4 Of The Best Diving Spots In The World
Planning an adventure? Looking for something different, adrenaline-filled and memorable? Consider diving holidays for a trip you’re bound to remember.
We’ve compiled our top four recommendations for the best diving holiday destinations in the world. From the Maldives to Hawaii, there’s a whole world of underwater life waiting to be found. Discover the best places to dive below.
The 4 Best places to dive in the world
1. North Malé Atoll in the Maldives
The Maldives is famous for its clear blue waters and pearly white beaches. Dive into the depths of those warm waters, full of colourful reefs and fish. Did you know there’s over 700 species of Indian Ocean fish in the Maldives?
North Malé Atoll is one half of the Malé Atoll in the Maldives, known as North Kaafu. It’s one of the best diving sites in the Maldives because it offers so much more than a quick dip. A trip to the Maldives lets you dive into a world of mantas, Pelagic fish and underwater walls covered in colour.
At the bottom of North Malé Atoll lies Victory, a cargo ship that sank in the early 1980s. Plunge underwater to see how the local marine life make themselves right at home in the shipwreck. Spot the turtles waddling on the ledges, and be sure to keep an eye out for any Jack sharks that glide past the vessel’s bow. Give diving in the Maldives a go, you’ll be hooked.
2. Hin Daeng and Hin Muang in Thailand
Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are two gigantic, remote rocks in the South of Thailand. They’re often referred to by the names they translate to, the “red rock and purple rock”. They’re named so because Hin Daeng is covered in shades of red corals and Hin Muang is coated in hundreds of purple corals.
They say, “don’t judge a book by its cover”, and Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are exactly the same. When you arrive, don’t be deceived by the sight of just two boulders. When you’re underwater, you’ll see that all the fuss is about, and rightly so. The real experience begins under the surface, especially if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of whale sharks and manta rays in their element.
It’s best to plan your diving trip to Thailand between February and April for close encounters with local sea life. The sea is also calmer and safer for divers at this time of year. Take a trip to this part of Thailand, you won’t want to miss Hin Muang, it’s Thailand’s highest vertical reef wall – a real underwater spectacle that keen divers won’t want to miss.
3. Koh Dok Mai in Thailand
In between Phuket and Koh Phi Phi, you’ll find Koh Dok Mai, meaning ‘flower island’. A 90-minute boat ride from Phuket, it’s a miniature limestone island that juts out from the water. On the west side of the island you can explore a world of reef fish, including Clown fish and eels swimming around the sloped coral reef. You’ll see exactly why it’s loved by underwater photographers. The east side of Koh Dok Mai offers a totally different diving experience, filled with bright yellow corals and Oyster clams. Can you find the tiny hidden caves along the base of the walls?
Dive at midday to see the illuminating effect that the sun releases in the shallows, offering you a glimpse of baby sharks. The way the rock has formed means there are all kinds of colours and sea life in even the smallest nooks and crannies.
4. Molokini Crater in Hawaii
If you’re unsure of where to go scuba diving, travel to Hawaii’s only island marine sanctuary, Molokini crater. It rises approximately 170 feet above sea level and stretches under the deep blue reaching 300 feet. It’s one of the best places to dive in the world because of the extremely high level of visibility, keeping snorkellers and divers coming back.
Molokini crater has plenty to offer, with over three scuba diving sites available to choose from, including the back wall. Although the Molokini back wall is typically for advanced and experienced divers, you’ll have chances to catch sight of dolphins, tropical fish and even humpback whales during December and May.
And that’s where to take your next diving trip…
Submerge into an incredibly diverse underwater world. Head to some of the best diving spots in the world and make the most of Hawaii, Thailand and the Maldives. Remember, share your diving holiday adventures with us on Instagram. Add the hashtag #mycraghoppers to let us know you’re enjoying the marine life.