If you are new to the world of scuba diving, you might believe that all sites are created equal – after all, how much variety can there really be in the ocean, right? Well, those of us who are more experienced divers know that there can be vast differences from site to site and here are the ultimate best dive sites in the world.
Barracuda Point – Sipadan Island
This Malaysian dive site boasts some incredible sea life, from Sea Turtles to Hammerhead Sharks and of course the unbelievable amount of barracudas that lend their name to the site. The currents can be quite intense at times, but be sure to head to the shallow area to check out the stunning coral garden!
SS Yongala Wreck – Queensland
The SS Yongala is often regarded as the best wreck dive in the world, so if you want to explore a colossal passenger and freight steamer underwater, this is your best bet. It sank in 1911, with no recorded survivors, and the wreckage wasn’t found until 1958. It doesn’t have great visibility in the area, and there is a strong current a lot of the time, so this is for experienced divers only.
Elephant Head Rock – Similan Islands
Undoubtedly the most famous part of the Similan Islands; this area is recognizable by the rock which looks like the head of an elephant – hence the name! This dive site is like an underwater playground as it is full of arches, caves, and things to swim through and around. Not to mention the fantastic array of sea life including several different species of sharks.
Cod Hole – The Great Barrier Reef
With excellent visibility and no current, Cod Hole is a fantastic dive site for all abilities, as well as those who want to practice their underwater photography. You may spot Angelfish, Barracuda, Lobster, and even the Whitetop Shark. Be sure to say hi to the friendly Potato Cods who are famous in the area and happy to get up close with divers.
Cape Kri – Indonesia
This dive site boasts an unbelievable 374 different species of fish, as well as Manta Rays and Sharks. If you head 38m down to the base of the reef, you may even be able to spot an ancient anchor. This is a year-round dive spot, although due to strong surface currents, it is recommended to stay deep where possible.
Thistlegorm – Egyptian Red Sea
Another amazing wreck to explore, this time, of a cargo ship, full of train carriages, motorbikes, and even two tanks. It was bombed in 1941 and now sits around 29m below the water, just waiting to be explored. It’s a fantastic dive for history buffs but be warned that it can get quite busy down there as it is such a popular dive.
Whether you are a regular diving pro, or you are just looking to start out in the diving world, these are the best of the best. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your scuba gear and get exploring!