Their radiant fish and bizarre animals make the Galapagos a world-class diving and wildlife destination. Fed by nutrient rich waters from the tropical Pacific Ocean, the magical marine life enchants and fascinates in equal measure.
Destination: Galapagos & Ecuador
One of the world’s largest enclosed lagoons, Truk is home to an entire Japanese fleet, sunk in 1944 and frozen in time. Nowhere else in the world are there so many wrecks in close proximity, and in clear shallow water. Truk Lagoon is a must for wreck lovers.
Destination: Micronesia & Palau
A must for divers, Aliwal Shoal is home to over 1,200 species of fish and an abundance of corals, as well as turtles, rays and pelagics. From June through to November ragged tooth sharks congregate to mate, while huge tiger sharks and hammerheads are also seen.
Destination: South Africa
Located at the heart of the Mediterranean, the English speaking nation of Malta offers year round sunshine and an intriguing history. Consisting of three islands, each has its own characteristics and a spectacular variety of dive sites, mainly famed for wrecks and caves.
Home to Pico Volcano, the highest point in the Azores, Pico Island is also known for whale watching. Diving here is spectacular, with magnificent topography and plentiful pelagic species. From here you can also dive with the mantas of Princess Alice Bank.
Surrounded by white sandy beaches, the little island of Malapascua has gained a reputation as one of the best places in the world for thresher shark sightings, encountered each morning at Monad Shoal. Numerous other sharks are also seen, as well as mantas.
Often overlooked as a dive destination, Bali offers exceptional diving, from superb macro life to exciting drift dives and encounters with mantas. The wreck of the USS Liberty at Tulamben is the island’s signature dive, while the elusive mola mola are seen seasonally.
Set amongst the rugged topography in Thingvellir National Park, Silfra is one of the world’s top cold water dive sites and, with visibility of over 100 metres, is incredible for photography. Although best in the summer, this challenging site can be dived all year.
Grand Cayman is the largest of the three islands and home to the capital, George Town. Ideal for divers and snorkellers, the island is known for its coral reefs and underwater walls, as well as a number of shipwrecks, plus stingrays and turtles galore.
Destination: Cayman Islands
A haven of tranquillity, Ticao Island is blessed with crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches. The local reefs are full of colourful creatures, corals and sharks, but the area’s signature site is the Manta Bowl, a cleaning and feeding station of the oceanic manta.
North Sulawesi is home to the beautiful steep coral reef walls of Bunaken National Marine Park, attracting divers of all levels to its warm waters, clear visibility and pristine walls covered in soft corals and sponges, surrounded by barracuda, moray eels and turtles.
Thingvellir represents the political and natural foundations of Iceland and is one of the most frequently visited tourist sites, easily accessible from Reykjavik. It is an ancient site with a significant geological history and home to some extraordinary dive sites.
Australia’s third largest island lies of the coast of Adelaide. Famed for its native wildlife, majestic scenery and adventure activities, the temperate waters around Kangaroo Island are home to the unique leafy seadragon, as well as pods of dolphin and New Zealand fur seals.
The Coral Sea extends to the east of Australia, encompassing remote coral atolls and an exceptionally healthy marine life. Divers head to the remote Osprey Reef, only accessible by liveaboard, for shark encounters and manta ray and whales in season.
This impeccably managed marine reserve bursts with life, and is supported by habitats such as seagrass beds and mangroves. Highlights include six species of shark and even American saltwater crocodiles.
The diversity of marine life in False Bay is amazing, however the highlight is the sight of great white sharks flying through the air as they prey on fur seals during August and September. Nearby is picturesque Simonstown, with Boulder beach and its penguin colony.
Destination: South Africa
The remote Banda Sea in eastern Indonesia is a vast expanse of water which includes Ambon, the Banda Islands, Seram, Wetar, Kai and Aru Islands. Best explored by liveaboard, it offers abundant marine life on pristine reefs, steep drop-offs, and pelagics and critters galore.