10 UNMISSABLE SPOTS FOR SCUBA DIVING AND SNORKELING

Want to discover scuba diving and/or snorkeling in more distant lands ? Here are 10 spots not to be missed !

Are you looking for practical information about the most beautiful spots for diving and snorkeling during your next trip ? Check out SUBEA’s list of 10 incredible and accessible destinations for your next snorkeling or diving trip. Get ready for an amazing display of underwater life and landscape that will take your breath away !

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EQUATOR

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a truly extraordinary place : their biodiversity is limitless. In fact, 20% of the species that live on the islands can’t be found anywhere else on the planet. It’s no wonder that this is an internationally renowned diving destination ! Plan your dive and head off to discover the Galapagos penguins, sea-lions, dolphins, sea turtles or marine iguanas, at locations on Darwin Island or the Corona del Diablo.

 

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BELIZE 

The barrier reef

An idyllic setting for extraordinary dives, Belize’s barrier reef is surrounded by atolls that reach right out to sea. Explore the seabed while snorkeling or scuba diving and you’ll come across some 500 species of reef fish, manta rays and eagle rays, as well as blacktip sharks, hammerheads, bull sharks, nurse sharks and tiger sharks. And let’s not forget the whales and turtles ! Don’t miss the Hol Chan marine reserve, Shark Ray Alley and the Great Blue Hole of Belize.

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PHILIPPINES 

The Visayan sea

The Philippines are the perfect destination for an exotic trip : crystal-clear 27°C water, gentle currents, a welcoming population and incredibly beautiful wildlife ! Divers of all levels as well as snorkelers will be able to enjoy amazing natural displays, including pygmy seahorses and multi-coloured nudibranchs, as well as a wealth of coral fauna. Must-see location : Malapascua Island !

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FRENCH POLYNESIA 

Moorea 

The island of Moorea in French Polynesia boasts crystal-clear shallow waters and an abundance of tropical fish, making it a paradise for snorkeling and scuba diving ! If you’re a beginner, keep to the translucent waters of the island’s lagoons in order to avoid strong currents. Keep your eyes peeled for corals, manta rays, lionfish, Oceanic whitetip sharks, blacktip sharks and turtles. And don’t leave without having visited the diving spots of the Fakarava and Rangiroa atolls.

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EGYPT

The Red Sea

The Red Sea also offers countless superb spots for diving and snorkeling. It’s also perfect for beginners, offering excellent conditions for learning to dive or snorkel : gentle currents, warm waters, and beautiful coral that’s accessible from the shore... Take some time to discover this stunning location’s incredible underwater flora and fauna, at spots such as Sharm El Sheikh or Dahab : you may well come across pelagic fish, dolphins, reef sharks or the very rare dugong… The mythical spot (and its lighthouse !) of Daedalus is also unmissable. Located in the middle of the Red Sea, this "lost" reef is known to see hammerhead sharks, longimanus and sometimes even manta rays !

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AUSTRALIA

The Great Barrier Reef

If you’re looking to dive in a grand scale, it’s time to visit Down Under ! With its 2,900 reefs and 900 islands, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef stretches more than 2,000 km along the east coast of Queensland. For scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, the diversity of the seabed and of the Reef’s underwater fauna is absolutely breathtaking. Whales, dolphins, turtles, sponges, crustaceans, coral and tens of thousands of colourful tropical fish all live together in these waters of the Pacific. And you’ll be right there, for an unforgettable diving excursion.

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FRANCE 

Port-Cros, Côte d’Azur

There’s no need to travel thousands of kilometres to enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving in an idyllic setting. Just off France’s Côte d’Azur, the island of Port-Cros is one of Europe’s best diving destinations. Among the wide variety of aquatic life you’ll find in Port-Cros’ waters, you may be lucky enough to see eagle rays, sunfish, nudibranchs, barracudas, eels, octopus, or sea fans ! Don’t miss your chance to dive on shipwrecks, while the dive site of La Gabinière should be on every diver’s wishlist.

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MARTINIQUE 

The canyons of Babodi in Saint-Pierre

The canyons of Babodi in Saint-Pierre, Martinique are another stunning diving location. Experienced divers will be able to head down into the depths of the canyon, while snorkelers will find this to be an ideal place to enjoy unforgettable views close to the surface. The dives in Martinique aren’t just extremely beautiful, they’re also relatively wild and not often visited. Rock lobster, lionfish, barracudas, turtles, moray eels and even sponges are waiting for you in this little Caribbean paradise !

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THAILAND

The Andaman Sea

When it comes to scuba diving and snorkeling, Thailand is one of Southeast Asia’s most astonishing destinations. Head out to the Andaman Sea to come face to face with some truly “big fish” ! The Richelieu Rock diving spot is home to incredible flora, but also manta rays, whale sharks and sea horses.

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MEXICO

The Cenotes

A trip to Mexico offers the opportunity to dive in the caves of the Cenotes, some of the most beautiful in the world. Located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum in Yucatan Province, these caves in the jungle can offer visibility of up to 100 metres, meaning there’s no better way to see thousand-year-old stalactites and stalagmites. Kukulka and Chac Mol will leave you breathless !

 

 

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So, what’s your diving destination for your next trip ? Share it in the comments :-)
 

These photos were taken by Olivier Delorieux. You will find all his pictures in his gallery Flikr via the link below.

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                            Maud, Dialogue Leader Subea 

                            I'm the Dialogue Leader for the Subea brand. My father, a PADI Divemaster, infected me with the diving virus when I was 8 years old, and scuba diving has been my passion since then. Today, I have my PADI Rescue certification.

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