Scuba Diving in April - Top 3 Destinations - Bluewater Dive Travel
Scuba Diving in April - Top 3 Destinations

Scuba Diving in April - Top 3 Destinations

Where are the best places to scuba dive in April? It’s a popular time to travel but is considered “shoulder season” in many destinations so you can still take advantage of lower prices and fewer crowds (aside from the busy Easter holidays, depending when they fall on the calendar). There are plenty of places with great diving in April, and you should discuss with your travel advisor what “best” means to you; however, we’ve selected three destinations to inspire you while you plan a dive holiday in April.

  1. 1. Puerto Galera, Philippines
  2. 2. Sipadan, Malaysia
  3. 3. Roatan, Utila & Guanaja, Honduras

Are you ready to plan your April diving trip? Read on to learn more about three of our top destinations.


1. Puerto Galera, Philippines

Known for its vibrant coral reefs and varied marine life, Puerto Galera is one of our favorite places to scuba dive in April. It’s one of the easiest destinations to reach in the Philippines: fly into Manila, take a two-hour car ride to the pier, then a one-hour ferry. If you’re on a budget, we even have a great guide on how to get from Manila to Puerto Galera using public transportation.

A school of fish in Puerto Galera - best place to scuba dive in April.

Expect to be rewarded with marine life encounters ranging from nudibranchs and frogfish to a variety of turtles, sharks, and rays. Thresher sharks have been regularly spotted around Puerto Galera in recent years, offering you the chance to check these striking animals off your bucket list. Verde Island is home to some of the most prolific marine biodiversity in the Philippines and is a must for experienced divers. Visit Verde Island on day trips from Puerto Galera for thrilling currents where huge schools of large fish congregate and spectacular coral walls.

Anthias at Verde Island near Puerto Galera, some of the best scuba diving in April A vibrant coral reef in Puerto Galera, one of the best places to scuba dive in April. A scuba diver explores a dive site at Puerto Galera, one of the top places to dive in April.

Stay at one of Puerto Galera’s dive resorts and enjoy daily dive trips to the surrounding dive sites. Combine your trip to Puerto Galera with Anilao – a top macro destination a short one-hour boat ride away.

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2. Sipadan, Malaysia

Another one of the best places to scuba dive in April is Sipadan, Malaysia. This strictly regulated marine park boasts one of the most impressive marine habitats in the world. Sipadan officials only issue 257 dive permits daily, and the island is closed to activities every November. With these restrictions, much of your diving will take place around nearby islands and you may only have the chance to visit Sipadan once or twice, depending on the length of your stay.

A school of fish in Sipadan, best diving in April 

Enjoy a great mix of stunning reef diving at Sipadan Island and muck diving around Mabul and Kapalai. At Sipadan, expect schools of fish, including barracuda, anthias, jackfish, and triggerfish in blue water while marine life on the reefs include octopus, nudibranchs, anemonefish, eels, and more. Mabul and Kapalai are home to unique macro life such as ghost pipefish, seahorses, mimic and blue-ringed octopus, leaf scorpionfish, frogfish, and nudibranchs.

A flamboyant cuttlefish in Sipadan - best scuba diving in April A school of barracuda spotted while diving Sipadan

While you can’t stay on Sipadan Island, the neighboring islands (Mabul and Kapalai) offer dive resorts catering to different budgets and preferences. You can even stay on a decommissioned oil rig and dive directly from the platform!

Bluewater Tip: Book your Sipadan trip through Bluewater Travel and our experienced travel consultants will ensure you get to dive the maximum number of days at Sipadan Island.

Don't forget to pack your underwater camera with both wide angle and macro lenses to capture the diverse diving in Sipadan.

3. Roatan, Utila & Guanaja, Honduras

Another great destination for scuba diving in April is the Bay Islands in Honduras. Located on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, divers flock to Roatan, Utila, and Guanaja to explore a variety of dive sites, including walls, wrecks, and caves. A laid-back diving hotspot, it’s an easy destination to reach from the US and offers easy conditions suitable for divers of all experience levels and snorkelers. April is a great time to dive Roatan, Utila, and Guanaja without the crowds of tourists that visit during peak holidays.

Read about more easy-to-reach destinations for Americans.

A shark swims above a reef in Honduras, home to some of the best scuba diving in April

Dive Roatan and nearby Utila and Guanaja to see a range of corals, tropical fish, turtles, and macro critters. Expect huge sponges and sea fans, parrotfish, triggerfish, groupers, and eels. Encounter eagle rays, octopus, squid, pufferfish, barracuda, and nurse sharks at some dive sites. If you’re lucky, you might even see a whale shark around Utila during the tail end of their migration.

A diver explores a wreck in Honduras - best diving in April A diver explores a dive site in Roatan - best diving in April A nurse shark in Honduras - best places to scuba dive in April

Diving Honduras’ Bay Islands is predominantly land-based, but liveaboard enthusiasts can explore the area (including some underwater pinnacles not accessible from resorts) on the Roatan Aggressor. All three islands boast a range of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences. Roatan and Utila are busier and host more dining, shopping, and nightlife options. Guanaja is quieter and perfect for those seeking a getaway in a more natural setting.

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Other great Places places to dive in April

While we recommend Puerto Galera, Sipadan, and Roatan, there are abundant other incredible destinations to dive in April, including Bali, Bonaire, Cozumel, and many more. We understand that “best” is subjective and divers have different preferences. Contact our travel advisors to discuss what the “best” means to you so we can customize your best dive trip. 

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Further Reading

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