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Your Guide to the World's Best Dive Sites

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Decided where you want to go on your next trip yet? To help you decide on a destination, we provide lots of information on what to expect from the diving in each location. Read up on the marine life and conditions you can expect to find.

We have experience of all these dive spots and have compiled this insightful dive site information so you can book the scuba vacation that is right for you:



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Other places where you can find our liveaboard trips: Micronesia, French Polynesia, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Djibouti, the Dominican Republic and more.

Whet your appetite for scuba diving travel. Start getting excited about where you could be soon - sitting in the sun on the edge of a boat roaring towards one of the world's top dive sites. From whale sharks to pygmy seahorses, we've dived around each of these places and we'll set the scene for you from first-hand experience of what it will be like.


Our Top Dive Spots

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• Australia
With year round warm water and vast coral reefs, Australia's Great Barrier Reef hosts a constant flow of divers realising their dreams. Wall dives and pristine coral fields, seemingly endless visibility at Osprey Reef, feeding SUV-sized cod at Cod Hole, minke whales in season and umpteen species of shark, this is but a sampler of what the planet's greatest reef is waiting to reveal ...

Bahamas
Idyllic Caribbean diving conditions and the relaxed tropical vibe of this island chain have been a lure for divers for many years. The topography here includes coral reefs, walls, sandy bottoms, wrecks, pinnacles and even a Lost Blue Hole. Likely encounters include eagle rays, turtles, seahorses and of course, sharks. Sites like Tiger Beach and Bull Run promise thrilling shark experiences with mighty tiger sharks and bull sharks …

• Belize
From shallow, clear reefs to spectacular drop offs, Belize caters for divers of every experience level. Gentle, shallow reef dives at Ambergris Caye, incredible visibility, breathtaking sponge and coral formations, the world renowned Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef and gigantic shoals of fish at Turneffe Reef. Take a liveaboard cruise around the outer atolls or stay at a resort for a beach and dive vacation combination, and for the adventurous a trek through the jungle to view Belize's spectacular wildlife is not to be missed ...

Coral reefs are the most popular diving destinations

• Burma
Departing from Thailand between October and May, Burma liveaboard trips enjoy the uncrowded Mergui waters and often deserted dive sites. Often you'll be the only ones there to enjoy the variety on offer from reef sharks and pelagics, rays and whale sharks to the excellent unheralded macro diving of Myanmar ...

Cayman Islands
The crystal clear, warm water of the Cayman Islands has made it one of the top scuba diving destinations in the Caribbean. You can explore the dramatic walls, ship wrecks and coral gardens of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. With 365 dive sites, plenty of turtles, rays, sharks and macro life, the Caymans are a year-round destination in more ways than one …

• Cocos
Truly a destination for experienced scuba divers with a pioneering spirit, Cocos Island is an untouched rarity. Uninhabited and visited by only a small number of intrepid divers, to visit Cocos is to treat yourself to unbelievably huge schools of hammerheads plus innumerable blacktip and silvertip sharks. Vast schools of fish swarm around this oceanic island and you will also encounter a jaw-dropping procession of marble rays, mobula rays and manta rays ...

• Egypt
The rich history of the Red Sea is matched by the richness of its waters and the abundance of marine life it supports. Famous wrecks like the HMS. Thistlegorm are on every genuine diver's wish-list. Considering the quality of the diving sites offered in both the Sinai Peninsula from Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh and in the Southern Red Sea, it is little wonder that dive spots such as Ras Mohammed, the Brothers, Elphinstone and St John's are long-established entries in the scuba diving lexicon ...

• Fiji
Fiji is famed for some of the best shark dives in the world as well as being the world's 'soft coral capital'. There are scuba travel opportunities for everyone with resort locations such as Taveuni and Kadavu. Cruise around the South Pacific islands on a safari diving trip taking in Bligh Water and the Koro Sea. Beautiful islands, romantic beaches, warm, friendly people and dives of the highest order all combine to make the Fiji islands truly a dream scuba destination ...

• Galapagos
The pinnacle of bio-diversity, for many divers the Galapagos Islands represent the summit of their scuba careers. Oceanic currents bring life in myriad forms to this remote, volcanic archipelago. Whale sharks, hammerheads, Galapagos sharks and dolphins are common sightings, as are seals, sea lions, penguins and marine iguanas in the shallows. Add to this the wonder of land-visits, and superb bird-watching, and you can see why the Galapagos Islands are so special for any lover of nature ...

Hawaii
The Big Island of Hawaii's volcanic underwater topography is a diver's wonderland. Lava tubes, bommies, arches and huge craters like Au Au Crater, create a spectacular backdrop for Hawaii's many indigenous species of fish. Photographers will delight in the many subjects like Spanish dancers, turtles, mantas and frogfish. Humpback whales and oceanic sharks also frequent this remote Pacific island group …

Honduras
The Roatan and Utila dive sites are the best in the Bay Islands of Honduras and the waters are home to large marine species, such as whale sharks, Caribbean reef sharks and bottlenose dolphins. The region is also world-renowned for its wall diving, spectacular wrecks, beautiful shallow reefs, and captivating critter diving, with subjects like longsnout seahorses, spoonnose eels, rough box crabs, yellowhead jawfish, sailfin blennies and stargazers…

• Indonesia
This vast land which enjoys among the greatest bio-diversity on the planet has too many awesome scuba spots to attempt to cover. What we can give you is a glimpse of just how amazing life under the water can be here, in the heart of the Coral Triangle. Lembeh, Bali, Komodo and Raja Ampat are just a few of the names of places that inspire wonder and excitement among even the most experienced divers ...

• Malaysia
Find out why it is that Malaysia is fast being recognised as a top dive and travel destination. Better known to tourists as being a modern progressive Asian country, Malaysia is now a haven for divers eager to see for themselves the wonders of Sipadan and Mabul. Schooling hammerheads, mantas and critters galore all await you here in the western region of the Coral Triangle ...

• Maldives
This beautiful island chain features some of the best liveaboard diving around, including Ari Atoll, the Southern Atolls, Northern Atolls and the Far North Atolls. From your pick up at the airport, you will be whisked off to explore dream locations where sharks, big fish and beautiful underwater topography await you. Although remote, the Maldives are easily accessible and liveaboard cruises range from the very affordable to 5 star luxury ...

• Mexico
There is something for everyone in Mexico since it is as diverse below as it is above the water. On the Caribbean side you have great visibility around Caribbean reefs near popular tourist spots like Cozumel and Cancun, and the world-famous Cenotes which offer a unique underwater experience. On the Pacific side you can enter the water to be surrounded by sharks, mantas, whale sharks, sea lions and whales. Places like the Socorro Islands, Guadalupe (famous for great white cage diving), and the Sea of Cortez promise turbo-charged dives that will leave you wide-eyed and high-fiving your buddy ...

Oman
The seas of Oman are full of fascinating life - whale sharks, humpback and sperm whales, dolphins, manta and mobula rays, sharks, turtles, mola mola, king mackerel, tuna, as well as moray eels, angelfish, stingrays, lobster and crayfish, and nudibranchs. More than 1,000 different types of fish and shellfish thrive in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman. Strict fishing conditions and large marine parks ensure that this valuable treasure is protected ...

• Palau
With highlights including world-class dive sites like Blue Corner, Peleliu and the incredible snorkelling experience of Jellyfish Lake, Palau is a unique and fabulous diving location. The reefs of this Pacific Ocean gem are blessed with so much big fish action that Palau leaves many other destinations in the shade. Few places can promise such numbers and density of sharks as well as manta rays, eagle rays, and many large and meaty reef predators ...

Philippines
Located in the north of the Coral Triangle, the diversity of marine life in the Philippines is second to none and there are many different regions to explore. Tubbataha in the remote Sulu Sea is touted as one of the best dive destinations in the world. The Visayas and Mimaropa regions have an incredible range of exciting options, with whale sharks and thresher sharks on show, plus amazing macro life such as an endless list of crustaceans and nudibranchs. Then there are the fascinating World War 2 wrecks to explore in Coron ...

Saba
This tiny volcanic Caribbean island has a diverse topography with deep water pinnacles, drop-offs, sloping coral reefs and shallow gardens, lava labyrinths and excellent muck sites. There is also great fish variety with some 400 recorded species. Nassau grouper, great barracuda, tarpon and wahoo are all present, plus green and hawksbill turtles. Bottom dwellers include flying gurnards, Saba lobsters, frogfish and conch. If you’re lucky, you might encounter whale sharks, manta and eagle rays, and even hammerheads and humpback whales ...

St. Kitts
The dive sites of this small island in the West Indies are a mix of wrecks, walls, caves and pinnacles. The reefs are made up of many species of coral and hundreds of species of fish. Turtles, sharks, rays, and even dolphins and sometimes whales are found in its waters. Usually you will enjoy excellent visibility. calm seas, little to no current, and very comfortable water temperatures. This makes St Kitts a little slice of Caribbean heaven for less experienced divers ...

• Solomon Islands
In the midst of the South Pacific and the eastern corner of the Coral Triangle, the Solomons are home to some of the best, least visited scuba diving sites in the world. There is an amazing diversity of marine life, dive sites and experiences, all a short flight from Australia or Fiji. Indulge yourself in diving with pilot whales, various kinds of sharks, mantas and huge shoals of fish, not forgetting its macro wonders such as pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs and ghost pipefish. You will also find wrecks, caverns, wide-angle reefs and large sea fans ...

• Thailand
From the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Sea and the Similan Islands, the kingdom boasts some of the best and most accessible scuba around. With handy diving trips just a few kilometres from the fun-packed shoreline and a fantastic range of value-for-money liveaboards cruising around the dive sites of the Similans, it's obvious why so many choose Thailand as their favourite diving destination ...

Turks and Caicos Islands
The idyllic islands of the Turks & Caicos are surrounded by turquoise waters containing over 1,000 square miles of living coral reef. They are known as one of the best places in the Caribbean for shark action and for expansive underwater visibility, high-voltage wall dives, and a profusion of marine life of all sizes. Caribbean reef sharks are common, as are spotted eagle rays, jacks, grouper, and turtles. Also spotted on a frequent basis are blacktips, tiger sharks, hammerheads, and manta rays ...


Dive Trip Specifics

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We want to make sure you enjoy trip. Forewarned is forearmed for travel, so our details also contain vital information including:

• Temperature range and recommended exposure suits - This way you can avoid the trauma of only having a 3 mm shortie for the cold currents of Komodo, Guadalupe, or winter time in Egypt!

• Skill level suitability - Avoid being thrown into perilous, washing machine conditions when diving in Bali on your 6th open water dive!

• What each destination is great, and NOT so great, for - you could be lucky to see tawny nurse sharks at Burma Banks, but don't expect anything for the kids to do there!

• Recommended length of stay - Don't get stuck for 10 days in a 2-dive site town - and don't get caught short in the Lembeh Strait and spend just a day when you could, and should, be diving there for a week.

Suspended destinations - We are currently not offering dive vacations in Cuba and Sudan.


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