It is difficult to choose the top 10 dive sites around the world, as there are so many underwater places to explore. If you love to dive and snorkel, some of the best places in the world to explore can be reached on a boat or a yacht. Many charter and private yachts have full dive centers on board, as well as snorkeling equipment, so guests can see marine life, sharks, coral reefs, and shipwrecks all around the world.
Must-See Dive Sites to Put On Your Bucket List
#1 Wolf and Darwin Islands, the Galapagos Islands
Darwin and Wolf Islands are often voted as one of the best places in the world to dive. The Galapagos Islands are renowned for their breathtaking animals and the marine life is no different. Divers can expect large hammerhead sharks, dolphins, sting rays, whale sharks and sea lions.
This diving spot is not suitable for beginners.
#2 Tumakohua Pass, Fakarava Atoll, The Islands of Tahiti / French Polynesia
The Tumakohua Pass is in Fakarava Atoll in French Polynesia. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is most famous for being home to the ‘Wall of Sharks’ – a gathering of hundreds of sharks each July. Both snorkelers and scuba divers will delight in the huge array of colorful fish.
This area is one of the best places in the world to see the Maori wrasse, also known as Napoleon fish.
#3 Richelieu Rock
One of the best places in Asia to dive, Richelieu Rock is an isolated pinnacle to the east of the Surin Islands in Thailand. This area is home to seahorses, ghost pipefish, harlequin shrimp, frogfish, rare tomato clownfish, plus rare octopus and whale sharks are spotted here.
It is regularly voted as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world.
#4 Socorro, Mexico
Socorro is known as ‘Mexico’s Galapagos’ for its abundance of dolphins, whales and shark species. It is one of the best places in the world to scuba dive and isn’t as remote as some other dive sites. Socorro is found within the Revillagigedo Archipelago off the western coast of Mexico and is best explored between November and May.
It is one of the best places in the world to scuba dive and isn’t as remote as some other dive sites.
#5 Blue Heron Bridge
An excellent place to dive in Florida, Blue Heron Bridge is found in Phil Foster Park on Singer Island. Blue Heron Bridge is famous for its rare marine life, which includes octopus, batfish, manta ray, frogfish and sea robins. It is also popular due to its proximity to West Palm Beach.
It was voted one of the best dive sites in the world in 2013.
#6 The Dampier Strait
Indonesia is bursting with beautiful places to scuba dive and snorkel. Within the Raja Ampat region, the Strait of Dampier has incredibly diverse marine life and coral reefs, thanks to the strong current filled from nutrients that flows through the area. Visitors here will see whales, sharks, dugongs, black mantas and turtles.
The Dampier Strait is found in an area known as the Coral Triangle and is one of the top ten dive sites in the world.
#7 Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia
As the name would suggest, Barracuda Point is the home of huge shoals of barracudas that form a tornado-like shape. Divers may also see whitecap sharks, hammerhead sharks and batfish. Barracuda Point is found off Sipadan Island in Malaysia.
#8 Yongala, Australia
If you would like to explore a shipwreck, Yongala is found within the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and is one of the top dive sites in the world. The passenger ship SS Yongala sank in 1911 and is now home to vibrant sea creatures, sharks, sea snakes, and colorful coral.
Divers can expect strong currents.
#9 Tiger Beach, Bahamas
One of the top 10 dive sites in the world, the famous Tiger Beach in the Bahamas attracts divers and snorkelers to its clear, calm waters who wish to get up close and personal with tiger sharks.
The small, shallow sand flat is home to hundreds (if not thousands) of these impressive fish.
#10 Alcyone, Cocos Island, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is renowned for its amazing marine life and Alcyone on Cocos Islands is one of the top dive sites around the world to see hammerhead, white tips, black tips, and whale sharks, turtles, yellowfin tuna, and dolphins.
Found almost 500 miles off the mainland of Costa Rica, it is a spectacular place to dive.