There is a traveller hidden in each one of us. Especially the adventurous bug that keeps on biting us time and again. Who doesn’t like to travel and try on new adventures? On who doesn’t travel is the one who reads just one page of the book, whereas the one who travels frequently keeps on reading the entire book without judging its cover. There are so many adventurous sports one can try. However, to express the ultimate adrenaline rush, one should never miss out on Scuba Diving. Scuba Diving, also known as Deep Sea Diving is one of the most peaceful yet a thrilled and fun sport. If you are afraid of water, this is the perfect way to get over your phobia. Knowing swimming is not a mandate condition in here. We’re here to give you a gist about best places for scuba diving in the world, and you just cannot afford to miss this. Have a look.
1. Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia : Scuba Diving
Wall of coral where sharks come cruising by and barracuda surround you. You are guaranteed to see big stuff here and lots of it. Occasional strong currents blast over an underwater prairie that’s home to white tips, turtles, grouper, jacks, bumphead parrotfish and of course the barracuda that give it its name.
2. Blue Corner Wall, Palau, Micronesia : Scuba Diving
An upwelling means this splendid wall dive is favoured by pelagics. Expect to see sharks, barracuda, eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse, snappers, jacks…if you can tear your eyes away from the fish the wall hosts thick coral with morays, nudibranchs and mantis shrimps being just a few of the attractions.
3. The Yongala, Australia : Scuba Diving
The Yongala is a shipwreck off the coast of Queensland. Full of life you may see manta rays, sea snakes, octopuses, turtles, bull sharks, tiger sharks, clouds of fish and spectacular coral.
The Yongala sank during a cyclone in 1911 killing 122 people, a racehorse called Moonshine and a red Lincolnshire bull. She had no telegraph facilities and so could not be warned of the weather ahead. In 1981 the Yongala was given official protection under the Historic Shipwrecks Act. The ship is 90 km southeast of Townsville, 10 km away form Cape Bowling Green. 109 meters long, the bow points north and the ship lists to starboard.
4. Thistlegorm, Egyptian Red Sea : Scuba Diving
A large wreck which needs several dives to do it jusice. A British vessel, the Thistlegorm (Blue Thistle) was attacked from the air and sunk in 1941 whilst carrying a cargo of war supplies: rifles, motor bikes, train carriages, trucks. Currents can be strong, and in different directions at the surface and at the wreck.
5. Great Blue Hole, Belize : Scuba Diving
Very deep, wide, hole outlined by coral reef and inhabited by sharks. Is there another sight like it? 30 m visibility coming over the bathwater warm reef of vibrant colors, descending into a cool, deep blue hole where the water begins to waver and shimmer as you enter the transition from salt to fresh water at about 15 m. Watching the enormous tuna and other pelagics dive into the hole to clean themselves as you briefly remove your octopus to taste the fresh water. Then descending another 25 m to explore the stalagtites and stalagmites of ancient caverns.
6. Manta Ray Night Dive, Kailua Kona, Hawaii : Scuba Diving
Underwater lights placed on the ocean floor attract infinite amounts of plankton, which in turn attract the huge, yet beautiful manta rays of Kona Hawaii. The rays get so close to you, that you often have to move to avoid them accidentally hitting you. An amazingly wonderful and unforgettable time with one of the most beautiful animals in the world.
7. Liberty, Bali, Indonesia : Scuba Diving
The wreck is very popular with photographers as it is totally encrusted in anemone, gorgonians and corals. The black sand provides an excellent colour contrast for the incredible variety of marine life, which includes a huge school of big-eyed trevally and over 400 other species of fish. All the fish are very tame (partly as a result of some guides feeding them) from the goatfish and wrasse that nibble around your feet and fins at the end of the dive, to the unicorn and surgeonfish which make a beeline for your mask as you swim down towards the Wreck.
This is surely going to force you to get your ass off, pack your bags, grab your passport and just dive! Swimming is just like meditation. The quietest place to be, where you literally can feel the value of your every heartbeat. What are you waiting for? Go, pack your bags and just jump into the lovely blue oceans to experience an underwater paradise. Oh, and yes, you’re welcome.