100 Best Dives of a Lifetime

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Our planet is a water world with 70% of it filled with water and with much of it still unexplored. The oceans and the seas , for generations, have ignited our adventorous spirits. For those who dare to go below the surface of water there lies a universe quite unlike any other on the land.

In the words of Brian Skerry (a National Geographic photographer). . .
On any given day you will never know what you will see and for someone with a sense of curiosity, there is always something new to explore & discover. We haven't even scratched the surface. 95% of the deep ocean still remains unexplored.

⚠️ - Scuba Diving is a potentially dangerous and risky outdoor activity than can lead to serious injury and even death. Important factors for safe diving are(but not limited to) good health & physical fitness, dive certifications, specialized training, specialized equipment, safe diving practises & experience. REMEMBER - Always plan your dive and dive your plan.

100 Dives of a Lifetime by Carrie Miller

LOCATION COUNTRY DIVE FOR AVG. WATER TEMP AVG.VISIBILITY AVG. DEPTH DIVE TYPE NOTES
Cathedral New Calendonia Beginner 75°F/24°C 65ft/20m 80ft/24m Open Water, Night, Reef, Lagoon Cathedral is located near Hienghene and is a deep rift with lots of winding ravines, caves and tunnels.
👀 - Manta Ray, Eagle Ray, Tuna, Green Turtle, Groupers, Seahorses, Dugongs, Anemones, Brain coral, Sae fans, Whitetip reef shark, Nudibranch, parrotfish, Triggerfish.
Thingvellir Iceland Beginner 37°F/3°C 330ft/100m 33-60ft/10-18m Cold Water Dive the Silfra fissure in Thingvellir National park(40km outside Reykjavik) and experience mirrior-like clarity of water between two continental plates. Dry Suit experience is must.
👀 - Two continents, Clear Water, Algae.
Afuera Mexico Beginner 82°F/27°C 20-100ft/6-30m 100ft/30m Open Water, Reef Afuera is 25miles(40km) from Isla Mujeres (Island of Women, is a 5mi/8km long island located off Yacutan Peninsula, Mexico. It’s a short distance from Cancun). See Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, Atlantis Reef and Manchones reef(500 underwater statues). June through Sept is best time to see Whale Sharks with peak times in July and Aug. Day trips from Cancun and Isla Mujeres.
👀 - MantaRay, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Moray Eels, Barracuda, WhaleSharks, Bottlenose Dolphins, TawnyNurseSharks.
Critter Corner St. Vincent
&Grenadines
Beginner 80°F/26°C 25-150ft/7-45m 32ft/9m Macro Best time to visit between May and November(NOTE – Hurricanes between Jul and October). Peak season and rates are from December through April.
👀 - LongSnout Seahorses, Pistol Shrimp, Pipefish, Mooray, Frogfish, Jawfish Shrimp, Butterflyfish, Flying Gurnards, Red Lobster.
Cocos Islands(Keeling) Australia Beginner 82°F/28°C 66-100ft/20-30m 30-130+ft/9-40+m Srore, Reef, Drift, Wreck 👀 - Hawksbill and green turtles, Bottleneck dolphins, Manta rays, Pygmy Angelfish, Gray Reef Sharks, Whitetip Reef Shark, Blacktip Reef Shark, Triggerfish, Butterflyfish, Surgeonfish, Dugong.
Port Phillip Bay Australia Beginner 65°F/18°C 50ft/15m 40-130ft/12-40m Open Water, Shore At Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay explore the Octopuses Garden at Rye Pier, Flinders Pier, Pope's Eye(artificial reef) and shipwrecks at Lonsdale Wall, Port Phillip Heads. May to July - crab congregation.
👀 - Cuttlefish, Giant Spider Crabs, Seahorses, Pygmy Seahorses, Pipefish, Bull Rays, Shipwrecks, Octopuses.
Something Special Bonaire Beginner 80°F/26°C 75ft/23m 50ft/15m Open Water, Night, Reef, Wreck , Wall Within the Bonaire National Marine park. One time entrance fee required.
👀 - Frogfish, Squid, Eagle Rays, Garden Eels, Angelfish, Coral shrimps, Green, Loggerhead, Hawksbill Turtles, Seahorses, Octopuses.
Ari Atoll Maldives Beginner 81°F/27°C 75ft/23m 100-130ft/30-40m Open Water Oval shaped collection of 105 islands situated on top of an underwater mountain. 25miles/40km long second largest atoll in Maldives.December to March is best visibility. April through June are warmest months. Wet season May to Aug with bad visibility, high waves and winds. Maaya Thila is the most popular dive spot. Also Hafsa Thila in the north and Five Rocks.
👀 - Gray Reef Shark, Manta Ray, Whale Shark, Hammerheads, Triggerfish, Blueline Snapper, Batfish, Napolean Wrasses, Moray Eels, Barracuda.
Chios Island Greece Beginner 70°F/21°C 20-165ft/6-50m 100ft/30m Open water, Cave, Wreck Located close to the Turkish coast(6km) rather than to Athens(210km). Best time to visit - April to August.
👀 - Shipwrecks, rock formations, caves , The Great Wall - a 30m vertival wall studded with corals, Tuna, Swordfish, perch, Wrasses.
Tokai Maru & SMS Cormoran Gaum Beginner 84°F/29°C 50ft/15m 50-100ft/15-30m Wreck US territory and the largest island in Micronesia. Located 2575km east of Philippines can be reached by flights from Hawaii, Australia and East Asia.. Don’t miss Chamorro Village night market(Wed)and Mangilao Night Market(Thu evening).
👀 - German S.M.S Cormoran(WW1 wreck) and Japanese Tokai Maru(WW2 wreck) lying side by side. Green Turtles, Pilot Whales, Spinner Dolphins, Lionfish, Tuna, Octopuses, Giant Trevallies.
Santa Catalina Island USA Beginner 62°F/17°C 50ft/15m 20-100ft+/6-30m+ 22mi/35km from LosAngles with more than 70 dive sites. Casino Point, Blue cavern, Ship Rock and Sea fan Grotto are few favourite dive sites. Best time to visit is Sept - Nov.
👀 - Kelp forests, Sea Otters, Sea Lions, Nudibranches, Zebra Shark, Guitarfish, Abalone, Mantis Shrimp, Moray Eels, Garibaldi Damselfish.
R.M.S Rhone British Virgin Islands Beginner 80°F/27°C 40-100ft/12-30m 35-80ft/11-24m Wreck Haunted wreck of a ship sunk by a hurricane. Near the bow one can explore the interior, but the stern is not in as good a condition. 👀 - Barracuda, StingRay, Turtles, Green Morays, Tarpon, ArrowCrabs, Pufferfish, Lobsters, Sergeant Majors.
Richelieu Rock Philippines Beginner 80°F/27°C 49-115ft/15-35m 16-115ft/5-35m Open Water Located NE of the Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea its a horseshoe shapes location. Accessible from Oct to May with the lots of WhaleShark and MantaRay between Feb - April.
👀 - Pipefish, SeaFans, WhaleShark, MantaRays, Barracuda, Seahorse, Frogfish, Scorpionfish, Groupers, Whitemouth Moray Eels.
Port Lincoln Australia Beginner 63°F/17°C 33ft/10m 82ft/25m Cage Cage dive with Great Whites at Neptune island which is a 3-5 hr boat ride from port Lincoln. Snorkel with Sea lions off Hopkins island.
👀 - GreatWhite Shark, BronzeWhaler shark, Mako Shark, Blue Shark, Orcas, Thresher Shark, Australian SeaLions, NZ Fur Seals, Smooth StingRays, SouthernEagle Rays.
Rapid Bay Jetty Australia Beginner 63°F/17°C 15-50ft/5-15m 22-40ft/7-12m Jetty 65mi/105km from Adelaide.
👀 - Leafy SeaDragons, BullRays, LeatherJackets, Weedy SeaDragons.
Trou Aux Biches Mauritius Beginner 78°F/26°C 50ft/15m 23-130ft/7-40m Drift, Cavern, Open Water, Reef Northern coast of Mauritius. Dive sites to explore - Aquarium, Mimi's Arch, wreck of Stella Maru.
👀 - Moray Eels, Clownfish, Parrotfish, Octopus, Bull Shark, Whitetip Reef Shark, Barracuds, Green & Hawksbill turtle, Anemones, Pufferfish.
Yonaguni Jima Japan Beginner 78°F/26°C 180ft/55m 18ft/5.5m Open Water Yonaguni Jima,located in the Okinawa prefecture and a 15min boat ride from Yonaguni Harbour, is the Japanese Atlantis known for large stone structures. It's among the five top for visibility but currents can be overwhelming sometimes. Best time to visit is Dec to May.
👀 - Hammerheads, Rock formations, Cardinalfish, Cuttlefish, Dogtooth Tuna, Bannerfish, Pufferfish, Boxfish, Butterflyfish, Clownfish, Moray Eels, Octopus.
Mohéli Marine Park Comoros Beginner 77°F/25°C 75ft/23m 15-75ft/5-23m Open Water The park is located on the south cosat of Mohéli, the smallest of the four island of Comoros, and is spread over 155sq.mi/401sq.km. Be aware travel disruptions are frequent and the accomodation selection is very limited.
👀 - Coelacanth, Humpback Whales, Spotted eagleRays, MantaRays, Barracuda, GreyReef Sharks, Electric Rays, Anemones, Clownfish.
Discovery Bay Mexico Beginner 68°F/20°C 125ft/38m 33ft/10m Cage Isla Guadalupe is the best location for warm water cage dive for the Great White. Best time to visit is Aug - Nov only accessible through a multiday livaaboard trip of 18-22 hours trip from San Diego(California) OR Ensenada(Baja California, Mexico).
👀 - Great White Shark, Guadalupe Fur Seal, Elephant Seal.
Julian Rocks Australia Beginner 71°F/22°C 16-100ft/5-30m 78ft/24m Open Water Located 1m/1.6km offshore from Byron Bay which is 110mi/177km south of Brisbane. It's one of the 10 best places to learn diving with an abundance of marine life and quality operators.
👀 - Humpback Whales, Zebra Shark, SandTiger Shark, Wobbegong Shark, Loggerhead Turtle, Hawksbill&Green Turtle, Yellowtail Kingfish, Barracuda, Bull rays, Nudibranchs, Cuttlefish, Sweetlips.
Lofoton Islands Norway Beginner 36°F/2°C 50ft/15m 65-130ft/20-40m Cage Take a multiday liveaboard in the Norwegian Sea to swim in the chilling water with the wild Orcas.
👀 - Orcas, Brown Algae Forests, Kelp Forest, Anemones, Wolffish.
Alphonse Island Seychelles Beginner 84°F/29°C 50-100ft/15-30m 130ft/40m Open Water, Reef Located 1m/1.6km offshore from Byron Bay which is 110mi/177km south of Brisbane. It's one of the 10 best places to learn diving with an abundance of marine life and quality operators.
👀 - Humpback Whales, Zebra Shark, SandTiger Shark, Wobbegong Shark, Loggerhead Turtle, Hawksbill&Green Turtle, Yellowtail Kingfish, Barracuda, Bull rays, Nudibranchs, Cuttlefish, Sweetlips.
Beqa Lagoon Fiji Beginner 78°F/25°C 60ft/18m 80ft/24m Shark .
👀 - Orcas, Brown Algae Forests, Kelp Forest, Anemones, Wolffish.