Our Top 4 Scuba Diving Hot SpotsFebruary 13th, 2012 by Flight Centre Staff
With the premiere of the television show Descending, we can’t help but get excited about all the amazing places to scuba dive around the world. As Scott Wilson mentioned in the teaser for the show, “I’ve only discovered 30% of the world… the rest is water.” So we’ve put together some of the top diving destinations around the world you need to see for yourself to believe. If you haven’t been PADI certified yet, we hope this inspires you to put it on your bucket list for 2012:
One of the world’s top scuba diving areas is the Great Barrier Reef – the world’s largest coral reef system – and the only such structure, made up of living organisms, that is visible from space. The Great Barrier Reef is over 2,000km and has an endless array of marine life; 6 species of turtles, dolphins, whales, porpoises, dugongs, sharks, stingray, more than 400 species of soft and hard coral and over 1,500 species of fish. We recommend: day trip from Cairns with 2 certified dives from $196/person.
The Red Sea is a divers paradise with the warmest seas and calm waters that offer unsurpassed visibility. There are more than 1,000 species of invertebrates, over 200 species of soft and hard coral and 1,100 species of fish – some which can only be found in The Red Sea. The legendary dive area of Ras Mohammed is lined with interesting shipwreck sites. We recommend: 7-night dive package at the Hilton Dahab Resort from $1895USD/person.
The Yucatan’s Cenotes – world famous underwater caves – is a unique area that allows booth diving and snorkelling through the passageways with just an Open Water certification and doesn’t depend upon weather conditions so you can dive here year round. Not far from the Cenotes is Playa del Carmen with lots of areas to dive with tropical fish, marine turtles and rays. We recommend: 2-tank Cave dive from $136/person.
One of Africa’s last undiscovered underwater jewels; Mozambique offers pristine beaches and your chance to swim with Whale Sharks, Manta Rays (October to April) and Humpback Whales (June – October). We recommend: 14-day escorted tour from $1500/person.
Looking to plan your next diving adventure? Contact one of our travel consultants at 1-866-502-4605 or search for your closest store online.
Do you have an amazing scuba diving experience? Share it with us in the comment section below!
Tags: Australia, cave dive, Egypt, fish, Great Barrier Reef, Humpback Whales, Manta Rays, Mexico, Mozambique, open water certification, Playa del Carmen, Scuba Diving, the Red Sea, whale sharks, Yucatan's Cenotes
Categories: Activities, Destinations