Are you looking to take a scuba diving holiday but not sure where to go? In this blog we’ve listed the top 10 scuba diving locations around the world…
1. Cozumel, Mexico
The Island of Cozumel, off the Mayan coast, is surrounded by gorgeous reefs and pristine clear water; perfect for scuba diving. On a good day visibility can be up to 200 feet. There are 19 popular scuba diving reef areas teeming with marine life. Cozumel is tourist friendly with affordable accommodation and buzzing night life.
2. Fiji Islands, South Pacific
Fiji offers an incredible scuba diving experience. It is the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World’, the home of the Great White Wall, the Yellow Tunnel and other famous underwater marvels. Because of its clear water, scuba diving conditions and visibility are good year-round and a favourite hangout for professional underwater photographers.
3. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Visibility averages 80 feet to 150 feet in this tropical paradise. Rising like a mountain plateau in the Caribbean, the Grand Cayman’s shallow reefs provide maximum downtime, next to massive drop-offs in the surrounding 12,000 foot abyss.
4. Florida, USA
Florida offers the best scuba diving opportunities on the North American continent. Within a short boat ride of the nearest beach you will be submerged alongside giant turtles, manatees, sharks, tropical fish, rays and dolphins. The Gulf coast generally has better visibility, the Atlantic Coast has a wealth of reefs and wrecks and the Florida Keys offer beautiful warm water and tropical fish.
Boasting some of the world’s best preserved marine ecosystems, but undiscovered by excessive tourism, Belize is a natural destination for scuba divers. The cayes, the offshore atolls, and the barrier reef are the main attractions in Belize each offering a stunning variety of marine life.
6. Heron Island, Australia (Great Barrier Reef)
Heron Island is literally a coral island rising above the famous Great Barrier Reef with excellent scuba diving, just steps from the shore. Heron is a quiet island, devoid of industry or day trippers, which is ideal for the scuba diver who wants to relax during surface intervals.
7. Vanuatu, East of Australia
Suspended between New Zealand and Southeast Asia, Vanuatu is prized by scuba divers primarily for its incredible diversity. Amid clear warm water and abundant marine life scuba divers can experience caves, swim-throughs, lava towers, wrecks and grottoes.
8. Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos
Located along the southern tip of the Bahamas, Grand Turk stays sheltered from heavy currents and visibility is excellent year-round for scuba diving. Inquisitive scuba divers can dive amongst the underwater walls covered in sponges and corals and the manta rays which gather in Grand Turk for the summer.
Scuba diving in Hawaii is popular especially as giant sea turtles, stingrays, sharks and whales gather near Hawaii to live in its fertile volcanic ecosystem. Most of the diving on the island is off the Leeward Coast, with some excellent locations stretched all along the coast.
10. Koh Tao Island, Thailand
Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand is a tourist friendly island that caters especially to scuba divers. Surrounded on all sides by colorful reefs the island is also well known for opportunities for close-encounters with whalesharks and grey reef sharks.
Don’t forget your travel insurance!
You should buy your travel insurance before you leave home, just in case you have an accident or fall ill on your travels. If you’re planning to take part in an activity on holiday, please ensure you check the policy wording to make sure you have cover for your chosen activity. 24/7 travel insurance automatically covers 70 activities as standard, including scuba diving to a maximum depth of 30 metres. A Worldwide excluding USA, Canada & Caribbean cover for 5-days costs only £18.60† – a small price to pay for peace of mind to really enjoy your scuba diving holiday!
† Premium £18.60 includes Insurance Premium Tax; based on an individual traveller aged under 55 taking out a Standard single-trip policy for 5 days Worldwide excluding USA, Canada & Caribbean cover and purchased within 14 days of departure date. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (December 2009) and are subject to change.