Simply Scuba is one of the UK’s leading online scuba dive store stocking brands such as GoPro, SeaLife and Intova. They also have a dive store located in Faversham, Kent. I’ve teamed up with them to create a list of some of the best locations to scuba dive in the world.
Raja Ampat – Indonesia
This site shouldn’t be missed, with its incredible coral garden and 374 different species of fish. Many scientists have said its the richest place for marine life on earth. Its a brilliant location to see Manta Rays, Sharks and Barracudas.
Good for: Large animals, small animals, underwater photography, visibility, and advanced divers
Barracuda Point, Malaysia
Sipadan island is located in the Celebes Sea off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia. Divers usually stay on neighbouring islands such as Mabul Island or Kapalai island and take a boat over to the Sipadan dive sites. This beautiful dive site has a high concentration of Barracuda and sea Turtles. Please note that there are occasionally strong sweeping currents.
Good for: Large animals, sea turtles
Thistlegorm – Egyptian Red Sea
A British armed merchant navy ship which was bombed by Germans in 1941. Whilst carrying a cargo of war supplies such as motorbikes, rifles, train carriages and trucks. This wreck is 131 metres long and is popular for night diving.
Good for: Wreck diving, night diving
Richelieu Rock, Thailand
This dive site in the Andaman sea is located 200km northwest of Phuket. Famous for whale shark sightings and also good for big schools of pelagic fish such as batfish, jacks and barracuda. It’s a superb spot for Macro photography with creatures such as ghost pipefish, seahorses and harlequin shrimp. Be aware currents in this area can be strong and you may need a few dives to see the whole area.
Good for: Large animals, small animals, underwater photography, dive value-for-money and advanced divers
Great Blue Hole, Belize
The Blue Hole is located in the center of the 27 miles Lighthouse Reef, and roughly halfway between Northern Caye and Half Moon Caye. This very deep hole is outlined by coral reef, watch the enormous tuna and explore the stalagtites and stalagmites of ancient caverns.
Good for: Advanced divers, great visibility
The Yongala – Queensland, Australia
Australia’s largest and most intact historic shipwreck, this luxury passenger ship sank in 1911 during a cyclone. The ships final resting place remained unknown for decades. It is now considered to be one of Australia’s best wreck dives. Expect to see lots of wildlife such as Turtles, Tiger Sharks, Manta Rays and Bull Sharks. Entry into the ship is forbidden to avoid corrosion due to air bubbles. There are often strong currents here so this site is recommended for advanced divers only.
Good for: Advanced divers, wreck diving
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Where’s the best places you’ve dived?
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