Top 10 best places in the world to go scuba diving in 2020

Top 10 best places in the world to go scuba diving in 2020

Diving is one of the best ways to see the most beautiful underwater places in the world. It is a marvelous feeling when you dive to a depth of several meters and explore corals, rich fauna, and see things you would never get the chance to see during your ordinary life. 

It is not surprising that there are so many dive sites that people explore and that so many people love to engage in scuba diving. There are many outstanding spots out there that you should visit, so we have made our Top 10 list of the best diving spots. 

Some of these places are notable for unique corals you won’t see anywhere else, others due to the rich fauna, and some of them allow you to explore long lost sunken ships. Continue reading below to find the best places for you to dive now. 

1. Brissare Rocks - Mahe, Seychelles

When you arrive at Mahe, there are more than 70 renown diving sites which you can reach in 15- 40 minutes. To make Mahe an even more attractive site for scuba diving, locals have three sunken ships nearby: one drag and two arks. 

The best diving spot included here in our Top 10 is Brissare Rocks. This site is for experienced divers, as here you will face a strong current. Though that’s totally worth it as here, you can meet a wide range of fish, and enjoy the sites of coral arrays at a depth of 20 meters. The site can be visited from September to May.

• More than 70 diving spots nearby

• Sunken ships exploration available

• Rich fauna

Brissare Rocks - Mahe, Seychelles

Brissare Rocks - Mahe, Seychelles

Season: September-May

Other diving spots nearby: Yes

Diving depth: 20 meters

Level of riding: Intermediate

Water temperature: 26-30℃

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2.Rose Garden - Moorea, French Polynesia

There are many adequate diving spots on the French Polynesia islands, and one of the best diving destinations here, in 2020, is Moorea Island. 

The best place for diving trips here is the Rose Garden. It demands that the diver has advanced skills, so in the majority of cases, you will only be allowed to dive here with an instructor or if you have a rescue certificate. 

The diving spot got its name due to the corals that look like roses. Along with the beautiful reefs, here, you can also see many sharks nearby. The diving depth is 30-40 meters. 

• Many certified instructors

• Safe, proper infrastructure

• Unique corals

Moorea, French Polynesia

Moorea, French Polynesia

Season: Year-round

Other diving spots nearby: Yes

Diving depth: 30-40 meters

Level of riding: Experienced

Water temperature: 26-28℃

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3. Ron’s Point - Bunaken, Indonesia

Bunaken is located in Sulawesi, Indonesia, and it is one of the best diving spots on the island and in the world. There are 14 diving sites in the nearby sea, where you can meet all kinds of fish in Indonesia. The most notable features here are 40-50-meter-high banks with outstanding corals. In the depths, you can meet sharks, Napoleon wrasse, and huge rays.

One of the best dive sites in the world here is Ron’s Point - a sloping reef ideal for the observation of all the rich fauna you can meet in this place. 

• Unique corals

• Rich fauna

• Great visibility

Bunaken, Indonesia

Bunaken, Indonesia

Season: May-September

Other diving spots nearby: Yes

Diving depth: 30 meters

Level of riding: Beginners

Water temperature: 26 - 29 ℃

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4. Far Garden - Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Visiting Sharm el-Sheikh is a must if you are a diving enthusiast. Here you can dive almost everywhere. Though it is better to do this early in the morning due to the enormous traffic.

The best diving site you should visit here is Far Garden. This is the place where you can find the most variety of corals at a depth of five to 45 meters. This spot is one of the best in terms of visibility, which allows you to see a distance of 20-30 meters long, and diving here is available from February to October. 

• Many types of corals

• Very popular among divers

• Great visibility

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Season: February-October

Other diving spots nearby: Yes

Diving depth: 5 - 45 meters

Level of riding: Beginner

Water temperature: 20-27 ℃

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5. Ilheu - Sal, Cape Verde

On Sal Island located on Cape Verde, the reef has remained the same for millions of years - massive rocks, canyons, caves and reefs surrounded by numerous corals. In the caves, you can meet plenty of tuna, lobsters, and parrot-fish.

Consider going to Ilheu - one of the best places to dive. Visibility here can vary from 12 to 30 meters, and this spot is available even for beginners. 

The diving depth here if from six to 30 meters and the best period for diving lasts from November to April. At this time, almost all of the diving spots nearby are open. There are more than 32 diving spots available near Sal Island.

• Rich fauna

• Sunken ships nearby

• Great visibility

Sal, Cape Verde

Sal, Cape Verde

Season: November-April

Other diving spots nearby: Yes

Diving depth: 6-30 meters

Level of riding: Beginner

Water temperature: 22-28 ℃

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6. Maaya Thila - South Ari Atoll, Maldives

One of the Top 10 diving sites here is Maaya Thila, where you can meet whitetip reef sharks. The maximum depth here makes 30 meters. The most notable feature for this spot is the ability to dive at night. You need to have some experience to dive here due to the fact the water can be freezing here. 

At first, in the Maldives, you can see a great diversity of oceanic fish, especially at the Fish Head spot. Diving here starts from the reef plateau with a strong stream, so this spot is more suitable for experienced divers. 

• Night diving allowed

• Rich fauna

• Advanced safari diving tours

South Ari Atoll, Maldives

South Ari Atoll, Maldives

Season: December-June

Other diving spots nearby: Yes

Diving depth: up to 30 meters

Level of riding: Intermediate

Water temperature: 22-29 ℃

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7. Grand Bay - Mauritius

There are more than 30 diving spots on Mauritius certified by the Mauritius Scuba Diving Association (MSDA). The majority of them are located near central resorts and five and four stars hotels. Diving centers usually work from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

This is one of the few best dive spots where you can dive almost throughout the entire year, excluding January and February and July through August. The water temperature usually hovers between 25-28 degrees, and there is a mild stream. This spot is ideal for beginners, and you also can experience night diving here. 

•Many certified diving spots

•Available almost year-round

•Rich fauna

Grand Bay - Mauritius

Grand Bay - Mauritius

Season: All year except January-February and July-August

Other diving spots nearby: Yes

Diving depth: 18-40 meters

Level of riding: Beginner

Water temperature: 25-28 ℃

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8. Hin Daeng - Koh Lanta, Thailand

One of the Top 10 best diving locations here is Hin Daeng, with a maximum depth of 60-70 meters. Due to the strong current, it is more suitable for experienced divers. Anyone who dives here will be happy to experience the outstanding sights of soft anemones and corals, which are widely presented here. 

To get to Hin Daeng, you need to arrive at Koh Lanta first, and then you can take a boat to reach this outstanding diving spot or any of the others nearby in less than one and a half hours. 

•Can arrive only by boat from Koh Lanta

•Deep diving available

•Only for experienced divers

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Season: October - April

Other diving spots nearby: Yes

Diving depth: 60-70 meters

Level of riding: Experienced

Water temperature: 27-30℃

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9. Puerto Galera - Mindoro, Philippines

Diving on Mindoro is an outstanding experience. The majority of dive sites here can be reached by boat, although there are a couple of interesting places near the shore. 

The most famous diving spot here in our 10 best sites is Puerto Galera, and due to the excellent weather conditions, it is available year-round. However, the best months for diving here are November - May. The water temperature here is usually between 26 - 30°C and the current is mild. Thus, this diving spot is suitable for beginners. It is well-known that there are typhoons in this region. However, Mindoro is well-protected from them. 

•Many diving spots nearby

•Protected from typhoons

•Year-round diving possible

Mindoro, Philippines

Mindoro, Philippines

Season: November - May

Other diving spots nearby: Yes

Diving depth: 5-25 meters

Level of riding: Beginner

Water temperature: 26 - 30°C

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10. Darwin’s Arch - Galapagos, Ecuador

There are unique weather conditions for diving here. Although, you can see a deficit of diving centers and specialized shops here. Thus, you should either take all the necessary equipment with you or order it in advance. The majority of the diving tours here start from the boats. 

Try out world renown Darwin’s Arch, where you can meet Galapagos sharks and hammerheads in all their diversity. Visibility here ranges from nine to 21 meters, and the diving depth is from five to 24 meters. 

• Diving from boats mainly

• Good visibility

• Poor infrastructure

Galapagos, Ecuador

Galapagos, Ecuador

Season: December - May

Other diving spots nearby: Yes

Diving depth: 5-24 meters

Level of riding: Beginner

Water temperature: 26-28 ℃

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