Top 3 Scuba Diving Locations
Scuba diver at work
What is a world class scuba diving destination?
Scuba divers are continually searching for the top places to visit in the world with the best dive sites.
What makes a certain place the best for S.C.U.B.A.? (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) Is it a great location or a great place to dive? It is not always easy to have both.
Sometimes a great dive site is very hard to get to. Scuba diving is considered an extreme sport. The top diving reef in the world is the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. This reef is so large that it can be seen from the space station. There are probably ten top places to visit just on this reef alone!
The purpose of this hub is to find the best scuba diving sites in the world for dedicated divers. If you are looking for a hub about top world sites for a scuba vacation with a family, you may want to check with a travel agency for world class diving destinations and resorts for families.
Scuba with the fish
The Great Barrier Reef of Australia
Generally considered to be the best diving reef in the world, the great barrier reef is the largest reef system in the world. There are about 3,000 individual reefs in the Australian system on the "Gold Coast" side of the continent.
There are about 900 islands in and around the reefs. The great barrier reef is home to thousands of species of whales, dolphins, porpoises, fish, sea turtles, birds, sea snakes and sea squirts (also known as sea cucumbers)
The great barrier reef is the only living thing that can be seen from space and it is larger than the great wall of China. The reef system is so large that a scuba diver could spend their entire life here and probably never dive the same site twice.
Location of the great barrier reef
The Northern area of the great barrier reef of Australia. The most tropical area of the reef.
The middle area of the reef system
The lower section of the reef system
The South Pacific island of Bora Bora
Top scuba site in the South Pacific
Yes, it's everything you ever heard about a beautiful tropical island paradise and a bag of chips. It's lush and tropical and caters to guests who enjoy posh spas and luxury hotels.
The snorkeling and scuba diving are as good as it gets for sport scuba enthusiasts. The water is warm, clear and blue with giant manta rays to swim with. The reef surrounding the island makes scuba diving here relatively safe.
If you are into the sheer enjoyment of scuba, this would be the top scuba destination of the world.
Bora Bora in the South Pacific
Considered to be the most romantic island ever with posh resorts and awesome snorkeling and scuba diving.
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The Caribbean and Palancar
Cozumel - Palancar reef
Cozumel is consistently listed in the top ten dive sites around the world. Jacques Cousteau made the reef famous by detailing and documenting this incredible reef.
There are three major reasons why Cozumel is a top scuba diving location and they are:
- Palancar and Columbia reefs are two of the most beautiful reefs in the world.
- The visibility in the water surrounding Cozumel is over 200 feet. This water is more clear than a swimming pool usually is.
- The whole island is a national park and tourism is the main industry, especially the scuba diving industry.
Cozumel has decompression chambers handy making this destination safer than most dive sites. There are hundreds of trained and experienced scuba guides to make your trip the best it can be.
The island hosts many all-inclusive resorts making Cozumel an affordable vacation and dive place. Almost everyone on the island is connected to dive tourism in some way or another.
Cozumel is also a super easy place to get to. It's just a short hop over the Gulf of Mexico from Texas and direct flights are usually available from Houston and Dallas.
Cozumel Island - Quintana Roo - Mexico
Cozumel Mexico is a top dive destination noted for the incredible Palancar Reef discovered by Jacques Cousteau
Relax and enjoy a beautiful dive on Palancar reef...
There are so many great dive sites...
There are so many great dive sites around the world that one hub will not do them justice. I have presented my list of the top dive sites in the world and as far as I am concerned, if you make it to these three, you will be a very accomplished and satisfied scuba diver!
© 2012 Lela