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Top 5 Best Scuba Diving in the World by Enjoy the Journey

During a recent trip to Mexico, Liz & I had our first experience scuba diving.  It was a really cool experience & we can definitely see how people can get into this activity.  So we wanted to ask some expert travelers and scuba divers where we can find the best scuba diving in the world!

Meet Beth & Gaz from Enjoy the Journey Travel Blog.

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Beth & Gaz from Enjoy the Journey

Hi, we’re Gaz and Beth from Enjoy The Journey. We learned to Scuba Diving two years ago on a bit of a whim, and it turned out to be one of the greatest things we’ve ever done. The sensation of breathing under water and being part of the marine life is like nothing else and it’s been a great way to meet fellow travelers on our escapades around the world.

Here are our top five destinations for the best scuba diving in the world.

1. Roatan, Honduras

Our top pick so far has to be… Roatan, a small island 30 miles from the coast of Honduras. We learnt to dive here, became certified to advanced level and saw some incredible sites. While learning, the instructors explained that the diving here is hard to beat, not only is it the second largest coral reef in the world but the conditions are perfect nearly all year round and the entire island is surrounded by spectacular dive sites.

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Scuba Diving in Roatan, Honduras

2. Little Corn, Nicaragua

Little Corn is another small island that offers great dive sites, and there’s the chance to see larger marine life than on Roatan. The crystal clear Caribbean waters offer great visibility and this was the first place we came face to face with a shark. A 7 foot nurse shark was sleeping under a rock, it was only later we realised he didn’t have teeth (being a nurse shark), but during the dive we thought this was a very real shark, with very real teeth!

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Little Corn, Nicaragua

3. Koh Rong, Cambodia

It’s a little different to the crystal clear water we’d become accustomed to in the Caribbean. There are some good dive sites and the opportunity to go further afield for 30m visibility. Overall the island is a great place to spend some time and meet some great characters, some of them have a real Robinson Crusoe swagger. Our tip would be to make sure you dive in season as conditions can vary.

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Koh Rong, Cambodia

4. Unawatuna, Sri lanka

Sri Lanka has two dive seasons, both lasting about 5 months. One on the east coast followed by one on the west coast. Unawatuna is a small town on the south coast, which really captured out hearts. It’s got a great backpacker atmosphere and has been voted ‘Best Beach’ by the Discovery Channel and The Rough Guide! There are plenty of wreck dives off the coast and if you head a few hours north to Hikkaduwa you can find some nice coral reefs. Make sure you dive between December and March, or the sea can get very choppy… as we found out!

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Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

5. Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia 

The purpose of our current trip was to find amazing dive spots, and so far we’ve only managed two dive sites in 5 months! But they certainly didn’t disappoint! Nusa Lembongan has been an amazing find. If you’re looking for ‘tropical paradise’ this is the place, it’s full of mystery and adventure as well as some great dive spots. (Although some of them are drift dives so we recommend only advance level divers tackle these.) There’s plenty of coral reef to indulge in and a the aptly named Manta Point and Manta Bay are the perfect spots to spy the Manta Rays.

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Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

Make sure you follow Beth & Gaz around the world as they continue to add to their list of top Scuba Diving sestinas around the world.  The world is a beautiful place and most think only of what on land and not in the sea.

Thank you to Enjoy the Journey for sharing their list of the best scuba diving in the world.

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Beth & Gaz

 ** All photos were kindly provided by Beth and Gaz from Enjoy the Journey Travel Blog.

5 Comments
  • Donny
    Posted at 22:49h, 05 March Reply

    Awesome post! I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Honduras yet but it’s on the short list. I think you guys are still in Indonesia. If you have to time get out to Labuanbajo, Flores and dive Komodo. I really think it’s the best diving I’ve ever done, edging out GBR. Safe travels!

  • Elaine Masters
    Posted at 00:44h, 06 March Reply

    Cool idea to focus on dive sites around the world. I’ve been diving and traveling as much as possible over the last 6 years and here’s a few on my list:

    1. Bequ Island, Fiji – the shark dive with no cage and major pelagics. A riot of color, different kinds of sharks and if you’re blessed, a Tiger will visit too.

    2. I see one spot in Indonesia that you’ve been to and I recently dove another off North Kasawari – Lembeh Straits. Incredible, rare sea creatures in easy conditions. I hope the garbage, plastics mainly, was not as overwhelming as our area.

    3. Catalina Island, California – Seeing the sunlight filtering through the forest of kelp with giant Sea Bass, Sea Lions and bright Garibaldi is like visiting a cathedral with the celestials in view. It’s also one of the warmer areas in Southern California.

    4. La Paz, Mexico – The Sea of Cortez is teeming with migrations. There are juvenile whale sharks and dozens of sites within range of the city, less than an hour boat ride away. Wrecks too. My favorite – Los Oletes (sp?) with its schools of sea lions of all ages, swimming cormorants and ‘freeways’ full of bait fish that have you marveling while a bit claustrophobic.

    Envy your journey and looking forward to hearing more.

    • Liz
      Posted at 07:34h, 06 March Reply

      Thanks for the additional diving spots Elaine! No shortage of beautiful places to go scuba diving. We are ready for our next adventure, that’s for sure!

      – Liz & Josh

  • Lance | Trips By Lance
    Posted at 16:21h, 07 March Reply

    I’ve never been scuba diving. I’m not sure why, really. I need to go.

    • Liz
      Posted at 17:11h, 07 March Reply

      You should definitely give it a try! It’s a little freaky learning to breath under water – it’s like your body naturally thinks “okay, I know there is a tank…but it’s not right!” – at least that’s how I felt. Pretty cool though!

      Liz

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