Discover the most popular diving destinations in the world
Choose your favorite destination in each continent
Discovering this scuba diving locations is the way to get to know the magnificent world that spreads under the water. About 70% of our planet is covered with water. Oceans inhabited by billions of different species of animals, and only 4% percent of these have been explored. Give yourself a chance to dive into an incredible atmosphere of calmness that will change your vision about life on earth forever.
This developing sport offers all the things you need to start exploring open water surfaces. As an amateur, take a try-dive, coached and lead by instructors who are working at dive centers located near your holiday destination. Become a professional certified diver by visiting PADI, NAUI, BSAC, SSI, CMAS or SAA dive centers. Attend courses to gain knowledge and experience, which is shared by the professionals. And last but not least, receive a certificate of Open Water Diver, Advanced Diver or a Technical Diver License. There are almost no limits. Whatever you want to achieve, you can: swim around peacefully, surrounded by dolphins and mantas, become an instructor or member of a rescue team.
Plenty of different dive spots offer a variety of things to see. Explore beautiful coral reefs with tiny creatures hiding in small caves, or big ones that don’t want to be found, and are pretending to be part of a stone.
If you are looking for some adrenaline, search for dive sites where you can encounter huge sharks or a wreck dive. The variety of life under water will astound you: mega-fauna that feeds on the tiniest crustaceans, schools of fish that move in an impossible choreography, camouflage beyond belief. The most bizarre creatures that you can dream of live on earth, underwater.
When you decide to go diving, the most important question is: ‘Where to start the journey?’
From whale sharks to nudibranchs, gentle shore dives to surf boat entries, drift dives to adrenaline-pumping underwater moments, with sardine bait balls and great white sharks, South Africa has some of the most diverse, and best, diving you can find.
Diving the Red Sea is a very popular destination to start your diver career and pass an open water exam. With a variety of dive spots full of colorful coral, plenty of the most typical sea inhabitants and the ones that are rare and not easy to find. Some dive spots can present a strong current, with many species travelling downstream, so you can easily swim with the speed of the current and share your way with the fish. Diving in Sharm el Sheik and Hurghada have plenty of dive sites, touristic attractions and a wide offer of resorts and hotels.
With well developed touristic destinations, accommodating to every need, diving in Africa gives you the opportunity to organize comparatively cheap trips. The water temperature there is usually higher than average, which enables to plan year round dive adventure.
The colorful coral reefs in Asia and the warm waters with good visibility provide for amazing scuba diving sites. The continent offers scuba divers a wide range of wreck diving sites, unspoiled reefs, dramatic seascapes, submerged volcanos, caves and canyons.
Central America offers scuba divers a big underwater spectacle with pirate shipwrecks, volcanic rock formations and coral reefs to explore. The continent has abundant and colorful fauna including whale sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, dolphins and moray eels. Diving in Central America is meant to be an unforgettable experience.
The experience of scuba diving in Cuba reveals all the beauty of one of the biggest coral formations in the world, which attract several different species. About 50 miles from the Cuban shore, you will find a reef named The Gardens of the Queen, home to exotic flora and fauna, and one of the most splendid dive sites.
Diving in Cayman Islands offer a variety of activities and different types of scuba trips. Perfect visibility allows you just merge with the underwater landscape. The famous Grand Cayman island take a trip to the Stingray City, where divers can feed stingrays, or the Bloody Bay Wall, where both sunlight and nature are the perfect combo for photographers, beginners and experienced divers will be amazed.
For those who are more interested in geographical phenomena and want some adrenaline can put the Blue Hole in Belize, on their travel list of destinations. The Blue Hole is almost perfectly round, has a diameter of 4 kilometers and is 145 meters/470 feet deep. It is full of corals, interesting stalactites and limestone formations.
Travel to Bay islands in Honduras or Bonaire Island, which also provides scuba enthusiastic people with stunning drop offs, walls, night dives and snorkeling. You can find a beach family-friendly resort to spend your diving holidays practicing this sport where you don't need to carry any of your gear when you travel as most dive centers are fully equipped for tourists in the island.
Europe is a diver’s heaven with abundant dive sites to offer. This continent’s 90.000 kilometers of coastline result in diversity and excitement. Whether you prefer cold or warm waters, caves, shore or whale watching, Europe has it all.
The pristine waters up north in volcanic Iceland are unique in the world. The cold waters of the Baltic Sea are famous for wreck diving. Specially recommended for experienced divers and adrenaline seekers, since these waters with fascinating shipwrecks have poor visibility, can present currents and require a dry-suit. Also Scotland is famous for shipwreck diving, with remains from World War Two, and the famous "Zenobia" ferry in Cyprus island.
The Mediterranean is a true paradise for divers, where most of dives are accessible from the beach. Diving in Spain, France and Italy are preferred destinations to practice this sport by locals and tourists, for the calm waters are plenty of Mediterranean marine life. Malta is an excellent destination. From wrecks and archaeological finds of Ancient Rome and the Second World War, to the vivid corals and caves inhabited with thousands of colorful fishes.
To observe big marine mammals such as dolphins and whales, Greece is a fantastic choice, with a wide variety of species in the Greek Aegean and Ionean waters.
Washed by two oceans, going from cold arctic waters to the warm Caribbean, North America has everything a scuba diver is looking for. The marine life here is diverse and spectacular, from tropical fish, to dolphins and whales.
Canada has a lot to offer, with nature under strong protection. In the North Pacific Ocean, divers can find blue whale and humpback whale. The great Lakes have very interesting shipwrecks, and scuba diving there is so popular that Canada is in the forefront of scuba gear development.
Diving in United States offers you with multiple diving locations of all sorts. Hawaii island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, presents a wealth list of spots, from shipwrecks to reefs. The Channel Islands on the coast of California have interesting wildlife such as sea lions and dolphins. On the East coast, the Barrier Islands, off the shoreline of North Carolina recount more than 600 shipwrecks, some of them dating back to the 16 hundreds. All around the south Florida and in the Florida Keys you can find the living coral barrier reef and beautiful shore dives. The Virgin Islands in the clear warm waters of the Caribbean allow year round scuba diving.
And of course, diving in Mexico is one of the most popular destinations for scuba people in the world. With the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the West coast, this country has thousands of coastline kilometers. The Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean are famous for miles of reef, tropical fishes and perfect visibility, as well as hammerhead sharks and sea lions. On the West part, known as Mexican Riviera, you can spot whales, sea turtle sanctuaries, dolphins, rays and great white sharks. Mexico also offers the Cenotes, a unique phenomenon of round skin holes of ground water, with access to underwater cave systems with stunning submerged landscapes of stalactites and stalagmites.
Scuba diving in Oceania you will find a wide variety of thrilling sites, the list of destinations is long, such as Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Polynesia and the Cook Islands. The continent offers clear waters, shipwrecks, caves, rich marine life and enormous colorful coral reefs.
Diving in Australia is a mecca for scuba people, with the Great Barrier Reef located to the north east of the country, in the Corals Sea. Listed as part of the World Heritage, diving in this nature beauty you will discover over 30 species of whales and dolphins, more than one thousand species of fish, sea snakes, turtles and saltwater crocodiles.
Travel to Fiji island where you can see up to eight different types of sharks like the black tip, white tip, bull shark and the tiger shark. Polinesia is a fantastic location for beginner divers with wonderful turquoise beach, in locations such as Bora Bora and Tahiti for shore dives from a resort. In the Tuamotu atolls, you will find dolphins, manta rays and turtles. New Zealand is a fantastic destination, with the renowned Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve full of underwater caves and archways. When scuba diving in New Zealand you can discover kelp forests, sub tropical reefs and wrecks.