Where to Choose for a Diving Holiday

The ocean covers over 70% of the Earth. It is thousands of feet deep in places, and contains thousands of species of animals and plants that scientists know nothing about. As much as scientists and explorers have plumbed the secrets of the deep, most of us know nothing more about the oceans than that they are salty and have waves.

With one exception--scuba divers are among the few people in the world who experience the true diversity and astonishing beauty of life under the surface. Maybe that's why scuba divers are so passionate about what they do, and will travel across the world for an amazing dive. Whether you are new to scuba diving or have been diving for years, these scuba diving locations are among the world's best, and any one of them is guaranteed to be the scuba diving holiday of a lifetime.

Before booking a diving holiday, it is a good idea to investigate your chosen destination and create a realistic budget. Some of the most exquisite diving spots in the world are in remote destinations, so getting there can be expensive, while others are in prime tourist locations where accommodations can be pricey. Of course, there are budget options available as well, so if you want, you can scuba without having to sell your family heirlooms and loose diamonds online (http://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamonds/)!

Additionally, since many of these scuba spots are in far-flung locations with minimal security, and it is usually impossible to guard your valuables effectively while diving, always remember to bring a top-quality lock with you, and lock valuables in a safe whenever possible. Leave any unnecessary valuables, like engagement rings, at home.

1. The Fiji Islands in the South Pacific are renowned for their sandy beaches and incredible ocean vistas, but the scuba diving is amazing too. Fiji is known as the "Soft Coral Capital of the World" for its vast stretches of inhabited soft coral. Many famous underwater sights beloved to divers, such as the Great White Wall and the Yellow Tunnel are located off Fiji, making it a primary diving spot for professional underwater

photographers. Great weather, reliable scuba conditions, and excellent visibility make Fiji a good diving holiday destination all year long.

2. For those Americans looking for something a little closer to home, Florida offers the best scuba locations in North America. On Florida's western coast, along the Gulf of Mexico, as well as on the eastern coast facing the Atlantic, newbies can get diving lessons at scuba shops and schools located up and down the coast. Once you master the basics, you will find yourself swimming among giant sea turtles, manatees, tropical fish, rays, dolphins, and yes, the occasional small shark. The Gulf coast generally has the best water visibility, while the Atlantic Coast has more interesting wrecks and reefs to explore, and the Florida Keys at the southern tip of the state are known for tropical weather and fish and warm, inviting water. If you only have a few days for your diving holiday, Florida is the place for you.

3. If you have a few more days, or even a week, hop a flight down to the Bahamas and visit the island of Grand Turk. Safely outside the hurricane belt, Grand Turk has calmer currents and better visibility than most Bahamian islands. Manta rays converge on the island in the summer, making it the perfect scuba spot for anyone who loves the gentle rays. Walls of sponge and coral surround the island, making it a fantastic diving spot for just about anyone.

4. One of the most famous scuba diving destinations in the world, Hawaii has many diving opportunities. Divers near Hawaii can encounter sea turtles, stingrays, sharks and even whales, as well as thousands of species of fish and coral. Plus, Hawaii is a tourist center, with tons to do and see once you emerge from the water and swap your wet suit for a lei! With dozens of dive schools, Hawaii is a good choice for a beginner or intermediate diver.

5. Australia's Great Barrier Reef is home to Heron Island, a coral island that juts from the famous reef and offers a perfect jump-off point for exploring the incredible sea life of the reef. For those looking to get away from tourist crowds, Heron Island is a quiet, laid-back reprieve from tropical tourism, visited mostly by other serious scuba divers like yourself.

6. Anyone who loves scuba diving has probably heard of, and dreamed of visiting, the Blue Hole of Belize. Jacques Cousteau was one of the first to appreciate its majesty, naming the spot one of the best for diving in the world. The water is crystal clear, allowing divers to see several kinds of sharks including the elusive hammerhead and bull sharks.

7. As many backpackers and tourists know, Thailand is one of the world's least expensive and most beautiful places. The same applies to scuba diving--Thailand is home to several world-class diving locations and even more local spots, each with a unique flavor and native species. Ko Tao is one of the most famous spots--there are several good, inexpensive dive schools and the presence of many other tourists make navigating the foreign country a little easier. However, those looking for pristine waters without another diver in sight may want to trek a little deeper into the country to find a more obscure dive spot.

8. The biggest new scuba diving location is the Gili Islands of Indonesia. The reefs here are some of the most complete and untouched in the world, and since Gili is relatively new on the world tourism map, it is cheaper than its neighbor island, Bali.

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