Perhaps, the first thing you think of when you arrive on a beautiful tropical island is scuba diving. Not everyone is like this, but may be you just can't get enough of it. For many travellers, one of the most important considerations when they plan a trip somewhere is whether it has great diving opportunities. With this in mind, let's take a look at ten great diving sites around the world.
The Blue Hole – If you head to Belize, you may get a chance to see the site that was named one of the top scuba diving sites in the world by famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. In the Blue Hole, you can dive down deep into brilliantly clear waters and perhaps catch a glimpse of the reef sharks, hammerheads, and bull sharks that inhabit this distinctive place.
Thailand – While you may not immediately think diving when you think of Thailand, the Asia country has several very popular dive sites, including Phuket, Ko Tao, Similan Islands, and the Surin Islands. Really, you can dive almost anywhere on the country's coastline, yet perhaps the best diving opportunities are to be had at Ko Tao and near the Similans.
Gili Islands – This Indonesian island chain has recently become very popular diving destination. The number of visitors is continually on the rise. The reason for this attention is that the region affords some great views and the reefs are teeming with a variety of fish species.
Sipadan – This location, found in Malaysia, is considered by many to be one of the top five best diving sites in the world. Sipadan is a vibrant place alive with so many animal species. You can explore its cave systems and encounter sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, schools if fish, bright coral, bright fish, and so many other things. It is truly a scuba diver's delight.
Great Barrier Reef – This enormous reef off the coast of Australia is known to all. It is famous across the globe as the longest reef. It is also one of the most popular diving sites. Those who have explored it can testify to the enormous varieties of tropical sea life that make the reef their home. It is a must on any serious diver's list.
Hawaii – The Hawaiian Islands cannot be underrated since it is one of the premiere diving sites. The islands themselves have reef filled with fish and other creatures of the deep. The area north of the islands was just recently set aside as the largest marine reserve in the United States. Now, divers can be assured of great diving opportunities for many more years.
Micronesia – If you are heading to the South Pacific, you might want to stop in Micronesia. This collection of tropical islands is encircled by vibrant coral reef systems. You can make the most of your journey by visiting sites like the Blue Wall.
It makes no difference if you've been a diver for years or you're just starting out, these sites offer a wealth of experiences. You'll enjoy diving even more.