If you want to learn to scuba dive, there are plenty of certifying agencies which can teach you. Once you become a certified diver, you will learn the difference between drift diving, reef diving, wreck diving, and deep diving. A wreck dive is when divers go underwater to observe antiquated remains of a ship or other castaway remains.
A deep dive is up to a depth of 40 meters or 130 feet. Shifting water currents at that depth can become dangerous, let alone deep-sea animals. Sea life at that depth can potentially pose a risk to human life. Are you looking to up the ante and dive on the wild side (permitted within the bounds of your certification that is)? Check out these top 10 adventurous dive destinations to get your underwater thrill on!
North Malé Atoll, Maldives
Banana Reef is one of the diving sites at the North Malé Atoll. Banana Reef is one of the first diving sites at the Maldives. There is a diverse variety of fish, corals, and turtles at Banana Reef. There are whitetip reef sharks and hawksbill turtles at North Malé. Divers can even see Manta Rays and Eagle Rays with a likely possibility of Stingrays.
The clarity of the water enhances visibility from 10 to 40 meters. The depth of the dive is anywhere from 5 to 40 meters. The temperature here is from 26°C to 29°C. March, April, and May are the safer times of the year to dive in this area. June, July, and August are when the Southwest monsoons occur, and scuba divers can see a migration between larger sea animals. Some of the other diving sites are Okobe Thila, Nassimo Thila, Victory Wreck and Sunlight Thila.
Island Murcielago (Bat Islands), Costa Rica
Between North America and South America there exists the Island Murcielago off of the coast of Costa Rica. There are other islands which are geographically closer to Costa Rica and this island is further into the Pacific Ocean. Although the diving depths may not be that deep, this diving location is not for the amateur diver.
The Bat Islands have the healthiest and most significant population of the bull shark species on the coast of Central America. The area has been declared as a national reserve. The visibility is between 10 to 30 meters (30 to 100 ft). The best months to visit this island are from May to November. This is the time when the current is a little less extreme. The temperature is between 25°C to 30°C.
Beqa Lagoon (Island), Fiji
Fiji is an island located in the continent of Oceania in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean. Due to the exquisite location, this is an all year round vacation site. There are white-sand beaches and an impressive assortment of fish life.
Beqa Lagoon is the one place where you can find sharks on every dive. There are a gray reef, whitetip reef, hammerhead, and silvertip sharks galore at Beqa Lagoon. There are a total of eight different species of sharks, including the enormous tiger shark. Onshore you can even see firewalkers, and the water also contains sea snakes. The current is not as dangerous as it is helpful in Fiji, to bring with Manta Rays, seahorses, and anemones.
The Shaft, Mount Gambier, Australia
Traditionally scuba diving involves diving in the ocean or any other body of water. In the middle of a large piece of land is a sinkhole. The entire depth of the sinkhole is quite deep, but the Cave Divers Association of Australia (CDAA) limits divers down to a depth of 40 meters.
Once inside the cave, you will see plants and staggering stalactites trickling from the ceilings. Divers need to have a special cave diving permit to be able to dive in these caves. There is not much life in the caves, but you can spot the occasional lobster, crabs, or other crustaceans in the cave. There is a dormant volcano nearby. Divers can dive into Hells Hole, which is a 30-meter deep sinkhole.
Samaesan Hole, Samaesan Bay, Thailand
Visiting Samaesan Hole in Samaesan Bay is not going to be a Thailand luxury tour. The total depth of the hole is 85 m (280 ft), and diving here is not going to be as easy The Shaft in Australia. Diving computers, multiple flashlights, and specialized gear is a minimum requirement at this diving site.
The Samaesan Hole was a military junkyard in the times of World War II. There are chances of finding undetonated bombs in this location. Be prepared to dive at least 60 m into the sinkhole because this is where you will find all the remnants. At this depth, sunlight does not permeate through to facilitate visibility.
Blue Hole, Dahab & Sinai, Egypt
In the Red Sea, between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, there lays a point known as the Blue Hole. The depth of this sinkhole is a remarkable 130 meters (463 feet). The Blue Hole has become the justification of more than 200 fatalities in the last few years. The ambition for these perilous divers was to reach ‘The Arch.’
‘The Arch’ is at a depth of 56 meters (184 feet), which is well above the safe limits of a deep dive of 40 meters. At this depth, divers often get disorientated and make the mistake of going in the wrong direction, which leads to their demise. Divers can begin to see aquatic life from snorkeling depth. There is an abundance of corals, reefs, and different species of fish.
Durban, South Africa
If you are an adrenaline-junkie and sharks mesmerize you, Durban is the place for you! There are so many sharks at diving sites in Durban, South Africa that shark cage diving is popular. There are specific sites here in Durban which you cannot dive without a shark cage. Sharks are not the only underwater creature in these waters.
Seals, dolphins, turtles, whales, and manta or eagle rays can also be spotted in these waters. From the sharks, you can see hammerheads, great white, copper, and even the Zambezi shark. Underwater there are chances of spotting the Hawksbill and Loggerhead turtle. Scuba diving in Durban you can view the Humpback Whale from June to November and the Minke Whale from March to July.
Dragon Hole, South China Sea
The Dragon Hole could be the deepest ‘blue hole’ on Earth. The measured depth so far by experts puts the bottom of the hole at approximately 300.89 meters (987 feet). The pit contains limited oxygen and sulfuric waters. These conditions make it very difficult to operate scuba diving equipment, but the conditions provide deep insight and intelligence into the past environment.
The Dragon Hole is so deep that blue is the only color on the spectrum, which is reflected back by the water. The Dragon Hole contains life up to a depth 200 meters, which incorporates 20 species of fish. Below the depth of 200 meters, the blue hole is entirely deprived of all life. This is no doubt one of the most dangerous sites on earth to scuba dive.
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