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Barracuda Point

Sipadan Island, Malaysia

Blue Corner Wall

Palau, Micronesia

The Yongala

Australia

Thistlegorm

Egyptian Red Sea

Shark and Yolanda Reef

Egyptian Red Sea

Great Blue Hole

Belize

Manta Ray Night Dive

Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Navy Pier

Western Australia

Liberty

Bali, Indonesia

Cape Kri

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Big Brother

Egyptian Red Sea

President Coolidge

Vanuatu

Top 12 Best Places to Scuba Dive in the World

We take a look at some of the top diving destinations & best diving spots in the world.

1. Barracuda Point,
Sipidan Island, Malaysia

Malaysia is home to some the best scuba diving in the world, including the famous Sipadan which regularly features in the top ten diving destinations of the world. Barracuda Point is an outstanding dive site which is know for its great barracuda shoal (in the thousands) which are often seen in a tornado like formation.

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2. Blue Corner Wall,
Palau, Micronesia

Palau has everything: big schools of fish, lots of sharks, healthy reefs, World War II wrecks and the world-famous Jellyfish Lake and Blue Corner. It all adds up to an outrageously good dive spot and one that rarely disappoints.

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3. The Yongala,
Australia

The SS Yongala Shipwreck is without doubt the best place to scuba dive in Australia, and classed as one of the best ship wreck dive in the world. Located in Queensland, the wreck is full of an array of marine life of all different kinds, ranging from potato cod to beautiful sea snakes.

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4. Thistlegorm,
Egyptian Red Sea

The Thistlegorm is a large shipwreck which needs several dives in order to do it jusice. The Thistlegorm (meaning Blue Thistle) was a British vessel which was attacked from the air and sunk in 1941 whilst carrying a cargo of war supplies: rifles, motor bikes, train carriages, trucks.

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5. Shark and Yolanda Reef,
Egyptian Red Sea

This dive location really is three dives in one: an anemone city, shark reef with its spectacular drop off and the wreck of the Yolanda. Currents make this great for drift dives and for pelagic fish. A popular dive starts at Anemone City before drifting to Shark Reef and its drop off.

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6. Great Blue Hole,
Belize

Belize's most famous dive site is the Blue Hole, currently ranked among the top 12 best places to scuba dive in the world. Belize boasts one of the best coral reefs in the world, and the largest reef system in the Northern Hemisphere, making it one of the biggest dives in the blue hole, Belize.

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7. Manta Ray Night Dive,
Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Underwater lights placed on the ocean floor attract infinite amounts of plankton, which in turn attract the beautiful manta rays of Kona Hawaii. The rays get so close to you. An unforgettable time with one of the most beautiful animals in the world.

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8. Navy Pier,
Western Australia

Although a very defined and somewhat compact site, you could spend 5 days diving there and not be bored, particularly at night. On any dive there is a lot to see. Sometimes you'll come across absolutely huge rays dozing in the sand.

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9. Liberty,
Bali, Indonesia

The wreck is very popular with photographers as it is totally encrusted in anemone, gorgonians and corals. The black sand provides an excellent colour contrast for the incredible variety of marine life.

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10. Cape Kri,
Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Home to 540 types of corals, and more than 1,000 types of coral fish. Cape Kri makes it the most diverse living library for world's coral reef and underwater biota.

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11. Big Brother,
Egyptian Red Sea

The Brother Islands are known as one of the very best places on the planet where you can experience a thrilling and unforgettable liveaboard dive.

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12. President Coolidge,
Vanuatu

President Coolidge is one of the most acclaimed wreck dives in the world. Divers encounter trucks, Jeeps, chandeliers, cannons and a swimming pool as they explore it.

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The World of Scuba Diving

Did you know that Scuba Diving is listed as one of the fastest growing extreme sports in the world today? Millions of people are learning to scuba dive and so should you! Whether it be something to tick off of your bucket list, a reason to travel or even a way to escape the modern busy day life, Scuba Diving really has something for everyone. Start to dive the world today.

So if you are ready to take the plunge into an underwater wonderland, looking for more information about scuba diving, looking for the best scuba diving spots in the world, or trying to make up your mind on where to take your next dive trip, we have it all here. Happy Diving!

What is Scuba Diving?

Have you ever asked yourself the question, “What is Scuba Diving?” Scuba diving is a form of underwater diving where a diver uses a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) which is independent of the surface supply in able to breathe underwater. Whilst underwater, scuba divers carry their own source of breathing gas, usually known to be compressed air. This compressed air allows them even more independence and freedom of movement than that from surface supplied dives. This enables the scuba diver to stay under the water for longer than breath hold divers.

Mainly done for the attraction of the unattainable underwater world, scuba diving attracts all kinds of people as it is one of the areas within nature that mankind is unable to fully control, as the truth is, we cannot breathe underwater. Scuba diving gives us this opportunity to explore the underwater world, even if it is just for a limited amount of time.

The underwater world is a beautiful place, with many people travelling for scuba diving around Asia, the Red Sea or the Great Barrier Reef. These locations are amongst some of the best places to scuba dive in the world. The array of colours and marine life are so impressive in each of these locations, so much so, that people from all around the world find themselves returning over and over again.

What Does SCUBA Stand for?

Many instructors are often asked, “What does the word Scuba stand for?” The word Scuba is an acronym for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Dictionary.com defines scuba as a portable breathing device for free-swimming divers, consisting of a mouthpiece joined by hoses to one or two tanks of compressed air that are strapped on the back. Although an acronym, the modern word scuba is acceptable in common case and does not need to be written as all capitals (SCUBA) nor with abbreviation (S.C.U.B.A.).

The acronym was coined by Dr. Christian Lambertsen in 1954. He attending the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, where he also worked on the very first prototypes of rebreathers for the military frogmen. Dr. Christian Lambertsen created the Lambertsen Amphibious Respiratory Unit, a.k.a the Lambersten Lung or LARU. This is when Dr. Lambertsen gave these different unites the military code name of SCUBA, as they were a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.

After graduating from medical school, the Office of Strategic Services employed him as a first Lieutenant with the Army Medical Corps. Dr. Lambertsen made significant contributions to amphibious units of the US Military, with his main focus on breathing gases and decompression theory. It was here where is laid the foundation for the modern day rebreathers and also the use of enriched air nitrox. He, accompanied by Cmdr. Doug Fane, were the very first to use rebreathers to exit a submarine back in 1948.

Dr. Lambertsen then went on to be medical faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. He is known as the founding president of the Undersea Medical Society, now known as the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS).  The US Navy Special Warfare community gave Dr. Lambertsen the distinction as “The Father of US Combat Swimming. He is also feature as a Legend in Diving in the International Legends of Diving.

The History of Scuba Diving

Scuba diving history is linked closely with the history of scuba equipment. By the twentieth century, a couple of basic architectures had be pioneered for underwater breathing apparatus. One being the open circuit surface supplied equipment, which allowed the diver’s exhaled gas to vent directly into the water, and the other, a closed circuit breathing apparatus, where the diver’s carbon dioxide which is filtered from unused oxygen and then recirculated.

In the absence of reliable, portable and economical high pressure gas storage vessels, the closed circuit equipment was much easier to be adapted to scuba. During the mid-twentieth century two systems for scuba had emerged due to the availability of high pressured cylinders. These systems were; open circuit scuba, which allowed the diver’s exhaled breath to be vented directly into the water and the closed circuit scuba where the carbon dioxide is removed from the exhaled breath for the dive which contains added oxygen and then is recirculated.

Is Scuba Diving Safe?

Just like any adventure sport, some risk is involved. Having said this, it should encourage divers to approach this extreme sport with an appropriate amount of respect. Scuba diving is not dangerous, just as long as a diver seeks thorough training, follows safe diving guidelines, uses proper gear, and dives within their experience level. It is important to remember, that you should never go scuba diving by yourself and do not be tempted into buying diving gear and going scuba diving without any proper training beforehand.

All around the world you are able to find qualified dive instructors and shops who are able to provide training and advice of everything scuba related. The extreme sport has become incredibly popular you will be able to find good diving schools in most areas. A good tip on how to plan your dive holiday would be to do some research on the schools within the area before your holiday.

Are There Different Types of Scuba Diving?

Scuba diving can be done both recreationally or professional. And both in a number of applications, some of which include, military, scientific and public safety roles. Most commercial diving uses surface supplied diving equipment when practicable. Scuba divers amongst the armed forces covert operations are often referred to as frogmen, combat swimmers of attack swimmers.

Have you ever asked yourself “What kind of diver am I?” I know I have. That’s how I came across this article about 6 different types of divers. Take a look at these types of recreational divers and see which one you are most likely to be;

  • The Deep Diver
  • The Tech Diver
  • The Gadget Diver
  • The Photographer
  • The Videographer
  • The Naturalist

Some Interesting Facts about Scuba Diving

  • There are over a million people who obtain scuba diving certifications worldwide, each and every year
  • The depth limit is between 30 and 40 metres (equating to 100 to 133 feet) for recreational divers, special training or a specially trained buddy is required should you wish to dive deeper
  • Ahmed Gabr holds the world record for deepest scuba dive at 332 metres (or 1090 feet) According to Guinness World Records – This is almost as deep as the New York Chrysler Building is tall
  • Sharks have gained a bad reputation thanks to the horror movie Jaws (1975), when in fact more people are killed by the lightning in the US, than by sharks
  • The deepest any human has ever been is to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Using mini subs, only three people have ever attained this depth, Jacques Picard and Don Walsh in 1960, and movie director James Cameron in 2012
  • Speaking of Cameron, the longest time spent on the RMS Titanic after its completion was by the director himself, who made a total of 33 dives there, totalling 462 hours, as research for his films. In an interview, Cameron jokingly stated that he made the movie to have an excuse to dive the wreck

What Kind of Scuba Diving Locations are there Around the World?

Let’s look at the facts. The ocean covers 71 percent of our Earth’s surface. The ocean contains 97 percent of the planet’s water alone. Yet, over 95 percent of the underwater world remains unexplored. If that alone isn’t enough to make you want to start scuba diving, I don’t know what is.

There are so many places to scuba dive in the world that you will never be short of choice. Whether you are looking for the best place to learn how to dive or try out scuba diving for the very first time, or if you are a qualified diver and want to try some of the best wreck diving in the world. There are some many different types of dives available, for different experience levels. From ice diving in the colder seas and oceans, to cave diving is the most mysterious allures. Want a real adventure? Why not try the beauty of night diving in a warmer location, or with the Manta rays during their feeding frenzy in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

The world’s ocean offers shipwrecks, coral reef systems, underwater caves, trenches and even underwater museums for all to explore. Scuba divers are advocates of underwater conservation as they are the people that see the underwater world for what it is and will always try to help to protect it.

Where Are the Best Scuba Diving Destinations?

If you were given a week to dive, and could choose out of any scuba diving destinations in the world to fill up your log book, where would you go? After some research we have managed to put together some of the best scuba diving destinations for you, many of which may already be on your scuba bucket list and if they aren’t they should be.

The best dive locations in the world are all dependent on the diver and their level of experience when it comes to scuba diving. Whether you are looking for the somewhere to try to this adventure sport for the very first time, or what to take a speciality course to help improve your dive skills. It may be that you have a passion for underwater photography, and are looking for the smallest animal in the ocean to capture that perfect shot, or if you simply looking for a once in a lifetime dive with the majestic marine life, such as whale sharks. Here we have put together the top 12 must do dive destinations for any scuba diver.

Happy diving, we hope you enjoy our top 12 list of the best places for scuba diving. Dive the world and discover the wonders that the best diving in the world has to offer.

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