There are many reasons why scuba diving changes your life. Not just because you share a new space with an incredible biodiversity, but for the sense of peace and tranquility that causes within. Diving is easier, safer and cheaper than what you believe; and it is a good way to make new friends.
Also, broaden your holiday horizons living unimaginable experiences making the world a lot bigger. Weightless, ethereal and almost three-dimensional. Your life will never be the same. We let our 10 favorite places to dive.
1. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia
It’s a wonder of our planet: the best structure of living creatures which is existing. Visible from the outer space, this range of brilliant coral appears bigger than the Great Wall of China. It’s located next to the coast of Queensland and extends to 3.000 km (1.800 miles). It counts more than 400 different types of coral; more than 1.500 species of tropical fishes; rays and dolphins; huge amounts of mollusks and 120 year old hard clams; 200 types of birds are flying above the coral reefs and 20 types of reptiles, like the sea turtle, exist around.
Furthermore, since the year 1981, the Great Barrier Reef is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s not surprising that there are living species that are in danger of extinction, like the sea cow or the big green turtle, and the humpback wales migrate from the Antarctic to propagate. This would be probably the most spectacular experience for a scuba diver.
In addition, the Great Barrier Reef figure since 1981 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. And it doesn’t surprise us, there are species in danger of extinction, such as the dugong (sea cow) and the large green turtle, and humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to breed. Possibly, this is the most spectacular experience imaginable for a diver.
2. The undersea area of Koh Tao
It is said that the beaches of Koh Tao in Thailand are the best ones in whole Southeast Asia. The life underwater is a glory, therefore it’s important to know the best spots: Japanese Gardens, Twins, White Rock, Sattakut Wreck, Green Rock, Chumphon pinnacle, Sail rock… The coasts in the south of ‘the turtle island’ are the clearest; the visibility reaches up to 20 meters to the shapes of the coral. It’s very easy not to miss the details of the impressive flora and fauna of the Thai sea.
In the west, the Andaman Sea, as well as in the east, the golf of Thailand, the benefits are unique, especially in the national park marine of the Similan islands, where less tourism exists and to that effect the navy ground is more virgin. The ambience is more easy-going and hippie than on her sister islands Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan, which are impacted with big hotel constructions.
3. Seychelles, home of huge sea animals
The Seychelles are the marvel of the Indian Ocean. The natural navy scenery which is hiding into the water is different to what a diver is used to. He will find impressive rock formations, coral structures and huge animals, like the stingray, beyond exclusive species of the Indian Ocean like the leaf fish. In October, the whale shark is the lord of the ocean, if you are doing snorkeling just as diving. Meanwhile, flocks of eagles of more than 20 exemplars are flying above your ship.
4. Balearic Islands and its fauna between immersed ships
The Gimnesias (Mallorca, Menorca and Cabrera) and the Pitiusas (Ibiza and Formentera), in addition to its small islands around, are forming the Balearic Islands. In each of its bays, the divers can enjoy great immersion, but we will give you some short recommendations.
The biggest island, Mallorca, offers underwater sports for all levels, experts and beginners. The bay of Palma is a perfect sea refuge for beginners, especially the beach of Arenal. The embayment, reaching 30m depth, shelters 50% of the ecosystems of the Mediterranean coast: Posidonia meadows, various invertebrates, fry and sandy grounds of mollusks, shellfishes and echinoderms, saying, starfishes. There are existing 24 communities of benthic inhabitants and around 340 species of algas and fishes. In the bay of Pollença, it’s worth it to navigate until the beautiful beach of Cala Varques, which has a particular conservation because you can only arrive by foot or ship.
Menorca is the island of initiates and night dives, especially in La Cala En Forcat, north of the island. One of the most important areas is the Illa de l’Aire Coral Galleries with walls covered with anemones and a sunken ship in 1880.
Ibiza, meanwhile, is a sea of glass because the posidonia that surrounds the island. The octopuses, groupers and barracudas will be found in the islets of Margaritas, Conejera or Pallaret while swimming among sunken ships. Don Pedro is one of them. From the beaches of Ibiza you cannot forget the Ses Salines, between southern Ibiza and northern of Formentera, Marine Reserve (1998) and World Heritage Site by UNESCO (1999).
5. The atolls of the Maldives
This chain of over 1,100 islands southwest of India, has one of the reef areas of the world’s richest coral. There are over 3,000! The warm crystal clear seas allow to see fish to fifty feet deep. Visibility is perfect all year round, even during the monsoons. There live more than a thousand varieties of marine species and many other underwater creatures, sheltered under a canopy of 4,000 meters depth. You can find everything from prawns, fish and groups of swimmers until brown shoals of barracuda, mantas and sharks.