Dive into Adventure: 6 must-visit scuba dive hotspots to explore
Scuba diving is an activity that many of us would love to try. Heading below the waves lets us see the world from a whole new perspective, and those memories can last a lifetime. We’ve put together 6 incredible dive spots that will stick with you, whether you’re newly certified or an experienced diver.
Great dive spots for beginners
Red Sea, Egypt
One of the most popular diving destinations in the world, the Red Sea is an excellent place for beginners. The area has bright, vibrant reefs with many colourful corals and tropical fish. Dolphins and giant rays are common, as are dozens of shark species and turtles. If you dive in the right spot, you will also likely see a dugong or manatee.
|Best time to dive||May – November|
|What to expect||Dolphins, manta rays, sharks, whale sharks and turtles. Plenty of shipwrecks.|
Koh Tao & Similan Islands, Thailand
Another popular diving site in Thailand, Koh Tao & the Similan Islands, attracts thousands of divers of all skill levels every year. Whale sharks are common between March and June, while giant Manta rays can be found year-round. There are also several turtle species and thousands of smaller, bright reef fish.
|Diving Season||November – April|
|Best time to dive||February – April|
|What to expect||Manta rays, whale sharks, turtles, and lots of smaller fish.|
Central Atolls, Maldives
The Central Atolls offer some of the best scuba diving in the magnificent Maldives. You can explore reefs and caves and dive into the open ocean. You’ll see several species of reef sharks, large rays and thousands of tropical fish species.
|Best time to dive||August – November|
|What to expect||Sharks, whale sharks, manta rays, tropical fish|
Other amazing dive spots
For various reasons, these spots are best visited once you have some more diving experience.
Cocos Island, Costa Rica
This area has strong currents, making it risky for beginners but well worth it for more veteran divers. This is the best spot in the world for seeing huge schools of Hammerhead sharks. Vast shoals of other fish also call the area home, making for breathtaking sights.
|Best time to dive||December – May|
|What to expect||Hammerhead sharks, jacks, whale sharks, dolphins, tuna, rays and octopuses|
Barracuda Point, Malaysia
This site is frequently found in lists of top dive sites and for good reason. Formed by an extinct volcano thousands of years ago, over 3,000 diverse species call this reef home. Barracuda rule the roost, however, with thousands of the slender ocean predators forming shimmering schools.
|Best time to dive||April – December|
|What to expect||Barracudas, turtles, reef sharks and parrotfish|
Great Blue Hole, Belize
The Great Blue Hole is the largest ocean sinkhole in the world and is visible from space. The centre of the Great Blue Hole is over 400 feet deep, so you’ll explore the reefs that fringe the deeper water. Home to several species of sharks and large tuna, this is a one-of-a-kind dive and has been described as ‘gothic’.
|Best time to dive||April – June|
|What to expect||Sharks, angelfish, tuna, purple sea fans, Pederson’s shrimp and whale sharks|
No matter how experienced you are or which of these dive spots is your next destination, be sure to book scuba diving travel insurance as soon as you book your trip. You’ll need extreme sports cover if you’re unqualified or plan to go deeper than 30 metres.