There are some veteran divers that spend their whole lives searching out the best place to scuba dive – somewhere filled with diverse species of tropical fish, perfectly preserved coral, and interesting land formations to swim through. Learn from their wisdom by checking out some of the places on this list, which are generally agreed upon to be some of the best scuba diving sites anywhere in the world.
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The Great Blue Hole, Belize
The Great Blue Hole is a submarine sinkhole located about 40 miles from Belize. The sinkhole was formed by glaciation, and was then flooded when the ocean levels rose over it. As a result, the hole features elements like stalagmites and stalactites generally only found on land, as well as fascinating species of fish and ocean mammals like the Midnight Parrotfish and Caribbean reef shark. One of the first explorers in the area was the eminent Jacques Cousteau, who declared it one of the most beautiful places to scuba dive in the world.
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Ko Tao Island, Thailand
Ko Tao is an island in the Chumphon archipelago of Thailand, and features some of the best scuba diving in the world. It has long been popular with the mid-20s crowd, who come in search of cheap scuba diving certification, and stay because of the amazing varieties of fish and turtles, many of whom use the island reefs as a breeding ground. Those in search of sharks can go to Chumphon Pinnacle, a dive site to the west of the island that is known for its large shark population.
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Located in Indonesia, Bali is a part of the Coral Triangle — an area of Oceania that is well-known for having the largest biodiversity of marine species in the world. The marine life in the Coral Triangle is 7 times more diverse than the whole of the Caribbean. Although Bali was under a travel advisory from some countries like the USA and Sweden until 2008, it has recently become very popular with scuba divers because of its many shore-diving resorts.