1. Barracuda point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia
Wall of coral where sharks come cruising by and barracuda surround you. you’re sure to see huge stuff here and much of it. Occasional robust currents blast over an underwater prairie that is home to white tips, turtles, grouper, jacks, bumphead parrotfish and in fact the barracuda that give it its name.
2. Blue Corner Wall, Palau, Micronesia
An upwelling means that 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
The Yongala is a shipwreck off the coast of Queensland. full of life you’ll 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 folks, a Equus caballus called Moonshine and a red lincolnshire bull. She had no telegraph facilities so couldn’t be warned of the weather ahead. In 1981 the Yongala was given official protection under the Historic Shipwrecks Act. The ship is 90 kilometer southeast of Townsville, 10 kilometer away form Cape Bowling green. 109 meters long, the bow points north and the ship lists to starboard.
4. Thistlegorm, Egyptian sea
A large wreck which needs many dives to do it justice. A British vessel, the Thistlegorm (Blue Thistle) was attacked from the air and sunk in 1941 while carrying a cargo of war supplies: rifles, motor bikes, train carriages, trucks. Currents can be sturdy, and in different directions at the surface and at the wreck.
5. Shark and Yolanda Reef, Egyptian sea
Three dives in one: anemone town, shark reef with its spectacular drop off and the wreck of the Yolanda. Currents build this good for drift dives and for pelagic fish. a well-liked dive starts at Anemone city before drifting to Shark Reef and its drop off. finish up on the wreck of the Yolanda with its cargo of toilets.
6. Manta Ray Night Dive, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Underwater lights placed on the ocean floor attract infinite amounts of being, that in turn attract the massive, yet beautiful manta rays of Kona Hawaii. The rays get therefore near you, that you often must move to avoid them accidentally hit you. an surprisingly fantastic and unforgettable time with one among the most beautiful animals in the world.
7. Great Blue Hole, Belize
Very deep, wide, hole outlined by reef and inhabited by sharks. Is there another sight like it? thirty m visibility returning over the bathwater heat reef of vibrant colours, 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 big tuna and other pelagics dive into the hole to scrub themselves as you briefly remove your octopus to style the water. Then descending another twenty five m to explore the stalagtites and stalagmites of ancient caverns. Compare prices of Belize diving visits.
8. National Leader Rock, Thailand
A horse shoe of rocky pinnacles, just breaks the surface at low tide. known for whale shark sightings, but also nice for big schools of pelagic fish such as jacks, barracuda and batfish. Mantas are seen, and it’s an excellent spot for Macro photography with such creatures as ghost pipefish, harlequin shrimp, spiny-finned fish and seahorses. Currents can be strong. needs several dives to see the whole area. how much to dive Richelieu Rock?
9. USAT Liberty, Bali, Indonesia
This wreck is very popular with photographers because it is totally crusted in anemone, gorgonians and corals. look for the hawksbill turtle that practically lives on the liberty and interesting small stuff like the beautiful purple Scorpion Leaf Fish and Ornate Ghost pipefish. Larger fish you may see there include great barracuda and Flapnose Ray. The wreck is kind of broken up however you can get in the cargo deck. You dive it not so much for the experience of wreck diving but for the fabulous sealife. usually dived from the shore, the liberty is also on some liveaboard itinaries.
10. Navy Pier, Western Australia
Extending 300 m from shore, the t-shaped structure is 300 m wide, including 2 outlying “dolphins” (platforms for larger ships to tie up to). though a very outlined and somewhat compact site, you may spend 5 days diving there and not be bored, particularly at night. On any dive there are many nudibranchs and flatworms, eels, woebegone and white tipped sharks, octopuses, lion and scorpion fish, stargazers, and the usual smaller finned friends. sometimes you may come across fully huge rays dozing in the sand.