If you’re looking for an unusual, unique, and memorable diving location, this list is for you. These hotspots located all over the world provide experienced divers with some otherworldly and awe-inspiring experiences.
5. Yonaguni, Japan
The tiny Japanese island of Yonaguni is located over 100 km from Taiwan and its nearest Japanese neighbour. It’s remote, has a sparse population, and doesn’t have a great deal to offer tourists, at least not on land. But Yonaguni is home to some of the best dive sites in the east, including the Lost City known as Yonaguni Monument. This “city” takes the form of huge rock formations, looking like something right out of a science fiction film. The visibility is great and you’ll also see some turtles and sharks.
You need to be an experienced diver to explore this region as the seas can be rough and unpredictable.
4. Cocos Island
Cocos Island, like Yonaguni, is not easy to get to, but well worth the effort. Located off the west coast of Costa Rica this is a colourful, majestic diving spot where hammerhead sharks, huge stingrays, and swarms of colourful fish abound.
You should only venture here if you have experience, and you’re over a day’s trip from the nearest land and surrounded by potentially dangerous marine life.
Cuba has been described as being frozen in time, with cars and buildings right out of the 1950s. It’s a beautiful and unusual country and once you venture off land it only gets better. A highlight is a region known as the Gardens of the Queen.
There are a host of pristine reefs here, as well as plush yachts equipped to take groups of divers out to sea. It’s not risk-free as there are sharks and crocodiles.
2. Silfra, Iceland
Silfra is a diving hotspot at the top of many divers’ bucket lists. Located in the volcanic utopia of Iceland, this underwater paradise sits between two tectonic plates – essentially it bisects two continents.
It contains the clearest water you will ever see – divers report visibility over 100 metres – and feels like floating on air. Bring your camera!
1. The Neptune Memorial Reef
Florida is one of the best diving locations in the world. The beauty of the Emerald Coast is unrivalled and it offers a great deal of variety from traditional diving to shipwrecks.
One highlight is the Neptune Memorial Reef just a few kilometres off the coast, an underwater graveyard of stone and steel structures, a man-made marine paradise the fish have claimed as their own.
A truly otherworldly experience and one of the most interesting dives in all North America. Snorkelling in Florida has also become incredibly popular in recent years thanks to cities like Destin, where you can get up-close-and-personal with the region’s marine life for less than $20.