1 Palaos, Micronesia
The Republic of Palaous or Palau, located 500 kilometers east of the Philippines, is a Micronesia diving paradise.
It is considered one of the most exciting diving destinations in the world. It is made up of more than 300 islands, and in its waters, there are 1,400 species of fish as well as around 500 species of corals.
Its waters are the natural habitat of whale sharks, turtles, eagle rays, hammerhead sharks, and reef sharks.
The best time to dive in Palau is during the dry season, from October to May, but you can dive all year round.
Visibility is very good and can usually go up to 50 meters.
2 Red Sea, Egypt
The Red Sea is home to one of the 7 wonders of the undersea world. Diving off the coast of Egypt into the Red Sea you will be greeted by many species of fish that are only found in the Red Sea. You never know when you could come face to face with several species of shark including the impressive Hammerhead. There are more than 1000 species of fish, hard and soft coral, and too many invertebrates to mention here.
3 Caño Island, Costa Rica
Caño Island, by many, is considered the absolute best place to go diving when in Costa Rica. It is one of the best diving destinations in Central America. The area in and around the island is protected and gathering shells and other sea creatures are prohibited. This is their way of preserving the integrity of the ecosystem and ensuring all of the sea creatures including thousands of species of fish, sharks, rays, and coral.
4 The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef would most likely be on the bucket list of every single diver in the world. No other underwater place on earth garners more attention than this large stretch of water on the coast of Queensland, which is located on the southeastern coast of Australia, in the Coral Sea. This amazing coral formation is 2300 km in length and is a complete ecosystem in itself.
5 Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Without any doubt, Raja Ampat is one of the best places in the world to dive, regardless of whether you are just starting or are already an expert diver.
Raja Ampat has one of the greatest marine diversities in the world.
There you can find orangutan crabs, stingrays, mime octopus, and phantom pipe fish, among others.
In addition, Raja Ampat has a great variety of corals with more than five hundred species.
Among the islands and the most famous diving sites, we can find Mioskun Island, Koh Island, Fam Islands, and Wayag Islands.
One of the most important dive sites is Cape Kri, where the record of marine species sighted in a single dive is recorded. Gerald R. Allen did so, with 283 species sighted.