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Yap

A land stepped in legend and with a unique culture, Yap is also the world’s foremost destination for manta encounters. Nowhere else are mantas seen consistently year round – catapulting Yap to the top of lists of the finest diving attractions in the world.

  • Destination: Micronesia & Palau

Socorro

Just one of four islands in the Revillagigedo Archipelago, Socorro is a remote volcanic island rising abruptly from the sea. The area attracts large concentrations of pelagic species and is renowned for close up encounters with giant Pacific manta rays.

  • Destination: Mexico

Tofo

Tofo is quickly becoming known as a premier world-class dive destination, famous for large pelagics, especially manta rays, whale sharks and humpback whales. Divers can also encounter schools of devil rays, sharks, turtles, game fish and excellent macro life.

  • Destination: Mozambique

Kalimantan

This remote area of Indonesia is worth the journey for intrepid divers. Highlights include Big Fish Country, the channel dive at Maratua Atoll, manta ray encounters at Sangalaki and non-stinging jellyfish at Kakaban; all part of the Derawan Archipelago.

  • Destination: Indonesia

Komodo National Park

A World Heritage Site since 1991, Komodo National Park is home to the legendary Komodo dragon and some of the best diving in the world. The waters offer an incredible variety of marine life including critters, sharks, manta rays, dolphin, whales and turtles.

  • Destination: Indonesia

Ishigaki Island

The white sandy beaches, coral reef and inland jungle and mountains make Ishigaki Island a beautiful place to visit. The crystal clear waters of Shiraho and the coral reef at Kabira Bay play host to a spectacular array of colourful marine life including the majestic manta ray.

  • Destination: Japan

Pico

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.

  • Destination: Azores

Bligh Water

Magnificent Bligh Water has traditionally been the premier liveaboard area in Fiji, although is now accessible from land. Divers can see mantas, numerous shark species, large schools of fish and superb coral gardens, and enjoy drrift dives over steep walls and pinnacles.

  • Destination: Fiji

Kadavu

The Great Astrolabe Reef in southern Fiji is the world’s fourth largest barrier reef extending along the entire southern side of Kadavu. A world-class diving location, it exhibits a tremendous variety with passages, submerged pinnacles and manta cleaning stations.

  • Destination: Fiji

Ticao Island

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.

  • Destination: Philippines

Nusa Lembongan & Penida

Away from the main island of Bali are the more secluded gems of Nusa Lembongan, Penida & Ceningan, where you can find some truly exhilarating drift dives. Highlights include manta rays, reefs packed with marine life and seasonal migrations of the rare mola mola.

  • Destination: Indonesia

Musandam

This remote peninsula offers spectacular scenery and dive sites ranging from dramatic walls to extensive coral gardens. A combination of plankton and strong local currents attracts large pelagic species such as mantas, eagle rays and whale sharks.

  • Destination: Oman

Gulf of Papagayo

The Gulf of Papagayo is a large bay on the north Pacific coast; its striking panoramic views and sweeping beaches have made it one of Costa Rica’s top destinations. Its waters support a huge amount of marine life, with large schools of fish and numerous pelagics.

  • Destination: Costa Rica

Wolf & Darwin Islands

Located 14 hours north of the main group of islands, Wolf and Darwin are reached by liveaboard and are a magnet for divers, with warm water species seen nowhere else in the archipelago. Whale sharks are common Jun-Nov, and hammerheads also frequently seen.

  • Destination: Galapagos & Ecuador

Galapagos Islands

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

Raja Ampat

Known as ‘The Four Kings’, Raja Ampat is an is an archipelago of majestic islands at the epi-centre of the Coral Triangle. Relatively unexplored until recently, it is the most bio-diverse marine region on earth and is now at the top of many divers’ wish lists.

  • Destination: Indonesia

Central Atolls

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.

  • Destination: Maldives

Rangiroa

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.

  • Destination: Tahiti

Coral Sea

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.

  • Destination: Australia

Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Ningaloo Reef stretches 250 kilometres along the mid-west coast of Australia, where you can dive amongst a kaleidoscope of tropical marine life. Suitable for snorkellers as well as divers, expect whale shark, manta ray and humpback whale encounters in season.

  • Destination: Australia

Zavora

Zavora offers some adventurous diving, with two long reef systems separated by the impressive wreck of the Klipfontein. The inshore reef system runs parallel to the dunes, with shallow dive sites, whereas the outer reef is packed with larger pelagic species.

  • Destination: Mozambique

Ponta do Ouro

This small coastal town in southern Mozambique is popular amongst divers as an affordable destination with easy access to colourful reefs and amazing shark encounters. Expect manta rays, bull and hammerhead sharks, turtles and dolphin here.

  • Destination: Mozambique

Solomon Islands

Characterised by the sea that surrounds it, the Solomon Islands archipelago comprises 992 tropical islands and atolls scattered in a gentle curve, stretching from Papua New Guinea in the north to Vanuatu in the south. The islands offer some of the world's best diving.

  • Destination: Solomon Islands

Andaman Islands

Time passes slowly on the Andaman Islands, a pristine location 900 kilometres to the east of India. Untouched by mass tourism, divers can discover relatively uncharted and unexplored waters full of incredible marine life.

  • Destination: India