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Reefs, coral, wrecks, fish – the marine life!!’

 

Some of the greatest dives on earth go to…….

 

Africa

Egypt: The Red Sea, and in particular Ras Muhammad National Park. Good access from Sharm El-Shiek and Hurghada.

 

Asia

Indonesia: With possibilities to dive off 17,000 islands, it’s no wonder Indonesia poses as a great diving destination.

 

Oceania / Pacific Ocean

Australia: The Great Barrier Reef, the largest, longest barrier reef in the world.  Truly a world spectacle, the Reef can be accessed best from Cairns, but also from Townsville, the Whitsundays, Mackay, and Gladestone.

 

Papua New Guinea: WWII wrecks and innumerable coral species – Papua New Guinea boasts some of the best diving on the planet. Many diving trips can be organized beneath the underwater-world that is very highly rated here,  from WWII wrecks to reef systems and innumerable coral species seen through crystal clear waters. Madang is a good base for diving to nearby sights.

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Pacific Ocean: The Pacific Ocean provides an endless array of diving opportunities, both wreck and coral/marine diving is outstanding. 

Of the greatest in the Pacific, they include the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (or Tahiti),

 

New Caledonia

THE REEF! Its home to the second largest reef in the world, with outstanding marine life and coral life; the diving is highly renowned; lagoons are crystal clear.

www.new-caledonia-tourism.nc

 

Solomon Islands

Excellent WWII wrecks!  The Solomon Islands is world famous for having some of the best diving on the planet; many WWII wrecks to be found.  Particularly in the Western Province and Guadacanal (Marau Sound).

www.tcsp.com

 

Tonga

 

Vanuatu (the SS President Coolidge, off Espiritu Santo, is one of the greatest wreck dives in the Pacific)

Further north in Micronesia…

Federated States of Micronesia:  Especially Chuuk & Yap. On the bottom of Chuuk lies an entire WWII Japanese fleet of ships, subs, cruisers, tankers, planes, guns and countless other war wrecks. The ocean floor is literally full of over 50 wrecks.  This is some of the best wreck diving in the world.  Divers from all over the world come here to see this.

www.visit-fsm.org

 

Guam

 

Marshall Islands: BIKINI ATOLL: An atoll which was heavily bombed by the US for testing after the war, is now a premier dive spot for wreck diving;  the USS Saratoga is the only diveable aircraft carrier in the world, and its located here; there are many other wrecks to be found in the area.

www.visitmarshallislands.com

 

Palau

Some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world can be found – vertical drop-offs are abundant. Home to Ngemelis Wall, considered one of the best wall dives in the world. Also home to the ‘Peleliu Wall’, an incredible 900ft wall drop and said to be one of the world’s best dives.

www.visit-palau.com

 

Kiribati – off Christmas Island, the diving is world renowned.

 

Niue

Coral diving at its best; some of the spectacular dive sites in Niue are Snake Gully, Ana Mahaga, Tepa Fans and Anono.

www.niueisland.com

 

Northern Mariana Islands

Many diving opportunities all over the country; in particular,  WW11 wreckage is abundant. The Grotto is a great diving spot off the island of Saipan.

www.visit-marianas.com

 

 

Caribbean Sea

Belize

The barrier reef off Belize is the second largest reef in the world. It is the largest in the Western Hemisphere.

 

Other Caribbean Islands provide excellent diving opportunities. Of the more special, they include:

 

Cayman Islands

This British territory is famed for its excellent diving, particularly Bloody Bay – one of the world’s best locations.

 

The Virgin Islands (both British and U.S. and particularly St Croix)

 

Saba

Diving in Saba is heavily renowned, coral reefs fringe the little island and is recongised as the Saba Marine Park.

www.sabatourism.com

 

St Eustatius

There is good coral and wreck diving to be found within the maine park.

www.statiatourism.com

 

Trinidad and Tobago

Excellent diving and snorkelling can be done on Buccoo Reef, a reef and coral wonderland of marine life (Tobago)

www.visittnt.com

 

Turks & Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands are ranked as one of the Top 10 Diving spots in the world;  apart from the amazing coral reefs and marine life, divers come to view the spectacular ‘Wall‘, a 7000ft (over 2000m) underwater trench cliff that has to be seen to be believed.

www.turksandcaicostourism.com

 

Netherlands Antilles

Curacao Marine Park – for coral diving.  Also the Bonaire Marine Park.

www.curacao-tourism.com

www.bonair.org

 

US Virgin Islands

The 3 main islands provide excellent opportunities for diving, including underwater reef snorkelling trails, renowned to be among the best coral and reef viewing in the Caribbean (on St Croix)

 

Indian Ocean

Maldives: Consists of over 1000 atolls.

Seychelles

Mauritius

 

The other world below:  It truly is another world below the surface of the ocean.

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