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Our Top 10 Lists

Our Top 10 Lists

Top 10

SHARK DESTINATIONS

#1 Cocos Island
  • why
    Cocos has large schools of hammerheads, whitetips, blacktips, silkies, galapagos sharks, and sometimes tiger sharks. But it is difficult to get to.
#2 French Polynesia
  • French Polynesia has warm clear water, many resort options and a lot of sharks.
#3 Bahamas
  • Easy to get to and offers lots of different shark species: bull sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, whitetips, hammerheads, lemon sharks and tiger sharks.
Top 10

MACRO DESTINATIONS

#1 Anilao
  • why
    Easily accessible from the international airport in Manila, most divers are diving within hours of landing. Dive sites are close to shore and all the resorts cater to photographers. Expect to check off everything on your macro wishlist after a few dives.
#2 Lembeh
  • While not as easy to get to as Anilao, Lembeh is, without doubt, the muck-diving capital of the world. Photographers flock here to see critters, frogfish, pipefish, nudibranchs, seahorses and other exotic marine animals.
#3 Bali
  • There are very few Indo-Pacific macro critters that can't be found in Bali. Even though the critter diving in Anilao and Lembeh are slightly better, with a good guide the experience can be amazing. Bali also has a myriad of topside activities and cultures that will keep you entertained!  
Top 10

WRECK DESTINATIONS

#1 Truk
  • why
    Truk has over 60 World War II wrecks at recreational and technical depths, covered with beautiful corals and fish in warm clear water.
#2 Solomon Islands
  • Here you can find some great Japanese wrecks that are easily accessible from the shore. The underwater sceneries are very diverse - with great reefs, large sea fans, soft and hard corals and a good variety of macro. 
#3 Papua New Guinea
  • PNG has a good number of interesting WWII wrecks as well as abundant wide-angle and macro subjects for which the Indo-Pacific is known for. You can find many interesting liveaboard and resort options. 
Top 10

FAMILY DESTINATIONS

#1 Fiji
  • why
    Boasting beautiful islands, friendly and fun people, a vibrant native culture and some of the best diving in the world.  It is safe, malaria free, and relatively modern for a developing nation and the cost structure is moderate so it's a good value.  It is also among the easiest Indo-pacific destinations to access.
#2 Kona
  • Kona is just right for snorkeling, sunbathing, or scuba diving.  With loads of topside activities like helicopter tours, dolphin watching, volcano hiking, stargazing, coffee plantation tours, the list goes on and on - there are activities for the entire family.
#3 Bahamas
  • The Bahamas are easy to get to, activities packed, and hold great diving and visibility.  For the active families, try a shark feeding dive, jet skiing, kite surfing, kayaking, golf etc.  For the more relaxed family member, check out the spa or bring a book and relax on one of the 700 islands in the Bahamas.
Top 10

CARIBBEAN DESTINATIONS

#1 Cozumel
  • why
    Cozumel is home to over 500 fish species and a wide variety of corals.  You'll see turtles, groupers, eels, rays, sharks, toadfish, and loads of colorful tropical fish on any typical dive.
#2 Belize
  • Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, the diving in Belize is varied enough to please everyone from novices to seasoned divers.  No trip can be complete without a visit to the world famous "Blue Hole" - a UNESCO World Heritage Site over 400ft wide.
#3 Bonaire
  • It's not just the healthy reefs you'll find that make Bonaire great, its the unique style of diving you wont find anywhere else in the Caribbean.  Most of the islands dive sites can be reached from shore allowing you the unique opportunity to drive around and dive whatever location you wish, as often as you wish!
Top 10

CORAL REEF DESTINATIONS

#1 Raja Ampat
  • why
    Raja Ampat boasts the most beautiful coral reefs within the coral triangle. Colorful soft corals and abundant hard corals greet you the moment you poke your head underwater.
#2 Solomon Islands
  • The Solomon Islands has some of the most pristine dive sites in the world.  Unspoiled because of the remote location, there are not many divers or fishermen to put pressure on the reef and fish.
#3 Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea is a world-class dive destination with pristine coral reefs, extremely rich marine life and exotic culture.
Top 10

SHORE DIVING DESTINATIONS

#1 Bonaire
  • why
    With 60 dive sites all easily accessible by shore, Bonaire is the top choice for divers looking for the flexibility and convenience of shore diving. All the sites are clearly marked and easily identifiable. The reef is only a short swim from shore and in pristine condition due to may decades of protection. Driving from one dive site to the next is a breeze with one main road running the length of the island.
#2 Australia
  • Australia holds a number of great shore dives to choose from, it is recommended that you still dive with a local operator though so that they can navigate the divesites and point out any important finds
#3 Kona
  • The big island boasts around 20 different shore dive locations - majority located along the Kona coast. Underwater lava formations, healthy corals, and colorful reef fish are just a few of the things you can expect to see.
Top 10

BIG FISH DESTINATIONS

#1 Galapagos Islands
  • why
    The Galapagos Islands are an epic destination for divers in search of big animals like hammerheads and other sharks, mantas, turtles and sea lions. There’s also prolific schooling fish and endemic species like marine iguanas, giant tortoises, flightless cormorants and penguins, all in an isolated and unique environment.
#2 Cocos Island
  • Cocos is most famous for schooling hammerheads. There are lots of other sharks too, as well as large marble rays, mantas, whale sharks, and schools of fish. 
#3 Sea of Cortez
  • The La Paz area has some big schools of fish, in addition to Whale Sharks and Sea Lions, than make this a great, underrated destination.
Top 10

LUXURY DESTINATIONS

#1 Fiji
  • why
    One of the most popular luxury resort locations, it houses some of most exclusive hotels and accomodations you can get.
#2 Turks and Caicos
  • With an average 350 days of sunshine and 83 degree temperatures, combined with clear blue waters and soft white sand it's not unexpected that this location earned a place in our luxury desinations.
#3 Maldives
  • As Asia's smallest country, the Maldives are one of the most exclusive, and unfortunately expensive locations around.  But for those that can afford the trek, it will be well worth it.
Top 10

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

#1 Bali
  • why
    Bali's history dates back thousands of years.  Evidence shows Bali may have even been the home of Ice Age inhabitants.  Cultural temples, natural landscapes, and traditional villages are scattered throughout Bali.  Check out the cultural center of Bali - Ubud to get started.
#2 Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea is renowned for its indigenous cultures, who use over 800 languages (1/3 of the languages in the world) and live in the largest area of intact rainforest outside the Amazon.
#3 Fiji
  • Fiji village visits, cultural centers, national parks, museums and local markets are just a few of the ways to explore the Fijian culture which is proudly maintained.
Top 10

WALL DIVING DESTINATIONS

#1 Manado and Bunaken
  • why
    World-class wall diving, with massive fish, coral, and sponge diversity.  You'll see more species variety then you probably have anywhere else.
#2 Cayman Islands
  • The Cayman Islands are known for their wall dives, crystal clear visibility, and beautiful coral reefs.  The Grand Cayman's North Wall in particular plunges over 6,000 ft down and offers breathtaking wall dive opportunities.
#3 Tubbataha
  • Tubbataha is a UNESCO World Heritage site, playing an important role for fish spawning and breeding. It hold signifiicant importance in terms of marine life species diversity and richness.  It consists of wall dives - dropping down to the deep blue where numerious shark species can be seen.

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