If you wish to dive into the yawning depths of the bottomless blue sea and get up close and personal with the creatures of the deep, here are the best spots to explore the subterranean caverns, rocks, beautiful reefs and mystical marine life of the ocean.
Just off the coast of the African continent in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius’ coastline is home to a fringing reef a few hundred meters out to sea. This is an excellent spot for beginners looking for a good training spot. The waters are calm and coral growth isn’t so great that you’re going to find yourself in too much danger of injury.
There’s plenty to see around this area. Two impressive shipwrecks sit on the ocean floor, including that of the 18th century frigate, Sirius, in which you’ll find a thriving little ecosystem of marine life. If you head out to Tamarin Bay, it’s fantastic opportunity to get up close with dolphins.
For those looking for underwater caves, the immense cathedral should keep you busy. It’s a spectacular sight to behold once inside. The interior can be reached by entering a small opening down a steep, coral-encrusted wall.
Home to some of the world’s best dive sites. This small nation is a favourite with divers, hundreds flock to its shores for scuba holidays every year. Being an island nation, it’s surrounded by coastline, so there won’t be any shortage of beaches where you can soak up the sun in the Maldives with easy access to diving locations to explore while you’re there.
Here you’ll have the opportunity to see an abundance of marine life. Sharks and manta rays swim the island’s coastlines alongside brightly coloured exotic fish. Coral lives and thrives on the rock formations below the water’s surface. Spots to look out for include Fotteyo Kandu and Kudarah Thila.
A truly unique diving experience, Kabira Beach is situated right in the heart of a protected national marine park. Since this is a protected area, diving is not allowed, but you can see its aquatic beauty from a glass-bottomed boat.
Yonehara Beach is home to a stunning coral reef and you’ll find plenty of coral washed up on the beaches. Here you can swim among all manner of brightly coloured marine life and manta rays in the cobalt blue waters.
There are other water sports available too. This area is a popular with windsurfers who you can see riding the sea breezes off the coast daily.