Diving is like a journey to another world: colorful fish swimming through fabulous coral trees, outlandish inhabitants inhabiting giant reefs, scary sharks and cute turtles. We have selected the best diving spots in the world for you.
AUSTRALIA, Great Barrier Reef.
The longest coral formation in the world attracts thousands of diving enthusiasts every year. The Great Barrier Reef is a coral reef system with over 350 corals, 1,500 fish species, 3,000 reefs, 4,000 shellfish species, 10,000 sponges. And the diversity of fauna is not inferior to the whole continents.
Anyone can dive. Numerous dive centers offer both one-day tours and multi-day dive safaris. The cost of one dive varies between 150-180 USD.
WHEN TO GO: The season is open all year round, however the best times are from October to December.
The Maldives is an established paradise for beach lovers. However, few people know that the real paradise of the Maldives is the underwater world: schools of bright tropical fish, giant stingrays, sea turtles, stars, moray eels of three colors, huge napoleon fish, barracudas.
In the Maldives, you can also find the largest and most unexplored species of stingrays - manta rays. Giant stingrays swim from May to November in the waters off Hanifaru Island. And you can look at small stingrays without even putting on fins: stingrays like to splash in shallow water.
Wrecks inside the atoll are of great interest to divers. There are even a few ships sunk specifically to attract divers.
WHEN TO GO: The best diving season is from January to April.
EGYPT. Red sea.
Such richness and diversity of the underwater world as in the Red Sea can not be found anywhere else. It is no coincidence that divers from all over the world come here to see the unique underwater world with flocks of colorful fish, sunken ships and large marine life.
In addition to the famous coral reef with a multistage structure, divers come to Egypt to explore the sunken ships. Ships overgrown with a thick layer of algae and coral, in which flocks of sea bass, lion fish, barracuda, lionfish, puffer fish and other marine life are swimming, have long attracted the attention of curious divers: what if they can find a treasure?
Some of the best diving spots include St. John's Reef, Ras Mohammed, the Tistelgorm, Tiran Island, the uninhabited Giftun Island and the Sinai Peninsula.
WHEN TO GO: The best time to go diving is from October to April.
MALAYSIA, about. Sipadan.
Sipadan Island is a small island that can be walked around in half an hour. Nevertheless, Sipadan is a legendary place that is very popular with experienced divers.
The waters around Sipadan are full of a variety of fish species including green sea turtles, reef sharks and barracuda. There is one amazing place on the island where you can watch flocks of barracudas gather in unusual spirals, creating a fantastic action.
To conserve corals, the Malaysian government has imposed a number of restrictions. A special permit is now required to visit the island. Each dive is strictly controlled. In total, no more than 120 dives are allowed per day. If you manage to get a permit to dive in the waters of Sipadan Island, you will have an unforgettable pleasure from what you see.
WHEN TO GO: Mid February to mid December.
MEXICO, Yucatan Peninsula.
The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico is a unique place. It is here that the longest system of underwater caves in the world is located. To see the caves, you must come to the cenote.
Cenote in translation from the Maya language means "well". Indeed, on the surface, many cenotes look like wells. To go down, some of them have to go down into the depths of the cave. But it's worth it: below you will find giant stalactites and stalagmites, clear water and beautiful caves. Diving in a cenote is an incredibly beautiful sight with an absolutely amazing marine world.
If you want to swim with whale sharks, then you should come to the Caribbean coast. Next to the popular resorts of Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, there is the second largest reef system after the Australian Barrier Reef, where whale sharks swim annually from May to September.
WHEN TO GO: The best time to dive is November-June.