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A list of the best rated scuba dive sites in the world.

Great Blue Hole

Rated 5.0, 20 votes

The Blue Hole is a sunken underwater cave of approximately one thousand feet wide and three hundred feet deep, located in the center of Lighthouse Reef. From out of the air you have spectacular views of this geological phenomenon. Theories of a meteorite that struck Lighthouse Reef millions of years ago and leaving this huge crater behind are not true. It was formed in one of our ice ages when the land was lowered enough to expose lighthouse reef. Sweet water created holes and cracks in the lime...

Great White Wall

Rated 5.0, 13 votes

The Great White Wall has its name because of the many soft coral which can be found below 15 meter. They are actually lavender in color, but the depth gives them a white appearance. Surface conditions can get rough, currents can be strong and so most of the time this site is dived as a drift dive. Often starting or ending near a huge tunnel where you can swim through. It has two exits, one at 10 meter and one at 27 meter, from where you will be entering a new world of colored coral.Gorgonian fan...

Richelieu Rock

Rated 5.0, 11 votes

Diving Richelieu Rock in Thailand has become world's top location for diving with whale sharks. The best season for diving with whales is from March to May when these majestic gentle but huge creatures pass by. A sighting of the largest fish living in the ocean has a ten percent success rate. These amazing creatures are rare almost everywhere in the world so consider yourself lucky if you have the opportunity to dive with them. The whales are attracted to this horse shoe shaped splintered rock p...

Kona Manta Ray Night Dive

Rated 5.0, 11 votes

It is all about Manta Rays on the Kona Manta Ray Night dive site. There is plenty of other marine life, but tours and crew will focus on attracting mantas with their flashlights and food supplies. The crew will start the Manta Ray dive, by placing lights on the ocean floor aiming upwards. Plankton is attracted by this light and the plankton will attract the Mantas. As thick clouds of these microscopic animals enjoy the lights, manta rays come to feed. Not only plankton but also thousands of minu...

Yongala Wreck

Rated 4.9, 16 votes

While there are many shipwrecks along Australia's Great Barrier Reef, one of the best wreck dives is this one, the S.S. Yongala. This ship, made out of steel and timber, sank during a cyclone just about 60 kilometers from Townsville at Cape Bowling Green, taking the lives of all 121 passengers. The wreck lies in the middle of a flat and sandy shipping channel in about 30m of water. You can still see the aft, the rudder and forward masts, engine and steam rooms, toilets, port-holes and most of th...

Ulong Channel

Rated 4.9, 11 votes

One of the best adrenaline high dive sites in Palau is Ulong Channel and Reef, sometimes misspelled as Ulung Channel and also known as Ngerumekaol Pass. It is a narrow 20-50 meter wide channel, running from west to east for as long as 1km and splitting part of a huge gorgeous plateau in two. As you expect with such a great underwater canyon, the currents are often strong. It is not uncommon that the direction of the current changes halfway your dive; in which case you should head back in the sam...

Bloody Bay Wall

Rated 4.3, 15 votes

Bloody Bay Wall is without doubt the top diving attraction of Little Cayman, Cayman Islands. At its northwest side you will find this underwater ledge starting at twenty feet deep going down to a few thousand feet. The deepest part of the Caribbean Sea is Cayman Trough with its stunning depth of more than 22000 feet. It is a place with caverns, small caves and crevices for all kinds of critters to hide in. It is a colourful world with some of the biggest and most exotic sponges you have ever see...

Blue Corner Wall

Rated 5.0, 7 votes

This famous dive site is one of the best dives in Palau. Most of the time it has a very strong and unpredictable current. The corner has exactly the right conditions that attracts sharks, where most of the divers are coming for. If you don't like sharks then it is better not to go here. When swimming to Blue Corner you will have the wall on your side. Once at the plateau you will cross on top of the reef and use your reef hook to attach yourself to the reef. This hook is also important to ma...

Cod Hole

Rated 5.0, 6 votes

The Cod Hole is one of the best known dives in the world and it is visited by many liveaboard cruises out of Cairns and Port Douglas. It is famous because here you can dive with huge cods that are accustomed to divers and will come very close. The famous giant potato cod is still fed by dive masters. Dive down to the sandy floors area between the bommies, where you will see the fish feeding from beneath. Other marine species common in these waters are leopard morays and Maori wrasse, but it is t...

Fish Rock Cave

Rated 4.9, 9 votes

The only true ocean cave dive in Australia is running 125 meters right through Fish Rock which lies two kilometers south-east of Smoky Cape, South West Rocks. Fish Rock Cave is home to a completely unique ecosystem. The temperature inside the cave is always at least one degree warmer than the surrounding ocean and the water is always clear. Although the Rock is usually prone to current, it is this current that brings the nutrients to the area and attracts the fish life. It is easy to plan your d...