Best scuba diving in the world

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Top 10 dive sites:

    Dive site # 1

    Score: 15
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    Addu Manta Point

    A cleaning station in Maa Kandu, Addu Manta Point offers an incoming current in the morning, making it a reliable spot to see reef mantas for a couple of hours a day.

    The Dhoni
    A local dive boat, stops in the beginning of the Maa Kandu channel and the captain gives the signal to enter the water. Our group of eight divers is split into two groups of four, each with a dive guide. We descend to 52 feet (16 meters), where we follow the reef along our left side, drifting along the current with the reef hook in hand for when we need to stop. We are told how to use the reef hooks during our briefing so as not to damage any coral, but before we even reach the cleaning station the first mantas are already passing through the channel below us at 82 feet (25 meters), impressive and elegant, and a great sneak peek of what’s to come.

    The Dive
    We reach the cleaning station after five minutes of drifting and hook in at 69 feet (21 meters). We inflate our BCDs and hang on a line in the current, turned to face the coral outcrop where the mantas arrive for a cleaning. I count a total of 18 mantas around us — left, right, above and below. There are so many I don’t know where to look: a manta show in water this clear, with visibility of about 100 feet, is a dream come true. We watch for more than 30 minutes; some mantas come so close that I can see their eyes from an arm’s length distance… an experience so amazing that during some moments I just forget to breathe.

    When we reach 1,000 psi (70 bar), we ascend for our safety stop, this time hanging on an SMB, drifting with the current. A group of Spanish mackerel circle around us — no better way to end this unforgettable manta dive.

    Go to Addu Atoll

    Dive site # 2

    Score: 11
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    Seraya Secret

    This is macro heaven near the more famous wreck in Tulamben. You can find almost every small thing there is to see in the ocean on this one site. Which one do you like better, the wreck or the critters? 

    Go to Tulamben

    Dive site # 3

    Score: 10
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    SS Thistlegorm

    This wreck in the Red Sea near Ras Muhammad is an old British vessel. It was 
    128 meters long and sunk on the 6th of October 1941.

    It was rediscovered by Jacques Cousteau in the early 1950's as a dive site.  

    Go to Red Sea

    Dive site # 4

    Score: 8
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    Dos Ojos

    Diving in a cenote is something completely different from the other dive sites here. It is almost like cave diving in crystal clear water. The visibility can be up to 100 meters. Cenote Dos Ojos has 2 separate dives; the Barbie line and the Bat Cave line.

    Go to Riviera Maya

    Dive site # 5

    Score: 6
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    MS Zenobia, Larnaca, Cyprus

    MS Zenobia was a Swedish built Challenger-class RO-RO ferry launched in 1979 that capsized and sank in the Mediterranean sea, close to Larnaca, Cyprus, in June 1980 on her maiden voyage. She now rests on her port side in approximately 42 meters (138 ft) of water and was named by The Times, and many others, as one of the top ten wreck diving sites in the world.

    Text: wikipedia
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    Go to Larnaca

    Dive site # 6

    Score: 5
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    USAT Liberty

    The 125 meter (411 ft 6 in) USAT Liberty was a United States marine cargo ship that beached on the island of Bali after being torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. In 1963 a volcanic eruption moved the ship off the beach to become one of the most dived sites in the world. 

    Go to Tulamben

    Dive site # 7

    Score: 5
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    Police Pier - Lembeh Strait

    Lembeh is world famous for its macro life and the Police Pier might be its best dive site. Expect macro life in huge quantities.  

    Go to Sulawesi

    Dive site # 8

    Score: 4
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    Barracuda Point

    Sipadan island is on many divers' bucket list and Barracuda Point is the best dive site here. 

    No surprise is has a big shoal of thousands of barracudas often seen in a tornado-like formation.

    Go to Sipadan

    Dive site # 9

    Score: 3
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    Richelieu Rock

    The most famous dive site in the Andaman Sea and Surin National Marine Park discovered by Jacques Cousteau.

    It is a typical liveaboard dive site, as it is too far off the coast to be reached by a normal dive boat on a day trip. 

    Go to Andaman Sea

    Dive site # 10

    Score: 3
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    Secret Bay (Manit Muck)

    Muck diving in one of the top macro diving places in the world; Anilao in the Philippines. Some say it is even better than Lembeh Strait in Indonesia. What do you think?

    Go to Anilao

    Dive site # 11

    Score: 3
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    SS Yongala Wreck

    The SS Yongala Wreck is one best wreck dives in the world, that's for sure. But is it the best dive in the world?

    The wreck is 110m long and sunk near Cape Bowling Green, Queensland, Australia in 1911 during a cyclone. It was re-discovered in 1958 and is now the most famous dive site in Australia. 

    Go to Townsville

    Dive site # 12

    Score: 1
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    Afonso Cerqueira Wreck - Madeira Island

    The Corveta Afonso was sunk on 4 September 2018 south of Cabo Girão, off the coast of the island of Madeira. The ship, which immediately after sinking was declared a national park, forms an artificial reef that is home to a variety of marine animals.

    The wreck is easily accessible by boat. Get in the water from the boat to discover this impressive warship. The Corveta is 85 meters long and is still in excellent condition.

    Go to Madeira

    Dive site # 13

    Score: 1
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    Cedar Pride shipwreck

    The Cedar Pride wreck Aqaba, Jordan is one of Jordan’s most popular and celebrated dives.

    A former Lebanese freighter, the ship sustained extensive damage during a fire in 1982. Following a request from King Abdullah, the ill-fated vessel was deliberately sunk approximately 200 m offshore as an artificial reef for divers.

    Lying on its port side at a maximum depth of 27 m across two reefs, the wreckage has been colonized by numerous hard and soft corals.

    It mark by a surface buoy, you can access the Cedar Pride from boat or shore. The uppermost starboard side is at 10 m, and so provides a great site for both novice and experienced divers alike. The wreck is largely intact and around 80 m in length with the most interesting diving on the seaward side. Also here you can see the deck and superstructure.

    Go to Aqaba

    Dive site # 14

    Score: 0
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    Shark and Yolanda Reefs

    Located at the Ras Mohammed National Park in the Northern Red Sea of Egypt. A reef dive, but maybe not the classic reef dive, because it also contains a wreck and a wall. What more can you ask for.

    Go to Red Sea

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