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Top 3 Scuba Diving Locations

Updated on August 14, 2016
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Lela earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. She has been writing for the online world for years.

Scuba diver at work

Scuba diver on a dive
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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

So many fish!
So many fish! | Source

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

Lizard Island, Australia:
Lizard Island, Lizard Island National Park, Lizard QLD 4871, Australia

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The Northern area of the great barrier reef of Australia. The most tropical area of the reef.

Gladstone, Australia:
Gladstone QLD 4680, Australia

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The middle area of the reef system

Byron Bay, Australia:
Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia

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The lower section of the reef system

The South Pacific island of Bora Bora

South Pacific Island of beauty, romance, snorkeling and scuba diving!
South Pacific Island of beauty, romance, snorkeling and scuba diving! | Source

Top scuba site in the South Pacific

Bora Bora

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

Bora Bora:
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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Considered to be the most romantic island ever with posh resorts and awesome snorkeling and scuba diving.

Scuba tight spots

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Palancar ReefCoral Toad FishQueen Angel FishSquirrel Fishscuba in a cave?
Palancar Reef
Palancar Reef | Source
Coral Toad Fish
Coral Toad Fish | Source
Queen Angel Fish
Queen Angel Fish | Source
Squirrel Fish
Squirrel Fish | Source
scuba in a cave?
scuba in a cave? | Source

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:

  1. Palancar and Columbia reefs are two of the most beautiful reefs in the world.
  2. The visibility in the water surrounding Cozumel is over 200 feet. This water is more clear than a swimming pool usually is.
  3. 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, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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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

Comments - What is your favorite top dive spot and why?

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  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Run to the nearest scuba training facility and take an intro dive! That's about all it will take if you are a water baby like me.

    Sheesh, now that I'm retired, I make take the sport back up again. We live about 15 minutes away from a very nice diving lake. Lake Travis is Texas. It's still pretty shallow right now from the drought last year, but maybe there are a few places to go.

    RealHousewive - Come on down and we'll rent a houseboat for a week. To heck with Paris!

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    Mike Pugh 

    6 years ago from New York City

    Lovely scuba diving hub here, thanks to FB I located your hub, and by the sharing of our fellow hubber RealHousewife on facebook, so there you have it. Oh there she is right up above this message. LOL

    I'm simply amazed by all the awesome imagery here, and how you've managed to illustrate all the informative details around it all. I've always wanted to learn how to create hubs that look so appealing as yours here. Wow is all I can say, and I will learn a great deal from you on hubpages.

    If I haven't yet followed you, well I'm going to do so now, because you definitely got the right stuff, and you've made me want to try scuba diving.

    I've always wanted to try it out, but haven't really had the time nor the money to do so, but hopefully things will change in 2012 for us all, and maybe I can try it out once the Hubpages earnings kicks in as well.

    Thanks for sharing such an awesome display of skills here, great stuff. Voted Up, getting pinned, and shared everywhere I can.

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Get your gear together Lela and I will be over in my helipcopter to pick you up - lets go out for a dive - then have some lunch, eh? Pick ya up on the roof!

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    drbj and sherry 

    6 years ago from south Florida

    I used to scuba at Cozumel, Lela, since it's only a hop, skip and a jump from my place. Now I just snorkel. But the reefs are just as you described - the water is clear and visibility outsanding. Lots of tropical fish, too. This is a great hub for those looking for the best scuba dive sites.

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    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Christopher - Put scuba diving on your bucket list! It's fun and easy. Just doing the training is a blast. The first time you take a breath underwater will be a memory forever.

    Bob - you don't have to give up scuba with the booze. I don't drink (never have) and I still love it. Congratulation on kicking that awful getting drunk thing. My parents were alcoholics and I just hated it.

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    6 years ago from UK and Mexico

    Wonderful! Brings back my diving days. I used to lug my own gear halfway round the world once. I have dived off Oz, Cozumel, Baja, Sardinia, etc.

    Unfortunately, booze got in the way of all the good things in life for some years. I am off that now (for 28 years) but haven't scuba dived since.

    Good hub


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    Christopher Antony Meade 

    6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

    Thanks for detailing all those great sites. It must be one of the greatest feeling in the world to be able to swim with all those glorious multi-coloured fishes.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    I do have a list of some other great sites and may do another hub about them. The first ocean dive I ever did was in Cozumel, so it will always be my favorite. My husband has been to the barrier reef in Australia and though he didn't dive there, he did see a pod of killer whales swimming along like dolphins.

    Scuba diving is like going to an alien planet. Everything is different and you are weightless - the best part!

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    6 years ago

    What a fulsome Hub. A one-stop resource for any scuba divers searching for the top places to visit in the world with the best dive sites.

    Not to mention a case-study in keyword selection and placement...:)

    The Central and Southern parts of the Great Barrier Reef are on my doorstep. But unfortunately, for me, swimming is just staying alive when I'm in the water. So I haven't and wont be diving the Great Barrier Reef. But from the comments I hear from tourists in town, it's an experience every scuba diver has to have - and never forgets.

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    6 years ago from USA

    Great hub! Outstanding!

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I love water, the ocean, swimming anything like that. I have always wanted to dive - I did go snorkeling in the Bahamas at the site of a shipwreck. It was unbelievable!

    I have this on my list of to dos for sure - now which place should I go? They all look fantastic but I'd love to visit Bora Bora!

    Thank you for such a beautiful hub! I shall dream about it!


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