If you’re looking to include a diving experience in your honeymoon, it’s only right to do your research into the best diving sites in the world. Generally the beauty and relaxation of scuba or deep sea diving anywhere is a wonderful experience, seeing wildlife at its finest and exploring reefs and wrecks with the country’s experts, but there are some that simply top the list.
Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia
If you love underwater photography, this is the dive spot for you. Thousands of barracuda swarm in tornadoes whilst reef sharks patrol the steep wall running 22 metres deep. You may even get the chance to see hammerhead sharks in the blue. You can visit Barracuda Point at any time of the year and it quickly becomes many visitors favourite diving destination.
Bikini Lagoon, Micronesia
This was the spot chosen by the USA to test the effects of atomic bombs on a mock naval fleet in 1946. Bikini Lagoon opened for diving in 1996 and has become one of the most iconic places for exploring some incredible WW2 wreckages, from destroyers to submarines to mighty battleships. It’s recommended that only confident and experienced divers with the appropriate training take part in diving experiences at Bikini Lagoon.
Great Blue Hole, Belize
If you’re visiting Belize for your honeymoon, a day trip to the Great Blue Hole is a must. It’s the largest underwater sinkhole of its kind and abundant with marine life including reef sharks, tropical fish and coral formations. Giant stalactites and columns can be found inside the hole, formed over 60,000 years ago and there’s plenty to explore at this incredible site.
The Yongala, Australia
The Yongala is a Shipwreck off the coast of Queensland, which sunk in 1911 during a terrible cyclone. It’s now part of the Historic Shipwrecks Act, and a hotspot for history lovers and marine life. You’ll get the chance to see manta rays, octopuses, bull and tiger sharks plus hundreds of schools of fish and impressive coral formations – just make sure you wear full coverage in case of box jellyfish.
Richelieu Rock, Thailand
Well know for whale shark sightings (a divers dream), Richelieu Rock is a rocky outcrop that can be seen on the surface at low tide. It’s rich in marine life including manta rays, colourful fish, right down to shrimp and seahorses. This area can be quite challenging as the currents are strong, but definitely worth a visit over a few days to really capture the beauty of it.
Thistlegorm, Egyptian Red Sea
This WW2 vessel was sunk in 1941 in an air strike whilst carrying war supplies across the ocean, including rifles, bikes and even train carriages. It’s quite a spectacular wreckage and really requires more than one visit to appreciate more than just a small section of it. This dive doesn’t have quite so many fish as the wreckage is covered in silt, but for history lovers it’s an aquatic museum.
Manta Ray Night Dive, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
For an unforgettable experience with one of the most majestic animals on the planet, book yourself a manta ray night dive in Hawaii. Torches are shone in the water to attract plankton, which in turn brings the manta ray to feed. They aren’t bothered by the divers, gracefully swimming around to feast whilst you see them in action. A simple experience you may think, but once in a lifetime for sure.
The Liberty, Bali, Indonesia
One of the most popular dives as it’s suitable for all levels, this WW2 shipwreck is only 30 metres from the shore. It’s one of the easiest wrecks to explore but quite broken up so you can’t really head inside, though there’s still plenty to see – the wreck is covered in anemone and coral, there are over 400 species of fish and their colours are made even brighter by the contrasting black sand.
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