More developed for tourism than other areas in Madagascar, the island of Nosy Be offers quiet and secluded beaches, good diving, wildlife, comfortable accommodation and wonderful cuisine. It is also renowned for the production of ylang-ylang.
Salt Cay is a tiny remote island just off Grand Turk, with only 60 residents but plenty of heritage and culture. Snorkellers and divers will be impressed at the plethora of underwater life, which includes the seasonal humpback whale migration, nurse sharks and eagle rays.
Destination: Turks & Caicos Islands
Siquijor Island is a macro photographer’s dream, and night divers will long remember their marine experience. Adventurous visitors can enjoy the towering limestone landscape, which offers opportunities for climbing and exploring the many caverns.
Panglao, which is connected by a causeway to Bohol, offers divers coral gardens near the surface and steep walls complete with caves, overhangs and crevices harbouring teeming fish and invertebrates. The surrounding islands are known for big fish encounters.
The island province of Palawan is known as the Philippines’ last ecological frontier, offering remote jungles, rugged scenery, pristine beaches, secret coves and world-class diving. Highlights include the wrecks of Coron and Tubbataha Reef, accessible only by liveaboard.
The Quirimbas archipelago comprises 27 of the world’s most undiscovered islands, remaining virtually untouched as a diving destination. Fringing them are some of the richest coral reefs in East Africa, often visited by huge game fish, turtles, humpbacks and other cetaceans.
Located a 45 minute drive south of Cancun, Puerto Aventuras is home to a luxury yachting community in the heart of the Mayan Riviera. The main attraction from here is to dive or snorkel the cenotes, but you can also enjoy ocean diving and the Mayan ruins of Tulum.
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
Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, sits on the island of New Providence, where underwater highlights include wonderful walls, colourful reefs, world famous wrecks and plenty of shark encounters. The island also offers some vibrant culture, museums and restaurants.
This remote region receives fewer visitors than the rest of the Maldives and stretches from Baa Atoll up to Haa Alifu and Dhallu and includes Lhaviyani and Noonu atolls, as well as Hanifaru Bay, where exceptional numbers of mantas and whale sharks congregate annually.
The most northerly of Tanzania’s offshore islands, Pemba island is still relatively unexplored and tourism is still in its infancy, making it a perfect time to visit. Divers can enjoy untouched reefs and some of the Indian Ocean’s healthiest corals.
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.
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.
This region has few resorts, and consequently is best explored by liveaboard. Diving itineraries focus on the pristine and unexplored atolls of Meemu, Thaa, Laamu and in season, Huvadhoo Atoll, which is one of the Maldives' premier shark diving locations.
Affectionately known as ‘Provo’ this is the most visited island in the Turks and Caicos, and offers powder white sand beaches, traditional Caribbean villages and historical sites. Divers will enjoy a 20 kilometre long barrier reef with sharks, jacks, turtles, rays and dolphins.
Destination: Turks & Caicos Islands
Zanzibar is a flat, palm-clad coral atoll, surrounded by a coral reef structure where abundant marine life can be found, including whale sharks and whales as they migrate. The island’s rich cultural heritage is still very much in evidence, particularly in Stone Town.
The 'Sun Island' is warmer, flatter and drier than the others in the archipelago. It offers local dive sites to suit all levels, as well as blue water diving with devil rays at Baixa do Ambrósio and plenty of pelagic encounters in the natural reserve of Formigas and Dollabarat.
The most westerly island in the Bahamas and just a short flight from Nassau, Bimini has become recognised for its world-class diving and snorkelling, with crystal clear waters home to wild dolphin and an abundance of fish, wrecks and sharks; including hammerheads.
A picture-perfect island, Tikehau is graced with an oval crown of pink sand beaches and an azure lagoon teeming with marine life. Famous for its huge fish population and shallow manta ray cleaning station, divers can also encounter eagle rays, barracuda and grey reef sharks.
Located in the Austral archipelago, this tiny island is idyllic: white sand beaches clash with the intense blue waters of the lagoons. Visitors head here for humpback whale encounters in season, where great visibility and cooperative whales make for a memorable experience.
Aqaba’s Red Sea coastline offers easy access to over 20 shore diving sites along the fringing reef with colourful marine life, well preserved corals, pinnacles, canyons and walls. The crystal clear waters and pleasant climate make Aqaba an ideal year round destination.
Oman’s capital blends old and new, from traditional souks to the breathtaking Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Divers can enjoy healthy reefs and an abundant marine life with devil rays, leopard sharks and grouper, as well as dolphins and whales..
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.
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.