The Best Places to Scuba Dive
Although the ocean covers more than 70% of Earth, many are yet to explore the mysteries of the deep blue. However, with adventure travel becoming significantly more popular, people are increasingly more willing to dive into the unknown- so what better way to explore the majestic world under the sea, than to go scuba diving?
With so many places to scuba dive, it can be difficult to choose where to go for the best experience. That’s why we have handpicked the most idyllic spots, which will guarantee you a once in a lifetime experience.
Raja Ampat and Komodo- Indonesia
Indonesia is part of the Coral triangle, which is made up of over 13,000 islands and thousands of different species of fish. It is arguably the most biodiverse habitat in the world, and makes scuba diving in the Indonesian Republic a unique, extraordinary experience.
With so many destinations to choose from we’ve whittled it down to the top two – Raja Ampat and Komodo National Park. Both locations are home to over 75% of all known coral species and more than 1,500 species of fish, with sharks and pelagic frequently sighted.
Raja Ampat offers an experience into the depth of nature, highlighting the diversity of the underwater world. It is one of the few places where you can see, let alone swim first-hand, the famous wobbegong sharks and pygmy seahorse. As for Komodo National Park, it is host to a sheer abundance of marine life, from pelagics including manta rays and reef sharks to schools of tropical fish swimming through vibrant kaleidoscopic coral reefs- it’s sure to take your breath away.
Komodo is ideal for drift diving, and its dry weather means you can do this activity any time of the year. However, it must be noted that the temperature can dip below 25°C, so it’s worth having a couple extra layers of neoprene. The islands are also known to have strong currents, so it’s recommended for more experienced scuba divers.
Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia
Barracuda Point is often ranked in the world’s top 5 diving destinations, making it the most popular dive spot in Sipadan. It is situated around a volcanic pinnacle island rich in exquisite marine life- from turtles patrolling the reef to bumphead parrotfish and hammer head sharks…you’ll be amazed. The sheer number of aquatic species surpasses 3,000 meaning no dive will be disappointing- you are sure to see a host of incredible life.
Barracuda points draws in thousands of divers each year, eager to explore the underwater world. Whilst this spot in not advised for beginners (due to strong currents), providing you have some experience and are accompanied by advanced divers it is a relatively straightforward dive. This is because the area itself is compact meaning visibility is good from wherever you are, and you do not have to explore deeper depths to have an incredible view of the ocean’s tangible characteristics.
Sipadan Island is relatively small, so to avoid over population of divers there is a limit of 120 dives each day. In order to dive you will need a Sipadan diving permit- we recommend getting it in advance. Given that it is such a hot spot for diving enthusiasts, permits can be difficult to obtain. It is often very money orientated- meaning the longer your stay the more likely you’ll be in with a chance of attaining a permit.
Silfra Fissure- Iceland
When you think of Iceland, diving probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, Silfra Fissure, arguably the gem of Iceland, is an idyllic diving spot, which assures to be a once in a lifetime experience.
It is a rare geological formation, a gap in the surface of the earth which is gradually widening each year, as the European tectonic plate very gradually shifts further away from the North American tectonic plate. The gap has filled with some of the clearest water in the world. It is unpolluted and pure- which is rare, allowing for exceptional visibility exceeding 100 metres, giving divers the sensation of flying.
Whilst Silfra is relatively uninhabited by marine life, its stunning beauty has it regarded as one of the most spectacular dives in the world. We recommend adding this to your bucket list- it will be unlike anything you have ever experienced.
At Holidaysafe, we offer specialist scuba diving travel insurance starting from as little as £12.54, for more information click here. With amazing ecosystems and mysteries just waiting to be explored- why not take the plunge and do something a little different for your next holiday.
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