Australia The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest coral reef in the world covering an area of almost 2,600 kilometers along the Queensland coast. With the warm water and widespread coral reef area, this has become a dream destination for divers. This underwater world includes spectacular array of coral gardens composed of almost 400 different types of corals as well as coral sponges, rays, dolphins and over 1,500 species of fish, around 200 types of birds, along with sea turtles and giant clams. Add to it the presence of humpback whales and a few endangered species such as the Dugong (Sea Cow) and the large Green Sea Turtle, and you will realize why the Great Barrier Reef is a must visit for every professional diver. Mexico Scuba diving in Mexico can be quite a diverse affair due to the fact that the Pacific Ocean is on the West Coast and the vastly different Caribbean Sea on the east. The Island of Cozumel, off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, is called the Paradise Reef for a reason. It is actually comprised of a series of separate reefs with 19 popular diving areas. The waters surrounding the island are full of crabs, lobsters and multicoloured fish. You may also be lucky to spot the splendid toad fish which is reputed to live nowhere else in the world, other than Cozumel. The island is also excellent for night diving, reserved for more experienced divers. Belize Tucked along the Caribbean coast of Central America, just south of Mexico, Belize is a haven for underwater photographers. This little Caribbean country presents a great opportunity for both experienced and non-experienced divers. The Belize Barrier Reef is comprised of 127 offshore cayes or islands. It has some of the best preserved marine ecosystems in the world. Belize is also home to the diver’s Mecca – the Great Blue Hole, where you can dive into crystal clear waters and meet unique species of fish, including giant groupers, nurse sharks and several types of reef sharks such as the Caribbean reef shark and the Black tip shark. Go on board the live cruise which covers the outer atolls or book your stay at a resort for a beach and dive holiday combination. For the more adventurous, a trek through the jungle of Belize to view the spectacular wildlife is not to be missed… Utila If you are on the lookout for an unspoiled dive spot, you need to head for Utila. The smallest of the Bay Islands of Honduras, just 11 km long and 4 km at its widest, it is surrounded by clear pristine waters. It sits at the top of the second largest fringing coral reef in the world. Empty beaches and waters, 60 different scuba diving sites with caves and numerous wrecks together with an encounter with the harmless whale shark – all come together in a wonderful underwater diving package. Indonesia This vast region which enjoys the greatest biodiversity on the planet has too many awesome scuba spots to even attempt to cover. Almost 17,000 islands, 80,000 km of coastline, 3,000 species of fish and 600 types of corals – all this is what Indonesia has to offer to divers of all levels and diving abilities. Sulawesi, Bali, Komodo and Raja Ampat are just a few names of places that inspire, wonder and excite even the most experienced divers. It happens to be the world’s largest archipelago containing up to 15% of the world’s coral reef. Indonesia has some of the best locations for going scuba diving. So, preparation yourself accordingly before you go off on your scuba diving adventure. ]]>
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