Scuba Diving in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a great top 5 destinations for divers for scuba diving, especially along its Pacific shores. The crystal clear water is home to a stunning array of marine life. Cocos Island is considered one of the best diving sites. The area has a variety of more than 25 species of fish, including the red-lipped batfish. It is also the place used by whales to congregate and calve. Catalina Islands is another favorite – not only because of the sea life but for the underwater structures of coral, arches and caves.
Sipadan in Malaysia is an oceanic island with an abundance and diversity of wonderful marine life surrounded by rich coral reefs and also a diver’s paradise. There are not many places where divers can see as many different species of sea turtles, schools of hammerheads and barracuda, white tip reef sharks and gobies to name but a few in one dive.
Gili Island in Indonesia, or just the Gilis, is known as the “turtle capital of the world.” It is a popular tourist attraction and one of Indonesia’s top areas for scuba divers due to the beautiful coral formations and abundance of marine life.
Made famous by Jacques Cousteau, The Blue hole off the coast of Belize is a large underwater sinkhole enjoyed by recreational scuba divers. They are attracted to the sparkling waters with different species of fish that include nurse and reef sharks and giant groupers.
Australia’s most amazing natural gift and also the biggest attraction for divers is the Great Barrier Reef, located off the Pacific coast of Queensland. It has the world’s largest coral formation with four hundred types of both soft and hard corals. The amazing underwater world is home to 1,500 species of fish, large populations of dugongs, more than a hundred species of rays and shark and various species of dolphins, whales and porpoises.
Hawaii above ground is dazzling and the calm, waters offer divers a whole new world under the sea to explore – teeming with marine life, corals, aquatic flora and shipwrecks. You do not even have to know the exact locations to enjoy diving, because diving is exceptional everywhere on the islands.
Imagine a diving holiday mingling with turtle, marine iguana, hammerhead sharks, penguins, seal and sea lion. This is what draws divers to The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, a protected marine reserve. These volcanic ocean islands are thriving with life due to deep sea upwellings that make the waters rich in nutrients.