When you really want to enjoy a beach vacation, sometimes basking in the sun just isn’t enough. For active travellers, getting certified in scuba diving is a good idea if you plan to see the world – or at least its waters.
The most important factor of scuba safety is learning with an experienced professional. Having expertise and quality equipment can reduce the risk of you getting hurt and having to claim head injury later. Luckily, some of the world’s most beautiful places to scuba dive are also some of the easiest ones to find a reliable certification course. Here are my top five choices.
If you’re looking for a picturesque destination with an abundance of opportunities to dive, the Maldives has it all. Divers are routinely able to see manta rays, coral species and more. A trip to these islands calls for more than just an afternoon at sea; the best way to learn how to scuba dive in the Maldives is on a “liveaboard”, which allows you to follow the natural currents of the Indian ocean around the islands.
This Costa Rican treasure is one of the best places to go diving in part because it is so isolated. Cocos Island is not a tourist mainstay, meaning that the majority of visitors are serious divers in search of beautiful sea life–and this particular destination delivers. If you immerse yourself in the blue waters of this island, you’re likely to see everything from hammerhead sharks to red-lipped batfish.
The Blue Hole, Belize
Crystal clear water gives way to a deep blue oasis at this legendary diving site off the coast of Belize City. It’s actually a sink hole formed by a collapse of limestone a long time ago. It measures 300 feet in diameter and 400 feet in depth, making it one of the most amazing diving caves you’ll likely ever experience. But you may want to practice around the coast for some time before you attempt this dive; it’s recommended for experienced divers who know what to do to stave off brain injury claim.
The Galapagos Islands
These Ecuadorian islands will be forever famed for the pristine water that surrounds them, as well as the sheer number of different types of fish and animal life. The average dive trip is likely to turn up sightings of sea lions, penguins, or golden rays, just to name a few.
This Malaysian island is the third largest on the planet, meaning it has plenty of coastline to impress even the most experienced divers. Layang-layang (also known as Swallow Reef) is the perfect place to start. This atoll will afford you the chance to spot the large barracuda population off the coast of the main island.
So there you go – some of the most beautiful places to scuba dive in the world. Where’s the best place you’ve ever dived?