Top 5 Dive Sites

Top 5 Dive Sites

It goes without saying that the ocean has endless spots to explore and dive. From Central America to Indonesia, SCUBA nuts will all have their take on the best dive sites. Why do we love diving in Belize, Mexico, and beyond? Whale sharks, coral atolls, spotted eagle rays, Blue Holes, macro delights and reef sharks, for starters. Take a look at these top 5 dive sites.

5. The Great Blue Hole, Belize

The Great Blue Hole is a world-class destination for recreational scuba divers attracted by the opportunity to dive in crystal-clear waters and see myriad species of marine life including tropical fish and spectacular coral formations. The Great Blue Hole is a large underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll about 60 from the mainland of Belize City.

4. Manta Ray Night Dive, Hawaii

Hawaii isn’t the only place where you can swim with manta rays, but it might be the coolest. The Kona Coast is home to over 240 resident Manta Rays. These gentle giants can grow up to 16 feet in length and weigh up to 1600 pounds, but they have nothing that bites or stings, making this dive one of the safest large animal encounters out there.

Groups of Manta Rays converge nightly off of Makako Bay (Garden Eel Cove), to feed on the Phytoplankton & Zooplankton that appear to soak up the glow given off by underwater dive lights.

3. Gran Cenote, Mexico

Gran Cenote is one of the most famous cenotes (sinkhole or natural crater) in Mexico. Located just a few kilometers from Tulum on the way to Coba, this is one of the top diving spots in Riviera Maya.

Although its name suggests it’s a singular large cenote, in reality, the chasm consists of several meandering cenotes.  The clear water ensures that even those opposed to getting wet are sure to see fish. Additionally, Gran Cenote is one of the most popular spots to snorkel in the region.

4. Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Get up close and personal with huge manta rays and giant clams, gape at schools of barracuda, fusiliers or parrotfish, peer at tiny pygmy seahorses or multicolored nudibranchs, and, with luck, encounter wobbegong and epaulette (walking) sharks in Raja Ampat. The reefs have hundreds of brilliantly colored soft and hard corals, and the marine topography varies from vertical walls and pinnacles to reef flats and underwater ridges.

5. Roatan, Honduras

Roatan’s dazzling array of marine life can be found on both shallow reefs and plummeting walls. It is well-known as a destination for hunting macro critters but equally famous for encountering the largest fish in the sea: majestic whale sharks. Roatan is perfectly suited for new and veteran divers.

Here’s a look at the Top 5 Dive Sites, according to Salt Life.

Did we miss any dive sites that you love? Let me know in the comments!

–Erin

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