7 Best Places to Scuba Dive
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Beloved by scuba divers for its beautiful turquoise water, Bazaruto is one of the five islands in the Bazaruto archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean just 50 miles from Mozambique. Bazaruto is home to over 2000 species of fish, a large variety of turtles, and rare sea mammals like Nile crocodiles and dugongs. Beautifully preserved coral formations can be found just a few minutes away from shore; the whole of the archipelago is a national park, and the government has focused its resources on protecting the coral and marine life.
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Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Located just off the coast of Queensland, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system in the entire world. Composed of 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, the system stretches for 1,400 miles and is the single largest structure made by living organisms. Popular areas for scuba divers are the Cairns and Whitsundays areas, although they only make up 7% of the total area of the reef system.
Don’t miss the chance to take an excursion on a liveaboard ship, which offers accommodations aboard and gives divers the rare opportunity to dive at night.
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A stunning island located in the Caribbean Sea right off the coast of Mexico, Cozumel has long been a top choice for scuba divers worldwide. In addition to stunning reefs, Cozumel is also home to many cenotes: Underground sinkholes caused by the collapse of bedrock along the shore. Diving through a cenote is a unique experience, as it is full of structures like stalagmites and stalactites, and the light filtering through the water is a breathtaking experience. Diving in the lagoons and on the reefs surrounding the island leads divers past endless displays of coral, marine life, and brightly colored fish.