Scuba diving is like a passport into another world, a world of fragile coral and exotic, colorful sea creatures. Here are five of the most incredible places in the world to immerse yourself.
These are our top 5 locations on Earth to scuba dive:
5. Ko Tao
Great for beginners, Thailand’s Ko Tao is one of the best places to earn your scuba certification. Here, you can swim with the massive but gentle whale shark, stingrays, sea turtles and more.
Palau’s Jellyfish Lake is certainly one of the most unusual dive sites in the world. Everyday, clouds of ethereal golden jellyfish migrate from one side of the lake to the other. You might be thinking that diving with jellyfish sounds more like a medieval form of torture than something you’d travel halfway across the world to do, but these jellyfish are different. They have no sting.
3. Sipadan, Malaysia
Jacques Cousteau once said of Sipadan, “I have seen other places like Sipadan, 45 years ago, but now no more. Now we have found an untouched piece of art.” Sipadan features a thriving, relatively undamaged ecosystem filled with barracuda, rays, parrotfish, sea turtles and more.
2. Great Barrier Reef
The world’s largest reef system, the Great Barrier Reef also offers some of the world’s most incredible diving opportunities. In fact, it’s considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The reef is home to whales, porpoises, sea turtles and dugongs, in addition to over 1,500 different types of fish and 400 different types of coral.
1. Blue Hole, Belize
Belize’s Great Blue Hole was deemed one of the top 10 places to scuba dive in the world by none other than Jacques Cousteau himself. The Great Blue Hole is a giant, 407-foot-deep underwater sinkhole located near Ambergris Caye. At that depth, you’ll want to be careful, and be sure you’re going with an experienced and reputable tour company. The Great Blue Hole is mainly known for several species of sharks. The real attraction is simply the scenery- before the ocean rose and covered the cave, massive stalactites and stalagmites were able to form, and divers can swim among them.
Article by: Alison Kroulek
Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.