The most popular diving destinations

Find the diver’s favorite scuba diving destinations in the world

Where to go diving in Africa from north to south

Europe offers destinations for everyone

Exotic locations for diving in Asia

Great cities to dive in America

Best diving in the Caribbean all year round

Locations in Oceania without barriers

Most visited destinations by continents

by Scubacrowd

Scuba diving is an activity that also requires good physical and mental preparation, appropriate places for diving. Enter a new world and to probe its mysteries requires tailored to specific locations that adventure. We note some of them.

In the Americas

In the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands stand near Jamaica, consisting of Grand Cayman, Stingray City and Sand Bard have beautiful reefs, clear warm waters, beautiful wrecks and abundant wildlife. Cayman Brac also, Caiman Minor, Jackson Marine Parks and Bloody Bay Wall.

Belize has the largest coral reef in America. The Turneffe Islands, Lighthouse Reef and Glover are coral atolls visited by shoals of fish, barracudas, sharks and turtles. At Lighthouse is the circle of Great Blue Hole. This hole is the gateway to numerous caves.

Bahamas isles comprising 700 wrecks, blue holes, white sands and many sharks (primarily in Long Island). Andros Barrier Reef offers, caves and caverns. The capital of Nassau on New Providence. Its attraction is the wrecks and sharks. Bonaire, near Curaçao is the best place for snorkeling among tropical fish and coral shallow.

In Mexico, the Riviera Maya offers us light in these caves and beautiful pools that are sinkholes inhabited by colorful fish in caverns and caves. In Cozumel diving among coral reefs and large marine life. Cancun, on the peninsula of Yutacán, you can dive 400 sculptures underwater museum to 3 m deep. In Isla Mujeres diving the reef Manchones or La Cruz Bay, huge bronze cross; deeper one can see sunken ships or visit the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks, unique place in the world where large currents make sharks coming into lethargy enabling approach them safely.

In the US, the Sea of Cortez 200 km in length in the Baja Peninsula diving from 800 varieties of fish, dolphins, sharks, whales, ... The Guadalupe Island white sharks can dive among. In Hawaii, crystal clear waters allow diving on coral reefs, tunnels and caves among tropical fish, green sea turtles, dolphins, sea urchins, rays and sharks. In Kailua Kona Stingrays abound. Miami allows diving among wrecks (freighters, warships, aircraft) and on an oil rig. There tourism in Cape Fear and Cape Aterra (North Carolina) and San Clemente Island (in the Channel California, Los Angeles).

In Puerto Rico, La Culebra Island, Tamarind Reef in Vieques Island and The Hole Amberiack you dive among coral cays and islets. The Anchor Reef between vessels and other artifacts of the Navy. In Varadero (Cuba) you dive among wreck diving, coral reefs, caves, clear water with tropical fish. In Negril (Jamaica) is diving for reef sheltered from the winds. In Dominican Republic, between Punta Cana and Bavaro there are 30 km of reef where you can snorkel among coral gardens and breathtaking canyons. They are almost wreckage emerged Astron.

Bocas del Toro (Panama) is an archipelago that has a tremendous biodiversity of flora and fauna between coral colonies.

In Colombia, San Andrés is a large archipelago in the Caribbean Sea with a great marine biodiversity among corals, caves and wrecks. As in the Rosario Islands and Malpelo.

EIn the archipelago of the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) the difficult geographical conditions warrant an experienced scuba currents. Roatan (Honduras) is the largest island in the volcanic archipelago "Bay Islands", also composed of Utila, Guanaja and Cayos Cochinos. It swims through a coral reef with deep channels, marine tunnels and caves among sponges, dolphins, sea turtles and tropical fish.

Costa Rica In both Cocos and Puerto Viejo diving among colorful fish, dolphins, sharks, turtles, octopus, rays, eels and occasionally whales.

In Venezuela, Margarita Island (Archipelago of the Friars), off the coast of the Tyrant, is a coral reef perfect for diving or snorkeling. Island of Aruba and Curacao Island, you dive among shipwrecks, as Antilla.

Corn Island (Nicaragua) in the coral Corn Island (the same Belize Barrier Reef), diving with sharks, stingrays and colorful fish.

In Brazil, near the city of Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, the Abyss is an attractive Anhumas cave dive using abseiling techniques. In the archipelago of Angra dos Reis, you can dive among variety of fish and shipwrecks. The distant archipelago Fernando de Noronha is an oasis of life attending many marine species, such as dolphins, sharks, green turtles and rays. Cabo Frio in the state of Rio de Janeiro, you dive among turtles, moray eels, puffer fish, led by guides who explain the area. In Porto de Galinhas, State of Pernambuco do snorkeling among coral reefs and colorful fish in natural pools.

In Colan (Peru) in the province of Paita, you dive among hundreds of colorful fish. The volcanic origin of Easter Island (Chile), with vertical walls of cliffs, caves, lava platforms, corals, filled with abundant flora and fauna advise an experienced diving.

Puerto Madryn, in Argentina, is a bay with calm, crystalline waters with temperatures ranging between 18 and 5 ° C and at depths between 5 and 30m. Here we dive the reefs, including bream, grouper, octopus, mussels, anemones and starfish and can spot whales who come to have their young. Here, in 1999, a box in which you can leave memories and write a book that will be unveiled in December 2100 it sank.

In British Columbia (Canada), there is a large area where the environment is protected and cared for and snorkeling is among more than 5000 species, such as killed whales, giant octopus...

In Alaska (USA) conducted an expert in cold water between large and dangerous creatures like octopus, halibut, huge jellyfish, wolf eels, shark diving is advised...You can see 5 species of whale: humpback, northern gray whale and beluga, on a dark background with a stunning richness and diversity. So is the McMurdo Sound (USA) in the Antarctic territory. The average annual temperature ranges from -57 °C clear water and -3°C, above 200 m depths are reached, with mild currents. It is the best place to dive under ice.

In Europe

The island of Gran Canaria, in Spain, shows a deep dive by rugged cliffs. The volcanic island of Hierro, is an attractive place for photo dive. Cies Islands are three islands located at the entrance of the Ria de Vigo, in Galicia. Diving on the coral canyons discover a variety of sea life: dolphins, bream, large starfish, sponges, lobsters ... The Columbrete Island (Castellón province), in the Mediterranean, are four islands (Foradada, La Grossa, the Carayot and Ferrera) volcanic clear water and lots of variety of marine life. The five Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Cabrera) have a huge marine diversity. The Cabo de Gata, in Almeria, Biosphere Reserve, is a virgin diving.

In the Archipelago of the Azores in Portugal, home to more than 3000 species. In Princess Alice can snorkel among fishes and hammerhead sharks and in Condor Bank, between dolphins and mako sharks. In the islets of Formigas, between blankets and tuna.

The Santorini Island in Greece, in the Aegean Sea, has craters on its bottom and remains of ancient shipwrecks.

The island of Malta has a rich seabed. Marfa Punta, Punta Arhax and Fungus Rock (Gozo) diving by ravines and caves. In Marsaxlokk you can dive among the remains of a British bomber is 40 m deep.

The Farnes islands, England (UK) in the North Sea have a very rugged coast where gray seals abound. The fog and bad weather in the area meant that on your rest hundreds of wrecks that invite immersion. Scapa Flow, Orkney on the Island, is a place of intentional sinking of boats making their funds the world's largest submarine bed with a concentration of warships and huge transport.

Diving in Spitsbergen (Norway) has some danger, being not suitable for inexperienced divers. The rocky walls with icebergs, with very low temperatures, require a professional diving. How rewarding is the thrill of diving between whales and walruses.

In Africa

In the Red Sea of Egypt, the water temperature ranges from 22-28 ° C. In Sharm El Sheikh, you dive among coral reefs, wrecks (like the Thistlegorm) and among sharks, eels, rays, turtles... at different depths. In the Straits of Tiran at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba, you dive among large concentrations of sharks and corals. In Hurghada, there is a high concentration of shipwrecks (Carnatic, Small Crack, Shark Ref., Alem Express, Chrisoula K., Yolanda Ref ...) In Marsa Alam inhabits reefs and dugong or dolphin herds and hammerhead sharks.

In Port Sudan (Sudan), in the Red Sea, there is a greater number of sharks and pelagic animals in pristine waters. You can explore the wreck Umbria, Italian sunken ship full of weapons in War World II. In Sha'ab Rumi is a beautiful reef where we find flocks of tropical fish and sharks. In Sha'ab Su'adi you can dive the Blue Belt merchant ship full of cars, tractors, trucks ... In Angarosh no pristine reefs to 10 m depth inhabited by sharks.

In South Africa is Gansbaai in Overberg District, where you can dive in a cage with sharks (Dyer Island). It is the "world of white shark" and where most attacks occur, mainly surfers confused with turtles or seals. In Cape Town you can snorkel among sea lions, sharks or between cricket shipwrecks. Just in Sodwana Bay, Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay. In Port Elizabeth, in the Nelson Mandela Bay, plus you can practice diving, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

In Mozambique, call Maputo Area Protection by reefs you dive under blankets, moray eels and frog fish. In Pemba, you can perform deep dives (600 m in Medjumbe Island) with sharks, snappers, groupers, wrasse... In Inhambane and Tofo, including giant manta ray (Paia Jangamo).

In Kenya protected areas there are 4 dive: the islands of Pate, Kiwayu, Lamu and Manda in the Kiunga Marine Reserve, the Funzi and Wasini Islands National Marine Park Kisite the Malindi Marine National Park and the National Park Watamu.

Seychelles Islands are 115 islands near Madagascar, home to a large number of marine species including rock formations that make strange shapes. In North Pint (Male) you can dive for sunken tanker. In the Sainte Anne Marine National Park you will dive among turtles, rays and sharks. Bird Island and La Digue island is snorkeling the reef between hammerhead sharks and tigers.

In Asia

On the island of Kho Tao (Thailand), you dive for coral, caves (Cave of Saturn) and reefs(Coral Beach) among sharks and shipwrecks. In the nine Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea,you can dive on shallow reefs. Surin Island and Koh Phi Phi resort islands have a huge variety of marine life.

In The Maldives Islands, an archipelago of 1200 islands with clear waters inhabited thousand varieties of fish species among its 3,000 coral reefs along which sharks and stingrays. Its 26 atolls allow diving on the coast and from boats. Athafaru, Madivaru Fedu and Fenfushi in Ari Atoll, and Davana Fotteyo Kandu in Felidhoo Atoll, Banana Ref., Manta Point and Rasfari in the North Male Atoll and Embudhu and Cocoa Thila Atoll in the South are the most visited places.

Indonesia is an archipelago with more than 13,500 tropical islands (Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi andIrian Jaya are the most populated). In Bali, you dive for coral reefs, caves, canyons, walls, shipwrecks... In Island Komodo National Park which is home to Komodo dragons, the strong currents and the abundance of pelagic animals invites an experienced diving. In Bunaken Marine Park snorkeling with dolphins, pilot whales and killed whales practiced. On the islands of Meno, and Gili Air Manado, near Lombok all kinds of diving is done. On the island of Lembeh born 12 Kms channel to Sulawesi where diving among fish frogs, octopus, sponges, corals... In the Raja Ampat archipelago is protected by snorkeling among coral colonies octopi, stingrays, crabs, hammerhead sharks, whales, dolphins...

Philippines archipelago of 7,000 islands with coral reef and a huge marine biodiversity can dive among blankets, sharks and whales and swim inside a hundred sunken wrecks of World War 2, as in the island of Palawan (Calamian Islands), where there was a Japanese naval base. Puerto Galera, in the "Coral Triangle", is a haven for underwater photographers. In Tubbataha, Heritage, Bird Island and Betangas are good diving spots.

The Sipadan Island (Malaysia), northwest of Borneo, in the Celebes Sea, has live coral and volcanic cones including 3,000 marine species live. You can dive on Turtle Tomb (200 m of caves). In Okinawa (Japan south), deep diving among sunken ships and fish is done.

On the continent of Oceania

The Great Barrier Reef Australia, along the coast of Queensland, is a natural formation under the sea with 600 islands, over 2,800 reefs and 300 coral cays, featuring a wealth of marine life. In Baird Bay on Eyre Peninsula, you can snorkel near sea lions. In Port Lincoln you can dive between tuna and cuttlefish or dive inside a jail white sharks. Detached Reefs, Osprey Ref., Ribbon Reefs, the 74 islands of the Whitsundays and Heron Island are good places to dive.

Bora Bora (French Polynesia) consists of 118 islands that offer a tranquil diving. Rangiroa is a huge South Pacific atoll is a ring reef of almost 30 km wide around a beautiful turquoise lagoon, where you can snorkel among exotic fish, rays, turtles and sharks.

In Palau, archipelago of 200 small volcanic islands located in Micronesia, the Jellyfish Lake allows a dive over 10 million harmless jellyfish. About Koror, the capital, you dive among reefs and sunken aircrafts.

Bikini Atoll is an uninhabited atoll of 36 islands belonging to the Marshall Islands. Was the site of nuclear testing in the Pacific. The lagoon is a graveyard of sunken war ships, among them the USS Saratoga and the Nagato. Although there is still radioactivity in the environment, is abundant marine life, especially sharks. Here lies the origin Godzilla film of radioactive iguana protagonist of the movie.

The Mauritius islands are surrounded by shallow coral barrier, which makes it a good place for snorkeling. In "Peter Holt Rock" and the "Whale Rock" deep diving is practiced more than 20m depth between caves, tunnels and crevices of basalt rocks. In the "Whale Rock" can dive between turtles, octopus and a huge variety of fish. in the Bay of Trou aux Biches and Île aux Benitiers are good diving areas.