The endless waves that writhe into the horizon can be an image that fills you with terror and awe. While some people find the idea of plunging into the depths of the ocean unnerving, others find it adventurous or even relaxing. In any case, a sense of trepidation is nearly unavoidable before you don the diving equipment and immerse yourself into the aquatic world, but fortune favors the bold. The reward comes in form of staggering underwater landscapes and vivacious aquatic life. If you are up for such an escapade, here are the top ten diving spots around the world.
Koh Tao, Thailand
Koh Tao is amazing for beginners. It has some mesmerizing hotspots quite close to the land and these shore dives are a convenient way to introduce yourself to the world of diving if you lack skill or experience. While you are at it, tour the submerged highlights such as the wreck of HTMS Sattakut, and marvel at the marine life that has made it its home.
Great Blue Hole, Belize
From the bird’s-eye perspective, the Great Blue Hole looks like a terrifying mouth into the belly of the chthonic leviathan. However, its depths will unveil the all-encompassing assembly of wonders for all of those that dare enter its depths. 15 meters into the deep blue, and the water will begin to shimmer as you transition from a salt-water to the fresh-water environment. The stalagmites and stalactites of the ancient caverns below are a sight to behold.
The Riviera Maya, Mexico
Since we mentioned stalagmites and stalactites, visit the Riviera Maya which is one of Mexico’s most beloved holiday spots. Cenotes sinkhole offers a plethora of beautiful cave systems that are worth exploring. While there are “easy mode” caverns to explore, make sure to seek out the help of professional guides if you want to go deeper into the system.
Thistlegorm, Egyptian Red Sea
This famous location is practically an art installation. It is a cargo ship wreck which is filled with trucks, train carriages and plentiful motorbikes. Since the depth is not that intimidating (29 meters), it has become the popular night dive spot and the location looks truly haunting and dreamlike under the beams of underwater lamps.
Lady Elliot Island, Queensland
Lady Elliot Island is a beautiful slice of tropicana, but the underwater landscapes that surround it are a marvelous getaway. You will need premium scuba diving gear to accommodate long diving sessions, because it is so easy to get swept away by the gentle mosaic of sand and coral. It boasts one of the best diving sites of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. A true selling point of its waters is the residential manta ray population and the best underwater visibility you can get.
Blue Corner Wall, Palau
Micronesia is a treasure trove of diving spots, but Blue Corner Wall takes the spot because it is just so vivacious. The resplendent aquatic fauna is very active in the vicinity and it can be a hypnotizing experience to gaze at the twirls and interactions of pelagic fish.
Gozo and Comino, Malta
Somewhere between the Maltese islands of Gozo and Comino lies an aquatic world beyond reproach. It has been said that these diving spots have the most ornate underwater topography in the northern hemisphere – a kaleidoscope of surprising variations of caves, arches and valleys that compose a natural masterpiece.
Kailua Kona, Hawaii
For another night dive that will have your jaw hit the sand floor, look into the manta ray feeding spots near Kailua Kona. As the surrounding waters attract the gargantuan colonies of plankton, manta rays tend to flock here and feed. This is an excellent opportunity to inspect these graceful creatures up close.
Liberty Wreck, Bali
Liberty Wreck tops numerous lists of the best diving spots for a good reason. The abundant flora and fauna of the deep have made this shell of a ship into their home, which means that the colorful landscape in front of the divers offers interesting variations and constant surprises. It is a favored spot among the underwater photographers.
The Bahamas in the Caribbean offer an “all-in” package for both avid divers and amateurs alike. Impressive marine life, the decrepit Spanish galleons, playful dolphins, caves, blue holes and a set of other wonders await those who are ready or an all-encompassing diving adventure!
71% of our planet’s surface is covered by water, so the aquatic world is vast and mysterious. Most of us will never get a chance to witness the most astonishing and the most awe-inspiring sights beneath the waves, but we can at least have the taste of that otherworldly landscape by plunging into the most lauded depths around. It is a chance to touch infinity and grasp the ceaseless wonder of the world and maybe even the universe.