Scuba diving is certainly a great way to explore the hidden mysteries of the ocean, which takes up about 70% of the earth's surface. As some say, the deep is probably as mysterious as outer space, so if you're a courageous and adventurous soul you could be a viable pioneer and dive in!
When you're choosing which destination you'd like to try out for your scuba diving vacations, know that all dives aren't created equal. Some factors to take into consideration would be the recommended skill levels appropriate for a particular dive spot, the temperature range in that area, the type of aquatic life and underwater sites you'd be seeing (would you like to get a glimpse of coral reefs, wrecks, caves, or whale sharks?), the available accommodations, and the diversions that could occupy non-divers. Make sure that the dive spot you are going to has been rated and certified by a dive certification organization, and if your goal is to learn scuba diving, find out if they have a duly certified scuba instructor. Consider also how much the dive spot charges for dive equipment rental (this equipment would include scuba tanks, although it's recommended that you have your own wetsuit), and whether they offer group dive packages that would likely give you more affordable rates.
With that being said, here's how to find some of the travel destinations that consistently top the charts for scuba dive trips:
- Heron Island, Australia - The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world, and so you could just imagine the amazing number and types of aquatic species that call this area their home. Heron Island, located off the northeastern part of the main Australian continent, has more than 30 available dive sites and is hailed for its crystal clear blue waters. Some of the aquatic life that divers could get to see include turtles, reef sharks, barracudas, and much more. Check out its website at heronisland.com.
- Hawaii - A huge part of the Hawaiian economy thrives on tourism, and so apart from it being a spectacular dive spot, thanks to it being the home of rare tropical fish (the state fish is the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a) and dolphins, there are so many other enjoyable activities that you could enjoy. The four most visited scuba diving destinations are the islands of Maui, Oahu, and Kauai; more advanced divers usually visit the islands of Molokai, Ni’ihau and Lanau. Check out hawaiiscubadiving.com for more details.
- Fiji Islands - Fiji Islands is a favorite among underwater photographers, because it is teeming with rare and exotic marine life and because of its beautiful, crystal-clear turquoise waters. It is known as the "soft coral capital," plus one of the best shark dives in the world.
- Florida - The Florida Keys is home to the third largest coral reef in the world, and it is known for its abundant marine life, warm waters and great weather. Diving activities abound, although many divers visit it for its historical ship wrecks. Florida Keys was declared as a national marine sanctuary, and it is reputedly the most-visited scuba dive destination in the world.
- Boracay, Philippines - Boracay is one of the most famous beaches in the world, known for its powder-white sands, beautiful weather and spectacular waters. Diving in Boracay offers options for both the beginning scuba diver and the more advanced ones. Some of the species regularly seen by divers include corals, sharks, manta rays, and sea stars. Apart from scuba diving, Boracay is teeming with day- and night-time activities that everybody could enjoy.
There you have it! These are just some of the top travel destinations for scuba dive trips. So if you're tired of facing computers and walking on concrete sidewalks everyday, give yourself a break and dive in! Enjoy!