Haven’t Got A Scuba’s Where To Dive? Here’s 6 Idyllic Spots…

By Lottie Woodrow |
10th October 2019

It’s time to seas the day and channel your inner diver as we head across the ocean finding some of the world’s best spots for scuba diving. So you can wave goodbye to the dreary Autumnal London weather and hello to sun rays, crystal clear waters, oh, and a weighty scuba tank but hey! The colourful corals and fluttering fishes will make up for it…

Galápagos, Ecuador

Galápagos, Ecuador

Wave goodbye to the dreary British weather and howdy to Ecuador, home to some of the most colourful marine fauna, epic underwater cliffs and bewildering corals in the world. Galápagos is world famous for being a hit with divers across the globe. Hidden beneath the rocks you’ll find sharks swooping around your feet (or chasing you by the looks of the photo above…) while fish scurry away in a blur… There’s no doubt you’ll fall in love with the Galápagos islands and all their seabed has to offer, but it is recommended for more advanced scuba divers so maybe get a few lessons at one of London’s scuba diving schools before you head out on an adventure…

Website: www.ecuador.travel

Palau
Credit: @lilianxpang / @anatoly_beloschchin

Palau

Located in the western Pacific Ocean, Palau is an archipelago of over 500 islands, which can mean only one thing. There’s a whole lotta fishes to scuba with! Swerve along the seabed with the hawksbill turtles, watch the fishes flutter past you, and don’t fret if you spot a saltwater crocodile swimming past you either (although I’m pretty certain I’d swim-sprint for my life to get away…) The crystal clear oceans are enough of a reason alone to visit!

Website: www.pristineparadisepalau.com

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Of course, it wouldn’t be a scuba diving guide without giving a shoutout to the big boys in the diving world. The Great Barrier Reef, duh. We can’t deny the Great Barrier Reef isn’t enchanting. It’s littered with intriguing creatures and beautiful corals beneath you at every stroke of the way, 2,300km in length to be precise… If you’re a first-timer, don’t stress because there’s shallow spots dotted around the islands that’ll still provide you with a surge of adrenaline and epic photos for the ‘gram.

Website: www.greatbarrierreef.org

Bonaire, Caribbean

Bonaire, Caribbean

We’re swimming on over to the Caribbean islands for the next destination, more pacifically the island of Bonaire. The island is undeniably steeped with natural beauty, from the sparkling clear waters to the height of the tallest peak, Brandaris. And, what comes with crystal clear ocean? The ultimate spot for scuba diving, of course! The island has a staggering 63 official dive sites, with another 26 more on Klein Bonaire. As you float through the ocean, you’ll likely come into contact with more than 350 fish species and 57 species of soft and stony corals – no wonder it’s dubbed ‘divers paradise’. Slip on your finest bathing suit, slither into your flippers and let’s get diving!

Website: www.tourismbonaire.com

Similan Islands, Thailand

Similan Islands, Thailand

Cause I’m in too deep, and I’m trying to keep. Up above in my head, instead of going under…

Not sure Sum 41 had scuba diving around the Similan Islands in mind but, by the looks of it, they were certainly missing out. The Similan Islands are famous around the world for their serene scuba diving activities, and thanks to an average temperature of 25 degrees celsius, it’s perfect for those who hate clambering into a wetsuit and want to just swim free in a bathing suit! As you cruise along, you’ll find yourself surrounded by colourful corals and giant underwater boulders just awaiting your discovery…

Website: www.similan-islands.com

Sipadan Island, Malaysia

Sipadan Island, Malaysia

Diving amongst turtles is, like, turtle-y cool…

Well, if you’re looking to channel your inner Crush (from Finding Nemo, obvs), swim on over to Sipadan to experience a diving experience like no other. Sipadan is an oceanic Malaysian island, located in the Celebes Sea off the east coast of Sabah, and is widely known for its large number of green and hawksbill turtles. Diving here is hugely popular thanks to diving celeb Jacques Cousteau harped on about it and ever since it’s seen an abundance of eager divers trying to nab a snap with an ol’ turtle. 

Website: www.sabahtourism.com

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