99 percent of the ocean’s floor is believed to be unexplored. That makes for a lot of nooks and crannies. Now, we’re not saying that means that you should go and explore all of those places, but we are saying that diving is an activity which has gone sorely underutilized in the last century.
So, in the hopes of encouraging a bit more underwater exploration, we’ve put together this guide on some of the ocean’s more beautiful underwater diving spots, in an effort show you what the fuss is all about. Here’s our list of the top places to go Scuba Diving around the world, and some pretty good reasons why.
Silfra in Iceland
Head to Silfra in Iceland for a chance to go Scuba diving between two tectonic plates. There, you’ll be able to uncover one of Iceland’s most exotic underwater paradises. Known technically as the Silfra Tectonic Fissure, the gap is actually between the North American and European plates – don’t worry, there’s zero chance it’s going to move when you’re in there. What you will find, however, is a huge amount of the local underwater wildlife and some truly spectacular sights.
For those who are interesting in wildlife, the Silfra Lagoon is probably the best spot. Being the closest to the surface, the underwater area here has thrived. Moreover, with visibility of up to 120 meters (and more on a good day), you’re able to see for what (underwater) seems like miles.
In the Silfra Cathedral area, you’ll be able to descend to a maximum depth of 65 feet whilst you swim along the 330-foot-long corridor. On a sunny day, the sun’s light will penetrate the surface of the water and make its way down below, creating an almost chandelier effect – one which the area has become famous for.
Cancun in Mexico
An amazing place in its own right – especially for those who are looking to party the night away. Cancun offers some truly amazing dive sites and great underwater views. Instead of just the same thing repeated in many different places, you have access to a huge variety of different types of sites, depending on what you want to see or experience.
The Underwater Museum is probably the most popular dive site in the area. Home to several different life-sized sculptures and over 500 different pieces of underwater art. The site was originally made as a way of encouraging divers in the are to avoid other sites to preserve the wildlife, and it was an incredible success.
East of Cancun, you’ll also find the Punta Cancun dive site. This area is great for anyone looking to take part in coral diving. It’s also home to a huge variety of exotic wildlife, including barracudas, Sting Rays, and Sharks.
Port Elizabeth in South Africa
What makes Port Elizabeth the best place in South Africa to go diving? Why it’s the Annual South African Sardine Run, of course. Known throughout the world as the largest migration of marine life in the world, the annual South African Sardine run is where millions of sardines migrate from just of the southern coast of Africa and up towards the northern area of Africa. It’s not known why the sardine’s make the journey, yet every year, without fail, they do so.
This makes it perfect for marine life exploration by any divers. In addition to the Sardines, there are usually more than a few other types of fish swimming around in the area. They are usually there trying to pick off any of the stragglers. If you’re lucky, it’s even possible to end up swimming with great white sharks. Just make sure to keep your eyes peeled.
The Sardine run is 7km long, and it actually moved at a surprisingly slow pace. Port Elizabeth is the best as it’s where the group is believed to be at its strongest. So, if you want to be able to see something which can actually be seen from space, from the ground, add this to your list of places to go diving.
Curaçao in the Caribbean
You can’t have a list of the top places to go Scuba Diving in the world without a mention of the Caribbean, right? And to spice things up a bit, we’ve decided to throw in a shipwreck for free. That shipwreck is that of the Superior Producer, a 220-foot cargo ship which sunk back in 1977. The reason it sunk? Because it was overloaded… with Christmas items.
The ship is now located resting on a sand bed about 100 feet below water. You’ll not only be able to see the faded remains of the Christmas items it was carrying, but you’ll also be able to explore the each of its many rooms for a whole host of interesting wildlife, including turtles, barracudas, and seahorses.
Somosomo Strait in Fiji
A vibrant mix of incredible colors will blanket your vision when you descend to the Somosomo Straight. These are thanks to the countless soft corals which have formed along the seabed here, and then built upon one another. The currents can be pretty strong here, so it’s important to stay safe and careful when you’re exploring the area. Normally, you’ll only head out during certain times of the day, when the tide makes the currents less hard to battle against.
One of the most interesting parts of this area is the great white wall. This a huge sheer face, covered in pink and white soft corals. You’ll need to descend to 65 feet to see it, but it’s more than worth it.
Exploration Never Felt So Real
With the world’s Oceans largely unexplored, diving is the first step to becoming a real adventurer. There’s never been a better time to strap on a tank, search for the top places to go scuba diving around the world, and get yourself ready for a trip of a lifetime. There are very few people we’ve met who, once they’ve explored underwater, have not wanted to do it again. We can bet you won’t be one of them.