Top 100 Dive Sites

By | 14/10/2015
CARIBBEAN & ATLANTIC – The birthplace of recreational scuba diving remains as relevant as ever, with impressive variety from plunging walls to blue-water animal action and haunting cenotes.

Best Overall Destination
1. Mexico
2. Belize
3. USVI
4. Cayman Islands
5. Bahamas

Best Marine Environment
1. Turks & Caicos
2. Bonaire
3. Cayman Islands
4. Belize
5. Dominica

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get-it-nowBest Macro Diving
1. Bonaire
2. USVI
3. Cayman Islands
4. Turks & Caicos
5. Curacao

Best Shore Diving
1. Bonaire
2. Curacao
3. USVI
4. Cayman Islands
5. Turks & Caicos

Best Big Animals
1. Bahamas
2. Turks & Caicos
3. Belize
4. Bay Islands
5. Trinidad & Tobago

Best Value of Diving Dollar
1. Mexico
2. Bonaire
3. Bay Islands
4. Curacao
5. Bahamas

Best Advanced Diving
1. Tie – Bonaire and Cayman
2. Bahamas
3. Mexico
4. Turks & Caicos

Best Wreck Diving
1. Bahamas
2. British Virgin Islands
3. Aruba
4. Grenada
5. Cayman Islands

Best Underwater Photography
1. Bonaire
2. Mexico
3. USVI
4. Cayman Islands
5. Tie – Bahamas and Turks & Caicos

Best Wall Diving
1. Cayman Islands
2. Turks & Caicos
3. USVI
4. Mexico
5. Bahamas

Best Beginner Diving
1. Bonaire
2. Turks & Caicos
3. Curacao
4. USVI
5. Tie – Cayman Islands and Bahamas

Best Overall Diving
1. Mexico
2. Bonaire
3. Tie – Bahamas and Cayman Islands
4. Turks & Caicos

NORTH AMERICA – Our home turf boasts as many amazing underwater attractions as places flung far across the globe — you just have to know where to look. Our savvy readers identify the best of the best.

Best Macro Diving
1. British Columbia
2. Washington
3. Northern California
4. North Carolina
5. Florida Keys

Best Overall Destination
1. Northern California
2. North Carolina
3. Tie – British Columbia and Florida Keys
5. Southern California

Best Shore Diving
1. Washington
2. Northern California
3. Southern California
4. Florida Springs
5. South Florida

Best Beginner Diving
1. Florida Keys
2. Tie – Florida Panhandle and Florida Springs
4. Southern California
5. South Florida

Best Advanced Diving
1. North Carolina
2. Southern California
3. New England
4. British Columbia
5. Great Lakes

Best Big Animals
1. North Carolina
2. Florida Springs
3. Southern California
4. British Columbia
5. South Florida

Best Value of Diving Dollar
1. Southern California
2. British Columbia
3. North Carolina
4. Texas Gulf
5. Florida Keys

Best Wreck Diving
1. North Carolina
2. Tie – Southern California and Florida Keys
4. Great Lakes
5. South Florida

Best Marine Environment
1. North Carolina
2. British Columbia
3. Texas Gulf
4. Florida Keys
5. Northern California

Best Underwater Photography
1. Florida Keys
2. North Carolina
3. British Columbia
4. Southern California
5. Northern California

Best Overall Diving
1. North Carolina
2. British Columbia
3. Florida Keys
4. Southern California
5. Texas Gulf

PACIFIC & INDIAN OCEAN – Home to idyllic tropical fantasies, some of the world’s most famous dives and the very heart of marine biodiversity, the Pacific and Indian oceans offer experiences of a lifetime.

Best Wall Diving
1. Palau
2. Papau New Guinnea
3. Indonesia
4. Red Sea
5. Fiji

Best Overall Destination
1. Palau
2. Fiji
3. Great Barrier Reef
4. Indonesia
5. Hawaii

Best Macro Diving
1. Indonesia
2. Philippines
3. Papau New Guinea
4. Palau
5. Malaysia

Best Wreck Diving

1. Chuuk
2. Palau
3. Solomon Islands
4. Tie – Bali and Queensland

Best Value of Diving Dollar
1. Philippines
2. Palau
3. Malaysia
4. Indonesia
5. Thailand

Best Advanced Diving
1. Palau
2. Fiji
3. Red Sea
4. Indonesia
5. Galapagos

Best Underwater Photography
1. Fiji
2. Tie – Maldives and Palau
4. Philippines
5. Red Sea

Best Big Animals
1. Palau
2. Maldives
3. Tie – Galapagos and Mexico
5. French Polynesia

Best Shore Diving
1. Hawaii
2. Red Sea
3. Solomon Islands
4. Malaysia
5. Indonesia

Best Marine Environment
1. Palau
2. Fiji
3. Maldives
4. Australia
5. Red Sea

Best Overall Diving
1. Palau
2. Indonesia
3. Philippines
4. Maldives
5. Great Barrier Reef

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