The time we take off work is special, and consequently an increasing number of people are using the opportunities they have to go abroad to tick various items off their bucket lists, with diving being one of the top activities.
If diving sounds like something you’d like to try, but you’re unsure of the best places to do it, read on for our brief overview:
Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
Sharm el Sheikh, one of the most popular destinations in the world for underwater sports? Just imagining the crystal blue waters of the Red Sea is enough to give you a thrill, not to mention the extraordinary sights you’ll witness within its depths.
Prepare to get up close to all kinds of exotic and rare fish and come across truly magnificent sea plants, plus the water will be deliciously warm. Then, when you emerge, you can enjoy taking in the view of the stunning sandy beaches along the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula.
Rocktail Bay, South Africa
Here you can expect the water to feel a little cooler, but don’t let that put you off because the wealth of flora and fauna to view underwater at Rocktail Bay is phenomenal. Not only is there the chance to see tropical fish and corals, but you might even catch sight of a dolphin or humpback whale as well.
Endangered species like clown fish and manta rays have also been spotted at this diving destination, and between November and February nesting leatherback turtles frequent the sandy shores of Manzengwenya. Who knows what you might find during your trip to the bay?
Surin and Similan Islands, Thailand
Diving enthusiasts swam to this part of Southeast Asia to explore the ocean depths of the Andaman Sea.
The destination is known for offering two kinds of diving – east side diving that involves swimming down to sloping coral reefs and the occasional large boulder, and west side diving, where you will see huge granite rocks and various swim-throughs.
If you’re lucky, you might get a glimpse of some truly magnificent creates, including leopard sharks, mantas and whale sharks.
Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
This is one of the most unexplored diving regions, and is perfect for those after a little mystery and hidden surprises. Situated in the middle of Australia and Honolulu, the waters surrounding the Marshall Islands are fairly unknown, giving tourists the unique opportunity to be the first to make some fascinating discoveries.
Over the last ten years, divers have been allowed to venture down to sunken war ships, which include US Navy destroyers and a Japanese submarine. These vessels are wonders to behold, and darting around them you can also see unusual species of rare fish.
However, be prepared to pay a hefty sum for an experience as extraordinary as this.