanic mountains, all waiting to be explored.

Dive deep: Most popular dive sites:

  • Jakarta – Visit Thousand Islands and discover white sand beaches and some interesting wreck dives. What better way to relax away from the city than by submerging yourself in turquoise waters on colourful coral reefs?
  • Bunaken – Located in North Sulawesi, the “Land of Smiling People”, Bunaken’s colossal walls, clear blue water and diverse marine life impresses even the most seasoned of divers.
  • Lembeh – Known as the “Critter Capital of the World” the Lembeh Strait is home to an abundance of unique and rare marine life where nothing is quite as it seems. Be prepared to find the most unusual of critters in the most unexpected of places.
  • Bali – Known as the island of the Gods, Bali’s diverse reefs, rich culture and stunning scenery will leave you spellbound.
  • Komodo – The land of the dragons promises adventure and excitement. The marine life combined with kaleidoscopic coral reefs, pelagics, including reef sharks, manta rays and passing eagle rays will leave you wishing for more dives.
  • Raja Ampat – Hundreds of tiny islands and pinnacles breach the surface of the aquamarine waters which are home to everything from pygmy seahorses to manta rays.
  • Pulau Weh – Pulau Weh reefs are full of colour, alive with action and teeming with life. The hunters are being hunted, the smaller reef fish seek shelter in the coral crowded reef and before you know it another shark passes by.
  • Gili Islands – These three tiny islands offer a bohemian vibe, laid back atmosphere and good variety of dive sites.
  • Lombok – The island of Lombok has everything from a towering volcano, rugged cliffs to picture-perfect white sand beaches. Underwater there are pretty coral gardens and staggering pinnacles which are known to attract seasonal hammerheads.
  • Nusa Lembongan – This small island is famous for it’s chilled out atmosphere, stunning scenery and legendary surf breaks. Dive sites are predominantly located around the  neighbouring Nusa Penida with manta rays and a vibrant reef world.

Written by Joan Burke

Joan Burke is a former journalist who has interviewed murderers on death row, flown over L.A. with the LAPD and patrolled with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police near the Arctic , she joined our team since one year!

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