For divers interested in the weird and wonderful, Lembeh Strait offers the best muck 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A chain of dormant volcanoes form the scenic boundaries of Kimbe Bay, on the north side of the island of New Britain. 70 percent of all coral species in the Indo-Pacific region are found in and around New Britain, and no other dive area in the world can boast such diversity.
Destination: Papua New Guinea
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
Meaning ‘bubbling stream’, Moalboal is a small town on the island of Cebu, with around 25 recognised dive sites and more being discovered. The range of diving is excellent, with vertical walls, a cathedral like cave, healthy coral reefs and plenty of macro life.
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
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.
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.
Ambon’s intriguing shoreline has a habit of throwing up the weird and the wonderful. Muck diving in the region has become legendary, yet the clear water sites on the south coast offer divers a great combination making this a must visit destination.
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.
Known as the ‘City of Gentle People’, you’ll be welcomed in Dumaguete with open arms and first class hospitality. Further down the coast, Dauin has some of the best critters in the Philippines, and both areas also offer plenty of opportunity for snorkellers and non-divers.
Tulamben, on Bali’s northeast coast is most famous for the wreck of the USS Liberty, home to plenty of bumphead parrotfish and great for underwater photographers. Other highlights include the drop-off at Kubu and plenty of critters on amazing house reefs.
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
Once commanding huge strategic importance, Gulen lies on the western fringes of Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. Its history ensures its place as one of the world’s finest yet least known wreck diving destinations.
Located off the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, the island of Cozumel is renowned for its thrilling drift diving opportunities, glorious sunshine and white sand beaches. It’s a popular holiday destination for divers from around the world throughout the year.
The unique landscapes of Lanzarote set it apart from the other Canary Islands. Long sunny days, pristine beaches, warm temperatures, a relaxed atmosphere, variety of dives sites and great visibility attract visitors throughout the year. And it’s only four hours from the UK.