From the Great Barrier Reef to the Caribbean to the Red Sea, scuba diving can be a lot of fun, especially for those who love to travel. And if scuba diving is not for you, at least you can snorkel and enjoy some of the beauty that lies below sea level. Below are some incredible scuba diving images that will surely inspire you!
The Great Barrier Reef off the Australian coastline off Queensland is the world’s largest and longest coral reef consisting of over 3,200 individual reef systems. You should walk the beaches, catch an aerial view from a plane, but the best way to experience it is to go scuba diving in this kaleidoscope of aquatic life.
Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula (Canada) holds extra chilly waters but you will experience some incredible sea life here at the convergence of the Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. Not only will you find crawfish and bass... but you'll also find over two dozen historical ship wrecks in these icy cold waters.
Thailand has several famous dive sites such as Ko Tao, Phuket, Similan Islands, and Surin Islands. The best diving is at Ko Tao but you can enjoy practically most of the coastline. Thailand’s Andaman coast extends for 870 km from the Surin Islands on Thailand’s border with Burma to Tarutao National Park (setting of “Survivor Thailand”) bordering Malaysia. You can rent a boat and go out with your friends if you’re a pro; or you can have guides and pros take you out on rentals and give you hourly or half-day tutorials. Best times to go scuba diving in Thailand would be October through April.
Papua New Guinea holds beautify Pygmy Seahorses, variety of sharks, and an occasional Orca Whale. There are several wrecks amidst the reefs that have become home and hiding place for many different varieties of fish and sea creature. The colorful school of fish here will enthrall any diver, professional or amateur. Not suggested for the beginner unless you’re with a seasoned guide/instructor due to the deep drops and shallow reefs and atolls.
Bali, Indonesia’s terrain is unmatches with deep drop-offs and steep banks, coral ridges and bommies, volcanic outcrops and seagrass beds, and much more. This variety combined with the colorful marine life leads to fun scuba diving. You might bump into a cockatoo leaf fish or swim alongside pygmy seahorses (always fun!) or take underwater photographs of the sunfish. The best part about Bali is that the scuba diving is year-round although May to December is best. If you live in cold weather, seriously consider getting away to Bali during the cold holiday months – come and ring in the new year in this incredibly beautiful paradise.
The Red Sea’s (Egypt) tropical coral reefs lure travelers to the Sinai peninsula for not just beautiful but affordable scuba diving (compared to the prices in Europe and the Caribbean). There are many vacation homes and resorts worth checking out along the coast. Colorful fish and amazing coral reefs will leave you breathless and wanting more… this is a great place for the beginner!
Hawaii/Maui, of course, provides some of the most beautiful sea life that must not be missed. To get the best views and terrain try the smaller and less populated islands of Molokai and Molokini. We saw some gorgeous Sea Turtles on our visit recently.
Costa Rica, Belize, the Bahamas and the Caribbean in general must not be missed due to their crystal clear water which allows for greater visibility and better photographs. You will meet over 150 speies of fish and over 30 species of coral in these parts of the world. The manta ray and spotted eagle ray are fairly common in Belize. Hammerhead sharks are also very common. If you visit Belize, be sure to also spend enough time on land as this country packs more eco-diversity in one square mile than any other in the entire world. The plant and animal life is truly incredible!