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Christmas Island

Christmas Island is a tiny island in the vast Indian Ocean, an outpost of Australia on the fringes of Asia. Shallow waters with fringing reef surround the island, before plunging dramatically into the depths of the Java Trench, the Indian Ocean’s deepest point.

  • Destination: Australia

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

Holbox Island

Off the northern tip of the Yucatan peninsula, the unassuming island of Holbox plays host to one of the world’s most spectacular marine events each summer. From mid-May to August each year, huge numbers of whale sharks gather here to feed.

  • Destination: Mexico

Cenderawasih Bay

Cenderawasih, along with Raja Ampat and Triton Bay, makes up the Bird’s Head Seascape, a vast bay with healthy coral gardens and dramatic vertical walls. Reached only by liveaboard, the area has recently shot to fame due to its unique whale shark population.

  • Destination: Indonesia

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

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

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

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

Jardines de la Reina

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.

  • Destination: Cuba

Donsol

Dubbed by many as the ‘Whale Shark Capital of the World’, Donsol offers a rare opportunity to interact with up to 20 whale sharks at any one time. Between the months of October and May, divers head here to swim with these harmless and gentle filter feeders.

  • Destination: Philippines