This central region of islands is deservedly famous for beautiful beaches, relaxed lifestyle and stunning dive sites. Cebu City is the international gateway and provides links to the most exciting dive spots including Malapascua, Moalboal, Dumaguete and Bohol.
The central region comprises Malé and Ari atolls, Felidhoo, Faafu and the smaller Rasdhoo Atoll. It is the most popular area for both dive resorts and liveaboards, with excellent shore diving from house reefs and large pelagics on drift dives.
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.
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.
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.
Known as the ‘Spice Island’ of the Caribbean, Grenada is unspoilt and full of history, with natural beauty both in and out of the water. Sheer relaxation, invigorating adventures or a combination of both will definitely satisfy your Spice Experience!
Destination: Grenada & Carriacou
Lying just north of Venezuela, Bonaire is a perfect year-round family destination, with little rainfall, a village feel and much to see and do. Undoubtedly the shore diving capital of the world, this is a also great choice for those wanting to learn to dive, and photographers.
Destination: ABC Islands
Visitors head here for diving, a wealth of eco-activities and unspoiled nature, with underwater attractions including spectacular topography and a rich marine life. Dominica is also the best island in the Caribbean for whale watching throughout the year.
Rangiroa’s huge lagoon opens out via two passes to the open ocean, where daily tide surges offer fantastic drift diving. Expect to see colourful fish,rays, turtles and dolphins, before the reef drops below 1,000 metres, where sharks and other pelagics congregate.
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
One of the world’s finest dive destinations, almost every imaginable species of coral and innumerable species of fish inhabit Palau’s rich reefs. Drift over spectacular reefs or dive on a WWII wreck, visit the jellyfish lake or kayak around the stunning Rock Islands.
Destination: Micronesia & Palau
Tufi offers a unique environment for divers: sponges and corals play host to a macro wonderland on the walls of the fjords, while the outer reef experience is unsurpassed, with dozens of world-class dive sites, spectacular marine life and untouched WWII wrecks.
Destination: Papua New Guinea
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
Grand Turk is consistently ranked among the top diving destinations in the world, notably for its spectacular wall diving. Suitable for all levels, there is an outstanding protected coral reef and during whale watching season it is possible to see humpback whales.
Destination: Turks & Caicos Islands
The south of Belize is the least populated region of the country, and is characterised by pristine rainforest dotted with intruiging Mayan ruins, paradise tropical islands, beautiful beaches and idyllic cayes surrounded by pristine coral reefs.
Thailand’s largest island is fringed with white sandy beaches with a backdrop of lush green hills and coconut groves. Within easy reach of some of the country’s most outstanding dive sites, there are excellent chances to spot leopard sharks amidst stunning marine life.
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.
For divers interested in the weird and wonderful, Lembeh Strait offers the best macro diving on earth! Attracting marine experts from around the world, it is home to a huge array of rare and unusual marine life, with new species regularly being discovered.
A combination of millions of years of geological activity and climate changes have created an incredible and unique eco-system in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. The Cenotes, caves and caverns can be explored by divers and snorkellers - an excellent adventure.
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
Bora Bora is unquestionably the most mythical of the Pacific islands. The central, lush green island is surrounded by a myriad of islets nestling in a lagoon, which is inhabited by abundant marine life, notably manta rays and shark encounters.
Fakarava, like Rangiroa, is a huge atoll with a vast lagoon. Diving is concentrated in the two passes: Garuae in the northern end is more than 800 metres wide, while the Tumakohua pass in the south is an easier dive, but just as prolific.
A sleepy backwater and remnant of the old Swahili coast, Mafia Island is reminiscent of the Zanzibar of thirty years ago. Chole Bay’s clear waters offer wonderful snorkelling, sailing and swimming, while outside the bay are some of the richest reefs in the world.
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.