Every devoted diver should consider having own bucket list – a list of dive sites to see before the end of diving days.
If you still don’t have underwater diving bucket list, the unique places recommended by Dive Butler may help you out. These guys put their passion into action and deliver world class diving services in any desirable place on the planet.
Here are the most extreme scuba diving places in the world.
At the base of volcano of Barren Island, Andaman Islands
Floating in splendid isolation in the middle of the Bay of Bengal are the Andaman Islands. The islands are one of the most remote and least visited areas of the world and offer excellent prospects for diving and exploration. The only confirmed active volcano in South Asia located in the centre of Barren Island, which is 12 hour sail far from civilisation. The underwater landscape made up of black volcanic rock makes great contrast with colours of coral and fish form.
Between two tectonic plates – North American and Eurasian, Iceland
A crack between the North American and Eurasian continents is called Silfra fissure, dive or snorkel right where the continental plates meet and drift apart about 2cm per year. It is located on the territory of Thingvellir National Park, just 45 minutes from Reykjavik. Without seeing tons of marine life the beauty of this formation is absolutely fantastic. Visibility can often stretch for over 100 meters., that’s almost an entire football field.
Mergui archipelago, Myanmar
For many years the beautiful Mergui archipelago in Myanmar (Burma), comprising over 800 Islands and covering 10,000 square miles, was closed to foreigners. Only in 1997 this place was opened up for scuba diving.
Fish sightings you can expect in the archipelago include armies of barracuda, dogtooth tuna, batfish, unicornfish and trevallies. Bigger pelagics such as manta rays and whale shark and grey reef and white tip sharks may put in an appearance. Many of the dive sites are renowned for their big fish action and you hear people talk of sites such as Shark Cave and Black Rock in hushed, reverential tones.
With penguins under Antarctic icebergs
Diving or snorkelling with penguins or seals in polar climes requires special equipment, so you don’t need to pack your wetsuit. Besides insulated drysuit, special designed hoods, masks that keep you warm, you will need specialised cold water certifications. It is allowed to dive here no deeper than 18 meters to be able to manoeuvre between ice was and glaciers.
Caroline Islands, Micronesia
Chuuk Atoll, (also Known as Truk) in the Caroline Islands is ne of the most unusual dive sites anywhere on the planet. The lagoon is the final resting place for more than 50 ships and 250 aircraft – the legacy of a fierce World War II battle between the Imperial Japanese Fleet and Allied carrier planes. The lagoon has been declared an underwater museum. Remains of tanks, artillery pieces, trucks, and ammunition be can found here.
Nowhere else in the world are there so many wrecks in close proximity, situated in shallow clear water.
Lava tunnels, Galapagos Islands
This is a very unique opportunity to discover a series of underwater lava tunnels near the volcanic Isabela Island. Along with incredible formations the diver has chance to see endemic marine life: from green sea turtles to white-tipped sharks and various types of rays, tons of bird sightings above sea level.
Diving with sharks, French Polynesia
Diving in French Polynesia offers a wide variety of colorful fish, moray eels, manta rays, turtles and sharks. Azure blue warm waters yield a plethera of underwater sealife regardless of the island you stay on.
As opposed to South Africa (shark dive in a cage) you can go completely unprotected amongst hundreds of tiger sharks, grey reefs, and white tip sharks in French Polynesia’s Fakarava South Pass. The area is so densely populated with them, it’s practically like Times Square for sharks.
After extreme diving you can spend few days recovering from the adrenaline at any exotic resorts of French Polynesia.
Chagos-Diego Garcia reserve, British Indian Ocean Territory
This reserve is twice the size of Great Britain, you need to sail south from the Maldives for nearly a full day. Because the area is meant to be used strictly for research, visitors need to arrive with bona fide scientists on board in order to secure passage—one for every diver. It is absolutely magic experience to dive between untouched reefs with nobody around.
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