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Maldives Islands
1,190 coral reef islands, forming an archipelago of 26 major atolls. The Maldives is a dream come true for any marine enthusiast. This garland of islands is one of the few unspoiled places on earth. It can only be described as an abstract painting. The most spectacular life is to be found underwater, where rainbow-hued tropical fish teem amongst the multi-colored coral reefs, along with crustaceans, turtles, shells and fantastic seaweed growth witch combine to form a silent spellbinding world. The Maldives has one of the least exploited marine environments rated among the best diving spots in the world. In the valleys, plateaus, plains and caves that form the natural landscaping of the coral gardens of the Maldivian atolls, the psychedelic colors captivate the visitor. In addition to the healthy and plentiful coral reefs, a number of wreck are dispersed at the bottom. And if you like palagics, you will be thrilled with the sights of manta rays, whale sharks, and many other big animals.

 

Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea
Marine life at Milne Bay is more prolific than the one at the Red Sea and this provides you with the opportunity to observe more species. The bay has even today virgin reefs. You will derive great pleasure from diving in shallow waters.

 

Little Cayman at Bloody Bay Wall
The dive at the Bloody Bay Wall commences from the very shallow. The steep wall protruding into the depth is an impressive sight in itself. The wall is home to various species ranging from the tiniest micro anemone peculiar to the Caraibs to sharks and even whales. The region contains giant cone type sponges occurring only in this part of the world.

 

The Great Barrier Reef and the SS Yongala Wreck in Southern Australia
A venture to the SS Yongala wreck will give you the opportunity to observe a vast variety of sea inhabitants in a single dive. Since the surface of the area where the wreck is located is sandy and there are no hiding places within 20 miles, the fish live and hide in the wreck. Mantas, Stingrays, Potato Cods, Sea Snakes and an array of colorful fish and invertebrates will ensure that this dive will be one to remember for long years to come. 

Channel Islands, California
These islands are home to the worlds biggest underwater plants, the kelps which are types of brown algae, which hold on to the rocky bottom with root-like structures. Dominating the scene at Channel Islands are columns of giant perennial kelp forests and rocky reefs and walls carpeted in short palm frond kelp and clusters of red algae and speckled with sponges, anemones, gorgonian and rare deep-water purple hydrocoral. Animals you can expect to find are bright individual garibaldi and scattered schools of blacksmith, perch and bass, nocturnal lobsters and horn sharks. Occasional open sand areas within the kelp bed attract large swirling schools of jack mackerel, sunbathing sea lions, calico bass, kelpfish and the occasional Pacific barracuda. Marine mammals abound in the waters around the Channel Islands during winter. The once endangered California Gray whale passes close by enroute Channel Islands. Pelagic fishes such as yellowtail, yellow fin tuna and blue fin tuna are attracted to the islands by the endless food supply. Blue whales migrate through these waters and pods of common dolphins stretch as far as the eye can see.

 

The Bahamas Islands
You have the opportunity to come face to face with an 150-200 black-finned sharks or dolphins on an average dive at the Walkers Cay in the Bahamas. Shark feeding shows and dives for sharks from floats are performed on a regular basis at the Grand Bahamas island. Alternatively, you can get photographed underwater together with a bottle-nosed or spotted dolphin.

 

Baffin Island, Canada
Baffin Island is not a spot where any diver has the honor to dive. To dive at this island you need to be an experienced diver and need to wear a dry suit. While floating under thick layers of ice, you get the chance to observe Great Beluga and Bowhead whales in their natural environment. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

The Aida II Shipwreck at the Red Sea, Egypt
As a ship carrying soldiers, Aida II sank 32 miles off the Brothers Islands. The poles and cranes once holding lifeboats are now covered with amazingly colorful soft corals and invertebrates a heaven for wide-angled photography. At 33 meters, on the railings of the ships, you can observe roaming lion fish and clownfish. The wreck is subjected to constant currents, this is why you can observe in the Red Sea big fish originally found at the open sea. Other sites of the Red Sea do not house animals of such variety gathered in one place, therefore, hunters like Hammer sharks, and turtles, make daily trips to the wreck.

 

Cape Hope, South Africa and the White Sharks
To be in close capture with a white shark, even with a cage surrounding you, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a diver. This dive is considered as one the the high adrenaline dives that requires nerves of steel. Visits to the Dangerous reefs to take a closer look at this magnificent shark exploded after the movie Blue Water, White Death was launched in America and Australia. However, besides the high cost of the trip, you can end up having spent one whole week on the boat or waiting for the white shark to appear. There is no guarantee the shark will stop by at your spot. Dyer Island is located in Gansbaai, 15 km. off the South African Coast. The island is home to the South African White Shark Center for Research. The reason white sharks prefer to linger around South African coasts is not a crave for popularity, they are drawn to this location because of the Cape seals. While taking a trip to dive, you might not want to miss out on traveling mainland Africa.

 

Palau
The most visited spot in Palau is the Blue Corner, a 125 mile long barrier reef lying on the West coast of Ngemelis. The most adventurous dives throughout the world occur in waters with strong currents. Drift diving is the norm in Palau as the currents can be swift through the channels and along the walls. If you manage to find a secluded lagoon where there is less current, and take a plunge into the sea, you will soon discover that you are not alone. The Blue Corner has an abundance of planktons, which, in turn, draws a great number of omnivorous and carnivorous fish to the Corner. Gray reef sharks alongside mantas, even whale sharks, are likely to parade in front of you. Do not leave your camera behind, even when you are out of water lying on the sandy beaches.

 

Mexico
The Connote of the Yucatan peninsula have formed during the last ice ages. The pits, caves and falls of Connote were originally above water level but rain leaking from the rocks filled these formations with water and a mineral solution swept down from the rocks. The result is the appearance of underwater stalactites and stalagmites. The underwater formations and caves are now a popular diving site for divers who require an additional pump of adrenaline in their lives. The cave known as Grand Connote has a breathtaking decor. Other caves worth visiting are the Carwash, Temple of Doom and Tac Mahal caves. All caves are like enormous swimming pools suitable to take photographs. If you prefer cave diving, the Connote is the ultimate thrill.

 

Cocos, Glapagos & Malpelo, Africa
Galapagos islands, with their fascinating inhabitants both above and under the sea level, are considered as the place where life began on the planet and is therefore the Mecca for environmentalist pilgrims. You can seize the chance to swim with the Iguanas or, if you are lucky, with Hammer sharks, which have a 'T'-shaped head when seen from above, at the Cortez and Malpelo sea. These magnificent creatures are generally found in shallow waters. Do not attempt to approach the sharks as they are, in contrast to their big shapes, extremely shy and will swim quickly out of your sight. All you need to do to catch a picture of these fish is to breath less and wait for the right moment to come. Wait for the sharks to make the first move, and be sure they will as they eventually succumb to their inquisitive nature. Do not miss out on a diving experience at the Darwin Islands. .

 

Frenando de Noronha Island, Brazil
The Brazilian island is located South of Natal. One strongly recommended activity is wreck diving to see the destroyer which once belonged to the Brazilian navy. Not many divers had the honor to visit this wreck lying 48 m deep at the bottom as if it is still cruising. The officer's cupboards are filled with colorful sponges while the cannons on board are covered with numerous species of corals. Try a dive at Laje dos Dois Irmaos. This is the region where sharks hunt and mate and their youngsters grow up. Swarms of adolescent sharks will surround you immediately to get a closer look at you before continuing their daily routines. Apart from deep sea diving you can snorkel around the coast and get to swim with schools of the oldest inhabitants of the Bay of Dolphins, the Spinner Dolphins.

 

Western Australia/ Ningaloo
Located 150 kms south of Exmouth, the idyllic settlement of Coral Bay is the perfect location to dive and snorkel the central section of the Ningaloo Reef, an incredibly rich coral reef home to over 450 species of fish and 250 species of coral. Ningaloo is the only place in the world where you can encounter the world's largest fish in the ocean - 'the Mighty Whale Shark'. These wonders of the ocean are found just near Ningaloo Reef, some growing up to 20 meters in length and 34 tones in weight. Whale sharks, normally solitary creatures rarely seen, congregate in great numbers every autumn around Ningaloo. The reason for their congregation is not known. All true divers know that sighting a Whale Shark is one of the ultimate underwater thrills. The fact that they are harmless plankton feeders in no way diminishes the adrenaline rush; the ease with which you can approach them makes that rare encounter even more exciting. Whale sharks are generally spotted by air and this information is passed on to diving boats. It is therefore very likely that you will encounter a whale shark prior to leaving Ningaloo. Note though that snorkeling is preferred to scuba diving since it is impossible to follow the sharks with scuba gear.  

Komodo, Indonesia
Located East of Bali, Komodo is unique because it offers two totally different marine environments. In the north you experience the warm clear waters that flow from the Flores and Banda seas. Typical of most tropical locations throughout the world. The hard coral reefs are extensive and in pristine condition. To the south, you encounter cooler water that flows from the Indian Ocean. It is not unusual to encounter whales, whale sharks, mantas, sunfish and other planktonic feeders during dives on the southern sites. Komodo experiences a strong tidal flow. Not all sites are affected by current. Drift diving is excellent however during spring tides, some sites are impossible to dive. Particular attention is placed on diving the correct sites at the most suitable time to ensure optimum conditions. The night diving in Komodo is breathtaking. The sheer beauty, color and diversity of life makes it a must see for all divers. Komodo has one of the world's most famous snorkel sites(Pink Beach). Also a number of other first class locations. Huge chasms drop thousands of meters, fringed by extraordinary coral gardens.

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