Collected by Samantha Juda, AFAR Staff
SCUBA diving offers a window into a whole new underwater world. These dive sites around the globe show you a different side of the Earth.
Rottnest Island WA 6161, Australia
There's not too much to do on Rottnest Island, just off the coast of Perth in Western Australia, unless you want there to be! Since there aren't cars on the island, excepting the off maintenance vehicle and one bus, visitors use their two feet or...
After you’ve canoed, sailed, scuba dived, and visited the resort’s sanctuary for the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, you’ll be ready to recline on your patio for a view of the extinct 2,300-foot Mount Otemanu volcano. —Brendan Brady Le...
Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
Swimming with a Maori Wrasse at Agincourt Reef located 38 kilometers from Cairns on The Great Barrier Reef. I highly recommend Silverswift dive boat out of Cairns or their sister vessel the Silversonic out of Port Douglas.
Motu Piti Aau, Bora Bora 98730, French Polynesia
Visiting the InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Resort on assignment, I feel like the only single person from here to Guam. Every year, Bora is voted among the world’s top honeymoon destinations, and right away you realize everything is designed...
Here is the gateway to Komodo National Park home of the largest lizard in the world. The national park is comprised of Komodo Island, Rinca Island also many smaller islands as well as the surrounding ocean. This combined with the remoteness makes...
PR-458, Aguadilla Pueblo, Aguadilla 00603, Puerto Rico
One of my favorite dive sites on the west coast of Puerto Rico is Crashboat in Aguadilla. This shore dive is easily accessible for all levels of diving, and you're guaranteed to see something amazing on this artificial structure. Crashboat is...
Bazaruto Island, Mozambique
One of Africa’s only surviving colonies of dugong, a cousin to the manatee, lives amid the Bazaruto Archipelago’s curling vines of seaweed. A team of conservationists based at Marlin Lodge monitors the creatures weekly. Guests can participate in...
Cerrada Las Golondrinas 24, Alfredo Bonfil, 77560 Cancún, QROO, Mexico
If you have a hard time convincing your kids that sculptures and museums are cool, you might change their mind when they find out that Cancun's most famous sculptures are in a very unique museum: one that's underwater. The idea for the museum was...
TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands
My favorite experience in Turks and Caicos was going out in the ocean with a guide to catch conch. Once the spot was chosen, we jumped overboard and dove into the blue water. My friends and I were not able to dive down deep enough, but the guide...
Carretera Federal Cancún-Tulum, km 1266.8, Puerto Aventuras, 77734 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Swim in a mystical cenote believed to be the gateway to the Underworld by the ancients. These subterranean rivers, formed by the last Ice Age, are said to be sacred and are guarded by aluxes, or elves whose permission is needed to enter their...
Kicker Rock, Ecuador
After hopping off a boat off the coast of San Cristobal Island, you enter the freezing water of the Kicker Rock channel (or Leon Dormido). Above you Blue-Footed Boobies perch on the rock, while Frigate birds fly in the clear blue sky. Underneath...
Pacific Harbour, Fiji
Afraid of sharks? You shouldn't be. Attacks on humans are rare. But don't take my word for it, why not overcome your fear by meeting them face-to-face in Fiji! Off the coast of Fiji's Beqa Island there lies a protected Marine Reserve that's home...
San Pedro, Belize
Belize by far as the most amazingly crystal clear blue water and breathtaking aquatic life in the most swim-able stretch of ocean I have ever encountered. Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, it is no wonder that scuba divers and...
Ko Tao, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand
If you are traveling Thailand you have to try your hand at SCUBA Diving. Koh Tao, an island in the gulf of Thailand is the cheapest place in the world to learn, with calm, clear waters and the occasional whale shark sighting this is the perfect...
Honolulu, HI 96825, USA
This fighter plane sank during a training exercise during WWII when the pilot ran out of gas and had to ditch the plane. It's a smaller wreck but still really cool, 97 feet to the sandy bottom. There are large schools of fish jammed into the...
Km 5,, Blvd. Kukulcan, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
If you're already SCUBA-certified, you're in luck; Cancun has plenty of outfitters ready to rent equipment to you and your partner so you can explore the deep blue sea together. If you're not certified, many Cancun operators offer basic,...
Chumbe Island, Tanzania
In search of Zanzibar's best snorkeling, I learned of Chumbe Island Coral Park (www.chumbeisland.com). Visitors to the protected coral reef are limited to those who stay on the small island. However, less expensive day trips can be arranged up to...
Mabinay, Negros Oriental, Philippines
Sea turtles—one after another—first in the shallows less than 20 meters off the beach; and then a couple more sightings 18 meters underwater, totaling nine in less than two days! It's a heart-stopping experience that this tiny island in the...
Triq Il-Marfa, Il-Mellieħa, Malta
Located near Cirkewwa, this site explores the Tug Boat Rozi. The experience is great for all levels of scuba divers. MV Rozi was a Bristol built tugboat launched in 1958 as the Rossmore by Charles Hill & Sons Ltd. In 1969 she was sold to Rea...
North Marine Corps Drive, 856 1, Piti, 96915, Guam
The Marianas Islands offer some of the best scuba diving in the world. Get your feet wet at MDA Guam, a PADI-certified dive center located in Piti, Guam. The waters around Guam are gloriously diverse. You’ll find vibrant marine life and more than...
San Nicolas, Aruba
Located southeast of Cabez Reef, Serito is a well-kept secret in the local Aruban diving community. It’s accessible only by private charter, and only after haranguing those in the know—the locals who like to keep it to themselves to ensure that...
Kingston, British Virgin Islands
The HMS Rhone Marine Park is just off Salt Island near Totola in the British Virgin Islands. It is an easy dive of a historical wreck. The "unsinkable" Rhone sank during a hurricane in October of 1867. Sadly, of the 150 plus people on the ship...
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo is popular among the diving and snorkeling crowd, with good reason. The first undersea park in the United States boasts a pale-white sunken algae-coated statue of Jesus Christ with outstretched...
Little Cayman, Cayman Islands
by Christopher R. Cox Despite its size (10 square miles) and population (fewer than 170 permanent residents), Little Cayman enjoys a worldwide reputation among serious divers. The island is renowned for its exceptional underwater visibility and...
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
One of the country's most popular destinations, the Bay of Islands is an archipelago of more than 140 captivating and unique islands; among the most dramatic is Motu Kōkako or Piercy Island, through whose “hole in the rock” small ships can...
Baja California Sur, Mexico
I recently visited Cabo San Lucas and decided to participate in several activities like scuba diving, kayaking, and a city tour that included a boat trip to Lands End, (Very tip of Baja's Peninsula), this was a very relaxing and beautiful trip on...
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