5 Scuba Diving Destinations to Explore
The world awaits with endless opportunities to explore new depths. Check out Shop 709’s wide range of diving gear ready to take on all things adventure. Here are five must-see scuba diving destinations.
Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia
Off to a strong start, Barracuda Point on Sipadan Island in Malaysia is one of the most sought-after snorkeling destinations for advanced explorers. Descend into a steep 22-meter wall that ends in a comfortably shallow coral garden. The sights to see are endless. Here you will find anything from a bump head parrotfish to hammerhead sharks if you’re lucky. Not for the faint of heart but a must-see diving location if scuba is pretty much second nature at this point.
Richelieu Rock, Thailand
Full of vibrant soft coral, Richelieu Rock in Thailand lies on an isolated pinnacle. Sometimes submerged underwater during high tide but visible from the shore during low tide. The maximum depth is about 114 feet (35 meters). While exploring this popular dive destination, you will find seahorses, ghost pipefish, harlequin shrimp, frogfish, octopus, snappers, fusiliers, manta rays and even whale sharks. The amount of sea life is abundant and you’re sure to be bewildered by the beautiful views. If the sea is in your favor, you might even run into the incredibly rare tomato clownfish who inhabit the area! A must-see location for any worldwide scuba diver.
Akumal, Riviera Maya, Mexico
A mermaid’s den? Maybe not. Magical views, nonetheless, from inside the famous heart cave found at Akumal, Riviera Maya in Mexico. Located on the Mexican Caribbean, you will find white sandy beaches with warm waters begging to be explored. Home to one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, there is a wide range of sea life you will encounter: local turtle, morays, lionfish species and much more. Dive deep through canyons and large coral formations up to 100 feet deep (30 meters). Mexico is pulling at our adventure heartstrings for sure!
The Yongala, Australia
The Yongala in Australia is a mesmerizing destination straight out of a Hollywood film. Over 100 years ago, the SteamShip Yongala mysteriously and tragically sank in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The shipwreck is now covered in coral and has entirely integrated into the coral reef, housing over 100 species of vibrant sea life. You will encounter giant trevally, bull sharks, chevron barracuda, Queensland groper, moray eel, sting and marble rays, green sea turtles, amongst so many more. If you’re in a true adventure spirit, head to this one-of-a-kind location and maybe you’ll find something no one else has ever seen before.
The Great Blue Hole, Belize
The great blue hole in Belize is the largest ocean sinkhole in the world! Imagine the magnitude, this the only blue hole visible from outer space. About 65 miles from Placencia, the once limestone caves system is nearly 1,000 feet in diameter and 400 feet deep! If you travel with an eclectic experience group, no worries. The surrounding fringing reefs are perfect for snorkeling. The intensity is intermediate to advanced; it is not recommended for first-time divers to dive here. As you explore, you are likely to find: Caribbean reef sharks, butterflyfish, angelfish, midnight parrotfish and groupers. Turtles, parrotfish, angelfish, and butterflyfish! Not to mention crystal clear waters! Definitely worth the trip.
- Tahnia Ortega