Wonderful coral reefs, colorful unreal tropical fish, menacing sharks, amazing plants … The underwater landscapes hide extraordinary secrets and offer unique experiences to diving enthusiasts, a deep-seated recreational activity among adventure lovers.
It is a hobby that moves thousands of people to seek idyllic places, new funds, new experiences, also to repeat encounters, because diving is an activity that requires company, you can not practice alone. The warm waters of the seven proposals that we have selected allow the dives practically during any time of the year.
Maldives, in the water with sharks
Beaches of white sand, coral reefs, warm and crystalline waters, rich marine life … Little by little, the Maldives, a chain of atolls located in the Indian Ocean, have become one of the main destinations for diving. Its position, far from pollution and muddy estuaries, provide an extraordinary diversity, cleanliness and clarity to its waters.
The dives are carried out both from shore and in life boats on board that travel the main atolls and approach the thilas (large submarine columns that emerge from the bottom and reach a few meters from the surface). One of the biggest attractions are whale sharks.
The Great Barrier, Australia
In the antipodes, the Great Barrier Reef, the most extensive coral reef on Earth, is the dream cherished by lovers of the sea, the paradise of divers all over the world. It is a space of more than 2,300 kilometers that extends from the northeast coast of Australia to Papua New Guinea. This vast dimension makes it possible to glimpse from space. But beyond its extension, what is really valued for its biodiversity, for being the habitat of thousands of species.
This natural wonder is considered the largest living being on the planet and the marine equivalent to the Amazon rainforest. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest natural attractions on the planet. Much of the environmental uniqueness of this environment is safe thanks to the Marine Park of the Great Barrier Reef, Unesco Heritage since 1981.
This protection imposes prohibitions, such as anchoring recreational boats and landing on corals. It is important to know the limitations and recommendations for visitors of the national park authority, published on its website (www.gbrmpa.gov.au). The best way to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef is from one of the resort islands of the three coral lines. A real luxury.
The Coral Triangle, Belice
It is another of the destinations that many divers have written down in their agenda. The Philippines is part of the Coral Triangle, a territory made up of thousands of islands that stretches around six countries in Southeast Asia.
With more than 7,000 islands plagued by coral reefs, the Philippines treasures a marine biodiversity that makes each dive unique: it is possible to dive in the company of great whales, sharks and blankets or enter the wreckage of wrecks of the Second World War. It is also a cheap country to practice scuba diving, about 20 euros per dive, due to the wide range that exists in the archipelago.
There are many places to dive. One of them is the island of Tubbataha, an exceptional marine sanctuary, also a Unesco Heritage. Protected by the Philippine Government, access is only allowed between March and June in order to guarantee its conservation. This limitation makes it necessary to book well in advance.
Red Sea, the pioneer
It is one of the places most closely related to diving. The Red Sea, with a length of 2,200 kilometers and depths of more than 2,000 meters, is considered one of the seven wonders of the underwater world. It became known thanks to the expeditions of Hans Hass in the fifties and, in subsequent decades, Jacques-Yves Cousteau was one of the first to recognize the value of the underwater life of the Red Sea, to which he devoted much of his career . But it was from the seventies when the scuba diving fever broke out in these waters.
In 1983 the Ras Mohammed National Park was created, which soon became one of the most visited diving destinations in the world. At present, its main port of entry is the Egyptian city of Sharm el Sheikh, in the south of the Sinai Peninsula. From there to Ras Mohammed there are many sites that will delight the most demanding divers.
Its immense wealth can be visited in liveaboards boats (life on board), which show the best of the northern route, such as Sharm el Sheikh and the shipwrecks of Hurghada, or to the south, less crowded, with unique coral gardens and sharks in Marsa Alam or, already in Sudan, the amazing Umbria wreck or the submerged city of Cousteau.
The Blue Hole, Egypt
Within the great Mesoamerican reef system, the second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef, since it covers more than a thousand kilometers from the Yucatan peninsula (Mexico) to the islands of Bahia (Honduras), the stretch that runs along the coast Belizean Caribbean hosts an extraordinary diversity of marine life.
Snorkelling is the main attraction of this place, with places like the impressive Blue Hole, 300 meters wide and 124 meters deep, World Heritage since 1996. Cousteau considered it one of the ten best places to dive in the world . Like most of these fragile ecosystems, global warming, pollution and uncontrolled tourism threaten their health.
Cenotes , Yucatán
The cenotes are natural wells caused by the erosion of water in limestone formations. It is one of the most interesting natural phenomena of the Mexican peninsula of Yucatan. There are more than 3,000 of these geological formations, some open or semi-open, others cavern type, which can be explored by diving. It is a unique experience to walk in fresh water crossing landscapes of stalactites and stalagmites that nature has been sculpting for millions of years.
While diving in cenotes is very popular, the truth is that it requires some experience. The control of the position and buoyancy are very important, given that constant ups and downs are made throughout the dive.