Top 5 Scuba Diving Locations around the World

Scuba diving is among the top recreational water sports in the world - as reflected in the large number of scuba diving sites and companies organising trips.

Everyone has their own reasons for preferring one location over another, so we’ve picked 5 of the best places, where we believe the sights and sea life are the most enthralling:

1. Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia

This site has attracted scuba enthusiasts since celebrity diver, Jacques Cousteau, raved about it. Such acclaim has seen it become the most popular location in Malaysia.

Walls of coral surround you, with sharks and barracuda cruising by. You're guaranteed to see lots of large sea creatures in the underwater prairie that is home to turtles, white tips, grouper, bumphead parrotfish and jacks. Although the best conditions are generally from April to December (particularly in July and August), the diving season is all year round.

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2. Blue Corner Wall, Palau, Micronesia

If you're looking for an action-packed scuba dive site, Blue Corner Wall shouldn’t be missed. Offering a dive range from 25 feet to 90 feet, with a plateau at 45 to 60 feet, you can see up to 13 different species of sharks beyond the reef wall. Barracuda, Napoleon wrasse, eagle rays, jacks and snappers are among the fish you will encounter. The wall has thick coral where mantis shrimps, moray eels and nudibranchs are just a few of the resident species.

Palau is an all-year-round diving hotspot where water temperatures are stable, averaging at around 30°C - in February and March, this may drop to 26°C.

3. Great Blue Hole, Belize

This deep, wide hole is surrounded by coral reef and features several species of shark. There isn't another site like it anywhere in the world! With 30-metre visibility over the warm reef, the sea of vibrant colours descends into a deep blue cool hole, where divers make a transition from salt to fresh water at a depth of around 15 metres. You can descend a further 25 metres to explore the stalactites and stalagmites in the ancient caverns below.

With Belize's warm waters rarely dropping below 26°C, this is an all-year-round diving site but the best time to visit is between April and June, when the whale sharks arrive.

4. Lofoten islands and Narvik, Norway

Diving around the Norwegian coastline is like stepping into a fairy tale kingdom, as you can explore Viking waters and the location of Disney’s animated film, Frozen. With pristine fjords, exceptional diving and marine life, the cold water is well worth it. This is the only place in the world that you can dive with the ocean's largest predator, the killer whale.

Around the Lofoten islands, dive with orcas by day - and then at night, witness the amazing northern lights. In Narvik, you can explore the rich kelp forests and experience the thrill of wall dives. All-year-round diving is available, although a dry suit is necessary - especially in winter, when the water temperature is a cool 4°C.

5. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

These islands captivated Charles Darwin’s attention, inspiring his world-famous evolutionary research. It's easy to see why, as this diving location is considered to be the ultimate diving experience by many enthusiasts. Home of a protected marine reserve, the Galapagos archipelago is teeming with wildlife including penguins, turtles, marine iguanas, whale sharks, sea lions, hammerheads, dolphins and rays.

Darwin Island and Cabo Marshall provide an underwater experience that will leave you breathless. There are two seasons, wet and dry, which blend into each other without a strict dividing line. Diving takes place all year round, so go prepared with exposure suits for a varying range of temperatures.

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