6 scuba diving spots around the world you must visit this 2020

To the avid diver, the question may always be: Where should I dive next?

Below are some diving spots, suggested either for their rich marine life or the unique diving experience they offer.

Philippines

One of the 18 megadiverse countries in the world, the Philippines hosts 70-80 percent of the world’s species. It has more than 52,177 described species, half of which are endemic or can be found nowhere else on earth. The Philippines is also part of the Coral Triangle, which has 70 per cent of the world’s reef-building corals. Imagine the richness and variety of the diving spots here! You can see whale sharks, manta rays, sharks, sea turtles, sardine runs, schools of fish, long stretches of corals, and more.

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Sardine run. This is a common sight in Moalboal, Cebu.

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A school of barracuda at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and supports 370 coral species, which is almost 90 per cent of the Philippines’ coral species. 

Check out some of the Philippines’ best dive spots here.

Iceland

Divers visit Iceland for the Silfra Fissure. Known as The Cathedral, this 100-foot long fissure is the only accessible place to see where two continental plates meet. At some points, you can touch them both at once. Water visibility is exceptional here, and the rock formations are incredibly impressive.

Silfra Canyon, Iceland

Picturesque rock formations at Silfra Fissure, Iceland. And, isn’t it a great feeling to be between two tectonic plates?

Palau (Blue Corner Wall)

If you want a lot to see, then the Blue Corner Wall is one of the best spots for diving. Here you’ll see such an enormous variety of fish, including majestic rays and at least 13 species of shark.

There are strong currents here, and so these rewards are only for experienced divers. The currents can carry you a long way, even with very little effort.

There are so many incredible scuba diving spots around the world, whether you’re a beginner or experienced diver. Some bring rewards in the form of spectacular scenery or wildlife, whilst others are favored for their shipwrecks and man-made landmarks. These are just a few of the world’s best scuba diving locations.

palau blue corner wall

Dive in Palau and you might just swim alongside humongous fish like this!

Thailand (Similan Islands)

The Similan Islands are among the world’s best scuba diving sites because of their crystal clear waters. There are 11 islands making up the Similan Islands in total, and the surrounding Andaman Sea is among the world’s most beautiful dive spots.

Expect to see vibrant coral reefs, a fantastic variety of wildlife, and a wonderful tropical paradise.

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Similan Islands have thriving coral reefs and colorful marine life.

Canada (Vancouver)

Scuba diving in Vancouver is a slightly different experience. Here, you won’t be under the water with the colorful fish and plants of the ocean, but diving among the salmon. This amazing sight can be enjoyed from late July through to October.

Watch hundreds of thousands of salmon making their way up the river, to their spawning sights, in the freshwater rivers.

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Salmon sighting in Vancouver! Photo from https://unsplash.com/photos/9vkJPfh9Anw

Turkey

Turkey has a wealth of world-class scuba diving locations, including Kemer where you can explore the caverns with its sea turtles. You might also like to dive in Datca’s waters, where you may come face-to-face with seals, dolphins, and sharks.

monk seal

Monk seals are quite rare in Turkey. So if you spot one, you’re in luck!

Ecuador (Galapagos)

A shiver of sharks, a bale of sea turtles, a squadron of manta rays, a school of fish, and more. Galapagos, with its rich biodiversity and high volume of marine life, is arguably at every diver’s bucket list. At any dive in spots like Wolf and Darwin, you get to see hammerhead sharks almost everywhere! Take a photo and you will be sure to fill the frame with rich marine life.

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