Top Scuba Diving Spots Around the World
Tropical locales are the most frequent destination when it comes to scuba diving but some fine scuba diving sites can be found in the coastal areas of North Carolina. The Atlantic waters off the coast of Morehead City are a graveyard of merchant ships, casualties of World War II and the U-boats that prowled the waters. The warm waters of the Gulf Stream send a wealth of tropical fish north, painting the venerable wrecks with bright color and life.
A popular vacation destination, the waters of the Red Sea in Egypt, offers up memorable scuba diving. The famous coral reefs wind intricately through the waters and the wealth of brightly-colored fish and fascinating sea life that characterize the Sinai Peninsula surprises even veteran divers.
Belize has become a must-see destination for eco-travelers and the diving experiences are among the best to be had with memorable sites available for divers of all skill levels. Nearly 200 miles of unspoiled barrier reef runs along the coast and the waters between the reef and the coast are filled with mangrove cays, hard corals, gorgonians and amazing varieties of shellfish. Encounters with whale sharks, manta rays and hammerhead sharks are common.
A wonder of the world visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland, Australia, is composed of over 3,000 reef systems. The reefs teem with aquatic life, from shellfish to a kaleidoscope of tropical fish to sharks, whales, dolphins and more.
Wreck-diving fans generally put Bikini Atoll near the top of their list of diving destinations. Located halfway between Australia and Hawaii, Bikini Atoll is located in the Marshall Islands and is infamous as an underwater atomic testing site. A number of warships rest at the bottom of the atoll, including the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga, several US Navy destroyers and a Japanese submarine. Bikini lagoon teems with underwater life, though the island itself is uninhabitable due to the levels of radiation. Bikini Atoll is an expensive destination for scuba diving, but it is definitely worth the price.
Most of the top scuba diving destinations around the world are best reached by air. Online discount sites offer cheap flight deals to most of the best diving destinations, as well as combining flights with hotels and even land transportation, allowing eager scuba divers to put together a complete trip package for their destination.
Alternatively, some Caribbean and Central American destinations with ideal scuba sites can be reached as part of an organized cruise vacation. Many cruises even provide basic scuba training and group diving experiences, allowing even inexperienced divers to explore these beautiful ecosystems.