If you want to have a great view of the diverse aquatic species and amazing underwater ecosystems, you need to visit a variety of dive sites across the planet. Whether it is a shipwreck, cavern, or an area with rear marine creatures, you can expect to have an exciting time in world’s top dive sites. Here is a selection of 10 popular dive sites you should go to before you die.
- Yongala, Australia
SS Yongala ran aground off Queensland’s coast due to a cyclone in the year 1911. The cyclone killed 122 people including the entire crew and passengers. In addition, a famous racehorse known as Moonshine and a red bull were killed in the wreck. After 70 years, the Yongala wreck received special official protection. Presently, Yongala is bustling with life and you can find diverse kinds of marine creatures including beautiful coral, schools of tiny fish, tiger sharks, turtles, octopuses, and snakes.
- The Barracuda Point on Sipadan Island
Barracuda Point is a unique world class dive site located off the Sipadan Island in Malaysia. This site has an 800 metres drop off and a wall of coral, where barracuda fish surround you and sharks keep swinging by. Strong sweeping currents blast across the underwater prairie where you can white tip sharks, turtles, buffalo fish, yacks, groupers and coconut crabs.
- Blue Corner, Palau
This outstanding wall dive is sought after by more experienced divers. The strong currents that are frequent here make the dive more challenging. On the wall, you will see an amazing diversity of marine life including mantis shrimps, nudibranchs, and morays. Blue Corner provides an excellent chance to see different types of sharks, snappers, eagle rays and barracuda. This dive site is also popular for scuba diving. Scuba diving is an undemanding physical activity for both new and experienced divers.
- Shark and Yolanda Reef, Red Sea, Egypt
This coral reef contains three large reefs: the shipwreck of SS Yolanda, the Shark Reef, which is an exceptional drop off and the Anemone city. The currents provide a good environment for drift diving. Typically, most divers begin at the Anemone City and then proceed by drifting to the Shark Reef. The exciting diving experience eventually terminates in the Yolanda wreck.
- Thistlegorm, Red Sea, Egypt
This is a huge shipwreck that requires many dives to see all it has to offer. In 1941, the Thistlegorm, a British ship, was attacked by opposing forces through an air strike and it sunk. At that time, it had a large cargo comprising various war supplies including train carriages, motor bikes, rifles and trucks. Strong currents move in diverse directions near the surface and on the shipwreck.
- President Coolidge, Vanuatu
The wreck of President Coolidge is located in northern Vanuatu. It was originally a World War 2 luxury ship. But the US navy took possession of it. However, one of America’s mines sank the ship. The wreck is now protected by law and it is a marine reserve. SS President Coolidge has some large facilities including, 47m long dining rooms, a 33m long promenade deck, and a 50m mosaic-lined swimming pool.
- Liberty, Bali, Indonesia
This is a picturesque shipwreck lined with corals, gorgonians, and anemone. You will see black sand, which serves as a brilliant colour contrast to the diversity of aquatic creatures including a large school of trevally and more than 400 different species of fish including wrasse, goldfish, surgeonfish and the unicorn.
- Navy Pier, Western Australia
Navy Pier has a T-shaped structure and it extends to about 300m beyond the shore. Even though this dive site is somewhat restricted in size, you can stay here for up to five days or more and you will still want to keep diving. This is particularly true when you dive at night. You will see plenty of scorpion and lion fish, white tips, woebegone sharks, eels, stargazers, flatworms and nudibranchs.
- Manta Ray Dive, Kona Hawaii
At Kona Hawaii, underwater lights positioned on the ocean bed naturally attract a volume of plankton, such that many manta rays make this place their home. Manta rays are extremely beautiful sea creatures that could easily get you carried away each time you see them.
- Blue Hole, Belize
The Blue Hole is a very wide and deep hole, which is inhabited by various species of sharks. From the warm reef that is above it, you will move down gradually into the cool blue hole. The water shimmers and wavers as you cross from salt water to fresh water. You will see large schools of tuna and various pelagics move into the hole to clean themselves as you descend further to see the stalagmites of old caverns.
Those are our top 10 dive sites from different parts of the world. One of the best ways to explore most of these dive sites is through packaged tours. These tours sometimes have very limited spaces. So you should book for your next trip early to avoid undue delays.