The ocean is a fascinating world of its own. With incredible alien-like creatures and the fact that it’s largely undisturbed by humans, it’s an amazing travel experience to have and allows you to see a destination in a whole new way. Different places across the globe all have very different waters to explore, if you’re looking to give scuba diving a try here are some of the best destinations and dives to consider.
The Great Barrier Reef
As one of the seven natural wonders of the world (and the only natural structure that can be seen from space), most of us have ‘visit the Great Barrier Reef’ scribbled on our travel bucket list. It’s the world’s largest and healthiest coral reef system- in fact, it’s the world’s largest single structure comprised of living organisms. There are a variety of different dives of the reef from various points and locations, so do your research and go for the one that sounds the most interesting to you. In terms of sea creatures, you can expect to see just about everything, from whales, sea turtles, manta rays, and sharks, to sea snakes, hundreds of fish varieties and tiny macro life. While you can hire equipment nearby, for the best experience you could look into the best scuba masks. These won’t seep or become foggy while you’re diving.
Great Blue Hole
The name sums it up perfectly, the Great Blue Hole is a huge submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize, Central America. A dark blue circle in turquoise waters, it really is a sight to behold. You will see sharks (although they’re more docile breeds which tend to leave humans alone) and an epic array of fish including strange, deep sea fish. Under the water, you can view the stalagmites and stalactites in the breathtaking ancient caverns.
Want to do something even more unique? A night dive in Kona, Hawaii allows you to get up close and personal with awesome looking manta rays. The Kona coast is home to over two hundred resident manta rays, each is named and can be identified due to their unique colorings. Since they can’t bite, sting or poison humans in any way, this is considered to be one of the safest large animal encounters in the world.
These intelligent creatures have always mesmerised humans. If you’ve ever wanted to encounter one, what better way than seeing them in their natural environment? There’s some controversy around traditional dolphin meets in captivity, but this is something else entirely. In The Grand in the Bahamas, you can see wild dolphins swimming and playing and just being happy and free. The crystal clear waters and coral reefs are home to a variety of other marine animals as well, so there’s plenty to see while you visit this gorgeous destination.
Have you ever been scuba diving? Where in the world would you most like to explore the waters?