Do you dream of blue, clear waters, ideal for an underwater exploration? Diving offers an absolute sense of freedom, mixed with admiration and awe for the greatness of nature.
We recommend these five ideal locations to experience this unique experience.
Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Diving: Just 2.5 km away from the land, the Julian Rocks area is one of Australia’s finest diving spots. In this miniature of the Galapagos Islands, the tropical streams are mixed with the cool waters, with the region attracting a wide variety of marine life, such as turtles, sharks and more than 1,000 species of fish.
Why learn here: The city is more accessible to travelers than the famous Great Barrier Reef. Both Byron Bay Dive Center and Sundive offer competitive rates.
When to Go: Diving is for the whole year. The cool waters of winter, shark removal and whales often have serious vision problems, from May to September.
Ko Tao, Thailand
Diving: Unattainable from the 2004 tsunami, Ko Tao is also one of the few places on earth where whale skates can be spotted (March-April) along with tropical fish, shark sharks and barracuda during a dive.
Why learn here: Unlike the neighboring island of Ko Pha-Ngan, the relaxed Ko Tao is ideal for diving. Calm places such as Japanese gardens are ideal for anxious beginners. Choose between the Bun and Junction Scuba diving schools.
When to Go: All year round, with the period between July and September offering the best possible visibility. Some schools close in November and December due to rains.
Dahab, Red Sea, Egypt
Diving: With stunning coral reefs, literally a few steps from the beach, Dahab offers an excellent diving experience, while diving divers will be thrilled with the blue cave.
Why learn here: Dahab is less chaotic than Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt’s main diving center, while offering a diving tourist infrastructure for diving. Offering exceptional visibility at 30 meters, the Red Sea is ideal for beginners.
When to Go: All year round, but most travelers feel the ideal is the season from May to September.
North Male Atoll, Maldives
Diving: The best area of the Maldives for exploration, the North Male Atoll, is full of excellent diving spots. Coral remains healthy despite extensive bleaching, but the abundant tropical marine life is the one that gains the impression. Popular areas include Banana Reef, Kuda Haa and Manta Point.
Why learn here: As most resorts offer good services on diving lessons, the choice will be determined by your budget. With the largest diving center in the area, Kurudu Resort is a good choice, those who seek loneliness may prefer Gili Lankanfushi.
When to Go: Diving is possible all year round, but the best conditions prevail from November to April when the sea is calm and the ocean currents attract more fish.
Gili Trawangan, Gili Islands, Indonesia
Diving: Indonesia boasts its waterbath. The warm, clear waters around Gili Trawangan host more than 3,500 marine species, such as sharks, turtles, horseshoes and colorful corals.
Why learn here: Competition between European diving businesses, such as Manta Dive and Blue Marlin, keeps the tuition fees under control on this lazy little island, which is also suitable for snorkeling.
When to Go: Visit Gili Trawangan all year long, although many travelers avoid the period between November and April due to heavy rainfall. You can go at spring season, book a Komodo resort and have the time of your life.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora is a favorite destination for bullfights, besides romantic scenery and a rich underwater world. However, it is suitable for very risky divers, as the waters are filled with beautiful but dangerous sharks, and also – very friendly – poisonous rays
La Paz, Mexico
The waters have room temperature and the tropical plants with their intense create idyllic scenery, ideal for diving. Whales, swans, sea lions, squid, 16-meter squirrels and friendly skates await the diver to enjoy their company.