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Top 10 Incredibly Exciting Dive Sites

A diving site normally means clear blue water, fish swimming all around you, completely silent surroundings and the like. However, there are some diving sites which include much more amazing things. Let us take a look at some of them.

 

  1. Cenote Diving, Mexico
Cenote

The Cenote is the place to go to if you want to have an authentically Mexican experience. Located in the Yucatan Peninsula, it is the longest of its kind. The Cenote is a system of underwater ecosystems, caves and various geological formations. The Yukatan Peninsula is made up of limestone. Fresh water runs through these limestone to the underground caves. How was the Cenote created? Part of the Yukatan Peninsula had collapsed sometime after the Ice age. This is when the Cenote was created. The name is derived from the word ‘Dzonot’. It is a Mayan word which means ‘sacred well.’ It is a pleasurable diving experience which can be visited any time through the year.

 

  1. Jellyfish Lake, Eil Malk Island, Palau
Jellyfish Lake

Palau Islands are a unique diving destination. The Jellyfish Lake is a small lake located in the island of Eil Malk in Palau. Every morning, thousands of jellyfish migrate towards the surface of the lake. It is like they automatically know that the sun is up. The jellyfish don’t sting and are completely safe to dive with. The climate at Palau is warm throughout the year. However, the best time for visiting is from November to June.

 

  1. Fernando De Noronha, Brazil
Noronha Turtle

The Fernando De Noronha is a group of 21 islands. Located 220 miles from the coast of Brazil, the islands are exposed to the South Equatorial Current at all times. As a result, the water on the island is very warm. This makes diving possible without wearing any diving suit! The underwater seascape of Fernando De Noronha features several canyons, rocks and tunnels. The ‘Pedras Secas’ is considered to be the best diving site at the Fernando De Noronha. It is an impressive network of caverns, tunnels, caves and canyons covered with colorful sponges and corals. Some marine animals which frequent this site are squirrel fish, sea turtles, sand sharks and black margates. Fernando De Noronha is best visited from the months of September to February.

 

  1. Surin and Hin Daeng Islands, Thailand
Diving with whale sharks in Thailand

Thailand is a wonderful diving destination because of its many beaches and islands. Divers come to Thailand to watch big whale sharks. As a diver, you can spot these big creatures at the islands of Hin Daeng and Surin. Thailand can be visited throughout the year for diving. However, the whale sharks are mostly visible from the months of June to September.

 

  1. Red Sea Diving, Egypt
Red Sea Diving

Red Sea is the most popular diving site in Egypt. It is scattered with shipwrecks, coral reefs and other such marine gems. There are also cute dolphins and huge coral reefs. The Red Sea is known to house 200 species of corals and more than 1000 species of marine life. This is what makes diving into it so interesting. Diving inside the Red sea feels like an unobstructed view of marine life through a crystal clear lens. You get to see everything from sharks to gorgonian fans. However, it is a good idea to hire a guide while diving into the Red Sea. Due to the warm weather, you can visit the Red Sea at any time of the year.

 

  1. The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
Greta Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is not what it used to be. There has been a lot of damage it to because of bleaching. However, in spite of that, the reef is the biggest of its kind in the world. It is also the most spectacular and the most diverse reef in the world. So even in its tarnished state, the Great Barrier Reef is worthy of a visit. There are several diving spots which are suitable for first-timers. Experienced divers also keep coming back to the reef from time to time. The rich marine life includes sharks, turtles, sea starts, corals and manta rays. The water is crystal clear and the view is far-reaching.

 

  1. Bali, Indonesia
USS Liberty Shipwreck in Bali

Bali is especially famous for the ‘USS Liberty Shipwreck’. It is often described as the best sunken wreck in the world. Divers also visit Bali for exploring the many fish species and for turtles, corals and sponges. Diving sites are in plenty. In case you are a new diver, you can hire an instructor for teaching you. Training courses for new divers are available as well. The best thing about Bali is that it can be visited throughout the year.

 

  1. Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau

The Bahamas need no introduction. With its crystal clear water, warm temperature, and striking beaches, it is one of the top diving destinations in the world. Many divers go to the Bahamas to see the Caribbean reef sharks. They are one of the most exciting attractions in the area. As a diver, you can bait them by using boxes filled with pieces of fish. Diving at the Bahamas can be done throughout the year.

 

  1. Cancun Underwater Museum, Mexico
Cancun Underwater Museum

Have you ever had a diving experience with beautifully sculpted statues around you? Statues which look so lifelike that you feel like you are surrounded by real people? The Cancun Underwater Museum offers exactly that. It was created by sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor. Located underwater, these beautiful statues were created for supplementing the reef which is fast eroding. Located at Isla de Mujeres, the site attracts numerous divers and tourists. The statues in the museum are part of an eco project known as ‘MUSA’. The project started in 2009 and almost 450 statues were sculpted. The idea behind the project was to create a man made reef consisting of sculptures. Marine concrete was used for making these statues.

 

  1. Hawaii, USA
Shark Cage Dive in Hawaii

Hawaii is popular as a diving destination because of its whale watching opportunities. Other popular creatures include manta rays, turtles, reefs and colorful species of fish. One of the most popular activity in Hawaii is ‘shark cage diving’. As a diver, you remain in the cage while the sharks float all around you. Hawaii can be visited throughout the year and offers plenty of diving sites.

 

Originally posted 2017-05-04 14:19:02.

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