Top 10 Best Dive Sites in the World

Top 10 Best Dive Sites in the World

Do You Have a Dive Bucket List for 2023?

Everyone has a bucket list of things they would like to do before they leave this world. A scuba diver’s top 10 best diving sites he or she needs to have on their list is inevitable.

Looking for a list of the best diving sites to see before hanging up your fins? Check these ones out and get diving.

A list of the top 10 best 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 10  best diving sites in Europe or the Caribbean and work your way around the world.

Our list of the Top 10 best diving sites in the world:

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

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 a Liveaboard

Raja Ampat has the best diving, but how much does it cost to go diving here. See the prices on a liveaboard trip.

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

Want to know more about Sipadan? Check the prices on a trip here.

 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.

Might Blue Corner be the next dive spot for you? Check the prices on a trip and see if you’re going here next.

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.

Going wreck diving in Egypt? Check the prices on a Liveaboard trip that passes Thistlegorm, and see if how cheap (or expensive) you can go diving here.

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.

You might think that this is too much of the good diving to be able to afford this trip, but you migh also be surpried at how easy you can go diving here. Check the prices for Shark and Yolanda Reef.

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.

109 meters of pure wreck diving love. This makes the top 10 best list because of the sheer amount of everything! The Yongala has it all, trust me on this, but how much is a dive here? Check the prices, and see for yourself.

Diving Yongala Wreck

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.

Diving a gorge is quite unique and therefore this one makes it on the top 10. Interested in diving the Great Blue Hole of Belize? Check the prices on a dive trip here.

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.

Check the prices for at trip to The Brothers Islands, Egypt.

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.

Any diver would be remiss to omit some form of night diving from a top 10. This one is worth it. Read more about Diving in Hawaii and check the prices here.

10. Liberty Wreck – Bali, Indonesia

  • Wreck dive between 9-30m of water.
  • Suitable for all levels of diving skill.
  • A photographer’s favorite site because of the abundance of life here.
  • Very still current with visibility up to 30 meters.

This one is great for someone starting the top 10 list. It’s lush marine life is amazing! Check the prices on a trip to the Liberty Ship wreck, Bali, Indonesia.

Diving The Usat Liberty Wreck In Bali Indonesia

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

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Kai Steinbeck
Kai Steinbeck
Reply to  Dan Marston

I doubt that you can really bring them down to 10 and there are soooo many parameters

Pratyusha
Pratyusha
Reply to  Dan Marston

I have been to the red sea it was awesome, but my favorite was diving in Madivaru corner in Rasdhoo, Maldives.

I could see sharks, Manta rays, a wide array of fishes at the same time in the same place! If you are planning to scuba dive don’t miss Rasdhoo Atoll.

Vaughn Thompson
Vaughn Thompson
Reply to  Dan Marston

I snorkelled multiple times on Manus Island PNG over a 7 month period . One of the most awesome places , the variation , colour and population of fish was unbelievable ,let alone the most beautiful corals . Plenty of WW2 wrecks and very clear water , virtually untouched by tourists 30 years ago , I want to sail my yacht back up there and dive , dive , dive , last time we were there to build a wharf , plenty of crocs but fortunately never saw one in the clear water we dived in .

Praveen
Praveen
Reply to  Dan Marston

This is amezing stuff
I have done 1 and 2 but in this must do bucket list why you didnot include Komodo strange.
Raja Ampet is far class apart as far as bio diversity is concerned. Corals /fish you can find .
with Cape Kri pl include Blue Magic Malisa garden Maioscon and passage all r in Raja ampet, Instead of liveboard you can stay in homestays and dive with resort it is possible and best affordable option.
Now, Sipadan is much hype than other few sites are good like south point baraccuda point. but need stay in Mabul and you get permission to dive in sipadan if your dive n stay is more than 4 days, then one day dive in sipadan. not worth however Komodo is best compared to sipadan

Wayne
Wayne
Reply to  Dan Marston

I have been privileged to dive many of the great sites on this list. For me, no Top 10 is complete without Darwin’s Arch in peak whale shark season. Wolff Island also terrific. Galapagos definitely in my top 10.

Damian Shaw
Damian Shaw
Reply to  Torben Lonne

Some sites to consider are, The Poor Knights Islands, in new Zealand. Also the SS President coolage in Vanuatu.
Million dollar point as well.
Australia has some fantastic cave diving and so does Papa new gunnery although you need to be competent in using mixed gases. Trymix etc. so not really run of the mill reaction diveing. But we’ll worth doing.
I personally find that some of those hidden secret local dive sites, that you have to be introduced to by a local, can be some of the best diving I have done.
Food for thought….
Cheers Damian.

R Troy
R Troy
Reply to  Dan Marston

Chuuk lagoon

Briezey
Briezey
Reply to  Dan Marston

Lucky to have done #6 and #10…enjoyed both very much. Also consider myself lucky to have dived many different parts of the world and had some magnificent experiences.

Luckier still to have dived the (at least at the time, don’t know about now) rarely-dived Saudi side of the Red Sea…wrecks, shallow coral reefs and everything in between with mostly unlimited viz. Great sea life of all types, both day and night.

Still very much enjoying every dive and looking forward to contouring my experiences when travel is permitted again…and hopefully meeting some of you when I do!

Meliza Milbert
Meliza Milbert
Reply to  Dan Marston

Blue Corner was my best dive! I got there in time to anchor for feeding, and there were so many sharks! A large Napoleon thought I had food and I touched it from gill to tail — so slimy good!

Alvin
Alvin
Reply to  Dan Marston

I ve been to 3 and 6
yongala dive is definitely an amazing dive in my life. Palau is great but cost too much and too difficult to get to

Tamara Stump
Tamara Stump
Reply to  Steve Mefford

Very true!! Over-rated and over priced

Marc Kouwenberg
Marc Kouwenberg
Reply to  Dan Marston

“Addu Manta Point” Best Manta cleaning station in Maldives

Tim
Tim
Reply to  Dan Marston

Hi Dan. I couldn’t agree more, there is something special about diving Cenotes and maybe it really is an experience that every diver should sample. I have done the Tajma Ha a couple of times on occasions that I have been holidaying in Mexico. No marine life in The Tajma Ha (apart from a few small catfish in one area), but the experience is amazing, especially when the diver in front is going through the halocline, WOW, what an un real sight.

Tim
Tim
Reply to  Dan Marston

May I just say that many people ask me the best place that I have dived. You divers out there must agree that dives are special for different reasons. I have dived most of the sites in Sharm El Sheikh, also SS Thistlegorm, Cenotes in Mexico, the Tajma Ha,crystal clear fresh water and meeting sea water, creating the halocline and Palancar Reef. All amazing, yet one that sticks out in my mind was the Hole of Ha in Corfu. We were given the signal to ‘go up’ by the dive leader and it took my breath, a hole in the top of a cave, sunlight entering, bouncing off all the sides of the cave, trees hanging over the top. We just laid there on our backs, BCDs inflated, just admiring the natural beauty of the place.
Every dive special for it’s own reason.

Steven Ray
Steven Ray
Reply to  Dan Marston

Certified in Subic Bay Philippines in 82 i was spoiled out of the gate. If you like wreck dives it doesn’t get much better. Several Japanese and American WWII ships . I think they have stopped the swim throughs but being in the bridge of a sunken Japanese frigate gave this American sailor a bit of a ” rise”. The intentional wrecks around the world are ok but the real ones are fascinating. Call me morbid. The marine life, coral, water temp are all top notch too. As much the dive site matters so do the individuals/group/charter you are with. Did the Blue Hole. Big group, big disappointment. Not just because of the crowd. While unique it just wasn’t all that. Did 10 other dives with a guy named Ched from Reef Adventures off A!bergris Caye. 1 small boat, 2 guides, 4 divers. Showed us the true beauty of the second biggest reef in the world. Lots of great sites in Hawaii, some boring. The shear walls of Molokini Island off Maui are breathtaking. Close encounters with humpback whales and dolphin are common. Grand Cayman, if you are ok with flipper to mask diving, this is the place for you. Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are awesome. Little in the way of nightlife entertainment but no crowds and inexpensive beach front rentals with great snorkeling and diving from shore or take the low capacity charters. 12 is the most I’ve experienced . If you can handle cold water the USA has some awesome diving. The Great Lakes (Michigan in particular), Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire and the Catalins off California all offer some excellent budget compassionate adventures. I have rambled enough. Share this passion with someone special, get them certified, be safe and share some lifelong memories. Just another fish out of water, Steve

Ken
Ken
Reply to  Dan Marston

Blue Hole is way overrated ! There is much better diving 15 minutes away at Lighthouse Reef Atoll.

Hui Yin
Hui Yin
Reply to  Dan Marston

I will put Layang Layang, one of the Spratly islands on the list.

Doug
Doug
Reply to  Dan Marston

Lots of good ideas here. Too many sites for a list of just 10. I suggest breaking dive lists down into categories. Like Reef, Coral, Current, Pelagics, Wreck, Muck, Cave, Ice and Tech. May help to keep it down to 10 each. And may also help divers by giving them a list in the category that appeals specifically to their preferences or up-coming dive trip plan.

SK Lee
SK Lee
Reply to  Dan Marston

Hi!

anyone been to Layang Layang Island, Malaysia?

heard so much good diving with sharks and prestine reef.

Torben Lonne
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Torben Lonne
Reply to  Dan Marston

Hi Karen,

Thank you for the nice words and welcome back into the world of diving 🙂

You can find the guides you’re asking for here:
Scuba Regulators: https://www.divein.com/scuba-regulator/
BCD’s: https://www.divein.com/bcd/
Wetsuits: https://www.divein.com/wetsuits/
Fins: https://www.divein.com/scuba-fins/

And all the other gear, you can navigate to from the menu. I hope you can find what you’re looking for.

karen justice
karen justice
Reply to  Dan Marston

I have been certified since about 1982 (YMCA, PADI, NAUI,CMAS), over 300 dives–mostly Caribbean but also Red Sea and Fiji. Qualified through various extra courses as YMCA Master Diver (could have gone for asst. instructor, but as an M.D.–now retired–I couldn’t expose myself to that kind of liability!).For health reasons, I’ve been unable to dive for about 15 years, and of course my equipment is pretty useless by now. I found this site by Googling–and thank goodness! I’ve kept up with Undercurrent, but it’s nowhere near as comprehensive. I’m healthy and ready now to dive back in–after a refresher course, natch–and would love to hear from people who can give me their perspectives on their land-based or liveaboard trips outside the Caribbean, in warm (over 75 degrees F.–I’m a Texan!). Also if you have tips about various regulators, BCDs, wetsuits, fins et.al. in terms of ease of use and reliability. Thanks all.

Nick
Nick
Reply to  Dan Marston

Have any of you dived in Eilat, Israel? What’s the Red Sea like there?

Melanie Wharton
Melanie Wharton
Reply to  Dan Marston

I don’t have a dive bucket list yet, but reading through everyone else’s makes me excited to embark on an adventurous list.*snorkel snorkel*

jl
jl
Reply to  Dan Marston

Agree! We’ve been all over the world and the Galapagos took the cake for us. PHENOMENAL! Multiple squadrons of hammerheads, giant manta squadrons, white tip and black tip sharks everywhere, huge sea turtles everywhere, sea lions that come and play with you and your bubbles, dozens of eels and hundreds of rays and everything is HUGE and docile, as though they want you to see them up close and tell the world they have survived. Bonaire is great, Belize blue hole fabulous, Grand Cayman and Brac (without the cruise ship crowd), Cozumel walls and Turks and Caicos (pre hurricanes) also all awesome too.

jl
jl
Reply to  Dan Marston

Galapagos. Connect with a land based tour company and do all the other cool stuff while you are there (tortoises, blue footed boobies, penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions). The diving is the best we have done anywhere by far. Others we love: Belize (5 times including Blue Hole), Roatan, Bonaire. Panama/Las Perlas and Bocas del Toro. unremarkable.

lsj
lsj
Reply to  Dan Marston

I agree. That looked like 20+ divers flooding those poor confused creatures with lights at a time when they should be feeding or mating. We just returned from Galapagos and on our way to Gordon Rocks (#17 best in the world) dive we stopped in the outer passage to watch a dozen giant mantas gracefully socializing and feeding. It was magical. Stunning them at night like they do in that video is irresponsible and downright cruel. They look stressed and confused.

Dan Vaught
Dan Vaught
Reply to  Dan Marston

Mexico is great for people in the U.S. I can fly from where I live on the Canadian border in the morning and be in Mexico by the afternoon. Cozumel has some outstanding diving, but the Cenotes are a game changer. I did not even want to do them, but the dive shop (Tank Ha in Playa del Carmen) I was with, talked me into it. It was unbelievable. Truly, nothing like I’ve ever done. Every diver should make a trip to the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico, to experience these incredible dives.

Cabo San Lucas has some great dives including sea lions. To be honest diving all kind of runs together for me… you kind of see the same things all over the world. I’ve done dives in Dahab (shore dives with great visibility), Ras Mohammed (Shark/Yolanda), Thailand (Phi Phi Islands), Bali (Manta Point, Crystal Bay, USAT Liberty), Cozumel, Mexico, Roatan Honduras (best reefs I’ve ever seen), Belize (Turneffe Atoll), and my home on the shores of Lake Huron, in Michigan. Looking to head south again this winter, maybe Palau or Raja Ampat.

Azueray Sabri
Azueray Sabri
Reply to  Dan Marston

Komodo! Beautiful coral formations, multiple species of fishes in a single dive.

They have plenty of liveaboards, just take one short flight to Labuan Bajo and ask from the dive shops there.

I recommend Dive Komodo, their vessels are excellent and safety is main priority. Another good one is Wicked Diving. Both shops are located on the same street in LBJ (Jl Soekarno Hatta).

Marc Adler
Marc Adler
Reply to  Dan Marston

Agree with you, Peter. Dove the Blue Hole in 2013 while on the Belize Aggressor III. Lots of hype and I went down to 145 feet, but all I saw were stalactites. There are lots of other sites we dove that were quite good with lots of marine life.

Zilly
Zilly
Reply to  Dan Marston

I been to Great Barrier Reef .. great place but it disappoint me.. to much money spend but has a diver this not my kind of dive . Big luxury boat with full of people . 20 diver with 3 instructors. Nothing much we can c in this kinda of Havoc

Samar Younes
Samar Younes
Reply to  Dan Marston

Hello when it s time to egypt im planning to go after my advance open water padi to sharm maybe this time for blue hole dahab what do u think

Christian Schragner
Christian Schragner
Reply to  Torben Lonne

Hin Daeng and Hin Muang in the Andaman Sea, Fakarava in French Polynesia, Cabo Pulmo in thee Sea of Cortez, Fernando de Noronha in Brazil, Tulum Cenotes and the Galapagos so far were my favorite spots.
Also went to Two Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone but had really bad weather and need to do it again.

Christian Schragner
Christian Schragner
Reply to  Torben Lonne

I loved Noronha above and below the surface.

Jeni Jordan
Jeni Jordan
Reply to  Dan Marston

My favorite Crystal River – Florida. Great place for diving, you must see.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Dan Marston

Hello Cici! Where in Indonesia do you recommend? Specifically, we are in Bali, near Sanur? We would love to find a liveaboard, even with a short flight is fine! Thank You!

Tony Heng Liang
Tony Heng Liang
Reply to  Dan Marston

Hahaha I became a diver without much planning, I just happened to be in Indonesia and went to Raja Ampat to snorkle and kayak.

Raja Ampat got me hooked on diving, except it kind of ruins you when you start in one of the best places in the world.

Jen
Jen
Reply to  Torben Lonne

Truck Lagoon is AMAZING! I felt like I was in Disney Land underwater. All the colors are absolutely vibrant!! If you get over that way… Palau and Yap also have spectacular diving!!

Leonardo Lima
Leonardo Lima
Reply to  Dan Marston

As You people do not know Fernando de Noronha Brazil the spot is not in the list. BTW: The brazilian governement a few days ago is not asking for visa to come here. It is a shame that Rio de Janeiro is in a bad moment. It is better you arrive other city as Recife, Belem, Salvador and fly to Noronha. Noronha is in the north. It is about 2000 miles from the area where are Rio, Ouro Preto, Sao Paulo, Buzios, Santa Catarina, Ilha Grande, Tiradentes, and many others. There are many great dive spot in south as Abrolhos, Arraial do Cabo, Ilha Grande, Sao Paulo Islands and others.

Gabriela
Gabriela
Reply to  Dan Marston

My best site to scuba dive is Utila from the Bay Island of the coast of Honduras!!❤

Peter
Peter
Reply to  Dan Marston

The Blue hole is not worthy of a top 10. It is a deep empty hole with little to nothing to see. The typical stop after the blue hole is the Half Moon Caye Wall which should be on the top 10. It is one of the best dives if not the best I have ever done.

If I were to ever go back to the Blue Hole I would dive the reef around it but not spend the time going into nothingness. Yea the thril of the deep is alluring but the thought and anticipation is better than the actual dive.

William
William
Reply to  Dan Marston

Komodo is definitely one of the Top best 5 destination like Tahiti !!!
Should the writer must go there before forgetting the top best scuba diving in the world 😉

Butch Bradley
Butch Bradley
Reply to  Dan Marston

Best diving I have ever done #1 Socorro Islands with the giant Mantas in Mexico, S of Cabo San Lucas!!! #2 Gallapagos Ecuador. Cold water diving at its best. Lots of Pelagics, so so visibility but really awesome. #3 Palau- Micronesia. Was just there in June but not the same as it was 18 years ago. Just beautiful area but tooooo many divers everyday. Those of you who are experienced divers understand this word! DOVE OUT. Sorry Palau but you ruined it with 35 boats to the same divesites every day. Most of the sharks are gone. Still a beautiful place to dive!!!

seawater
seawater
Reply to  Dan Marston

Scuba Diving in Goa is one of the most outstanding water activity in Goa. You can view underwater marine life in the best possible way by exploring this package. Scuba diving is mostly explored from the month of October to May. The Scuba Diving in Goa costs varies from company to company. An adventure lover definitely should go for it. For non swimmers, Scuba Diving is a must to do water activity at Grande Island in Goa for people who are visiting Goa to view marine life.

Eric Shewchuk
Eric Shewchuk
Reply to  Dan Marston

I would like to submit my top ten for Kauai, Hawaii. As a professional underwater tour guide I can personally vouch for the quality of these sites. See them for yourself http://www.gardenisledivers.com
10. Fast Lanes
9. Salt Pond Arch
8. General Store
7. Turtle Bluffs
6. Tunnels
5. Sheraton Caverns
4. Hale O Honu
3. Ambers Arches
2. Conrad’s Crack
1. Vertical Awareness – Niihau

Molly Rowland
Molly Rowland
Reply to  Dan Marston

Awesome suggestions. However, when it comes to Indonesia, I would also recommend:
* Mangrove Point
* Blue Corner
* Lembongan Bay
* Crystal Bay
* Secret Manta or Manta Bay
* Manta Point
* Jepun
* Blue Lagoon
* Napoleon Reef
* Biorock Reef / Reborn Reef
* Temple Wall Pemuteran
* Close encounters
* Biowreck

I went diving on a few of this spots last year in Lembongan with the Scuba Diving Academy (https://scubali.com/).

Russell Bowyer
Russell Bowyer
Reply to  Dan Marston

I’d like to add to this list of top dive sites the Farne Islands in the UK. Great place to dive with seals, if you’re ok diving in cooler waters of between 9-15C (54-64F) (of course in a dry suit). The seals are great and in September/October time they are really playful and you get some great interaction with the adolescent seals.

Azazel
Azazel
Reply to  Dan Marston

Wtf. This looks awful. Poor mantas…
There is a reason why the Maldives restricted access for divers to a similar dive site years ago…
My stomach turned when watching this video. I have read several lists with this site listed in top ten, but this video made sure I will never travel here.

Anyone who do this dive should be ashamed od themselves.

guillermo
guillermo
Reply to  Dan Marston

Galapagos Islands the divers mecca! check out gordon´s rock in santa cruz and darwins arch and wolf island.

guillermo
guillermo
Reply to  Dan Marston

Yes to all the locations… but the real #1 diving location in the world is “Darwin’s Arch” in Galapagos Islands…i have dived in many locations..(key largo, galapagos, thailand, oman, equator, etc) but it’s really another level…

diverkim
diverkim
Reply to  Dan Marston

Welcome to the wonderful world of diving scubadude. However, with all due respect, to you and the diving of Malta (since I haven’t dived there), and with a focus on wreck diving as per the video, when one has dived wrecks such as the USS Liberty in Tulamben, Indonesia; or the WWII wrecks in Palau; the wrecks of Coron Bay, Philippines; the Thistlegorm in the Red Sea; and many others (as the list is long) … then the wreck dive as portrayed in the video — while interesting enough as a dive site — is hardly the stuff that will make most top 10 lists. That means there are a lot of dives out there that will really get the heart pumping. Enjoy!

Lisa
Lisa
Reply to  Dan Marston

Thanks Torben! Things seem to be picking up here in Dahab. A lot more tourists than last time we were here. Haha, and there are ALWAYS more great dive sites to discover 😉

Torben Lonne
Member
Torben Lonne
Reply to  Dan Marston

Hi Lisa,

Luckily, there’s plenty of great dive sites left for most of us. Dahab, might not be a top 10, but still a great place for diving. Enjoy the trip.

scubadude
scubadude
Reply to  Dan Marston

i’m really surprised Malta is not listed on here. There are some brilliant diving locations. I did one of my first try dives in Malta over 12 months ago and can’t wait to dive there again.

https://youtu.be/qdi5DyPTLys

Lisa
Lisa
Reply to  Dan Marston

Still a lot of dive destinations to discover! USAT Liberty at Tulamben was amazing. We were there two years ago, when we were traveling long-term with our toddler. Bunaken, Indonesia was really good too as well as the Dauin Coast near Dumaguete in the Philippines. I really enjoyed diving at Sipadan, but that’s well over 10 years ago. We’re lucky enough to have a holiday house in Dahab, Egypt. Not a top 10 destination, but nice shore diving. Off to Egypt again in a few days…! 🙂

Stephanie Magdziak
Stephanie Magdziak
Reply to  Dan Marston

Thanks, Paul S. I recently spoke with a couple who returned from Komodo Resort Diving Club and they were extremely happy with the diving and the dive masters, etc. Said the dive crew absolutely tailored the dives to them. This couple hasn’t been to Raja Ampat or Solomon Islands, which I’m also considering.

We’ve only had 60+ dives, so I’m wary of real dive challenges. However, we were certified in Palau, and we didn’t experience extreme currents on those fabulous dives. Loved the wall dives, and looking into the blue abyss.

Paul S
Paul S
Reply to  Dan Marston

Hello Guys, Im running out of places and ideas. I have been lucky enough to dive 7 out of the 10 on this list, Palau, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Bali, Similian, Lembeh, Verde Island, Sipidan, Malaspascua, The Brothers and other lesser dive locations. I really don’t know where to go next. I mainly do SE Asia as not only is it world class but my mate lives in Bali. I enjoy warm water, big & small creatures, wrecks not so much and remote places. I prefer shore based but will do liveaboards at a stretch. As I say im running out of ideas, may look at Tubataha or Fiji next but wondering if anyone else has any recommendations ??? Oh and in case your wondering my Top 5 dives sites are Blue Corner (Palau), Barracuda Point (Sipidan) Manta Ridge (Raja), Gato Island (Malapascua) & Batu Bolong (Komodo), just my opinion and what I saw and experienced on the day. I realise Im lucky enough to have visited these places but planet earth doesn’t seem such a big place as it once did. Many thanks

Paul S
Paul S
Reply to  Dan Marston

Hello Stephanie, In my opinion Raja Ampat fits the bill. Shore base diving from local beach accommodation. Ranges from the most basic of basic rustic huts through to more comfortable eco resorts. Few if any wrecks, some walls, plenty of big & small stuff and wonderful reefs and corals. Sharks, Mantas. Plus its a thrilling experience just getting there.

Stephanie Magdziak
Stephanie Magdziak
Reply to  Dan Marston

Advice, anyone? We live in the US, were certified in Palau years ago, want to return to the Pacific. Traveling so far, and spending as much as we must, we want a thrilling experience. Best enjoy wall dives, don’t like wreck dives. Like eco-style accommodations. Will not go to Philippines, due to present government. Husband not interested in liveaboard, though I would try it.
We’re in our 60’s, so diving time running out! My head is spinning, not sure where to go!

diverkim
diverkim
Reply to  Dan Marston

Unless something has changed drastically, Tioman has been considered quite inferior diving locale to its northern neighbors: Perhentians and Redang

Newbie
Newbie
Reply to  Dan Marston

To be honest, the best is Tioman Island, Malaysia. I guess they don’t advertise it because they learn the lesson from Similan. Check it out.

Terry Kennedy
Terry Kennedy
Reply to  Dan Marston

getting ready to dive ,Cuba ,around Trinidad ,Ancon beach ,Cienfuegos ,Giron ,Bay of Pigs dose any one have any information ,are advice ,can’t find out much about it ???

Saroj Kumar
Saroj Kumar
Reply to  Dan Marston

Thanks for sharing here. I am very happy to read your review.

Anto
Anto
Reply to  Dan Marston

Funny enought I didn’t enjoy much of Sipadan, but I had a blast in the dirty water of Mabul where the macro life was astonishning!

If you haven’t explore yet I suggest the NAvy Pier in Exmouth, Western Australia. An amazing shore dive much simpler than the Yongala but very colorful and fun.

Anonymous
Anonymous
Reply to  Dan Marston

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Jose
Jose
Reply to  Dan Marston

At last a Top Dive Site list I can agree on. I’ve dived 4 of these already and would love to dive the others – hopefully soon! The only change I would do is find a place for a Komodo dive site – Cauldron, Crystal Rock or Batu Balong – or perhaps Tubbataha reefs Delsan wreck in Philippines. There’s just so many great dive sites in the world! 🙂

Debbie
Debbie
Reply to  Dan Marston

In no particular order:
Sardine run
Mexican cenotes
Galapagos
Scapa Flow
Bikini Atol
Truk
North Carolina wrecks
Antarctic
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!!

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Dan Marston

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 🙁

Cipto Aji Gunawan
Cipto Aji Gunawan
Reply to  Dan Marston

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

diverkim
diverkim
Reply to  Dan Marston

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

einar
einar
Reply to  Dan Marston

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…

Missing:

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
Galapagos
Chuuk lagoon
PNG
Palau

Torben Lonne
Member
Torben Lonne
Reply to  Dan Marston

Thanks for the advice!

Teddy Fotiou
Teddy Fotiou
Reply to  Dan Marston

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.

Torben Lonne
Member
Torben Lonne
Reply to  Dan Marston

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

Diverkim
Diverkim
Reply to  Dan Marston

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

Diverkim
Diverkim
Reply to  Dan Marston

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.

Torben Lonne
Member
Torben Lonne
Reply to  Dan Marston

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

Diverkim
Diverkim
Reply to  Dan Marston

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

Tristan Paylado
Tristan Paylado
Reply to  Dan Marston

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

Alvian Rahardjo
Alvian Rahardjo
Reply to  Dan Marston

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

Torben Lonne
Member
Torben Lonne
Reply to  Dan Marston

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.

FotoSub Brasil
FotoSub Brasil
Reply to  Dan Marston

Manta Ray night dive, checked!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMkcr9kT738

TBD
TBD
Reply to  Dan Marston

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

Jim O
Jim O
Reply to  Dan Marston

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

Tristan Paylado
Tristan Paylado
Reply to  Dan Marston

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!!!

Carlotta
Carlotta
Reply to  Dan Marston

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.

cici
cici
Reply to  Dan Marston

Most of my dive site in my bucket list is in Indonesia 🙂

Jason Orwik
Jason Orwik
Reply to  Dan Marston

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

I guess thats mine to name only 10 haha

Jason Orwik
Jason Orwik
Reply to  Dan Marston

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

Torben Lonne
Member
Torben Lonne
Reply to  Dan Marston

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

Torben Lonne
Member
Torben Lonne
Reply to  Dan Marston

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.

Torben Lonne
Member
Torben Lonne
Reply to  Dan Marston

Thanks for sharing! Enjoy Egypt

james
james
Reply to  Dan Marston

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

louise Lerch
louise Lerch
Reply to  Dan Marston

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.

Thomas Walker
Thomas Walker
Reply to  Dan Marston

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.

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