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- Published:February 15, 2013 2:46 pm
Scuba diving is a terrific activity for those wanting to explore the underwater treasures existing in the world’s oceans. Under the sea, you will find colorful coral reefs teeming with life.
Whether you are new to scuba diving or simply looking for new destinations, the following places are widely regarded as the best diving locations in the world.
Cenote Taj Maja, Mexico
Spending a week or two in Mexico is common for north Americans especially for Canadians. Canadians love trips in Mexico. Underneath Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula lies pockets of mesmerizing sinkholes, called cenotes, that carve their way through the area’s limestone bedrock. The Cenote Taj Maja is the most well-known of all, making it a popular destination for divers in search of a completely unique experience. The 60-foot wide Cenote Taj Maja, located south of Playa del Carmen, leads divers through a vast network of underwater caves. Here, divers can experience a surreal underwater experience, witnessing stalagmites and stalactites when coming up from the still crystal clear waters. Even more interesting is the mirror-like halocline effect that divers experience from the combining of freshwater from above and the saltwater that seeps in from below.
Fiji Islands, South Pacific
Known as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World,” and home to the underwater phenomena of the “Yellow Tunnel” and “Great White Wall,” Fiji provides scuba divers with a one-of-a-kind diving experience. The waters off the coast of the Fiji Islands offer divers unparalleled visibility and a terrific array of coral and fish species.
Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
Best known for their use as a nuclear testing ground in the 1940’s and 50’s, the Bikini Atoll is one of the best destinations in the world for wreck diving. With radiation now at safe levels, this lagoon that is surrounded by 36 small South Pacific islands is rapidly increasing in popularity. Here, divers can descend 100 feet into the lagoon and explore an immense ship graveyard. There are an abundance of sunken ships to explore, but many are huge WWII vessels that even have their guns and ordinance still in place. The crystal clear Pacific waters make discovering these relics from a bygone era extremely easy, as visibility is very good.
The island of Cozumel, just off the Mayan coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, has been a popular diving destination for years. The clear waters surrounding the island afford divers the ability to see upwards of 200 feet in all directions, which makes exploring the 19 dive reefs and their abundant marine life extremely easy. The island itself is home to dozens of quality dive shops, friendly locals, and a terrific nightlife.
Utila Island, Honduras
Located off the Honduran coast and on the southern end of the 450 mile long Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the island of Utila is surrounded by terrific dive spots. A plethora of fish species can be witnessed here year-round, but most divers prefer to come in the spring and fall months, when whale sharks are known to travel through the area. Swimming next to one of these gentle giants is an experience of a lifetime.