Articles: 5 Great Diving Locations

The summer is almost upon us! Now that summer is just around the corner, the time has come to take a vacation. I haven't made up my mind yet where I'm headed, because there are so many areas around the world that are excellent for scuba diving. I have narrowed it down to 5 locations:

Cozumel

Cozumel is considered by many divers to the best choice for diving in the Caribbean islands. If drift diving is your thing, these islands will greatly accommodate you, simply because the Gulf Stream sweeps around the island from the south to the north. The spot that catches my attention the most is on the outer reef just off the southwest tip of the island, an area that is known as Palancar Reef. Here, there are all kinds of things to discover, such as arches, tunnels, sea fans, corals, lobsters, parrot fish, and so much more. Cozumel is a very popular and well known destination, which makes me want to go there all the more. Package deals are easy to find as well, so chances are good that you can afford the trip.

Fiji

The island of Fiji is another one of my choices for diving, seeing as how Fiji has no shortage of dive spots. Because of the famous soft coral that thrives in the region, Fiji is aptly nicknamed "Soft Coral Capital of the World". I can tell you from experience that the coral in this area naturally grows in strong current areas, so all divers who choose to come here should be thoroughly comfortable with diving in these types of conditions. The Great Wall is one of the most thrilling attractions that Fiji offers. There is a lot to see here, with the tropical fish being a very exquisite attraction.

Galapagos Islands

These amazing diving islands are another one of my choices, located 600 miles west of Ecuador on the equator. The first thing you will notice about these islands is that 97% are actually national park areas. In the midst of three ocean currents these waters can be very unpredictable, but they support plenty of action. Underwater there are thousands of species you can see, such as: hammerhead sharks, sting rays, angelfish, bat fish, crabs, and so much more. The Galapagos are one my choices because they are rugged islands that lack reefs and lagoons that are offered by other tropical destinations. Even though this is an awesome spot, I wouldn't recommend it for beginning divers.

The Great Barrier Reef

Arguably the best diving spot in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is among the very top of my choices. This Reef is amazing, with the length being about the same as that of the entire West Coast of the United States. The Great Barrier Reef is so amazing in size, that one can see it from outer space. Northern Australia is where I would go to access the reef. The Reef is closer to shore here, and diving is a popular activity in the area. If you're an expert diver or just starting out, the Great Barrier Reef is ideal for all.

Sting Ray City

My fifth and final choice is Sting Ray City. This ideal diving location is located just off from the Grand Cayman, and offers you the chance to get up close and personal with rays. Large populations of rays can be found here, due in part to the sandy bottom and clear waters. Rays should still be considered wild animals, even though they are pretty much used to divers hanging around. They have venomous barbs on their tails, and won't hesitate to use it to defend themselves if they feel harassed or threatened. These 5 diving spots are my personal choices. They offer extreme fun no matter what type of diving you are doing. Like always, remember to put safety first and have fun with your dives.




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