Top 10 Dive Sites in the World

Top 10 Best Dive Sites in the World

Top 10 dive sites in the world

What’s your best dive? – Credit: Ethan Daniels

Do You Have a Dive Bucket List?

Everyone has a bucket list of things they would like to do before they die.

It makes sense that divers should have their own bucket list! A list of dive sites to see before the end of their diving days.

A list of the top ten diving places in the world should include something from every type of dive.

Get Creative

If you have plenty of time to go diving you could make more than the one list.

Try compiling a bucket list of the top ten dive sites in Europe or the Caribbean and work your way around the world.

This list is merely a suggestion of what I have on my list and sites you should consider for your own list.

And here are by far some of the best dive sites in the world:

1. Cape Kri – Raja Ampat, Indonesia

  • Coral garden like you’ve never seen it before
  • Great marine life: Manta Rays, Sharks, Barracudas and giant trevallies.
  • Record setting 374 different species of fish
  • Best dived from Papua Diving Resort but can also be done from Liveaboard
Scuba Diving in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Click the picture for more great Indonesian Dive spots – Credit: Ethan Daniels

2. Barracuda Point – Sipadan Island

  • World class Malaysian dive site.
  • 800 meters drop off
  • Occasionally strong sweeping currents.
  • Broadly diverse sea life; Sea Turtles, Buffalo Fish, Coconut Crab
Diving under big school of Barracudas

Big School of Barracudas – Credit: Rich Carey

3. Blue Corner – Palau, Micronesia

  • A wall dive popular with experienced divers.
  • Strong currents for a challenging dive.
  • Excellent opportunity to see sharks.
  • Fabulous diversity of marine life.
Scuba Diving Blue Corner, Palau

Click the picture to see the 12 Best Sharks Pictures Ever – Credit: Nitrogenic

4. Thistlegorm – Egyptian Red Sea

  • Cargo ship wreck filled with motorbikes, train carriages and trucks.
  • Sunk in 1941 after being bombed by 2 German bombers .
  • Laying at a max depth of 29 meters.
  • Reports of encounters with giant moray eels.
  • Popular site for a night dive.

5. Shark & Yolanda Reef – Egyptian Red Sea

  • Shark reef rich in anemones.
  • Mixture of drop off and ship wreck.
  • Good currents for drift diving.
  • Three reefs in one dive.

6. The Yongala – Queensland, Australia

  • 109 metres wreck (entry into the ship is forbidden).
  • Protected under the Historic Shipwrecks Act.
  • Lots of wildlife: Manta Rays, Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks and Turtles.
  • Incredible coral formations.
  • Accessible from Ayr Township.
Scuba diving at Yongala wreck, Queensland, Australia

Some of the best Wreck Diving – Credit: Teddy Fotiou

7.  Great Blue Hole – Belize

  • Incredibly deep hole edged with coral reefs.
  • Great visibility in the water.
  • Best time to dive is between April – June.
  • Hole is 143 meters deep and home to plenty of mako and sharks.

8. Big Brother – Egyptian Red Sea

  • Divers must have 50+ open water dives under their belt to dive here.
  • Currents can be wild and unpredictable.
  • Interaction with sharks is common.
  • Steep sided volcanic cone dive.

9. Manta Ray Night Dive – Kailua Kona, Hawaii

  • Lights set into the ocean floor attract plankton which attracts manta rays.
  • Currents here can be wild at times, but on a good day you’ll have the show of a lifetime.
  • Guaranteed close encounters with the large Manta rays.

Read more about Diving in Hawaii

10. Liberty Wreck – Bali, Indonesia

  • Wreck dive between 9-30m of water.
  • Suitable for all levels of diving skill.
  • A photographer’s favourite site because of the abundance of life here.
  • Very still current with visibility up to 30 meters.
Diving on the USAT Liberty wreck. Tulamben, Bali island

USAT Liberty wreck. Tulamben, Bali – Credit: Dudarev Mikhail

Do you have any diving Bucket list? Tell us where you wish to go diving!

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  1. Thomas Walker

    I did number 10 last year, amazing place. I think they are all on my list. Next year it’s Egypt and for the two brothers and the Thistlegorm. I wish I could go Belize or Palu but that gotta be another time.

  2. louise Lerch

    My #1 is great Barriere reef and then sardin run in South Africa. Blue Hole would also be aazing to see but never been to that side off the world. Maybe some day.

    • Torben Lonne

      I got “Sardin run” on my Bucket list as well. It been there for some years now. Maybe I should do something about it. Thanks for sharing, Louise.

  3. james

    1. Raja Ampat
    2. Thistlegorm
    3. Orcas in north Norway
    4. Komodo
    5. Sipidan
    6. Sardin Run (almos forgont this one thanks Louise)
    7. Lembeh strait
    8. Richely Rock
    9. Belize blue Hole
    10. Mata ray Night dive in Hawaii Sounds like a clear number 10

    • Torben Lonne

      Hi James, thanks for sharing your list. I hope you one day can cross them all off!

  4. Jason Orwik

    I want more money! There are so may cool places to see and I’m broke. Would someone sponsor a dive trip to me!

  5. Jason Orwik

    The Maldives
    Indonesia – all over
    Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia
    Cocos Island
    scapa flow
    Blue hole
    Bikini Atoll

    I guess thats mine to name only 10 haha

  6. cici

    Most of my dive site in my bucket list is in Indonesia :)

  7. Carlotta

    I did number 2, 7 and 10! Amazing and so lucky to be able to dive some of the best places in the world. I’d also love to dive Truk Lagoon Shipwrecks, Micronesia. That’s supposed to be wreck diving paradise if one’s into wrecks.

  8. Tristan Paylado

    I haven’t been to any of the featured dive sites. But if i may suggest to include Philippines in your list. You can plunged in reef enriched Tubataha Marine Parks, Wreck diving in Coron, Thresher sharks in Malapascua, Mantas in Masbate, Whalesharks in Donsol and a lot more. After all, ITS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!!!

  9. Jim O

    Buckets just aren’t big enough! I’m gonna need a barrel!
    Great idea to set some goals and then get after them.

  10. TBD

    Number 4 & 5…I would love to dive these places again!!

    • Torben Lonne

      Wow great thanks for sharing and well done hov many of your top 10 have you done now? There sure is a lot of divers there as well.

  11. Alvian Rahardjo

    Indonesia is like a paradise for divers, Bali, Raja Ampat, Komodo Island, Wakatobi, Bunaken, and many more…

    • Tristan Paylado

      Hi Alvian. Yes, Indonesia is also a great diving destination. Thanks for sharing

  12. Diverkim

    Half I have done, half I dream to do. In no particular order:

    1. Lancaster Sound, Nunavut (when the ice breaks up)
    2. Ras Mohammed, Sharm El Sheikh
    3. Blue Corner, Palau
    4. Browning Wall, Port Hardy
    5. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
    6. Sipadan
    7. Tubataha, Philippines
    8. Thresher shark dive, Malapascua
    9. Maldives
    10. wrecks of Chuuk Lagoon

    • Torben Lonne

      It’s a really great list, which one have you done?

    • Diverkim

      I’ve done Ras Mohammed, Sharm El Sheikh; Blue Corner, Palau; Sipadan; the thresher shark dive in Malapascua, Philippines; and some great dives in the Maldives.

  13. Diverkim

    I’ve done Ras Mohammed, Sharm El Sheikh; Blue Corner, Palau; Sipadan; the Thresher shark dive, Malapascua; and the Maldives.

    • Torben Lonne

      Very nice dives you’ve done. Thresher sharks in Malapascua is a big one on my bucket list.

  14. Teddy Fotiou

    I would also recommend Navy Pier in Exmouth, Western Australia. On two dives at Navy Pier, I saw just as many species of marine life as I did on over 60 dives on the Great Barrier Reef. The Yongala is a great dive, though.

  15. einar

    Einar from Norway here,
    What I have done,but not necessarily in order,
    Cenotes (fresh water) Mexico
    Malapascua, Philippines
    Dauin, macro, Philippines
    Padre Purgos, Philippines, my first encounter with whale sharks, (and forget Isla Mujeres in Mexico…)
    Liberty wreck, Bali, Indonesia. Remember to stay up there and dive early in the morning and in the afternoon to avoid the crowd. Plenty of other places to dive during day time there.
    Komodo national park, Indonesia, Just perfect for mantas
    Lembeh strait, best macro place in the world…
    Sipadan, probably the first good place I went, but will probably not go back…


    Orca and humpback whales, well they are 30 min drive from my place in Norway in the dark period so very few have been snorkeled with them and made OK UW pictures / video…
    Raja Ampat
    Tubataha, Philippines, more big stuff than Raja Ampat
    Chuuk lagoon

  16. diverkim

    Tubataha, Galapagos, Chuuk lagoon, and PNG sound like cool places to dive

  17. Cipto Aji Gunawan

    I have in my data base, over 700 dive sites in 33 areas all over Indonesia, and we have over 500 (25 areas) of them compiled into a book: Indonesia Dive Directory. It also includes over 300 uw photos and over 200 dive operators. It is also the first and the only dive guide book with “dive sites classification”. The ebook is available in iOS and Android through Scoop App

  18. Paul

    Wow, I have been lucky enough to dive 7 of those dive sites. Blue corner just tops Sipadan in my book. Also amongst other favs of mine are Richelieu Rock in Thailand, Batu Bolong in Komodo and Malapascua in Philly. The world really isn’t big enough :-(

  19. Debbie

    In no particular order:
    Sardine run
    Mexican cenotes
    Scapa Flow
    Bikini Atol
    North Carolina wrecks
    Palau wrecks
    and I know it’s not technically a dive but really really wanted to go on a submersible to the Titanic before they stopped doing the trips a couple of years ago!!

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