Top 3 Scuba Destinations in the World!
Whether you’re a novice who’s never tried diving or if you’re a serial diver, it’s hard to deny that scuba diving is an incredible experience. For swimmers and nature lovers, it offers a whole new immersive experience to your standard splashing about. While tourists love the opportunity to see a destination in a more unconventional way, there are so many beautiful spots all over the world vying for the top ranking in the recreational sport. With a huge increase in scuba schools in recent years, it can be hard to know where to begin. Here’s my scuba bucket list, with three of the world’s best scuba diving destinations.
Isla de Juventud, Cuba
Cuba is world-famous for its stunning beaches and unique architecture, but its scuba diving sites are well underrated – just ask Cuba Holidays. One of the island’s best is the Jardines de la Reina (Queen’s Gardens), which is a national marine reserve. Access to this area is restricted and more expensive than Cuba’s other diving sites but totally worth it if you are granted access. You will find some of the island’s most diverse and well-protected marine life. Just under 100 out of 500 of the world’s’ species of shark are native to Cuba so, to get up close and personal (without the Jaws experience), and really get your money’s worth.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
The islands of Tahiti are perhaps better known as a beautiful honeymoon destination.Their stunning beaches are only the very beginning of the exquisite views on offer here. It’s consistently rated one of the best destinations for underwater photography. Be sure to grab your camera on your way out, since you’ll definitely want to take a snapshot of the sharks, manta rays and humpback whales during migration season. It is truly a magical experience! One of the other more unusual points to Bora Bora is the pearl farming. You can see the more unique colours including all natural black, green, blue and pink.
Queensland’s claim to fame is undeniably the Great Barrier Reef – the largest coral reef in the world. It is famed for its extensive biodiversity in terms of plant, fish and coral life. However, in recent years attention has shifted to the more negative aspects such as climate change and pollution increasingly threatening this area. That said, there’s more to Queensland’s waters. The Yongala (‘broad water’ in Aboriginal Australian) shipwreck is one of the best diving sites in the country, having gone down during a cyclone in 1911. It’s now full of life, home to wildlife including sea snakes, sharks, octopuses and turtles.
Have you ever been scuba diving?
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.